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Old 03-27-2013, 11:59 PM   #1
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Trailer brakes needed 2800 lbs?

I am buying a 36' Country Coach Inspire and will be towing a single axel trailer with a weight of about 2800 lbs.. The trailer has electric brakes but the coach doesn't have a brake controller. The coach weighs about 29000 lbs so I am wondering if I really need the brakes on the trailer? I also would be concerned with being able to properly adjust the controller to not overheat the trailer brakes since it is impossible to "feel" how the trailer brakes are working. I also would not want the trailer brakes activated by the tail lights which come on when the exhaust brake activates. Any thoughts on this matter?
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Old 03-28-2013, 01:10 AM   #2
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Your state laws may require trailer brakes on any trailer over 2000lbs , even though the weight is low compared to the coach.
Also from a control perspective, it's always nice to be able to manually apply trailer brakes from the dash in the event of an out of control situation where puting on the coach brakes first would just make matters worse. Don't ask me how I know this.
A couple of threads in the forums about , trailer brake controllers & Exhaust brake actuated brake lights . Some high end controllers work on rate of de-celleration, not just brake lights. Others have installed a diode to isolate the controller from the exhaust brake light feed.
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Your state laws may require trailer brakes on any trailer over 2000lbs , even though the weight is low compared to the coach.
Problem with that is: it's NOT what your home state requires, every state has their own rules and you must comply with that when in that state. There is no reciprocity on equipment requirements like there is on drivers licensing and insurance.
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Old 03-28-2013, 07:52 AM   #4
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I agree. My main concern is my safety and how much the trailer brakes help on the big rig, when I tow the trailer with my pickup truck they make a big difference and I would not drive without them. As far as state laws go, the trailer does have brakes, there would be no way of knowing weather they are wired by looking at 7 pin connector.
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You would have to take the connector on the coach apart to look for the related wiring,there, if the 6 outer connectors have wires then your coach is pre-wired and you have to look under the dash for a ( hopefully) blue wire that is unattached to hook your controller to.
Note: The center pin of the trailer wiring connector is most often used for back-up lights on the trailer, and often not wired up.
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