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Old 06-02-2019, 03:04 PM
gunninks gunninks is offline
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Electronic Brake Controller?

HI All, long time lurker, first time poster. I have a question about pulling a travel trailer. I did a search and could not find anything, If I posted this in the wrong spot, my apologies.

I have a 2006 TB EXT LT with the I6 and 3.42 gears.

We are upgrading from a small popup camper to a 25ft 3800lbs dry 2 axle travel trailer which I am picking up tomorrow. Considering that it is significantly heavier, longer and taller than the popup, I decided to get a weight distribution hitch with sway control. I am also getting an electronic brake controller installed.

The issue is, the cannot install brake controller for another 2 or 3 weeks and I need to pick up the trailer from the seller tomorrow. Do you guys think as long as I keep it slow and take extra time for braking that it will be ok to drive it home? It's about an hour away from my home with some highway driving.

Ive pulled a loaded car trailer with similar weight in the past with no issues so I think it will be ok and most likely I am being overly nervous (which is not a bad thing.

I just had a reman trans installed, it might be a good idea to get an extra cooler for it, idk.

Anyways, if anyone has any thoughts, I would appreciate it.

~Steve
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Old 06-03-2019, 10:20 AM
mddombrowski mddombrowski is offline
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The only thing I'm going to recommend is more frequent PM on the transmission and drivetrain due to severe service conditions.

Perhaps someone else can comment on the towing capabilities of the 4.2 I6.
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Old 06-03-2019, 11:27 AM
gunninks gunninks is offline
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HI mddombrowski,

Thank you for the reply. I recently had the trans replaced with a reman. There is literally less than 2k miles on it so it will be a good test while still under warranty.

Regarding the tow capacity, the best I can find is that the max is 5200 with the 3.42 gears. I plan on keeping it well below that at no more than 4500. Along with weight distribution and sway control I think it will be ok.

I am more concerned about being able to stop while towing it home before I get the brake controller installed. Dry weight, the camper weighs less than the car trailer I pulled about a year ago by about 1000 pounds but that had a hydraulic surge brake installed.

I'd hate to be that guy that says "I'll just be careful" and then make a bad mistake.

~Steve
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Old 06-03-2019, 10:02 PM
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I ended up not getting the camper today do to the seller not disclosing water damage and wood rot that I found minutes before we closed on the deal.

Dodged a real bullet on this one.
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