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Old 08-15-2016, 11:24 PM   #1
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dodge ram integrated brake controller

we have a 2015 ram 3500 with the integrated brake controller. we tow a 2015 cardinal 5th wheel (16,000 lbs). I have read several posts saying the brake controller doesn't work properly with the next post saying no problem. I read a post today that mentioned that the towing set up allows for different trailer weights. under 10,000 lbs should be configured as light electric and over 10,000 lbs should be configured as heavy electric. I did not know that this option existing. so we have been towing our trailer with the light electric setting. I changed it today to heavy electric. does anybody know what this change will actually do? what change will it make to the brake controller. I have been towing with the gain up to 9. will I need to reduce this now that the controller is set for heavy electric? is there any final resolution on whether the integrated brake controller works properly or not. could this trailer weight setting be a factor in the post that say it has problems?

thanks to all for the posts. I read them and still pick up little tidbits such as this. how much more don't I know?

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Old 08-16-2016, 05:30 AM   #2
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I have a 2015 Ram 3500. My first trip I did not know about the four different settings for the brake controller. I am using electric heavy on seven. Seems to stop ok. When I use the manual control my truck, at idle still pulls the trailer with the hand controller fully applied. I don't like that. I have read that some folks using electric over hydraulic while pulling with electric brakes.
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Old 08-16-2016, 05:36 AM   #3
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I have the same truck as you and also had the same questions about the IBC. You'll need to make adjustments to the gain each time you change the settings. I was never completely satisfied with the braking even on "heavy electric". I had read on another thread (not sure where) that changing the setting to "electric over hydraulic" would significantly improve braking. I made the adjustment and it did noticeably improve the braking. Not completely sure why that setting works, but I am comfortable with the braking now. However you set yours, you'll need to spend driving time to adjust the gain to fit your setting. (I think the condition of your trailer brakes and your trailer weight will influence your gain adjustment.) Hope this helps.

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I run mine on "8" heavy electric even though my RV is less than ten thousand pounds. I assume it's correct because when I go to stop, I just barely have to touch my brakes. I don't really feel the trailer brakes, but like I said, it stops real easy so I guess it's okay.
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Old 08-19-2016, 09:36 PM   #5
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We have a 2012 RAM 1500 with IBC. I have it set on heavy electric and gain at 1.5 the TT weighs in a little more than 7000 lbs. works great! If you feel there's excessive effort there was an issue with IBC having a bad ground connection causing a higher effort in braking.


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Old 08-19-2016, 10:08 PM   #6
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There are different braking settings on Dodge/RAM IBC's!!!!?? I don't recall seeing that covered in my owners manual. Was/is that feature available on a 2011 2500 CTD?
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If I'm not mistaken from 2010 to current. If you're thinking about installing one on your truck the dealer has to reprogram and add the controller thru dealer options I don't recall the code for that.


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If I'm not mistaken from 2010 to current. If you're thinking about installing one on your truck the dealer has to reprogram and add the controller thru dealer options I don't recall the code for that.


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Well, since I already have the factory IBC, how do I change to each of the "4" settings til I find the setting I like?
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We have a 2012 RAM 1500 with IBC. I have it set on heavy electric and gain at 1.5 the TT weighs in a little more than 7000 lbs. works great! If you feel there's excessive effort there was an issue with IBC having a bad ground connection causing a higher effort in braking.


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I have the 2012 Ram 1500 with the IBC and was not aware I can change from light trailer electric to heavy? Was under impression the half tons only default to light electric


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I have the 2012 Ram 1500 with the IBC and was not aware I can change from light trailer electric to heavy? Was under impression the half tons only default to light electric


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Never mind what I said since I just double checked this myself and have the heavy electric option avail. Learn something every day


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