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Old 05-25-2018, 09:21 PM   #1
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Brake controller question

Hi,

My new to me coach came with this brake controller.

Is it a good brand?

For a toad do I need the same brand or can I use a different brand?

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Old 05-25-2018, 09:37 PM   #2
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Most , toad brake control packages come with there own controllers ... if they use one at all.

BTW: The controller is a good brand , but mostly used for electric trailer brakes, PO must have towed a trailer.
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Hi,

My new to me coach came with this brake controller.

Is it a good brand?

For a toad do I need the same brand or can I use a different brand?

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This controller will not control any TOAD braking device, that I know of. It will control the electric brakes on a tow dolly or any type of trailer that has electric brakes.
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So can I reuse this controller or would I need to purchase one to match the toad supplemental brake system?
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Most , toad brake control packages come with there own controllers ... if they use one at all.
Decide on the controller you like and look at the package contents .
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Gotcha,

I was just trying to see if I could reuse this one.
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Gotcha,

I was just trying to see if I could reuse this one.
I wouldn't throw it away , you may not even have to disconnect or move it. Unless it's in the way of your knee.
Never can tell if there's a trailer in your future.
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Gotcha,

I was just trying to see if I could reuse this one.
Read my post #3 I answered your question.
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Thanks,

I did not see that post.
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To be clear:

1) A trailer electric brake controller is for towing a trailer with electric brakes.
2) No toad has electric brakes.
3) Therefore, the trailer electric brake controller cannot be used to brake a toad.
4) You will need a braking system for the toad, installed in the toad.
5) The existing trailer electric brake controller can be left in place. It will not interfere with any toad braking system (assuming that the brake controller is properly installed).

Details:

The trailer electric brake controller works by sending a braking signal on a single wire to the coach's 7-pin hitch connector. The signal appears on the 5 o'clock pin (see link here; "7-way RV Standard"). The color may be different, but it's often referred to as the "blue wire."

Any toad braking system that relies on coach electric signals for activation uses four pins in the coach's 7-pin connector:

Left turn and stop (3 o'clock pin)
Right turn and stop (9 o'clock pin)
Tail and running lights ("parking" lights) (1 o'clock pin)
Ground (7 o'clock pin)
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Thanks Mark,

That makes perfect sense.
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