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Old 02-28-2005, 03:49 PM   #1
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I've asked here if this system was worth it and got a resounding yes. But I'm told that it will not work with my Prodigy (or any other progressive) brake system. BTW - I'm told this is true about Ford's new "onboard" braking system

Just how does this system work? How does it know how much trailer brake to apply?
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I've asked here if this system was worth it and got a resounding yes. But I'm told that it will not work with my Prodigy (or any other progressive) brake system. BTW - I'm told this is true about Ford's new "onboard" braking system

Just how does this system work? How does it know how much trailer brake to apply?
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Old 03-01-2005, 01:28 PM   #3
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K-Star:

You are right the new tow command will not work with hyd. brakes. My wifes cousin bought a new Kountry Star 5er with the hyd brake option and a new F-350 tow unit. And he asked my wife that very question (she is fleet sales manager at a ford dealer) She said I do not know but I will ask the truck service manager who said yes it will work. Well it didn't and the dealer ended up buying and installing a brake controller for him. I don't know how it works because he left for Fla. for the winter right after it was installed. So check with your local ford dealer for more information. If I hear anything more I will let you know. I am sure Ford will work it out. They always have bugs to work out when they bring something new out.
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....call Kelsey Hayes and ask them-they built it....geof kaye
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sorry, but I think I mis-stated my question.

I am curious how the elec/hyd brake system works on the trailer. How does this system know how much brakes to apply.

I only mentioned about the Ford system because I had heard this at an RV show.
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Old 03-05-2005, 04:02 AM   #6
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The brake don,t work with the prodigy I got a Kountry star 2005 and I swich to voyager.To bad because the prodigy are a very good brake.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by K-Star:
sorry, but I think I mis-stated my question.

I am curious how the elec/hyd brake system works on the trailer. How does this system know how much brakes to apply.

I only mentioned about the Ford system because I had heard this at an RV show. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

The brake controller operates a hydraulic pump unit in the trailer. This pump then pressurized the hydraulics, activating the brakes. Not all controllers are able to interpret the pressure feedback from the pump unit to determine the actual pressure being applied. That is why not all controllers are compatible with hydraulic brakes.
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Old 03-13-2005, 07:44 AM   #8
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Casey explained it correctly, We have this hydraulic brake system and it has its own master cylinder and electric motor that operates it.
When we got our Mountain Aire it still had the experimental unit (we didn't know)and we had trouble with the trailer brakes not releaseing and when applied they would slide the dually trailer wheels---what a stop!!! since then, Newmar has replaced the unit and now we love it --feel safe when I have to stop.
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