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Old 05-06-2015, 10:26 AM   #1
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Toad Brake Controller - How to Adjust Properly??

Ok ... so my toad (a mini-cooper) is currently being configured with a base plate and wiring for towing flat. The brake system I am going to use is the Blue Ox Patriot. The question I have (that I have not previously seen an answer to...) is: just how do you go about verifying that you have the gain on the proportional braking set correctly??? Too low, and the braking force is being transmitted through the hitch (the mini is still 3500 pounds ... not good for the tow bar!). Too high a braking force and the Mini will be trying to do most of the braking of the MH (NOT good for the brakes on the mini also not too good for the tow bar also). With the mini so light relative to the MH, I would imagine it is quite difficult to detect/sense which vehicle is pulling/pushing which??

So, just how does one go about adjusting the braking force so that it is "just right"???

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Old 05-06-2015, 02:13 PM   #2
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Most auxiliary braking systems will give you recommended settings based on your cars weight. You can use these settings, but you will soon get a feel for when the breaking is proportionally correct. At least that's how I have done it.

Best of luck getting everything set up. Happy trails!!
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