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Old 04-01-2016, 11:08 AM   #1
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What would you do?

Tow choices for the new tow rig. Pay $440.00 plus for the controller, installation, and programming of the MOPAR integrated brake controller, or pay $200 for everything for a quality dash mounted unit like a prodigy? Would I see any benefit at all for the integrated one versus a external one? Would the external one need to be programmed into my computer?
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Old 04-01-2016, 11:30 AM   #2
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I would just get a prodigy, but the other side of the coin is the integrated controller looks wise is going to be a lot nicer.

No real performance benefit either way I would say.
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Old 04-01-2016, 11:33 AM   #3
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I installed a Prodigy P2 myself in my Chevy 1/2 ton. I can't nail two boards together, and I did it per the instructions, and it worked/works great. Still have that truck to pull my ATV trailer and the controller works fine. It's mounted under dash by my right knee.
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Old 04-01-2016, 11:34 AM   #4
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Go with the external. I had the Prodigy P3 in my 2012 Ram 1500 and it worked great. I bought the cable that is specifically made for the P3 to plug directly into the connector that is behind the dash.
I just sold my P3 with that cable to someone on this forum. They have no use for it, so you may be able to pick it up cheap. PM me and I will send you the persons handle here.
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Old 04-01-2016, 11:47 AM   #5
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Get the P3 and plan a trip with the left over $........
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Old 04-01-2016, 11:53 AM   #6
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I think that is the way I am going to go. I just cannot see spending a few hundred extra dollars for the Mopar one, especially when a controller like a prodigy is actually an elite level controller. With the exception of going to harpers ferry, my pulls aren't any longer than 40 miles one way....
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I think that is the way I am going to go. I just cannot see spending a few hundred extra dollars for the Mopar one, especially when a controller like a prodigy is actually an elite level controller. With the exception of going to harpers ferry, my pulls aren't any longer than 40 miles one way....
The distance you travel has No bearing on the Need for brakes! Install the P3 and its a Done Deal! Youroo!!
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Old 04-01-2016, 12:04 PM   #8
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The distance you travel has No bearing on the Need for brakes! Install the P3 and its a Done Deal! Youroo!!

I agree, I am just using it as my justification for not needing to spend the extra money on the one from Dodge.
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Not sure on the Ram but on my Chevy you get addition options that work with integrated brake control like the anti sway control and hill assist. It also knows when the trailer is plugged in with a message display so you know it has contact or unplugs. Not sure the Prodigy will do all this.
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Old 04-01-2016, 12:42 PM   #10
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OEM is Better IMO

I installed the Factory Brake Controller myself. I paid around $180 for the kit from the dealer that I bought my truck from. They gave me a 10% discount. If you can change your oil, you can do it.

I had to shop around for another dealer to program the truck to recognize the controller. My selling dealer wanted $120 so I called around and found another dealer that did it for $80.

So I'm $260 all-in for a factory brake controller.

Also, the controller does work without the computer flashing, but all you get on your EVIC is the trailer trip odometer. It does function, but you don't know the gain number or brake force percentage being applied at various brake pedal travel.

Its pretty cool once you get it flashed. You get a trailer icon choice in the EVIC and can store up to four different trailer configurations with selection for Light or Heavy Electric or Light or Heavy Electric over Hydraulic. It also displays gain, brake force gauge and will also pop up any faults like trailer disconnected, trailer brake failure etc -per the owners manual.

I have a Prodigy P2 in my other TV and while nice, it doesn't match the features of OEM. P3 is nicer, but I like the cleaner install of OEM.
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