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Old 05-17-2018, 08:02 PM   #1
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Recommended Settings for trailer brakes

First time poster. I have a 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan and I just purchased a barely used 2018 Rockwood Freedom 2280. I had the electric brake controller installed but I'm wondering what the recommended braking % might be for the the controller? The trailer weighs around 2300 lbs and I pick it up this weekend. Any advice is appreciated. Thanks
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Old 05-17-2018, 08:12 PM   #2
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Every combination is different. Start with a setting and see how it goes. Adjust as necessary.
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Old 05-17-2018, 08:17 PM   #3
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The instructions for my brake controller said for initial setting pull forward slowly and apply the brakes by using the slider on the controller. Adjust the gain so the trailer wheels give maximum stopping without sliding. After driving it for a bit you will feel if it is set right or needs to be fine tuned.
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Welcome to the forum.

Good answers, I also test the brakes this way at the beginning of every trip to make sure they work.
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It would help if you posted the brand and model of BC.
There is no set number since it varies between trailers.
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Old 05-17-2018, 08:30 PM   #6
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If you have a place to test it, cool.
We just set mine at halfway and it worked great. I could not feel the extra weight slowing down. Starting out and going up hills was another matter ;(
My slider works as a manual brake control and is spring loaded to the off position. My setting control is a dial/wheel.
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Not sure which controller you have. You may have two or three controls or settings. First, if you have a manual pendulum you will have to set that. If it is a newer controller it probably does not have a manual pendulum to deal with. Next you may have a boost setting. This setting controls the initial braking. On my controller there are 3 levels. If the trailer is significantly lighter than the TV you set on the lowest. If the trailer is significantly heavier you set it on the highest. Lastly is the gain or voltage output. This should be set like stated earlier at the highest setting where the trailer brakes do not lock up. Unless you have disc brakes you probably will not have trailer brakes that will lock up at the highest setting. A least that if how I do it and it works for me.
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First time poster. I have a 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan and I just purchased a barely used 2018 Rockwood Freedom 2280. I had the electric brake controller installed but I'm wondering what the recommended braking % might be for the the controller? The trailer weighs around 2300 lbs and I pick it up this weekend. Any advice is appreciated. Thanks
Read the OWNERS MANUAL for your brake controller. It will tell you how to set it.
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What Doug says. Adjust it to 50%, start going down a parking lot, or street, slide the emergency stop slider to max. If the trailer is not slowing down the TV, move it up to 60%, then do same. 70% afterwards. Mine is an integrated BC and have a gain of 8 out of 10. Works on my 8000 # Rockwood.
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The consensus here is adjust by "feel." I agree.
My routine:
  • When getting started on a new trip, I use the manual controller to verify the brakes are working - and to dry and warm them a bit. Condensation can accumulate in the drum, and it's good to use the brakes to dry themselves and generate a bit of heat in the drum and brake shoe lining.
  • Once underway, the controller setting may need to be adjusted based on several variables: traction and day-to-day drift of braking force.

On dirt, I notice that the brakes are working with a bit less traction, so I sometimes have to back off the setting just a bit. On dry pavement and at highway speeds, the trailer tires have more traction and can do a bit more of the work.

And by day-to-day drift, I notice that sometimes the trailer seems to be doing more of the braking than my TV. The trailer brakes tug at the truck. Other times, I don't notice the trailer brakes at all. If a short manual application doesn't dry and warm them so they perform properly, an adjustment is in order. I usually do a brief manual application of trailer brakes only before making any adjustments. That's often all it takes to make them work as they should.

So I find I have to fiddle with them a bit to get things just right.

Drum brakes are obsolete (generally speaking). They are prone to poor braking when damp, and they overheat more easily. And electric drum brakes are no substitute for hydraulic drum brakes. They work, but only kinda-sorta. Electro-magnetic attraction is a poor substitute for a direct hydraulic connection. But they are considerably better than nothing.

I believe that a higher quality brake controller might improve performance in my system...which was installed as part of a package deal when I bought the trailer. It works well enough, but, as I said, I need to fiddle with it.
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