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If this was my situation, I would simply unplug the controller when not towing. It is a very simple procedure. You don't need the controller if you are towing anyway.
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Posted on May 25, 2011
Keep in mind that the Tekonsha Voyager brake controller uses pendulum activation and is sensitive to the controller mounting angle.
This is one troubleshooting the Voyager Brake Controller:
1 Check that the front of the controller is level side to side and back to front. The controller must be positioned so it is in line with the direction of travel. Determine if the brake controller installation angle is between 70 degrees from horizontal with the controller nose pointing up and -20 degrees from horizontal with the controller nose pointing down.
2 Connect the trailer electrical connection plug to the tow vehicle and start the tow vehicle.
3 Check that the light on the top right of the controller is green. If the light is not green, the controller is not connected to the trailer or there is no power or ground to the controller. Check that the trailer's electrical connector is fully seated in the tow vehicle's receptacle. Ensure that the trailer's electrical connector wires are not corroded and there is power to the controller.
4 Operate the manual slide knob on the front of the controller. If the light on the top right of the controller is not red, adjust the controller braking power higher using the thumb wheel on the controller. If the light is still not red, the blue wire from the brake controller is shorted or the black and white wires on the controller are reversed. If the wires are reversed, the controller requires replacement.
5 Operate the manual slide knob on the front of the controller. If the light glows dim red or flashes red, the controller ground wire is not connected or the blue wire on the controller is shorted. Check for proper ground on the white wire and ensure the blue wire is not grounded.
6 Operate the manual slide knob on the front of the controller and hold the slide knob at the maximum setting. Decrease the braking power of the controller by using the thumb wheel. If the light gets brighter as the power is decreased, there is a short in the blue controller wire or the trailer's brake magnets are defective.
7 Drive the tow vehicle at 25 mph with the trailer connected. Apply the tow vehicle brakes. If the trailer braking is too aggressive or the trailer braking is delayed, the power is either set too high or too low, respectively. Adjust the controller braking power and repeat Step 7. If adjustment of the braking power does not resolve braking performance, repeat Step 1.
Also, Tekonsha Voyager model electric brake controller is a simple in-cab controller that allows drivers to adjust the power to their trailer's brakes from the comfort of the driver's seat. I suggest check adjust settings to the Tekonsha Voyager Electric Brake Controller (this will allow drivers to effectively stop heavy trailer loads).
1 Hook the trailer to the vehicle's hitch. Connect all of the wiring harnesses required for towing.
2 Turn the power knob, located on the right side of the Tekonsha Voyager brake controller, to the 12 o'clock position. Accelerate the vehicle to 25 MPH on a flat, dry surface and apply the trailer brakes by pushing the slider located on the front of the brake controller. Judge the feel of the trailer brakes and adjust the power knob accordingly. Turn the knob counter clockwise if the trailer brakes lock up, or clockwise if there is insufficient braking power when the slider is activated.
3 Accelerate to 25 MPH and apply the trailer brakes using only the manual slide to test the new settings. Repeat the braking and adjustment process until the brake controller has been set to provide sufficient braking power. Accelerate to 25 MPH one more time and test the automatic braking capability of the controller by making a few stops using the tow rig's brake pedal instead of the slider knob.
4 Fine tune the settings of the controller by making several slow speed stops, as if approaching a stop sign. Take note of how the brakes respond and adjust the level knob to increase or decrease the fine tuning of the brake controller. Turn the level knob, located on the left side of the controller, clockwise to reduce an aggressive setting if the brakes lock up. Turn the level knob counter-clockwise to remedy a delayed setting if the trailer feels like it is pushing the tow rig while stopping.
Additionally, this is some DIY about an application: BMW X5 Electric Trailer Brake (pdf)
Posted on May 24, 2011
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