Posted 21 October 2018 - 12:25 PM
Posted 21 October 2018 - 12:45 PM
My husband and I have just ordered a 17 Casita Independence Deluxe. Although we have owned motor homes, we have never pulled a travel trailer. Do we need a break controller for the travel trailer? Thank you in advance! Gayle and Rod from Texas
Yes you do.
Most folks use a Tekonsha P2 or P3 - on modern vehicles they just plug in to an existing harness (if you have a vehicle with a "tow package")
PS Welcome to the cult - and what is your tow vehicle?
Edited by Jim&Clare, 21 October 2018 - 01:15 PM.
Retired from Orbital Machine Works
Saw the country in a 2002 Bigfoot 17 - now sold.
Where is Jim now? Hiding in the UK until Covid passes.
Posted 21 October 2018 - 06:13 PM
Legal issues aside, my 1997 F-Super Duty flatbed, a 15,000 lb. rated truck had NO issues towing the LD17 over high mountain passes, during violent rain storms with 55 mph monitored cross winds. Our 2018 Chevy Colorado is a different story, fully needing both the trailer brakes set properly PLUS using the transmission in driver-select gear mode. Ice/snow makes trailer brakes a real necessity regardless of tow vehicle.
Posted 22 October 2018 - 05:29 AM
what jim said )#2). you need a brake controller, period.
Edited by clairemr1, 22 October 2018 - 01:25 PM.
claire and merlin, excellent schnoodle
2015 white toyota tacoma
Posted 22 October 2018 - 12:15 PM
It's a "brake" controller. Hopefully it doesn't "break". Yes you need one. The P3 mentioned is the way to go with the appropriate wiring harness. Your tow vehicle also needs a 7 pin connector for the trailer wiring so it will have the brake signal, reverse lights, and 12 volt charging.
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