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Old 10-12-2017, 03:17 PM   #4281
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Ray.....It is really all on the truck's brake system. I don't think that there is any specific wheel power on the trailer, as most trailers use a one wire system and direct apply. Some of the newer, more extreme, are playing with the wheel brake being individually powered, but the cost is really out there at this time. Hell, a good sway bar system cuts down a load of movement in the trailer.

The trailer would have to be wired with a computer style controller, one that would sense wheel movement at each wheel, like cars ABS systems. I can't even think how much that would be in $'s to upgrade a system, if that is even possible. You could do a hydraulic system or even air, but all those are also direct apply, not ABS style.


Still, this is not electric, so much is involved to install.
Here's something I've seen done but never tried myself. I was with a buddy and he's pulling a big boat. The trailer got into the side to side sway really bad. What he did, surprised me bigtime. He put the truck into neutral and let the truck's weight straighten the boat out. With no pull or push on the trailer, it just straightened right out. He did it a couple more times that day and the trailer always trued right out. Has anyone else ever done that. I liked how it worked, but he did it only on the straightaways. The boat never got out of line in corners or hills, just long straights. It could be that he had a fairly heavy foot, lol. Everything I had ever heard, read, or seen, were always saying to hold the power even or decelerate to correct. He was an old trucker, but .......... it worked great.

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Old 10-12-2017, 03:24 PM   #4282
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That's pretty much what I was thinking, White98 got my noodle racing about independent trailer brakes and how it could be done and best I could come up with was like you said about wheel speed sensors and maybe a RaspberryPi or microcomputer to control it. Frankly the logistics made my eyes spin LOL
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Old 10-12-2017, 03:32 PM   #4283
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I just thought of what the old truckers actions reminds of.

On very slippery, snowy or just slick roads, if you can't stop your vehicle, throw it into neutral, and the front or rear wheels quit powering, and it doesn't push you into the vehicle in front of you. My grandfather taught me this. Works for AT or manual, but especially helpful with the AT's.

It's something I've done for many years, and helps greatly if I get into a slide on ice or snow here in AK. Another thing (since I'm going on, lol). On ice and snow with a Ford, use 2nd gear to start and you won't spin the tires so easily. It's only Ford that this works with, but hey, this is a Ford forum....
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I almost never used first gear in my Ranger. Even on hills for that reason alone.
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Old 10-12-2017, 06:49 PM   #4285
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Mine keeps going in neutral, ahh, it's probably broke.. When I first shift kitted the 98 with tugger kit, it had clutch brakes. It sensed a load. Doesn't do that anymore.
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Crap, splashed hot coffee in my eyeball. That's a first, smarts too!
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This was Brew this morning

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Hope it didn't hurt too bad!!
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Whitey.....This Morning? Just this morning? I'm more inclined to believe this is his LinkedIn Account photo actually.
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That's for sure
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Since it's Friday the 13th, I wonder just what's going to happen to me today. The past 3 of them have all messed with me. I don't remember ever having a bad one until a couple years ago, and now they seem to be getting worse each year. LOL Who else as the 13th mess with them. (last year my bank posted my deposits to another account and mess up my checking for 2 weeks, not a good 13th)
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