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Old 11-04-2010, 06:13 PM   #1
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Brake Controllers

Been looking at different types of brake controllers. And it gets somewhat confusing.

Some don't give much info.

Some say they are "Time Delayed".

Some say they are "proportional".

Some say "electric over hydraulic".
HUH?

What type, brand and model have ya'll found to work best for the EGGS.

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Old 11-04-2010, 06:30 PM   #2
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Tekonsha Prodigy.
I have yet to see anyone not recommend it?
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Old 11-04-2010, 06:38 PM   #3
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Been looking at different types of brake controllers. And it gets somewhat confusing.

Some don't give much info.

Some say they are "Time Delayed".

Some say they are "proportional".

Some say "electric over hydraulic".
HUH?

What type, brand and model have ya'll found to work best for the EGGS.

Thanks,
Kip
Kip:

You might want to start here:

Trailer Brake Controller Information | etrailer.com

It answers questions about proportional versus time delay.

We have a Prodigy Tekonsha brake controller for the electric brakes on our trailer and are happy with it. It is proportional type. I'm sure others will give you their choice. See Tekonsha Website - Electric Trailer Brake Controllers and Trailer Breakaway Brake Systems

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Old 11-04-2010, 09:11 PM   #4
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Kip,
As do most on the forum, I have a Tekonsha Prodigy proportional controller. The faster I need to decelerate, the more pressure is applied to the trailer brakes by the controller.
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Old 11-04-2010, 09:38 PM   #5
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Our car is using a Voyager brake unit 9030 with standard drum electric brakes on trailer. The unit is a proportional braking system the trailer dealer recommended it.
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Old 11-04-2010, 09:50 PM   #6
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check this controller out A bit on the high side but worth considering. DirecLink

I have not tried one
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Old 11-04-2010, 10:29 PM   #7
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Don't worry about "electric over hydraulic," that is a type of braking system foundon some large trailers, but is never used in eggs.

Time delay brake controllers are cheap. That's about the only benefit to them. Some of them are a tad smaller, too. They are somewhat digital... meaning that the brakes are either ON or OFF.

Proportional brake controllers are the higher quality option. They brake the trailer in proportion to the amount of braking you apply to the tow vehicle... basically, they do what you would assume all trailer braking systems do (but many don't).
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The Prodigy Tekonsha gets my vote. Would buy again in a flash.
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Old 11-05-2010, 01:09 AM   #9
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Don't worry about "electric over hydraulic," that is a type of braking system foundon some large trailers, but is never used in eggs...
Uhaul 16s and little T@B trailers have hydraulic braking systems. You can get hydraulic couplers with master cylinders for not much more than the cost of a nice electronic proportional controller. You'd need hubs, too but you can get all that stuff at Northern Trailer, even with disc brakes! I wouldn't suggest somebody retrofit an electrical system, but the option is out there.

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Old 11-05-2010, 01:42 AM   #10
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check this controller out A bit on the high side but worth considering. DirecLink

I have not tried one

Interesting system, but boy oh boy is it pricey. $295.00

Prodigy with a bit of shopping is less than $100.00.
I think that Prodigy by Tekonsha is probably the most common controller. Almost any will work with our small trailers. I prefer the proportional system, but some will sear by the timed system. I want my trailer brakes to come on quickly when I apply the tow brakes. I want there to be enough braking to keep the trailer behind me, and not much that it's trying to stop the tow. I think the prodigy does all that.
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I use the Tekonsha P3.
More features than we need for our eggs.
Consider what else you might tow in the future in your purchase decisions today.
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Old 11-05-2010, 06:50 AM   #12
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Tekonsha Prodigy gets my vote too
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Old 11-05-2010, 05:38 PM   #13
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I wanted the Tekonsha Prodigy, but they did install the Odyssey II from Valley Industry, and I'm very happy camper with it.

Valley Odyssey II Trailer Brake Controller Review Video | etrailer.com
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Uhaul 16s and little T@B trailers have hydraulic braking systems. You can get hydraulic couplers with master cylinders for not much more than the cost of a nice electronic proportional controller. You'd need hubs, too but you can get all that stuff at Northern Trailer, even with disc brakes! I wouldn't suggest somebody retrofit an electrical system, but the option is out there.

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Right, but those systems are called 'surge brakes' and are a lot different than electric over hydraulic systems.
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