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Old 09-14-2005, 09:52 PM   #21
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Tow vehicle big enough for tongue wt. + toys

GM or Ford 3/4-ton no doubt, more'n likely diesel. I get excited and research it for a few nights but can not commit until the Safari SE financing runs a couple cycles. Wanting to see how this all settled out caused me to pull back from the sales on 2005s a month ago -- Sunday in Minnesota is a 'Blue Law' no car sales day and makes it easy to spend a lot of time on car lots without salesperson hassles.

I'd hope for a painless way to get a few extras I have in my Nissan -- navigation system, side air bags, 6 CD changer, rare Corinthian leathers...

My structuring the purchase of a new trailer was put together quite readily. I'm spending a few extra months on the job to afford a TV before retiring next Labor Day. Before Halloween I'll have to set aside time to winterize, so won't really see any use by buying this year anyway.

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Old 09-15-2005, 08:18 AM   #22
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Originally Posted by StingrayL82

Okay, so it ain't 6200#....still 5210# is a lot of weight, if you think about the fact that mine is 6' longer than yours. I can only assume that the extra weight on yours is from the extra width and from the beefier frame?
Accessories, two sets of panoramic windows (front and back), larger tanks (in most cases), stainless steel rock guards, wide body coach, meatier frame, etc. That's where a good chunk of the "extra" weight comes from when comparing new with vintage. Now with the more robust axle systems installed, the 25' Six Sleeper for example had a max GVWR of 6300lbs, and now has a 7300lb GWVR (and I believe this is consistant across the models).

BTW, I didn't know that the emerg brakes would fry the Prodigy. However I stand by the comment that the Jordan, from what I've read here and elsewhere, will not work correctly with a HydroBoost equipped GM vehicle. The pedal travel can vary greatly.
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Old 10-27-2005, 07:44 PM   #23
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Trailer Brake Actuator

I installed the Jordan Ultra 2000, the one with the cable to the brake pedal. This unit gives true proportional braking as it is tied directly to the tow vehicle brake system. IT does not depend on a signal from a linear accelerarometer(yes I know that is mispelled) as modified by a micropressor, just how much you depress the brake pedal. Simple
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Old 11-01-2005, 07:21 AM   #24
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Hello everyone. The most I have towed is a 17 foot boat about four miles never using a brake system. So..............

The truck is a 2006 3/4 ton Ford Diesel with some sort of built in brake system with lights showing 8.8 and a little trailer light goes on when you first turn the engine on. This light goes out when the computer chip recognizes nothing is plugged in to tow.

The A/S will be delivered on November 26, 2005, and is the new Safari SE 28 footer LS package. No concern about truck and towing capacity, but not a clue about the braking combination.

Every one is talking about prodigy, but I presume the Ford built in system supercedes other braking systems???

I know my lack of experience illustrates itself here, so comments please.

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Old 11-01-2005, 08:19 AM   #25
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Ford built-in brake controller

Hello OpenHigher -- Questions are good. Now, it's the answers that you have to be careful about...

There has been quite a bit of discussion about the general topic but I've only seen a little on the Ford system: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f238/ford-diesel-vs-chevy-d-12014-3.html

These are supposed to be stand-alone brake controllers and you would not need any additional equipment. The 8.8 you mention seems to be analogous to the calibration function. You will not be able to calibrate the setting until you get your new Safari SE. (Exciting, isn't it!!) Read the manual and get ready...

For instance, I'm supposed to vary the power on my aftermarket Tekonsha Prodigy by running at about 25mph, throwing the activating lever on the panel full-over, and the trailer brakes should about bring both vehicles to a screeching stop. Anything more or less requires varying the calibration wheel. Just because 8.8 appeared when you got your truck does not mean that is the setting to use. Your manual should make it quite clear ... so does it?

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