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Old 04-06-2019, 09:21 AM   #1
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best brake controller

Sorry for yet anther thread on this well worn topic. This question sort of dove-tails to my epic "no trailer brakes" thread. Although I think my brake controller is operating normally, it does have some tech features like self-calibration that brings into question whether it is compatible with the Lippert self-adjusting brakes on my Surveyor TT. The controller I installed is a Curt Triflex model #51140. It is plugged into the factory tow wiring harness using the correct adapter.
In the event my controller is suspect in my no trailer brake problem, what do others use for a controller? Are there any favorites or features to look for?
My past experience with brake control goes back to the analog days with simple manual controls and settings. Is simple better?
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Old 04-06-2019, 09:26 AM   #2
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I've got a Tekonsha (sp?) Prodigy on my truck. I use this controller with several different trailers, and it works WONDERFULLY!



If I had to buy another controller, this would be the one. I think Tekonsha also makes another unit with more features than the Prodigy, but this Prodigy superb. 110% satisfied with it.
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Old 04-06-2019, 09:42 AM   #3
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Thanks BriaBeck, there are 4 proportional controllers on the Tekonsha website, Voyager, Primus, P2 and P3.
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Old 04-06-2019, 09:50 AM   #4
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OK.. I guess I'm a little behind the times on Tekonsha's product line LOL


The Prodigy was the 2nd from the top of the line when I bought mine...



If it says Tekonsha on it though, I think you'll be pleased.
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Old 04-06-2019, 09:55 AM   #5
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Had to look at the Tekonsha website


the Prodigy is still there, just updated and listed as the Prodigy P2. It is under "Proportional Controllers"...


Looks just the same as mine, except it's now in a grey case and blue LED's... mine is black with red LED's.


Get yourself one, you'll be happy I'm sure.
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Old 04-06-2019, 10:10 AM   #6
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Tekonsha prodigy here also. P2 in all of my tow vehicles
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Old 04-06-2019, 10:29 AM   #7
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I went with the Prodigy RF. The controller is pluged into the 7 pin trailer cable and bolted to the frame. Then inside the Jeep I have the radio transmitter/receiver that I Velcro in place when I tow and store most of the time. It seems to work great.
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Old 04-06-2019, 10:57 AM   #8
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The Tekonsha P3 is the best. I had that on my last truck. I had the P2 before that. Neither is as good as the built in one in my F-150 though but for an add on, the P3 is the best you can get. My understanding is the RF one is the same as the P3.

The P3 has an electric over hydraulic mode if you ever decide to go for that someday(disc brakes).
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Old 04-06-2019, 01:08 PM   #9
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The Tekonsha Prodigy is by far, the most popular brake controller for towables.
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Old 04-06-2019, 05:20 PM   #10
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