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Old 04-24-2013, 08:39 PM   #11
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I checked the trailer brakes, they seem to be working OK. I should invest in a new brake controller, the one I bought in 2001 worked fine with the 17 ft. Casita but is coming up short with the Escape 19. Not seeing a brake problem, I ran the curbside rear wheel onto a ramp and gave the front wheel a spin. It sounded like an alarm clock going off (or a chain dragging against a hard surface, if you wish). Also, the camber on the left rear and right front wheel looks negative, while the right rear and left front looks neutral. Tire wear seems even, so I don't think it's a problem, maybe even normal. I've got an appointment to have the wheels checked the end of this week. Hope it's a fairly easy fix and won't be a problem with leaving for the King City, CA rally the middle of next week as we're supposed to bring a 16" Dutch Oven for DO pizza night.

For what it's worth: the rattle I've been hearing turned out to be loose kayak racks...

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Old 04-24-2013, 10:33 PM   #12
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Wheel bearings?? What else moves when the wheels turn?
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Old 04-25-2013, 12:28 AM   #13
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I've experienced wheel bearing problems before...different feel and sound. If it does turn out to be a wheel bearing, that would present a more complicated problem than just a wheel bearing gone bad.

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Old 04-25-2013, 12:36 AM   #14
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I should invest in a new brake controller, the one I bought in 2001 worked fine with the 17 ft. Casita but is coming up short with the Escape 19.
I don't get it: why would the different trailer need a different controller? Even the Escape 19 only has two axles, and every controller handles the power required by only two axles. What controller do you have, and what do you expect a new controller to do which is different?
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Old 04-25-2013, 01:08 AM   #15
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I know nothing, but could a brake not be releasing completely?
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Old 04-25-2013, 04:10 PM   #16
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I don't get it: why would the different trailer need a different controller? Even the Escape 19 only has two axles, and every controller handles the power required by only two axles. What controller do you have, and what do you expect a new controller to do which is different?
The issue isn't the number of axles, it's the ease of adjusting. The "hard to visualize" change from red to green and green to red of the LED light and the lack of sensitivity of the power and leveler knobs makes it hard to adjust the power to the brakes. With the 17' Casita, it was a once or twice a year task. With the Escape 19, I frequently have to fiddle with the controller to keep the brakes working smoothly. I'm thinking newer technology with a digital read would be easier to adjust and keep adjusted...yes, no?

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Old 04-26-2013, 10:09 AM   #17
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Thanks Rich. Yes, I agree that a newer controller would probably easier to use. If your current one has a leveller knob then it is a pendulum type, and a modern fully electronic design would avoid the levelling adjustment, as well as having a clearer display.

We're getting closer to the root issue: why does the Escape 19 need controller adjustments? This makes me think that Glen is on to something: could one or more brake mechanisms be sticking, working only sometimes?
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Old 04-26-2013, 10:32 AM   #18
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I'm pulling the trailer to Norm's RV here in Poway this morning. Hopefully I'll have some answers by the end of the day.

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Old 04-26-2013, 11:26 AM   #19
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The brake controller sensitivity (voltage output) should be adjusted so that the TT brakes are applied but do not lock up when the tow vehicles brake pedal is depressed. The adjustment is specific to the trailer weight. The noise in the brakes, as previously described, could be a result of rust on the brake drum rubbing the backing plate or a component such as a spring that is loose in the brake drum assembly. Removal of the brake drum is necessary to address this concern. Speculation is not a good diagnostic tool (weegie board diagnostics).
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Old 04-26-2013, 07:43 PM   #20
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The problem with the curbside front wheel (ringing sound like metal banging against metal) was failed parts (slack adjuster and spring). It's been fixed and I got my trailer back home. My wife can start packing the trailer for our next trip. She's happy...and when she's happy, I'm happy. Before we leave for the FGRV rally, I'll give another go at adjusting the brake controller, but I do think I need to replace it with something more up to date and easier to deal with. It won't happen before we leave, it'll have to wait until we return.

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