The Importance of Trailer Brake Controllers

A brake controller is often referred to as a device called Original Equipment Manufacturer. It is installed at a vehicle’s dashboard, just at the driver’s side. The device engages the brake system when the trailer tries to slow down or when it is stopping.

A brake controller device is not really needed if the trailer uses a brake surge system; rather, it can be of use when using modern electric over hydraulic devices. In this case, the trailer is required to have brakes with an electric friction or electric-hydraulic break actuators. The Prodigy Brake Controllers are popularly used.

There are different types of trailer brake controllers depending on the purpose of usage – such as Prodigy P2 with 1 to 4 axles that features a digital display of the brake controlling system and can be easily transferred between different vehicles. Another type is the Prodigy RF Wireless Brake Controller which operates through radio frequency in order to easily transfer between different vehicles, regardless the size. The Prodigy brake controller automatically levels when attached within a 10-degree vertical range.

The importance of trailer brake controllers on trailers cannot be over emphasized and with this, we shall look at the importance of having them on our trailers.

The first is that, due to the fact that trailer breaks do operate with some time delays and an average speed, they both have their pros and cons. The time delay controllers normally apply a power system that is commensurate with the weight of your trailer, including the content which the trailer carries.

This type of break controller is quite cheaper than the other one which aptly defines the weight of your trailer. What this means is, the break controlling device which is used to tow a truck is cheaper than the other break type that is proportional to the size and weight of your trailer.

Another importance of the trailer break controllers is that they use a sensor technology that can slow down your trailer just the same way as when you tow them. This feature is the curt discovery brake controller, is however different from the other one which operates with time delays in which the power break which is implemented does not regard the level of speed which the vehicle uses either on motion or when it stops.

Due to this condition, making use of a gauged break controlling system allows both the tow vehicle’s brakes and the trailer’s breaks to wear and tear at the same time.

The Tekonsha Prodigy RF Wireless Trailer Break Controller has an automatic leveling sensor and it is compatible with multiplex wiring systems. This device shows relevance with it’s proportional controller which have the ability to control from two to six breaks; and it’s mode of operation is via radio frequency for easy transfer between many trucks and cars.

It is however important to note that when using any of these trailer break controllers, bear in mind that they are more suitable for electric breaks instead of the hydraulic system. Also, do not forget that these break controllers are designed differently for certain vehicle models and size.