proper way to adjust trailer brake controller?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by ant, Feb 5, 2012.

  1. ant

    ant LawnSite Silver Member
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    whats the proper way to adjust trailer controler brakes?
     
  2. KS_Grasscutter

    KS_Grasscutter LawnSite Gold Member
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    Are you asking how to adjust your brake controller? If so, I drive down the alley behind my house and set it to where the brakes don't lock up and drag. Proper or not? Idk but it works for me.
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  3. jsslawncare

    jsslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
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    That's the way I do it too.
     
  4. DUSTYCEDAR

    DUSTYCEDAR LawnSite Fanatic
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    turn the knob ant
     
  5. B&M

    B&M LawnSite Senior Member
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    Sounds about right until you have to dial them up when you get cut off in traffic.
     
  6. TheChiefsLawnCare

    TheChiefsLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
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    Hit the plus or minus button. If you feel like your truck is stopping everything add if your tires lock up or its not smooth feels like the trailer is stopping the truck you hit the minus button. you can tell when its not right. and you gotta change it when you add or take away weight
     
  7. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
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    I agree, if you have the trailer loaded with all your equipment, that's when you can set the braking power. A dirt road is a good gauge really, IF the trailer is loaded. I've found that mine work well if I keep them dialed down just so they don't lock on a gravel surface. A good controller will compensate for hard braking automatically anyway.
     
  8. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
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    How much is there really to set on a proportional controller, anyway?

    A time based one I can see, but what about proportional?
     
  9. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Platinum Member
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    What model do you have?
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  10. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
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    Hopkins Agility Proportional.....
     

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