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Old 11-29-2006, 05:48 PM   #1
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Brakes for a 6 Metre Minuet?

Been going through some posts and read where some have brakes on their 6 Metre Minuet. Was this standard issue? Do you suggest this? I'm pretty sure I don't have them on mine.

I'm a week away from submitting her to a shop to have some serious work done!! Just the major stuff. I don't have the time or knowledge to do it myself...
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Old 11-29-2006, 06:21 PM   #2
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All Minuets came with drum brakes mounted on the axle. Yours did too....

At 2400 lbs your trailer is required by law (in almost every state) to have trailerr brakes.

They need to be plugged into your tow vehicle via an umbilical to be operated by a brake controller in your vehicle. The brake controller was and is usually an add on feature - unless your vehicle came with a factory tow package.
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Old 11-29-2006, 09:14 PM   #3
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When they pack the bearings, have the shop check the magnets in the brakes OR just get new backing plates with shoes and magnets and put them on. They cost about $100 for a pair. Check the wiring for continuity from the connector to the brakes and be sure the break away switch is OK. The brakes are really pretty easy to put back into commission and will make towing MUCH safer.
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Old 11-29-2006, 09:20 PM   #4
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Here's a handy link for brakes and wheels.
http://www.etrailerpart.com/
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I have, what appears to be, a brake contraption on my hitch. I then connect the wire leading from it to my towing vehicle. Looks like if she fell off, it would then engage the brakes. Is this all I need or should I have the trailer brakes hooked up to the towing vehicles brakes so they both work at the same time?
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Old 12-28-2006, 08:55 AM   #6
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Warster ~ The connection to the trailer brakes should be through the 7 pin connector on your Tundra. You will need a brake controller installed in your truck as well. I put a prodigy controller in my Tundra. You can get a cable that just plugs into the wirering of the truck. The thing you are seeing on the hitch is most likely the break away switch. It's function is to lock the breaks of the trailer if it detaches from your truck. It should have a pin with a cable. The cable attaches to your truck. When the cable is pulled the pin comes out and the brakes engage.
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Yep, that's what I have. I am going to install a new axle in the next year. I guess I'll mess with my brakes then. I have no idea if they work or not.
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It is potentially disastrous to tow without brakes -- and against the law as Janet points out. Many brake controllers (and the Prodigy certainly does) have a lever to test brakes (below 25mph) and set the calibration. It's easy to tell because the test lever applies the trailer brakes and not the tow vehicle brakes. You will need both a brake controller and the 7-pin umbilical connected for this; the circuit thru the umbilical is not complete unless you do have a brake controller.

Search the Forums on 'compass' -- I crawled under my Argosy and put a simple magnetic compass inside the wheel near the brake drums and had my wife push on the brake pedal (trailer not moving of course). The compass needle did swing about 10 degrees -- not large but enough to tell the brakes were trying to work -- later proven out by the Prodigy test lever application. You need a functioning battery system on the trailer for the breakaway switch to work -- but please note that your brake solenoids could burn out in under 5 minutes of constant application. So you could pull the breakaway lanyard for a test but put it right back in! This would allow a test without hooking up the umbilical.
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Just to expand on Bob's post. Do not activate the break away with the umbilical attached. Prodigy warns that this could damage the brake controller.

BTW, the prodigy will display NC if you are not connected to the trailer and you activate the hand lever. I would expect the same results if they were not wired up also.
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Just to expand on Bob's post. Do not activate the break away with the umbilical attached. Prodigy warns that this could damage the brake controller.
Ah yes! Thanks, I forgot about that. It's supposed to fry it completely the first time if I recall. Darn sensitive electronics ... but it works very well!
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