Join Date: Dec 2000
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Re: O/T - Trailer Brake Controller - Inertia/Electric?
i used to pull with an inertia brake controller. it was terrible. i was always adjusting it and if you started going down hill it would sometimes put the brakes on. when you unloaded the trailer, you had to adjust it. it never seemed to work properly. i hated pulling with it.
then i bought a Draw-tite Activator II electronic controller. it is absolutely wonderful! you set the agressiveness once (how fast the brakes come on) and leave it alone. then, you can adjust the braking strength and the digital readout displays a # between 1 and 10. with my 18' car trailer unloaded, i turn the controller down to 2, with a load on, i set it at 2.5. if i'm backing something up, i'll usually turn it down to 1.5. if i'm backing something up in the dark and use the brake lights on the trailer for back-up lights, i'll turn it down to 0 or 1.
the way i set it up is so that on any normal stop, the brakes on the trailer stop both the truck and the trailer. that leaves the brakes on the truck for any emergency stopping. if i need to, in a panic (and i have done it) i can reach down and turn the brake controller up to send more power to the trailer.
i love it. it is consistent, reliable, and very easy to use. you don't have to have it mounted level or rely on any kind of pendulum. i love it.
did i say i loved it...i do