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Old 11-18-2013, 04:55 PM   #11
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I have electric brakes selected.

About setting the controller up, as with most things bought used, the previous owner was kind enough to lose the owner's manual. I did go online where they tell you to set the sensitivity to where the trailer wheels *just* about lock up during a hard stop. I set the power to maximum and can't get it to come close, I just got my truck's brakes hot.

I have new pads and mechanisms in my trailer and can't really get them to lock up anyway, so I just went with maximum brake power. Pulling the boost lever, I can get some pretty serious braking going with the trailer; enough to stop the whole mess with the trailer alone quite readily.

I do not have the boost setting selected. It only made the brakes more likely to activate while climbing.

Going to Tekonsha's website, I see this phone number:
Cequent Performance Products

(800)632-3290

Is this the tech help number?
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Old 11-18-2013, 05:57 PM   #12
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I just used my new P3 for the first time last weekend. I couldn't be happier with it. My old timed unit was a PITA. I would have to constantly feather it and get off the brakes completely to keep it from locking the trailer brakes on a long stop. I adjusted it by the book many times to no avail. Truck and trailer weigh about the same. Adjusted the P3 once and set boost to 2... haven't touched it since... I'd be willing to bet you have awiring issue, or possibly a bad ground... or even a mounting issue as described earlier. Things do wear out, the unit could be bad...

Best of luck, and be safe...
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Old 11-18-2013, 06:38 PM   #13
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About wiring, my truck is a 1997 (last year of the square body Super Duty) and when I went to look up prices of new P3's, I noticed they all have pigtails for specific vehicles, and all current models. Does anyone have a wiring diagram of how they are supposed to be wired up if you install it in a vehicle other than what they're pre-wired for? I wonder if whoever bought and installed mine just hacked it in since there are crimp connectors going to places unknown.

I'd like to check this out before spending $150 on a replacement unit only to discover it's a wiring problem, and be out $150 and stuck with a second brake controller I have no use for.
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Old 11-19-2013, 12:57 AM   #14
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PM me if you can't get a manual for your P3. I'll scan mine and send it to you. It's a great controller. It sounds like something isn't wired correctly.
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About setting the controller up, as with most things bought used, the previous owner was kind enough to lose the owner's manual.
Here's the manual. From the forum library...

http://www.forestriverforums.com/for...p?do=file&id=9
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CAUTION: Inadequate grounding may cause intermittent braking or lack of sufficient voltage to trailer brakes. The WHITE wire must be connected to a suitable ground location. The negative terminal of the battery is a suitable ground location in the absence of a Trailer Tow Package connection.
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I have electric brakes selected.

About setting the controller up, as with most things bought used, the previous owner was kind enough to lose the owner's manual. I did go online where they tell you to set the sensitivity to where the trailer wheels *just* about lock up during a hard stop. I set the power to maximum and can't get it to come close, I just got my truck's brakes hot.

I have new pads and mechanisms in my trailer and can't really get them to lock up anyway, so I just went with maximum brake power. Pulling the boost lever, I can get some pretty serious braking going with the trailer; enough to stop the whole mess with the trailer alone quite readily.

I do not have the boost setting selected. It only made the brakes more likely to activate while climbing.

Going to Tekonsha's website, I see this phone number:
Cequent Performance Products
(800)632-3290

Is this the tech help number?
Technical Assistance: 1-888-785-5832
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Old 11-19-2013, 10:25 AM   #18
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I have electric brakes selected.

About setting the controller up, as with most things bought used, the previous owner was kind enough to lose the owner's manual. I did go online where they tell you to set the sensitivity to where the trailer wheels *just* about lock up during a hard stop. I set the power to maximum and can't get it to come close, I just got my truck's brakes hot.

I have new pads and mechanisms in my trailer and can't really get them to lock up anyway, so I just went with maximum brake power. Pulling the boost lever, I can get some pretty serious braking going with the trailer; enough to stop the whole mess with the trailer alone quite readily.

I do not have the boost setting selected. It only made the brakes more likely to activate while climbing.

Going to Tekonsha's website, I see this phone number:
Cequent Performance Products

(800)632-3290

Is this the tech help number?
since you have a toy hauler which I assume is pretty heavy you will not get wheel lockup at any speed except from a standstill. I put larger magnets, 8 gage wire, terminal strips with real connectors, and adjusted the pads to pretty good drag, I have night and day stopping power. no thanks to FR or dealer for fixing this problem I have had since it came of the assy line.. before the trailer pushed me everywhere now I can almost lock up at 10mph. I weight in at 12.5 loaded to camp and it takes lots of power to stop. as for the controller applying brakes up hill i would say it is bad, I can send you my old P2 and you can try it..but it is wired for a OBS chevy
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