Choosing The Right Trailer Brake Controller

Safety is top priority in almost anything, especially when driving. Trailer trucks are large vehicles and it makes it apparent that having high quality brakes should not be downplayed. For trailer trucks, there are two types of trailer brake controllers: proportional and time-delayed. So, why not check here to know more about their differences.

Proportional Trailer Break Controllers

Proportional break controllers are more expensive compared to time-delayed because it can automatically control the intensity of the brakes depending if the trailer is slowing down or stopping. It is safe, fast and has a highly responsive system installed.


·         Less wear and tear on brakes

·         Provides smoother experience

·         Quick reaction time

·         Automatically senses brake activity


·         More expensive compared to time-delayed

·         Longer installation time

Time-Delayed Trailer Brake Controllers

For time-delayed trailer brake controllers, the user or driver sets the pre-determined strength of the brakes. The brakes are adjusted depending on the sum of the weight of the trailer and the anticipated cargo. Unlike proportional trailer brakes, there is a little bit of delay on the brake activity of time-delayed brake controllers.


·         Built for casual RV drivers; user-friendly

·         Easy and quick installation

·         More budget friendly


·         Chances of brake pulsing issues are more likely to occur

·         Wears off faster compared to proportional trailer brake controllers

Generally, proportional and time-delayed trailer brake controllers have the same wiring for installation and both of the brake’s signals can be manually controlled and adjusted by the user. When it comes down to it, choosing the right brake trailer will depend on the user’s preference. Both come with advantages and disadvantages, so it’s up to you to choose what will fit you.