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windy1

trailer breake lock out

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windy1

can anyone tell me how the reverse lockout works on this. I have only had manual lock outs on other trailers. It's not connected to the backup lights but I can back up fine and the brakes are working going forward as far as I can tell.

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wheelman

there is a piece that goes into the slot righrt above where your safety chains are hanging in the pic that will stop your surge toungue from going backwards and applying trailer brakes. If your trailer has disc brakes and 5 pin wiring harness when you connect it to a 5 pin harness on your vehicle the reverse lights will lock out your brakes

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windy1

Drum brakes, 4 way flat lights. I don't see anything that goes in the slot above the chains.

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grandude

My bet is that the brakes are not actually working. If you can back up without any type of lockout your probably not getting as much help in stopping as you might think. Drums are not very efficient, and unless you or the previous owner has done a lot of brake maintenance they are probably not helping very much.

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charger

I had the same setup on my SeaRay trailer. Bozboat is correct with his link. I had my son make up a lockout in metal shop at school. If you back up slow you won"t need it. If you're backing up a hill, you'll need it.

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Levi900RR

Had the same set up on my Skier trailer. There was a spot for a pin to slide through and lock out the brakes. I spent some time trying to get those brakes to work but failed. They sucked...

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windy1

Thanks, I looked at the UFP site and discovered that my lockout plate is gone and most likely my brakes are not working.

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Falko

you can buy that little piece for a couple bucks for the lock out.

If they are drum brakes, lockouts are usually not needed, drums don't work well in reverse. If they are disk brakes, you'll need to lock them out and preferably use the electric bypass valve. I have disk on my Bryant's trailer and even with the mechanical lock out in place, they slightly engage and you can feel it.

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Bu hoo

If they are drum brakes, lockouts are usually not needed, drums don't work well in reverse.

+1 The lockout won't necessarily engage on drum brakes. It doesn't mean the brakes are not working.

On a related note, I am swapping from drum to disc brakes this season. I am putting on some Kodiak discs and installing a new UFP A-75 inner body (includes electric lockout). I am paranoid about my brakes now that I have a little one on board.

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Sixball

If your brakes need work and if you have drum brakes you may consider changing over to disc brakes rather then putting a lot of money in maintenance. You can get kits to install disc brakes at reasonable cost. Very good brakes on a trailer can be a life saver.

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wienrdog

Many of the drum brakes have a backup override (free-backing) built in, so you don't need the 5 pin connector.

Best way to check is to jack up trailer, spin wheel & have someone move the actuator.

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formulaben

This is what I use...not my auction, just good pictures. I like that it is bright orange. :biggrin:

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