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Old 06-20-2018, 05:42 PM   #1
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Trailer Brakes seem to grab

I have a 2018 Rockwood GeoPro G19FD. It's our first TT. Love the trailer, just perfect for my wife and I and very comfortable. However, when I come to a stop the trailer brakes seem to grab even though I'm barely stepping on the brake peddle. Tried adjusting the brake controller, but still seems to grab, (not as much though after adjustment). How can I get the car and trailer brakes in better sync?
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Old 06-20-2018, 05:54 PM   #2
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What vehicle, what brake controller? I had an aftermarket Prodigy P3 on our previous truck, a 2002 Ram 1500. It has an adjustable boost mode which causes it to grab more when you first apply the brakes. The factory controller on our '17 2500 is VERY smooth incomparison.
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Old 06-20-2018, 06:04 PM   #3
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when I come to a stop the trailer brakes seem to grab
I have a Geo Pro G16BH and a POD break controller. I seem to be in the same boat. Iím having to try adjust the break controller more often the I believe I should have to. When I drove the TT off the lot they told me the brakes were self adjusting and would get better after some miles were put on them. Not sure if that is actually the case.
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Old 06-20-2018, 06:50 PM   #4
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I have this controller and pulling 2018 GeoPro G19FD with my 2014 Nissan Pathfinder. It worked fine for a while but now seems to be grabbing.

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Old 06-20-2018, 07:20 PM   #5
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Poor or mis adjusted brake controller. Mis adjusted trailer brakes, or contaminated brakes. My guess you have a low quality inertia brake controller that is causing your problem. But, you could be over compensating brake controller gain because of mis adjusted brakes.
Start by adjusting the trailers brakes, then go back and reduce gain on the controller, working up a little at a time until you get lockup.
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Old 06-20-2018, 11:09 PM   #6
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My trailer was 6 years old and only had 200 miles on it when I bought it from the original owner. The brakes were very grabby because they were basically brand new and a couple of thousand miles of towing fixed the problem.

I guess you could back off the brake shoes from the drum a tad but I was feeling lazy and didn't want to bother.
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Old 06-20-2018, 11:21 PM   #7
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My trailer was 6 years old and only had 200 miles on it when I bought it from the original owner. The brakes were very grabby because they were basically brand new and a couple of thousand miles of towing fixed the problem.

I guess you could back off the brake shoes from the drum a tad but I was feeling lazy and didn't want to bother.
It seems like a very common problem with the Prodigy brake controller. Had the same problem and they told me I needed a new controller got the prodigy same issues. Even with the brakes cleaned adjusted ect. Waiting on my new truck with built in controller hopefully better.

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Old 06-21-2018, 01:20 PM   #8
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I've had good luck with my DirecLink brake controller. It's as close to a factory function as you can get without factory install. I've had the Prodigy P3, and while it was nice, the DirecLink seems to be better for me. I was actually able to use the P3 adapter for my truck with the DirecLink controller.
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Old 06-21-2018, 01:51 PM   #9
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It's never safe to assume, so gotta ask... when you're making the adjustments, you're pressing down on the brake pedal?
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Old 06-21-2018, 01:59 PM   #10
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Have you burnished the brakes on this new trailer?

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