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Old 10-24-2015, 07:43 AM   #15
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On the Casita forum a lot of questions are asked about setting up the Prodigy and to me that might indicate that it has a bit more "features" then the average person wants or needs.
I went to a local place that builds, installs, repairs trailers and sells the TEKONSHA brand of controllers which the Prodigy is one of intending to get the Prodigy.

He recommended the slightly less but not a lot expensive Voyager model by the same company for the reason I mentioned above.

It works fine for me and has two knobs and a LED that changes from green to orange to red. No fancy readout.
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Old 10-24-2015, 08:09 AM   #16
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I've owned a Tekonsha Voyager for years, then got a opportunity to replace it with a Tekonsha Primus IQ at a fair price (like free ).
There is a world of difference between a Voyager and a more advanced model like the P2, P3 or Primus. I figured a proportional brake controller is a proportional brake controller, and once properly adjusted they are pretty much all the same, save a couple features and shiny lights. I was wrong. I could see that although the Voyager worked OK, the Primus is much smoother, much easier to adjust, and the braking performance is superior and always perfect.
The Voyager uses an older technology, it's better than a non-proportional unit, but it's much harder to adjust, and for the price difference, go for at least a Primus IQ (here in Canada you can get it at a very good price from Costco.ca). Unless you get the Voyager for free, it's the only Tekonsha unit I would not recommend.
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Old 10-24-2015, 05:35 PM   #17
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...when properly adjusted.

Would you not agree? They can still be set on too high a setting and then lock up the trailer's wheels (in many cases).

Yes, a proportional controller is a no brainer decision, but it still should be adjusted as needed. Don't just assume its good to go after you wire it up.
Yes I agree 100%.
The adjustment procedure is explained into the instruction manual... you know the paper 95% of people don't read Once the sweet spot is found for each trailer, it really makes a huge difference.

My point was only to stress the importance of buying a proportionnal brake controller, nothing else.
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Old 10-24-2015, 05:38 PM   #18
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I've owned a Tekonsha Voyager for years, then got a opportunity to replace it with a Tekonsha Primus IQ at a fair price (like free ).
There is a world of difference between a Voyager and a more advanced model like the P2, P3 or Primus. I figured a proportional brake controller is a proportional brake controller, and once properly adjusted they are pretty much all the same, save a couple features and shiny lights. I was wrong. I could see that although the Voyager worked OK, the Primus is much smoother, much easier to adjust, and the braking performance is superior and always perfect.
The Voyager uses an older technology, it's better than a non-proportional unit, but it's much harder to adjust, and for the price difference, go for at least a Primus IQ (here in Canada you can get it at a very good price from Costco.ca). Unless you get the Voyager for free, it's the only Tekonsha unit I would not recommend.
I agree that Voyageur is outdated and is harder to adjust. I got a used one but it did not last more than a few days... I like Tekonsha's newer models but I'm doing fine with the P2 ancestor I got on sale.
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Old 10-24-2015, 05:46 PM   #19
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...when properly adjusted.

Would you not agree? They can still be set on too high a setting and then lock up the trailer's wheels (in many cases).

Yes, a proportional controller is a no brainer decision, but it still should be adjusted as needed. Don't just assume its good to go after you wire it up.
Equally as important to adjust the brakes right on the trailer itself once a year.
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Old 10-24-2015, 06:59 PM   #20
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...when properly adjusted.

Would you not agree? They can still be set on too high a setting and then lock up the trailer's wheels (in many cases).

Yes, a proportional controller is a no brainer decision, but it still should be adjusted as needed. Don't just assume its good to go after you wire it up.

A lot of adjustment depends on the trailer and trailer brakes. My 13' with 7" brakes can NOT be set high enough to lock up the trailer wheels. I would imagine that trailers with bigger brakes could lock up the wheels. Prodigy has some very good instruction on how to adjust the brakes.

I can personally confirm that trailer brakes and Prodigy P2 is useful and desired combination. Even if they don't lock the wheels they do what I want them to do that is keep the trailer behind the tow vehicle.
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Old 10-25-2015, 10:16 AM   #21
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We love the wireless Tekonsha. there is a discussion thread here somewhere from when we were considering it two years ago. we have not had a problem. a little fussy to set up and you have to install the box on your tongue in exactly the right spot but once you are set up, you are set. see the video on the Tekonsha web site. Have a look!
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