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Terryallan

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Posted: 04/08/12 02:53pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

SoCalDesertRider wrote:

Letting it get going too fast and then trying to stop and turn and same time doesn't work out so great.


We both know, going backwards with a trailer, down a low traction hill, and applying the brakes can, and will make the front tires lockup, and slide causing loss of steering control.

What I learned at a mountain CG with a steep grave road. Set the park brake on the TV, Not too tight, But enough so that the rear wheels, which is where the park brake applies, help with braking. You will then get your front wheels back, and have steering control. I learned this as I was failing to back into a campsite, The CG owner standing there watching, Said. Put on the park brake, and you wil get the front end back. I did, and it worked. I backed right into the site no problem.


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Posted: 04/08/12 03:10pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Terryallan wrote:

SoCalDesertRider wrote:

Letting it get going too fast and then trying to stop and turn and same time doesn't work out so great.


We both know, going backwards with a trailer, down a low traction hill, and applying the brakes can, and will make the front tires lockup, and slide causing loss of steering control.

What I learned at a mountain CG with a steep grave road. Set the park brake on the TV, Not too tight, But enough so that the rear wheels, which is where the park brake applies, help with braking. You will then get your front wheels back, and have steering control. I learned this as I was failing to back into a campsite, The CG owner standing there watching, Said. Put on the park brake, and you wil get the front end back. I did, and it worked. I backed right into the site no problem.
Thanks! I'll try that next time!


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The other difficult part about backing down a hill is being able to pull forward again to correct mistakes in backing. Not as simple as it sounds.

The reason I have a 4wd truck is just to get up my driveway when it is wet/muddy. Taking on a trailer in less than ideal conditions is a disaster. When I had the 2wd truck I almost lost the trailer twice due to lack of traction.

I am also lucky that I can back up the hill to park the trailer. For me that is easier than backing down hill.


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Posted: 04/10/12 10:25pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Here's another thought. I haven't tried it, just thinking about the problem.
I have a Prodigy brake controller. It has a manual lever to engage the trailer brakes manually. It also has several settings for applying more or less trailer braking for a given pressure on the brake pedal.
So your brake controller MAY have the ability to let you manually apply trailer brakes, or temporarily set greater pressure.

Again, haven't tried it. Am I way off base, or does this seem reasonable for the situation?

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Posted: 04/11/12 05:17am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Yes, most brake controllers allow the operator to manually apply only the trailer brakes by themselves. Most also allow the operator to increase the voltage to the trailer brakes in normal operation.

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