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Old 12-08-2015, 11:35 PM
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good ground (white) & brake wire (usually blue) are key. Aluminum trailers have a floating ground wire run thru to each light & brake line, check the ground from the plates up & into where it taps into the main ground. Probably just a bad or loose connection between the truck plug & the plates. Have you checked the truck wiring connected to another trailer? I know my Tekonsha controller lights up green when connected true, & has to be set to level to adjust the gain at first.
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Indication depends on the brake controller... mine will display open ("n.c"), short ("S.h"), and connected (".c") on the display.
While it'll drive 2-3 axles, it can't tell if all the brakes on those axles are good or not. If it sees one or two functional brake coils, it'll say it's connected and OK regardless of if there's still two more that aren't connected. If one (or more) is a dead short, it'll tell me that.

If you can, I'd check the resistance through each brake coil, then verify continuity between brake power and ground from the brake to the connector.

Worst case, rip out the (probably shitty scotch-locked) wiring on it and pull new wire.... loom it, use good connections, and do it right.
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Yeah I'll be playin with the volt meter this weekend. The truck wiring is fine, I've checked that

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Also betting on a poor ground.
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Ok so same thing...Brakes barely tug on the truck with lever all the way up. Amp meter hooked at hitch plug shows 8 amps drawing.... all the magnets make noise I know they are working, but doesn't seem good enough?
I did numerous checks, resistance of entire trailer brakes is 1.2 ohms. I split the trialer into sides. Each side testes at 2.0 ohms. The truck is outputing 12 vilts with lever held.
No shorts, no opens.
I read online when u adjust, you should hear constant but light rubbing. So I tightened up all the adjustments. The trailer will now slow the truck from 25 mph to a stop in a few hundred feet. It definitely is grabbing a bit more but under no circumstances can I get the trailer tires to lock up. Shouldn't I be able to?
The brakes after about 10 miles of test drive felt better, they were working like I said, could smell them... the drums were warm.

With new drums and new shoes it's it possible the shoes just need wear a bit? Wear into a better contact patch resulting in better braking?

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As for the ground u guys have mentioned. Nowhere on this trailer does the wiring have a ground mount. The ground comes all the way back up to the connector and gets ground from the truck...

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As for the ground u guys have mentioned. Nowhere on this trailer does the wiring have a ground mount. The ground comes all the way back up to the connector and gets ground from the truck...

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That is correct sir. Aluminum trailers do NOT have a ground mount, only steel trailers do. The white wire throughout the trailer IS the common ground supplied by the truck only.
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So after I talked to the local dealer here I feel alot better. I described everything I have going on and they assured me it's working ok. They said it's difficult to lock up 7 inch drums... and with new drums and shoes it'll take some miles for the shoes to really seat. They said it'll take a bit of playing with it, the controller and the adjuster wheels but it'll work fine.

Guess I'm going sleddin! Thanks everyone

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