Technically Speaking: RV Brakes
Technically Speaking with Steve Roddy
He’s an RVIA/RVDA Master Certified technician with over 38 years of RV experience and a Lazydays expert. Some call him a living legend in the RV industry. He just likes to be called Steve.
Q: Can I use 12-volt LED lights with a dimmer switch? If so, what has to be done to the dimmer switch?
A: Yes, you can use a dimmer with 12-volt LED lights in your RV. Be sure to turn off the dimmer when it is not in use to avoid causing the LED to flash. If you experience problems, you can purchase an LED dimmer as well as dimmable LED bulbs, which are new to the RV marketplace.
Q: Which type of RV brakes control system do you recommend for pulling a trailer with an SUV?
A: There are two different types of brake controls: a timer system and a pendulum or inertia system. The pendulum is the better brake control to use in my opinion. It gives you a more accurate response to your everyday braking needs. A timer control increases trailer braking the longer you have your foot on the brake. This is not always practical in stop and go traffic. The pendulum type controller increases trailer braking as you increase the tow vehicle’s braking.
Q: How do you know if you need a separate braking system for your car? I have a 37-foot coach with air brakes and wonder if I need separate brakes for my car. The dealer says I do, but I know people who have the same coach I have who don’t have separate brakes.
A: Weight requirements for braking systems are regulated by state law. This website will help you determine your state’s requirement: www.brakebuddy.com/Towing-Laws. Just remember, you may be legal in your home state, but not in the state you are driving in. Always be aware of the laws of any states you travel through.
Q: How do the Tampa Bay Buccaneers look in the NFL playoffs?
A: The Bucs are a lot like RVers. Determined. Inventive. And, as long as they don’t end up in snow-covered Chicago or Philly, they’ll be fine.