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Old 10-23-2012, 12:31 PM   #1
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What's the best brake controller?
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Old 10-23-2012, 12:39 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, 12:45 PM   #3
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Tekonsha P3 also

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Old 10-23-2012, 01:00 PM   #4
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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, 02:45 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, 03:13 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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Old 10-23-2012, 06:01 PM   #7
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You get what you pay for and Tekonsha is worth the money.
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Old 10-23-2012, 06:03 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, 07:37 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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Old 10-25-2012, 08:11 AM   #10
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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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Old 10-25-2012, 03:14 PM   #11
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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, 06:27 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, 09:53 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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Old 11-02-2012, 10:39 AM   #14
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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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Old 11-20-2012, 11:06 AM   #15
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I have a 2004 jeep grand cherokee with a factory tow package and 7 pin connector is it possible i do not need an add on controller?
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Possible, but not likely. If there is not a controller either built in to the instrument panel or hanging underneath you need to buy one. Since it is pre-wired, you may be able to buy a plug in that greatly simplifies the installation. I'd look at etrailer and see what is available for your vehicle.
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Old 11-20-2012, 05:57 PM   #17
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I have a 2004 jeep grand cherokee with a factory tow package and 7 pin connector is it possible i do not need an add on controller?
If there's no controller in the cockpit area, either a previous owner took it with him or there never was one installed. It's a separate unit, usually mounted on the dash.

The "factory tow package" setup doesn't always denote anything more than a live connection for turn/tail/stop lights. The presence of a seven-pin connector is very common even when brake/ charge/backup light connections are inactive.
A few minutes with an electrical tester can probably tell you which of those 7 pins are "live", and which if any are "dormant".

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I have a 2004 jeep grand cherokee with a factory tow package and 7 pin connector is it possible i do not need an add on controller?
For my 2005 Dakota all I had to do was install a brake controller and plug in a cable from the controller to a connector under the dash. Since both are Chrysler products, you can probably do the same thing.
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Old 11-21-2012, 08:19 AM   #19
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Thank you! mine just has a blue wire hanging down that says trailer brakes. I should just pay the $200 but i think i can do it, if i can figure out the cold side of the brake switch, run the wires to the battery and put in a circut breaker. Any body done this themselves?
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.......... Any body done this themselves?

Yes. Not rocket surgery, but it takes a little electrical competence. As I mentioned, you may be able to buy a plug in if most of the wiring is already there.
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