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Old 06-14-2012, 03:00 PM   #1
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Do I need a break controller on 3375 Dry weight with 390 lbs Tongue weight

Heres the spec of the trailer that I am buying this weekend.

Dry gross weight-3375
Tongue weight -390
55 gallon holding tank
30 gallon water tank

Do I need a break controller? it does have electronic break. Can I still tow it how with the break controller?
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Old 06-14-2012, 03:02 PM   #2
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If the trailer has brakes its probably for a good reason. Spend the few bucks on a brake controller and be safer. My 2 cents...
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^I agree, i have pulled a 3900 lb excavator once but was not fun. Especially when those tanks are full it'll be heavy and will surge when you brake or accelerate
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Thanks guys.
I have another thread on this forum asking for suggestions on a break controller. wonder if wal mart sells these things.
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Old 06-14-2012, 03:25 PM   #5
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I have ready several instructions online and on this forum on how to install one.
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Old 06-15-2012, 06:53 AM   #6
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Avoid the time based ones, get a proportional brake controller. Believe me, you will not regret the few extra bucks.
With a time delayed controller, your trailer wheels will lock up every time you tap the brakes at low speed like in the camp ground loop (making you look like an idiot - please don't ask how I know ), while giving you very little braking power at highway speeds.
The Prodigy P2 models have a good reputation at a reasonable price - at little over a hundred bucks.
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Old 06-15-2012, 07:44 AM   #7
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Thanks for the reply.
Is this any good from autoanything?
Its decently priced and just plug and play

http://www.autoanything.com/towing/69A5072A0A0.aspx
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Thanks for the reply.
Is this any good from autoanything?
Its decently priced and just plug and play

http://www.autoanything.com/towing/69A5072A0A0.aspx
No, that's a time based controller. Avoid those, believe me. You will regret buying one of those for a travel trailer. I am speaking from experience.
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hey bud, check out Rednecktrailers.com they are nationwide, and will ship. they are good people and have great prices. when my uncle manufactured trailers, he bought from them for many years. but get a good quality controller, the cheep ones burn out quickly.
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Also check this site.
http://www.towingworld.com/articles/TowingLaws.htm

Trailer weight requiring brakes listed by state. I don't know alot about the P2 controller but I have a P3 and love it. Very adjustable and works awesome at any speed. I am towing a 5500# TT and it is great. About $150 but IMO well worth it.
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I have a P2 and it works great. Easy to use and plugs right into the harness in the truck.
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Old 06-24-2012, 10:35 PM   #12
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Hey Scottri,
wondering how you connected your p2 to the toyota harness.
Was this your wire matching?
Factory Harness - > P2
Black and Red -> Black
Brown -> White
Green and White -> Red
Red -> Blue
Green : Doesnt go anywhere
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When I ordered my P3 I was able to tell them what vehicle I had and they sent the appropriate harness adaptor. Plug and play. I do have the towing package so not sure if that matters.
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Heres the spec of the trailer that I am buying this weekend.

Dry gross weight-3375
Tongue weight -390
55 gallon holding tank
30 gallon water tank

Do I need a break controller? it does have electronic break. Can I still tow it how with the break controller?
YES!! I have an Impulse digital controller and love it. It can be mounted anywhere (with in wires length of wiring under dash). Does not have to be mounted level. Has an easy to adjust digital read out. If you have the factory tow package you can get a plug and play harness for it that allows you to plug it right up to your truck with no splicing wires etc.
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