Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 02-04-2012, 10:08 PM   #1
New Member
georgetown , Texas
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 1
1972 27' air stream

My two daughters just purchased a 1972 27ft air stream. They are pulling it with a chev tahoe. They went to a hitch comany and got a hitch and a brake controller installed. The controller is a draw-tite Activator III Electronic Brake Controller. Now that they got it home the manuals talk about the Kelsey-Hayes controler and the resistors. What needs to be done to make this thing work??

im4texas is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-05-2012, 08:54 AM   #2
Rivet Master
desertair27's Avatar
1957 22' Caravanner
1960 26' Overlander
1963 24' Tradewind
El Paso , Texas
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 935
Images: 32
Congrats on your new purchase.I'm surprised you haven't had any responses to your question.
I think the Kelsey Hayes controller was the recommended controller of choice back in the day.i would if you haven't already use the search tab and read up on your new brake controller and your brake actuator on the trailer.
Good luck and I'm sure the experts will chime in shortly.

desertair27 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-05-2012, 09:06 AM   #3
Rivet Master
webspinner's Avatar
1971 25' Tradewind
Menlo Park , California
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 1,250
Images: 15
A thread title like "Brake controller question" might draw more views from people with expertise in that area. "1972 27' air stream" will draw a different set of people, and not necessarily those with modern brake controller knowledge.

You could start a new thread with a more specific title, or post a comment that you would like your thread title changed and then report your own post (by clicking the little red triangle at the bottom left of your post).
Our travel and renovation blog:
webspinner is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-05-2012, 09:22 AM   #4
Rivet Master
tphan's Avatar
1972 27' Overlander
Longmont , Colorado
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 951
So when the trailer is plugged into the Tahoe, do any of the lights on the trailer work? Did you follow the set-up instructions that came with the new controller? How can you tell the trailer brakes are not working? Need more info...
tphan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-05-2012, 09:36 AM   #5
Rivet Master
bhayden's Avatar
1978 24' Argosy 24
Woodinville , Washington
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 657
Images: 10
Kelsey Hayes was the standard back in the day. My parents had one installed on our '72 Pontiac Safari wagon for towing the horse trailer. There was a variable resistor under the hood. It had a big wing nut and the contact between two wound resistors could slide back and forth. One position it basically shorted straight across (zero resistance, max braking) and the other direction the current would have to flow all the way through both (max resistance, almost no electric assist). The idea was you balanced the amount of braking for the load/rig.

So much for the history lesson. Modern electronic controllers do this with various degrees of magic. I agree, start a thread titled set-up of electronic brake controller. On ours you just turn a knob and it gives you a digital read out of a number [more history, on the Kelsey Hayes there was also a knob you turn on the brake controller inside the car that determined how soon in the throw of the brake pedal the electric brakes engaged]. If you have the manual (or look on line) you should be able to see what the adjustments are. Some are so sophisticated they work it all out on their own.
bhayden is offline   Reply With Quote

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
1959 airstream air stream 30 ft travel trailer camper eBay Watch Airstreams on eBay 0 10-05-2011 08:10 PM
1964 air stream safari camping trailer eBay Watch Airstreams on eBay 0 08-25-2011 04:20 PM
Lucky 28 :: 1962 Air Stream Safari indy Airstream Registry Discussions 0 08-19-2011 08:32 AM
Air stream 27 land yacht travel trailer rv sair stream 27 land yacht travel trailer r eBay Watch Airstreams on eBay 0 08-15-2011 06:20 AM
Air stream 27 land yacht travel trailer rv sair stream 27 land yacht travel trailer r eBay Watch Airstreams on eBay 0 08-06-2011 10:10 AM

Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:08 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.