Originally Posted by grassy
Ok...I will rise to dissent..
I am not going to get into the pros / cons of the various brake upgrades but more the why..
If you are not stopping when slamming on the brakes..that points to the TV vs trailer and by upping the trailer brakes, you are just putting a band aid on the problem .. your TV still cannot handle what it is pulling.. the TV having the ability to "pull" does not include the handling / stopping function.
If trailer brakes didn't stop the trailer, there would be lawsuits clogging the courts..
So it is a nice upgrade but....
I would agree in to some extent, yes my TV is rated well within the limits of my trailer.
My Redwood 5th Wheel weights approx. 16.800 lbs. , I pull it with a 2012 GMC 3500HD DRW that is rated for 23,500 lbs. 5th Wheel weight and a gross combined weight of 30,000 lbs. of which my gross combined weight is 26,000 lbs.
Does my setup stop, sure it does, not real fast but it does stop ok. When driving in Stop and Go city Traffic, I always make sure I am not right on top of somebody and leave plenty of reaction / stopping distance, then somebody cuts in front of me !!!
My rig reminds me of a early 2000 model GMC Suburban I had (Disk brakes on the front, Drum brakes on the rear) it stopped but not real good and yes there were many lawsuits on the early model Suburban for braking and stopping problems. I also had a early 70s Chevy Nova and a late 60s Pontiac GTO, they had drum brakes on all 4 wheels, I still remember the change from driving cars with Drum Brakes on all 4 wheels to driving a car with Disc brakes on the front, what a difference.
I have been pulling my setup all over the country for the last several years and have not run into anything because I could not stop. The time I have issues is in the mountain's on long downhill grades, the truck brakes get pretty hot and start chattering. Yes the exhaust brake works great but where I notice the problem is low speed stops coming down a steep hill where the exhaust brake does not help.
When I had my truck front end aligned and tires rotated a few months ago, the shop showed my the front disc rotor, they were discolored from heat.
I have no pulsing, vibration, noise or squealing when stopping, it is just obvious my trailer is pushing me quite a bit.
I believe the Disc brake upgrade will help with my low speed stops on steep downhill grades and be more responsive in stop and go city traffic.