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Old 03-17-2014, 02:43 PM   #41
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The entire conversation about brakes..... Sounds like the OP is trying to do this on the cheap.
Show me where I'm "do[ing] this on the cheap."
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Old 03-17-2014, 02:45 PM   #42
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Good luck with your endeavor......Be safe.
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Old 03-17-2014, 02:48 PM   #43
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Thanks for your assumptions.
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Old 03-17-2014, 02:48 PM   #44
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It was mentioned your pop up has brakes and you should get the brake controller and use them, what your friends and the last owner do it did should be a guide only.
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Old 03-17-2014, 02:52 PM   #45
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Yes, I realize that, I'm using that a frame of reference for my prior knowledge. When it was suggested in here I get a brake control, my response was "will do" which to me means I've acknowledged the comments here and am going to look into it. I have never heard of a brake controller before this thread.

This weekend I was under the pup for the first time since this conversation and couldn't tell if I even have brakes or not. And even not having them, I'm still looking at options for purchasing. I never once said I wasn't going to.

So for someone to come into this comment section and have their first comment be a single-word judgment call on someone trying to do the right thing didn't sit well with me.
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RVing is can be confusing and we all had to start somewhere, I for one did not grow up around trailers and had to learn it all through research and trial.
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Old 03-17-2014, 03:13 PM   #47
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And I appreciate the help you've provided. Thank you.

It's a much steeper learning curve than I expected. And it just keeps going it seems. But that's fine. I've book-marked this site so that I can take a look often and see what other issues might come up that I don't even know to ask about.
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Old 03-19-2014, 09:01 PM   #48
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We have a 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan and a HW296. Didn't have the tow package so upgraded the Caravan to the tow package specs. Added a receiver hitch, HD trans cooler, rear HD load leveling shocks and ran the wiring for a 7 pin harness, added a Primus brake controller and a Pro Series 10k WDH. Probably a little large on the WDH but rather it be a little overkill to make sure that the weight is properly distributed to the front wheels. I found the main thing was the initial adjustment of the WDH with the camper and van loaded to get the proper hitch height and tension bar position.

We live in SC and haven't traveled into any major mountains yet but it feels very comfortable towing, braking, interstates, ect. If we start doing some serious mountain travel and camping will probably upgrade to a F250 or similar to feel good with serious grades.
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