A brake controller is a device that is fitted to your car to control the brake on a trailer. It makes sure that your car brakes and the trailer brakes are applied at the same rate so that when you are going down a hill the trailer doesn't push the car along.
A brake controller is not a standard accessory, and is fitted by a mechanic. In Australia, it is a legal requirement to have a brake controller for towing if over 750kg - all caravans are over this limit.
Alternative options if you don't have a brake controller fitted to your vehicle:
- Find a camper trailer under 750kg to hire;
- Find a motorhome/camper van to hire or;
- Find an owner that will drop off their caravan at your required destination so you don't have to tow