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Old 02-28-2011, 03:25 PM   #15
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(should be light empty) light enough maybe but still like the idea of the wireless controller Matt in SV talked about. A fine may pay for the controler? again you may not get stopped. The truck may pull it fine stopping will require more space especially down hill.
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Old 02-28-2011, 03:41 PM   #16
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Problem solved (at least temporarily)! A friend offered to lend us her truck (with which she tows her trailer) and it has an electronic brake controller. Hopefully we'll be driving home with our new baby this weekend. I'll post an announcement if we do.

Thanks again for everyone's help! I now know what we need in a TV and feel much more informed in general!
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Old 03-03-2011, 10:31 AM   #17
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I towed our new-to-us 16' Scamp home without a brake controller. However the trip was just 2 hours and I did it very late at night when traffic was extremely low. Vehicle was a 4x4 Ranger with heavy-duty tow package. Really noticed the weight when braking. Glad nothing required a fast stop.
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Old 11-27-2012, 04:01 PM   #18
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Picking up my Casita this Monday, 12/3/12. Tow vehicle is 2008 Volvo XC90 with factory hitch and wiring. How was your brake controller wired in? Thanks
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Old 11-27-2012, 06:12 PM   #19
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Congratulations John! You'll love your new Casita!

In the end, we didn't tow without a brake controller - the fabulous Lew (who has since passed) towed the Casita to us and stayed for a couple of days. We then had the brake controller installed on our truck by our mechanic.
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Old 11-27-2012, 10:51 PM   #20
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Picking up my Casita this Monday, 12/3/12. Tow vehicle is 2008 Volvo XC90 with factory hitch and wiring. How was your brake controller wired in? Thanks
Take a look at this page, John: Brake Controller/wiring for 2008 Volvo XC90

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Old 11-28-2012, 08:30 PM   #21
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(should be light empty) light enough maybe but still like the idea of the wireless controller Matt in SV talked about. A fine may pay for the controler? again you may not get stopped. The truck may pull it fine stopping will require more space especially down hill.
I'm NOT a fan of wireless control where life/safety is involved. Spent decades in the EWRF (electronic warfare radio frequency) field in the military and very familiar with jamming of electronic signals (purposeful interference.) Happens to you every time your radio gets noisy.

Having the receiver for your trailer brakes not hear what your brake pedal transmitter says could make for a highly ungood day.

Just my opinion.......

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Old 11-29-2012, 07:44 AM   #22
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Bottom line.... It's illegal (and unsafe) in CA (and most other states) to tow a trailer that heavy without trailer brakes working. Any decent RV shop can install a controller on your friends truck in a manner so that you can easily remove it for your own TV.

Year ago, with my late wife driving our 4wd Blazer pulling a 25' Airstream across Utah, a semi passed us fast enough and close enough to start the trailer swaying. She hit the service brakes first (Trailer brakes were manual back then) and that not ony made matters worse, it cause the entire rig to swap ends in the middle of a freeway at 55 MPH, a real E-ticket ride if ever there was one. We stopped facing south, in the northbound lanes.

Ruined all of the tires on both TV and trailer, tossed everything inside all over the place, but no injuries.

BTW: She never drove with the trailer hitched again, and we were only a month into a 10 month long tour..

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I'm NOT a fan of wireless control where life/safety is involved. Spent decades in the EWRF (electronic warfare radio frequency) field in the military and very familiar with jamming of electronic signals (purposeful interference.) Happens to you every time your radio gets noisy.

Having the receiver for your trailer brakes not hear what your brake pedal transmitter says could make for a highly ungood day.

Just my opinion.......

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The wireless controller from Tekonsha (Prodigy RF) has control box that is mounted on the front of your trailer, and which plugs into the trailer outlet on the back of your tow vehicle. The plug from your trailer then plugs into the Tekonsha controller. When you operate the brakes on your tow vehicle, the controller applies the brakes on your trailer, without any wireless communication. The only time that the brakes are applied through the wireless communication is when you manually press the brake button on the controller that is inside the cab of your vehicle.

Thus, 99% of the time, there would be no reliance on wireless communications.
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Evidently not, except that if you're addressing the O.P:
Her problem was solved a year and a half ago!

O.P. Jane's post of February 2011:
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Problem solved (at least temporarily)! A friend offered to lend us her truck (with which she tows her trailer) and it has an electronic brake controller. Hopefully we'll be driving home with our new baby this weekend. I'll post an announcement if we do.

Thanks again for everyone's help! I now know what we need in a TV and feel much more informed in general!
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