Brakes seem grabby

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  1. eoleson1

    eoleson1 Well-Known Member

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    So I now own a camper with brakes for the first time. The brakes seem to work well unless I'm in stop and go traffic. When we're crawling along and I touch my brakes lightly, the trailer brakes grab and give us a little jerk. Feels like the trailer brakes are applying before the truck brakes. Is this normal?
     
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    theseus Living the Darkside... Silver Supporting Member

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    What type of brake controller do you have? You really need a proportional controller like a Tekonsha P2 or P3. That should eliminate the grabbiness at low speed.

    Time based controllers, while cheap, are crap.

    If you are using a proportional controller, turn it down or turn off the boost.
     
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    eoleson1 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks. I know it's a tekonsha. I'm pretty sure it's the P2.

    I assume from your response that the feeling is not normal? Guess I'll have to try adjusting it.
     
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    theseus Living the Darkside... Silver Supporting Member

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    No that doesn’t seem right. I have a Prodigy (now called the P2) I never notice the trailer grabbing unless I have the boost up too high or my kids have messed with the controller adjustment.
     
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    It's normal for me. I'v had the same P2 for two different trailers. Both of them needed to have the boost reduced in low speed, city driving.
    I turn the boost up on the freeway, down in the city.
    I want more braking in a high speed environment, and less in a low speed environment.
     
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    Mine do the same but I have the boost up all the time.
     
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    tfischer A bad day camping beats a good day at the office

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    I'm in the process of having brakes added as we speak (well, they're on order) so I've done a lot of research on this. If you have a proportional controller, check that your boost isn't too high, and that your brake power setting is also calibrated correctly.
     
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    Orchid Sharp Shootin' Grandma

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    This happens in our truck if I don't press the button that says "tow mode." I have no idea what that does, but mentioned it in case someone else knows. I find out very quickly if I forget to put it in tow mode.
     

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