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Old 11-23-2009, 06:09 AM   #29
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Hey All,

We just got back from Myrtle Beach. I noticed a yaw when applying the drum brakes; a new but wholly unappreciated experience. When we got home I had a one of our boys listen to the wheels for magnet noise which confirmed two brakes were AWOL. Long story short; a lead wire to one magnet was broken off (the insulation just cracked with age and led to wire breaking) and the magnet on another assembly was a wedge and showing the windings. So this weekend I had the wife put on new disc brakes (she only started complaining when it got to be 10 PM and 45 degrees). The system is Kodiak brakes, Dexter actuator, and a Prodigy controller running at about 6 to 7 volts at boost 1. We tested the brakes on Sunday and what a change. For the life of me, I cannot get the trailer to bump. I tried all of the tricks; deaccelerating into a turn with no brakes applied, a lower 5 volt setting on the prodigy and while turning into a stop. So I am now convinced that 2Air and Rich are right on. The Hensley does not bump the tow vehicle with proper braking force applied by the trailer.

BTW, our original break-away switch was also AWOL. I cannot see what is wrong with it, and it was working only a month ago. It looks like the way it works is that when the plug is pulled, the spring-activated contacts close and complete the 12 volt circuit. Simple, and fool-proof, but it still malfunctioned after only 5 years. New Bargman installed, problem solved. With the crumbling insulation on the wire and the pristine-looking, but inoperative break-away switch, I now have a new perspective on the state of trailer safety on our nation's highways.

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Old 11-23-2009, 10:52 AM   #30
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The Hensley shifts either to the right or left and you feel the bump.


Get the haha set up properly and that disappears.
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Get the haha set up properly and that disappears.
Go back and read my entire post.
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So this weekend I had the wife put on new disc brakes (she only started complaining when it got to be 10 PM and 45 degrees). The system is Kodiak brakes, Dexter actuator, and a Prodigy controller...
good report paul!

is your wife available to service/repair others with discs brakes IF we drop by ?

post a follow up on the dex' actuator as it gets more use.

eventually the actibrake on my trailer will fail and when it does i'd like to know more about this replacement option.

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Go back and read my entire post.
Yep....get it set it's gone
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Old 11-23-2009, 03:41 PM   #34
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is your wife available to service/repair others with discs brakes IF we drop by ?
I'm sorry to say, but you would have to pay for both of us. She's management, and I'm the blue-collar workforce in the family. She was very helpful in the hydraulic line-routing dynamics and bleeding the brake lines.

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Hey All,

We just got back from Myrtle Beach. I noticed a yaw when applying the drum brakes; a new but wholly unappreciated experience. When we got home I had a one of our boys listen to the wheels for magnet noise which confirmed two brakes were AWOL. Long story short; a lead wire to one magnet was broken off (the insulation just cracked with age and led to wire breaking) and the magnet on another assembly was a wedge and showing the windings.

Thanks to everyone for illuminating this subject. RossFam05BH's post really illustrates how problems can creep up unexpected and how important checking and maintaining brake systems is with our trailering lifestyle.

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