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Old 07-10-2012, 10:40 AM   #21
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Yes your probably right. Never thought of that.
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Old 07-10-2012, 12:29 PM   #22
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OK. I brought it to a local RV center here close to home and they were nice enough to test the output of the 7 pin with a special part to confirm I am getting voltage out when the brake is applied. When I had the gain on 6.0 the light was fairly dim but when we increased it to 8.0-9.0 the light was where it was supposed to be. The guy told me that the magnets are probably getting worn but I should be OK.

He did tell me that if I had the means to jack up the 5th wheel (which I never did and really don't want to do as I have no idea how to jack this thing up) I could jack it up until the wheels are off the ground and then have someone apply the brake and see if the wheel spins.

Any tips/suggestions about jacking this thing up (I have a 3 ton floor jack). This really scares me but I want to do it for my own piece of mind. Any tips are greatly appreciated.
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Old 07-10-2012, 12:38 PM   #23
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...Any tips/suggestions about jacking this thing up (I have a 3 ton floor jack). This really scares me but I want to do it for my own piece of mind. Any tips are greatly appreciated.

Cut a 4 x 4 to fit between the axles and jack on the 4x4. DO NOT jack on the axles!
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Old 07-10-2012, 01:00 PM   #24
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So jack on the frame. Correct.
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Old 07-10-2012, 02:06 PM   #25
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So jack on the frame. Correct.
Only between the axles. The frame itself will not take the load of one side of the trailer.

Between the axles there are steel tubes and the actual frame itself is a fabricated I beam made of thin material.
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Old 07-10-2012, 04:25 PM   #26
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I called the dealer that I actually bought the unit from and the service manager said that the led should be bright as h*ll even at a gain of 3.0. He said from the start that it is the truck not outputting enough voltage. While I did not believe that I am starting to. I will be dropping the truck off at Ford in the next couple of days and let them deal with it. Hopefully it is in the truck as it is still under warranty.

I am not going to jack the 5th wheel up until I get the truck back from Ford and see if they solved the problem.

FOI- you mention steel tubes and the frame is made of fabricated I-beam. are you saying to jack on the tubes. Sorry for the stupid questions but I am new to this and really don't want to screw up here. Thanks.
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Old 07-10-2012, 06:51 PM   #27
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He did tell me that if I had the means to jack up the 5th wheel (which I never did and really don't want to do as I have no idea how to jack this thing up) I could jack it up until the wheels are off the ground and then have someone apply the brake and see if the wheel spins.
I don't see the point of these recommendation by the dealer. You've already established this on your road test and trouble shooting.

I do see the opportunity to check the adjustment of the brakes if you were to jack it up...only need to do one side at a time. The wheels should be free to turn but you should hear the brake shoes contacting the drums.

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[QUOTE=dkwin1;220788]...you mention steel tubes and the frame is made of fabricated I-beam. are you saying to jack on the tubes. Sorry for the stupid questions but I am new to this and really don't want to screw up here. Thanks.[/QUOTE

There are no stupid questions especially yours. If you place the 4x4 BETWEEN the axles it should be next to a formed angle that is below a 2x2 steel tube which is below a 2 x 4 steel tube. The frame is just not strong enought to carry the pressure of a jack. The steel tubing spreads the load out along about a 4' length of the frame.
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Old 07-11-2012, 02:36 PM   #29
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I other question that hopefully someone knows. I wanted to take some voltage reading on the brake pin myself but someone told me that you have to have a special 7 pin plug with flying leads in order to fake out the truck in thinking there is a trailer hooked up. You cannot simply put a meter on the brake pin as there will be no voltage there because the truck thinks there is nothing hooked up. Is this true?
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Old hoot. Thanks for your feedback. Boy you sure do get out.
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