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BarneyS

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Posted: 05/25/21 06:14pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Check out this post by forum member JBarca that has complete directions on wiring your brakes, complete with pictures.

Also embedded early in his post is a link to another thread by former Travel Trailer moderator LAdams on the same subject and also contains a lot of excellent pictures to help explain what is going on.

I think both of these old threads will be a big help to you in re-wiring your brakes - which by the way I think is the best route to go.[emoticon]
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Hey Barney, thanks for sharing that, I'm sure it will be helpful.
This is where I am currently. After the smoldering wires which thankfully occured right at the breakway I have found that the breakaway is not fused, understandably! The brake ground is on the frame near the real drivers side axel. The power wire and breakaway are fastened together at front and rear axle drivers side. In Order for there to have been a dead short of this magnatude, it has to be one of the blue power wires, correct? I would think so. So, I am going to just run two new power wires and hopefully that should be good.
All my tools are of the best nature, crimp style connectors, connectors for the appropriate size wire with factory shrink, the appropriate stripping tool and the appropriate crimping tool with slots for 3 different size crimps that are color coded to the crimps, red, blue and yellow. If there is an error it shouldn't be in my tools or application.
I'm thinking the wire has to be the problem and it is in a spot I can see. I may cut it and pull it out when I do the new wire...tomorrow, I'm done for today [emoticon]


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Posted: 05/25/21 07:03pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Might as well replace the old breakaway switch while you at it. In for a penny in for a pound.


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Sjm9911 wrote:

Might as well replace the old breakaway switch while you at it. In for a penny in for a pound.


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So it has been several days and I need to update this. I replaced my breakaway, ran new wire from breakaway thru bottom trailer, through each axle, and to each wheel. Soldered joints and tested in driveway. Pulled breakaway all 4 wheels slid.
Hooked up next morning for a 1200 mile trip and first bump got the "check trailer brakes" warning. I continued on and next bump I had brakes again. I drove the 1200 miles w/brakes 99% of time, sometimes for several hours. Only thing left is pull the wheels off, what besides the obvious like bare or broken wire should I look for?

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Pull the breakaway and check to see if the magnet has power. Use something metal. You did check and clean the grounds I belive. Did you ever check the tv wiring? Just to rule it out? I know the whole thing is a pita.

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When breakaway was pulled I had no brakes at trailer.

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Then you should look at the wire from the breakaway to the conection for the harness. Your almost there.

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Did you replace both wires or just one?

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Of you did both it has to be in between the break away and the harness, or where you hooked into the harness. Then check the harness itself. Look at the conections. If you have a multi meter, you can maybe get a reading, that dosent help much when it comes and goes. I would spray the conections with contact cleaner and coat with dielectric grease and see if that helps.

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