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Old 01-21-2008, 10:58 PM   #57
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Some folks really don't have a choice about brakes because their tow vehicle's capacity is stated to be based on the trailer having brakes.

I'd rather have them than not have them because they increase my odds of dying of a disease
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Old 01-22-2008, 01:09 AM   #58
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Sorry, this is a REALLY stupid question, but... Our 13 ft came with brakes, but they don't work, so I don't know how they do work when they do. I got the impression that you had to whack a red button on the dash or something to make them come on; that they weren't connected to the pedal to come on automatically. Is this so, or am I just making stuff up?


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Old 01-22-2008, 01:15 AM   #59
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Generally, the brakes are electric and come on automatically when you push your brake pedal. This happens via an adjusted brake controller mounted under the dash.

Some brake controllers come on based on the speed you are traveling. ie the faster you are traveling, the harder they apply.

I hope this helps.

Check out this one for “Inertia-Activated”

http://www.pplmotorhomes.com/parts/rv-hitc...controllers.htm
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Old 01-22-2008, 01:32 AM   #60
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Generally, the brakes are electric and come on automatically when you push your brake pedal. This happens via an adjusted brake controller mounted under the dash.

Some brake controllers come on based on the speed you are traveling. ie the faster you are traveling, the harder they apply.

I hope this helps.

Check out this one for “Inertia-Activated”

http://www.pplmotorhomes.com/parts/rv-hitc...controllers.htm


Thanks, Mike!
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Old 01-22-2008, 01:41 PM   #61
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Generally, the brakes are electric and come on automatically when you push your brake pedal. This happens via an adjusted brake controller mounted under the dash.
Some brake controllers come on based on the speed you are traveling. ie the faster you are traveling, the harder they apply.
I hope this helps.
Check out this one for "Inertia-Activated"
http://www.pplmotorhomes.com/parts/rv-hitc...controllers.htm
I got a PM saying that technically, I miss spoke; it's not speed.

What I find is that when I am traveling fast and hit the brakes, the controller really brakes hard and the indicator light, lights up Bright RED. When I am going down my driveway, and hit the brakes just as hard, it doesn't light up RED, only orange. It's all about the internal pendulum thing, rate of decelleration.

So I percieve it as a speed thing. I hope this helps. I hate to miss lead.
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Old 01-22-2008, 05:18 PM   #62
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To get the brakes working, one needs a controller of some sort (search this group for lots of info), which must be installed and wired into the tow vehicle. Prices for the same unit vary, so do some homework -- EBay is a good source.

The brake wire needs to be extended to the trailer, so if you have only a four-pin connector (aka Flat-4), that will have to be changed out.

Most states require (and it's a good idea anyway) a break-away brake switch to apply the trailer brakes in the event it becomes separated from the tow vehicle while moving. This in turn requires a battery on the trailer, either the house battery or a special small battery if no house battery.

Finally, the brake power wire will need to be connected to the electric brakes.

If you are handy, there are lots of folks willing to pitch in with advice on doing it. If not, ask for recommendations as to where to get it done.
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Old 01-22-2008, 05:41 PM   #63
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Most states require (and it's a good idea anyway) a break-away brake switch to apply the trailer brakes in the event it becomes separated from the tow vehicle while moving. This in turn requires a battery on the trailer, either the house battery or a special small battery if no house battery.
I believe there's a Federal law about breakaway switches that if brakes are required so is a breakaway switch. My guess is that some states require breakaway switches if brakes are present even if the brakes aren't required. In Oregon the breakaway switch thing follows Federal law, required only if brakes are required.
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Old 01-23-2008, 07:54 AM   #64
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Here's an interesting site I found for Canadians (or folk coming here) on my BrakeQuest. It's got all the legal towing, braking and other safety requirements for the provinces and territories.
http://www.rvda.ca/regulations.asp
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Old 02-11-2008, 10:40 PM   #65
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I have a 76 13 ft trilly. i wouldn't even know if i could add brakes. could i? how much would it cost. i have a tacoma truck to tow it with. funny i used to have an older pathfinder and when i started this trailer hobby suddenly i needed a new truck...how does that happen???
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