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Posted: 11/13/20 07:01am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I just purchased a 24 foot Komfort kampsite trailer and while getting new tires put on, I noticed that the driver side axles have wires running to the brakes but the passenger side wires have been cut and capped. Is this normal or do I need to get those wires on the passenger side hook back up? When I use the trailer brake in the truck while driving it home, the brakes did work on the trailer but I am guessing they are only coming from one side?
Thank you in advance for any help. I appreciate it.

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The wires need to be connected for that side to work. Imagine your tow vehicle only having brakes on one side, you're either going to have a bad pull to one side or the other.

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Posted: 11/13/20 08:02am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Take a closer look. On a lot of trailers the brake wires will run inside the axle tube from one side to the other side.


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Posted: 11/13/20 09:00am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Have someone actuate your brakes while you listen and feel for the brakes to operate on both sides.


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Posted: 11/13/20 09:29am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thank you all. This will give me a great place to start. I will take a look this weekend. We haven't taken it out yet so I want to make sure nothing is overlooked or a suprise.

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Posted: 11/13/20 09:32am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You can very easily test that by jacking up one side of trailer, spinning a tire by hand, and using the manual trailer brake override.


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OK but be careful jacking up a trailer.


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No need to jack anything up. The brake coils will sing when activated and are easy to hear. Just put your head down near each wheel to confirm them.

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WNJJ is correct . You should be able to hear the magnets sucking the shoe levers up .

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I would think somebody that just bought a used trailer would want to look at the bearings and brakes before pulling it. At bare minimum, make sure of adjustment and function.

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