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Old 10-15-2013, 01:32 PM   #11
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So... I just got a Tekonsha P3 for my current vehicle. Is it worth the extra for the factory controller when I upgrade, or should I stick with the Tekonsha?
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Old 10-15-2013, 02:30 PM   #12
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I cannot speak directly to the Dodge controller - I own a Ford with the factory controller.

I was not impressed with the Ford factory controller when I first used it as compared to the Prodigy P2 I was used to using I did some research and found out the system is actually quite different.

Again - this is for Ford, not sure how it works on Dodge vehicles. The basic input for the brake controller is not the pedal, or an inertia based system, but the vehicle ABS system which constantly monitors brake pressure (actual pressure, not pedal pressure) and wheel speed/spin. This translates into the brake effort that is sent to the trailer. The system is designed so that the trailer brakes are supplementary to the vehicle, not primary or independent, but tied together linearly. Also it is intended to avoid lock-up of the trailer brakes (again the ABS feed.)

This is very different than the system in the P2 which is pedal and inertia based. It increases brake effort in relation to the deceleration measured by the unit. In my case the primary difference was that when using a P2 I could set the trailer brakes to engage more forcefully, but with the Ford unit it is more proportional.

After pulling several thousand miles with both, I actually have come to appreciate the Ford unit. It is so seamless, very little jerking, surging, etc. However in aggressive braking situations that truly linear braking effort is much intuitive.
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Old 10-16-2013, 12:12 AM   #13
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Thanks... I'm pretty sure I'll be going with a Ford... so... good info for me.

Sorry for hijacking the thread.
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Old 10-25-2013, 04:56 PM   #14
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The instructions to set up the integrated brake controller are on the truck's owner's manual.
At least it was for he 2011 RAM.

going by memory but:
Hook up your trailer
Set the gain to 5.0
Travel on a level road at about 25km/hr
Apply the trailer brake ( not truck just trailer)
If it stops the truck you are done
If it doesn't stop or stops too slow increase gain
If it stops too abruptly lessen gain
Repeat until it stops smoothly
If a full manual apply causes any chirping/locking from the trailer wheels, then back off a little until there is no locking.
If a full manual apply is NOT causing any chirping/locking, increase the gain until you do get some locking, then back off a little.
The point is to have as much braking as possible (at full manual apply) without actually locking any of the tires.
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Old 10-26-2013, 10:47 AM   #15
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Agreed you worded better then I.
I should have used the term "locking" instead of "stop too abruptly" or "stop too slowly".

The instruction are (or should be) in your RAM owner's manual.
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Old 10-26-2013, 11:15 AM   #16
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I have a 2010 Ram and the IBC is marginal at best. I have heard the newer 2012 and up is a lot better. They now include an adjustment for the trailer weight as well.
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Old 10-27-2013, 12:00 AM   #17
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I agree with GOTTOYS. I have a 2010 Dodge 2500 and the IBC sucks!
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Old 10-27-2013, 12:27 AM   #18
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The controller on my 2013 Ram 2500 seems to work pretty well. I can lock the trailer brakes easily if I set the gain up. I agree with the instructions posted above but I also suggest warming the trailer brakes before the final adjustment since mine tend to grab a bit if cold or damp.
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I have a 2010 Ram and the IBC is marginal at best. I have heard the newer 2012 and up is a lot better. They now include an adjustment for the trailer weight as well.
I have a 2010 Ram as well and mine is the same way. However I had the IBC installed after the fact and was not aware there was a setup to do as described by earlier posts in this thread. Will have to give that a try this spring and see if it makes a difference.
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I have a 2011 dodge 2500 what is a good starting point on the brake controller?
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