R 22

Rhodes 22


Trailer Brakes

Most surge brake installations include a little lockout control lever which can be engaged to prevent the brakes from locking up when backing up a hill.

If you look at how the servo actuator is designed, they will only sense the need to apply the brakes when going forward.

Reading the instruction manual is good!

Roger Pihlaja
S/V Dynamic Equilibrium
31 May 2001

We have surge brakes that evidently do not have a lock out. If we are backing up a grade, and we don't disconnect the line, the brakes will bind up and stop us. If I attempt to overpower the brakes with the engine, which I did at GB last spring, it will lock the wheels with pressure on and forward motion is impossible. The only way to clear the pressure is to disconnect the line an depress the "button" on the coupling. This allows the hydralic fluid to escape and release the brakes. Elton showed me what we had to do to escape the perdicament.

31 May 2001

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