What do gains mean on the contoller?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by RedWingsDet, Dec 1, 2004.

  1. RedWingsDet

    RedWingsDet LawnSite Gold Member
    from Detroit
    Messages: 3,556

    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.
  2. txlawnking

    txlawnking LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,905

    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.
  3. Metro Lawn

    Metro Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,116

    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.
  4. Gatewayuser

    Gatewayuser LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,765

    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
  5. Oldtimer

    Oldtimer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,459

    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.


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