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Old 07-02-2011, 10:32 PM   #1
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Question about trailer brake for 16ft Bambi

Hi everyone...we are brand new to this. Bought a new 16 ft Bambi International today that will be towed with a BMW X5. My question is do you think it's necessary to use a separate trailer brake or is the car computer adequate? Any thoughts would be appreciated.

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Old 07-02-2011, 10:43 PM   #2
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I don't think the X5 has a built-in trailer brake contoller in the system. I thought perhaps I just wasn't familiar with it, and searched a bit. I found LOTS of entries on the 'net about people installing Tekonsha Prodigy brake controllers in X5s, and I'd think they wouldn't bother if BMW provided trailer brake controls.
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Old 07-02-2011, 10:54 PM   #3
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Even a Bambi needs brakes, it has them... it only makes sense to use them.

Install a brake controller in the Bimmer... Stream Safe & HAPPY!!!
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By all means, get a good brake controller. A hard stop on a wet road and the Bambi might decide to run around in front of the X5 without trailer brake. Trailer brakes greatly reduce the stress on the tow vehicle braking system.
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I tow with an X5 and had a break controller installed for my 19' Bambi. It makes a huge difference stopping, especially on steep hills. Brake controllers are pretty inexpensive and you'll be happy you have it.

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Unsafe and illegal not to have the trailer brakes hooked up. If the vehicle does not have a controller you have to install one . Don't know about the BMW but many vehicles are prewired for one and the install is a 10-15 minute job.
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