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Old 07-16-2013, 09:44 AM   #1
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Had sticking brakes when leaving camp

I had the camper out for it's 4th trip this weekend and everything went fine until I went to pull out on Sunday morning. I was pulling out of the space and tapped the break and the trailer tires grabbed and even locked briefly. I made it about 100 feet and tapped the brakes a couple more times and could tell the brakes were sticking. Then it started acting normally and I made it home without further incident. Is this something that can happen with trailer brakes or is this something I need to worry about?
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Old 07-16-2013, 09:59 AM   #2
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Mine will jerk the truck slightly when the brakes are tapped gently the first few times after setting for a while. I slide the lever on the brake controller just enough to energize the brakes to warm them up. After a 100 feet or so, the jerking is gone. This rig and previous rig did the same.
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Old 07-16-2013, 10:17 AM   #3
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Mine will scoot a tire or 2 often when pulling out of a campground.
Especially if there's any sand or gravel on the pavement or it's a gravel
road. This and previous trailer both did/do it.
Many thousand miles later, I guess it's normal.

If you are worried- jack up the trailer and spin the wheels by hand.
-Slight- drag is OK but no more than that.
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Old 07-16-2013, 10:22 AM   #4
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It may just be the brake drums rusting a bit, especially if the weekend was damp at all. After coming in off the road, the brake surface on the drums is polished bare metal, and will start to rust immediately. Once moving again, that rust will increase the drag exponentially, until it is polished off after a few short brake applications.
We have also experienced the same.
It is unsettling at first, but no biggie.
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Old 07-16-2013, 10:30 AM   #5
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It may just be the brake drums rusting a bit, especially if the weekend was damp at all. After coming in off the road, the brake surface on the drums is polished bare metal, and will start to rust immediately. Once moving again, that rust will increase the drag exponentially, until it is polished off after a few short brake applications.
We have also experienced the same.
It is unsettling at first, but no biggie.
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Thanks everyone, feel much better now. I suspect it was a rust layer as even car breaks will oxidize quickly too. Just wanted to confirm it was nothing to worry about.
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