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Old 03-26-2014, 09:42 PM   #1
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Tekonsha RF Brake Controller

We need to install a brake controller in our new tug, and there is not a lot of real estate on the dash to bolt it on to, so we are considering a Tekonsha Prodigy RF, which communicates with the brakes with a wireless unit bolted to the trailer frame. If you look up Tekonsha Prodigy RF Part 90250, you can see the video of how this works.

Has anybody installed one of these and if so, how do you like it?
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Old 03-27-2014, 07:58 AM   #2
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What's your tug? I can generally find a place to mount any brake controller in my vehicles. We mounted our regular Tekonsha over on the very left side, actually on the pull-out fuse box cover in out 2013 Escape. I'm not much of a fan of wireless stuff when it comes to brakes!

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Old 03-27-2014, 08:17 AM   #3
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I'm with frank, I've had too much wireless experience to trust it more than a wired connection where safety is paramount. With my wired Tekonsha it immediately lets me know if there is a connection problem to the trailer.

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Old 03-27-2014, 11:49 AM   #4
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I've had the Tek. RF controller on our setup for more than a year now, including a cross-country trip. After the initial pairing (using our old tug as the third vehicle for set-up purposes) the unit has worked flawlessly.

It so happens that I was able to make a simple mount for the remote in our particular vehicle, so nothing was modified or permanently added to our dash or interior. Probably the main reason for installing it.
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Old 03-27-2014, 12:34 PM   #5
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I had a look at the video on the unit. You are still going to want access to the small control box to apply the trailer brakes manually. Very helpful in trailer sway or other emergency situations. I don't see any advantage to this unit in your situation.

Many standard control units can be simply plugged in when needed. So they don't take up real estate when you are not using them.
You might be better off making a simple mount to hold a controller like Per describes for your situation. You're a non smoker, is there something you can mod to fit your ashtray?


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Me, I just don't trust wireless. I want real wires from the controller to the brakes.
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Old 03-27-2014, 05:07 PM   #7
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I have used this Rf controller on my trailer and tug for the last 8 trips or so. A little over a year now. It has worked flawlessly. I have a choice of 3 tugs to use if I wish and for me was the right way to go. If the wireless fails the brake unit defalts to its last settings so the brakes dont stop working. My 13 foot trailer isnt using a brake controler hard like a much larger trailer would. For my situation I would purchase it again if need be.
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Old 03-27-2014, 10:57 PM   #8
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I bought the RF controller because I had to go to another city to pick op our Scamp with a tow vehicle that may not be our ultimate choice. Once at the Scamp's location I mounted the controller on the Scamp's tongue with my cordless drill and plugged it into the Jeep. It took a few trial stops to get the brake sensitivity set and I was on my way. The controller has worked flawlessly for 3 years with no issues. Even if left unplugged from the cigarette lighter plug the system remembers a setting that will stop the rig. It is an excellent and reliable product, but expensive compared to hard wired controllers. if you plan to change tugs often it would be the controller of choice. I have never had any issues with interference or communication problems.
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We dont plan on changing cars but there is a lot of stuff on the dash including driver knee airbag so there is just not a lot of p,aces to safely drill into, thus the wireless appeal. Santa fe xl.

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Wireless would scare the crap out of me.
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Old 03-28-2014, 08:30 AM   #11
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The Prodigy RF works great and is quite reliable. Just use a strip of velcro and you can mount the hand held controller to your dash at any convenient location. Concerns regarding the wireless failing and you losing your trailer brakes are groundless. The trailer brakes work automatically when you brake your tow vehicle, without the use of any wireless communication. Wireless operation is only used for manual operation of your brakes and for assigning the controller settings.
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there is a lot of stuff on the dash including driver knee airbag so there is just not a lot of places to safely drill into, ... Santa fe xl.
Ooh, that sounds tough.

I did a quick search this AM and found one suggestion of somewhere on the LS of the steering wheel.

Is your dash like the one from a 2013 pictured below? If so, what is in the space in front of the shift lever?

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Thanks for everybody's comments. Nothing like collective wisdom. Yes, that's pretty much our dash. In front of the knob is a well with a couple of 12 volt outlets and a usb port or two. If you try to drill in there, you are going into the AC controls.

There is juice to the brakes at all times with the RF unit - there is a box mounted on the trailer tongue that has all the power control and brains in it - the handheld allows for the initial fine-tuning and shows the connection, but the tongue box does all the work whether the handheld is plugged in or not. Looks like a good product - I don't think Tekonsha would sell it if it was crap, because the liability would be too high - have a look at the video which Roy has kindly posted.
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Hi Pat,
I just got my Princess Auto flyer and noticed a new (to me) proportional style brake controller. It is regular $130 on sale for $100 April 29 - May 11m 2014. It comes in 3 parts: the controller, a display unit and the manual contol lever.
Flex Mount Brake Control | Princess Auto
InSIGHT? Flex-Mount? Brake Control
Installation Instructions: http://www.hopkinstowingsolutions.com/doc/47297.pdf

This might be something that will work with your vehicles space limitations. If I didn't have a P3 already, this is something I would be interested in.

http://youtu.be/tjwTBIhRjCo
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