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Old 04-16-2011, 02:55 PM   #1
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Wheel chock using brakes?

I have wondered. Thought and hoped this would work.

Is it possible instead of using wheel chocks just pull the break away cable which would lock up all 4 tires?
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Old 04-16-2011, 03:05 PM   #2
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I assume you mean when parking?
Chock the wheels, unhitch, level frt to back.
You can get x-chocks Amazon.com: BAL 28010 X-Chock Tire Locking Chock: Automotive to put between the wheels to 'lock' as in steady the trailer.

I've never heard of anyone using their brakes for that and I"m not sure it's as reliable or safe.
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Old 04-16-2011, 03:10 PM   #3
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the problem is that the brakes are electric and will drain the battery. not sure if you've got the shore line hooked up, if the converter will have to recharge the battery as it's being drained.
some people who've pulled the cable out by accident, have done some damage to the trailer's braking system.
i think it's due to the constant flow of electricity to the brakes without letting up.

remember, it's a "emergency" braking system.
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Old 04-16-2011, 03:44 PM   #4
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That also puts the brakes on at full power. Could potentially burn out your brake coils.
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Old 04-16-2011, 04:06 PM   #5
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This will not work due to how the electric trailer brakes function. They work by an electro magnet activating when the brake controller sends a voltage signal to the brakes. The magnet "sticks" to the inside of the brake drum. As the drum rotates this pulls on a lever which in turn actuates the brake pads out towards the drum, thus stopping rotation. If the wheel/drum is not turning to start with the brake pads will not actuate.
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Old 04-16-2011, 06:02 PM   #6
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on my last trailer the pin got pulled out and burned up the box it goes into (excuse the technical talk!). found out when I went to hook up the trailer to the truck. I would advise against it.
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Old 04-16-2011, 09:04 PM   #7
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Once I forgot to chock when getting home after a lloonngg trip. When I went to unhook the trailer it rolled back off the leveling blocks and back about a foot...at the same time my wife was taking another load back into the house...it almost hit her.
The first thing out the door is to now put the chocks in front of and behind each wheel on the side the leveling blocks don't go on.
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Old 04-16-2011, 09:45 PM   #8
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Well it was a crazy idea... LOL sounds like everyone thinks I would be silly to even consider it...


Well I got actually wheel chocks ordered
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Old 04-17-2011, 09:29 AM   #9
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This will not work due to how the electric trailer brakes function. They work by an electro magnet activating when the brake controller sends a voltage signal to the brakes. The magnet "sticks" to the inside of the brake drum. As the drum rotates this pulls on a lever which in turn actuates the brake pads out towards the drum, thus stopping rotation. If the wheel/drum is not turning to start with the brake pads will not actuate.
To emphasize what Hoffkm said.

Your camper would have to roll to actually get braking action. The system is designed to STOP a MOVING trailer. Once it is stopped you have to chock it. Running the magnets at full power for longer than several minutes will burn them out.

So Triple Ditto.
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Old 04-17-2011, 08:38 PM   #10
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I use these that I made from some stuff that I had laying around.
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