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What is a Tow-Pro Switch and What to consider when using it?

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An electronic brake controller is a crucial piece of gear for any caravan or trailer being towed by a vehicle. This part of the towing vehicle is fixed either below or behind the dashboard. The towed vehicle can stop or slow down in sync with the towing vehicle thanks to the electric brake current that is sent to it. Melbourne-based Five-starTow barsare pleased to introduce a new device to its line of brake controls.

Two distinct braking modes are commonly offered by an electric brake controller. The first kind, automated braking, is best used when driving on highways. The trailer brakes are activated using inertia detection at a level proportional to the level of braking of the towing vehicle. The alternative type of braking is user-controlled, which performs best when driving off-road because the driver controls how much pressure is delivered to the trailer brakes. Depending on where you’re travelling, the redarc tow pro switch insert makes it simple to choose between these two braking techniques, assuring maximum safety.

For highway conditions, “Proportional Mode” (inertia sensing) is used, and for all terrain types, “User Controlled Mode” is used. The Tow-Pro Elite is compatible with 12 and 24-volt systems, and you may select the braking style that best suits the road conditions, the type of vehicle, or the driver’s preferences. This particular model has a three-axis accelerometer that can detect acceleration in any plane. The main unit can be positioned in any direction, hidden from view, and still, properly sense the brake level. The Tow-Pro, the winner of the SEMA Global Media Award, also has self-levelling technology that allows it to detect the rate of deceleration. It also has active calibration, which continuously monitors the direction of motion of the vehicle, and whether or not a trailer is attached.

For both the towing car and the trailer, tyres are important for towing. Light truck tyres are advised since they are made to distribute weights more uniformly and are more stable when turning on trailers. Additionally, it’s critical to pay attention to the tyres’ age. Rubber matures, and a tyre’s lifespan is roughly 5 years from the date of manufacture. It is critical to spend money on new tyres at this time. Another technique to guarantee you’re getting the most out of your tyres is to check the pressure regularly. Always set your tyre pressure to the weight of the load; if you’re travelling off-road, lower it by 28 kPa (4 psi). Overinflated tyres can cause vibration and stress on the caravan, while underinflated tyres can cause overheating and the blowing out of tyre wells.

It’s always a good idea to double-check connections before a journey to make sure that everything will go as planned. Trailers require maintenance as well. Regularly inspecting your trailer’s connections can help prevent unpleasant surprises as you prepare to leave. Hitch locks are frequently forgotten, hand brakes can be left on, jockey wheels can be partially stowed, and wiring plugs for the brakes and lights might fall loose.

Anna Merritt
the authorAnna Merritt