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wing_zealot

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Posted: 09/01/20 10:12am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Borrow a friends truck that has a brake controller?

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I wouldnt worry about any of that stuff and just tow it home. Don’t need a wdh for sure. Only in rvnet land, not in real world.
Your truck is pre wired for trailer brakes. If you can connect 4 wires you can install a conventional brake controller. Depending where you’re at in WA, I’ll give you one I have laying around.
Or Depending where you’re at, my 17 year old son is always looking for a side job. Can send him to pull it for you.


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wing_zealot wrote:

Borrow a friends truck that has a brake controller?

Yup, or rent one from Enterprise Truck, a 1 day 3/4 ton rental is $99.


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soon2bexpat wrote:

I've been using the Curt Bluetooth since 10/19 and I am a full-timer. Works flawlessly.

If you were to lose signal, it still works your brakes at the last setting you used.


Maybe I'm not standing under what "wireless" means when it comes to brake controllers.
I have seen some haulers of oversize loads hang battery powered lights that work with turn signals. Wireless controlled.
If I mounted my wireless camera on the back of my trailer, I might see pic on dash.

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Does your new tv have a break controller? If it dosen't you can use the same controller on both. Get a 80 buck controller and wire it in. Some are plug and play some are simple wires under the dash and connecting a wire or fuse in the front. After you get it home, take the controller out and vet a new wire pug tail harness thing.


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Maybe I'm not standing under what "wireless" means when it comes to brake controllers.
I have seen some haulers of oversize loads hang battery powered lights that work with turn signals. Wireless controlled.
If I mounted my wireless camera on the back of my trailer, I might see pic on dash.


There's wireless brake controllers now. Plug into your truck at the back bumper, plug trailer into it. Control it from your phone bluetooth.

Pretty slick for the occasional user or with a vehicle not pre-wired for trailer brakes, like the olden days or light duty SUVs and minivans.

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I'm going to go the opposite as everyone here. The issue with not having trailer brakes is in emergency situations and that no brakes can be hard on your truck brakes. You would still have the emergency e brake, so if the hitch came undone or something, the chains and brake pin would pull and trailer would stop - hopefully. But going 35 miles isn't a big deal if you are careful. Don't follow close, start stopping way in advance of a red light, etc. If anyone here has a newer chev - not sure about other trucks - if you get the dreaded "check trailer warning" you no longer have trailer brakes. This happened to me a handful of times just a couple weeks ago coming home, a couple hundred miles. I pulled over more than once to check my connection, check my brakes with my controller, etc. More than once, I didn't have trailer brakes. More than anything it is just hard on the truck. My last stretch leaves the freeway then goes 10 miles of stop lights with a large hill. Near home I realized my trailer brakes were again not working. I think it happens when I hit a bump. Anyway, no issues stopping - my trailer is 11K lbs. Not ideal, but in no way was anyone near me in danger. I often don't even use my brakes as I start slowing down way in advance. It doesn't take much to take your foot of the gas and let the drag slow you down.

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Thermoguy wrote:

I'm going to go the opposite as everyone here. The issue with not having trailer brakes is in emergency situations and that no brakes can be hard on your truck brakes. You would still have the emergency e brake, so if the hitch came undone or something, the chains and brake pin would pull and trailer would stop - hopefully. But going 35 miles isn't a big deal if you are careful. Don't follow close, start stopping way in advance of a red light, etc. If anyone here has a newer chev - not sure about other trucks - if you get the dreaded "check trailer warning" you no longer have trailer brakes. This happened to me a handful of times just a couple weeks ago coming home, a couple hundred miles. I pulled over more than once to check my connection, check my brakes with my controller, etc. More than once, I didn't have trailer brakes. More than anything it is just hard on the truck. My last stretch leaves the freeway then goes 10 miles of stop lights with a large hill. Near home I realized my trailer brakes were again not working. I think it happens when I hit a bump. Anyway, no issues stopping - my trailer is 11K lbs. Not ideal, but in no way was anyone near me in danger. I often don't even use my brakes as I start slowing down way in advance. It doesn't take much to take your foot of the gas and let the drag slow you down.


Unless you are in an emergency situation that necessitates you to stop quickly and you need the breaks. Like a kid on a bike that juts out in front of you. Or a large downgrade that requires addtional breaking. Towing without breaks, when there required is dangerous. Dont do it.

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Sjm9911 wrote:

Does your new tv have a break controller?


I hope the controller isn't broken.
But, he hasn't bought a new truck yet, so there's no way to know.


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Have the dealer deliver it for you. They should have trucks to move trailers between their lot and RV shows.

EDIT: Used unit, maybe it's a private party purchase.

Where are you and the RV located in WA?

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