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Old 10-27-2016, 12:24 PM   #1
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Adjusting brake controller and towing mirrors

I have my brake controller installed and working. I followed the instructions for it (25 mph, use manual and if it locks up, lower it, if not enough, raise it) and have it braking effectively. But I never locked the brakes though I think on the highest setting it made my antilock brakes on the car kick in. Am I good or should I go to just lower than locking (which would mean I have to let them lock up?) It braked fine on a steep hill on my test drive. I was not sure I wanted to slam on the brakes to see what would happen so I didn't.

Second, I put on Aero mirrors as first test drive showed me I wasn't seeing far enough behind the trailer. I sort of got the right one adjusted okay but what I thought was okay on the driver's side wasn't showing me much. Are there any hints to getting the right adjustment on towing mirrors? I've never used them before and could see through the Campster while towing so that was even easier. These stick out about a foot past the vehicle mirrors but I just haven't figured out the right angle for seeing the lane behind the trailer.
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Old 10-27-2016, 12:39 PM   #2
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I have my brake controller installed and working. I followed the instructions for it (25 mph, use manual and if it locks up, lower it, if not enough, raise it) and have it braking effectively. But I never locked the brakes though I think on the highest setting it made my antilock brakes on the car kick in. Am I good or should I go to just lower than locking (which would mean I have to let them lock up?) It braked fine on a steep hill on my test drive. I was not sure I wanted to slam on the brakes to see what would happen so I didn't.

Second, I put on Aero mirrors as first test drive showed me I wasn't seeing far enough behind the trailer. I sort of got the right one adjusted okay but what I thought was okay on the driver's side wasn't showing me much. Are there any hints to getting the right adjustment on towing mirrors? I've never used them before and could see through the Campster while towing so that was even easier. These stick out about a foot past the vehicle mirrors but I just haven't figured out the right angle for seeing the lane behind the trailer.
Your brakes may never lock up unless you panic stop. Those directions are sometimes confusing. Make smooth stops and adjust them so they are balanced and the trailer is not stopping the TV and the TV is not being pushed by the trailer. When you come to a stop it should be smooth and not jerk you as it completes the stop. You will get the feel after a short distance. If its a prodigy which the directions sound like start off around #6.

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Old 10-27-2016, 12:42 PM   #3
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Your brakes may never lock up unless you panic stop. Those directions are sometimes confusing. Making smooth stops adjust them so they are balanced and the trailer is not stopping the car and the car is not being pushed by the trailer. When you come to a stop it should be smooth and not jerk you as it completes the stop. You will get the feel after a short distance.
Great, I think I have that, then. I couldn't tell the trailer was back there when I was braking.
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Old 10-27-2016, 01:13 PM   #4
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Since I don't know how you mounted your mirrors, I'll add this. When we got ours, I mountrd them with the long dimension vertically. I ran them this way about a year. I was ok with that but thought it could be better. So I rotated them so the long way was horizontal with the short dimension of that horizontal being on top. I also slid the bar a little farther out, if that makes sense. We use them on a Highlander and I'm happy now, couldn't be better. It's easy enough to adjust them, you have to do a little experimentation, is what I found.
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Old 10-27-2016, 01:20 PM   #5
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Thanks, I'll try that. I have them vertically now but I had thought maybe to switch. I am parked along the street right now so I should be able to adjust the driver's side with a good view behind me before trying again.
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Old 10-27-2016, 01:20 PM   #6
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I agree with Tom, but also found that if I did the test on a dirt road I could get the brakes dialed in perfectly. When stopping I always wanted to feel the the tow vehicle be pulled back ever so slightly by the trailer brakes, but just a little. Overall you want the tow vehicle and trailer stopping as one unit and not independently of each other.

No better experience then time behind the wheel with the trailer in tow, practice, practice, practice. Nothing wrong going campground on weekends that are close to home to gain experience, this will also help you in dialing in your tow mirrors. What works for someone else may not work for you.
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Old 10-27-2016, 01:29 PM   #7
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Yes, that's the plan. I got the brake controller Tuesday but Tuesday afternoon was very windy and yesterday it poured rain all day so today was my first day to try out the brake controller and mirrors. Next is the highway test, then hopefully next week an overnight at Fort Casey State Park.
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Old 10-27-2016, 02:41 PM   #8
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I am ordering a 17B due in March 2017. I have a 1997 Ford F250 Super Duty as the tug. It has a Tekonsha Voyager brake controller already. It "appears" the controller is from 1997 and was the original. I am thinking I should replace it given it's age? Nothing stops like having brakes that work.
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Old 10-27-2016, 03:13 PM   #9
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The Prodigy P3 is the top of the line last I knew. Don't know if you can get a ready made harness for a 97 though.
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Old 10-27-2016, 05:25 PM   #10
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Road test a success* except when I brake to a stop (not just regular braking) the brakes seem to pulse. Are the trailer brakes triggering my anti-lock brakes somehow? I lowered the braking on the controller and it helps and seems to still brake just fine.

*I even found two more Escapes.
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