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RE: Who actually enjoys towing?

I love to drive, and I love to tow. driving is just what I do. I also love the sound of a V8 working. The purr at highway speed. The deep growl under load up the mountain. Love to hear it wind out thru the gears. some day. I would really really like to some day. Go where I could just let it wind thru all 6 gears, or at least the first 5, and see what it would do. I'm thinkin it would be well over 100 MPH before it came out of 5th. But I'll never know. Having said all that. You can see, There are no electric cars in my future. Unless they can make them run, and sound like a well tuned V8 with Flow Masters.
Terryallan 05/21/18 07:37pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Advice on thi set up, please.

276rls Hitch Weight (lbs/kgs) 1380 / 626 You gonna need more truck. time you load the trailer, and the truck. you are over
Terryallan 05/21/18 07:27pm Towing
RE: Need advice on replacing my brakesmart controller

How much inertia is there when you are about stopped on a hill and you are trying to hold with just the truck? Keep that hand control handy.I have never noticed that stopped on a hill presents a braking issue. Just more FUD. honestly. IF the TV can't hold the truck, and trailer on a hill. you got more problems than a trailer brake controller. You need to get the TV to a BRAKE shop. Since I mentioned slippery conditions earlier, I thought you might be able to understand that the truck might not be able to hold when it is on ice or mud. I guess that I don’t live in a perfect world. I still like all my brakes connected to my foot pedal, you may not care. The Brakesmart was better in that the new IBC’ s do little or nothing below 11 mph, requiring hand operation at slow speeds on poor surfaces instead of giving the steering wheel undivided attention. ALL the tires locked up. Will NOT hold it on ice on a steep hill. that is why you don't fully stop on ice on a steep hill, and you NEVER stop in heavy mud, even on flat ground And again. Pushing the Brakesmart, a controller that is no longer avaliable is pointless. You can't buy one.
Terryallan 05/18/18 04:05pm Towing
RE: Break Activator question

The biggest problem I see with timed "brake" controllers is how they respond in a panic stop. At that point, I want full braking NOW and not a few seconds from now. agree. A timed controller, will apply full braking shortly AFTER the accident
Terryallan 05/18/18 02:39pm Travel Trailers
RE: Need advice on replacing my brakesmart controller

How much inertia is there when you are about stopped on a hill and you are trying to hold with just the truck? Keep that hand control handy.I have never noticed that stopped on a hill presents a braking issue. Just more FUD. honestly. IF the TV can't hold the truck, and trailer on a hill. you got more problems than a trailer brake controller. You need to get the TV to a BRAKE shop.
Terryallan 05/18/18 02:37pm Towing
RE: Camping World makes it right but only after some pushback

It is just so much easier to do business with other retailers. Yep, Yep. First mistake was going to CW
Terryallan 05/18/18 07:48am General RVing Issues
RE: Need advice on replacing my brakesmart controller

JMO. If it’s an inertia type controller, and you are on ice.....when braking the truck you will get little to no inertia, thereby “no” braking to the trailer! Am I correct in this assumption? This was much of the reason we went with the Brakesmart! Not correct. That is the purpose of the boost feature. So...... it’s pretty much the same as gain.....by another name! But still needs inertia to function. Not so. the boost feature sets a certain amount of initial trailer braking. 25 percent, or 35 percent. That initial braking happens as soon as you touch the brake pedal, BEFORE the Brake controller feels the TV slow. However, It only lasts for a second. IF the BC does not "feel" the TV slow. It releases the TT brake. It is used only to have the trailer brakes lead the TV brakes, until the accelerometer takes over. The more heavy the trailer is. the more boost is used. IF you watch the Prodigy digital display. You can see the current spike when you touch the pedal, and the dive when it releases. It is truly proportional. It applies the trailer brakes as hard as the TV brakes. IF the TV brakes are not applied. the trailer brakes aren't either. If the TV brakes are only slightly applied. So are the trailer brakes. I used a Prodigy for more than 10 years. They work GREAT. I actually still have it. but since the new TV has a factory controller. The Prodigy is in the building.
Terryallan 05/18/18 07:28am Towing
RE: Break Activator question

You have to drive it at about 30 to 40 miles per hour then apply the brake to test if the rig is pushing the tow vehicle or dragging it. Yeah, for newbies like us, it takes sometime. I'm still on trial and error with the adjustments. Doesn't take all that long IF it is a proportional controller. You run it to 25 or so, and the apply ONLY the trailer brakes. Do not press the brake pedal. Fully pull the manual lever. Adjust the gain up or down to the point that the trailer tires "Almost" lock up. Only takes a couple times to get it right. IF it is a Prodigy series. It is set, and forget. You actually want it set so that you don't feel the trailer brakes come on at all with the foot brake. You want the TV, and trailer to stop as one with no jerk.
Terryallan 05/17/18 06:23pm Travel Trailers
RE: Need advice on replacing my brakesmart controller

JMO. If it’s an inertia type controller, and you are on ice.....when braking the truck you will get little to no inertia, thereby “no” braking to the trailer! Am I correct in this assumption? This was much of the reason we went with the Brakesmart! . IF you wanted trailer brakes on ice. Not sure why you would, but if you do. You can always pull the manual lever.
Terryallan 05/17/18 06:14pm Towing
RE: What is the safe way to fill a propane tank?

Agree with op 2. Hard to get any gas, or anything into a closed tank. It has got to have somewhere to go.
Terryallan 05/17/18 12:01pm General RVing Issues
RE: I didn't know.

The factory brake controller in my F150 has 2, yes two settings. One for Electric over hydraulic trailer brakes, and one for electric only trailer brakes. And even though they still worked. Mine was set for electric, over hydraulic. It is now set for electric only. Just wondered if i was the only one that didn't know this? I bet people who actually take the time to read their owner's manual knew this! I checked the Ford owners manual online, that should be the same as supplied when new, and did not find anything about the two settings in question. Procedure for Setting Trailer Brake Controller Effort See General Information. Choose either the electric option for trailers with electromagnetic drum brakes, or the electric over hydraulic option for trailers with these brake systems. Found it under "essential towing checks" Kind of hard to find. they don't have it in a highlited section, as I think they should. It is right above how to set the gain. I wonder if your printed manual is the same as online. I may have missed it, but the information must be in a different place. Page 274 You are right. the link you gave doesn't seem to tell about setting electric, or Electric over hydraulic on that page. But I in my endless wisdom and not to mention my boredom. found it on page 123 of the same book. Under information displays. Setting. Then in the block. trailer Brake mode. Also Found this on another on line site. I googled Ford Brake controller settings. Clicked on Towing. Here is what it looks like on the page that came up Towing www.fordservicecontent.com/Ford_Content/.../Content?...en...f The Ford trailer brake controller has been verified to be compatible with ... The gain setting adjusts the trailer brake controller for the specific towing condition. BTW. thank you for that link.
Terryallan 05/17/18 06:38am Tech Issues
RE: I didn't know.

The factory brake controller in my F150 has 2, yes two settings. One for Electric over hydraulic trailer brakes, and one for electric only trailer brakes. And even though they still worked. Mine was set for electric, over hydraulic. It is now set for electric only. Just wondered if i was the only one that didn't know this? I bet people who actually take the time to read their owner's manual knew this! I checked the Ford owners manual online, that should be the same as supplied when new, and did not find anything about the two settings in question. Procedure for Setting Trailer Brake Controller Effort See General Information. Choose either the electric option for trailers with electromagnetic drum brakes, or the electric over hydraulic option for trailers with these brake systems. Found it under "essential towing checks" Kind of hard to find. they don't have it in a highlited section, as I think they should. It is right above how to set the gain.
Terryallan 05/16/18 08:57pm Tech Issues
RE: Need advice on replacing my brakesmart controller

Unfortunately, the brakesmart is toast, it shorted and was causing a major draw on the batteries which drained them in about 2 days, which in turn due to the cycle of discharging and charging, ruined a pair of batteries. i will take a look at the prodigy. is there anything else to choose from on the market currently? Thanks for the recommendations and keep them coming! There are other choices. There are time based controllers that the longer you press the pedal, the more braking power is sent to the TT. You do NOT want one of those. The trailer brakes will come on shortly after the accident. And there are other proportional inertia based controllers. Voyager is one, also made by Tecknosia. Instead of an accelerometer, it has a pendulum that swings when the TV brakes, and of course the more it swings, the more brakes are applied. It does exactly what it is supposed to do. but is pretty jerky, and has to be leveled. But again. the Prodigy series is the best.
Terryallan 05/16/18 08:36pm Towing
RE: Need advice on replacing my brakesmart controller

I would try to find a way to fix that Brakesmart, MaxBrake is also out of business and there are no controllers available that use your foot pressure as a reference. You likely will not be happy with the guesswork controllers that can only apply the brakes if your tow vehicle already has the ability to slow the combination. Actually, That is not true. The Prodigy, and well every controller will apply the trailer brakes when you pull the manual lever. Weather or not the TV is braking. It is simply the best after market controller currently on the market. Millions of trailers are being stopped by some version of the Prodigy. Now the Ford Factory brake controller will send braking current dependent on how hard you press the brake pedal. But with out a factory controller, prodigy is best Actually the Brakesmart works like the Ford controller, a much superior method than the plug and pray guesswork controllers that you suggest. then go buy one. Oh! You can't. they don't make them any more. Which goes back to my statement. The Prodigy is the best after market controller currently on the market.
Terryallan 05/16/18 08:27pm Towing
RE: Need advice on replacing my brakesmart controller

I would try to find a way to fix that Brakesmart, MaxBrake is also out of business and there are no controllers available that use your foot pressure as a reference. You likely will not be happy with the guesswork controllers that can only apply the brakes if your tow vehicle already has the ability to slow the combination. Actually, That is not true. The Prodigy, and well every controller will apply the trailer brakes when you pull the manual lever. Weather or not the TV is braking. It is simply the best after market controller currently on the market. Millions of trailers are being stopped by some version of the Prodigy. Now the Ford Factory brake controller will send braking current dependent on how hard you press the brake pedal. But with out a factory controller, prodigy is best
Terryallan 05/16/18 01:43pm Towing
RE: I didn't know.

didn't know of this and wonder if it's on our 2011 F350. Way I found out was scrolling thru the display info looking to reset the oil change, and stumbled on it. It is also mentioned in the brake control section of the manual.
Terryallan 05/16/18 10:46am Tech Issues
I didn't know.

The factory brake controller in my F150 has 2, yes two settings. One for Electric over hydraulic trailer brakes, and one for electric only trailer brakes. And even though they still worked. Mine was set for electric, over hydraulic. It is now set for electric only. Just wondered if i was the only one that didn't know this?
Terryallan 05/16/18 09:10am Tech Issues
RE: Half ton DD trucks

Be honest... BAHAHAHAHA. Everyone is going to tell you what the computer says they get on a good day. If you want more realistic numbers then just look the vehicles and engines up in Fuelly. Fuelly.com Honestly. no matter how you compute the MPG. It is the computer telling you what it is. EVEN if you hand calculate, the computer tells you how many miles you traveled. nothing is mechanical any more. And why shouldn't we use the MPG the computers tells us. after all. Everything on the TV is controlled by that computer, from gas pedal, to airflow. Including what gear it is using. It pretty well knows how much fuel it is using.
Terryallan 05/16/18 02:44am Tow Vehicles
RE: Half ton DD trucks

Got the 5.0, and 3.73 gear. It gets 19 mpg on trips with out towing. In town it is 14 to 15. towing to the beach it is 10.5 mpg. Towing home from the beach is 10. to the mountains and back is 10. no it is not a supercrew cab, but a supercab. not a lot of difference really. Except the doors open backwards.
Terryallan 05/16/18 02:39am Tow Vehicles
RE: Need advice on replacing my brakesmart controller

After 13 years, my brakesmart controller finally failed. Now I need to replace it with a new brake controller. During a search for a new one, i discovered that they no longer make Brakesmart controllers. I need a recommendation on a new controller. My dealer recommended that I not use any controller that ties into the master cylinder on my truck when i mentioned i was looking at a maxbrake controller. Anyone have any recommendations for a brake controller. My truck is a 2004 Ford F250 and integrated brake controllers were not offered on that vehicle until the following model year. When looking at the Max brake controller, I didn't see anything that would fit my truck. The best going right now is the Prodigy. One of the latest versions is the P3. They are porportional enertia based controlers. Meaning they stop the Trailer with the same force as the TV brakes are stopping the TV. They have an accelerometer that "Feels" what the TV is doing, and reacts accordingly. They also have a boost feature that instanly applies a chosen brake percentage untill the accelerometer takes over, and applies the needed braking action. Really can't go wrong with a Prodigy. And no. I can't spell Tecknosia. But that is the company that makes them.
Terryallan 05/16/18 02:31am Towing
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