Has anyone out there tried one of these Tekonsha Prodigy RF Brake Controllers?
Our TV is a 2005 VW Touareg. I love this car and bought it specifically to be our TV, as it has an exceptional tow rating and it is a very comfortable ride. (Plus, I like VW's and have always wanted a Touareg) Well after installing a VW OEM trailer hitch and wiring, I learned I still needed a brake controller. Those familiar with VW's will know that they have never been known for their electrical
systems, well they are known, but not for the good aspects. Further, I am a member on Club Touareg - Volkswagen Touareg Owners Community
and have learned the Touareg's electrical
system is especially finicky. (Examples: the tow package automatically adjusts for a trailer, adjusts shift points, integrates the trailer into the vehicle security system (if the 7 pin is disconnected the vehicle alarm will activate), trailer brake light
malfunctions will appear on the vehicle multi-function display, etc...)
All that being said, I have been looking around for a brake controller. I like the Tekonsha products and was looking at either the P3 or other similar models. These are on the market for about $120 or so depending where you buy. But, after the purchase, I would have to find an installer who could install the controller with out frying my TV's electrics.
While looking I came across this: the Tekonsha Prodigy RF! Do we have a winner?!? Yes, it is expensive. BUT, I
can easily install it in my driveway. I would have to pay a shop to install at P3, which I could see running an easy $100. So with the cost of a P3 and install, I am getting close to the price of this unit.
Some other upsides, If we get a second vehicle that could pull the Boler
(Yeah, I don't know why either..... but what if), we could use this system in that vehicle as well. Further, I have told some friends/family they can borrow the Boler
if they want. This brake controller would allow them (and give me peace of mind that the brakes
worked) to tow it safely.
Other than price, I am having a hard time finding a fault. Some reviewers stated they were worried about RF interference, but others said they have used it for a while and had no issues.
I am already pretty much sold on this unit, I was just wondering if anyone else has any experience or input. Thanks, here are a couple of links:
Tekonsha Prodigy RF Trailer Mount Brake Control - $289.96
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