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Malibuzer

Help me! Boatmate teailer issue!

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Malibuzer

We are heading down to the NW WOW and I am having trailer issues. When heading down the highway on a downhill if we hit some bumps the trailer will start to bounce and the brakes lock up and smoke the tires. It bounced so hard it bent the hitch. Any help would be great. I am thinking air or water in the lines?

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skibreeze

Sounds like something in the tongue is messed up causing the master cylinder to engage the brakes. I'd be looking between the coupler to the master cylinder.

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Malibuzer

Looked at the emergency line. Reset the cable. I called Boatmate and UFP. waiting for a call back from UFP

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Molarbu

Crap, i thought stuff like that only happened to me! Good luck on getting it sorted out. Can you use the mechanical lockout and do without brakes?

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old skool malibu

Trent - where are you stuck now?

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old skool malibu

1222 58 Avenue Southeast Calgary, AB T2H 2E9

(403) 258-7855

If you need something fixed swing into Standens in Calgary perhaps

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pennery

I think air or water in the brakes would cause the opposite to happen and you wouldn't have brakes at all.. Where are you?

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Manga Boats

Do you have an issue with the suspension on the trailer as you mentioned it was "bouncing" if that is the case you may find that the brake lockups are caused by this as the sudden pitching will load up the drawbar and also may lead to less contact pressure on the tyres causing them to lock up easily. I would jack up the trailer and make sure that the axles all move up and down as expected. Air will make the brakes less effective and water will usually cause something to corrode and either work or not work

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khelfrich

probably the damper/shock absorber thing that is in the tongue

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Murphy8166

Would it help to put the lockout key in the tounge of the trailer....maybe that would deactivate the brakes?

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Malibuzer

We have made it to Saandpoint withn o issues today. We are heading to banks lake for the NW WOW. I will keep the updates coming.

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SmoothWaterMan

Actually, it's working normally. If you are going down hill and start to slow down the tow vehicle the trailer will push against it and start braking. If by chance you go over hard enough bumps where the trailer will bounce, the force of the bounce and downhill force will apply the brake and lock up the wheel in mid-air, so when it drops back onto the pavement it's now locked up. Until you pull ahead faster than the trailer to disengage the surge brakes, they will drag, smoke, and eventually melt into a molten mass. lol....well, maybe not that bad.

Peter

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Malibuzer

Peter. They are definetley not normal. The bumps are not big at all. This is the fourth trailer with the same braking system. Same roads that we have tracelld with the same trailer. It was so bad it bent the hitch and ball. We were not under braking when this happened.

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jasonba1

call owen at boatmate and see if he can help

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Malibuzer

Just a quick update. I just got off of the phone with UFP and they are sending me a new actuator. What great customer service! They were fantastic at trying to sort out the issue and provide a solution.

Thanks again to Bill at UFP and Jerry at Boatmate! :thumbup:

Edited by Malibuzer

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