So You Have A Caravan With Electric Brakes. What Now?

The caravan brakes will not work unless you have an Electric brake controller in your car.
Tow Pro

This device can be attached under, or in the dash of your vehicle, or sometimes in the centre console. It is wired to the car’s battery, the stop light circuit and also to the seven or twelve pin socket into which the caravan plug connects.


Its installation is virtually independent of the vehicle’s electrical circuit and has no conflict with car computers or ABS Braking Systems. Installation usually takes Swift Caravan Services around three to four hours depending upon the vehicle.


A wide range of Caravan Electric Brake Controllers are available but they all operate on similar principles. Power is fed from the vehicles stoplights into the controller then back to the caravan through the plug and socket.

RedArc Tow Pro Elite

This allows the caravan brakes to come on automatically when you apply the vehicle brakes. The characteristics of the power flow will vary from unit to unit. Swift Caravan Services recommend a pendulum based or proportional brake controller.

Why? Because a proportional controller sends a variable amount of power to the caravan brakes, in proportion to the stopping motion of the motor vehicle. This will deliver smoother and more responsive braking in all situations. Most controllers also have a manual device which allows the user to apply the caravan brakes independent of the car brakes. This is a helpful feature that can assist with correcting caravan sway or instability.


RedArc Tow Pro Elite

This unit has become a favourite with caravanners as its smooth, uses minimal dashboard space and very easy to use. This is the first proportional remote head brake controller on the market, and is a great choice in vehicles, due to knee airbags, limited space under the dash, etc. With just a rotary dial mounted through the dash, and the rest of the control unit hidden under the dash, it makes for a very neat fit, taking up very little space. Also, being proportional, it provides smooth braking.


At Swift Caravan Services we have two auto electricians who specialise in caravan brake controller fitments. We often install brake controllers into BMW X5, VW Toureg, Audi Q4, Land Rover Discovery plus other European vehicles.

There are usually additional costs with these vehicles as their electrical systems are very complex.

We invite you to call us with any questions that you may have or to make a booking for installation.