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Electric brake controller

Post by grego999 » Tue May 23, 2017 11:15 am

Just purchased a CT with electric brakes (Ultimate) our prior CT had mechanical.

We hired an ultimate before purchasing and naturally the brake controller was fitted to the hire CT.
Obviously so people hiring didn't have to bother having a controller in car. Everything seemed to work ok and I didn't touch
it during the whole week hire. It was just used on the blacktop between Mudgee and Port Stephens so not really challenging conditions
as such.

But as I have had zero experience with them prior to the hire, I'm not sure how often the controller has to be used or adjusted while actually on trips?
Are they a set and forget? or would i be "making adjustments" for example, if I was doing the Vic High Country vs the highway etc?

So I'm looking for reasons why fitting the controller in the car versus in the CT has any merit?

My thoughts are if the controller stays with the CT it can more easily be used in different vehicles, if wanted or required?

Any feedback would be appreciated

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Re: Electric brake controller

Post by Obeeone » Tue May 23, 2017 5:57 pm


If it's in the vehicle you can adjust it and you can also operate it manually if you need to brake the trailer but not the vehicle, more relevant in off road conditions.

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Re: Electric brake controller

Post by GEOFF.PAULINE » Wed May 24, 2017 5:58 pm

You must be able to operate the manual control from the drivers seat . Surprised at hire trailer unless they have an exemption , because you are not going to install one for a weekend hire.

they are almost set and forget but you need to operate the manual control to set the voltage and help on steep descents .
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Re: Electric brake controller

Post by Ern_Reeders » Sun May 28, 2017 8:57 am

Most controllers are automatic. They rely on sensing the inertia of braking on the tug to adjust the braking force on the trailer.

They may also have a manual option and this can be handy for tricky terrain. You might want to shorten the timing or increase the strength of the response (depending on the options available). Increased response when picking your way down a rocky spur may be desirable (but not to the point of risking lockup obviously). Decreasing the response on an icy bitumen road by contrast may be the go.

Many users report well on the Redarc TowPro.

If you want a remote/transferable unit, they are available. Eg. the Tekonsha Prodigy RF Wireless Trailer Brake Controller.

Just one tip. Your drum brakes will take some time to bed in. Allow that to happen before any final tweaking of the controller settings.

Cheers, Ern

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