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What is your electric trailer brake setting at?

Discussion in 'Towing & Hauling' started by galaxyflyer1, Oct 1, 2018.

  1. Oct 1, 2018 at 3:13 PM
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    I'm pulling a single axle travel trailer that's about 20' long and weighs loaded about 3800 lbs.
    Wondering what setting you use.
     
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  2. Oct 1, 2018 at 3:30 PM
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    Everyone will be different and depending on weight, brake sizing, etc.

    Do you know how to properly test the trailer brakes before you leave?
     
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  4. Oct 1, 2018 at 4:18 PM
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    I believe you set them to slightly feel a drag when coasting and applying the manual paddle. Is this correct?
     
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    I've always heard to bring them to the point of locking up at about 20-25 mph using the manual lever.
     
  6. Oct 1, 2018 at 5:02 PM
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    Mines at 9.5. Seems high but I just assume the trailer has shiti brakes. 15 ft about 2800 lbs.
     
  7. Oct 1, 2018 at 5:22 PM
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    Before leaving:

    - Test full operation of the the trailer brakes. Apply full manual trailer brakes, place truck in drive and roll forward. You should not overcome the brakes. Apply a little fuel, again, the truck should not overcome the brakes.

    -This next is setting the brakes rolling forward. Make sure you have ample enough space.
    Set brake gain at 5. Roll forward at 5-10 mph. Apply service brakes (truck brakes) and this should also apply the trailer brakes. The trailer should have a little pull on the truck, but not jerking or hard pull. Unjust up or down on the feel. Your call. You can also test the trailer brakes again. At a roll, manually apply the trailer brakes (more than your setpoint) without locking up the trailer brakes, the trailer should stop you without any power.

    Try not to ever lock up the trailer brakes. Getting flat spots on tires really brings on the suck.

    On the other side of things, you also want to get the most out of your service/trailer brake systems.
    In the mountains, I may set the trailer brakes a little tighter due to the Law of Inertia and the 1-10 rule. Remember, for every 10 car lengths you have in front of you, there will be at least one idiot that cuts you off.

    Sorry for the late reply. My kids were “starving” and between homework and making dinner, my kitchen is blown up. Lol

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  8. Oct 1, 2018 at 5:46 PM
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    Blown up or not , That's a sweet looking kitchen brother ! I like the colors.
     
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  9. Oct 1, 2018 at 5:48 PM
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    Thank you. If you ever come back to Colorado Springs, I’ll cook you and your better half a meal in it.
     
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