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Old 10-07-2016, 08:40 AM   #1
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Electric Brake Controller on DP?

Is there any special type or brand of electric brake control that should be used with a DP with air brakes? Or just get a good one like a Tekonsha? I need to get my car hauler trailer set up to bring my Grand Cherokee down to AZ this winter. Didn't find anything on search.
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The main problem with trailer brake controllers on DPers , is that some ; like mine ; activate the brake lights when the exhaust brake is operating, and with the wrong controller, long downhills using the exhaust brake, could over heat the trailer brakes.
I believe that , Tekonsha , with true proportional braking doesn't have that issue.
There are a few threads here in the forums about the issue.
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I use the prodigy RF. brake controller is mounted on the trailer and adjusted with a remote.
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Old 10-07-2016, 09:04 PM   #4
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Looks like I posted my question here too soon. Found this Freightliner XCM RV Trailer Brake Harness Winnebago Pigtail 12 Volt Wiring Plug | eBay on the Freightliner section. Looks like I get just the brake light signal from the air brakes and should plug right in. Only thing is, I have to find the correct (blue?) wire at the rear of the coach for the electric brake signal, or failing to find it, run a 12 guage blue wire directly from the controller to the 7-way.
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There ar lots of posts on iRV2 containing the terms "Freightliner" and "brake controller." Here's a link to a Google search for them. This post, among others, may be of help.
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I know my spartan is pre wired but I can't find the ends, I'm wanting to install one to haul a 63 vetted to Florida for a buddy.
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The main problem with trailer brake controllers on DPers , is that some ; like mine ; activate the brake lights when the exhaust brake is operating, and with the wrong controller, long downhills using the exhaust brake, could over heat the trailer brakes.
I believe that , Tekonsha , with true proportional braking doesn't have that issue.
There are a few threads here in the forums about the issue.
If your trailer brakes are activating with the engine brake then the controller is not wired correctly. The brake signal feed to the controller must come from the brake light switch not the brake lights. Sometimes the connection will require a diode to isolate the switch feed from the engine brake feed.
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I'd sell the trailer and use the money to set up the Grand Cherokee to tow 4 down. The Grand Cherokee is a great toad.
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