The weather is starting to change and you may be looking to start planning some summer trips that involve you, your family, your camper, and your Super Duty. Luckily, Super Duty Trailer Brake Controllers
are fairly universal so you do not have to hunt and peck to try and find the right controller for your specific year of Super Duty. In other words, it does not matter if you have a 2011-2016 F250 or F350
, a 2017-2019 F250 or F350
, or even a brand new 2020-2022 F250 or F350
there is a Trailer Brake Controller that can work for you. If you are looking to haul a big camper or maybe even a boat, a trailer brake controller is a must-get when it comes to safe towing. The reason is that it truly helps you come to a safe stop and some even help you monitor the status of your trailer's braking system. So what is the best on the market? Best itself is very subjective so we will just separate it by best budget, best bang-for-your-back, and of course best overall meaning most available features.
Best Budget Super Duty Trailer Brake Controllers
First things first, let's take a look at the best options that you can snag if you are on a bit of a tighter budget. The first to look at would be the CURT Venturer Trailer Brake Control (Time-Activated)
. This high-quality, compact, easy-to-set-up time-based brake controller from CURT can be mounted at any angle in the cab of your vehicle and has an automatic power level adjustment feature. It can operate one to three axles at a time, meaning 2 to 6 brakes, and has an LED display for monitoring brake pressure. This device is time-activated which is great for light-duty trailers and easily installs in the cab of your truck, giving you a quick plug-and-play monitoring option for those times you need to stay on top of your towing application. The Venturer is a great option if you have a lighter trailer like maybe a small camper, fishing boat, or just a simple flatbed to haul dirt bikes and whatnot. It is rated by the manufacturer to be able to operate one to three axles at a time, meaning 2 to 6 brakes. If you have a larger trailer where you need a controller that can operate 1-4 axles at a time, meaning 2-8 brakes then the CURT Discovery Trailer Brake Control (Time-Activated)
(seen below) is what you should go after. This controller has a lot of the same basic features as the Venturer but can handle heavier trailers and has a digital display that allows you to adjust power in 0.1 increments for those crucial times you need to monitor and increase or decrease brake pressure. It is important to note that both controllers mentioned are compatible with anti-lock brakes, cruise control and was designed to work with quick plugs so they can readily plug into your vehicle's original equipment socket. Both products also include a mounting bracket and hardware for easy installation.
Best Bang-For-Your-Buck Super Duty Trailer Brake Controller
For this section, it's about not necessarily the most or least expensive but what product gets you the most for what you pay for it. When it comes to trailer brake controllers that product is definitely the REDARC Tow-Pro Liberty Electric Brake Controller
. This product features two braking modes at the turn of a dial for quick and easy use. How it works is it features a three-axis accelerometer that can measure acceleration in any direction. The main unit can be mounted in any orientation, out of sight, and still sense the brake level accurately. The Tow-Pro Liberty comes with a manual override function via the discreet dash-mounted remote head unit, allowing you to quickly and safely avoid trailer sway at the tap of a button. That previously mentioned three-axis accelerometer also the main unit can be installed in any position or orientation discreetly, meaning no clumsy knee-knocking of your brake controller in your vehicle dash. This controller is also created to accommodate two-axle trailers.
Best Overall Super Duty Trailer Brake Controller
Last but certainly not least is the Trailer Brake Controller that is the absolute best in the marketplace, the REDARC Tow-Pro Elite Electric Brake Controller
. This product features two braking modes at the turn of a dial for quick and easy use. The first of the two braking modes is called "Proportional Mode (Inertia sensing)" for highway conditions and the second is "User Controlled Mode" for all-terrain conditions. How it works is it features a three-axis accelerometer that can measure acceleration in any direction. The main unit can be mounted in any orientation, out of sight, and still sense the brake level accurately. Now, all of that is very similar to the REDARC Liberty mentioned above, however here is the difference. The Tow-Pro Elite also has self-leveling technology, so it can sense the rate of deceleration and features active calibration, which constantly monitors the vehicle's direction of travel, with or without a trailer attached. In addition to that, REDARC includes this easy control valve that is designed with a low profile and shock-absorbing elastomers ensuring it can be installed in crash impact zones. They also made sure to add comes a free universal pig-tail wiring harness and universal switch insert panel included with purchase. Basically, it can sense changes in terrain and adapt faster than any previously mentioned brake controller. It's almost like having a second set of eyes when you are hauling which really helps.
Trailer Brake Controllers are a very important piece when it comes to ensuring safe towing. That being said, if you are interested in adding more to compliment the trailer brake controller we have those available too. You can find stuff like airbag systems
that help eliminate rear-end sag when towing extremely heavy loads and keep your truck leveled to avoid headlight misalignment and adverse handling. There is also great sets of tow straps
available which help to ensure any cargo you are towing on a trailer or hauling in a bed are secured. Lastly there are even cool products like hitches from WeighSafe
that judge tongue weight by way of a built-in scale as soon as you hook up which helps to promote safe towing. We have all of those towing upgrades
and more here at Stage 3 Motorsports.
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