brake problem... help? advice? please!!
On the way out, I noticed my stops were taking a lot more pedal effort and distance. Looking at the brake controller (Draw-Tite Activator II) I noticed alternating messages from the power setting and "OL - Overload" Already being close enough to my destination I decided to drive VERY CAREFULLY and troubleshoot over the weekend.
I found the 7 blade connector a little grungy, but useable... I clipped it off anyway, went to the local RV dealer and bought a new plug and swapped it out right there at the campground figuring the problem would be cured.
I hooked up, loaded up, and started for home after confirming a functioning brake system. Sure enough... 30 miles into the trip home the same thing happening. This time, my better half was in the car behind me. I called on the cell phone (hands free device!) and had her confirm the stop lights were working with both pedal and manual operation. Great! The lights work, but the brakes are intermittent.
I've looked and the grounds, the connector in the truck (factory wired from Ford) bench checked the controller and all seems to be in fine working order.
Today I hooked up the 7 blade, put a cinder block on the brake pedal, and got good readings on the controller this time, good lights and NO BRAKES. No noises, no movement. I crawled under the camper to inspect the brake wires again and noticed they were getting a little warm. Not hot, but warm. I never noticed if they normally get warm when the system is energized.
I'm under the impression this could be the brake magnets, but before I spend the $ to get new ones, I wanted to bounce this off some of you. Could these magnets function intermittently? Anyone got any advice for this ol' boy?
This camper will not move again until I get this fixed... this last trip was hairy enough and I'm thankful nothing bad happened.
Thanks a lot,