From what I can tell the breakaway and trailer brakes are independent. 12v aux charges the breakaway battery. The pull cord from the breakaway kit would close the circuit from that battery to the electric brakes when it breaks away and pulls the pin out.paintballdude05 wrote: ↑ Long and short, these trailers have horrible build quality and a lot of them have also been sitting for outside for years. Both those items together are a receipe for a big pain which is what this trailer is turning into.
I picked up my dump trailer on the 27th from a Lowes in London. They had two trailers available, one 2017 and one 2018 model. I ended up going with the 2017 as it had extra features that must have been cut out for the 2018's. We walked around the trailer and I noticed that one marker light was cracked. No big deal, the associate gave me a new one. I also noticed that these trailers had some pretty bad rust for having just sat in a parking lot. This is a result of the terrible paint job that they have from the factory.
As previously reported, they wouldn't allow me to take the trailer without first going to the MTO and having the trailer registered and plated. I got that done and when I got back to the store they freed the trailer up and I was able to hook my truck up to it. Now here's where things got interesting.
Uppon hooking up the electrical connector between the truck and trailer I noticed that lights didn't work. I started walking around and could smell a burnt electrical smell. That's when I noticed that the box that holds the breakaway battery and charger was smoking. I disconnected everything and the smoke stopped after a few minutes. I went inside and got the manager, we opened up the box and found the battery charger smoldering. At this point the manager said he can't do much and suggested I go to a local trailer store and pickup a new breakaway kit. He offered to refund me the cost of the new kit once I got it fixed.
Fast forward a bit, I was able to get the trailer home, the lights worked fine after tightening a few grounds. I didnt have electric brakes working but I figured that had to do with the breakaway kit that was missing. I was able to get a new breakaway kit installed but that still didnt give me brakes. I'm going to get a hold of the manager tomorrow to see what he can do about all of this. I'm also going to get a hold of Carry On Trailers to see what they say. All I can say is good thing this was a pretty hot deal!
Have you checked your settings on your electric brake controller in your truck?