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Old 05-10-2011, 05:42 PM   #1
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Always leave brake controller in vehicle?

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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Old 05-10-2011, 05:55 PM   #2
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I leave my controller connected and in the TV all the time. I'm not worry about thieves as it's not a hot commodity.
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I leave my controller connected and in the TV all the time.
Me too. If I were to take it out, I'd loose it.
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Old 05-10-2011, 06:04 PM   #4
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leave it in.
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Old 05-10-2011, 06:26 PM   #5
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I didn't know I COULD take it out!
And I'm almost dead certain I wouldn't be able to get it back in

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Old 05-10-2011, 06:47 PM   #6
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Me too. If I were to take it out, I'd loose it.
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Old 05-10-2011, 07:49 PM   #7
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If I am not towing for a long time I may disconnect it (there's a plug in the line) and stow it in the glove compartment. I never take it out of the vehicle though.
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Old 05-10-2011, 08:02 PM   #8
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Hi ThomasE I drive a truck and I also leave it in...it's not at eye level so....
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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 wired in a switch too,in my Ranger, and after a little while didn't bother to shut it off,it has now been about 5-6 years with no problems.
In fact, even though they are removable,I have installed a separate one in my Escape with no switch, and permanently wired, I'm just too lazy to switch them back and forth!
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Old 05-10-2011, 09:21 PM   #10
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My Prodigy go into sleep mode if it isn't used for a few minutes. No real need to disconnect it to save the battery. I read somewhere it only draws a few mils in sleep mode.

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Old 05-10-2011, 09:41 PM   #11
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I don't have one yet. NO BRAKES!
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My Prodigy go into sleep mode if it isn't used for a few minutes. No real need to disconnect it to save the battery. I read somewhere it only draws a few mils in sleep mode.

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True... but the first time I heard the Prodigy "checking" the brakes every few seconds while I was settling down to sleep, it was a bit disconcernting, now [like a clock on the wall] I don't even hear it!
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I don't get it. We used an electric brake on a 5th wheel grain trailer.
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Old 05-11-2011, 08:07 AM   #14
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Mine is hardwired and by left knee -- hard for thieves to see and no value to them anyway. It's a POD; no battery draw when no trailer.
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