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Old 04-19-2012, 09:01 PM   #1
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So I arrive at the campground today and as I'm driving slow looking for my site i notice when I apply and release the brakes the trailer was really grabbing. Does this mean I need to turn the power down on the brake controller? I only notice this when I got into the campground. My concern is if I turn down the power at higher speeds the truck will be doing the bulk of work. Any suggestions would be great. This was my first time out so I'm a real newbie.
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Old 04-19-2012, 09:17 PM   #2
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No problem turning it down, that's what the adjustment is for. Just remember to turn it back up when you leave. If it is a new trailer, the brakes are probably just getting seated. I adjust mine usually while stopping at the first stop sign or light to where I can feel a slight pull from the trailer and then turn it back a very little bit. You should be able to feel the trailer helping your tv while stopping. Just don't adjust it to where the trailer is doing the majority of the stopping or jerking the tv.
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Old 04-19-2012, 09:25 PM   #3
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Sounds like you have a time delay brake controller - Trailer Brake Controller Information | etrailer.com - it should be no problems increasing the delay for use in campgrounds and returning the delay to your preferred setting on public roads.
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Old 04-19-2012, 09:30 PM   #4
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My brake controller doesn't have the numbered display so if I move it back and forth it would have mostly be by guessing previous position.
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Do you not have an adjusting wheel on the side of the controller or an adjusting knob?
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Old 04-19-2012, 10:53 PM   #6
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Yes I do, that's what I was saying. Just without the digital display it's just playing with the knob. Being my first time it's hard to know what I'm looking for.
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Perhaps a tuning session in an empty parking lot or quiet country road is called for, that way you can adjust for various speeds and mark the best settings for campground (slow driving) and public roads
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Old 04-20-2012, 10:05 AM   #8
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Good idea sreddy I will try that
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Old 04-20-2012, 11:24 AM   #9
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On my Prodigy, there was not only the gain setting but an inital boost setting. Check your brake controller manual. There is more than one thing to "play with". Good luck.
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Old 04-20-2012, 03:16 PM   #10
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Yes there is a level setting and a power setting.
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