Originally Posted by mcpaul
I'm wondering if you guys can lock up your brakes with your brake controller. I was trying to adjust my controller before a long trip & turned up my controller to max. When I applied them I felt them slow the trailer but the tires would not lock up. Is this normal or should I get them adjusted?
Personally, that is the exact reason I upgraded to disk brakes.
I tow with a Hensley Hitch, being able to lockup the brakes is very helpful at times, when your slaming the drawbar home or dropping the trailer.
We tow to many miles in too many unfamiliar roads and road surfaces to have to stop every week to week and a half to adjust the dumb brakes. Pretty much wastes a whole day and more if my truck needs any maintenance work.
I would never leave home if the drum brakes would not lock up in the driveway. By the time we drove about 15 miles to our "interstate", I could no longer lock them up from a standing start.
So yes you should get them adjusted. If you"ve never adjust drum brakes before, it is a very easy job to learn and master and a valuable skill to aquire for the road. There's lots of good tutorials online. In fact learning how the electric drum brakes opererate and how to repair them on the road is worth learning.
There axel and brake manufacturers offer self adjusting kits. Cheack the Dexter Axel page, I believe their kits claim adjusting in both forward and reverse braking. I toyed with the idea and in my usual "go bigger or go home" mentality, went to the disks. If I could have fit 14" rotors on if I could.