Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 12-11-2014, 03:11 AM   #1
Senior Member
 
danrn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Posts: 291
Adjusting your trailer brake settings

In my truck, like many others, is the trailer brake adjustment. I have never used one of these brake adjustments before. I did read my trucks owners manual, but I still would like to ask how you guys decided on your settings.
Thanks
__________________
Dan & Connie
2015 Chevy Silverado 3500 Diesel Dually
2015 Redwood 38GK
2014 Harley Davidson Ultra Limited
2015 Polaris RZR 900
danrn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2014, 02:34 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
travelin' texans's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 2,886
Currently mine (with standard drum brakes) is set at 8-8.5. To set mine I drove 20-25mph & pinched brake controller til I could come to a comfortable stop quickly, without sliding tires or jerking too bad & adjusting controller til I was happy with the setting & feel.
__________________
Danny & Linda
Former '13 FB owner
Currently rvless!
travelin' texans is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2014, 03:26 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Posts: 119
I have mine set to 6.5 on my Ram. I performed the same procedure that Danny did.
__________________

2016 Ram 3500 DRW Laramie Longhorn
2014 RW 38RE
USN Retired
RAMN8TER is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2014, 03:36 PM   #4
Site Team
 
piper guy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Posts: 1,798
My F350 with Disks on the trailer is usually 7.5. Sometimes will go to 8-8.5 in hilly country if I want the trailer brakes doing more. The Disks on the trailer are really effective.
__________________
Vaughan & Tracy 2013 RW 36RL, 2013 F350 DRW CC, 2016 Focus. MorRyde IS, MorRyde pinbox, disc brakes, Comfort Ride Hitch. "Life is to be embraced, Grab it with both arms ! "
piper guy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2014, 03:40 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
mhs4771's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 2,349
GM here with a Heavy RL with Disc Brakes and controller set at 7.5. Worked good for the last 17,000 miles across the Rockies and even got us stopped in time to avoid hitting some Mountain Goats that decided they wanted to cross the road in front of us.
__________________
Michelle & Ann
2018 Chevy 3500HD Crew Cab High Country DRW, D/A, 2016 RW39MB, Dual ACs, Auto Level, Auto Sat Dish, Stack W/D, King Sleep #, 17.5" Sailuns w/Disc, MORryde IS & Pin, Comfort Ride Hitch, 5.5 Onan, Res Fridge & Induction Cook Top
mhs4771 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2014, 03:53 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2013
Posts: 456
With my 36re I'm usually about 6.5. Up to 7.5 for big hills on the hwy. This with an 08 3500 GMC. I have the drum brakes.

Mark
__________________
2013 36RE, 2008 GMC 3500CC DRW
markw is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2014, 04:42 PM   #7
lwg
Senior Member
 
lwg's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Posts: 918
I'm at 10 out of 10 with drum brakes . I figure the trailer brakes are cheaper than the Ford brakes.
__________________
2014 Redwood 38BR, Fulltiming
2013 Ford F-350 CCSB 6.7L 4x4 SRW, B&W Companion Hitch, Air Bags
lwg is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2014, 05:51 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
travelin' texans's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 2,886
LWG, have you adjusted the trailer brakes(provided yours are drum), if you're controller is set at max you could probably tighten drums a bit & dial it down to get same results.
__________________
Danny & Linda
Former '13 FB owner
Currently rvless!
travelin' texans is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2014, 06:09 PM   #9
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Posts: 68
I agree with all of the above, but if I am traveling on rain slick roads, ice, etc. I back off on the setting a little to prevent the trailer tires from sliding. Everytime I get underway and going slowly, I squeeze the controller to test the brakes. I look for a smooth, controlled stop; nothing violent.
__________________
2012 36RL
2014 F350 SRW Crew Cab 4X4 6.7 diesel
With our furry family member, Lucy, Aussie Shepherd
TexasRver is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2014, 06:23 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
Rick and Mindy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 1,394
My Ford integrated brake controller is currently set at 8 and seems to be doing a great job. I have the standard magnetic drum brakes.
__________________
Rick and Mindy
Retired
2013 Redwood 31SL, 2011 Ford F350 SRW, 6.7, Crew Cab with Firestone Bags, Titan Disc Brakes
Rick and Mindy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2014, 06:27 PM   #11
Senior Member
 
0nTheRoad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 1,092
We have drum/electric brakes, I usually have our controller set at 8.5 unless the roads are wet, then we back them down to 7.5
__________________
SOB
0nTheRoad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2014, 06:40 PM   #12
Senior Member
 
atom ant's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 7,101
6.5 for us with disk, and 7.5 over the Rockies.

Last year I converted our boat trailer to electric. 6.5 locks that baby up, so I have to pay attention to what I'm towing now. They empty trailer actually has to be set to zero or it starts hopping down the ramp.
__________________
Brad & Dory - Lone Tree, CO
CURRENT - 2013 Itasca Meridian 42E/2013 Wrangler 4dr Sahara
SOLD - 2014 Redwood 36RL/2014 F350 DRW
atom ant is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2014, 07:36 PM   #13
Site Team
 
Dave&Ginny's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 5,379
I keep mine between 9 and 9.5
__________________
SOB "The RV Wiseguy"
Dave&Ginny is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2014, 09:39 PM   #14
lwg
Senior Member
 
lwg's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Posts: 918
Quote:
Originally Posted by travelin' texans View Post
LWG, have you adjusted the trailer brakes(provided yours are drum), if you're controller is set at max you could probably tighten drums a bit & dial it down to get same results.
I have not tightened them up, but they were serviced in May of last year when they removed excess grease and had to clean up the mess the factory made.

Best I can tell brake controller settings are somewhat personal. I'm not entirely sure you could lock up the brakes on a Redwood unless you had the Disc Brake option. I have always preferred the trailer to brake harder than the truck, less chance for a jacknife (rare with RV's I know). That way the trailer is stopping the trailer completely, with truck stopping truck.
__________________
2014 Redwood 38BR, Fulltiming
2013 Ford F-350 CCSB 6.7L 4x4 SRW, B&W Companion Hitch, Air Bags
lwg is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-12-2014, 12:19 AM   #15
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Posts: 219
7-7.5 with the exhaust brake work great on the steep hills.
__________________
2013 Redwood RE
2013 GMC 2500 Duramax 6.6 Turbo Z71
arcticman1957 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-21-2014, 02:06 AM   #16
lwg
Senior Member
 
lwg's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Posts: 918
Had a braking issue today. Traveling east into Durango coming down a long but not terribly steep pass, had the top 3 gears locked out and was traveling about 50 MPH. Wanted to slow everything down to 45 as I felt it was a bit safer with more margin for error. In slowing down utilizing the brakes the truck started shaking violently. I determined this to be the truck brakes (overheating I'm guessing) as when I let off the brakes the shaking stopped. Also when I manually activated the trailer brakes you could feel a definite pull on everything and there was no vibration.

Now onto my question/observation. Once I got down the pass and things leveled out a bit I did a couple of tests. When utilizing the manual trailer brakes using only the controller the trailer seemed to stop the truck and trailer better or as good as using the brake pedal on the truck. Could this be due too poorly adjusted trailer brakes?
__________________
2014 Redwood 38BR, Fulltiming
2013 Ford F-350 CCSB 6.7L 4x4 SRW, B&W Companion Hitch, Air Bags
lwg is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-21-2014, 02:51 AM   #17
Senior Member
 
travelin' texans's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 2,886
Did you not use the exhaust brake on your truck? On mine if I use tow/haul & exhaust brake on the truck it seems it would almost stop without using brakes. I love that set up!!
__________________
Danny & Linda
Former '13 FB owner
Currently rvless!
travelin' texans is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 12-21-2014, 03:40 AM   #18
Senior Member
 
atom ant's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 7,101
It could be LWG. I had the issue with my Montana for a while, but can't remember if it vibrated manually or not.
__________________
Brad & Dory - Lone Tree, CO
CURRENT - 2013 Itasca Meridian 42E/2013 Wrangler 4dr Sahara
SOLD - 2014 Redwood 36RL/2014 F350 DRW
atom ant is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-21-2014, 03:53 AM   #19
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2013
Posts: 456
Quote:
Originally Posted by lwg View Post
Had a braking issue today. Traveling east into Durango coming down a long but not terribly steep pass, had the top 3 gears locked out and was traveling about 50 MPH. Wanted to slow everything down to 45 as I felt it was a bit safer with more margin for error. In slowing down utilizing the brakes the truck started shaking violently. I determined this to be the truck brakes (overheating I'm guessing) as when I let off the brakes the shaking stopped. Also when I manually activated the trailer brakes you could feel a definite pull on everything and there was no vibration.

Now onto my question/observation. Once I got down the pass and things leveled out a bit I did a couple of tests. When utilizing the manual trailer brakes using only the controller the trailer seemed to stop the truck and trailer better or as good as using the brake pedal on the truck. Could this be due too poorly adjusted trailer brakes?
It could be poor adjustment, or the problem I had. All of my trailer brakes were contaminated with grease within 5k miles and without me greasing them. After replacement as long as they're adjusted correctly and proper control setting I rarely have that problem.

Also like was said, make sure you use tow/haul for the exhaust brake.

Mark
__________________
2013 36RE, 2008 GMC 3500CC DRW
markw is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-21-2014, 03:58 AM   #20
lwg
Senior Member
 
lwg's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Posts: 918
I always use tow/haul so I was utilizing the turbo brake on the Fords. About 6 months ago the dealer reworked all the brakes due to the aforementioned grease problem. Wondering if they forgot to adjust the brakes when they put everything back together?
__________________
2014 Redwood 38BR, Fulltiming
2013 Ford F-350 CCSB 6.7L 4x4 SRW, B&W Companion Hitch, Air Bags
lwg 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

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3
Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Redwood RV or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.


All times are GMT +1. The time now is 03:06 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
×