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Old 04-05-2014, 09:32 AM   #29
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LizGK,

Hope it is simple and an easy fix.

While you're focused on your brakes, pretty sure I read that you have disc brakes. Right?

Did the PO tell you if this trailer had the recall repair for the brake hoses?

Info is in a stickie in the brakes forum.

Those Dexter discs are darn good when all working the way they can work.

Good luck.

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Old 04-05-2014, 09:49 AM   #30
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Have the tech ensure the brake trigger feed goes to the correct ( switched ) side of the brake light switch. If you are using the factory harness this should not be an issue.
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Old 04-05-2014, 09:51 AM   #31
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Again I suggest a prodigy 2 or 3 and be on your way home. They are both essentially the same with one being sexier than the other....
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Old 04-05-2014, 11:31 AM   #32
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I used the Prodigy RF trailer brake controller on my early 2007 Mercedes ML320 CDI built in October 2006 as the trailer brake wire harness could not be connected without pulling the interior out of the car. Three months later the wiring harness was put in the proper place in the vehicles on the Mercedes assembly line. Nuts!

So be sure the controller you select has an option for a hydraulic disc brake pump and controller!
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Old 04-05-2014, 11:57 AM   #33
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Brake Controller

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Ford 250. Let me find out about the acti-brake unit.
What model year is your Ford F250?


Does the truck have, or did it ever have, the Ford integrated trailer brake controller?


Has the Airstream recall work been performed on the brake hoses for the Dexter hydraulic brake system?


Has the recall work been performed on the ActiBrake E/H actuator?


The answers to these questions may help the shop to troubleshoot the problem.
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Old 04-05-2014, 12:13 PM   #34
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At a complete stop pressing the brake pedal does not engage the actuator but sliding the manual bar on the controller will activate the brakes. I know this because I recently bled my trailer brake system this way. The Ford integrated brake controller should work fine. Mine is set at 7. I suspect your brakes are working fine. It agree that you should get rid of the actibrake actuator that has been recalled.
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After spending the day on this problem it appears we have a faulty Genesis brake controller. At least we now know the problem and can work on the solution. Regrettably it will require a return trip from Rochester to Cincinnati.

Tested it out in a parking lot and breaks just don't engage. Tried different positions of the Brake controller and it would engage some times and not others. Worked great if you just shook it!! But with 500 miles to drive I doubt that's a sensible solution.

I so appreciate all of the advice and support today. Thank you.
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That's too bad and also unfortunate that the integrated controller that came with the truck is also not functioning.
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So why not buy a new controller take 3 minutes to wire it in and drive your new Stream home? You'll save 1500 miles of fuel!

We can talk on the phone and I can talk you through the process....
Really its 3-4 minutes!

Like I told you.... all of those are faulty... replacements will also be faulty.
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