View Full Version : What do gains mean on the contoller?

12-01-2004, 08:26 PM
Im just wondering, what exactly does the gain mean on the controller for brakeing? is it just how hard the brakes are applyed on the trailer? How do you know what is good? mine is set at 3.5, I dont know if I should mess with it any... Its a drawtite 5500.

12-01-2004, 09:31 PM
I believe gain is the porportional rate the trailer brakes are applied in respect to the truck's brakes..so yeah, It's kinda like how "hard"..Hope I helped.

Metro Lawn
12-01-2004, 09:52 PM
Your settings will depend on your trailer, the weight, ect. Ours are usually set on 3.0 or so for city driving, 3.5 for highway, and as low as 2.0 for moving around on a job ect. If it is set to high, your brakes will lock up too soon and too hard. My race car trailer works well at 4.5, so I guess it depends on what feels good to you.

12-01-2004, 11:23 PM
The dealer where i bought my trailer today told me to keep my drawtite 5500 between 3.0 & 4.0. Thats for a 16ft. tandem

12-02-2004, 12:24 AM
If anyone buys a 2005 Ford they should get the trailering package. The trailer brake controller is integrated with the ABS so you set the gain for a given size trailer and leave it alone.