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Old 07-21-2016, 03:44 PM   #1
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2016 Ram trailer brake controller

Wondering about folks' experience with the trailer brake controller in the 2016 Ram heavy duty diesel pickups.

We just purchased a 2016 Ram 3500 Laramie diesel to replace our 2011 Laramie 2500 diesel, with which we pull a Columbus 320RS fiver. I'm wondering about the trailer brake controller on the 2016. We had the OEM controller on the 2011 go out, and it was not pretty. In very short order, it resulted in all sorts of damage to both front and back brakes on the truck (mostly covered under warranty and extended warranty). Our Dodge dealer replaced that controller with a new OEM unit, which we have never used. Instead, we bought a Tekonsha with which we have been very happy. (Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice....) The after-market controller is coming home with us when we swap trucks next week. Question is, shall I run right over to the local trailer hitch place and have that Tekonsha installed on the new truck or just keep it in ready reserve? Anybody have experience with the OEM trailer brake controllers on the 2016 Ram heavy duty pickups? Are they reliable and electrically powerful enough to do the stopping required on a trailer that weighs in at somewhere around 12,000 pounds? I don't want to step on the brakes in Albuquerque and come to a stop in San Diego. Nor do I want to fry any more brake pads, rotors and calipers.

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Old 07-21-2016, 03:51 PM   #2
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I have a 2015 Ram 1500 laramie (which I know is a different animal) with the factory brake controller. It is a terrific unit and out performs any of the after market units i've had on my 3 previous 1/2 ton pickups. Assuming the 3/4 and the 1 ton brake controllers work as well as mine, you will not be disappointed!

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Old 07-21-2016, 04:42 PM   #3
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I have the p3 in my ram.
Although, I did install the factory brake controller as well.
I use the p3 for towing. Not a fan of the stock controller, but wanted it for other reasons.

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Old 07-21-2016, 04:59 PM   #4
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2016 3500 SRW 4x4 Big Horn here and pretty happy with the oem controller. Tow a 10000 lbs toy hauler with no problem stopping.... Had a 2010 Ram 3500 before the 2016 and seems like the 2016 controller adjust better than the 2010.
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Old 07-21-2016, 05:47 PM   #5
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Do a search, and you will see that there has been an issue. My 1500 is cranked up to 10 and can't lock up the Roo. I do feel it braking hard when I use the slider. I am tempted to get something to measure the voltage while running. (Bluetooth logging meter that also measures PWM)
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Old 07-21-2016, 07:32 PM   #6
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I don't a 2016 Ram, but I do have a 2015 Ram. I had the same question you have. I decided to keep my P3 from the previous truck but I'm currently using the OEM controller. I did buy the wiring harness for the P3 just in case I did need it. So far the OEM controller has done fine. I had read several negative comments about the OEM controller, but it seems to be working well.
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Old 07-22-2016, 05:02 AM   #7
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My 14 Ram has the brake controller.... I have had no problems with it at all and have used it on many trailers now.... no issues.
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Old 07-22-2016, 05:42 AM   #8
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I have a 12 Ram and have had nothing but problems with the OEM! Been the shop 4 times! Finally installed a P3.
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Old 07-22-2016, 12:52 PM   #9
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Our 2015 3500 DRW has had no issues with the OEM controller, I have several dif types of trailers, use the options in the settings menu on the touch screen to specify what type of braking the trailer has. Between the TOW mode and the exhaust brake I don't have to use brakes much anyway.
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Old 07-22-2016, 12:54 PM   #10
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I have a 2011 Ram and have nothing but problems with my OEM brake controller. I pull a 14000 lb fifth wheel and it will push my truck when I have to do a hard stop. The controller will not supply anymore than 50% to my trailer on a hard stop. It will supply a lot more than 50% if I hit the manual knob. What did you have to do to put the P3 in your truck?

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