Originally Posted by AEP
Yes but there is a difference between smooth braking for average stopping, and emergency stopping prior to brake lockup.
Not for me. I set the delay to have almost instant braking whenever I step on the brakes. And I set the power to almost but not quite lock up the brakes. That gives me maximum braking power and speed from the trailer brakes.
If it "jerks" too much when braking with normal driving, then set the delay to add an instant or two more time between hitting the brakes and the magnets going to full power.
I had a DrawTite Activator II trailer brake controller for over 10 years and ~100,000 miles of towing a Keystone Sprinter 25RKS fifth wheel RV trailer. Worked fine, when properly adjusted for road conditions and trailer weight. My only complaint was having to reset the power switch when changing road conditions from dry pavement to wet. About 6 for dry roads, but back off to about 4 when in the rain or slicky stuff.
Brake Controllers - Draw-Tite
I like the Ford integrated trailer brake controller (ITBC) in my current tow vehicle better, but the old Activator II worked fine.