Couplemate Trailer Parts
Couplemate Trailer Parts

Brake Controllers

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Brake Controllers In-cab and Chassis Mounted Brake Controllers

Electric brake controllers must never have the main braking power supplied through the lighting circuit.

Solder all cables in the braking system.

However, a contactor is used to provide power to lighting circuits. The contavtor draws its supply from the vehicle’s battery.

Firstly, there are two types of electric brake controller

  • Proportional controllers stop the trailer the harder when you push on the brake harder on the pedal.
  • Non-proportional controllers are pre-set according to the weight of the trailer.

Queensland and the NT currently allow non-proportional controllers.

Soldered Joints

Couplemate strongly recommends all electrical joints be soldered.

Over time, joints become corroded and as a result, fail.

Unsoldered electrical joints that fail often cause a fire as a result of copper wires becoming annealed.

Finally, if you are lucky, the joints will open circuit before causing a fire. Therefore you can see the importance of soldered joints.

Hot Joints in Caravan Electrical Connections and Fire