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Old 05-15-2012, 10:52 PM   #15
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I'm with Donna... You need a new hitch guy! If you have brakes, you should use them. They are well worth the cost of a controller and wiring.
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Old 05-15-2012, 10:59 PM   #16
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Were you going to E&H hitch? They used to be the best in the biz, but I have been hearing mixed reviews lately. When wife & I had a trailer biz, we always sent our customers to E&H (the outlet on 128th in Surrey) but I was not so happy with some work that was done by the Langley store a few years ago. I went back and they fixed it.

However, that said, they are also the ones who wired 3 of my pickups such that turning on the 4-way flashers resulted in hard trailer brake applications. (At the time, I did not know that this was wrong!)
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Old 05-16-2012, 09:21 AM   #17
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Byron is correct. As with many things there's sometimes regulations that might be of concern.

Here in Virginia, if your trailer has brakes, it must be inspected each year and wear an inspection sticker.
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Old 05-16-2012, 09:55 AM   #18
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Byron is correct. As with many things there's sometimes regulations that might be of concern.

Here in Virginia, if your trailer has brakes, it must be inspected each year and wear an inspection sticker.
So, in the interest of safety, Virginia discourages brakes on trailers under 3000#?...Go figger.
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Old 05-16-2012, 10:23 AM   #19
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Darrell- I totally get your humor! I have to say, while Im learning lots about my own FGRV, Im laughing reading everyones posts. I had no idea so many FGRV owners are unemployed comedians or alcoholics- no pun intended, search: " How long it takes to set up your camp" on the forums.
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Old 05-16-2012, 10:49 AM   #20
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LOL Darrel tread softly some of use grow up on the Island and although we may not still live there we do tend to stand up for it!
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Old 05-16-2012, 11:43 AM   #21
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From The Virginia DMV Q & A:

From The Virginia DMV Q & A:

I have a small trailer and I would like to know if it is required to be inspected.

It depends. If the "actual gross weight" is 3,000 pounds or more, it is required to have brakes and is required to be inspected. (The "actual gross weight" is the weight of the trailer plus the weight of any load that the trailer is carrying.) If the "actual gross weight" is less than 3,000 pounds, it is not required to be inspected; however, any trailer under 3,000 that is equipped with brakes is also required to be inspected.
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Old 05-16-2012, 11:48 AM   #22
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Could a Scamp 13ft exceed the 3000 when loaded with all your stuff?

California King Bed, Hot tub, 75" HD 3D TV, outside grill, Washer and Dryer, Freezer and Fridg, Marble flooring, Cheff grade cook top and oven, 24000 BTU air conditioner, personal scooters, and of course the clothing and Beach and Mountain climbing equipment to include the mountain bikes?
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Old 05-16-2012, 12:02 PM   #23
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Could a Scamp 13ft exceed the 3000 when loaded with all your stuff?

California King Bed, Hot tub, 75" HD 3D TV, outside grill, Washer and Dryer, Freezer and Fridg, Marble flooring, Cheff grade cook top and oven, 24000 BTU air conditioner, personal scooters, and of course the clothing and Beach and Mountain climbing equipment to include the mountain bikes?
Ideal "camping" gear...except you forgot the 10 cases of beer and a case of whiskey. And that's just for a week-end
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Could a Scamp 13ft exceed the 3000 when loaded with all your stuff?

California King Bed, Hot tub, 75" HD 3D TV, outside grill, Washer and Dryer, Freezer and Fridg, Marble flooring, Cheff grade cook top and oven, 24000 BTU air conditioner, personal scooters, and of course the clothing and Beach and Mountain climbing equipment to include the mountain bikes?
Still... nope!
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Old 05-16-2012, 01:52 PM   #25
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Could a Scamp 13ft exceed the 3000 when loaded with all your stuff?

California King Bed, Hot tub, 75" HD 3D TV, outside grill, Washer and Dryer, Freezer and Fridg, Marble flooring, Cheff grade cook top and oven, 24000 BTU air conditioner, personal scooters, and of course the clothing and Beach and Mountain climbing equipment to include the mountain bikes?
I think it might depend on whether or not the California King is a water bed...
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Your money will be well spent acquiring the Prodigy vs the Reese brake controller. (Don't ask me how I know!)
Loren, PLEASE tell us how you know!!! We all are here to learn and as you can see a the title of this thread is "Trailer Brakes In The Real World" so real world experiences are worth sharing.
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Originally Posted by Loren G. Hedahl
Your money will be well spent acquiring the Prodigy vs the Reese brake controller.


Do yourself a favor and take the advice Even if it costs more just do it. It is a superior controller.
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Old 05-16-2012, 07:06 PM   #28
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That's a classic line ! That's so good, it just might possibly become a sig line for many folks in many places !!!! LOL

As for the brakes, and not being able to get good service, I'll say it again....these danged RV's are what I call, "some assembly required". And "best owned by someone who likes to tinker". We pretty much have to become our own expert on every system in them, from tow hitches, to brakes, plumbing and heating and air. And all the rest.

At least it's fun getting to use hand tools all the time !

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