Installing Towing Braking Systems
The relative difficulty of installing a towing braking system into an RV greatly depends on how frequently you change motor homes. Some people may shop around for different RVs, buying and selling for the right kind, while others are content with their choice and intend to use their RV for many years to come.
A portable braking system is recommended for drivers who change RVs frequently or switch between different towed vehicles. Installation for these systems usually takes about one hour and typically involves adjusting a pedal clamp over your RV's brake pedal, plugging in the wiring harness and the inserting the power cord into a power source.
A direct braking system, on the other hand, is meant for people who typically tow one vehicle behind their RV. It's connected directly to your RV's braking system, so installation takes much longer and is more demanding. Having a direct braking system doesn't make the setup permanent; it simply is easier to move a portable braking system from one towing vehicle to another.
Towing braking systems often come with breakaway kits, battery-powered electronics that detect when a towed vehicle has separated from its hitch. The battery immediately sends power to the unhitched vehicle's brakes, slowing the runaway trailer or car down and stopping any potential damage to other drivers.
For lots more information on towing braking systems and other protective towing equipment, slow down for the links below.
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More Great Links
- Automotive Accessories Connection. "How to install an electric trailer brake control on a tow vehicle." (Oct. 11, 2008) http://www.accessconnect.com/brake_control_install.htm
- Roadmaster. "Which system is right for me -- BrakeMaster, Even Brake, or the 9700?" 2007. (Oct. 11, 2008)
- RV.net. "Supplemental brake systems."Aug. 7, 2006. (Oct. 11, 2008) http://www.rv.net/Forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/13200019.cfm
- Truck Parts Specialists. "Why a tow brake, and which one to choose?" 2005. (Oct. 11, 2008) http://www.truckparts-specialists.com/catalog/unified-tow-brake/