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Old 03-17-2011, 10:10 AM   #1
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TV: Brake controller?

Just bought a TV, a 2001 expedition eddie bauer with HD tow package.

Leaning toward a reese dual cam hitch, likely this one (suggestions???)
Reese 66087 Strait-Line 800 lbs Round Bar with Shank Camper Trailer RV

From what I can gather this has the wiring for elec brakes, just need the controller that will plug in under the dash. I've never had a trailer with brakes so what is good, bad, features I'm looking for, etc?
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Old 03-17-2011, 12:09 PM   #2
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We have a Tekonsha P3. IMO one of the best controllers out there.


http://www.tekonsha.com/content/prod...435&part=90195
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Old 03-17-2011, 04:39 PM   #3
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Get a proportional type controller and not a time delay controller. Once setup the proportional controller should not have to be re-adjusted, assuming your load doesn't change. With the time delay controller you have to keep making adjustments as your speed changes. It is a pain and also dangerous. I sometimes forget to re-adjust and end up using the truck to stop the entire rig, not good in an emergency. The proportional units cost more but I think the extra money is well worth it.
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Old 03-17-2011, 04:42 PM   #4
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We have a Prodigy and we've been very happy with it.
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Old 03-17-2011, 04:56 PM   #5
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Get a proportional type controller and not a time delay controller. Once setup the proportional controller should not have to be re-adjusted, assuming your load doesn't change. With the time delay controller you have to keep making adjustments as your speed changes. It is a pain and also dangerous. I sometimes forget to re-adjust and end up using the truck to stop the entire rig, not good in an emergency. The proportional units cost more but I think the extra money is well worth it.
I think you mean Inertia (like Prodigy) Proportionals are the ones that need constant adjustment. They're either on or off unless they're in a newer Ford(so I'm told) I'm told they work with the brake pedal and are truly proportional to brake pedal applied (can't confirm, just what I've been told)
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Old 03-18-2011, 08:07 AM   #6
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OP a nice write up is available at Trailer Brake Controller Information | etrailer.com - I just picked up a HUSKY Quest Proportional Brake Control ( http://www.huskytow.com/FTP/PDF/H-2-A_ELECTRICAL.pdf ) for the simple set up and the fact that it has 5 setting I can pre-set for known towing situation (rain, heavy or lighter than normal etc)
What ever brand I suggest staying away from the Ramp (time delay) type controllers.
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Old 03-19-2011, 08:40 PM   #7
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you can get an Equal-i-zer for less money, free shipping and no drilling needed.

also, big Prodigy fan. love my P2.

you can get both at RVW, $440 for the Equalizer and $99 for the Prodigy P2, with free shipping.
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I have a Prodigy, but don't understand how to set it. I'm going to get an Equalizer too. Is it okay to leave it attached the trailer?
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I have a Prodigy, but don't understand how to set it. I'm going to get an Equalizer too. Is it okay to leave it attached the trailer?
your Prodigy should have setting instructions with it. i seem to remember that there is a starting number setting and you go from there. it's been 5 years since i first set it up, so it's a little foggy.

yes, you can leave it attached but it's not easy pulling the drawbar out of the hitch receiver. and you'll have to lock the ball to the tongue to prevent theft.
i leave mine in the receiver, with a lockable pin.
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Old 03-20-2011, 03:10 AM   #10
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We just love Max Brake Controller. It has worked flawlessly for over 2 years. Diana
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