Anyone use the TruControl by Hensley?
I noticed that this electronic brake controller (with a twist) is not mentioned in this thread, nor in the summary that this thread links to.
Being that it is from Hensley Manufacturing, the makers and marketers of the Hensley Arrow bumper pull hitch, the Trailersaver fifth wheel and gooseneck Airride hitch, as well as Mckesh Towing mirrors... all said to be the at the top of their repespective catagories, it seems that their TruControl brake control should be considered in the mix.
According to Aaron at Hensley Manufacturing, Colin Connell hired an engineer from the now out of business Brakesmart company several years ago, and that engineer spent two years developing algrorithims that simulated the Brakesmart braking characteristics.
In other words, they found that there was consistency and predictablity in how the Brakesmart applied power to the trailer brakes given the inputs from the brake fluid pressure transducer, a lateral accelerometer, and other inputs. Apparantly, they graphed the power outputs in various conditions, and programmed response values into the Trucontrol to mimick the performance of the Brakesmart.
There is no need to adjust gain, as full power is available at all times, and the Trucontrol is designed to use it as required based on dynamically changing conditions.
So I was told, anyway.
I've never personally used one. I just called Hensley and asked about it, because I liked how much more brake and power information the Trucontrol Gold displayed on the digital display. It definitely looks different than the other controllers, other than the MaxBrake.
I'm not advocating TruControl, nor am I cautioning against them. It just seems that any sticky that is intended to provide a comprehensive survey of the trailer brake controllers on the market should probably include these Trucontrols that Hensley has been selling for the last 5 years or so.