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Old 05-11-2011, 02:17 PM   #15
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Seems like nobody removes it, I'll probably just leave it in for good on the next camping trip. I used the sleeve to mount the Prodigy so it's easy to slide out each time. But there's a little clip that holds the wire connector in at the back of the controller, and every time I remove it I'm worried I'll snap that little clip off.
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Old 05-11-2011, 04:53 PM   #16
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If I removed everything that I'm concerned about, I would need a wagon to haul it in. i Just park in a good area, hide the GPS and keep other valuables out of site, lock the vehicle and hope for the best.
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Old 05-11-2011, 05:10 PM   #17
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Yep, that clip in a pain to undo.
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Old 05-11-2011, 07:16 PM   #18
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I pull mine in the winter just to reduce the drain. The truck only sees once a week use and the cold is hard on the battery anyway.
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Old 05-12-2011, 02:20 PM   #19
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My truck is my daily driver. Whenever I come back from a camping trip, I always disconnect the brake controller harness and store the controller itself in a garage drawer rather than leave it in the vehicle. Do folks here just leave the controller connected in the tow vehicle all the time, or do you remove it after each camping trip? I remove it because it's kind of distracting with it lit up when I'm not towing. Also it may be attractive to thieves. But I'm thinking about just leaving it in there all the time, and wiring in a switch so i can turn it off when not towing.
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I rarely notice my brake controller because 8t's lower than my normal field of view. Today, because of your post, I looked at it and the display was off. It appears that after a period of non use it simply shuts off the display.

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Old 05-12-2011, 05:40 PM   #20
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My truck is my daily driver. Whenever I come back from a camping trip, I always disconnect the brake controller harness and store the controller itself in a garage drawer rather than leave it in the vehicle. Do folks here just leave the controller connected in the tow vehicle all the time, or do you remove it after each camping trip? I remove it because it's kind of distracting with it lit up when I'm not towing. Also it may be attractive to thieves. But I'm thinking about just leaving it in there all the time, and wiring in a switch so i can turn it off when not towing.
I leave mine in and connected. I have done this with all of my TV's over a period of 30 years. Only problem I had was the lever on the side got bumped off and the light did not light when I hit the brakes the first time before I found it. Never had a a problem. I have even transferred the same controller three times to different vehicles.

One night my truck was broken into. They didn't touch it. Most people don't know what it is. I know this because every time a new passenger gets in my truck, they ask me what it is when they see the red light come on. I tell them its the ejector seat warning light...
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I rarely notice my brake controller because 8t's lower than my normal field of view. Today, because of your post, I looked at it and the display was off. It appears that after a period of non use it simply shuts off the display.

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Yes mine times out as well, and turns back on when I hit the brakes.
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Old 05-13-2011, 10:29 AM   #22
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Post I think it's in the right place now.

I edited this thread to split the off topic comments to their own thread.
Look for that thread in "General Chat" under "Memories".

We now return to the topic about Brake Controllers.
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i NEVER TOUCH MINE AND IT DOESN'T LIGHT UNLESS THE CAMPER IS ATTACHED.
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Most people don't know what it is. I know this because every time a new passenger gets in my truck, they ask me what it is when they see the red light come on. I tell them its the ejector seat warning light...
Thanks for the chuckle Mike!

For me, if I know I'm towing soon, I'll leave it connected. I definately unplug it for the winter and stow it in the truck. You never know if you might need it.
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. You never know if you might need it.
EGG-zactly right!
You never know when or where you might come across your Next New Project!
For the same reason, I also keep my ball mount, towing mirrors, and hitch locks in my TV all the time.


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