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Old 04-10-2014, 10:32 AM   #1
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Brake question

I know there is a safety breakaway cable for the trailer brakes in case it came unhooked from the TV. My question is can the pin be pulled to apply the trailer brakes when parked? I have to park on a slight grade when in my drive way to load and unload. I chock the wheels but don't feel that is enough. Is it as simple as pulling the cable then resetting it?

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Old 04-10-2014, 10:38 AM   #2
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I've wondered the same thing. I'm thinking it may draw the battery down faster if dry camping as the brakes are applied by onboard battery. But if plugged in, why not. Waiting to here from our resident engineers and mechanical techs. : -)

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Old 04-10-2014, 10:43 AM   #3
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when the pin on the electric brakes is pulled, the power from the brakes comes from the battery. This electrifies the brake pads to come on. It is never a good idea to have these pads electrified for very long. Even having a charger on your battery, over time the pad electronics will heat up and something will be prone to melt down. Your brakes may also 'stick on' when you have de-electrified them and may have to pull the wheel and drum off to get it worked on. Chock up your trailer in an other way.
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You should not do this.
You can heat up the magnets and it'll be a fairly heavy draw on electrical system.

For the most part the trailer has to be moving for the brakes to fully engage anyway, so no real benefit.

When power is applied to the magnets they suck to the drum and as it turns it engages the brake by pulling the magnets and spreading the shoes.

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I know there is a safety breakaway cable for the trailer brakes in case it came unhooked from the TV. My question is can the pin be pulled to apply the trailer brakes when parked? I have to park on a slight grade when in my drive way to load and unload. I chock the wheels but don't feel that is enough. Is it as simple as pulling the cable then resetting it?

Any help would be appreciated
Very bad idea. Invest in or make a set of X chocks.
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Old 04-10-2014, 11:10 AM   #6
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Thank you. Glad I ask
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