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Old 06-15-2010, 11:40 PM   #1
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I got a chance to test the BRAKES !!!

We were heading home from a two week trip in western Montana last week. Coming down 287 near Dubois ,Wyoming we were in a real downpour doing about 45 mph pulling our 2008 25ft. Safari. I was keeping a safe distance behind a newer Corolla when all of a sudden its brake lights came on to nearly a full stop. That is when I saw a cooler size 300 lb. boulder come to a stop in front of the little car. It rolled down from a steep hillside loosened up by all the rain we had in the region. I slammed on the brakes to our F150 and squeezed the brake controller hard. All four trailer tires locked up and screeched us to a quick stop just short of hitting the car. Three guys in an on coming car stopped and rolled the rock off to the side of the road and the Corolla continued on. We pulled over to check the contents of the trailer and were glad to find nothing was out of place. The force of the sudden braking pushed us hard against the shoulder belts. Whew!!....hope that does not happen again.
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Old 06-16-2010, 12:14 AM   #2
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Wow - TG for good brakes - both on the Tv and your trailer!
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The value of reliable and properly functioning equipment cannot be understated. Glad to hear there was no harm.

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Old 06-16-2010, 11:15 AM   #4
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Glad to hear everyone and your Airstream are okay. What year is your F-150? Is your brake controller the Ford Factory install or aftermarket? We just had the Ford Factory controller installed on our 2010 which displays braking levels on the electronic dash. Pretty Cool!!!!
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What type of brake controller are you using?
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Old 06-16-2010, 05:29 PM   #6
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My wife and I were the only ones in the truck. It is a 92 XLT longbed super cab with a bed topper. We bought it new and it is in premium condition. The controller is a Hayes Engage model installed by a dealer.

I had locked them up once on a gravel road just testing them out. I also had used them quite a bit to help slow down decending the many hills and passes in these parts. Thankfully, I never had a close call up till this one. But frequent use of the controller taught my hand right where to feel as I never had to takes my eyes off the road to search for it.
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Perhaps I'm wrong, but I don't think you should have to touch the brake controller in a panic stop. We have a Prodigy and I have had to make a couple of really hard stops. The Prodigy instaneously activates the trailer brakes full on when I have stomped on the brake pedal.
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Our Jordan works the same way. Proportionate to the brake pedal. One would think that in an emergency situation both hands on the wheel would be best.
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