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Old 11-14-2014, 11:57 AM   #1
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Trailer brake system

I recently bought a bumper pull trailer with electric brakes and can't find the controler inside my motorhome. I have a 2005 national tropical T396 diesel pusher and wonder if the brakes work automatic or do I have to add anything to my motorhome. I use the engine brake all the time and don't know if it will effect the brakes on the trailer also. Any help will be appreciated.

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Old 11-14-2014, 12:01 PM   #2
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You will have to buy and install a brake controller at the dashboard. If you are lucky, perhaps there are wires installed at the factory from front to back. If not, you'll have to install a wiring harness from the dash to the rear bumper for the controller. How many pins in the connector on the RV's rear bumper? If you have 7 pins or blades, perhaps it's already wired for electric brakes.


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Old 11-14-2014, 12:37 PM   #3
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Bob has given you good advice. It most likely does have the connecting plug near the hitch receiver and a harness that runs up to the dash area with plugs for the controller but it won't have any controller. There are several different ones around that serve well.
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Old 11-14-2014, 12:45 PM   #4
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When we had our trailer, I purchased and installed a Prodigy P3 brake controller. Not difficult to install and costs around $125 or so.

I don't know if you have a Freighliner chassis or not, but if you do, they have been providing a harness with their chassis for several years now. Monaco use to do the same thing. Not sure if any other mfg'ers did or not.

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Old 11-14-2014, 12:49 PM   #5
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All the above advice is great. Don't be tempted to skimp here. Get a controller, get it wired and use it. It could save your life or someone else's one day.

Trailer brakes are also required by law, not in every circumstance but most.
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