What in the World is (an): Electronic Trailer Brake Controller?
The 2014 Chevy Silverado 1500 High Country Jon and I took out to get some footage of and to show off some of the features to you guys had an “Electronic Trailer Brake Controller” on it which, honestly, first sounded kinda Greek to me having only towed a trailer once a very short way when moving from my house in Waynesville to my apartment in Asheville a long while back. And I didn’t have to set anything up for that as the trailer I was towing didn’t have any brakes on it. Now, with what I do I made it my mission to play with this feature (and pray that it didn’t brake anything on the truck I was driving!) to figure out what it did, how to use it and how to explain it to anyone who might want to know about it. Well, let’s call that mission a success!
Upon further investigation into what an electronic trailer brake controller is and what they do I have found a pretty decent explanation in layman’s terms to share (courtesy of etrailer.com):
“An electronic trailer brake controller is a device that supplies from the tow vehicle to the trailer’s electric brakes. Many styles are available. They differ from how they look to the number of brakes they can power, but all of them can be divided up into two main groups, Proportional or Time Delayed.
A proportional brake controller senses how quickly the two vehicle is stopping and applies the same amount of braking power to the trailer. with a Time Delayed (or solid state) brake controller, when you step on the vehicle brakes a predetermined amount of braking power is sent to the trailer, and then there is a delay as the unit ramps up to full braking power.”
So, by the above definition it would seem that our Electronic Trailer Brake Controller that allows us to adjust the gain on the fly in the 2014 Chevy Silverado would be classified as a “Time Delayed” or “Solid State” brake controller. Unless I have a flawed understanding of the concept which I suppose is possible and if so please set me straight in the comments below!
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