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Old 04-09-2006, 09:44 PM   #15
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When I first installed my Prodigy on my Ford Ranger, I noticed the warning note about Ford and ABS, so I called Tekonsha and asked if that applied to my Mazda-based Ranger. They said no, but they should have the correct wiring for every model.

The dealer is not going to try to keep up with every accessory that after-market companies make, and when they are in ignorance, their safest answer is don't do it.

Call the manf of the controller and ask for the correct wiring -- They will know what works!
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Old 03-25-2013, 02:37 PM   #16
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Maybe - maybe not....

How about using the wire that will be running the stoplights on the trailer to activate the brake controller? This should be OK, as these days you are supposed to use a device that isolates the load of the trailer lights from the tow vehicle lighting system.

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What a great idea, nice save, I will be installing a brake controller on the same type of vehicle, all you would have to do is run one more wire from the back of the van to the controller and forget about the brake pedal altogether. Thank you very much Dan
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Old 03-25-2013, 02:52 PM   #17
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Might want to look into one of these wireless controlers. They may help with your situation.

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Thank you very much Steve, I will take a look at that model, thank's for the help
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Old 03-25-2013, 05:21 PM   #19
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HEY DAVID!

I hope you realize that all the posts before your first one in this thread are almost seven years old.

Just thought I'd mention that since a whole lot can change in seven years, especially when it comes to things like electronics!

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Old 03-25-2013, 05:37 PM   #20
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..As my understanding, most of vehicles having one switch to turn on brake lights. That particular sw is located right at underneath the brake pedal with 2-wire output. In normal condition, this sw is O.C(open circuit). When brake pedal is applied, this sw(underneath) will be closed and leading 12VDC into brake-lights. I suggest you try to connect your brake-controlling wire(as indicated ...to brake light) right there. Using the volmeter to determine which lead is activated when brake pedal is depressed then connect from there. That is only my understanding and I will go pick up my electric brakes...tomorrow morning for installing in my trailer's frame, not mention ab wiring brake controller in my towing vehicle yet. Just my suggestion. You could try with SHORTER WIRING by connecting at the bulb's wire. CORRECTLY for brakes at your rear tail of towing vehicle. That's what I did for my trailer harness and back-up alarm. Give it a try, Buddy. Cheer!
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Thank you very much Francesca, my vehicle is a 2005 Ford Freestar and the old discussions were very useful, Thank's
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Wireless brake controller is GOOD for a towing vehicle with...MULTI trailers as my understanding. About connection the brake controller module RIGHT WITHIN trailer's frame having it's own pros and cons. One advantage is shorter wiring and simplyfing the work. But it might complicate/interfere upon the process of braking system in case of...breaking away with heavy trailers(break-away safety sw). Depending on the design of break-away sws' models, if I were you, I would put that into account before considering any...short-cut. Just my personal opinion. All inputs and feed-backs are really appreciated, I am still on learning process. Thanks for reading.
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Thank you very much Francesca, my vehicle is a 2005 Ford Freestar and the old discussions were very useful, Thank's
I did realize that your vehicle was a match to the O.P.'s- my reference to changes in electronics was intended to refer to those in brake controllers themselves, which seem to have changed alot in the seven years since I bought mine!

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Thank you Randy for your suggestions and thoughts, all the best with your trailer brake project
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Check out these controllers. Nothing special for Freestar mentioned here.

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... my reference to changes in electronics was intended to refer to those in brake controllers themselves, which seem to have changed alot in the seven years since I bought mine!
More features have appeared, but mostly in the display and controls - basic functionality changes little, and the connections to the tug and trailer haven't changed at all.
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Wireless brake controller is GOOD for a towing vehicle with...MULTI trailers as my understanding
It's the other way around: radio-linked trailer-mounted controllers - the Prodigy RF is the only example which comes to mind and is the Tekonsha 90250 mentioned earlier - are a good way to equip one trailer which needs to work with various tugs that might not be wired with a brake controller.

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About connection the brake controller module RIGHT WITHIN trailer's frame having it's own pros and cons. One advantage is shorter wiring and simplyfing the work. But it might complicate/interfere upon the process of braking system in case of...breaking away with heavy trailers(break-away safety sw).
The Prodigy RF is installed between the trailer's existing 7-pin connector and the tug; the breakaway system continues to work as if a tug-mounted controller were in use.
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Thank you very much Tom, the link to etrailer was very good, a further click through
on the wiring needed landed me on a page with an installation video for a Freestar, how good was that !!! So etrailer has the brake sensor lead going to the brake switch. So they have it working with out any problems !!! Great news
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