Bleeding Surge Brakes on a UHaul VT - Fiberglass RV


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 04-19-2011, 12:54 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
Name: Kevin
Trailer: 28' Bigfoot Silver Cloud
Oak Park, IL
Posts: 1,131
Send a message via Yahoo to Kevin A
Bleeding Surge Brakes on a UHaul VT

Those of you who have UHaul VT trailers: When you do periodic maintenance on your surge brakes on the VT, how do you activate the surge brake actuator (piston) to bleed the brakes? Do you do this with the large top lever/cover pushed down flat or standing upright? The directions given for other surge brakes indicate using a large screwdriver inserted in a hole in front of the brake piston. There is no such access place on the UHaul model. One other suggestion was to put a large 2x4 or pipe on the front of the hitch anchored with a chain and used as a pivot to work the piston. Anybody done this?

We are just getting our surge brakes to work and I would like to find the best way to do this bleeding task.

Thanks!
__________________

Kevin A is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-27-2011, 06:25 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
Roy in TO's Avatar
 
Name: Roy
Trailer: 1972 boler American and 1979 Trillium 4500
Ontario
Posts: 4,960
Kevin,

Is the actuator on the VT all that different from what U-haul might have on their regular trailers?

Roy
__________________

Roy in TO is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-27-2011, 12:36 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
Name: Kevin
Trailer: 28' Bigfoot Silver Cloud
Oak Park, IL
Posts: 1,131
Send a message via Yahoo to Kevin A
It looks like the same surge brake unit on the modern trailers. However, the folks at the local UHaul trailer place looked kind of blank when I asked them how to bleed the brakes. My guess is that they don't do it! Makes you wonder about the last time the brakes were checked on UHaul equipment!

Their only suggestion was to hook up the trailer to the tow and move back and forth. Seems kind of like swatting a fly with a missile. I'm going to try the pivot method with a 2x4 this weekend.
Kevin A is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
brakes, uhaul


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Make-Your-Own Surge Protector Jane P. Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 18 10-13-2011 07:57 AM
Stop the Bleeding! Per Walthinsen Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 1 04-18-2008 09:51 AM
Why not surge brake? EricMeyer Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 12 04-17-2008 07:11 PM
Switching from Surge to Electric Brakes? Kevin A Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 9 06-18-2007 10:00 PM
Power surge 12volt DC Hutt Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 7 04-18-2006 05:37 PM

» Upcoming Events
No events scheduled in
the next 465 days.
» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:57 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.