The choice of brakes and brake controller you use with your caravan is one of the most important decisions you can make for safety, performance and road rule compliance.
Legally, any caravan towed in Australia above 750kg GTM must be fitted with brakes. Above 2,000kg these brakes must be electric. In New Zealand, any trailer above 2,000kg must have braking and they must be electric above 2,500kg. The most popular and by far the safest type of caravan brake is an electric brake. If you have an electric brake you're also required to have an electric brake controller.
Traditionally, electric brake controllers had to be hard-wired into your tow vehicle. This meant every time you wanted to change cars, let a friend borrow your camper trailer or hire out your caravan, the tow vehicle had be fitted with a brake controller as well.
We've solved this dilemma by completely rethinking how electric brake controllers are installed and operated. Our key innovation is mounting Elecbrakes on the caravan rather than the car. This is a simple solution for anybody who isn't able modify their vehicle or simply doesn't want to commit to costly alterations.
For more detailed information on the benefits of a wireless brake controller for caravans compared to the traditional hardwired alternatives, check out this blog post.
Traditional hardwired controllers require you to book your tow vehicle in with an auto-electrician for a cost of $300 to $500. Elecbrakes does things differently.
Conventional systems need to be hardwired into your tow vehicle with a hole cut into the dashboard to mount them. Elecbrakes makes this whole process easier with a wireless system that can be used from any tow vehicle (perhaps you have more than one in your family or you want to be able to lend or rent your caravan). The Elecbrakes system is 'Plug and Play', and you can easily install it yourself in 10 minutes for free with no alterations to your tow vehicle.
Do you know the difference between your GTM, GCM and ATM? If all the towing weight acronyms start to give you a headache don't worry, you're not alone. That's why we began our Elecbrakes Guide To Towing.
From understanding the safety considerations and legal requirements of towing weights to optimising your load distribution there's a lot to learn about hitting the open road with your caravan in Australia and New Zealand.
For more information about licensing regulations and other driving rules for general towing in Australia you can read our article 'Towing Rules and Regulations'.
Designed for Australian Conditions, the Elecbrakes Bluetooth electric brake controller is waterproof, dustproof and housed inside a fully sealed vibration-resistant housing, making it a go anywhere solution for all types of caravans and trailers.
You can even configure up to 5 user defined brake programs, this allows the driver to precisely configure and save brake responses for the driving conditions and caravan weight. Examples of these programs may be Offroad or Hilly Terrain where the driver prefers a different brake response compared to driving in normal conditions.
Being trailer mounted, Elecbrakes provides flexibility for multi vehicle families, lease or company owned vehicles that cannot be modified and the hire industry where hirers are not prepared to purchase a brake controller for a one off experience. Most importantly Elecbrakes is a proportional electric brake controller suited to all electric braked trailers.
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