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Old 09-13-2013, 03:32 PM   #1
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Towing Travel Trailer!

I bought a travel trailer 34 foot long in Baja.
I have a 91 GMC 3/4 Ton Van with 5.7 liter.
Can I get away pulling it to San Diego without the Electric Brake Controller in the Van?
If not is there a temporary way to make the brakes work on the TT until i have an Electric Brake Controller installed in San Diego?
The van has a Tiara Motorcoach Package and the tow package but i only see the 4 pin plug.
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Old 09-13-2013, 04:15 PM   #2
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Re: Towing Travel Trailer!

Trailer brakes make a huge difference. You need a brake controller to make them work because it applies the brakes based on how hard you're stopping- it has a level/momentum control in it.

I wouldn't ever take a TT in the mountains without trailer brakes. Across Kansas, maybe- but I'd go slower than everything and be super careful. I've towed vehicles on a dolly without brakes and it can get bad very fast.

Your best bet is to find someone locally to install, get one shipped from the states if you need to. Napa carries an inexpensive controller that's the only one I use- but you may have to tap into some wires on the 91, and run a harness so you have a 7-pin or whatever the trailer needs. Alternatively if you're not that far South, you might run the van up across the border, get something done and return for the trailer.
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Old 09-13-2013, 04:18 PM   #3
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Re: Towing Travel Trailer!

Where in Baja are you coming from and going to. There are some gnarly hills to get up and down.
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Old 09-13-2013, 04:33 PM   #4
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Where in Baja are you coming from and going to. There are some gnarly hills to get up and down.
Estero Beach, Ensenada. I will look around here and try and find one. I will probably tap into the blue wire which is the brakes on the 7 pin of the TT then to the brake controller. I did order a 7 pin with 4 pin universal receptacle for the Van so when i get to SD I can have it all installed properly. I don't trust the installers here to work on my Van. That is why I wanted to rig it somehow just until I get to SD.
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Old 09-13-2013, 05:00 PM   #5
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Re: Towing Travel Trailer!

Be careful! That's a lot of trailer, probably about the same weight as your van. You'll probably be fine if you are a little paranoid about it, but don't let your guard down. How far is this journey? I recommend coffee. Also, if you start getting tired hold the biggest bill you have on you out the window. A $100 works best. You can stay alert driving for weeks that way!
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Old 09-13-2013, 05:07 PM   #6
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Re: Towing Travel Trailer!

It is about 85 miles to the border and another 10-15 miles to my destination. Not long but I will go very slow and leave early enough not to be driving in the dark.
It is a 2008 Jayco with 2 slide outs.
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Be careful! That's a lot of trailer, probably about the same weight as your van. You'll probably be fine if you are a little paranoid about it, but don't let your guard down. How far is this journey? I recommend coffee. Also, if you start getting tired hold the biggest bill you have on you out the window. A $100 works best. You can stay alert driving for weeks that way!
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Re: Towing Travel Trailer!

Does your van have a spare harness connector under the dash, it could be your van is pre-wired to accept a controller. If you're that lucky, I would try to round up a brake controller in Ensenada, even a used one from somebody who's down there but doesn't happen to be towing,


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Re: Towing Travel Trailer!

Be going slow before you get to a down grade, I mean stupid slow, and keep it in low gear. Once you're going too fast is when you'll have a problem- what I remember about Mexico is going 3 wide both up and down double yellow line roads... not sure if that's how they do anymore, it's been a long time.

Another alternative would be to find someone with a big pickup or another van who is going up and have them move it for you- might be a better use of a $100 than letting it go out the window.
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Another alternative would be to find someone with a big pickup or another van who is going up and have them move it for you- might be a better use of a $100 than letting it go out the window.
That is a much better idea than trying to pull a 7500# trailer w/o trailer brakes!

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