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.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 03-29-2013, 04:55 PM   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 3
Motorhome to Trailer brakes

I have a 1997 American Eagle with air brakes. I have a 28ft. race car trailer with elect. brakes. I was told to hook up the controller I need power ground and a brake switch. I have no brake switch,the peddles are mounted on the floor. I looked in the pod and under the peddle and all I see is Green and Red air hoses. I can use all the help I can get.
__________________

__________________
Redeagle001 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 03-29-2013, 06:38 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Playtime III's Avatar
 
Holiday Rambler Owners Club
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Tampa FL
Posts: 640
You will need help from your manufacturer. On my Monaco with air brakes I had to find the correct brake signal wire in the fuse box that works the brake lamps. In my case it was reversed polarity so I had to add a relay to reverse it back. Monaco pre-wired the remaining (12VDC, Grd, Brake signal to trailer (4o'clock pin on the 7-way Hitch connector)), the pedal signal wire was positive until pressed then 0 VDC when pressed, thus the adding the wire between the fuse box and the brake controller (prodigy P3). For a lengthly explaination see my thread; "Recommended locations for brake controller mounting location")
__________________

__________________
2006 HR Scepter 42DSQ
Playtime IV
Holiday FL
Playtime III is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 03-29-2013, 09:18 PM   #3
Moderator Emeritus
 
Gary RVRoamer's Avatar


 
Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: Silver Springs, FL. USA
Posts: 18,096
Somewhere you have a brake light switch, I mean, there is something that switches the brake lights on when you push the pedal. It just doesn't happen to be on the pedal itself.

A 97 Eagle probably has a Spartan chassis, so maybe a call to Spartan would get a clue where to look? Or maybe even a call the American Coach first? There customer service is really excellent.
__________________
Gary Brinck
Former owner of 2004 American Tradition
Home is in the Ocala Nat'l Forest near Ocala, FL
Summers in Black Mountain, NC
Gary RVRoamer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-29-2013, 09:32 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
BFlinn181's Avatar
 
Gulf Streamers Club
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Cincinnati
Posts: 16,259
Even if you can't find the brake switch, you could tap into the wires that energize the brake lights on the back of the coach.
__________________

Bob & Donna
'98 Gulf Stream Sun Voyager DP being pushed by a '00 Beetle TDI
BFlinn181 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 03-30-2013, 09:34 AM   #5
Senior Member
 
Playtime III's Avatar
 
Holiday Rambler Owners Club
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Tampa FL
Posts: 640
IF you opt to tap the brake light at the lens you need to know if your Exhaust Brake illuminates it as well. You might or might not want your trailer brakes coming on. You just need to be able to make an informed decision.
__________________
2006 HR Scepter 42DSQ
Playtime IV
Holiday FL
Playtime III is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 03-30-2013, 09:41 AM   #6
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 167
Check out the Tekonsha RF brake controller. You would likely have to change the controller on the trailer.

I have it on my Dynasty with a trailer with electric brakes. Works very well.

Brake light activates the trailer brakes.

Completely portable to another tow vehicle.
__________________

__________________
Eaglesview is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
brakes, motorhome



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


» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:34 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.