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Old 11-14-2021, 04:37 PM   #1
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Electric trailer brake settings

We have a 2005 F350 pulling an Outdoors RLS24. With 2 prior trailers, we never went past level 4 on the electric braking system for the trailer. On this trailer, we are at level 8.5 (it tops out at 9). This is a heavier trailer by 50% than our last but I do not think that should affect the electric breaking.
Would love your thoughts/ideas on this and if there is something I need to do to address the issue. We will be taking the trailer in for final warranty work soon but I do not know how to tell if this is a truck system-related problem or one with the trailer (or even one at all?)
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Can't speak to your RV but with my current and previous fifth wheels I've had to run my 2013 F350 at the highest setting.
I'll be watching this thread as others chime in.
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The weight of the trailer has an effect on your trailer brake settings. I will also say it’s a good idea to take the time to go through the recommended initial hook up process each time you tow. Settings can vary slightly depending on the weather and road conditions.
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Old 11-14-2021, 06:18 PM   #4
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If you have a brand new travel trailer, it will take some time to break in the brakes. With my new dexters I started at lvl 8 on brake controller, and gradually reduced to level 4. Took me about 500 miles. I think you can speed up the process by just going to an open road, driving the rig, and applying the manual brake control on the brake controller. I didn’t want to do that for fear of possibly burning the drums.
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Old 11-14-2021, 07:21 PM   #5
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The trailer BRAKE controller setting is dependent on your truck, trailer weight and condition of the Brakes. You set the BRAKE controller so that you can safely stop without and not BREAK anything.

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New trailer...new brakes....need to be 'seated'

See PG 11....Sync/burnishing of brakes
See PG 13....Brake Adjustments

http://www.dexterpartsonline.com/fil...e%20Manual.pdf
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Old 11-30-2021, 01:55 PM   #7
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Brake gain

My 22FQS and GMC 1500 truck the gain at "2" is almost too much.
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Old 11-30-2021, 03:32 PM   #8
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I have my 19 Ram 3500 CTD set on LIGHT at 6.5 towing a 19 25RDS. I need to dial it way down when in CG's/parking lots. Gets a little jerky.
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We have a 2014 F350 LB SRW towing a 2020 25RDS Titanium ( very heavy). mine is set at 8.5. Actually started out higher but after a year of full timing it has settled down.
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Interesting topic. We just picked up our '22 22FQS. After the whole day of PDI, getting the hitch set up, paperwork, and getting a few things from their shop, we were loading up to leave and I was like "oppssss.....we need to get the brakes set up just off the dealer property and before we start heading down the highway.

I gradually kept bumping up the brake controller setting on our F350, and eventually got to 10 without inducing a skid on the trailer still. So, I backed it off a few down to about 7. It did really well heading down the continental divide.

I'll keep an eye on it to make sure it remains a good setting as things get broke in.

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I can't lock mine (25RDS) up on 10 either but if on 6.5 and I do a panic hard pedal brake it will lock up the brakes. Thats on my Ram and I'm not sure how Ram integrates the truck brakes to the trailer brakes. I'm thinking the manual lever is only allowed so much force vs the brake pedal where you can get 100% force.
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I can't lock mine (25RDS) up on 10 either but if on 6.5 and I do a panic hard pedal brake it will lock up the brakes. Thats on my Ram and I'm not sure how Ram integrates the truck brakes to the trailer brakes. I'm thinking the manual lever is only allowed so much force vs the brake pedal where you can get 100% force.
Hi Cummins...thank you for the input! Yes....when I had mine set to 8, 9, or 10, I couldn't lock the trailer brakes, but it did feel like the trailer was doing the preponderance of the braking. So, I backed it off just a bit more. I'll continue to monitor.
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