Whether you’ve bought a caravan or are just about to take the plunge, there’s one thing you might not have considered: a brake controller.
Wait – what is a brake controller?
These days, most caravans weigh more than 750kg and are built with an electric braking system. But for those vehicles that aren’t, our advice is to go and purchase one! The brake controller is mounted to your tow vehicle (usually your dash) and sends an electric current to the electric brakes in the caravan to make them operate.
So, why do you need a brake controller for your caravan?
There’s one big reason you should get a brake controller: safety. The breaking device is there to minimise the risk of an accident.
Let’s say you’re cruising at 110km/hr along the freeway and start going downhill. Without a brake controller, you can slow down your car, but not your caravan. So, the weight of your caravan will push your car and could cause you to swerve and lose control. This is a potentially fatal situation.
A brake controller helps you keep control of both the towing vehicle and the caravan, so you stay safe.
What’s the best brake controller for your caravan?
There is a wide variety of different brake controllers designed for all sorts of vehicles. The most popular in our range and in the country, is the Tow-Pro Elite Electric Brake Controller from REDARC.
Why do people love it?
One of the biggest reasons is because it is really versatile. This product is designed to suit the most common trailer braking applications, from smooth high-speed highways to stop/start traffic and all the fun off-road stuff.
The Tow-Pro Elite has lots of great features. At the top of the list is the ability to switch between automatic and manual modes. Automatic is great for cruisy braking management on bitumen. Then simply switch to manual when you go off-road and dial the brake controller up or down to match the terrain.
The installation and operation of the device is really easy too. The dial fits neatly on the dash and doesn’t require much space, while the master control box is tucked out of the way.
The unit can be used to operate both electric and electric/hydraulic trailer brakes from either 12V or 24V vehicle systems. Just be sure to get the right wiring kit – use the universal wiring kit for older car models or choose the specific kit for your vehicle.
What about the Tow-Pro Classic?
The Tow-Pro Elite is the upgraded model of the Tow-Pro Classic. The Classic offers a single, user controlled mode of braking through adjusting the control knob. Whilst the Tow-Pro Elite, offers the driver two types of braking including automatic (inertla sensing) and user-controlled mode.
The driver therefore has the flexibility to choose the braking style depending on their vehicle type, terrain conditions or personal preference. The Elite also features active calibration, the control knob meets ADR21 safety standards and it suitable for 24V systems.
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