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Old 02-11-2014, 01:46 PM   #1
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trailer brake.....

So I have 2 questions. I have a tracer 3150BHD (approx 7,200lbs) and I am curious #1 - with an aftermarket trailer brake what are most peoples settings & #2 - I have moments when the trailer brake will engage soft (feels normal) but sometimes hard (will actually jerk the truck), all during regular braking. Is that normal?
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Old 02-11-2014, 02:16 PM   #2
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So I have 2 questions. I have a tracer 3150BHD (approx 7,200lbs) and I am curious #1 - with an aftermarket trailer brake what are most peoples settings & #2 - I have moments when the trailer brake will engage soft (feels normal) but sometimes hard (will actually jerk the truck), all during regular braking. Is that normal?
Every truck,trailer and brake controller is different so there's no one good answer for settings.

As far as it being touchy sometimes and not others could be do to condensation on the brake surfaces as well as if your controller also works off of inertia you may not realize that your braking harder and relatively throwing the inertia switch further allowing it to brake harder.

Just a few things to think about.



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Old 02-12-2014, 11:10 PM   #3
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What brake controller do you have? If it is one of the lower cost time delay controllers, they are aweful for being jerky.
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Old 02-12-2014, 11:18 PM   #4
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I was never so happy about changing something as I was from going from the POS the dealer installed to a Teconsha P3. I was having to feather and get off the brakes and get back on, etc... With the new one it's just smooth stops, and hard ones when needed... don't ask me how I know...
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Old 02-12-2014, 11:29 PM   #5
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The P3 is the way to go. Self leveling, proportional controller. If not self leveling you are always tweaking the gain and then if you find yourself on a steep grade road the gain is off.
Check out this web site and look at the user info supplied by etrailer...
Tekonsha Prodigy P3 Trailer Brake Controller - 1 to 4 Axles - Proportional Tekonsha Brake Controller 90195
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The P3 is the way to go. Self leveling, proportional controller. If not self leveling you are always tweaking the gain and then if you find yourself on a steep grade road the gain is off.
Check out this web site and look at the user info supplied by etrailer...
Tekonsha Prodigy P3 Trailer Brake Controller - 1 to 4 Axles - Proportional Tekonsha Brake Controller 90195
X2 on that, the P2 and P3 does a very good job when adjusted correctly.
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The P2 is self leveling. That is a great feature. When I was looking at one a couple of years ago and actually bought one, I got the P3 which was self leveling. Now, when I glance thru the Tekonsha site it does not mention the P3 as self leveling?
P2 is, great unit...
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I have used timed based and the P2 and 3 on various trailers I have owned, I personally like the timed base better, especially with a heavy load behind me. I guess using the timed based units forever I got used to the drag down feeling. I just sold the P3 and if anybody wants a P2 I will make you a good deal ,it has a Chevy cable attached to it now
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