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Old 01-21-2011, 03:08 PM   #15
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It's a "timer based" controller which will work OK.

The problem with timer based controllers is that they always apply the same amount of braking (gradually, over a couple of seconds). Therefore, you have to compromise between a low setting which will improve drivability at the expense of safety, and a high setting that will improve safety at the expense of drivability. Even with a compromise setting, light continuous braking, as you might use if you see a stoplight turn red while you're still 1/2 a mile away from it, is hard to do.

The accelerometer controllers guess at how hard you're trying to stop by measuring deceleration. The MaxBrake measures the pressure of the fluid in the brake lines of the tow vehicle.

Either approach will work better than the timer with the MaxBrake providing more control and smoothness particularly on release, and also faster application in emergencies.

I have driven with all three types.
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Old 01-21-2011, 04:06 PM   #16
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I use the Draw Tite and like it. You got a very good deal. Sal.
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OK. So I'm gonna say it is somewhere in the "not the best but not the worst so I'll be OK" category. I am satisfied with that for now. That Maxbrake setup sounds very advanced. As suggested, if I plan on going on tour with the Avion, I will consider upgrading; it is a big trailer.

"Hope it goes well. Our Avion is a wee bit smaller...and older but we sure enjoy it.

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I just might take you up on that. Will certainly look into it once I get settled and all my little ducks in a row. I like to see what others have done with their shiny homes and steal some good ideas.
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Update: Controller worked great

Just an update on the new controller. It worked great after I finally got it tweeked in. I will keep it for now.

Thanks for all the advice and response.
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