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Old 03-30-2016, 04:24 PM   #11
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I have an 8500 lbs 29QBS and am set at 6 on heavy electric. I tow with tow/haul and auto exhaust brake and it slows it down real nice.
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Old 03-30-2016, 04:26 PM   #12
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I have the same set up too. I didn't do the whole 20 mph thing. I've pulled enough trailers to feel where it needs to be. FYI, the trailer should be slowing more than the truck by a little.

It's set on heavy electric and I started at 10 and quickly dialed it back to around 7.5 as I got a feel for it. Over the last 5 or 600 miles it's been towed so far I've noticed the brakes getting stronger as they bed in ( that's normal) and have dialed it back more. I currently have the gain set at 6.

No matter your settings, you should feel the trailer pull the truck slightly when the brakes are applied. However, when backing the brakes shouldn't be so strong that the truck feels like it's forcing it either.

I also run the exhaust brake when on the open road but prefer to turn it off when in stop and go traffic because the slower speeds don't heat up the brakes much and the downshifting of the trans makes for a jerky ride with it engaged.
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Old 03-30-2016, 06:04 PM   #13
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As others said, you'll just have to pick a spot, and adjust from there. It wont take but a few stops to get it adjusted right.

Mine works great on light electric 7 for my 14 29.5. I've had a 14k directional drill behind it and light electric was still fine, but i think i did bump the gain up to 9 or so.
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Old 03-30-2016, 08:33 PM   #14
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I am at 5 heavy electric with a 2500 diesel ram and a 29.5 BHDS
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Old 03-31-2016, 06:00 AM   #15
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I am at 5 heavy electric with a 2500 diesel ram and a 29.5 BHDS
I may need to re-check as my memory is not that good. But I believe I am at light braking and set at 5 and I have plenty of braking power. I am also using tow/haul and auto exhaust. However, it has been a couple years since I set this so may need to re-check to be sure. Main thing is, it is all working just fine!
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Old 04-02-2016, 05:26 AM   #16
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I'm at Heavy Electric and 7.0, and similar to others, also use Tow/Haul and auto exhaust. So far so good, but I've only towed a couple of hundred miles so will have to see how things go and adjust as necessary
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Old 04-08-2016, 02:53 PM   #17
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For those that have this combo, Ram 2500 and the Eagle HT 29.5, what do you set your Factory Trailer Brake Controller Gain at? I'll be picking mine up the Friday and don't know what to set the gain at? By default, its set at 10, but I thought someone once mentioned that 5 was good?

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I have a 2012 3500 SRW with a 2016 29.5 and I set my factory brake controller on heavy load with the gain at 3.0. Seems to be good for me. Not to grabby and smooth. I do have a half a second delay when I get off the brakes. I noticed the trucks rear lights say on that half a second. Must be a Ram thing.
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I have my Ram set at 6.5 Heavy Electric.
No problems so far.
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Old 04-20-2016, 04:05 PM   #19
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Found a short video showing how to set it on my GMC (couldn't find one for Dodge but it's gotta be the same basic idea). I didn't realize testing in the 20-25mph range was recommended, so I'll be following this when I pick up my 29.5 in a few weeks.
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I have always found a relatively flat parking lot, and releasing the truck brakes, letting the truck & trailer start to slowly roll at idle speed (trans in gear), then adjust the brake controller to stop both without being to abrupt. Then fine tune from there if needed.
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We are picking up our new Jayco in early May. This thread reminded us on how to adjust our trailer brakes. We'll go ahead and use both methods (idle speed and 20mph). Thanks! Great reminder!



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Over the last 5 or 600 miles it's been towed so far I've noticed the brakes getting stronger as they bed in ( that's normal) and have dialed it back more. I currently have the gain set at 6.
Another great reminder! We will recheck the trailer gain a few times every couple hundred miles on the ride home
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We are picking up our new Jayco in early May. This thread reminded us on how to adjust our trailer brakes. We'll go ahead and use both methods (idle speed and 20mph). Thanks! Great reminder!





Another great reminder! We will recheck the trailer gain a few times every couple hundred miles on the ride home
When I had my trailer inspected for my state registration, the inspector had me put my foot on the brake, put the truck in gear, hold the manual brake slide hard over, and let my foot off the brake. The idea was for the trailer brakes to keep the truck from moving at idle.

He was surprised that mine worked properly. I asked him why was he surprised, and he said many don't pass his little test. That was concerning to me.

FWIW, I checked mine, and I'm on heavy electric set at 5.0 towing around 8,000 lb travel trailer.
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