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Old 05-08-2010, 06:36 PM   #1
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Stuck Brakes

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So I went over to storage unit today intending to pull the trailer home for a wash in preperation for next weekends trip. When I tried to pull it out it wouldnt budge!! Figuring it must be the electric brakes I tried unplugging and plugging back in the electrical connection.....no luck....tried tapping on the trailer brakes with a hammer in hopes of jarring something loose....no luck....leaving it hitched up I tried to move it a few inches backwards and forwards but still could not free the brakes. Is there an easy way to do this? Thanks
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Old 05-08-2010, 07:11 PM   #2
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I would have guessed that backing up would loosen them.
You tried that so I'm as puzzled as you.
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Old 05-08-2010, 07:37 PM   #3
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Is disconnect pin in place?
(Safety release cable)
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Is disconnect pin in place?
(Safety release cable)
That is exactly what I was thinking.
One of my kids was goofing around once and pulled the little plunger out.
They thought they were going to get in trouble so they pushed it back in, but not all the way.

I felt dumb when a fellow RVer came over and fixed it.
Now I know.

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Old 05-08-2010, 08:24 PM   #5
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O-NO!!!! I bet thats what it is!! how embarrasing!! as soon as I get done with dinner I'm going over to find out. Since you mentioned it I recall it was raining the day I put it in storage so I was in a hurry and dont think I bothered to reconnect it.......as embarrasing as it is I hope thats it ..........
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Old 05-08-2010, 10:02 PM   #6
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Well that was it !!!! dont I feel dumb!!! I wont make that mistake twice, thanks so much!!
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It happens. I was just at the York PA Fairgrounds a few weeks ago and saw one on the ground with two skid marks through the gravel. I'm not sure what they did but there was no trailer but the pin was still there by itself.
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Old 05-09-2010, 07:24 AM   #8
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I was in industrial maintenance for 37 years.
I can't tell you how many times we'd look for some deep underlying
cause for a failure of some sort only to find something simple like
a switch off or cord unplugged.

My mantra was and still is--
"Don't overlook the obvious!"

I'm wondering how your trailer battery didn't run down with the
brakes on all the time???
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Been there done it. First thing that came to my mind.
Was backing trailer into spot one time and had vehicle angled too much and wire was not long enough. Brakes engaged. Lucky I remembered when I saw pin laying on ground.
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Well at least I'm not the only one....and by the way KyDan, my battery was very dead.
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