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Old 06-19-2016, 04:05 PM   #1
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Using RV Brakes manually. Good idea or not??

I was told that it was good idea to "feather" trailer brakes manually when going down steep grade to save tv brakes. Good idea or not!!! Thanks for response!!!
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Old 06-19-2016, 04:18 PM   #2
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I don't and wouldn't recommend it. The only time I use manual brakes is to set the brake controller and to test the brakes to ensure they work and the plug is seated correctly.

You want your brakes to get worked equally. If you overwork your rear brakes, they may overheat prematurely and not be there for your on a downhill when you really need them.
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Old 06-19-2016, 04:27 PM   #3
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Only if you like changing brake shoes.

Your TV brakes have much more lining material and on todays vehicles who knows how much more stopping power. Factory Dexter brake shoes only have 5/32" of lining. They are meant to be "supplemental" and not the primary braking system.

Wheover told you that is a dumas.
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Old 06-20-2016, 11:53 AM   #4
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Personally, I use the engine to slow me down when coming down mountains. I rarely use the brakes.
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Old 06-20-2016, 11:56 AM   #5
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Personally, I use the engine to slow me down when coming down mountains. I rarely use the brakes.
X2 plus I have an exhaust brake and use. Brakes don't get much use.
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Old 06-20-2016, 01:32 PM   #6
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I would agree with most of the posts. However, you may want to use them in a sway event to pull the trailer back. I have only had to do that once on the highway in the past 48 years, but it did save the day when we were broadsided by a rouge gust of strong wind. We did it one other time coming down a steep windy muddy road.
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Old 06-20-2016, 01:39 PM   #7
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Not a good idea. Let the transmission downshift so your truck will do the work.


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During sever trailer sway OK. Remember your asking those little brakes on that trailer to also slow down your TV.
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I was told that it was good idea to "feather" trailer brakes manually when going down steep grade to save tv brakes. Good idea or not!!! Thanks for response!!!
Bad idea for all the reasons mentioned!
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Personally, I use the engine to slow me down when coming down mountains. I rarely use the brakes.
X2 We pull with gas so no engine brake but the Ford 6 spd with the max tow transmission avoids much use of brakes.
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