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Old 07-30-2012, 08:32 PM   #1
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Trailer Brakes

I have a 2000 Allure and just bought an enclosed trailer with brakes. Does anybody have experience installing a brake control on the Allure?

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Old 07-30-2012, 11:08 PM   #2
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Not directed at Allure specifically but a couple of ideas. I assume that your trailer has electric brakes and not hydraulic surge brakes. You will need an Electric Trailer Brake Actuator mounted in or under the dash that ties into your brake light switch and a hot wire. One wire runs back to the trailer plug recepticle on your coach. I'm sure the trailer has the correct plug already and one wire is the brake wire.

Your accuator should be visible to you while driving since you can control the amount of braking you want by setting the range on the digital readout. (usually 1-10 for the resistance) The actuator works off the momentum of the coach or truck slowing down. The harder you brake the more electricity flows back to the brakes on the trailer.

Once you have the brake system hooked up then test or check each wheel to make sure it is getting maximum voltage. Brake drums get rusty or totally worn out, magnets get rust underneath them and it reduces their effectiveness, wires get cut and you wont even know it. (With hydraulic brakes at least you see a leak, but electric brakes just stop working.)

Under normal situations the coach will do 95% or more of the stopping but during a panic stop (when you most need the trailer brakes) then you want them functioning at 100% of their capacity and they rarely do unless one is very vigalant in taking care of all areas of the system.

One easy way to test them each time is to manually pull on the dash actuator lever while slowly driving in gravel. Somebody can watch or you just look at the skid marks and you will see if all 4 tires locked up. THAT is what you want to see before you head on down the road. Every trucker will pull on his air brake glad handle after hooking up to a trailer to test the hitch as well as the brakes.

Just my 2 cents worth.

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Old 08-02-2012, 05:01 PM   #3
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When I bought my 2000 magna, the previous owner left his brake controller in the coach. The brake controller was mounted under the dash to the left of the steering wheel. The controller wiring cable goes through a hole drilled in the floor to the left and forward of the dimmer switch and passes into the compartment under the driver's seat. The control wire for the brakes goes through the bottom of that compartment and is run to the rear of the coach. It is then attached to a 7 pin connector that was added at the rear of the coach.

I haven't thoroughly checked the controller wiring cable but it appears the positive supply voltage comes from a wire run through the side of the front run 12 volt fuse panel.

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Old 08-02-2012, 11:14 PM   #4
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If you need wiring from the front of the coach to the rear, there are some spare wires already there. They should be in the front drivers compartment and exit in the rear electrical box where the filters are.
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Old 08-10-2012, 07:07 PM   #5
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Check out the Tekonsha RF wireless controller. I am very happy with mine. Bought it on e-bay.
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