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Old 06-28-2012, 10:56 PM   #1
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We are picking up a 2010 17' Eggcamper soon and I just ordered a brake controller online. Our TV is an Acura MDX. Do we really need a brake controller? Do you have one?
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Old 06-28-2012, 11:03 PM   #2
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Check the owners manual on your Acura it probable states in it that you need to have brakes on the trailer when towing over x so many pounds.... most SUV's do. You cant use the brakes on the trailer without a controller.

Brakes on a trailer are one safety feature no one I know has every been sorry about having. Not to mention that the cost of the controller will be a lot cheaper than replacing the brakes on your Acura way more frequently than you would otherwise.
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Old 06-28-2012, 11:37 PM   #3
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So, I bought a "proportional" controller. Is that what most people here use?
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Old 06-28-2012, 11:54 PM   #4
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Yes- those are the "ONLY" kind to get. Which one did you get?
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Old 06-29-2012, 12:13 AM   #5
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Old 06-29-2012, 12:18 AM   #6
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The very same one I use!
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Old 06-29-2012, 12:20 AM   #7
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Cool .... Then you must recommend it. Did you install it yourself?
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Old 06-29-2012, 12:32 AM   #8
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Yes, installed it myself
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I'm hoping we can do it with not too much trouble. Thanks.
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It should come with and installation mini CD/DVD, mine did.
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make sure after installation that your 7 way plug is "live" in that the brakes/lights/12v accessory are all working. I got one of these. Available at most rv places
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That controller gets my vote as well.
If your vehicle came with a tow package it may already have all the wiring in place for the controller making it pretty easy to install - plug and play. Even if it has a tow package it may be missing the blue brake wire that runs from the controller to the trailer connection so the brake wire may still need to be added - not sure why some manufactures include it and some dont. If its already there you should be able to see a blue brake wire going into the tows hitch plug harness at the back of the car. If your missing the brake wire and your not comfortable running the wire yourself a place like U-haul can do it for you pretty fast.

BTW keep us posted as to how the Acura MDX tows.... its high on my list of a possible replacement vehicles sometime in the future. They are a very popular vehicle in my area and have a smaller Acura for years so I know they are reliable.
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Even if it has a tow package it may be missing the blue brake wire that runs from the controller to the trailer connection so the brake wire may still need to be added - not sure why some manufactures include it and some dont.
If you have to run a new blue wire, double check to make sure you don't have to run one for the 12V as well. Even if you don't connect it just yet.
A few extra $ for the wire is not much when you consider the labour.
Pulling one wire or two from point A to B is almost the same.
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Thanks all for the helpful advice. I will report on our first camping/towing experience when we get back on July 16. Possibly even pics of the TV and camper because I know you love the visual ..... (I do too).
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