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Old 08-31-2012, 08:14 AM   #57
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Important fact never mentioned.

While towing and stopping a trailer on dry pavement in most cases is an uneventful occurrence, towing and stopping in rain on wet or slick roads can be a very white knuckle shorts filling fudge event.
Especially if you happen to be on a curve or turning a corner and have to apply your Tugs brakes.

Here's what happens with no trailer brakes, Tug brakes applied no trailer brakes, Tug starts to slow down and stop- trailer starts to slide on wet slippery pavement to the left or the right depending on your turning direction.
If you were traveling fast enough when braking it is possible and in fact probable that you will jackknife your trailer and either hit your Tug or spin it out.

Now let's say you have trailer brakes and are presented with the same set of parameters, what happens? simple Tug stops Trailer stops no fudge filled shorts, no white knuckles.

Just my 2 cents.


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Old 08-31-2012, 10:36 AM   #58
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Thanks...didn't know if they were a separate thing - sounds like breakaway brake systems are identical - just without a controller in the vehicle gonna get a decent controller and hook them up and see how good I can do ....
I am glad this got pushed back up as well.

The suggestion that a emergency breakaway system is identical just without the controller is a little misleading.

A breakaway system will only activates & put the brakes on the trailer if the trailer has separated from the tow vehicle.

A brake controller on the other hand will apply the brakes to the trailer each and every time you press the tow vehicles brakes or move the manual lever on the controller over. Both of which happen while the trailer is still fully attached to the tow vehicle.

A emergency breakaway system and a trailer braking system with a controller are IMO two *very* different things.

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Old 08-31-2012, 11:31 AM   #59
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And you need BOTH.

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