Repaired Intermittent Power to Electric Trailer Brakes
In this video, I diagnose and solve an intermittent issue with my Keystone Cougar fifth-wheel trailer brakes. It turns out the electric brake wires that run through the two axles had, over the years of travel, been chaffed, and some of the copper was exposed. This led to them intermittently shorting to the frame ground, playing havoc with my Ram truck brake controller.
As a temporary repair, I cut the wires, then soldered in a piece of household extension cord and zip-tied it to the axle. In the future, I plan to run a new set of wires up through the trailer underbelly.
In this video, I installed new wiring across the axles of my Keystone Cougar fifth-wheel trailer. The old cross-over wiring inside the axle had chaffed and shorted out, causing issues. I also adjusted the shoes on the Dexter electric brakes and replaced what I mistakenly thought was a defective star screw adjuster.
New Brake and Bearings Installation -
Emergency Breakaway Switch Install -
Brake Adjustment Tool -
Star Brake Adjuster -
10 Gauge Tinned Marine Grade Wire -
Solder Gun -
20 Ton Bottle Jack -
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