Electric Brakes

Submitted: Monday, Mar 16, 2009 at 19:34
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I finally received my Lawson Off Road Camper from Explorer and it's everything I wanted it to be. When I hooked up the C/T for the first time, the Tekonsha P3 controller recognised it OK, but the braking was very vague. When I used the manual lever, I was under the impression the trailer brakes were supposed to lock up with the manual lever fully across. The C/T just braked very gradually. Does something need adjusting, or what should I be looking at? Thanks for any help with it!
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Reply By: toyocrusa - Monday, Mar 16, 2009 at 20:04

Monday, Mar 16, 2009 at 20:04
It does need adjusting but you will need to read the instructions to set it up correctly. Bob.
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Follow Up By: guzzi - Monday, Mar 16, 2009 at 20:12

Monday, Mar 16, 2009 at 20:12
It may also take a little while for the shoes/pads to bed in. Things should improve with use.
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Follow Up By: Member - Ros C (VIC) - Monday, Mar 16, 2009 at 22:41

Monday, Mar 16, 2009 at 22:41
I took my trailer back for a 2000Km service for the brake shoes to be adjusted. The brake controller (Tekonsha) needed re-setting after that and was fine.
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Reply By: Roughasguts - Monday, Mar 16, 2009 at 20:27

Monday, Mar 16, 2009 at 20:27
Did you take the camper for a reasonable drive EG: warm up the trailer brakes as they don't work that well when cold, or at least mine don't.

Then again I can't get my trailer brakes to lock up either, even when hot so I think some adjustment may be required on my brake shoe sdjustment.
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Reply By: Sigmund - Monday, Mar 16, 2009 at 20:46

Monday, Mar 16, 2009 at 20:46
My Voyager doesn't lock up the brakes like in the movie either.

But when properly adjusted it works so well you don't know the trailer's there.
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Reply By: Member - Nick (TAS) - Monday, Mar 16, 2009 at 21:06

Monday, Mar 16, 2009 at 21:06
Just fitted electric brakes to our camper and use a Tekonsha P3 controller.At full power setting, I can get one wheel to lock up sometimes but usually not.But I have only done 100kms on them so far and will adjust up the shoes in another couple of hundred and see how it goes.
But using the manual control, it pulls the vehicle and trailer up great and lets face it, locked up wheels do nothing to help slowing down.
The CD that comes with the controler shows the power setting at 6(i think) and instructs you to try it there.I had to take it up to 10 before I could feel braking on the trailer and up to 12.8 to get a lock up.I backed it back to 11.5 until I adjust the trailer brake shoes.
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Reply By: Member - Bucky, the "Mexican"- Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 04:07

Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 04:07
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Reply By: MEMBER - Darian (SA) - Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 10:38

Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 10:38
On my Campomatic, the Alko brakes don't lock up - they will on gravel at times, but not on the seal - this is apparently normal - I just set mine to about 7 volts at the start of a trip, maybe select boost level 1 and off I go - I just give the manual braking lever a try when cruising, and can feel a distinct drag from the trailer. That's it - the trailer only needs to 'contribute' to the overall braking of the car / trailer combination.
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