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Old 09-21-2020, 07:39 PM   #1
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Brake controller

Whatís everyone think about my needing a brake controller
I have a Nissan Xterra pro-4x. V6. I bought the 2020 forest river Rockwood 1640 esp. Iím not sure if I need that but welcome any feedback.

Seems like an easy install either way just donít know if I want to spend the mullah on that if itís not needed.

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Old 09-21-2020, 10:08 PM   #2
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Old 09-22-2020, 01:03 AM   #3
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Yes, you need a brake controller. And a 7 pin plug, if you don't already have one. Trucks like that may only have a four pin plug. You don't want to find out during an emergency stop or going down a steep hill that your tow vehicle doesn't have enough braking power. I have a Prodigy 3 and think it works great.
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How much does the trailer weigh, and does it have brakes? If the trailer has brakes already installed, I can see no reason why you would not want to make use of them.
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Old 09-22-2020, 07:13 AM   #6
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YEAH ! does that thing even have elec. brakes ? Doesn't look big enough. I haven't found anything on it yet.
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How much does the trailer weigh, and does it have brakes? If the trailer has brakes already installed, I can see no reason why you would not want to make use of them.
The trailer weighs around 1700 lbs. and has electric brakes.
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YEAH ! does that thing even have elec. brakes ? Doesn't look big enough. I haven't found anything on it yet.
Yes it has electric brakes on it
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Found where listed standards are 7-pin plug and electric brakes. You will need a controller.
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Old 09-22-2020, 07:18 AM   #10
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I bought a controller and wiring ext for it. Guess I might as well use it. Can’t hurt I suppose.

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Old 09-22-2020, 07:19 AM   #11
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Yes it has electric brakes on it
I have an older 12' popup and weighs 2500lbs and doesn't have brakes. It's much older.
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Got a 7-pin on the truck already ?
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Old 09-22-2020, 07:23 AM   #13
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I have a utility trailer without any electric brakes that I've had loaded up heavier than what your trailer is and have had no issues stopping... But if I had electric brakes, I'd want to use them. They really do make a difference.
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Old 09-22-2020, 07:28 AM   #14
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I have a utility trailer without any electric brakes that I've had loaded up heavier than what your trailer is and have had no issues stopping... But if I had electric brakes, I'd want to use them. They really do make a difference.
My 10' utility is rated at 3000lbs and has no brakes.
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My 10' utility is rated at 3000lbs and has no brakes.
I have a 12 foot utility trailer conveniently rated (just under 3000 pounds) at 2990 pounds, I assume so the manufacturer would not need to put brakes on it. It did not come with brakes, but I installed electric brakes on the trailer myself and always use a controller in the tow vehicles.
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Got a 7-pin on the truck already ?
Yes I installed the wiring harness and 7 pin connector. Woohooo.
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