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Old 03-03-2013, 07:10 PM   #1
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I m buying my first fifth wheel camper. It is a 1975 Arabian. 25' long. Does anyone know if this thing will have electric brakes. The people I am buying it from said they do not think it does.
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Old 03-03-2013, 07:17 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum. I would think that it has to. Never heard of a Trailer of any size not having brakes. I would surely check before signing on the line....
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Old 03-04-2013, 06:31 AM   #3
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Yea I tried to find information on this unit but being that it is so old I am having a hard time finding out for sure. The people I am buying it from say they don't think so. I looked on the internet and it is not hard to upgrade if not. But I just don't want to get there to find I can not get this unit home. It is 159 miles from my home. I have to go get the fifth wheel hitch and bring it home to get it installed how could I check without pulling the wheels if it does or not?
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Old 03-04-2013, 06:46 AM   #4
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Yea I tried to find information on this unit but being that it is so old I am having a hard time finding out for sure. The people I am buying it from say they don't think so. I looked on the internet and it is not hard to upgrade if not. But I just don't want to get there to find I can not get this unit home. It is 159 miles from my home. I have to go get the fifth wheel hitch and bring it home to get it installed how could I check without pulling the wheels if it does or not?
Hi Spanky. I would think the easiest way would be to look underneath and behind the tires to see if there are drum or discs and a brake line running to each wheel. I know it's simple but hopefully that would work if your able to get around it.
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Spanky, These brakes are usually controlled by electric magnets and a brake controller in the tow vehicle which supplies electric proportionatly as needed. You should be able to hook up power to a ground and the brake wire and hear the brake magnets move. Google electric RV brakes and see if you can get more details...
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While there are a number of ways to check, just look under the trailer at the axles and see if there are wires running to the backing plates. (back of wheels) This will let you know if it is equiped, whether or not they work is another question. good luck.
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Does it have a 7 pin round plug or just a 4 pin flag plug? I can not remember back that far but brakes on trailers may not have been the law.

When were the 1st 5th wheels built. 1975 has to be one of the early ones.
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I will look for the wires on the back plate of the hubs. I did not think of that and I think that would be the best way to know. I haven't seen the unit yet to know what type of power plug it has.
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Just look near the tongue at the trailer wiring harness plug that plugs into the tow vehicle. If it is a 4-wire plug, it doesn't have electric brakes. Electric brakes require at least 5 wires, but most of them are 6-wire round plugs on animal trailers or utility trailers, or 7-wire hexagon plugs on RV trailers. (6 wires around the outside of the plug, and the 7th wire in the center of the plug.)

The link below is to a good explanation of the various types of trailer plugs used today:
Trailer Wiring Diagrams | etrailer.com
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Spanky, These brakes are usually controlled by electric magnets and a brake controller in the tow vehicle which supplies electric proportionatly as needed. You should be able to hook up power to a ground and the brake wire and hear the brake magnets move. Google electric RV brakes and see if you can get more details...
You wont hear the magnets move ...they only move if the rig is rolling
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Old 04-12-2013, 06:43 AM   #11
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Hi all

I made the final payment on my camper now it is mine. I looked in the camper drawers and found all the original paperwork and the owners manual and yes it does have electric brakes. I have since purchased an electric brake module and now just need to hook it up. That is simple since my truck is already wired for a module. Thank you all for your help.
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