Rules on electric brake controllers on trailers in QLD.

Submitted: Friday, Mar 13, 2015 at 16:00
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G'day People,

I have a camper trailer that has a ATM of 1640 kg with electric brakes.

The trailer has a manual controller fitted to the draw bar and a knob that adjusts the application of the brakes at a set rate.

Does anybody know if this is legal in Queensland?
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Reply By: Racey - Friday, Mar 13, 2015 at 18:05

Friday, Mar 13, 2015 at 18:05
Ben, what brand is this brake controller?
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Follow Up By: Ben M10 - Friday, Mar 13, 2015 at 18:22

Friday, Mar 13, 2015 at 18:22
The manufacturer is Digga imports pty ltd.

I emailed redarc as they make one also. They said check with local authorities.

I cannot get a straight answer from Queensland transport.
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Reply By: TomH - Friday, Mar 13, 2015 at 19:22

Friday, Mar 13, 2015 at 19:22
As far as I am aware you must be able to reach the controller from the drivers seat.

For $150 max you could do it properly in about an hour
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Reply By: Athol W1 - Friday, Mar 13, 2015 at 22:09

Friday, Mar 13, 2015 at 22:09
Ben

The requirement for brakes on trailers since 1988 is that the brakes must be driver CONTROLLED, not just driver operated.

As they must be driver controlled then any system that is only on or off (ie operated via the brake lights) or does not provide a progressive brake application is not acceptable anywhere since the towing requirements were agreed to by all Australian States in 1988.

Hope this helps
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Reply By: Iza B - Saturday, Mar 14, 2015 at 07:33

Saturday, Mar 14, 2015 at 07:33
Yes. A Google of the rules in Queensland will confirm that. It appears you have one of the early versions of electronic controllers that were popular as over run brakes started to be superseded.

Iza
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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Saturday, Mar 14, 2015 at 10:56

Saturday, Mar 14, 2015 at 10:56
Since the ATM is under 2,000kg, it does not legally need electric brakes and over run brakes would suffice.
Is it not possible therefore that these brakes may be OK for this trailer?

Cheers,
Peter
OKA196 Motorhome
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Follow Up By: Ben M10 - Saturday, Mar 14, 2015 at 11:17

Saturday, Mar 14, 2015 at 11:17
Thanks Peter,

Apparently the type of brakes are NOT classed as over-run, so I will need a in car controller.
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Reply By: swampfox - Friday, Mar 20, 2015 at 13:53

Friday, Mar 20, 2015 at 13:53
hi
Teknoshia Prodigy & P3 . Even better than the redarc unit .
These units can set the initial brake engagement power / punch .
This allows you to set the brakes as close as possible to the traillers weight .
Used these for around 10 years

swampfox
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