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Old 05-19-2010, 07:33 PM
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1997 PS Trailer question

This question has probably been asked many times before. My trailer brakes activate when backing up a slight incline. HOw do I disable with a 1997 trailer? Thank you!
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Old 05-19-2010, 08:00 PM
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If you have disc brakes, your wire to the reverse backup solenoid may be broken, not hooked up, wired wrong (not to toe vehicle back-up lights) or the solenoid may be toast. A replacement can be found here, http://www.trailersbydorsey.com/Webs...%20Catalog.pdf, page 14 or from a MC dealer.
You can also use the clip that goes in the actuator slide slot to prevent the brakes from engaging, found here, Side Lockout Kit, #31, page 14, http://www.trailersbydorsey.com/Webs...%20Catalog.pdf, or here, UFP/6000# LOCK-OUT SKU: P30160
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Old 05-19-2010, 08:23 PM
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Lets simplify this for you! You own a older type trailer where there is not a bypass. On the passenger side is a slit. You can insert a nickle or a dime into that slot to prevent the actuator from going backwards thus engaging the cylinder pressure to the brakes. There is a special key made for that slit. Some folks put the nickel or dime in that slot and cover it with a magnet so it wont fall out. This process should only be used when backing up small distances with someone looking on if possible.

You will recognize that opening/ slit on the trailer. It is about 2-3 inches long and will hold one of those coins

PS Dont tell uncle sam what you are using the money for..

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Old 05-20-2010, 07:32 AM
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warning. I tried the nickel trick and it wedged in between the actuator and steel shell around the sliding mechanism. Ughh. it took an hour to get it out. i now use a large c clamp i bought at tractor supply for 4 bucks and modified it slightly with a grinder to fit in the slot on both sides. when not needed, i clamp it to the trailer. my understanding with the clip is that it "automatically" falls out after going forward so i thought the clamp might be better for backing and going forward and backing and going forward Yea, i'll get better at trailering one day.
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Old 05-20-2010, 02:21 PM
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You guys are terrific. Thanks for the great advice. I ordered the lock out clip.

I will use the dime or c-clamp in the meantime.
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Old 05-20-2010, 04:52 PM
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Even with the correct key, you'll still need a magnet to keep it in place. Even if you're not backing up and going forward (repeat), it has a tendency to fall out if there's any sort of movement before you can get the actuator to compress on it.
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Can I get the parts from Skidim??
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Old 05-24-2010, 08:19 PM
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I dont have that slot

I ordered the brake lock key. The only problem is that I don't have a brake lockout slot.

any thoughts?
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Old 05-24-2010, 08:25 PM
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I ordered the brake lock key. The only problem is that I don't have a brake lockout slot.

any thoughts?

Is it a MC trailer? You mean you don't have slots each side of the actuator tube as shown in the pictures, if it's different, please show us a picture,
Attachment 58294Attachment 58295

What is shown is what was being installed on MC trailers in 1997, because I used the exact parts on my trailer rebuild in April of 1997,
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Old 05-24-2010, 10:08 PM
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Harold, they must have changed back to something similar to the top picture by 98. That's what my father in law has on his trailer ... same as my 93. Yours looks a bit fancier.
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