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Trailer Brakes

Discussion in 'Trucks, Trailers, & RV's' started by Piston Honda, Feb 9, 2018.

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  1. Piston Honda

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    This weekend I'm going to be using a trailer with brakes for the first time. My truck has a built in brake controller and I have some ideas on how to dial in the brakes, but I thought some of you experienced guys could give me some extra tips. What's your procedure for setting the brake controller?
     
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    How heavy is trailer/load? Would recommend starting on lower level, it doesn't take much to engage them, assuming everything is functioning properly.
     
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    I'll be towing my f150 on a car hauler, so around 7000 lbs and pulling it with my Silverado 1500. I know I should be using a heavier duty truck, but it's what I have and it has plenty of power to do it.
     
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    I usually start around 5- 6. If the trailer is pushing I work up a little. If the trailer is grabby when I stop I work down. I usually land on or around a 6 for the most part. It will depend on the trailer and load of course. I don’t make to exact of a science out of it... really just what feels right.
     
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    That's helpful. Thanks!
     
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    what carl said is about perfect adjust so you feel a slight pull when you stop. with a good set of brakes on a trailer and adjusted correctly you have a great trip and will like the brakes makes for a nice trip.
     
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    I am going to say you will end up at 8.5 on your Silverado brake controller with 7000lbs. That is where I am with 7-7500 on my Silverado.
     
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    It keeps snowing and I have to keep delaying my trip. It seems that towing a trailer with brakes on a snowy road would be dangerous. Trying again tomorrow.
     

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