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Old 10-08-2016, 07:16 PM   #11
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Thanks for all the thoughts and great Idea's,
Yes the battery disconnect was in the off position, I would think the Solar should still charge.
I don't know if the fact this trailer has electric over hydraulic disc brakes has anything to do with the low battery deal, but as soon has I have more battery power they work better and better I tried charging my batteries that day and the more power they got the more the brakes worked.

I still have no Idea why the solar didn't do its job, maybe to dirty? I don't think so. I have 2 deep cycle batteries it should have worked.
The truck has a built in brake controller I don't think the wiring would be bad.

I have pulled it before taking it back to the dealer a couple of times and the brakes worked to good at first had to really lower the setting on the controller, also after the weekend of charging once again worked like a charm.

Thanks for the comments on the setup we really like it also, I can't wait to take in on a real trip and see how it tows.
A few more days and I will see.

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Old 10-08-2016, 10:57 PM   #12
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I hate to appear basic but did you try adjusting the trailer brake controller in your TV? Many people new to towning don't realize it can be set and become more effective if adjusted correctly. Your owners manual should have the directions, but basically, start at around 6 and work up ward til it holds you in yoru driveway at an idle without moving.

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Old 10-09-2016, 11:11 AM   #13
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Yeah I have adjusted my brake controller, thanks for the thought, I am sure that the battery's being low had my brakes not working.
Also I noticed when my battery cut off switch is off the solar panels don't charge and check now with the cut off switch on the panels are charging, just learned something of some importance to me.

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Old 10-09-2016, 06:38 PM   #14
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Something else you can learn of importance, as many have already pointed out, is that your trailer battery has nothing to do with your brakes other than supplying the power to lock them up if your pin gets pulled. Look for another explanation and try to get the battery causing the problem out of your head.

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Old 10-09-2016, 07:13 PM   #15
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Wow, that is a beautiful! Congratulations and sorry for the growing pains. Better to learn local than 300 miles from home
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Old 10-09-2016, 08:11 PM   #16
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Just out of curiosity, with my batteries all charged up the brakes work fine, when the batteries were too low they didn't work, as I charged them it got better. my battery cut off switch was off at first also.
Could it be because they are disk brakes, just wondering if that has anything to do with that particular situation?
I have 2 other trailers with electric brakes and they work fine, the smaller one with 2 axles if I leave the brake controller on the same setting as the 5er (that is 3 on the setting of Heavy electric over hydraulic) as soon as I touch the brake pedal the tires lock up, even with a car on it. and it has no battery.

I am a little baffled. I will just make sure my batteries are up and ready
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Old 10-09-2016, 10:35 PM   #17
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With electric over hydraulic disk brakes, 12VDC power is required to drive the hydraulic pump and pump controller. This is usually supplied from the TT batteries. So, if your batteries are dead, (or battery disconnect is off, depending on wiring) you have no brakes.

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Old 10-10-2016, 09:21 AM   #18
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Originally Posted by B and B View Post
You need to check your brake controller and wiring. The trailer batteries have nothing to do with the TV stopping. One way to check your trailer brakes is to pull your emergency stop cable. This should lock your trailer up and not be able to move it at all.
GOOD TEST!!!!!!! not leave on for too long as it will burn out the brakes!!!!!!!
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Old 10-10-2016, 09:24 AM   #19
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RJHuser, Thanks for the reply and after my experience I have to agree with you, That could be messed up to have your battery disconnect off and your brakes not work and not realize the problem.
Its nice to at least hear someone agree with the low battery dilemma.
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Old 10-15-2016, 12:16 PM   #20
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We just bought a 2017 3250RL also, I really like your paint better tho. I can't pickup ours yet however cuz ford changed the frame on a 2017 f250 and no one has the under bed set up for the hitch. Can I ask you what resources do you have or planning on for low clearances, maybe there's not much to worry about but my trailer is 13'6". Yikes!

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