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Old 03-30-2016, 12:17 PM   #1
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RAM 2500 / 29.5 Towing Question

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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Old 03-30-2016, 12:23 PM   #2
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I'd expect there to be instructions in the manual telling you how to determine the setting for your truck and trailer

I'd be looking for an empty spot nearby to adjust it before heading home.
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Old 03-30-2016, 12:30 PM   #3
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I would start at 5 and adjust from there. I go up until I feel the camper engage before the truck, then dial it back down at least 1 from there. 5 is what I towed my Roo at, fwiw

I'm curious what others suggest though. My step-dad prefers to feel the trailer engage first (specifically his 10K lb flatbed trailer he uses to haul is tractor around, not a camper)

How many set it so the trailer brakes are doing "more" work than the truck? And is that a bad thing?

My goal is to get everything to stop evenly, but perhaps that's not ideal for reasons I can't think of lol
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My manual states to engage the trailer brake while driving aprox 20mph, you don't want them to lock up but you do want them to grab hard.
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My manual states to engage the trailer brake while driving aprox 20mph, you don't want them to lock up but you do want them to grab hard.
Thanks canadiankid! Your reply sent me to Google and Youtube (the equivalent of RTFM these days haha)

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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Old 03-30-2016, 01:11 PM   #6
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Also you will want to set the trailer as electric and also size.

I would start with Heavy Trailer and 4 or 5.

Currently I have mine set at Heavy Trailer 7.5. Due to only one tow with this TV I intend to set in a parking lot first trip out for lockup then back off.
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Also you will want to set the trailer as electric and also size.

I would start with Heavy Trailer and 4 or 5.

Currently I have mine set at Heavy Trailer 7.5. Due to only one tow with this TV I intend to set in a parking lot first trip out for lockup then back off.
That's right about where mine is. Not a Fiver, but a fairly heavy TT. According to the instructions, I should be using "Light Electric" (instructions are based on weight), but there wasn't enough grab even up to "10" on the "Light" setting. So I moved over to "Heavy", and IIRC, I'm right at 5. I get pretty even stops, but sometimes I can feel the trailer grab and pull the truck just a touch, and I'm okay with that.
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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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Thanks canadiankid! Your reply sent me to Google and Youtube (the equivalent of RTFM these days haha)
No problem Force, I was really surprised when I read it, I always did they checks at idle speed. I haven't actually towed my trailer since I read this but I'll be trying it out to see how different my settings will be doing it this way.
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Dave,

I have the same combo. Our current set-up is Heavy Trailer mode at 7.5 gain! We started at 8.0, but moved it back to 7.5, after the trailer brakes have been broken in a few hundred miles. You'll start to notice that your trailer brakes will start 'chuckin' the trailer as you gain more mileage. This means that your trailer brakes are now slowing your truck down, which will wear its brakes more if you don't dial back on the gain.

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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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