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Posted: 08/18/03 10:52am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

From what I have seen, most boats have 'surge brakes". Most travel trailers have electric brakes. Electric brakes won't work as well on a boat trailer because the are designed to be submerged when launching the boat. Surge brakes work by applying a proportional amount of braking force based on how fast the tow vehicle is slowing down. This measured at the point where the trailer and tow vehicle are connected (ball).

With travel trailers, the electric brakes are activated by a controller that senses the deceleration of the tow vehicle and sends a proportional electrical signal to the trailer.

That’s why most boat trailers don’t have a controller.


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Hello SnailFan;
Hopefully by now you understand proportional braking as opposed to on/off, and electrical as opposed to surge type. If you purchase(d) the trailer towing option on your truck, you can purchase a "pigtail" specifically made for your truck type. There is no wiring to worry about, plug it into the truck, then plug it into your brake controller. This will work for the plugs in the back of your rig that are for 4 pin blade and 7 pin hook-ups. However, if your going to have a 7 pin 5th wheel power hook-up installed into the bed of your truck, you will need to have that spliced into your wiring harness. I just had this done, and it seems that to a knowedgable hitch shop, this is a simple matter. I had the hitch and wiring and controller all installed at the same time. I had the Prodigy installed and feel its is the best Brake Controller I have ever used. I found it on the web for $100...just go to www.froogle.com and type in Prodigy brake controller.
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