Just passing on some info on "Electric brake system installation"

Discussion in 'First Time & New Camper Owners' started by landon6062, Jun 18, 2018.

  1. landon6062

    landon6062 Active Member

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    I hope this is helpful, to those that don't have their "trailer brake system" as standard equipment in their TV..

    We checked around a few places, for "Braking systems installation" for our Vehicle, which did not come standard on our SUV.


    Surprisingly we found "UHAUL" had the best price.. 125, "parts and labor." a bit shocked at the difference between them and the RV CENTERS....(adv.. 250 installation)

    Installations is scheduled for today, MONDAY the 18th.

    I am also a bit apprehensive,.. but I have to believe UHAUL would know what they are doing.. lol

    I'll let you know if I have made a serious error in judgment on this.. LOL
     
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    JPBar Well-Known Member

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    You should be fine, pretty straight forward on installation. After you get it installed drag the camper around on side streets on large parking lot to get controller dialed in the way you like. Have fun!
     
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    I was atually told Uhaul does this sort of work by a long time rv guy. So I think you'll be just fine, with an extra 100 in your pocket for beer!
     
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    Went to a couple different dealers here and was told they don't do that type of installation here.
     
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    HI NMroamer..

    I really don't know how you can tell the difference as to WHO DOES or WHO DOESN'T do the installation..

    I was at the "advance store" trying to buy the breaking system and he told me not to.. Just to go to the UHAUL DISTRIBUTION STORE, in my area and they would do it, but they will ONLY use their "own equipment" . Advising me not to 'waste" my money or time buying the "ADVANCE" product"..

    OF course, not all "UHAUL" dealers do this work, some are just contracted to "RENT".
     
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    nineoaks2004 Every meal is a picnic and every Day is a holiday

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    DW had U haul install ( Car dealer paid for it) the hitch and controller assy when she bought her Ford Escape, this was several years ago and they did a great job of installation, we never had a problem as long as she owned the Escape.
     
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    WOW.. your FORD Escape can pull a PUP? I didn't even know that was possible..my daughter has a a Ford escape.. ummm I think that is it..

    We have a Saturn Outlook, 2007, 3 seats..<< the real BEAUTY of it is, it is PAID FOR.. LOL Love that vehicle..

    We put a rebuilt transmission in it 2 years ago..

    Supposedly it can pull 4500 lbs or so.. Camper is 3100 or so.. so BELIEVING we are not going to have any problems..
     
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    the 2L turbo can and pretty sure the V6 in the previous generation also had a 3500 lb limit. Not sure I would with the regular 4 cylinder models.
     
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    Got our ELECTRIC TRAILER BRAKE CONTROLLER installed yesterday from UHAUL. $127.04

    That took about 3 hours, but it looks like a nice job..

    It is called a "RELIANCE" and comes with a 2 year warranty..

    I thought the price was really good compared to the RV DEALERS...

    Of course I can't tell you if it works yet, but if anyone needs pictures I will be glad to offer them..

    : )
     
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    Sounds like you are ready to hook up camper and go camping now.
     
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    IF only I could.. I would be out there this weekend..

    But certainly going to try the "backyard camping" for a night or two.. Just to make sure I have everything.. I am sure I will find something I didn't have.. lol

    Yesterday, I added my first tool in my tool box. A screw driver. needed it just to put the table down..Now that would have been a big surprise had I been out and then couldn't get the table to collapse.. LOL

    ALSO, Still waiting on my "BAL trailer level", it should be here tomorrow.
     
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    That tool box will get full pretty quick, at least my camper tool box did. Have fun backyard camping!
     
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    So the car blew the transmission on its own accord and you fee adequate it can tow?
     
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    Hi PaThacker... it is an old vehicle, 2007. Transmission was worn out.

    It has done a good job towing the PUP so far. Though admittedly I don't think we would try taking it to the mountains with this vehicle.

    : ) donna
     

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