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I'm thinking about buying a trailor to haul my "T" to distant shows. Is there much involved to connecting up the control for the electric brakes? I will be towing with an Acura MDX,also Acura says I must add a tranny AND powersteering cooler,what do you think?

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Doc here,

The trailer brake is included in your wire kit..just hook up a #10 wire to it.

As far as coolers..I couldn't tell you..I'm not too sure I'd want to do long hauls with an Acura anyway..kinda of a smallish car to be towing with.

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Take a look at eTrailer .com ( I think ) I typed in --- Trailer brake wiring how to---
I'm not so good with computers ,but thats how I got answers to my questions.
I hope this helps.

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I don't quite follow the exact question on the brakes but;

I had to install an electronic brake controller to my tow vehicle, which is a small unit that mounts to the dash. It has an adjustment to increase or decrease the trailer braking depending on the trailer weight. Many price ranges on these, but mine had easy directions for home install.

Another thing about when buying a dual axle trailer; make sure you look at the towing laws where you are going to tow it. Some states allow just one set of brakes, but some require brakes on both axles.
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Thanks,guys I'll check into all your suggestions,as far as an acura being small did u ever see a MDX ? its a 7 passenger suv
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If Acura is like Honda, they probably have the documentation for all the dealer-installed options (like the trans cooler) available online. I looked at the docs for the Honda Odyssey dealer-installed trans cooler and it looked like a very simple installation. Honda/Acura is very good about making it easy for the dealer to add approved accessories.

However, most manufacturers overstate the towing capacity of their vehicles. I don't think I'd go over about 3500 lbs with a unibody SUV. The trailer brakes will help with control, but you still have a fairly short wheelbase to pull a car trailer. You may end up with the tail wagging the dog.

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If Acura is like Honda, they probably have the documentation for all the dealer-installed options (like the trans cooler) available online. I looked at the docs for the Honda Odyssey dealer-installed trans cooler and it looked like a very simple installation. Honda/Acura is very good about making it easy for the dealer to add approved accessories.

However, most manufacturers overstate the towing capacity of their vehicles. I don't think I'd go over about 3500 lbs with a unibody SUV. The trailer brakes will help with control, but you still have a fairly short wheelbase to pull a car trailer. You may end up with the tail wagging the dog.

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The trailor I'm looking at weighs 1350 lbs,my car probably is only about 2000 lbs,if that When I bought the car I rented a trailor and towed the car home about 150 miles with no problems at all
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Doc here,

You might want to check with the local trailer rental outlets..see what the limits are for towing on your Vehicle..(not just one but several) Just to be safe..

For long tows, a Transmission Cooler is NOT a BAD idea..everytime you overheat the fluid, you take many useful hours of life off the transmission..

I think Power steering coolers would be a bit of overkill though..

What type of brake system do you have, Inertia or powered on demand for your trailer..and I assume the Vehicle already has a trailer plug right?

For either type (provided they are trailer mounted) you can use the 10 gauge lug on the trailer plug marked "12 Volts/ACC"

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I'm still checking around,talked to the acura service mgr he said I shouldn't have a problem and he's a straight guy has 2 rods of his own
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