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wake08
05-25-2010, 09:37 PM
So i have been pulling my boat for three years with no issues. I went to back into my new storage space and it has a slight incline and the breaks locked up on the trailer. My reverse lights were working so it doesnt seem electrical. I did use the nickel trick to get it into the space. My question is do i have to do this everytime or is something wrong. Thanks for the help.

RobertJ
05-25-2010, 09:44 PM
There is a solinoid that should override the brakes when you put it in reverse. There might be something wrong with it.

kaneboats
05-26-2010, 11:08 AM
Check connections and your reverse light fuse in the truck.

02Outback
05-26-2010, 12:34 PM
Mine did the same thing. It blew my reverse light fuse in my truck. Swapped it out and everything is good now.

Muzzy
05-26-2010, 04:58 PM
If it was a fuse or bad connection, wouldnt they lock up when backing up always, not just up hill? Maybe I'm wrong, by no means do I know what I am talking about.:)
I have the same issue when towing with my Tahoe, the slightest incline in reverse and the brakes lock up. When I tow with my Silverado, I have no issues, only with the Tahoe. I thought the angle of the trailer may be the culprit but I am not sure. Tahoe does have reverse sensors and wasnt sure if that comes into play, but again its only up hill. Havent looked into it at all since I just got the boat.

Moseley618
05-26-2010, 06:18 PM
On mine a 04 LSV there is a little bracket with a cut out that fits into the tongue of the trailer where it moves back and forth to apply the brakes. Just pull forward and then insert this little bracket into the slot and then back up. It is only for backing up hills it does not let the truck put pressure on the trailer brakes. That is how mine works anyway

mmandley
05-27-2010, 10:40 AM
So i have been pulling my boat for three years with no issues. I went to back into my new storage space and it has a slight incline and the breaks locked up on the trailer. My reverse lights were working so it doesnt seem electrical. I did use the nickel trick to get it into the space. My question is do i have to do this everytime or is something wrong. Thanks for the help.

We have a steep driveway and it always causes the tongue to get pressed in and the brakes would normally be applied. The electrical connection stops this action. If your backing up and the brakes are on then you have some sort of electrical failure.

Look into the solenoid and also double check the connection on your tow vehicle.

kaneboats
05-27-2010, 11:18 AM
If it was a fuse or bad connection, wouldnt they lock up when backing up always, not just up hill? Maybe I'm wrong, by no means do I know what I am talking about.:)
I have the same issue when towing with my Tahoe, the slightest incline in reverse and the brakes lock up. When I tow with my Silverado, I have no issues, only with the Tahoe. I thought the angle of the trailer may be the culprit but I am not sure. Tahoe does have reverse sensors and wasnt sure if that comes into play, but again its only up hill. Havent looked into it at all since I just got the boat.

This should tell you the problem is with the truck not the trailer. When you back up, two things happen-- the actuator gets depressed, but not always if you are level -- if there's an incline usually the weight of the load will do this though. The other thing is the reverse light wire tells the solenoid to override the brakes. This isn't happening with one of your vehicles. Check the connection and the reverse light fuse on that vehicle.

phospher
05-27-2010, 04:36 PM
I can't even get my reverse lights to go on on my trailer. They turn on in my truck but never on the trailer. I'm starting to think I have the wrong adapter....I have to use the reverse lockout all the time as my driveway is on a hill too.

kaneboats
05-28-2010, 09:55 AM
Check the connection and the ground.