Electric Brakes

Discussion in 'Camper Pre-Purchase Questions' started by Laura Rosas, Dec 17, 2018.

  1. Halford

    Halford Well-Known Member

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    Have you done weight distributing inside the camper? place heavier stuff toward the front and lighter stuff in back. IT would reduce swaying. I do not have any swaying since I placed appropriate heavy stuff front areas.
     
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    I would stress that it is VERY important to have the working electric brakes because they saved my neck enough times.
     
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    Yes, we normally do, although this day one difference was that we had a bike rack & bike on the back of the camper for the first time, so that certainly added to the problem. I am starting to wonder if we can carry the bike some other way. It's only a kiddy bike but the metal rack for it is an additional weight as well. It plugs into the tow bar on the back of the camper, came with the camper from the previous owner.
     
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    This would solve the swaying issue. [​IMG]

    Use a bike rack for the top hitch.
     
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    We have a Sienna, but last summer it developed an interesting problem. Sometimes, it just doesn't want to start. It turns, but no fire. Come back a couple hours later, fires right up. They replaced the ECM, with no difference.

    Air, fuel, spark. Not sure which one it is. I haaaaaaaaaate intermittents.
     
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    Great thread! Just ordered our brake kit through etrailer!
     
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    Even our itsy bitsy 2000 Lb Axle on the Aliner Scout (200#) has mounting plates for an ebrake kit. I am holding off on the upgrade to ebrakes in case I upgrade the entire axle replace it. The hardest part of adding ebrakes will be installing the OEM 7-pin wiring harness on the Jeep.
     
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    There worth it. I had a sway situation also, on a bridge when an 18 wheeler passed me at 85 mph. Hit the breakes, speed up a bit and pulled the camper straight. Easy as pie.
     
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    Have them on our PUP, added safety. Had them installed at the RV dealership upon purchase. We pull our 10SD Jayco with our Ford Edge.... pretty inexpensive and took about a day to install. Recommend. (Don't want the cart before the horse as they say when braking.)
     
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    make sure that the wires are not located where a rock can whack them (if you go off pavement) - which I have seen on at least two installations
     
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    I wouldn’t touch a pup with an edge 1500 to 2000 pound towing rating is unloaded utility trailers lol.
     
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    We not only pull our PUP with our Ford Edge but pull a Nitro on trailer with over 2K. For pulling our PUP we had to install a Brake Control Module and sway bar. Our Edge has pulled just fine for over 5 years.
     
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    another tip for stopping the swaying: when the popup starts to sway, ease off the gas and activate the electric brake manually with your thumb until the swaying stop. then press gas pedal gradually. Still have to be weight distributing wise when loading popup.
     
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    My 2014 SEL AWD with factory tow was rated at 3,500.
     
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    Isn't HW31SCTH GVWR at 6250 lbs? Good thing you have the F150!
     
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    I pulled a ~2000k low-profile popup with a '12 Edge (with factory tow package). Darn right I figured out how to wire that car for trailer brakes before hitting the Cascades (or the end of the block)! But it did fine.

    My current popup would probably push my Edge off a cliff.
     
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    Yep. I was thinking 6600 but I was mistaken. Empty (full propane and dual GC2 batteries...would this be a damp weight?) the Beast at about 4200 lbs (listed cargo capacity is 2598) would be too heavy for the Edge. When I had the Edge I started looking at pups. Ford won't say yes or no on WD hitches. They list it as a Class II hitch even though it's a 2". Back when I got the car I just cared about the hitch for a bike rack. It was a lease so I wanted it factory.

    Just glad I chose a truck with some balls when I got it. Next truck will probably be an F250 whenever that happens.
     
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    My Edge's class II hitch receiver is the tiny 1-1/4" one. My truck's is 2 1/2". I have an amazingly stupid collection of adapters. o_O
     
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    And some of the new Ford Super Duty trucks come with a 3" for towing over 15,000 lbs.
     
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    Is there a such thing as 4" hitch?
     

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