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Old 04-05-2014, 08:42 AM   #21
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At a slow speed you can use the manual slide switch to test the brakes... Without touching the truck brakes, gradually slide the manual switch on the Genesis to see if the trailer brakes will bring you to a stop. If so your wiring is good. Are you wired into the factory harness?
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Old 04-05-2014, 08:43 AM   #22
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I think everything will be OK if you just go a short distance at a slow speed to test drive it. You may find that the accelerometer in the brake controller doesn't activate the trailer brakes while parked, but if you go 25 mph the trailer brakes will work.
I once left my umbilical unplugged and drove over 50 miles before the person behind me let me know I had no brake lights/turn signals. I couldn't tell I had no trailer brakes. I guess the TV has good brakes.
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Old 04-05-2014, 08:46 AM   #23
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As far as that goes, you can use the manual slide control sitting still.
Put the truck in drive. Squeeze the manual slide control all the way in. Does the rig move? No? Trailer brakes working. Yes? Trailer brakes not working.
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Old 04-05-2014, 08:47 AM   #24
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The best rv repair shop I know in Cincinnati is on northwest side, ironically, Southwest RV service near Ross. Not sure where in cincy you are picking up, but these guys are the best.
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Old 04-05-2014, 08:53 AM   #25
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I don't know squat about the controller you are using, but the controller I am using has a gain control for the accelerometer. If the slide for the gain is turned down too far , I have no trailer brakes when I push the pedal, but full brakes when I apply them manually on the controller.
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Old 04-05-2014, 08:54 AM   #26
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Check all grounds. This is simplest, most overlooked, gives false positives, hair pulling issue. Experience baby. Locate and CLEAN every ground you can find. They may look fine. Clean them anyway. Bet you a soda that is problem.
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Old 04-05-2014, 08:55 AM   #27
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My money is on the Hayes. Still clean your connections and grounds.
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Old 04-05-2014, 09:24 AM   #28
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At Tom Raper RV right now and these guys are bending over backwards to help. They've confirmed we truly have a problem and no connection from brake. Manual works perfectly. Looks like we've made the right decision to investigate this before doing anything else.

We are soaking up all your help and advice. Can't wait to be an official AS owner and on the road.
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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.

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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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Old 04-05-2014, 03:10 PM   #35
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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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Old 04-05-2014, 03:12 PM   #36
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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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Old 04-05-2014, 03:21 PM   #37
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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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