Solera, Towing and brake controllers
I'm hoping bclemens can answer these questions...
I own a 2009 Solera and am getting ready to purchase a tow dolly. The dolly I'm interested in has electric brakes which require a small battery. It also has an optional on-board brake controller which eliminates the need to install an electronic brake controller in the cab.
I know my Solera has a system controller that powers the brake lights, rear turn signals and 7-blade connector. It was replaced under warranty with an up-rev'd unit in 2010. The questions I've got have to do with that controller:
1) Is there a maximum current draw I should be aware of? Do I need to be concerned about whether the current required to run the dolly's on-board brake controller might be greater than what my Solera's system controller can provide?
2) If I decide to not use the tow dolly's on-board brake controller, is my Solera pre-wired for a brake controller? If so, where's the information about that wiring so I can make the installation of a brake controller in the cab easier?
3) Are there any other gotchas about connecting a trailer's wiring to the 7-blade connector on the Solera I should be aware of?
Thanks for your help,