Timed Brake Controllers
Draw-Tite Timed Brake Controllers are great choices for your basic, economical, and light-duty towing needs. These time-actuated controls have solid state electronics and can be mounted in any position - horizontal, vertical, even turned upside down. With a Timed (sometimes referred to as 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. A couple of major benefits of timed brake controllers are quick and easy installation, and its ability to easily integrate with the late-model OEM wiring harness under your vehicle’s dash.
Proportional Brake Controllers
Proportional-based controls offer a smooth braking response to almost any stop. Through the use of a sensing device, the brake control can determine the tow vehicle's rate of deceleration and then apply the trailer brakes to match. In other words, Proportional Brake Controls deliver power to the trailer brakes in direct relationship to the actual physical deceleration of the tow vehicle. Put another way, a proportional (or pendulum) brake controller senses how quickly the tow vehicle is stopping and applies the same amount of braking power to the trailer.
The benefits of a proportional brake controller are similar to those of a timed brake controller. Quick, easy installation reduces brake control install time. Proportional brake controllers also integrate easily with the OEM wiring harness installed in later model vehicles. An added benefit with Proportional Brake Controllers is when properly adjusted, the trailer will decelerate at the same rate as the tow vehicle, increasing braking efficiency and reducing brake wear.
When discussing Draw-Tite Electric Brake Controllers, it is necessary to understand Breakaway Kits. These are designed to apply the trailer’s electric brakes in the event that the trailer becomes disconnected from the hitch while in motion. They are required in many States/Provinces.