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Old 07-11-2014, 04:39 PM   #29
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When it comes to the size of trailers most of us have here the only functional difference between the two is price
Agreed. But if you shop around, there is not much difference in price.
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Old 07-11-2014, 05:35 PM   #30
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Thanks! Can you please explain the difference between the P2 and P3?
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I think the P3 can store multiple settings for different trailers or weights. E.G setting 1 for flat bed trailer empty, setting 2 for flat bed trailer loaded with heavy earth moving equipment.

What some might consider a nicer LCD display with words rather than codes. Has more buttons to navigate the menus and settings. Which may be easier to use.

Cost $20 more.

But functionally I have to agree with Carol not going to make much difference for towing our campers.

I think the main reason the older style time delay controllers still exist is because they have gotten so cheap. Less than $50 for a name brand controller.

Early proportional controllers used a pendulum to detect deceleration and thus where very touchy about position which may have given them a reputation with some people for being unreliable. Now they use pretty much same technology as smart phones use to detect motion.

There could be some situations where one wants to mount the controller sideways on the dog house of a commercial truck or some other odd orientation that would not work for a proportional controller but would with a time delay. The other one scenario I have heard mentioned is hourly employees tend to break stuff in commercial trucks, they kick it or hit it with tools and replacing a $50 controller beats replacing a $125 controller.

But for our uses I don't think it makes sense to waste money on a time delay controller unless price is a huge consideration and you figure your trailer use is so limited you don't need much beyond "it works".
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I had the not so great pleasure last summer while towing another parties rig of being reminded what a delay controller felt like! Very jerky. Cant imagine going back to that after having used a proportional controller.
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My Scamp has electric brakes, although the PO didn't know it. I am thinking about taking advantage of those and adding a brake controller to my 09 Escape. What would a reasonable price to have someone install it? Keep in mind the Escape didn't come with a factory tow package.
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Joe get the P2 and install it yourself. Etrailer has many videos of the install and most likely will have one of your truck. It's not hard at all. It took me about 1 1/2 hrs to do my Ranger.
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My Scamp has electric brakes, although the PO didn't know it. I am thinking about taking advantage of those and adding a brake controller to my 09 Escape. What would a reasonable price to have someone install it? Keep in mind the Escape didn't come with a factory tow package.
The Controller itself is a plug and play so once you have the blue brake line installed in the car it should only be a matter of plugging it in and setting it up yourself. The P2 is a pretty easy controller to set up and use.

I can't recall how much I paid to have the brake line installed on my last tug about $125 sounds about right. Check around as I recall prices were all over the map.

As an incentive check your Escapes owners manual it may be that Ford requires them on anything you tow over x so many pounds - often it is over 1000 or 1500lbs. Its also the law in some states that brakes be used if the trailer weights half or more of the weight of the tow vehicle.
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Just went to a shop this morning, to check on brake controllers! Price range was $70 up to $150. To have it installed was around $30. These are Arkansas prices.
Hope this helps.

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Just went to a shop this morning, to check on brake controllers! Price range was $70 up to $150. To have it installed was around $30. These are Arkansas prices.
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Carl, I am assuming that the $30 was to install the controller itself and that it doesnt include the running of the actual controller/brake wire on the tug if it didn't come with one? Is that correct?
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Carl, I am assuming that the $30 was to install the controller itself and that it doesnt include the running of the actual controller/brake wire on the tug if it didn't come with one? Is that correct?
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Yes, you are correct! $30 is just to plug the cable into the system. That will connect the controller to the towing system. If they have to run all of cables, then it will cost more.
Hope that answers your question.
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