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Hayes Syncronizer Trailer Brake Controller Review

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Review of the Hayes Syncronizer Trailer Brake Controller

Hey, everybody, Ryan here at etrailer. Today, we're gonna be checking out the Hayes Synchronizer Time-delayed Trailer Brake Controller, for one to two axles. So, this will be a real good choice for those of you that are maybe just replacing an older brake controller, and just wanna stick to something simple. So, it's kinda some older technology but nothing wrong with that. You know, it's tried and true, and it gets the job done. And I say that because this is a, what's called a time-delayed type brake controller.

So, the way it works, whenever you apply the brakes, it's gonna send out a preset power to the trailer brakes. All right, so, for example, with this one, let's say if you kinda just a ride in your brakes, slightly approaching a stop light or something, the trailer brakes are gonna receive that preset power. On the other hand, let's say if you really gotta lay onto the brakes, mat 'em to the floor, the trailer brakes are gonna receive that same amount of power. And that's compared to some of the newer type brake controllers, which are proportional type. And so, what proportional brake controllers do, is they apply the trailer brakes at the same rate that you're applying your four-runner's breaks.

So, like we just talked about, let's say if you're kinda just halfway on the brakes coming up to stop sign, the trailer brakes are gonna match up pressure. And let's say, if you had to stand on the brakes and really slow down quick, trailer breaks are gonna do the same thing. So, with the proportional style, it provides you with a little more of a smooth breaking experience. But with that said, it's kinda huge deal. By that I mean, you can dial these things in pretty good.

And once you kinda get some seat time and kind of play with it a little bit, you can definitely enhance that experience. You know, it'll be smooth still, and everything else. When it comes to a time-delayed in a proportional type break controller, I'm not gonna lie, usually, lean more towards a proportional type, just because they're a little more user friendly, but that doesn't take away from the time-delayed at all. It's still gonna apply the trailer brakes and it's still gonna get the job done. So, since this brake controller is designed to work with trailers with one and two axles, if you happen to have more, so let's say a triple axle trailer, a proportional type break controller may be a better solution for you.

One that's really popular and that a lot of people have had some good luck with, is the Tekonsha Prodigy P3. Well, with all that said, let's kinda just check out some of the features of this brake controller itself. So, you're gonna have an adjustment here called gain, so you can increase or decrease it. And that's essentially, you gotta adjust more or less the power level that you're gonna send back to your trailer brake. So, for example, let's say if you had your trailer and it was empty, and you we're going to pick up, I don't know, a car or some heavier load. On your way there, when it's empty you could probably turn the gain pretty much all the way down, 'cause you really don't need an aggressive braking experience with a light trailer. But then, once you get loaded up, you can turn that gain up to increase the breaking pressure, that way, it's appropriate for that particular load. And if you find it coming on too strong, you can always back it off, or if it's not strong enough, turn it up. So, you have some adjustability there. This controller is gonna work with trailers that have single and double axles, so one to two axles, which is about right at home on a four-runner. Probably, not gonna be pulling trailers that have triple axles, or huge ones. It's gonna have a manual override too. So, whenever you hit this, what's gonna happen, is you're gonna apply just the trailer brakes. And so, that would work typically in a situation where let's say the trailer kinda starts getting squirrly, maybe getting away from you a little bit, you can hit that and apply the brakes and kinda get things back under control on the track behind you. One of the advantages that a time-delayed brake controller like this one has, is you can mount it any which way. So, you can mount it upside down, sideways, however you want really. That's not the case with all brake controllers. A lot of the proportional type ones, you have to mount in a certain angle and a certain degree. Definitely, a plus there, opens up your opportunity on where you can put this, and what's most comfortable for you. If you don't want a traditional style brake controller like this one here, even on the dash, I totally get that. One of the things you can do, is pick up a Redarc brake controller. And those are really cool actually. Essentially the box, I guess you could call it, gets mounted up under the dash where you can't even see it. And then to make your adjustments and stuff, there's just a small knob, and they turn out really well. So, that's always an option for you as well. But other than that, at the end of the day, brake controller's gonna work. You know, it's really simple, not a whole lot to it. And because of that, it's gonna make it reliable. So, it should last you for quite some time. And that'll finish up our look at of the Hayes Synchronizer time-delayed trailer break controller..

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