Recommendations for brake controller?

Discussion in 'Tires / Brakes / Bearings / Axles' started by PainterGirl, May 27, 2019.

  1. PainterGirl

    PainterGirl New Member

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    We need a brake controller for our new PUP. What do you all recommend? We are total newbies. Just purchased a 2007 Fleetwood Westlake. We have always been tent campers. We will mostly be camping in the CO mountains.
     
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    neighbormike Well-Known Member

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    I would look at etrailer.com - they will have a lot of options... my suggestion would be spend a little more and get a proportional brake controller rather than a time-delay unit.
     
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    Welcome to the Portal from South Carolina. Many new choices now as the technology improves. eTrailer X2 to get started.
     
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    bols2Dawall S.W. Ontario

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    prodigy 3 - most popular
     
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    I have a Tekonsha Prodigy RF Wireless Trailer Brake Controller, purchased through etrailer. The unit mounts on the trailer itself, and the controller plugs into your cigarette lighter of your tow vehicle. I bought this because I knew I would be purchasing a different tow vehicle in the near future after purchasing my new trailer. This allows any vehicle to be able to tow my trailer, simply by plugging the controller into its cigarette lighter. Yes, it is quite a bit more expensive, but it was worked extremely well for me. Easy to set up, easy to fine tune if needed.
     
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    I use a Tekonosha P3 that I bought from etrailer. If you email them they will walk you through the whole purchase.
     
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    Another happy P3 user here
     
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    In case you haven’t noticed, Tekonsha is a heavy favorite.

    A slightly less expensive option that the Prodigy P3 is the Tekonsha Primus IQ. It uses the same proportional technology as the Prodigy series but with fewer bells and whistles. I’ve been happy with mine.

    Another newer option is the Redarc Tow Pro Elite. It’s biggest selling point is that you can mount the control box anywhere under the dash and then mount just a small control knob/button anywhere it’s convenient, be it the dash, center consol, etc. it I had to do it again, I would probably give that one a try since finding a suitable mounting location in our Sienna was a pain.
     
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    That’s the one I have too. And since no install is required, the cost isn’t that bad really. All the places around here were around 500$ to install a hardwired one. And this moves from car to car so buy once, cry once applies.
     
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    I got the prodgy P2. It's similar to the P3 but fewer bells and whistles. I checked prices and found it on Amazon WITH the wiring harness for my suv for less than most places were selling it alone.
     
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    Prodigy P2 proportional controller with my Sienna.
     
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    P2 for me as well. Very happy with it.
     
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    I have a Prodigy P2. Easy to install controller and plug&play wiring. Took me less than 30 minutes to install.
     
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    silvermickey2002 Morris County, NJ

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    This is what we went with and it's great!
     
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    Another happy P3 user here. Like the bells and whistles.
     
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    Prodigy 3 seemed overkill for a pup. I ended up getting this DrawTite, which is a rebadged Tekonsha Primus IQ at a slightly lower price:

    https://www.amazon.com/Draw-Tite-20...ke+controller&qid=1559057537&s=gateway&sr=8-3

    Has the same basic tech as the P3 as far as the proportional braking, but you're not paying for the extras I'll never use (multiple trailer profiles, hydraulic brakes, etc) The P3 looks nicer but paying over 2x the price for that didn't seem worth it.

    I don't have my brakes installed yet so I have no practical experience with it yet. Soon...
     
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    I couldn’t find a good location to mount a hard-wired brake controller under my tow vehicle dash due to air bags and other equipment. A wireless controller was my best option. Uses Bluetooth for the connection with a mobile phone. See the website below for a video. Works great, and no installation fees.

    https://www.etrailer.com/Brake-Controller/Curt/C51180.html
     
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    P2 here also. Works good. Like others said , look up to see if you can install it yourself. There are plenty of vids out there. If not the plug and play one might be worth the extra $$$$.
     

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