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Beware Vangaard with 5-plug and brakes
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posted 04-16-2003 05:40 PM ET (US)
Last year I bought a Daunt 18 and Vangard trailer with brakes.
I had to replace the winch adn the solenoid in the first season.
Trailer brakes frequently lock-up when backing up. Manual switch between back-up and towing position does not move freely, especially when you need it to.
In sum, be cautious.
posted 04-18-2003 11:49 AM ET (US)
Does the trailer have disk brakes? If so, the fifth wire is for the reverse lockout solenoid. You can't rely on the mechanical lockout as they trip as soon as the rearward pressure on the actuator is relaxed a bit.
posted 04-19-2003 12:10 AM ET (US)
How about checking the name of the manufacturer of that trailer you are having all the problems with.
Is it Vangaard, or Vangard, or perhaps Vanguard?
posted 04-20-2003 05:01 PM ET (US)
It is quite common for the dealer to order the cheapest trailer possible for a new boat being sold. That is how they keep the price low--skimp on the trailer.
If you use the trailer extensively you'll find that replacing much of the hardware is not unusual is you started out with a low-ball, cheap trailer.
But a winch is not a big deal. You can get a wonderful 2-speed D & L winch with 5,000 pound capacity for about $45 if you shop around. And it will last about 20-years, too, with great customer service as a bonus.
posted 04-20-2003 09:38 PM ET (US)
There is a way to get around that 5th blue lead. A standard 4 prong can ne used.The last MALE lead I believe it for the tail lights. Turn on the head lights and that prong is HOT Plug in just that last lead into the female last reseptacle in the 5 prong trailer lead. That wil activate the back up solinoid. Have fun backing up
posted 04-20-2003 10:00 PM ET (US)
I am confused. Wouldn't that defeat your brakes at night when you taillights are on? I considered that option on my new trailer before I went with a five wire plug.
posted 04-21-2003 11:34 PM ET (US)
This scenario is ONLY when you are backing up,
NOT all the time. This allows you to keep a 4 prong plug, but allows a work around for backing up. HEADLIGHTS must be on, not on automatic like some newer cars.
Hope this clears the air.
posted 04-23-2003 04:17 PM ET (US)
Chances are very good that your trailer has a 2 year warranty. Even though whaler only has one on a new vessel.....:(
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