electronic travel trailer brakes, truck to Casita
Posted 11 January 2004 - 09:28 PM
Posted 12 January 2004 - 04:35 AM
Jerry & Joan
Posted 12 January 2004 - 05:35 AM
Yes, yes and more yes.
we are wondering if it is really necessary to have the add on brake control system added to the truck.
Some states require brakes on trailers over 1,000lbs. There's a list somewhere on the web.
Or if ya don't like regulations, do it cause it's safer...........or check your owners manual.
Electric brake controllers are small, can be mounted out of the way, not a problem when you're not towing.
Posted 12 January 2004 - 08:19 AM
Here is the list that Don was talking about but don't rely on it alone. I noticed some discrepancies with the info in Woodall's. http://www.rvsafety.com/state.htm
1999 Casita 16" SD
Posted 12 January 2004 - 08:44 AM
If the F-150 DOES have the towing package, all you need is the controller and a wiring pigtail that plugs in under the dashboard.
If the F-150 DOES NOT have the towing package, you need the controller, the pigtail, and you can easily add genuine Ford parts to convert the 4-way flat trailer connector to a 7-way round connector.
Follow this link for the parts list: http://188.8.131.52...&threadid=68035
This will work on F-150 model years '97-'03.
Posted 12 January 2004 - 10:12 AM
The reason that Casita doesn't show a option of a break away switch, is that it is standard equipment on all new units. And yes you are required to have trailer brakes on the 17 ft Casita in, I think, all states. When a 17 ft Casita is weighted it is somewhere just above 3200 lbs on average.
Posted 12 January 2004 - 10:14 AM
Jerry & Joan
Posted 12 January 2004 - 01:11 PM
Posted 12 January 2004 - 02:40 PM
My sentiments exactly! You might get the Ford to stop on a dime, but what happens if the trailer wants to keep comming? I think truckers call this a "jackknife"
Forget the laws in each of the states. The only ones you need to be familiar with are the laws of physics particularly those concerning moving bodies.
Ft. Myers, FL
'03 Honda Odyssey Tug
'02 Casita FD 17 (de Huevo) Tow