Going on Vacation? Get an Electric Brake Controller for Your RV

Written by Car Talk. Posted in Brake controller, Electric brakes on trailer, Trailer brake controls

Single axle trailer brake control
Are you planning a vacation with family or friends to one of the United States’ 16,000 public or private campgrounds? If so, then you’ll be out on the road–or at one of these campgrounds–for days, weeks, or even months.
Are you taking to the road in a recreational vehicle, or RV? If so, then you’re in good company. The Recreational Vehicle Industry Association has estimated there are up to 30 million enthusiasts, including those that rent, rather than own, their RVs.
In the United States, 11% of adults between 25-to-54 years old own an RV. This is even more than than adults in the 55 or older bracket, 9.3% of whom own RVs.
If you’re planning to purchase an RV for an upcoming vacation, then there are two types, or categories, from which to choose–motorized RVs and RVs that are towed.
A motorized motorhome, as its name suggests, can be driven. A towable, on the other hand, would be hooked up to a car, van or pickup truck. Having the gear to tow an RV makes sense when you want to have access to your other vehicles while on vacation.
If you’re planning to purchase–or already own–a towable RV, do you have an electric brake controller installed? If not, then you may be interested in adding one to enhance your brake power.
An electric brake controller is installed in your truck or other tow vehicle. When you press on the breaks to slow or stop your vehicle, this device will activate the electric or hydraulic brakes on your trailer. When your trailer has hydraulic brakes, a two-point system can be used and is recommended to increase and manage control of your vehicle and the RV being towed.
If you’re curious about trailer brake wiring, basically, the electric brake controller is connected to the trailer feed, which is usually a blue wire. This 6-or-7-way trailer connector is located at the back of the tow vehicle.
When you’re towing a heavy load, a weight distribution system is also recommended. This is particularly important if your trailer’s weight exceeds 50% of the tow vehicle’s weight.
You may also want to invest in an RV sway control system. There are two types of these devices, both of which have specific benefits. The first type is intended to reduce your trailer’s sway once it has started, and the second type is intended to prevent your trailer from swaying.
When you’re on the road with your friends and family, you want to put safety first. Having an electric brake controller along with these other devices can help to put your mind at ease.

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