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Old 07-02-2017, 03:36 PM   #1
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Auxiliary breaking unit versus brake controller

OK, give me a break here because I just woke up and I'm trying to think this through. If I have a brake controller inside my RV, why do I need an auxiliary breaking unit inside my tow vehicle? I've been towing trailers for years but never a vehicle and I'm about to do that. I understand the baseplate and the towbar but I'm thinking the brake controller should apply the brakes to the vehicle as it does to a trailer and it should also activate brake lights. What am I missing here? Go easy on me.
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Old 07-02-2017, 04:56 PM   #2
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Trailers have electric brakes. Cars hydraulic.
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Old 07-02-2017, 05:13 PM   #3
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and as far as the brake lights - trailers don't have their own means of activating the brake lights like the car you are towing - so no need to 'isolate' anything... They are just provided with the sole intention of connecting to tow vehicle.
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Old 07-02-2017, 06:33 PM   #4
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Trailers have electric brakes. Cars hydraulic.
Makes sense. Thanks for your time.
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Old 07-02-2017, 06:34 PM   #5
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and as far as the brake lights - trailers don't have their own means of activating the brake lights like the car you are towing - so no need to 'isolate' anything... They are just provided with the sole intention of connecting to tow vehicle.
Gotcha. Thanks for your time.
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Old 07-02-2017, 06:53 PM   #6
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What I think you want is coming, but is still probably 5 to 10 years away if I'm reading my crystal ball correctly.
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