Originally Posted by Ruben J
Wondering if a new/different controller will give me more braking power. I have a "draw-tite" controller now, probably pretty basic. I remember seeing "Prodigy" a few times. Is this better? Why? Any other recommendations? Will a different controller help?
If you question the brakes, there is a simple test you can do, to deterine if it's the brakes or the controller, or both.
When hooked up, pull the breakaway switch cable. Then see how well you can or cannot move the trailer. If the brakes are ok, the wheels should be locked.
CAUTION DO NOT LEAVE THE CABLE PULLED FOR MORE THAN 5 MINUTES.
If you do, you can burn up the brake system.
Make your decision from that test as to where the lack of adequate brakes may be.
A '73, would have the old style round magnet brake system. If you find that the brakes are not holding, replace the backing plates with the newer style oval magnet system. They provided much more braking power than the round magnet brakes ever did.