It is no surprise that the caravanning culture has exploded in recent years and with the abundance of beautiful locations to explore in Perth, Western Australia and beyond – it’s no surprise. If you’re planning to tow a Caravan, camper or trailer with your vehicle, whether for work or play, it’s important to install an electric brake controller. This device ensures that your trailer brakes function correctly and are in sync with your vehicle brakes, making for a safer towing experience. In this post, we’ll look closer at electric brake controllers and why they’re essential for safe towing.
What is an Electric Brake Controller?
An electric brake controller is a device that regulates the electric brakes on a trailer. To put it simply, it sends a signal from the tow vehicle to the trailer’s brakes, telling them when to engage and how much pressure to apply.
For more in-depth information, check out our blog on how electric trailer brakes work.
Why are Electric Brake Controllers Essential for Safe Towing?
Electric brake controllers are essential for safe towing and, in Perth, Western Australia, it is a legal requirement because they help prevent accidents caused by trailer sway. When a trailer is loaded, it can have a tendency to sway or fishtail, especially at higher speeds. With an electric brake controller, you can quickly, easily, and safely apply the brakes on the trailer, slowing it down and reducing the risk of an accident.
Types of Electric Brake Controllers
There are two main types of electric brake controllers: time-delayed and proportional. Time-delayed controllers activate the trailer brakes a set amount of time after the tow vehicle brakes are applied. Proportional controllers, on the other hand, activate the trailer brakes in proportion to the amount of pressure applied to the tow vehicle brakes. Proportional controllers are generally considered more advanced and provide more precise and responsive braking.
Voltaic Auto Electricals’ Recommends: Redarc Tow Pro Elite V3
At Voltaic Auto Electrical, our preferred product for electric brakes is the Redarc Tow Pro Elite V3. This choice offers numerous benefits to our clients, such as:
Quality Components: Redarc uses high-quality components in their electric brake controllers, ensuring durability and reliability.
Easy to Use: Redarc’s electric brake controllers are designed with the user in mind and are simple to operate. They feature intuitive controls and easy-to-read displays, making it easy to adjust the brakes as needed.
Advanced Features: Redarc’s electric brake controllers come with advanced features, such as proportional braking, which provides more precise and responsive braking.
Technical Support: Redarc provides excellent technical support to its customers, helping to ensure that its products are functioning optimally.
Expertise: Redarc’s Rednetwork installers are trained and certified by Redarc, meaning members like us, Voltaic Auto Electrical, we have the knowledge and expertise to install and configure your electric brake controller to Redarc’s high standard.
These factors, combined with the company’s reputation for quality and innovation, have helped to establish Redarc as one of the top manufacturers of electric brake controllers which is why it is our preferred electric brake controller to install.