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Old 12-15-2017, 05:51 PM   #1
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heading to Florida from Ohio, on snowy roads do you add more or less brake to the trailer?
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Old 12-15-2017, 06:23 PM   #2
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I own a Ford f250 with the factory brake control, I keep it set on "9", I want the trailer to be slowing the truck down instead of pushing the truck. I guess it depends on comfort zone. I have made a couple of long trips, that setting seemed to work fine for me. I am sure others will chime in that have more long distance towing than I have. The setting could also depend on the terrain, mountains, flat land etc. Just enjoy you trip, don't try to push yourself. just enjoy the journey.
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Old 12-15-2017, 06:26 PM   #3
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Trailer higher in my experience on slippery roads. If tow vehicle is doing the majority of breaking on slippery roads, it is more likely to try to jackknife imo.
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Old 12-15-2017, 06:36 PM   #4
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Thanks for help and yes it's 22hr. drive think 3days will be good
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Old 12-15-2017, 06:49 PM   #5
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Ya we do it in two, go down every thanksgiving for 10 days at fort wilderness/ Disney. But we are in our early 30ís and have to rush bc of work etc. If it were feasible, no doubt Iíd do it in 3. Have fun and safe travels
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Old 12-15-2017, 07:38 PM   #6
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I set mine so that the trailer doesn't push or pull on the TV when braking. If the trailer brakes lock up because they are set to pull back on the TV it could put it into a sideways skid.
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Old 12-15-2017, 07:39 PM   #7
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Less brake and slow down. Adjust them just like you would under any other conditions. Just short of lockup under max braking, which is less on slippery roads. You NEVER want to lock up the trailer brakes. If you have to worry about the trailer pushing your truck, you were moving too fast for conditions anyway.
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Old 12-16-2017, 09:22 AM   #8
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Exactly what raspivey says. You can always add trailer braking with the trailer brake lever but you can't remove it in a panic situation. If those trailer brakes lock up, the trailer will have a tendency to try and pass the truck.
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Old 12-16-2017, 12:52 PM   #9
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If you have a good inertial brake controller I would think there would not be much adjustment needed. You should be driving slower, allowing yourself more stopping room and, therefore, be using less braking on the TV which will automatically apply less braking for the trailer.
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Old 12-16-2017, 01:06 PM   #10
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If you have a good inertial brake controller I would think there would not be much adjustment needed. You should be driving slower, allowing yourself more stopping roosetupm and, therefore, be using less braking on the TV which will automatically apply less braking for the trailer.


Thereís not a lot of adjustment required, but the max output does need a little depending on road conditions. Iíve had mine lock in the rain with just moderate braking when I forgot about it. I typically go from a 7 to a 5.5 gain for wet roads on my setup (every setup being different).
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