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Old 08-26-2015, 04:08 PM   #1
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Advice on how to set Ram Factory Brake Controller

I've a new 2015 Ram 1500 with ecodiesel. Any help as to how/where to set the factory brake controller. The gain setting is different than the controller in my last TV. That was a %. Thanks
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Old 08-26-2015, 04:54 PM   #2
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The gain is set by the + & - under the squeeze control on the dash to the right of the steering wheel. Press the + to increase gain & - to decrease.

The RAM has the ability to tow 4 different trailers using the preset brake feature in the radio control screen. What I mean is you can tow a boat, utility trailer, Airstream or maybe a single horse trailer without having to adjust gain or type of brakes on any given trailer. To get to this feature you get into your radio screen computer, go to settings & scroll to brake control, you'll see Trailer 1, Trailer 2, Trailer 3 & 4. Touch the one you want to use (highlight). You'll see it's set to "Light Electric" , touch that & select "Heavy Electric " for your Airstream as you're pull a heavy trailer. If you were to leave it in light electric it is almost useless because of the trailer weight, that is for a light utility trailers. There is also hydraulic setting that don't apply to Airstream. Now you can adjust the gain as needed.
It sounds confusing but it really isn't, one into that screen it's quite simple.
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Note that the Dodge built in brake controller is completely incompatible with the Titan Brake Rite II SD electric/hydraulic disc brake controller which we installed along with a disc brake conversion on our Classic. We had to install a Tuson DirecLink NE brake controller and completely bypass the factory brake system. That is not hard to do, if needed.

We also ran two dedicated #10 copper wires from the battery through two 30 amp circuit breakers on the firewall. One wire continued to the seven point plug in the back of the truck for powering the trailer and charging the trailer battery(s). The other wire went under the dash to the DirecLink NE and then continued with that device's output to the brake wire connection on the seven wire connector.
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I just set my Ram 2500 CTD IBTC last week. My Classic 25fb has the Dexter brake controller but there is a trailer magnet wired in parallel from the previous owner. I initially set the controller to Electric over Hydraulic and when I pulled the trailer out of storage I used the manual control to test the brakes. No reaction from the trailer brakes. I set the controller to electric only. I think I have it set to the Light Electric since the owners manual shows my trailer weight is within that Light range. This time as slowly drove down the storage access road the manual lever activated the trailer brakes. I set the gain to 9 and tested with the foot brake and it seemed excessive compared to my Tundra setup. Just driving around the storage facility I settled on 8.5. I couldn't take it on the open road as my Equalizer shank was too high and the trailer tongue was too high.

I may test with the trailer magnet disconnected to see if Electric over Hydraulic setting works. The Dexter actuator is only 2 years old and is still a current model.

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I'm using Heavy Electric with the gain at 4.5 for my 28' International.
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So with heavy settings you typically will use less gain. It might be handy to have more gain available.

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If you have electric trailer brakes, and your trailer is less than 10,000 lbs. the RAM manual recommends 'Light Electric' setting. Over 10k then Heavy Electric. I use 8.0 gain on average with 25' 2016 FC rear birth, towing with 2015 RAM 4WD 5.7 liter and air suspension . I will tune between 7.5 and 8.5 depending on wet, dry, city, highway and steep grade mountains. PS: this is for a fully loaded trailer weight of 7,100 pounds per truck scale.
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You folks mention the manual? It's not in my owners manual, is there another manual? Thanks for the info, it helps and makes sense. Jeff
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I downloaded the 2015 Ram 1500/2500/3500 manual. Page 657. Starting and Operating, Trailer Towing, Towing Requirements, Integrated Trailer Brake Module.

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I know Ram says with trailers under 10,000 lbs to use light electric, but I was having a tough time dialing in the right setting. Seemed much easier to me with Heavy Electric.
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You folks mention the manual? It's not in my owners manual, is there another manual? Thanks for the info, it helps and makes sense. Jeff
My truck came with the User Guide, but not the full set of manuals. You can request a set and they will send them to the original owner.
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You folks mention the manual? It's not in my owners manual, is there another manual? Thanks for the info, it helps and makes sense. Jeff

Go to the RAM site. You will have to surf around or just google RAM 1500 manuals and you will find it. I never read the paper manual, the down loaded one is far more extensive. Approx. 900+ pages.
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I am using the same settings as GWG for my '15 Classic and a 2500 Ram W/Cummins: Heavy Electric 5.5. Just back from 2 weeks out to the Black Hills from NC. No braking issues whatsoever....but then the Cummins has exhaust braking and MAN does it make a difference in how much (or even IF) you need to use your TV/TT brakes.
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