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Choosing a Supplemental Braking System

One of the most common RV parts in Phoenix is a supplemental braking system, which is used to provide a brake to a vehicle that is being towed. Having this braking system provides you with less stress on the RV and the towed car, safer towing and a better functioning tow bar. There are four main braking systems available from stores specializing in RV Parts in Glendale and the greater Phoenix area. Each braking system varies in installation and the way the brakes are activated. The four types of braking systems include the following:

  • Pre-Set Systems. This brake system is the most basic of the four. After receiving a signal that the RV brakes have been applied, an electric brake controller will then apply the brakes to the towed vehicle.
  • Proportional Systems. This is the most popular brake system as it is designed to brake your towed vehicle using the same force that is used to brake the RV. This allows you to brake your towed vehicle at different intervals, such as emergency braking or slowly braking to an idle, with little to no manual adjustment.
  • Direct Systems. Direct systems are similar to proportional systems in that they are able to brake at different levels, but they offer better response times and no manual adjustments whatsoever. The only downfall from this system is that it does require a more lengthy installation process. Shops offering RV service in Glendale and the greater area can help you to properly install the system.
  • Vacuum-Assist Systems (Active Systems). By activating the power assist function on the brakes of your towed vehicle, you are able to brake at the same levels that you would if you were actually sitting behind the steering wheel. The power assist feature allows the force on the brake pedal to multiply, making it easier for the driver to brake. As with the direct systems, shops offering RV service in Glendale and the surrounding communities can you help you to install the system.

Not only does a supplemental braking system provide you with a number of different safety and functionality benefits, but it is also a law in almost every state throughout the United States. Towed vehicles of a certain weight are required to have a supplemental braking system, so be sure to check the laws in your state. Regardless if there is a law or not, a supplemental braking system should be used to maintain safety for you, your party and those you are sharing the road with. An RV store, specializing in RV parts in Phoenix, can give you more information on the various systems.

No matter what your needs, there is a supplemental braking system that will provide you with the performance that you require. At RV Master Techs, specializing in repairs, service and RV parts in Phoenix and the surrounding areas, every single one of our team members is, or has been an RV owner. We thoroughly understand RVs and can help you to select a supplemental braking system and other RV parts in Phoenix that will work best for your vehicles. Please call RV Master Techs at 623-932-5444 or contact us online for more information on RV parts in Phoenix and the surrounding areas.

Posted in News on February 18th, 2013