Electric brake system

Discussion in 'Tires / Brakes / Bearings / Axles' started by DESERTFOX, Apr 22, 2009.

  1. DESERTFOX

    DESERTFOX New Member

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    How do you adjust the electric brake system? I'm n2pup owner and felt very stress bringing that new pup home since it feels like whenever I tried to stop I feel that the camper's wheels are screeching, and I thud in my back whenever I pump on that brake pedal. Is my electric brake set to hard since whenever I put the brakes on it seems like I have to slow way ahead of time and give too much space between me and the vehicle in front of me.
    Please Advice.
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  2. cksteele

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    If the brakes are screching you might be locking up the tires wich means you have them set a bit to high. You should be able to feel the brakes working but they should not be set so hight that they are stoping the trailer and the tow vehicle. The thud sounds like you may need to adjust the brakes at the wheels. They are adjusted simularly as a set of drum brakes on your car. Good luck and welcome to the portal.

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    theseus Centerville, OH

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    Also I would wager good money that you are using a time-delayed brake controller like a draw-tite. If you used a proportional brake controller like a Tekonsha Prodigy or P3, you wouldn't notice the braking behind you. It would feel more like you were braking just the car.

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    I have a Hayes endeavor controller and there are adjustments you can make at the controller itself that has to do with the weight of the trailer. then you can go from there and adjust the power up or down accordingly.

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    theseus Centerville, OH

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    All brake controllers have adjustments that can be made. However a proportional controller takes into account your deceleration and applies just the enough braking to the trailer. The Hayes Endeavor looks similar to a Tekonsha Primus, which is proportional.

    Time-delayed controllers apply 100% of what ever voltage you set to the brakes after a set amount of time. This causes a lot of extra wear on the trailer brakes and a lot of banging around. It also provides less control in a braking situation.

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