Backing up the Trailer - Escape Trailer Owners Community

Go Back   Escape Trailer Owners Community > Escape Tech > Towing and Hitching
Click Here to Login

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 02-26-2019, 11:45 AM   #1
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Felton, California
Trailer: 2018 21' ; 2014 Escape 19' (Sold)
Posts: 1,121
Backing up the Trailer

In a recent RV magazine article, a reader notes that people have trouble backing up their trailer because they "leave the trailer brakes operative while attempting to back the trailer. Many people keep their foot on the brake pedal, which energizes the brakes and make it difficult to control the trailer movement." In a response, another reader comments "If a driver can back without that lightweight but steady foot on the brake, it works fine, but disconnecting the trailer [brakes] also works."

I know many people (like us) have trouble backing up so I'm wondering if any 'back-up' experts out there might comment on this. Are they just referring to avoiding using your brakes while backing up or do people really disengage their trailer brakes?
__________________

__________________

Jan

We do not remember days, we remember moments.
- Cesare Pavese
CADreamin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-26-2019, 11:48 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
Farther's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2018
Location: Quimper Peninsula, Washington
Trailer: TBD
Posts: 168
I'm no expert by any measure but perhaps change the gain (I don't know the correct word) on the brake controller to provide a lighter touch.
__________________

__________________
Thanks,
~Farther
Farther is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-26-2019, 11:51 AM   #3
Site Team
 
cpaharley2008's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Chilliwack, British Columbia
Trailer: Escape#4, 2019 Escape21 DejaView pulled by 2014 Ram Hemi/8sp
Posts: 18,068
I normally do not have my foot on the brake and gas when backing up, unless it is downhill and I'm not camping on any downhill spot.
__________________
Jim
Never in doubt, often wrong.....
cpaharley2008 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 02-26-2019, 11:53 AM   #4
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Olympia wa, Washington
Trailer: 5.0TA 2017
Posts: 1,835
i don't put my foot on the brake when backing
Fox hunt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-26-2019, 12:25 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Felton, California
Trailer: 2018 21' ; 2014 Escape 19' (Sold)
Posts: 1,121
Thanks to all. I knew I'd get some rational explanations here.
__________________

Jan

We do not remember days, we remember moments.
- Cesare Pavese
CADreamin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-26-2019, 03:29 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Trailer: 1979 Boler B1700
Posts: 11,326
Quote:
Originally Posted by CADreamin View Post
In a recent RV magazine article, a reader notes that people have trouble backing up their trailer because they "leave the trailer brakes operative while attempting to back the trailer. Many people keep their foot on the brake pedal, which energizes the brakes and make it difficult to control the trailer movement."
A proper trailer brake controller only applies braking force in proportion to deceleration (how rapidly you are slowing down) - that's why they're called "proportional" - so it doesn't affect backing up any more than going forward. If your controller has a "boost" feature (such as in Tekonsha models such as the Prodigy, that needs to be turned off to avoid a pulse of braking every time you touch the pedal. I don't use boost at low speeds, and have never even considered unplugging the trailer (or the controller) to back up.

If you have a "timed" brake controller, it just applies braking power every time you touch the pedal, and ramps it up to higher power for as long as the pedal is applied (regardless of how hard you are braking). The solution in this case is to unplug... unplug the controller, take it to an electronics recycling facility, and replace it with a proportional controller.
__________________

Brian B-P is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off






» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Escape Trailer Industries or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:38 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.