Brake Controller Leveling - Fiberglass RV


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Old 08-08-2008, 07:08 PM   #1
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I had a Tekonsha Prodigy installed on my Subaru Forester and I can't get it to level correctly. Maybe if I describe the problem someone can point me in the right direction.

According to the instructions for the unit I should 1) set the controller to full power, 2) depress the brake pedal, and 3) rotate level controller knob forward until light changes from green to red, then set it at orange.

My problem is that the light is green normally then red when I depress the brake pedal and no amount of playing with level knob makes the light turn green at full brake power. So I set the brake power lower until the light is orange, and no amount of turning of the level knob effects the light at all.

Is this a installation issue, or is the unit defective? Any help would be appreciated.

Oh, incidently (Murphy's Law), I am supposed to leave for a camping trip tomorrow morning before either the trailer place or the Tekonsha help line opens.
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Old 08-08-2008, 07:30 PM   #2
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Been so long now that I don't recall what I did to set the unit up. One question does come to mind -- Are the TV and Egg supposed to be connected when doing this?

Were I you, I would level the controller by eyeball and then see how everything works, then call Tek Tech when you can. If it looks like a bad unit, just find an RV place that sells them, give them your old unit and they will give you a new one -- Worked for me.
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Old 08-08-2008, 07:37 PM   #3
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The tow vehicle does need to be connected, otherwise the light doesn't come on. I think I may just eyeball it like you said and take care of the problem when I get home. I will probably call Tech Support from the road.
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Old 08-09-2008, 12:10 AM   #4
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The tow vehicle does need to be connected, otherwise the light doesn't come on. I think I may just eyeball it like you said and take care of the problem when I get home. I will probably call Tech Support from the road.
I have the same unit on my Outback but mine is over a year old and it sounds like the unit is a bit different than mine in setting up - so sorry I can not help you with it but mine came with a little DVD in the box that had pretty good instructions when the printed ones did not make sence.

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Old 08-09-2008, 05:11 PM   #5
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I have that controller installed on my Forester but I did not install it. However, I can take some pictures of the placement of it if you need. All I know is that It works great.
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I checked the tekonsha web site and the Prodigy is self levelling,
any chance you might have the Voyager?

The instructions for that seem to be what you are describing. But their instructions differ.

http://www.tekonsha.com/instructions/3840,...0J%2011x8-5.pdf

and the FAQ's might give you and idea of possible things to look for

http://www.tekonsha.com/faqvoyager.html



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I just installed a Tekonsha Voyager in my tow vehicle - the levelling instructions you quoted sound exactly like mine. I mounted mine virtually level, due to the configuration of my dash and where I wanted it for ease of access - the lights lit up as indicatd in the instructions and I was able to level properly.

Is your controller mounted within the 70 degree window from vertical the instructions call for? If it was mounted in an incorrect position, it could cause the light sequence you described.
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