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#1 One Mile at a Time 1967

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Posted 21 October 2018 - 12:25 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

#2 Jim&Clare

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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")

https://www.etrailer...m-Tekonsha.aspx

 

Jim

 

PS Welcome to the cult - and what is your tow vehicle?


Edited by Jim&Clare, 21 October 2018 - 01:15 PM.

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#3 Blacksmith

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Posted 21 October 2018 - 06:13 PM

J&C,
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.
Be safe.

#4 clairemr1

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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.

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#5 Zimm

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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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