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Old 07-24-2012, 09:26 PM   #1
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Have recently moved up from a 26 foot 7000 lbs TT to a 10,000 lbs 5th wheel 33 foot. The TT stopped on a dime. Have an F250 SD Diesel with factory brake control, have that set at the highest setting 10. I know the brakes are grabbing, can hear them and when I pinch the manual control they grab but do not lock up. So I know the brakes are working. When in normal driving the brakes slow the trailer but do not stop it. my stopping distances seem really long and sometimes SCARY. I am a very conservative driver. Any ideas?
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Old 07-24-2012, 09:33 PM   #2
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The brakes on the camper could need a little adjustment. The shoes may not be close enough to the drums. They should be barely touching when adjusted that will make a difference.
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Old 07-24-2012, 09:35 PM   #3
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Have recently moved up from a 26 foot 7000 lbs TT to a 10,000 lbs 5th wheel 33 foot. The TT stopped on a dime. Have an F250 SD Diesel with factory brake control, have that set at the highest setting 10. I know the brakes are grabbing, can hear them and when I pinch the manual control they grab but do not lock up. So I know the brakes are working. When in normal driving the brakes slow the trailer but do not stop it. my stopping distances seem really long and sometimes SCARY. I am a very conservative driver. Any ideas?
Jack up each side and adjust the brakes on the trailer. When you get them right, the wheel shouldn't spin over 1/2-3/4 of a revolution. CAUTION: DO NOT JACK ON THE AXLES!
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What do I look for to adjust and where do I jack up?
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There will be a slot on the back side of the drum on the bottom. There will be a wheel in there that looks like a gear it should only spin one way. Use a flat head screw driver to spin and turn wheel at the same time until you hear the shoes inside start dragging on the drums and like stated before they should not turn a full turn on there own if adjusted properly. Jack up on the center spring shackle.
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Were you towing the TT with your 250? I was told that the built in brake controller had an accelerometer (sp?) an they wouldn't really grab unless you really get on the brakes and the front end of the vehicle dipped. Not sure if it's completely true but it seemed like it on my current fiver.
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There will be a slot on the back side of the drum on the bottom. There will be a wheel in there that looks like a gear it should only spin one way. Use a flat head screw driver to spin and turn wheel at the same time until you hear the shoes inside start dragging on the drums and like stated before they should not turn a full turn on there own if adjusted properly. Jack up on the center spring shackle.
The star wheel will turn both ways, turn it until the wheel stops and then back it off at least 3 or 4 clicks. Wheel should stop at 1/2-3/4 turns.
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On some trucks they would only click one way and would not go the other way which would take them out of adjustment. I haven't messed with to many campers so I didn't know about them.
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