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Old 12-11-2014, 03:11 AM   #1
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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.
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Old 12-11-2014, 02:34 PM   #2
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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.
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Old 12-11-2014, 03:26 PM   #3
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I have mine set to 6.5 on my Ram. I performed the same procedure that Danny did.
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Old 12-11-2014, 03:36 PM   #4
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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.
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Old 12-11-2014, 03:40 PM   #5
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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.
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Old 12-11-2014, 03:53 PM   #6
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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.

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Old 12-11-2014, 04:42 PM   #7
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I'm at 10 out of 10 with drum brakes . I figure the trailer brakes are cheaper than the Ford brakes.
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Old 12-11-2014, 05:51 PM   #8
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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.
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Old 12-11-2014, 06:09 PM   #9
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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.
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Old 12-11-2014, 06:23 PM   #10
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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.
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