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Old 06-29-2017, 01:10 PM
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I have a 22', 6,500 lb. trailer with a new brake controller and I was wondering what would be a good setting for trailer brakes. After reading the manual and a very faint old memory, 7 volts seems like a good place to start.

Anyone here have a better recommendation?
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Old 06-29-2017, 02:31 PM
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I'm sure someone will have the specific answer and in fact all I know are about the brake controllers I've had for almost 40 years and you can bet they are not electronic.

I do know I set mine to not feel much of any push from the trailer when loaded, just to let me know that it's there. lol

I could use a new controller, but after checking prices, just added an old school to a brake line.
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Old 06-29-2017, 05:21 PM
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7 volts ?

You putting a HF Freebie voltmeter on it ?

I just slide the thing over until the trailer starts talking to me, and make
sure I'm not sliding the wheels.
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Old 06-29-2017, 07:39 PM
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When I got my prodigy the instructions were to turn it up on manual until it could lock the trailer wheels at 25mph. Then the controller would vary between 0 and that point depending on how hard the stop ("pendulum" based)

There is a second adjustment for initial ramp up on a light stop that I tune depending on load.

With my horse trailer it was about 6 empty and 11 loaded. My tent trailer gets set to 12 (small brakes) and the utility trailer 5-9 depending on load.

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Old 06-29-2017, 07:46 PM
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Thanks everyone for the input. I tested it today and in gravel it slid where the truck did not at 6 volts. Think I will stay with that until I get on a paved road and do some more testing.
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Old 06-29-2017, 08:12 PM
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Is this a proportional brake controller like a prodigy 3?
Or do you manually grab for the controller when stopping?

The proportional controllers are set like LW says to not feel the trailer pushing the truck. Once set, you can forget, unless it is a flatdeck and the loaded settings will burn rubber when empty.
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