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Old 02-27-2011, 03:11 PM   #1
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Bring Casita home without an electric brake controller?

I know we'll need an electronic brake controller, but if we don't have one installed before we pick up a Casita 17' would you drive the trailer home (say less than 500 miles) without it? We hope to have a trailer next weekend and would be borrowing a friend's truck to bring it home as we don't yet have a tow vehicle. (We were hoping to have one, but some things happen differently than we plan!) We would obviously have one connected once we get a TV. (Question also posted on the Casita forum)
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Old 02-27-2011, 03:16 PM   #2
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You should be ok, just be careful leave plenty of following distance, the bigger the truck the better off you will be. I don't use a brake controller on my 13'er it doesn't have brakes.
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Old 02-27-2011, 03:48 PM   #3
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We brought our first trailer home 200 miles before we had a controller. We went rather slowly and kept a fair distance between us and other vehicles.

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You should be ok, just be careful leave plenty of following distance, the bigger the truck the better off you will be. I don't use a brake controller on my 13'er it doesn't have brakes.
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Old 02-27-2011, 04:04 PM   #4
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I just learned that California requires trailer brakes on anything over 1500lbs. I might have to store it where it is until we get a TV and have it correctly equipped, but I thought to install the brake controller the mechanic had to have both the TV and the trailer. No? Thanks!
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Old 02-27-2011, 04:10 PM   #5
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Did you see the recent thread on the Tekonsha wireless brake controller? You can move it from vehicle to vehicle by just the cigarette lighter power cable. I think you can find them for $300 or so.

Tekonsha Prodigy RF Brake Controller - Proportional - Trailer Mounted Tekonsha Brake Controller 90250

I wouldn't want to take a risk with a borrowed TV and an unfamiliar trailer.

Here's the forum thread.
Tekonsha Prodigy RF Brake Controller

If the brakes and wiring on the trailer are functioning and you have a 7-pin connector on the tow vehicle, or a 4-pin to 7-pin adapter, with the RF controller it should be plug and play. The exception is the charge wire, which you're not likely to need for this trip.

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Old 02-27-2011, 04:17 PM   #6
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I just learned that California requires trailer brakes on anything over 1500lbs. I might have to store it where it is until we get a TV and have it correctly equipped, but I thought to install the brake controller the mechanic had to have both the TV and the trailer. No? Thanks!
I know I do some sketchy stuff, but who is crawling around to see if you have a brake controller.
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Trailer is not needed to install a controller.

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I just learned that California requires trailer brakes on anything over 1500lbs. I might have to store it where it is until we get a TV and have it correctly equipped, but I thought to install the brake controller the mechanic had to have both the TV and the trailer. No? Thanks!
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Old 02-27-2011, 06:50 PM   #8
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Thank you, Norman! I clearly wear my "newbie" patch visibly!
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We all did at one time. Better to be a newdie than never be,

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Thank you, Norman! I clearly wear my "newbie" patch visibly!
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Old 02-27-2011, 07:35 PM   #10
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He said newdie.
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Yikes! I definitely would rather be a Newbie than a Newdie! :-0
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Old 02-28-2011, 07:03 AM   #12
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Jane Let me tell you a story: In 2006 with a new Chevy Suburban and 16' Scamp and with 5 grandkids with us, we went 5000 miles around the western states not long after i got the used Scamp. At the time, I never heard of a brake controller and never had an issue but a Suburban is a pretty big vehicle. When i got my Casita, I immediately noticed it being harder to stop and did a little research. Low and behold they made these things called brake controllers! Helps a bunch. I suppose what I am saying is that if you have a large vehicle and are willing to go slow and very careful, you could PROBABLY get by with it.
Oh and the lights all worked fine since it was plugged into the 7 pin socket. A 7 to 4 conversion would've done the same.
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Newdie, Yikes the 'd' is not near the 'b'. It must be sub conscious at work. Sorry. Norm
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Old 02-28-2011, 01:47 PM   #14
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If your friend has a full size truck you shouldn't have problems towing it home without a brake controller. I towed my trailer home, and to the DMV for inspection before I got my controller installed and could stop pretty easily.
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