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ccarlson

surge brake reverse override problem

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I have a ranger trail trailer with surge brakes. The sensor located near the hitch that overrides the surge brakes when you go into reverse works great most of the time. (I have a 5th wire that activiates it as the reverse lights come on.) But I am having problems with the brakes locking up and not allowing me to back up, when I have to back further into the lake than normal to unload or also after driving on wet roads.

Before I replace that actuator, just wondering if this is a common problem in wet conditions. Not sure if the problem comes from the trailer wire harness getting wet or from the actuator itself getting wet. No sense buying a new one if it will do the same thing when it gets wet. Any help would be appreciated.
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there was a good discusion on this very topic on WC. take a look. boat+motors 4 pages back or so

[This message has been edited by minneman (edited 04-03-2003).]

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Minneman,
Thanks for the tip. I checked it out and learned a couple things but still they didn't mention anything about it happening only when wet. My solenoid works fine unless wet. Any other input?
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ccarlson Ive had the same problem. I use a block of wood to keep the action from closing when Im backing up hill.
It may not be kosher to all but its good enough for me.

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