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Mr. Truck: AuTow Brake solves a necessary problem with many trailers and gives more braking control

Kent Sundling

AuTow Brake is a trailer brake controller that stays on your trailer. That's how it's done in Europe, the trailer controls it's own brakes. In the U.S., most boat trailers do the same thing with hydraulic surge brakes. AuTow Brake is an automatic electric surge brake. I've been using and testing this brake for years. The control box is weather proof, you can mount it outside or inside your trailer at any angle.

AuTow Brake is smooth — it doesn't jerk, push or pull your truck. The trailer brakes don't lock up. You just wire it into your trailer wiring harness, nothing goes in your truck cab. It self adjusts with three power settings and comes with a remote FOB for trailer sway control and manual control. There are no gain settings to worry about. Installing is simple, fast and easy — nothing goes in your truck.

As a journalist, I get new trucks and SUV's to review every month. You'd be surprised how many trucks and SUV's don't come with a factory brake controller. I use AuTow Brake every week in my horse trailer and tilt trailer, testing trucks. AuTow Brake will automatically shut off if it detects a brake controller in your truck so there's no conflict. The built-in computer analyzes inputs from the trucks brakes and movement from the truck. The trailer brakes don't lock up.

Tested trailers loaded 4,000, 6,000, 8,000, 10,000, 12,000 and 14,000 pounds. Trailers with electric brakes and electric over hydraulic brakes were tested. You also get a full-trailer brake in reverse on bumper pull and gooseneck trailers. It's made in the U.S.

It works with weight distributing hitches and electric over hydraulic trailer brakes. Now, you won't need a brake controller for each truck or SUV, just the trailer. It has smooth pulse braking ­— install it and just drive.❖

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