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Why You Need an Electric Brake Controller to Tow a Caravan

Tuesday 11th August 2015
By Dave Eddy
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By Dave Eddy
One of the most important parts of towing a caravan is having an electric brake controller. From late 1998, a national regulation that limits the mass a vehicle can tow, became law.

If you are going to hire a camper trailer or caravan, it is critical that you give careful consideration to your vehicle’s towing mass when choosing an RV to hire.

To ascertain the towing mass (or towing rating) of your vehicle, look at the towing section in the vehicle manufacturer’s handbook. The rating will include a trailer weight capacity and a trailer ball weight capacity, both of which must not be exceeded.

All trailers of 750kgs GTM or more must be fitted with brakes. Electric brakes are the most common, and require a brake controller, with appropriate connections to the trailer, to be fitted in the tow vehicle.

Please make sure you check the manufacturer’s guidelines for your vehicle, and be sure to check any requirements in your state with the relevant state body.

We highly recommend the Electric Brake Controller from Elecbrakes. See video for more information. 

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