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Old 02-09-2015, 10:20 AM   #11
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Well...just clicked the button to order a DirectLink unit. It'll probably be next month sometime before I get the camper out and try it out, but at least I'll have it so I'll be ready!
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Old 03-31-2015, 06:08 PM   #12
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Got it installed and tested it for the first time this weekend. It works great. Really smooth, and a clean looking install. But even though the brakes work (I can lock them up if I put it at 100%) and the brake lights come on when the brakes are engaged, it always says "NC" (not connected) on the screen.

Just got off the phone with their technical support, and the guy says because I have only a single axle, the problem is the brakes on the trailer aren't pulling enough load to make it think it's connected. (Or it thinks it's connected, but is expecting more than 2 brakes and thinks some are unhooked).

His suggested solution is to go buy a brake magnet and wire it between my blue wire and ground and just zip tie it up somewhere so it doesn't get in the way of things.

Does that sound like a reasonable thing to do? Off the top of my head his explanation seems plausible and I don't think his "fix" will really hurt anything. It just seems kinda silly.
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Old 03-31-2015, 07:15 PM   #13
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Seems strange to me. I used one for a few years, on a single axle popup and never had that problem when I synced it correctly. One time, when switching from my Silverao to my Hummer, I connected the trailer to the Hummer, plugged the controller in and could not get rid of the NC notice.

Then, I read the instructions and even though they didn't say so, when switching vehicles you have to program the controller. So, I went through the sync mode where you attached the unit on the trailer to the vehicle, but you do NOT have the trailer plugged into the unit.
Then I went through the syncing plugged the trailer into the controller and it worked. Then when switching back, I did the same sync assuming I had too.

But if the controller works, but the display says No Connection, something does not sound right; at least to me.
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Old 03-31-2015, 08:18 PM   #14
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Seems strange to me. I used one for a few years, on a single axle popup and never had that problem when I synced it correctly. One time, when switching from my Silverao to my Hummer, I connected the trailer to the Hummer, plugged the controller in and could not get rid of the NC notice.

Then, I read the instructions and even though they didn't say so, when switching vehicles you have to program the controller. So, I went through the sync mode where you attached the unit on the trailer to the vehicle, but you do NOT have the trailer plugged into the unit.
Then I went through the syncing plugged the trailer into the controller and it worked. Then when switching back, I did the same sync assuming I had too.

But if the controller works, but the display says No Connection, something does not sound right; at least to me.
I think you're speaking about the wireless one. I'm talking about the DriectLink one that doesn't need to by synced.
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Old 03-31-2015, 08:54 PM   #15
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Yea, sorry about that.
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Old 04-01-2015, 12:34 PM   #16
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The Tekonsha RF unit is intended to be a help to those who want to tow the same trailer with multiple vehicles. The main unit is attached to the trailer, and you simply bring the cab-controller in whatever vehicle you are using to tow.

A standard brake controller (mounted in-cab, like the Prodigy, etc), is for those that want the ability to tow multiple trailers with the same tow vehicle.

Not sure what this DirectLink offers that would be worth $350. It seems nifty that it connects directly thru OBDII plug, so it's a "directlink" to the vehicle's systems, and I assume it is reading brake pressure and perhaps tapping into stability control sensors (?).

But $350!!! My Prodigy works really well, and if I want to remove it, all I do pull it out of the bracket and unplug the thing.

Not wanting to pooh-pooh your purchase. Truly. I simply don't see the benefit, worth 3x the cost.
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Truly. I simply don't see the benefit, worth 3x the cost.

So have you ever towed with an Integrated Controller? I have yet to find anybody that has and shares your opinion. Even the "Big Three" vehicle manufacturers have transitioned to Integrated Controllers in recent years (note..."Integrated" does not mean simply built into the dash).


To the OP...It is disappointing that DirecLink didn't have a better answer for towing with one axle. In reality though...the controller isn't really there to tell you whether or not your trailer is hooked up. If the rest of the functions are as expected, I would probably (reluctantly) give up worrying about it. Having said that, you may be able to use a resistor to mimic the additional load that the "missing" brakes would put on the controller. Might be worth a try to call them back and talk to somebody more knowledgeable about the engineering behind their product.
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Like I said, I'm asking what is the benefit. I want to learn. Are you saying that if someone has not used a product, we are not allowed to enter into the discussion and ask questions?

If somebody is willing to spend 3-times the cost of a Tekonsha P2, there must be something significant about it's performance.

Regarding the integrated controllers from the OEMs, those are included from the factory as part of a HD towing package, so the owner has nothing else to do. That of itself is a significant benefit. But the cost is also much lower, as the package typically includes many other upgrades (engine cooling, trans cooling, mirrors, wiring upgrades, etc).

So, again, I'm not trying to pooh-pooh the product. I'm simply wondering what is the draw that is worth $350.
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