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Jebby14

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Posted: 09/03/20 10:15am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

offer the seller 100 bucks to bring it to you? or install a cheap controller for around that price


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opnspaces wrote:

You absolutely can do it yourself, it's easy.

For a tow home buy the cheapest time based controller you can find. The install is pretty much plug and play. Here's a $37 controller plus a $15 pig tail to plug it into the truck.

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Last year I accidentally towed my trailer 230 km without the umbilical plugged in.


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I would tow it home with out brakes or plug in and see if they work. If the brakes and don't lock up the tires it shouldn't hurt anything. Many trailers brakes won't lock up even with max voltage. With out a controller, your brakes will either be on or off.


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tewitt1949 wrote:

I would tow it home with out brakes or plug in and see if they work. If the brakes and don't lock up the tires it shouldn't hurt anything. Many trailers brakes won't lock up even with max voltage. With out a controller, your brakes will either be on or off.


Are you sure? When I unplug and remove the controller from my '69 El Camino, then plugged into trailer to check lights I had no power to the brake wire.

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Posted: 09/05/20 06:13pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

only 35 miles???

Geez,

Put on some pants and drive it home! What;s the big deal? 35 miles?? Just go a little slower, you will eventually make it home,
It's not like you are driving across the country, over mountain passes...

Really?

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OP must have solved the problem since he hasn't checked back in here since his original question.


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Interesting that nobody has mentioned the fact that it is illegal to tow a trailer of that weight with no brakes. Maybe not a problem unless you get in an accident. If you get in an accident, it could be a big problem.

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mr_andyj wrote:

only 35 miles???

Geez,

Put on some pants and drive it home! What;s the big deal? 35 miles?? Just go a little slower, you will eventually make it home,
It's not like you are driving across the country, over mountain passes...

Really?
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I would just drive slow and keep your distance.
A few times I have forgot to connect the 7-pin and drove for an hour before I even noticed.


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tewitt1949 wrote:

I would tow it home with out brakes or plug in and see if they work. If the brakes and don't lock up the tires it shouldn't hurt anything. Many trailers brakes won't lock up even with max voltage. With out a controller, your brakes will either be on or off.


Sir, you should learn about this subject before giving advice to others.


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