Ford Everest Towing Upgrade

Ford Everest Towing Upgrade

Ford Everest Towing Upgrade

Good afternoon everyone, Briohny here from Accelerate Auto Electrics & Air Conditioning on the beautiful Sunshine Coast.

Today we’re gonna take you through a job that we’ve done on this Ford Everest. We’ve installed a Redarc TowPro Elite and an Anderson plug.

The reason we love the Redarc TowPro Elite is that rather than having a big box that sits under the steering column and you usually knock your knees on it, instead you’ve got a little dial that we’ve mounted really nicely into the dash here next to the gearstick and that way when you need to reach it in an emergency it’s right close and handy.

For all the other reasons that we love the Redarc TowPro Elite, check out one of our other videos that we’ll link in the descriptions below.

So under the bonnet, we’ve got a 50 Amp midi fuse and a 30 Amp circuit breaker. We’re also running 8 B&S cable that goes directly from the battery through to the rear of the car that hooks up to the Anderson plug.

We’ve then got 5 mm cable that goes from the battery into here where it then shoots off to the dial for the Redarc controller and then goes straight to the back again into the trailer plug.

So at the rear of the vehicle here, we’ve got the Anderson plug that we’ve installed.

If you need any help with towing your caravan or trailers, you can give us a call on 1300-227-353, email us at ‘[email protected]’, or comment below.

Product Comparison: Entry Level Electronic Brake Controllers

Product Comparison: Entry Level Electronic Brake Controllers

Hi guys, Briohny here from Accelerate Auto Electrics and Air Conditioning on the Sunshine Coast. Quite often we get asked what the difference is between the brands and models of electronic brake controllers that are on the market. Today we’re going to run through a few of the entry-level brake controller options.

Tekonsha Voyager

The Tekonsha Voyager may not be the fanciest brake controller in the Tekonsha line up but it is one of the most affordable and effective. Like other electronic brake controllers, the Tekonsha Voyager trailer brake controller senses when you start stopping and applies a steadily increasing amount of the force to the trailer’s brakes.

It is proportional and as such must be mounted horizontally but can be tilted vertically. The best thing about the Voyager is the price. It is Tekonsha’s most affordable brake controller. It is equipped with a colour-changing LED that goes from green to red as the braking force grows.

It will do up to four axles, the Voyager is super easy to use and comes with the brackets you need for fitting. I can tell you how many of these I’ve seen in vehicles over the years. Even though they are Tekonsha’s base model, in my experience they certainly are a quality unit. No frills and not the smoothest, but it won’t let you down.

Hayman Reese Sentinel 

Now let’s take a look at the Hayman Reese Sentinel. Again, the unit is nothing fancy but it is a no-fuss option for an effective electronic brake controller. Its simple operation, slim design and a wide range of mounting options make it the perfect choice for today’s towing vehicles. Since the Sentinel has no moving parts or pendulums to adjust, it can be mounted in virtually any position.

It comes with the mounting brackets and hardware. It’s a bit slimmer than the Voyager so in some applications, you might find it easier to mount. The Sentinel is a solid state brake controller. Because of this, it has no moving parts. What this means is that it is not proportional like the Voyager. Instead, it has an output thumb wheel on the top of it for the driver to adjust according to the conditions.

Both of these guys have been around for years and anyone who works on cars will tell you they’ve seen heaps of them and all with happy owners. Personally, I’d go the Voyager because of its proportioning capabilities but if you are looking for a budget controller that will probably outlast the car it’s in, then you can’t go wrong with either of them.

If you have any other questions about electronic brake controllers, comment below, give us a call on 1300 227 353 or email [email protected]

Although these entry-level electronic brake controllers are good for those on a budget, we always recommend the Redarc TowPro Elite.

Check out our review video to find out why… > > >

Redarc TowPro Elite VS Tekonsha P3

Redarc TowPro Elite VS Tekonsha P3

Hi guys, Andrew here from Accelerate Auto Electrics & Air Conditioning on the Sunshine Coast. Today, we’re gonna run through a comparison about two higher end brake controllers, the Tekonsha P3 and the Redarc TowPro Elite.

 

Tekonsha P3

First up we have the Tekonsha P3. It is a true proportional braking system, designed specifically for use with caravans, trailers and floats. It is easy to use and has all the bells and whistles. How it works is that it senses when the brake lights are on and the brake controller then activates the electric brakes in proportion to your vehicle’s braking action. Because it is proportional, it automatically adjusts the trailer’s braking to match the G-force and braking of your car.

It is automatic levelling, and there is an internal sensor that detects deceleration even if the controller is not mounted flat. Because of this, it can be positioned near any angle, up or down, in the vertical plane.

Some of its cool features, it can control up to 4 braking axles, it is removable with the snap clip and plug on the rear, meaning that if you do have two different vehicles you can run wiring on both vehicles and you can swap the controller between your cars. You can change colours on the LCD screen to match your interior colour of your lights on your dash.

It has five different pulling trailer options and multiple preferences for different drivers. You can select between electric and electric hydraulic braking unit mode. You can also go into easy to understand diagnostic mode which shows your output current, battery voltage and the brake current and so on.

In my opinion, the Tekonsha P3 is by far the most comprehensive and feature-packed brake controller on the market. I feel it will give you the smoothest operation and in our experience, the hub will approve. Sounds great, doesn’t it?

Unfortunately, the downside is the fact that you have to mount it on the dash, usually above your left knee. A lot of people find it annoying when they get in and out of the car, and they also don’t look that good when you remove it and sell the car as you’re left with a couple of screw holes.

Another issue we’re now seeing is many high-end four-wheel drives are now fitted with an airbag below the steering wheel, which makes it impossible to mount. This is where the Redarc TowPro Elite comes in.

Redarc TowPro Elite

The Redarc TowPro Elite is our most popular brake controller. The TowPro Elite will suit most common vehicles with trailer applications, and we have not found a car we cannot fit one to yet.

The TowPro can be set to proportional or user braking trailer mode. Normally, you would just have it set proportional, but in certain off-road applications, you may find having full control a good advantage.

Like the P3, it is able to operate both electric and electric over hydraulic trailer brakes and will work on both 12 and 24 vehicles. Due to the compact design, it does not have an LED screen with display information on it that the P3 has. This may seem like a downside, but personally, I feel this is where the TowPro excels.

With the TowPro its main unit is mounted behind the dash, and all that is visible is the remote head. This unit can be mounted anywhere on the dash, as long as there is enough clearance behind it. The advantage of the head is it can be mounted in a switch blank of the car.Redarc now supplies some of the blanks too. This means that when a vehicle is sold, all you need to do is replace the blank, and there are no holes left in the dash.

Another advantage is that it is a lot less intrusive to the cockpit of the car. There is nothing to bump your knee on, which for some taller people is a massive plus. It also just looks a whole lot better.

The only two disadvantages I can see are due to its hidden control unit, and unlimited mounting options, it does take longer to fit than the P3. It’s also harder to remove, so swapping between two vehicles is not really an option.

So that’s our rundown of the Redarc TowPro Elite versus Tekonsha P3. I hope this video helps you make a choice between the two.

For more tips and tricks of four-wheel driving and caravanning, check out our blog at www.amae.net.au/blog, or follow us on Facebook.

Know Before You Tow: Caravan Electrics Checklist

Know Before You Tow: Caravan Electrics Checklist

Before heading off on your next memory making adventure it is important to give your Caravan electrics a thorough check.

Most seasoned road travellers understand the importance of well-maintained caravan electrical systems. For those who don’t know what to look out for, we have put together this caravan electrics checklist to keep you safe on the road.

Check for Build Up

First off you want to check for corrosion. Unless you are one of the lucky few, chances are your trailer spends a large portion of its life in storage. When left unused for extended periods, your trailer plug can be susceptible to corrosion and dirt build up. Before hooking anything up, give your trailer plug (and the tow vehicle’s plug) a good hit with WD-40 to clean out anything that might interfere with the connection. Once it’s clear of any debris, make sure there is a good connection by connecting and disconnecting the plug a few times.

While you are checking your plugs, be sure to check that the pins aren’t bent or pinched. If they are, carefully bend them back with a small flat head screwdriver. If your pins look rusted, have green copper corrosion or are bent beyond repair, you need to replace your plug. Trailer plugs are inexpensive and can be fitted quickly and easily if you know what you are doing. If you don’t, we suggest contacting a qualified auto electrician to fit one for you. No one wants a DIY disaster ruining your next holiday.

Any Wiring Damage

The second thing to check for is damaged wiring. It is very common to see trailer wiring faults caused by critters having a nibble on loose wires. Any type of damage to the wire harness can potentially lead to a short. Damaged wires can also be caused by rocks, sticks or debris hitting the underside of the trailer during travel. It is important to thoroughly check all wiring and replace any damaged wires.

The best way to protect your wiring from damage is to make sure wires run through high-quality conduit and are tightly secured. There should be no loose or hanging wires anywhere on your caravan. Make sure any joins in the wiring are also connected correctly and securely to avoid problems on the road.

Balance Your Brakes

The next check is the wiring of your electric brake controller. Properly balanced electric brakes are vital to your safety on the road. If the wiring of a brake controller is not correctly installed, this can lead to unbalanced braking. An unbalanced trailer will feel like it is twisting under braking or may have one side that gets hotter than the other.

For optimum electric brake performance, ensure the length of wire from the output wire to each magnet is equal. This configuration ensures the trailer brakes evenly as each wheel brakes with an even amount of power. Click here for more tips on Electric Brake Controllers.

 

Inspect the Earth

Checking the earth wire in your trailer plug is the next on the list. Standard trailer plugs are wired up to fit basic trailers, so if you fit a brake controller, the standard earth might not cut it. A bad earth may interfere with lights or other circuits when the brakes are applied. An upgrade to the earth cables should keep everything operating as intended.

 

Maintain your Connections

Safety on the road for your family and your vehicle is paramount which is why electrical wiring is so important. Secure connections and quality wiring are vital to ensure the safety of your caravan. Electric brake controllers are definitely not something you want to risk messing up with a dodgy DIY job. For peace of mind when it comes to the electrical safety of your trailer, get it checked over by a qualified auto electrician.

When these checks are done regularly, you will be able to quickly identify any problems with your caravan electrics. Prevention is the best option, but early detection could also save you from a potential disaster on the road. If you have discovered any damaged connections or some dodgy wiring its best to get things looked over by a professional.

Caravan electrics can be complicated, so if you aren’t 100% sure on what to do, it’s best to leave it to the pros. The technicians at Accelerate Auto Electrics specialise in caravan electrics and towing solutions. Our techs can diagnose, repair and install electrical systems to suit all types of trailers and caravans.
Get in touch with us today to discuss your needs on 07 5479 6652.

Review Redarc Tow Pro Elite Electric Brake Controller

Why we use and recommend the Redarc Tow Pro Elite Electric Brake Controller

Hi guys. Briohny here from Accelerate Auto Electrics and Air Conditioning. Today, we’re going to run you through the reasons we use and recommend the Redarc Tow Pro Elite Electric Brake Controller.

The first reason, the Redarc Tow Pro Elite is what we call a remote head brake controller. The base unit goes behind the dashboard and you’ll never see this at all. All you see on the dash is a little remote head here, which is used to control the unit. Most other brands have a big box similar to something like this. It sits under your steering column or somewhere on the dash. Quite often, you knock your knees on it and in an emergency when you need to apply the brakes, you couldn’t locate it and use the switch.

The second reason is you don’t have to change between electric and electric hydraulics. If you have caravans or trailers with different braking systems, as long as they’re compatible, it will automatically detect and adjust for you.

The third reason is it’s Australian-designed, developed and manufactured.

The fourth reason, it can go on 12 or 24-volt vehicles.

The fifth reason and the main feature that I love it are the two types of braking modes, automatic mode for highway conditions and user control mode for off-road.

Here’s REDARC’s Stuart Peddle to explain to you the two different types of braking modes.

Stuart Peddle:

Tow-Pro works in automatic mode while sensing how hard the vehicle is braking. Automatic mode is indicated by the LED being blue in the back of the knob there. I have a brake pedal here, I can simulate applying the brakes in the car where when I brake with the vehicle, the vehicle brakes and generates inertia. The Tow-Pro senses here how hard that vehicle’s braking and applies a proportional amount of braking to the trailer to suit that application at the time.

We can also dial down or dial up less or more braking force depending on the weight of our trailer. But essentially, if you brake hard and fast, so does the Tow-Pro and so does the trailer. If you brake soft and slow, so does the Tow-Pro and so does the trailer meaning that the whole vehicle and trailer system all brakes as one and you get a nice, smooth progressive braking.

The user control mode is really great for off-road applications where inertia isn’t necessarily the best way to detect braking force. To end user controlled mode, we stop the vehicle, we set the controller to zero, we put our foot on the brake and double tap. The LED is now green. User controlled or manual mode is purely triggered by the brake lights. As soon as the brake lights come on, the trailer brakes come on to the set level that you have set on the control knob and it does not consider how hard the vehicle is braking.

If we look at soft beach sand top driving situation, if we brake hard on soft sand, the vehicle bites into the sand. What we don’t want to happen is the trailer to bite into the sand as well or else we’ll be anchored there. What we can do is we can have a very light amount of trail braking force applied so you can brake as hard or as soft you want on the vehicle and the trailer just glides to a stop on the top of the sand.

Likewise, if you’ve got a steep rocky descent that you want to do and you’re going to be using low range first gear with the vehicle, the engine’s going to be doing most of the braking. We don’t want to have to brake hard in order to brake the trailer hard. So, we can dial the Tow-Pro right up, just touch the brakes on the vehicle to bring the brake lights on and you can set more or less trailer braking force with that steep descent.

Another feature is that you can actually push the knob itself in order to brake the trailer independent of the vehicle and also bring on the vehicle and trailer brake lights.

In user controlled mode, it comes on to the level that you have set. In manual mode, if we return to it by setting to zero, put on the brake, double tap, the override goes onto a level that equates a soft braking on the trailer and the Tow-Pro actually feels how hard the trailer’s braking and regulates the amount of pressure to make sure the trailer is pulled straight behind the car if it gets a bit of sway say if you’re going past a semi-trailer or something like that on the highway.

Briohny de Vere:

If you’d like any more information about electric brake controllers or the REDARC Tow-Pro Elite, give us a bell on 1300-227-353 or head to our website www.amae.net.au.

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