jayco outback electric brakes

Submitted: Wednesday, Apr 29, 2009 at 17:29
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Recently purchased eagle outback and brakes have little to none stopping effect even when unit in vehicle on full bore.
Have adjusted shoes up but still the same. Anyone had same trouble or got any clues.
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Reply By: Member - Axle - Wednesday, Apr 29, 2009 at 17:34

Wednesday, Apr 29, 2009 at 17:34
Providing your vehicle controller is delivering the dialed current then it could well be in the magnet set up at the brakes.


Cheers Axle.
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Reply By: Ozboc - Wednesday, Apr 29, 2009 at 18:10

Wednesday, Apr 29, 2009 at 18:10
I have the Flamingo ( next larger one than the eagle ) - my brakes if set more than 1/2 will lock up the wheels on the van

mine is a 2000 model - and if i have the brake set to high - it does all the braking INC for my Nissan patrol

you should either consult a sparky or brake specialist that specializes in electronic trailer braking

Boc
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Reply By: PradOz - Wednesday, Apr 29, 2009 at 21:57

Wednesday, Apr 29, 2009 at 21:57
i had a similar problem with my swan when first got it. as i had a bad back injury at the time i couldnt get under it, or even bend for that matter. so i rang around sydney for some answers/ideas/prices. i ended up taking it to a caravan repairer at regents park/chester hill area. they fixed it up for me as well as reverting the axle so my van sat back where it was manufactured - higher up which suited my annexe and my vehicle. if you are interested in these guys let me know and i will dig their business details out. i found the brake specialists were very expensive in their prices over the phones so was happy to use these van repairers. real friendly guys too and not too pricey
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Follow Up By: Member - Mark C (NSW) - Thursday, Apr 30, 2009 at 07:13

Thursday, Apr 30, 2009 at 07:13
Thanks , I am looking into it with auto electrician and sydney is 750km away so I might not take up your offer but thanks anyway.
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Reply By: Member - Teege (NSW) - Thursday, Apr 30, 2009 at 12:34

Thursday, Apr 30, 2009 at 12:34
Mark
I had a similar problem in my 2000 model Eagle Outback before it fell to pieces. The brakes would work fine whenever I took it to the local serviceman but would never work when we were on a trip. A smart lecco in Longreach discovered that the problem was inadequate earthing when the fridge was on 12 volt. With the fridge off the brakes would work. Fridge on - no brakes. Solution run a heavy earth cable through the whole system - truck and camper. Then worked perfectly.
Hope this helps.

Teege
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Follow Up By: IdahOz - Sunday, May 03, 2009 at 22:42

Sunday, May 03, 2009 at 22:42
"I had a similar problem in my 2000 model Eagle Outback before it fell to pieces." !!! Please explain, I was thinking about getting a Jayco Eagle but this doesn't sound promising.
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Follow Up By: Member - Teege (NSW) - Monday, May 04, 2009 at 08:55

Monday, May 04, 2009 at 08:55
IdahOz
I bought mine new in 2000. Did a lot of hard miles in it and in 2004 the suspension collapsed on one side while travelling on the Pedirka Road out to Dalhousie Springs. Couldn't tell what broke first, but the left hand wheel finished up under the rear of the camper facing east west instead of north south. Fortunately I was only doing about 40hph when it happened. Before I was able to stop the camper did a bit of rocking and rolling bouncing from one front corner to the other and back again. Each corner in turn dug into the road and this had the effect of bending the chassis and frame and destroying a fair bit of the internal fittings. The insurance company wrote it off.Image Could Not Be FoundImage Could Not Be Found
teege
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Follow Up By: IdahOz - Monday, May 04, 2009 at 20:00

Monday, May 04, 2009 at 20:00
wow, that was really unfortunate. What are you using now?
Fraun
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Follow Up By: Member - Teege (NSW) - Monday, May 04, 2009 at 21:53

Monday, May 04, 2009 at 21:53
IdahOz
We have a small on road caravan and use a tent on our travels to the outback and other remote places. Although we enjoyed the comfort of the camper we have decided it is so much easier to just pitch a centre pole tent. Get to a lot more places and see more, use less fuel and overall less hassles. We probably spend just as much time in the tent as we do in the caravan.

teege
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Reply By: Wizard1 - Thursday, Apr 30, 2009 at 15:14

Thursday, Apr 30, 2009 at 15:14
Seperate your van power from the trailer plug.

80% of 12V power problems, be it lights, brakes or power to the fridge, stem from earth and/or inadequate guage wiring.

I replaced the original Jayco 7 core trailer wiring with a heavier guage 5 core. Used a seperate heavy guage wire for the brakes and now have all power to the van runs via an Anderson plug.

I have to turn my brake controller down otherwise the van brake engagement can be a little harsh at times.

Haven't had brake, light or voltage drop problems since.
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Follow Up By: Member - Mark C (NSW) - Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 07:45

Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 07:45
yeah thanks to all replied. I simply replaced the earth wire from vehicle plug to chassis with one three times the size and the wheels will now lock up. cheers
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