How do I choose a brake controller?

Before choosing a trailer brake controller, consider the type of trailer you will be towing and the frequency you will be traveling. If you will be towing heavy cargo such as livestock, construction materials, or any other fragile cargo, go for the proportional brake controller.

What’s a good trailer brake controller?

Our pick for the best trailer brake controller is the Tekonsha P3 Electronic Brake Control. It smoothly applies the brakes, controls up to four axles, and has an LCD display and one-button boost switch. It is also quick and easy to adjust, mounts at any angle, and auto adjusts to any angle.

Are portable electric brake controllers legal?

Are Portable Brake Controllers Legal Electric Brake Controller Laws Electric brakes are commonly used on caravans and trailers over 750kg but are legally required (*limited alternatives maybe available) on all caravans and trailers with a GTM over 2,000kg.

Are proportional brake controllers better?

Pros of Proportional Brake Controllers: Safety: In an emergency stop the proportional controller will match the braking power instantly instead of ramping up. Decreased Brake Wear: With tow vehicle and trailer braking the same brake wear is even.

How much does it cost to install a trailer brake controller?

What is the average cost to install brake controller? On average, you can expect to pay between $60.00 and $340 for the controller itself and up to $300 for labor on the most complicated installations.

At what weight do you need electric brakes?

Electronic brakes are most commonly used on caravans and trailers over 750kg and are legally required on all caravans and trailers where the GTM is more than 2000kg. Remember that if you are considering electronic brakes, you will need to install a control unit in the tow vehicle.

What is the Best Electronic Brake Controller?

Tekonsha 90195P3 is frequently referred as the best electronic brake controller. It’s of excellent quality and proves its efficiency. It’s equipped with a back lit LCD display, able to change colors and languages (possible options are English, French and Spanish).

How do you wire an electric brake controller?

Connect the brake controller harness to the electronic brake controller using barrel crimp connectors. There will be four wires each separately labeled on the harness. Connect the ground wire to the white wire on controller will attach to the ground on the harness. The red wire on the controller will attach to the lead from the brake light switch.

What is an electric brake controller?

Electric brake controllers are devices that detect the application of brake by the driver and then activate electric brakes in the trailer so that the vehicle can do a large part of its own braking rather than relying on the system of vehicle breaks. The device uses pin plugs of around 7-12 between the electric brake and the vehicle.

What is an integrated brake controller?

Integrated brake control is a non-vacuum, integrated electro-hydraulic brake apply control unit which can replace the electronic stability control, vacuum booster, and vacuum pump (where needed), as well as associated cables, sensors, switches and controllers.