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Old 05-17-2013, 07:02 PM   #1
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Just got it home - with break trouble



About 90 miles from the dealership, my trailer brakes went out. My beak controller said 'check trailer brake wiring'. I pulled over, fiddled with everything, and no breaks. I made it home, and about 10 miles from home, they started working again. I'm thinking loose wire, but, I'm not a mechanic.

This has me worried, with my first trip next Wednesday.
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Old 05-17-2013, 07:10 PM   #2
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Ugh!!!! Do you know someone close to home that can check it for you?
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Old 05-17-2013, 07:41 PM   #3
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About 90 miles from the dealership, my trailer brakes went out. My beak controller said 'check trailer brake wiring'. I pulled over, fiddled with everything, and no breaks. I made it home, and about 10 miles from home, they started working again. I'm thinking loose wire, but, I'm not a mechanic.

This has me worried, with my first trip next Wednesday.
Did the brakes freeze up on you while traveling (you didn't say) ? If not , the first things I suggest checking would be your fuses, wires, TV cable connection ( both ends ).
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I would methodically go through it this weekend using the following troubleshooting....

TV: Check the connector you plug the trailer umbilical into... Look for rust or corrosion.

Camper: Ours has a terminal box up inside the pin box area. Take the cover off and check connectors/wires.

Axles: Check connectors and wires around each wheel...

Move your truck in close so as to be able to plug in the cord... and watch your brake controller. Wiggle wires and connectors in all of the above locations and watch for changes on the brake controller.

Nice rig - hope you get it straight and have a great holiday weekend.

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Old 05-17-2013, 09:28 PM   #5
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No, the brakes didn't freeze, the didn't respond, and the brake controller could not detect them. And then they worked as I arrived home, so it's intermittent.

The truck is only a couple months old. The connector does have greace in it; I'd assume electric-compatable.

I'll go through it as recommended. I hope it is something obvious. The big issue will be trying to do all of this myself, as I have no one to help me this weekend. So I'll do what I can.
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No, the brakes didn't freeze, the didn't respond, and the brake controller could not detect them. And then they worked as I arrived home, so it's intermittent.

The truck is only a couple months old. The connector does have greace in it; I'd assume electric-compatable.

I'll go through it as recommended. I hope it is something obvious. The big issue will be trying to do all of this myself, as I have no one to help me this weekend. So I'll do what I can.
Some electrical problems are easily detected e.g. Broken wire, loose connection and others are not. Without going out on a limb here, I would say your problem is something simple - hope I am correct.

Does your TV brake controller respond to different settings when you try to adjust it up or down?

Start from the front ( under hood fuses) and go back from there. I am assuming you are using a VOM when checking for power at the plugs.

Let us know what you find and good luck.
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It does sound like a loose ground wire somewhere in the string.
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Old 05-18-2013, 09:59 PM   #8
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It should be simple. With the brakes, all you have to deal with is 1 wire and a ground. Get a plug wiring diagram (do a search on here there are several) and a meter and go to work. I would wash out the grease and replace with a light lubricant. I use WD40 as a water repellent.
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It does sound like a loose ground wire somewhere in the string.
That would be the first thing I would check as well, and the problem is likely with the camper, not the truck.
It would be a lot easier if you had someone to watch the controller while you fiddle with the wires.
And that is a really nice rig, you sure don't want to be going anywhere without dependable brakes.
Good luck.
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Call your dealer.... a 2014 should be under bumper to cap warranty!
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