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Old 06-27-2012, 11:19 AM   #1
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Has anyone had any issues with the breakaway switch lanyard being too short with air ride hitch causing it to catch and activate the emergency brakes?
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Old 06-27-2012, 12:09 PM   #2
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Yes, just happened for second time this weekend.



I have the Reese Elite and Trail-Air hitch. Whenever I have to jackknife it to back into a site, it pulls the breakaway and applies the brakes. Weird thing is, with my disk brakes, I can hear the buzz ofthe hydraulic pump, but I can still move the trailer. The brakes aren't locked up.



I think the Redwoods come with a 48" lanyard... so I'm buying the 72" before my next outing.
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Old 06-27-2012, 12:20 PM   #3
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When I picked up our trailer the dealer checked out the disc brakes both
on the lot and on a short "round the block" drive. Initially they did
not work!

Technician found a loose wire in the front right electrical/brake
equipment compartment. He reconnected the wire and taped up all the
"marrettes".

I have the brake gain on my F350 set to 8 right now and it should hold the truck/trailer.

Only experience I have is the 2 hour drive home ... I'm sure others on
the forum will chime in with the correct response regarding brakes. I
manually tested appyling only the trailer brakes during the trip and
they certainly dragged both the trailer and truck down!

The dealer hung the brake lanyard on the hitch and I noticed when I got
home it had fallen off and was simply lying loose in the truck bed.



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Old 06-27-2012, 12:28 PM   #4
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Thank you for the information. I had mine activate while making a very shallow right turn. However, it did not lock the brakes up enough to stop the trailer, just enough to damage the brakes because I did not realize it had been activated. When I went to unhook the trailer I found the problem. The lanyard is far too short for the system.
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Old 06-27-2012, 01:24 PM   #5
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Where do you put the lanyard? I just hook mine on the hitch uncouple arm. Stays there and has not set my brakes off yet.
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Old 06-27-2012, 01:32 PM   #6
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That is where it was. However, due to the size if the air hitch the lanyard got hung up on a bolt putting enough tension on it to pull the pin out. The lanyard needs to be about 10 inches longer.
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Old 06-27-2012, 01:36 PM   #7
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I have the air hitch as well. I will look close at ours to see about the bolt issue. I wonder if we put a clip aft of the hitch, say on the riser from the rails, this would keep the lanyard away from the head and still be there for us
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Old 06-27-2012, 01:42 PM   #8
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I just looked at my hitch, it is a Husky 26 k non slider. There is a hole on they yoke, just aft of the head where you can mount a catch to snap the lanyard to. Well aft of the king pin and out of the way. Turning will not be an issue
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I had the lanyard looped over the arm on the Reese Elite. When I finally got my trailer backed in to my site, I was on an angle to the Trail-Air and could not get enough slack to take it off the release arm. Finally, I had to pull out the plunger (whichactivated the disk pump) for a minute just to get unhooked. So I found a 72" lanyard at Camping World:http://www.campingworld.com/shopping...6-length/57846that I think will fix this.



My disk brakes seem just "OK" on my GMC while rolling to a stop using the integrated brake controller set on 9.5 out of 10. My dealer replaced the Carlyle HBA-CAM that comes from Redwood, but no big improvement.



If I am at a stop and put the trailer disk brakes on manually,the braking is very weak and the disks might not hold the truck/trailer. Actuating only trailer brakeswill certainly not drag the tires or stop the rig at a slow speed like my drum brakes used to. What is normal?? Any suggestions? Edited by: 5th_Time
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Old 06-28-2012, 05:26 AM   #10
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When my system activated it did not lock the brakes up. You would think you would be dragging the trailer leaving skid marks. This wasn't the case. They just engaged enough to burn up the shoes and and hubs. The trailer continued to pull as normal. Hs anyone else had their system activate and not lock the brakes up? Has anyone else had any issues with the brakes when the unit came from the factory?
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