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Old 08-26-2015, 02:27 AM   #51
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I'm trying to figure out why one would need to cool their brakes at the top of the hill.
Hi: gbaglo... I always thought it was so they could "Cool their heels". Alf
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Old 08-26-2015, 05:54 AM   #52
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A 5 or 10 minute stop won't do much cooling to my trucks brakes, more like a half hour or better.
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Old 08-26-2015, 01:42 PM   #53
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Had a bit of a scare a couple of weeks ago...and a lesson learned. Had my son looking after hooking our 17B (Tomago) to our RAV4. He did a great job, except had not fully inserted the wiring harness into the receiver on the RAV4...was short by 1/4 inch. Drove about 35 miles until I started to notice that the trailer brakes weren't working! Checked the brake controller by my knees an noticed it wasn't lit up. Pulled over, pushed it in that 1/4 inch, and all was then good.
Follow the instructions, and as Calvin (& Hobbes) said, "be safe, or be roadkill)!
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Old 08-26-2015, 02:15 PM   #54
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Had a bit of a scare a couple of weeks ago...and a lesson learned. Had my son looking after hooking our 17B (Tomago) to our RAV4. He did a great job, except had not fully inserted the wiring harness into the receiver on the RAV4...was short by 1/4 inch. Drove about 35 miles until I started to notice that the trailer brakes weren't working! Checked the brake controller by my knees an noticed it wasn't lit up. Pulled over, pushed it in that 1/4 inch, and all was then good.
Follow the instructions, and as Calvin (& Hobbes) said, "be safe, or be roadkill)!

Thanks for the reminder. I've discovered that when doing a pre-trip light check (turn signals etc.)
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Old 08-26-2015, 02:43 PM   #55
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Had a bit of a scare a couple of weeks ago...and a lesson learned. Had my son looking after hooking our 17B (Tomago) to our RAV4. He did a great job, except had not fully inserted the wiring harness into the receiver on the RAV4...was short by 1/4 inch. Drove about 35 miles until I started to notice that the trailer brakes weren't working! Checked the brake controller by my knees an noticed it wasn't lit up. Pulled over, pushed it in that 1/4 inch, and all was then good.
Follow the instructions, and as Calvin (& Hobbes) said, "be safe, or be roadkill)!
We go through the lights check every morning but I couldn't avoid a large chunk of truck tread on I75. I straddled it and didn't hear or feel much but it unplugged the trailer and damaged one of the safety chain clips. I drove for 30 minutes without lights or brakes until I felt that the trailer seemed to be pushing me when I had to brake and noticed the controller was dark.
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Old 08-26-2015, 04:08 PM   #56
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No doubt that it was fortunate for you to make that discovery, before anything worse happened.
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Old 08-26-2015, 04:28 PM   #57
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For me, an easy way to do the light check after I plug in the 7-pin outlet is to just hit the door lock button on my trucks key fob while watching from the back of the trailer. If everything is hooked up and working properly, my trailer lights will flash on and off the same as my vehicle lights.

A more detailed check involves having someone in the drivers seat of the tow vehicle systematically switching on and off the headlights/tail lights, brake lights, left/right signal lights, and 4-way flashers.
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Old 08-26-2015, 04:47 PM   #58
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I will be driving alone - love your light check method - thanks!!!

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For me, an easy way to do the light check after I plug in the 7-pin outlet is to just hit the door lock button on my trucks key fob while watching from the back of the trailer. If everything is hooked up and working properly, my trailer lights will flash on and off the same as my vehicle lights
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Old 08-26-2015, 10:49 PM   #59
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Gosh, I just hit the lights before taking off to see if the trailer lights up.
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Old 08-27-2015, 12:21 AM   #60
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Had a bit of a scare a couple of weeks ago...and a lesson learned. Had my son looking after hooking our 17B (Tomago) to our RAV4. He did a great job, except had not fully inserted the wiring harness into the receiver on the RAV4...was short by 1/4 inch. Drove about 35 miles until I started to notice that the trailer brakes weren't working! Checked the brake controller by my knees an noticed it wasn't lit up. Pulled over, pushed it in that 1/4 inch, and all was then good.
Follow the instructions, and as Calvin (& Hobbes) said, "be safe, or be roadkill)!
I learned early on to always have my TV running lights on when towing and periodically check the trailers forward drivers running light in my mirror. One time I noticed it wasn't on and for a good reason, the 7 pin plug came loose.

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For me, an easy way to do the light check after I plug in the 7-pin outlet is to just hit the door lock button on my trucks key fob while watching from the back of the trailer. If everything is hooked up and working properly, my trailer lights will flash on and off the same as my vehicle lights.
Now that makes it too easy
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