“I do not think I really need electric brakes on my camper as it is pretty light.” is a comment I get all the time. This one scared me enough to put disc rotors and brakes on my boat trailer. I should have known better, and I should have done it years before, but I didn’t. How electric brakes work. Allow the experts at Couplemate to solve your braking problems. Simple solutions to increase braking power.
Our testing has found electric drums are not magnetised when an energised magnet engages a drum for several days. However, by turning the drum and applying a magnet to the surface of the drum, a different result is achieved.
The correct method using 5mm cable is to run a cable down EACH chassis rail and connect each magnet independently. This type of connection is called parallel.
Caravans and some heavier campers are continuing to experience braking problems in mountainous regions. Overheating drums are a major concern for owners as they strive to improve their braking. Couplemate have deconstructed and simplified electric braking problems.
In our opinion, bearing buddies can cause grease contamination of brake shoes when overfilled. Couplemate has concluded that bearing buddies are unsafe to be used in conjunction with drums brakes and should be immediately replaced with conventional or grommeted grease caps.
Some trailers and caravans are very long and therefore incur more voltage drop than usual. Measure the voltage drop from the battery to the last electric magnet.