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Old 10-23-2012, 01:31 PM   #1
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What's the best brake controller?
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Old 10-23-2012, 01:39 PM   #2
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The one that when properly set up, brakes the trailer properly.

That said I favour some of the Tekonsha offerings. I have the P-3, and it works great, though is even more than I really need.
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Old 10-23-2012, 01:45 PM   #3
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Tekonsha P3 also

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Look at Amazon for ratings. I settled on a Tekonsha, too, but decided their Primus IQ was more than adequate for my usage.

The really cheap controllers just have a timer, the better ones sense the vehicle deceleration rate and adjust the trailer braking accordingly.
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Old 10-23-2012, 03:45 PM   #5
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I recently installed a Tekonsha P2 That I had seen recommended here.
It was very easy to adjust and it worked great on our first trip in our Scamp.
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Old 10-23-2012, 04:13 PM   #6
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P-3

I use a P-3 and swap it between two trucks and about 5-6 different trailers. It is easy to adjust for different loads and situations. With a flat bed trailer you could have from 2K to 10K lbs on the same trailer within minutes. I also like the fact the P-3 lets me know that the trailer brake wiring is OK.
If you are dealing with only your camper you will more than likely set it and forget it. Even in that case the brake check is a great feature before towing.
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You get what you pay for and Tekonsha is worth the money.
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Old 10-23-2012, 07:03 PM   #8
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I use a Tekonsha P2. It's worked great through two vehicles and 7 years of towing.
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Old 10-25-2012, 08:37 AM   #9
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In my experience, the "best" brake controllers are the factory installed built in controllers, such as the one in our F350 Dually.
However, for the aftermarket offerings, as mentioned above, the Prodigy controllers are certainly good ones too. I have a P2 in my Frontier ( the tug for my camper ) and it works well. If I were buying a new one now, I'd probably get the P3 ( it was not available at the time I bought the P2 several years ago ) because it is a little more sophisticated for just a few dollars more.
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I have the p2 and like it very much. You can get whatever you need from Etrailer.com.
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1st post on this site. I have an Escape 19 on order that will become mine in April 2013. To prepare for our new Escape, I have a wireless Tekonsha Prodigy RF that I will not be able to use until next year. Hope this brake controller lives up to the good reputation of other Tekonsha products. Anyone here have any experience with it?

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Old 10-25-2012, 07:27 PM   #12
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Hi Dave, welcome to FiberglassRV... we're glad you're here! I have a Tekonsha P2, which works just great so I can't comment on your needs. Just wanted to you to this great all molded towable forum!

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Old 10-31-2012, 10:53 AM   #13
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1st post on this site. I have an Escape 19 on order that will become mine in April 2013. To prepare for our new Escape, I have a wireless Tekonsha Prodigy RF that I will not be able to use until next year. Hope this brake controller lives up to the good reputation of other Tekonsha products. Anyone here have any experience with it?

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Welcome Dave,
I have been using the wireless Tekonsha for about a year now. It has been working flawlessly and installation was easy. It makes sense if you will be using different tow vehicles with your trailer. Expense is the drawback vs. using a hard wired unit.
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What's the best brake controller?
You are starting out right, brakes for any trailer of 500 lbs is a great idea of course this is a personal opinion
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