Understanding Trailer Brake Controllers
by: Derek Chastain
An electric trailer brake controller is a device that supplies power from a tow vehicle to a trailer’s electric brakes. There are two types of brake controllers on the market today – Time Delay Activated and Inertia Activated.
While the controllers operate differently, they are very similar. Both types have the same wiring configuration. Both allow the driver to adjust the amount of braking power and both have a pressure sensitive manual override switch that can be used to apply the trailer brakes independently of the tow vehicle.
Time Delay Activated Brake Controls
Time Delay Activated or “solid state” controllers are enabled by the depressing of the brake pedal in the tow vehicle...