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Who uses trailer brakes?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by chvyhs, Oct 29, 2001.

  1. chvyhs

    chvyhs 1/2 ton status

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    I tow my Chevelle and just about anything else that needs to be towed with my K5. The load is 5000 pounds with the Chevelle and trailer and more when I tow my friends 1ton chevy truck. My trailer has electric brakes and I figured I would start using them. It's gotten kind of hairy on the hills a few times. My question is, what features should I look for? What should I stay away from? Thanks.
     
  2. Gold Rush

    Gold Rush 1/2 ton status

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    A standard electric brake controller that is adjustable. Prices range from about $50 to around $100 for the average and above average controller.


    David

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  3. Can Can

    Can Can Pusher Man Staff Member Super Moderator

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    The best trailer brake on the market is made by Tekonsha- it's called a Voyager. They make two models- one for 1-2 axles and one for 1-4 axles(as in trailer axles). Every single truck in my company fleet(over 600 vehicles) uses the Voyager 9030.

    Easy to use and really simple to set up. Trust me, if the group of guys I work with can use them without any trouble, the average guy should be able to use a Voyager with his eyes closed[​IMG]!!!!!![​IMG]



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  4. Thunder

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    You really need to get some brakes working towing that much weight. Beings your trailer has electric brakes you'll need a controller.
    This site has lots of trailer stuff:Link<a target="_blank" href=http://www.northerntool.com/cgi-bin/ncommerce3/ExecMacro/category/NTE_subfeature.d2w/report?cgrfnbr=166839&amp;cgmenbr=6970&amp;PHOTOS=on>northern tool.com</a>
    You can get wireing , conectors and brake stuff and lots of trailer/towing needs from this site.
    Get a good controler. Make sure your connections and wireing is in good shape, that its water tite and all the wheel solonoids work.
    Having a controller with a manual control is also very handy. With manual control you can just use your trailer brakes without applying the vehicle brakes. This helps when going down hill.

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  5. prjt_blzr

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    Get the controller! Your blazer brakes are not up to stopping that much weight. I would stick with a Tekonsha controller. They may cost a few dollars more than a no name unit but they are always predictable. I use the Sentinel model and a friend of mine uses the voyager. They are both good units and would work well for you. If you decide to use a different brand, find one that is easily adjustable, handles the correct number of trailer axles. Another consideration is the mounting angle. Most people mount the controller under the radio. This is a pretty nasty angle for some units to accomadate. Most of all remember to use a circuit breaker and good wiring for the install. Your life DOES depend on it.
     

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