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Old 01-05-2003, 06:40 PM   #15
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Suz,

I found this in a thread from 1998 on newsgroup rec.outdoors.rv-travel:

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From: Sven (theexpediter@att.net)
Subject: Re: Urgent trailer break question?



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Date: 1998/08/25



Tekonsha used to offer a trailer mounted brake control called the
'Weathertronic'. Essentially worked the same as any other brake
control, only it did not offer the manual control now required by DOT.
They discontinued the product about 10 years ago.
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Old 01-05-2003, 07:30 PM   #16
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Morgan;

Great information. Your get a feather in your hat. Good reserch.

I knew someone would find the answer.

Good Job:banana
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Old 01-05-2003, 07:39 PM   #17
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Thanks

Okay, we are making progress here.

Chester, I do appreciate your input. Thanks. I totally agree with you. There are some things that don't bother me. I got enough smarts to pretty much figure out whats what on paint, plaster, wall papering, laying tile, building stuff...you name it, I've probably done a good portion of it. If it ain't right, it can be fixed. I usually ask around, get a dozen or so different answers, then do it the way that I feel makes the most sense. HOWEVER, I don't mess with safety stuff. I don't know much, but I know when things don't add up. So, I'm pretty cautious. If I start to fudge on a safety issue, I always hear what my Daddy use to say: 'Daughter, I taught you better than that.' I am well within my tow limits, so that is not a problem in the least.

Even though I had the Tekonsha Prodigy installed a short time ago (I didn't have the trailer with me) and have only driven it about 70 miles with the trailer, I've just had the feeling something wasn't quite right. It wasn't that it wasn't stopping, it was. When I read Morgan's earlier post ( It felt like a load of elephants bumping around in the trailer) something clicked in my head. I kept assuming that was entirely due to my light tongue weight. Now I am beginning to wonder.

Morgan...you found what I was looking for. Thank you supremely!
I do believe you have found my answer.

If this turns out the way I think it is going to, then I will no longer feel bad about asking these dumb questions and pestering y'all until I get an answer.

I'll let you know what I find out.
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Old 01-05-2003, 09:10 PM   #18
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Orginally posted by Suz

If this turns out the way I think it is going to, then I will no longer feel bad about asking these dumb questions and pestering y'all until I get an answer.

I'll let you know what I find out.
Suz,

The only dumb question is one you don't ask.

What my daddy used to say was, "read the bottom of the boot."

I have an idea the Weathertronic is not working and the jerking you're feeling is caused by maladjustment of the Prodigy. Did you adjust it properly? Probably you should have the Weathertronic removed, then readjust the Prodigy per the instructions.
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Old 01-05-2003, 10:57 PM   #19
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Suz---I agree with Morgan.Any question is worth an answere.We would all look pretty stupid if no one asks any one anything.:o
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Old 01-05-2003, 11:01 PM   #20
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Occurs to me that whichever one is more sensitive will be the "controller" in that it will activate first. If you can get it "elephanting" and ease on the manual control and nothing much happens, the Prodigy is prolly coming on first.

Keep on pestering, because that's the way we all learn new stuf, and even asking the same questions tends to be of use to the folks who lurk and learn but are too shy to speak up.

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Old 01-06-2003, 03:48 AM   #21
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Just guessing, but...

The Weathertronic probably has three wires plus a ground wire. One wire connects to the 12VDC battery/charge line for power. One wire connects to the brake line to activate the brakes. One wire connects to the brake light line to sense when the brakes are applied. It may be that the wire to the brakes is not even connected to the tow vehicle connector.

I think Suz will figure it out now that she knows what the box is.
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Old 01-06-2003, 12:47 PM   #22
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Suz, thinking about it (and presuming Morgan's guess is good, which I think it is), what I would do in your case, is disconnect the brake power wire and/or brake light wire, so the box was disabled but the batty could still charge. Later, if you find it to be in the way, you can take it out completely.

Might be a nice battery charger (regulator, really) in there so you could recycle it as an outside light for hooking up/setting up in dark.

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Old 01-08-2003, 04:22 PM   #23
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I've got brakes

YIPPPPEEEEE!
<img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3e1ca291d3048granny.gif/> I've got brakes and what great brakes they are!

Thanks to all of you and your support I finally have my brakes working like they're supposed to. I no longer have elephants riding in my trailer (Thanks, Morgan, for that analogy, it described it to a tee)! Lights, brakes, WOW!

I tore into the unit and traced where they had spliced into the pigtail. Removed the splicer things and rewrapped each wire seperately to prevent any problems (moisture/arcing) where the insulation was weak or lacking. Then rebundled the wires back and taped again.

Took out for a test drive today, and what a difference. With the 'extra' brake out of the way, I can now build and install a small missy box for tools ect. This will reduce or remove my too-light tongue weight problems.

Many, many thanks to you all. You cannot know how great I feel about this.
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Old 01-08-2003, 04:55 PM   #24
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Just in case some of you were wondering, I did have lights with the trailer mounted brake controller.

There were three wires (in addition to the ground) they spliced in: Red (which they wired into brown), blue, and black.
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Old 01-08-2003, 06:14 PM   #25
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Way to go, Suz. :banana

I'm proud of you. :sporty :feet
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Old 01-08-2003, 09:03 PM   #26
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Good job Suz! Give yourself a pat on the back.


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Old 01-08-2003, 09:16 PM   #27
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Suz
See, all those questions got you on the right path. Good girl.:)
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Old 01-09-2003, 08:22 AM   #28
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Oh!! Ron!! :lol I have been admiring your avatar since I first saw it, self portraits I assume. :duck now this patting on the back ... wonderful. :laugh thanks for the laugh.
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