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Old 03-20-2013, 07:34 PM   #11
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My Sabre locks up and its a 12k 5th wheel .
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Old 03-20-2013, 07:37 PM   #12
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Then you`ve never had a trailer with 100% operational brakes! I had the same problem with my 07 Cherokee. I went through the entire system. ended up replacing all 4 magnets and let me tell you I can now lock up the brakes if I want to set it to do so!!!! before I couldn`t even lock them up in gravel.

So yes, if you can`t lock up your brakes or at the very least stop your truck with the trailer brakes only, then there is an issue with the trailer brake system!
I've had 8 brand new campers and none of them would lock up the brakes with the controller maxed out. They would certainly jerk the heck out of the truck, but would not lock up/slide except on a gravel road.
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Old 03-20-2013, 07:43 PM   #13
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Mine would lock up - not sure if all 4 or just one, but on a residential level road at 25ish mph they will lock up.
I have to turn the adj down in one CG as they have steep hills and gravel and I can slide the trailer with no problem.
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Old 03-20-2013, 09:41 PM   #14
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I think just because your brakes don't lock up that doesn't mean they aren't operating correctly. I've always had sufficient braking, just without the ability to lock them up.
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Old 03-20-2013, 09:48 PM   #15
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I think just because your brakes don't lock up that doesn't mean they aren't operating correctly. I've always had sufficient braking, just without the ability to lock them up.
X2 for 37 yrs of towing trailers.
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Old 03-20-2013, 09:55 PM   #16
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Have you pulled the drums and checked the breaks. Mine started to not lock up when set at full power. Rear seals had let go and I had grease on the drums. Plus the other problem discovered when changing bearings. Forest River wired the breaks by running the wires to one side then jumping to the other. One side was getting full power and the other side was getting less. This set up caused the drums of one side to over heat and crack the brake pads that only had 3000 miles on them. Once the trailer was rewired the breaks work much better.
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