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Old 12-20-2016, 06:01 PM   #1
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Electronic Brake Controller?

I need some help. I will be getting my Parkliner at the end of January and am trying to get my 2011 Ford Ranger set up for towing my Parkliner (it has a tow package).

I'm looking for recommendations on what brand, make, model of Electronic Brake Controller I should get.

My truck has a flat 4-pin connecter so I have to upgrade it to a 7 pin round. Are all 7-pin round connectors the same? Is there a difference in any of them?

This is my first travel trailer and first time towing, so I would appreciate some guidance from some of you experienced people.

Thanks!
Sandy
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Old 12-20-2016, 06:23 PM   #2
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Tekonsha Prodigy P2 is extremely popular, readily available and more than adequate for your needs. Amazon and Etrailer have them.
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Old 12-20-2016, 06:23 PM   #3
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I came across this recently, it might help.

http://www.hopkinstowingsolutions.co...ring-codes.pdf
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Old 12-20-2016, 06:37 PM   #4
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Tekonsha Prodigy P2 is extremely popular, readily available and more than adequate for your needs. Amazon and Etrailer have them.
Thank you for the information. I'll look it up on both Amazon and ETrailer.
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I came across this recently, it might help.

http://www.hopkinstowingsolutions.co...ring-codes.pdf
Thanks! I really like the diagram.
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Old 12-20-2016, 07:14 PM   #6
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I need some help. I will be getting my Parkliner at the end of January and am trying to get my 2011 Ford Ranger set up for towing my Parkliner (it has a tow package).

I'm looking for recommendations on what brand, make, model of Electronic Break Controller I should get.

My truck has a flat 4-pin connecter so I have to upgrade it to a 7 pin round. Are all 7-pin round connectors the same? Is there a difference in any of them?

This is my first travel trailer and first time towing, so I would appreciate some guidance from some of you experienced people.

Thanks!
Sandy

Hi Sandra,

Congratulations on your pending Parkliner. Nice!

We just finished our first year camping with our new-to-us Casita and I was purchasing a brake controller last year about this time. I highly recommend a Tekonsha Prodigy product. I got the P3, but the P2 would be fine as well. Our P3 was easy to install and worked flawlessly.

Take care,

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Old 12-20-2016, 07:37 PM   #7
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I'm looking for recommendations on what brand, make, model of Electronic Brake Controller I should get...
Tekonsha P3 or P2. Period.
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Old 12-20-2016, 07:38 PM   #8
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Another vote for the Prodigy line. The P2 and P3 will work the same, so pick the one with the features you like. These units will apply trailer brakes in proportion to the amount of brake pedal pressure you apply.

Many of the less expensive controllers are time based and apply the same set amount (which you set with a dial) of braking, a set amount of time after you push the pedal, no matter whether you apply a little push or a heavy push. This does work, but it can feel more jerky and unpleasant than a proportional controller. I used time-based controllers for many years and was fairly satisfied, but then I got a P3 about 18 months ago and have been very happy I switched.
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I need some help. I will be getting my Parkliner at the end of January and am trying to get my 2011 Ford Ranger set up for towing my Parkliner (it has a tow package).
I'm looking for recommendations on what brand, make, model of Electronic Break Controller I should get.
My truck has a flat 4-pin connecter so I have to upgrade it to a 7 pin round. Are all 7-pin round connectors the same? Is there a difference in any of them?
This is my first travel trailer and first time towing, so I would appreciate some guidance from some of you experienced people.
Thanks!
Sandy
You're lucky Sandy, '11 was the only year the Ranger had the plug and play controller wiring in the harness. I have no idea but there may be a pigtail some where around the flat four to add a 7 pin. Etrailer has many videos showing you how to install it....and most everything else. Yes, the 7 pin plugs are pretty much all the same. Biggest differences would be spade or round pin, make sure to find out which one the trailer comes with, plastic or metal and how they are designed to be opened up for the wiring connections. I've had good luck with the Polak or Hopkins brands.
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Old 12-20-2016, 09:09 PM   #11
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I did my research, and there is so much great data out there on the P2, including install info and videos. I even did the install myself!
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I recently installed a Prodogy P3, ourtanding contfoller. Etrailer is fantastic also
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Old 12-21-2016, 09:37 AM   #13
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On a fifth wheel Scamp what is the biggest size truck I can get to tow my camper? I want a 4 door(crew cab)? W/4wd? Used around a2014.
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Old 12-21-2016, 09:40 AM   #14
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P2 PERIOD is the general consensus and for a reason! The P3 is a nicer version but overkill (even the P2 is in a way). I've got the older P2 (red LED display) and that controller has not given ONE minute's trouble in going on 7 yrs and VERY easy to learn to operate. Dont bite for a used brake controller...like my old P2. The newer ones (Blue LED display) will let you mount it at ANY angle....very handy for mounting in out-of-the-way places.

I had to mount/run wires for my 7-pin Hopkins connector along with brake wires etc. Just let me tell ya, Trailer Hitches & Vehicle Accessories (800)298-8924 is THE best mail order place to get your trailer supplies like wire, connectors, brake controller. I think someone has mentioned, but they also have LOTS of videos to watch on "how to"s. Very good website AND place to do business.
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