trailer brakes

Submitted: Sunday, Jul 21, 2002 at 00:00
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I wish to fit brakes to my camper trailer(fully loaded it weighs 1100kg with tinny on top. Are electric brakes any good? I have heard that they tend to fall apart on bad corrigations. What would be the better type to fit. Intend taking trailer through the centre next year.
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Reply By: Dion - Monday, Jul 22, 2002 at 00:00

Monday, Jul 22, 2002 at 00:00
David, you are required to have brakes as 1100kg is 350kg over the requirements. For 1100kg on a camper trailer, mechanical override is sufficient. If you are concerned about corrigations, cable pulling on mechanical disks are probably your best bet. Hydraulic systems have fractured on corrigations before.
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Reply By: Member - Jim - Saturday, Jul 27, 2002 at 00:00

Saturday, Jul 27, 2002 at 00:00
Fit electric brakes, admittedly after travelling the CSR one of my electric brake magnets was flogged out but it was both cheap and easy to replace and if need be you can carry a spare magnet (that is the part you may need to replace).
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Follow Up By: Yonnee - Sunday, Jul 28, 2002 at 00:00

Sunday, Jul 28, 2002 at 00:00
Electric's certainly the way to go. Try to source Al-ko brand magnets. They have an 'o'-ring in the middle of them to aid in the
resistance of "flogging" on corrugations and are interchangeable with Dexter brakes. There are good and bad controllers
on the market too, so be careful which one you buy. Yonnee.
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Follow Up By: David Mills - Monday, Jul 29, 2002 at 00:00

Monday, Jul 29, 2002 at 00:00
Thanks guys for the reply. Any suggestions on the best type of controllers
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Reply By: Mikef - Tuesday, Jul 30, 2002 at 00:00

Tuesday, Jul 30, 2002 at 00:00
Hi David

We have a Tekonsha Sentinel Controller on the Patrol (was on the Hilux too!) and can highly recommend it. Cost was about $250-300 fitted. Intertial controller with lots of adjustments.

Go for it!

More details at and follow the products/braker controllers/sentinel links.

Blue 2002 GU Patrol 3.0l TDi manual (sometimes towing a 1300kg Jayco Dove camper trailer)
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Follow Up By: Yonnee - Wednesday, Jul 31, 2002 at 00:00

Wednesday, Jul 31, 2002 at 00:00
Agreed. Tekonsha are one of the best on the market, although I think the Sentinel might be a "overkill" for most as I think this is the bigger brother which does up to quad-axle brakes (8 magnets draw a lot of current). For most single and tandem trailers, the Voyager is fine. But I like your thinking, I've just fitted a 12 pin flat trailer plug to my Pajero, because I can and because I might use the extra pins one day.
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