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SUBJECT: # 9390: Ranger Trail Surge Brakes

Submitted by Oopsman (171.75.231.43) from MISSOURI on 8/17/03 8:35:00 PM

Just purchased a 1994 Ranger 482vs with a tandam trailer, surge disc brakes, and removable tongue. In order for the boat to fit in the garage, had to disconnect the wiring harness and the Hydraulic brake line connection and then remove the tongue. Had to rewire my tow vehicle with a 5 flat wireing harness like the one on the trailer. To make sure all the lights work, along with the electric solenoid, replaced the tongue,wiring harness,and Hydraulic brake line connection. With every thing connected and working, along with the brake solenoid, I can move the boat and trailer back and forth in the garage when I disconnect the wiring harness. Now shouldn't the brake solenoid, with no electric to it, prevent me froming moving the trailer backwards??
Or in oder to have everything working properly again, do have to place the trailer on my vehicle, and take a little ride around the block, pull it out of the garage, and back it in???
Everything was working great until I disconnected the tongue. Also in order to back it into the garage the first time, I had to disconnect the hydraulic connection. And no, there wasn't any fluid loss, just a drop or two.


Thanks in advance for any help given!!! JOHN



  1. 8/18/03 1:16:00 PM Submitted by jgreen (136.205.16.3) from ALABAMA says Trailer brakes
    You may not have been putting enough force on the coupler to actuate the brakes. The only time my brakes actuate (to any noticeable degree) is when I back up an incline. Try jacking up a wheel and actuating the coupler manually to see if your brakes are still working.


  2. 8/18/03 7:23:00 PM Submitted by Harry (24.154.87.242) from PENNSYLVANIA says Ranger Brakes
    John,

    I have a the same set up with a 492VS. I have a tilt away tongue and a removable tongue combined that Charlie at Ranger made for me. When connected to the vehicle and backing is attempted without the harness hooked up, no movement is allowed due to surge on master cylinder. When the 12V is applied in back up mode, the solenoid is activated and opened to allow flow o fluid back to master cylinder. Without the vehicle hooked up, there is no pressure on the master cylinder plunger and therefore no fluid pressure applied to the shoes or pads, whichever you have. YOur boat will move easily. Your system is working just fine. Harry


  3. 8/18/03 10:17:00 PM Submitted by Oopsman (171.75.226.56) from MISSOURI says Harry, Thank You!!!
    I was moving the boat around in the garage without the vehicle hooked up. Thanks, that's the answer I was looking for.


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