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FITTING
For the most part, brake controllers can be fitted by any competent DIY handyperson, although most manufacturers will advocate fitment by an auto electrician. In any case, you need to take care when wiring in a controller to ensure that the vehicle’s electricals or safety systems like airbags are not damaged by your work. There are Plug N Play looms available for vehicle-specific applications, so do the research to find out if it will suit the tow vehicle, and read the fitting instructions first.

Ask the vehicle manufacturer and brake controller dealer to ensure a new vehicle warranty won’t be affected by the fitting of a controller. If in doubt, take the vehicle to a qualified electrician or reputable caravan company who can do the job for you.

Brake Controllers
Part 4

ABOVE Plug N Play or complete wiring job, make sure you know what you're doing

GUIDE Electric brake controllers: Part 4 & 5

"You need to take care when wiring in a controller to ensure that the vehicle’s electricals or safety systems like airbags are not damaged by your work"

T&C’s: No minimum spend required, proof of purchase must be submitted if purchased at an ARB store. This competition is open to Australian residents over 18 years of age. Entries close 20/09/2019 11.59pm AEST and winners will be contacted via email on 23/09/2019.

Purchase any Navigator product (online at
www.navigatorgear.net.au or at any ARB store) and send in a photo of your dream caravan or campsite to hello@navigatorgear.net.au for your chance to win an ARB sleeping bag (valued at $225)

WHAT’S ON THE MARKET?
Alongside established manufacturers who have been around for years, there are a few relatively new players who are working with high-tech Bluetooth and wireless controllers.

Remember, not all brake controllers are approved for use with AL-KO ESC and Dexter Sway Control systems. There are lists available, however, chat to the supplier to ensure what you are buying suits your van or trailer, this is particularly important if getting a brake controller fitted to a new vehicle by a vehicle dealer.

Here is a breakdown of some of the popular brake controllers available and where to find more information about them.

AL-KO International 
Bainbridge Technologies
Elecbrakes
GSL Electronics
Hayman Reese
Leisure Technologies
Redarc
Brake Controllers
Part 5

GUIDE Electric brake controllers: Part 4 & 5

Brake Controllers
Part 4

FITTING
For the most part, brake controllers can be fitted by any competent DIY handyperson, although most manufacturers will advocate fitment by an auto electrician. In any case, you need to take care when wiring in a controller to ensure that the vehicle’s electricals or safety systems like airbags are not damaged by your work. There are Plug N Play looms available for vehicle-specific applications, so do the research to find out if it will suit the tow vehicle, and read the fitting instructions first.

Ask the vehicle manufacturer and brake controller dealer to ensure a new vehicle warranty won’t be affected by the fitting of a controller. If in doubt, take the vehicle to a qualified electrician or reputable caravan company who can do the job for you.

ABOVE Plug N Play or complete wiring job, make sure you know what you're doing

"You need to take care when wiring in a controller to ensure that the vehicle’s electricals or safety systems like airbags are not damaged by your work"

T&C’s: No minimum spend required, proof of purchase must be submitted if purchased at an ARB store. This competition is open to Australian residents over 18 years of age. Entries close 20/09/2019 11.59pm AEST and winners will be contacted via email on 23/09/2019.

Purchase any Navigator product (online at
www.navigatorgear.net.au or at any ARB store) and send in a photo of your dream caravan or campsite to hello@navigatorgear.net.au for your chance to win an ARB sleeping bag (valued at $225)

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Brake Controllers
Part 5

WHAT’S ON THE MARKET?
Alongside established manufacturers who have been around for years, there are a few relatively new players who are working with high-tech Bluetooth and wireless controllers.

Remember, not all brake controllers are approved for use with AL-KO ESC and Dexter Sway Control systems. There are lists available, however, chat to the supplier to ensure what you are buying suits your van or trailer, this is particularly important if getting a brake controller fitted to a new vehicle by a vehicle dealer.

Here is a breakdown of some of the popular brake controllers available and where to find more information about them.

Hayes Energize III 81741B
Proportional, for medium and heavy-duty trailers with up to three axles, 100 percent braking power in manual mode. Compatible with all electronic systems (ABS, AL-KO ESC, cruise, etc.), a wide range of mounting positions; perfect for steep dash surface mounting.

Tekonsha Voyager 9030
Proportional, Plug N play, up to four axles, bi-colour LED display, compact size.

Tekonsha Prodigy P2
Proportional, one to four axles, digital display, boost feature, disconnect feature, No level adjustment necessary, works proportionally in reverse that can be disabled when not needed, continual diagnostics check.

Tekonsha Prodigy P3
Proportional, one to four axles, five storable setting options for different drivers and trailers, easy access control, dash-mounted, various LED display and warning features, Plug N Play wiring, Boost feature, select electric over hydraulic or electric trailer brake mode.

Tekonsha Primus IQ
Proportional, self-levelling, boost feature, snap-in dash mounting clip, Plug N Play wiring, up to three axles, self-levelling mechanism - no level adjustment necessary, works proportionally in reverse, Plug & Tow technology pre-assembled wiring harness and snap-in dash mounting kit for easy installation and quick disconnects.

Dexter Predator (DX2)
Inertia-activated controller, up to two axles, LED displays voltage output and makes levelling quick and easy, independent manual slide override, mounting range of -35 to 90 degrees to accommodate a wide variety of vehicle interiors, compatible with virtually all 12-volt, negative ground tow vehicles.

AL-KO International

Tow Mate
Time-based compact with a dash-mounted controller, pre-set braking force, up to two axles, AL-KO ESC compatible, easy install, assembled in Australia.

Bainbridge Technologies

ELBC 2000
Proportional unit, mounted in the trailer, wireless connection to the remote unit in-car and/or Smartphone App, five pre-set programs, Plug N Play wiring or trailer-wired, multi tow vehicle use, approved for ESC systems, upgrades via App, Australian made.

Elecbrakes

EBC-12 
Australian designed, compact dash-mounted electronic time-based controller, LED indicator, override slide control, adjustable pre-set braking force, up to two axles, AL-KO ESC compatible, three ramp-up levels for brake speed actuation.

RBC12-NG 
Australian designed, compact remote mounted electronic time-based controller with dash-mounted LED-backlit control knob, adjustable pre-set braking force, up to two axles, AL-KO ESC compatible, easy install, easy override and one of the smallest remote heads on the market.

GSL Electronics

Compact Remote Mount
Time activated, remote-mounted, Smart Click harness, up to three axles, Sync adjustment for towing different trailers.

CompactIQ® Remote Mount
Time activated, dash-mounted, Smart Click harness, up to three axles, boost feature, fully compatible with (ESC) and (DSC) systems. Read our review here.

Guardian
Time activated, dash-mounted, Smart Click harness, push buttons for controlling output and sync settings, Thumb control manual override.

Guardian® IQ
Proportional, dash-mounted, up to three axles, self-fault diagnosing, LED display, works proportionally in reverse, self-levelling mechanism, boost setting and Smart Click harness.

Vinotour™
Proportional, 360-degree fitting range, self-levelling mechanism, dash-mounted, up to four axles, deceleration controls to match braking on the vehicle with the trailer, self-fault diagnosing, LED display, works proportionally in reverse, boost setting and Smart Click harness.

WiTi (Wireless Trailer Interface)
Wireless connectivity, proportional inertia system with Brake Smoothing (limits jarring) and Hill Descent Assist, In-dash dial, manual override, up to three axles, Plug N Play connectivity, simple installation, no cables required between the van and vehicle, low battery alarm, will work with other brake controllers seamlessly.

Leisure Technologies

Tow-Pro Elite V3
Proportional and user-controlled mode (off-road use), dash-mounted controller, software upgrades, approved for AL-KO ESC and DSC systems, universal wiring and vehicle-specific kits, up to three axles, Australian made. Here we fitted one, read the review.

Tow-Pro Classic
User-control mode, dash-mounted controller, 12V-only, approved for AL-KO ESC and DSC systems, up to three axles, Australian made.