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Old 10-21-2013, 12:57 PM   #1
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Trailer Brakes Need Help

I've only had my 2014 Wildwood 27RKSS a couple of months and have only had it out 2 times. The brakes are very sensitive. I only have to touch the pedal and the brakes act as if I stomped on them. The controller I'm using is 8 yrs old and I can't remember the brand name and it has no markings. The adjustment wheel can only turn 90 degrees from vertical each way. No matter what position it is in the brakes act the same way. Are there any manual adjustments on the wheels, or do you think the controller has lost it's ability to adjust.? I don't want to invest in a new controller if can adjust the brakes some other way.
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Old 10-21-2013, 01:00 PM   #2
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Anyway you can post a pic of the brake controller?
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Old 10-21-2013, 01:06 PM   #3
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Will Try. I've had trouble posting pics before.
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My controller has 2 adjustment "wheels" on it. One controls how hard the brakes are applied and the other controls the sensitivity, how quickly the brakes are applied once you press on the brake pedal. If the sensitivity is too high than the trailer brakes come on too soon...there is an LED on the controller that goes from Green (trailer brakes off) to orange (brakes partially on) to red (brakes fully on). I have mine set so that when the brake pedal is pressed the LED goes to orange with a touch of red.
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Old 10-21-2013, 01:50 PM   #5
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If the Controller has a quick-disconnect in the back, it might be easy to borrow another controller from a friend, and see if that new controller works better.

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I paid a little extra to get a Tekonsha P3 so that I could see what it was "thinking". It helps.
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Be aware a lot of people are having trouble with Lippert grease seals leaking grease onto the brake mechanism. I had one leak one wheel on another camper and it would shake the entire camper and truck when I applied the brake....
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Old 10-21-2013, 02:34 PM   #7
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Without a make and model number its hard to know. But if you only have one adjustment it sounds like you have a timer based unit rather then inertia. It is possible the unit can no longer change gain is just stuck on full brake.

Swapping out with a friends brake controller is one way to diagnose, but to rule out the trailer, if you have a friend with a known operating brake controller, hook it up to his truck and see if it reacts the same way. If it does, then it could be something on the trailer rather then the controller.

Personally I used to not care and get the cheaper timer based controllers, but after having an inertial based one and now a built in system, I am not sure I could go back to that style.
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Old 10-21-2013, 03:04 PM   #8
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It Doesn't sound like your controller is adjusting, if each way you get the same result? It might be better to bite the bullet and get a new one, they came along ways with them in 8 years. Stuff wears out. I know of nothing you can adjust on your breaks, you surely do not want to back off on the adjustment on the break. Are these those new self adjusting breaks by any chance? Or the standard adjustable with the star wheel?
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I would say you need a new controller that you can ajust the gain to the trailer brakes you need to be able to see what it is set at on a scale of 1 to 10
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I would take the trailer back to the dealer and have them check the brakes under warranty.
Then I would get a newer controller installed.
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