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Old 09-02-2013, 04:55 PM   #11
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Thanks everyone for your responsiveness! I chased the obvious symptom first; I screw-drivered the right star wheel down a few clicks and decreased the residual drag - now nearly equal to the left. I'll road test brake application the next time out; I have a gravel driveway for starters. There is no sign of bearing problems, and I don't think my controller indicates amps. I'll let y'all know how it works out. Thanks again...Glenn.
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Old 09-02-2013, 05:35 PM   #12
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Parker, you could well be right about these trailers not having automatic adjusters. A few quicker stops in reverse for the original poster would likely tell. Someone here has the answer. Part of the reason I wondered is I recently converted a cargo trailer from no brakes to electric brakes and for not much more $ I could buy the components with automatic adjusters (Dexter axle).

With the "the right side possibly engages sooner or more than the left. But no skid marks when not braking or softly braking" on gravel it is likely not far out of adjustment. If the trailer swings to one side/does not stop in a straight line or feels like it's pushing the rear of your tow vehicle to one side when you hit the brakes then you have an issue. It is hard to describe exactly what is or isn't happening over the internet and by all means look into it but from the way you describe the braking I still don't think it is a major issue.

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Old 09-02-2013, 05:38 PM   #13
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Soultrek, I think there is a 100 % chance you just solved the issue. Well done.

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Old 09-02-2013, 07:26 PM   #14
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If I am correct in assuming that there are automatic adjusters on your trailer brakes find an open area without traffic/obstructions and try driving backward at about 5 mph a few times ... This will give the adjusters a chance to work which might solve the problem.
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I have owned electric brakes (Dexter) on three campers now. They do not have automatic adjusters.
Although standard Dexter brakes are manually adjusted, they now offer Nev-R-Adjust brakes, which are self-adjusting... apparently in forward braking action. I don't know how long Nev-R-Adjust has been available, or if Glenn's trailer has it, or if any Escape has it.
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Old 09-02-2013, 07:46 PM   #15
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In my discussion with Escape they use the standard manually adjusted brakes. We ordered the EZ lube axle with manual adjusters and they had to special order our axles.
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Old 09-10-2013, 11:03 AM   #16
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As promised: 250 miles this past weekend with no apparent brake drag or rim warming. And the braking seemed to be even. Thanks again - I learned something from y'all and other internet brake adjust guidance...Glenn.
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Old 09-11-2013, 12:08 AM   #17
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Hi,
Brake drums are always out of round, they should only drag about half way around in a complete revolution. If they don't drag at all some minor adj. is required. On the other hand if they drag all the way around I would back it off a tad. If after driving for about 1 hr. in dry conditions at highway speed pull over at a rest area get out and put you hand on each wheel rim close to the center. You should be able to keep your hand there for about 8-10 seconds about 180 f if you can't then some further checks need to be made. Maybe a bearing is dry or tires need some air..
Usually when I gas up I check all my wheels for excess heat even the tow is checked. The tires are always warm and the rims as well... but not hot to the touch
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Old 10-18-2013, 12:50 AM   #18
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When we arrived from a 100 mile jaunt, both our tires were hot enough that grease had oozed out from the bearings. A trip to our RV repair revealed that our Prodigy brake controller was defective causing the brakes to drag. luckily we caught it before damage to the wheels occurred. RV guys said that was a first.
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Old 10-18-2013, 12:53 AM   #19
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What was the fix? Replace Prodigy? Or some sort of reset?

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Had to replace it.
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