Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 02-23-2019, 06:14 PM   #1
2 Rivet Member
 
Life is a Highway's Avatar

 
2019 25' Flying Cloud
Lady Lake , Florida
Join Date: Mar 2018
Posts: 96
Trailer Brake Gain

F-150 , factory max tow with factory trailer control 25 ft Airstream truck or trailer not overweight braking feels lame.

In a parking lot I set the gain at 5.5. If I set ( test ) the trailer brakes with hand control I can feel the application and a slow down no wheel skid.

At highway speed 65 if I have to brake in a pinch I feel the truck can’t stop it. As a Newbie do I have the brake gain set to light? Don’t want to smoke the rear trailer brakes.

Any information from experienced towing appreciated.
__________________

Life is a Highway is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-23-2019, 06:24 PM   #2
2 Rivet Member
 
2018 28' Flying Cloud
Fairfield , California
Join Date: Aug 2018
Posts: 55
I would say you are a little light on your setting. With you truck and trailer moving forward on its own, foot off accelerator, activating controller by hand should bring you to a smooth, but complete stop.
__________________

StuartsDad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-23-2019, 06:39 PM   #3
Rivet Master
 
2017 28' International
Baileys Harbor , Wisconsin
Join Date: Jul 2017
Posts: 578
Blog Entries: 1
I have a 28’ and my gain is set at 8. But my trailer is heavier. You might find 7 about right. I set mine based upon my hitch which is a Propride. At 8 the “Hensley bump” is eliminated.
Daquenzer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-23-2019, 10:59 PM   #4
2 Rivet Member
 
Life is a Highway's Avatar

 
2019 25' Flying Cloud
Lady Lake , Florida
Join Date: Mar 2018
Posts: 96
Thanks

I will double check this next time I head out. Have the luxury of a nice flat long concrete exit lane from the storage area. I did try this once and I believe 5 was a smooth stop but sluggish on the stop.

Quote:
Originally Posted by StuartsDad View Post
I would say you are a little light on your setting. With you truck and trailer moving forward on its own, foot off accelerator, activating controller by hand should bring you to a smooth, but complete stop.
Life is a Highway is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2019, 01:04 AM   #5
Rivet Master
 
ROBERTSUNRUS's Avatar

 
2005 25' Safari
Salem , Oregon
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 7,600
Images: 18
Blog Entries: 55
Brake controller 25 MPH test.

Hi, OK, here's the deal.

(1.) Tow your trailer and make normal stops to warm up your trailer brakes.

(2.) Tow your trailer to exactly 25 MPH.

(3.) With the hand control, only, apply the trailer brakes.

(4.) If the tires don't skid, increase the gain until they do. Then back off just enough so they won't skid.

(5.) If the tires do skid at 25 MPH, slowly back off of the brake controller just enough to where they won't skid.

This is what you want, is to have as much braking as possible without skidding.
__________________
Bob

2005 Safari 25-B
"Le Petit Chateau Argent"
[ Small Silver Castle ]
2000 Navigator / 2014 F-150 Eco-Boost / Equal-i-zer / P-3
YAMAHA 2400 / AIR #12144
ROBERTSUNRUS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2019, 03:16 AM   #6
kpm
3 Rivet Member

 
2018 25' International
Mound , Minnesota
Join Date: Oct 2018
Posts: 127
The procedure given by ROBERTSUNRUS is correct. To double-check, if done right it should result in a rig that feels like there is no trailer attached when braking. If you ever feel the trailer is pushing from behind, the gain is too low.
kpm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2019, 05:18 AM   #7
Slide Out Society #001
 
GCinSC2's Avatar
 
2007 30' Classic S/O
Somewhere , South Carolina
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 2,737
Have the brakes worked correctly in the past or is this first run?

If this combo has worked correctly previously, brake adjustment time?
__________________
S/OS #001
2005 Dodge Ram 2500 5.9L 6 Speed
16" Michelins, Hi Spec Wheels, Max Brake, Carslile Actuator, Equal-i-zer, Dill TPMS. Campfire cook.
GCinSC2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2019, 07:01 AM   #8
Rivet Master
 
Mollysdad's Avatar
 
2017 26' Flying Cloud
Tampa , Florida
Join Date: Feb 2017
Posts: 3,095
There's no chart and graph. It's something you'll have to experiment with. After two years of towing, I think mine needs a bit more gain. Everything works fine, but I never feel I can stop as fast as I'd want in an emergency. I also don't want to drive a gravel road in a campground at 5 mph and have the brakes lock up everytime I touch the brakes.
Mollysdad is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2019, 02:24 AM   #9
Rivet Master
 
crispyboy's Avatar
 
1994 30' Excella
alexandria , Kentucky
Join Date: Aug 2004
Posts: 1,866
Images: 3
You have a new trailer with new brakes. Hopefully the brakes shoes were adjusted properly when assembled. It will take a few hundred miles for the brakes shoes to seat themselves. I replaced the shoes and drums on my trailer last year to self adjusting. I adjusted them properly when assembling and the brakes were not that great and had to really adjust the brake controller up. After two trips I was able to dial down the brake controller considerably. They will get better.
__________________
Steve, Christy, Anna and Phoebe (Border Collie)
1994 Classic 30'11" Excella - rear twin
2009 Dodge 2500, 6 Speed Auto, CTD, Quad Cab, Short Bed
Hensley with adjustable stinger
WBCCI # 3072
crispyboy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2019, 08:35 AM   #10
Land of Oz
 
1970 25' Tradewind
Pittsfield Twp , Michigan
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 28
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mollysdad View Post
There's no chart and graph. It's something you'll have to experiment with. After two years of towing, I think mine needs a bit more gain. Everything works fine, but I never feel I can stop as fast as I'd want in an emergency. I also don't want to drive a gravel road in a campground at 5 mph and have the brakes lock up everytime I touch the brakes.
We have a progressive break controller installed in our Jeep which I can shut off once we get to the campgrounds for parking and slow speed on gravel. Not sure if factory controllers let you do this. Makes backing smoother.
I used to dial down our old time delay brake controller for parking. Looking back that was a pretty bad system, but that was the only option back in the day.
Probably not an issue anymore, but for "newbies" spend the money on a good progressive break controller if you don't have factory controller in your TV.
__________________

wizardglass is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Brake Controller -- Gain? edlong56 Brakes & Brake Controllers 16 01-25-2018 11:54 PM
Do folks reduce brake gain in rain? LyleRussell On The Road... 48 10-13-2015 08:48 PM
Initial brake controller gain setting Will_Brule Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 20 08-09-2013 07:58 AM
Elec. brake gain setting xo1rider Tow Vehicles 8 11-16-2011 12:39 PM
Weight Gain Cedars Our Community 1 11-28-2005 05:21 PM


Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by the Airstream, Inc. or any of its affiliates. Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 11:33 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.