So, I picked up the 16' Scamp
in Backus in early January, after having the local Uhaul
dealer install the 7 wire plug and a Prodigy P2 controller on my 2011 Ford Escape
. They did a very nice installation for about 1/2 the price of other local installers, which made me very happy. The camper has been sitting mostly idle for awhile and when I took it out on the road recently I noticed that when I used the hand lever on the brake controller to actuate the trailer brakes
, they would not grip smoothly. Instead, they kind of surge, especially when the voltage (or whatever increments the Prodigy display reads out) gets around 2.5 to 3 and greater. This surging is not subtle. It's very noticeable. The brakes
are adjusted so that when the lever is deflected all the way, I get good braking but the brakes
do not lock up, as specified in the operations manual. I think it's around 6.something or so. Now, I think the surging also takes place when using the foot brake, but the car brakes are smooth and I think they may be masking the surging in the trailer brakes. It's hard to tell for sure, but I think that's what is happening. I'm also pretty sure that this has been going on from the beginning. So much new stuff to deal with, I think I just didn't notice it before. I don't go around applying the hand lever brake that much.
I talked to a guy at Prodigy who asked me if the meter readings fluctuated with the surging, so I tested this and found that the readings stay constant when the lever is held steady and the brakes are surging. He said if the meter values did not fluctuate, he had no idea why this was happening.
I talked to someone at Scamp
and they suggested that I take the car and camper back to Uhaul
and see if the equipment or installation was not correct. I'm going to do that on Friday. If Uhaul
gives the equipment and installation a passing grade, I guess I'll try to get a Scamp
rep on the phone and see how they want to proceed from there. My gut feeling is that the equipment and installation are not to blame, and that I may end up paying money to get the Uhaul folks to confirm this. Being the cheapskate that I am, that's somewhat bothersome to me, but I guess I'll have to "bite the bull by the horns" and get over it if that turns out to be the case.
My question is, does anybody here have any comments about what might be going on here with these brakes?