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Setting The Electric Brakes on a 5th Wheel Trailer Towed with a 2004 Chevy Silverado 2500  

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2004 - Chev. - Silverado 2500HD Pulling a 12,620# 5th wheel. Bought the truck & 5th wheel used from private owner & no book on electric brakes. What should it be set at when pulling on hills & wet pavement. Thank you

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Setting the brake controller in your pickup for stopping the trailer effectively will depend on the road conditions and the condition of the brakes on your trailer. If the trailer brakes are in good condition and you are pulling on fairly level terrain, I figure that the controller should be set somewhere around the middle of its range, or just a bit higher. When wet or slippery conditions appear you are going to need to re-adjust so that the trailer does not lock up prematurely during hard stops. When pulling in the mountains or in very hilly terrain you may need a bit higher setting to help reduce the wear on the trucks brakes and to stop adequately.

If you would like to send me the make and model of your brake controller I would be glad to try and get a copy of the instructions to send to you. In the meantime I have posted some information about the Prodigy brake controller, item # 90885, one of our best sellers, that might help.

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