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Trailer towing q's

Discussion in '6.9L IH & 7.3L IDI Diesels' started by chris142, Jul 28, 2020.

  1. Grange Bond

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    Sorry to hear ur loosing your job bro best of luck finding another. U mentioned trailer brake wiring wasn't sorted does the trailer move freely could there be stuck brakes bearings etc doesn't cost to jack her up and check.
     
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    When I plugged the trailer in the brakes locked and I could not move. I unplugged it to get it home. I am going to pull the wheels to pack bearings and check the brakes.

    I don't think the brakes were dragging but I will know when I jack it up.
     
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    Is there a breakaway switch? Maybe it's broken, stuck in the "breakaway" mode, locking up the brakes.
     
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    Yes but no
     
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    I tow a heavy 34 ft 5th wheel south & north over Siskiyou pass with my '93 F250 7.3 IDIT 5 speed. On the steepest grade, I'm down to 2nd sometimes. doing about 2500-2800 rpm.

    Thing is, it feels like it'd do it all day & we're not in a hurry. On a hot day, it'll sometimes need to stop & cool when the grade levels for a bit. It feels a bit like driving a tractor but we just relax, take in the mountain scenery & let her pull.
     
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    Great attitude to have.
     
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    Whale poop! Trailer weighs #10200 empty! No wonder i can barely pull it and can't stop it. Loaded I will be #20k.
     
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    I guess that explains it.
     
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    Take it slow and let your truck just eat it'll pull it
     
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    Having the trailer brakes working properly is def important on something like that. Use a higher quality brake controller too.
     
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    I will stress this. The cheap ones don't work near as well, especially panic stops.

    I ordered a Tekonsha Prodigy P3 from e-trailer. If you contact them ahead of time they'll price match Amazon. Saved me a bunch and I know someone will pick up the phone if there's a problem with it.
     
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    I have a Tekonsha Primus IQ (90160) I used when I pulled the old Alumalite travel trailer for a few months. It isn't nearly as fancy as the P3, but it's better than the cheap $35 ones, but costs less than half as much as the P3. Buy the best one you can afford, I say. The IQ is probably the bare minimum you want. There is a P2 which is better than the IQ but lesser than the P3.
     
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