Go Back   iRV2 Forums > MOTORHOME FORUMS > Toads and Motorhome Related Towing
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 11-30-2011, 06:16 PM   #1
TGMarrs's Avatar
Monaco Owners Club
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Fulltime on the road
Posts: 74
Monaco built in brake controller?

My coach has the standard round (7 wire?) plug in the back but no brake controller. I moved my large cargo trailer from one storage spot to another, and imagine my surprise when the trailer brakes were operational...

Is there a built in brake controller, or did they just put a signal to the brake wire? Do you think there is a % set on the wire or is it just 100% trailer braking? Anyone know about what I might have here?

Monaco Executive '44ft(Triple bunkroom for the girls)
Towing a Jeep Liberty CRD Diesel
TGMarrs is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 11-30-2011, 06:22 PM   #2
TGMarrs's Avatar
Monaco Owners Club
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Fulltime on the road
Posts: 74
Yes, if I slightly touched the brakes I felt the trailer pull back and stop the coach. I was also on loose gravel and the trailer tires didn't lock up, but the trailer is fully loaded... I have looked and can't find a brake controller anywhere.

Monaco Executive '44ft(Triple bunkroom for the girls)
Towing a Jeep Liberty CRD Diesel
TGMarrs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-30-2011, 06:22 PM   #3
Senior Member
texnet's Avatar
Monaco Owners Club
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Granbury, Texas
Posts: 1,364
Brakes lights should work just fine... but did you actually see the brakes engage? If so, somewhere some place is a brake controller.
Ronnie (WD5GIC) & Jan (WD5IHU)
2003 Monaco Dynasty Countess 42' w/tag, 2012 Ford Flex

texnet is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-30-2011, 06:47 PM   #4
Moderator Emeritus
TXiceman's Avatar

Vintage RV Owners Club
Texas Boomers Club
Oklahoma Boomers Club
Ford Super Duty Owner
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: Full Time, TX Home Base
Posts: 17,163
Blog Entries: 21
Or the trailer is wired wrong and the brake light is putting a signal tot he brake circuit.

Amateur Radio Operator (KE5DFR)|Full-Time! - 2012 6.7L Ford Crew Cab Dually -2013 HitchHiker Champagne 38RLRSB - Travel with one Standard Schnauzer and one small Timneh African Gray Parrot
TXiceman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-01-2011, 01:02 PM   #5
Senior Member
FOSJ's Avatar
Entegra Owners Club
Spartan Chassis
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 101
Blog Entries: 10
We have an 05 Monaco Knight and added a brake controller for a trip earlier this year. I contacted Monaco Tech Support and they told me how to find the Brake Controller 'plug' under the dash. After locating that I installed the controller per the instructions and tested the trailer brakes. To my surprise we determined that the trailer brakes were 'engaged' with my foot off the brake, and 'off' when I stepped on the brake. Further investigation determined that my unit was wired with a 'negative' brake switch; in other words the lead from the brake switch was energized when the brake pedal was not engaged; and dead when you stepped on the brake.

After additional research we located a wiring harness in the drivers side front electrical bay that included a wire that was idle until the brake pedal was depressed at which time it became energized. We ran a wire from the brake controller to this bay and connected to this wire. The trailer brakes worked flawlessly after that.

You may want to contact Monaco (check their website under support) and ask about the brake controller harness. They've helped me on several similar queries.

Good luck
Joan & Steve www.fosj-steve.blogspot.com
2014 Entegra Anthem 42DEQ, 2008 HD StreetGlide, 2014 Jeep Rubicon Unlimited 4x4 &
2016 24' Pace Journey Trailer
FOSJ is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Prodigy Brake Controller VS. Vansco DandLBart Alpine Coach Owner's Forum 17 02-25-2012 12:23 AM
Brake Controller Wiring location Meridian 34Y offthewall Winnebago Industries Owner's Forum 10 05-24-2011 08:33 PM
Brake Controller (GM Built-in) pthomann Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 14 05-09-2011 07:27 AM
Monaco trailer wiring and brake controller csp Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 3 10-14-2009 08:27 PM
brake controller mamaloya Pop Up, Tent Trailer and Teardrop Topics 8 01-02-2007 02:11 PM

» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:11 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.