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Old 04-07-2015, 05:06 PM   #1
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Trailer Brake Control Setting

Have had brake setting to number 6, which I believe means 40% TT and 60% on the fiver.

What do you folks recommend?

Perhaps it should be 50/50?

Thanks for feedback.
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Old 04-07-2015, 07:05 PM   #2
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Wanderer, there are a lot of different factors. Speed, integrated controller vs aftermarket etc.I have a integrated and ran for the first few trips at 9 out of ten and then backed off to 7. Numbers are reference point as opposed to ratio of TV vs TT/Fiver.
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Old 04-07-2015, 07:36 PM   #3
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Wanderer, there are a lot of different factors. Speed, integrated controller vs aftermarket etc.I have a integrated and ran for the first few trips at 9 out of ten and then backed off to 7. Numbers are reference point as opposed to ratio of TV vs TT/Fiver.
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Ours is the integrated controller (factory GM).

Six has worked ok with a 7K TT but now we have a 10K fiver, and was concerned with placing to much on the TV vs TT.
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Old 04-07-2015, 09:04 PM   #4
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i also have the factory GM i run mine at 4.5 on my last 2 5vers the wildcat
goes about 11,000 you need to engage it going down the road about 30mph without using the TV brakes to see where you want to set it and what feels comfortable to you
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Old 04-07-2015, 09:24 PM   #5
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i also have the factory GM i run mine at 4.5 on my last 2 5vers the wildcat
goes about 11,000 you need to engage it going down the road about 30mph without using the TV brakes to see where you want to set it and what feels comfortable to you
With my Ram it's factory built in too, I slide the level just like you do at 30 MPH if I feel it slowing me down (not locking up) I'm good. I check it when leaving on every outing. Ended up at 5.0 which works for my comfort zone.
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Old 04-07-2015, 09:59 PM   #6
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trailer brakes should engage first before TV brakes when pressing the brake pedal. This keeps the trailer in a straight line and prevents it from pushing the TV. the ratio of brakes imo should be around 52% trailer and 48 %TV. Your trailer has 4 brakes and it should be able to stop itself and not run over the tow vehicle. The TV should have the ultimate power to stop the whole train, but relying mainly on the TV could burn your TV brakes up to the point of failure.
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Hello all,
Just retrieved the manual and as others stated here it suggests "testing at 25mph or so and engaging the Trailer Gage control manually to "Adjust the Trailer Gain to just below the point of trailer wheel lock-up."
It also says "Trailer wheel lock-up may not occur if towing a heavily loaded trailer. In this case adjust the Trailer Gain to the highest allowable setting for the towing condition." I have executed the manual engagement at low speed to test TT brake function and at 6 setting there was good slow down of the rig but no lock up.
Thanks to all for your feedback, it is very much appreciated.
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With my Ram it's factory built in too, I slide the level just like you do at 30 MPH if I feel it slowing me down (not locking up) I'm good. I check it when leaving on every outing. Ended up at 5.0 which works for my comfort zone.
Just about the same here on our 13 Ram 1500...5 to 5.5 seems to be the sweet spot.
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I have a Ford integrated controller and have it set at 7 for my 27RLWS
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"Warning of Trailer Brake Adjustments"

I just found out this week when e-mailed a manual on Lippert axles and brakes that my trailer brakes adjust themselves tighter each time that the brakes are applied MOVING FORWARD.

So, all of your adjustment numbers are thrown out the window, if you do not back off or self adjust to loosen the brakes at the hubs every three months or so. Watch out for this hazard of too tight brakes....

this is just an example of another thing that my selling dealer did not let me know about. Forward stopping self adjusting brakes.

Forward Self-Adjusting Brakes
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