Electric trailer brake controller

Submitted: Sunday, Apr 09, 2006 at 22:04
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Hi everybody.
I have an Off-road camper trailer with electric brakes.
It presently has the controller mounted on the drawbar of the trailer.
This is handy because the trailer can be towed by different vehicles.
What I want to know is can I move this controller and mount it under the dash of my Pajero so that I can adjust the brakes from the drivers seat without stopping and getting out of the vehicle to adjust the brakes.
I know that I can readily buy an under dash controller but my question is why can't I relocate the existing unit to under the dash?
Regards Loughma.
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Reply By: Member - 'Lucy' - Monday, Apr 10, 2006 at 00:39

Monday, Apr 10, 2006 at 00:39
Mate! you can move anything anywhere on a vehicle if you have the time, patience, mechanical know how and fabrication knowledge (if necessary) and $$$$'s.

Nothing is impossible.

I am intrigued as to the 'trailer mounted' controller though. Must be a real bitch getting in an out adjusting it.

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Follow Up By: mfewster - Monday, Apr 10, 2006 at 11:12

Monday, Apr 10, 2006 at 11:12
Trailer mounted is not a problem at all. We have a couple of vehicles and lend the camper to friends and just adjust the setting on the trailer according to the weight we have in the trrailer when we are setting off. You quickly get pretty accurate at knowing where to set it and the setting range isn't so precise that it has to be micro adjusted.
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Reply By: Member - Vincent A M (NSW) - Monday, Apr 10, 2006 at 08:01

Monday, Apr 10, 2006 at 08:01
I tow all the time have all the different plugs on my truck & have never seen a trailer mounted one, must be hard to set correctly as im all ways changing mine on the go for the conditions.get a good under dash one
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Follow Up By: Member - Crazy Dog (QLD) - Monday, Apr 10, 2006 at 17:02

Monday, Apr 10, 2006 at 17:02
Gotta Trackabout Safari and it came with the controller on the trailer. Thought about moving into the cab but no so sure now.....

Grrr!!!
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Reply By: Nifty1 - Monday, Apr 10, 2006 at 09:01

Monday, Apr 10, 2006 at 09:01
Wouldn't be a breakaway type would it?
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Reply By: bravo - Monday, Apr 10, 2006 at 19:42

Monday, Apr 10, 2006 at 19:42
Depending on what state you are in here in Good old NSW if its a chassis mounted brake controller as described they are actually illegal according to the rta you have to have an independant means of operation/adjustment. although quite a good idea especially for hire companies tis the law at present , just my 2 cents worth of helpful info hopefully.
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Reply By: bravo - Monday, Apr 10, 2006 at 19:49

Monday, Apr 10, 2006 at 19:49
just to add to previous i have also seen these moved from trailer to int of vehicle with no ill effects but personally would go for a dedicated controller, ill stand corrected but dont believe they have a emergency o/ride on the controller on your trailer just a gain control/adjustment knob which may or may not be a usefull feature never had to actualluse my over ride other then for testing purposes
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Follow Up By: atoyot - Monday, Apr 10, 2006 at 21:22

Monday, Apr 10, 2006 at 21:22
Inspection time for rego as well, as the override will allow manual application of the trailer brakes to show they work.

Andrew
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