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Old 08-14-2010, 06:47 AM   #1
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Which Brake Controller & Why?

With our recent step up to a TT, we now have electric brakes for the first time. Our two fold-downs had surge brakes.

The dealer installed a Tekonsha Voyager controller, and the unit seems adequate, although a bit finicky on an incline. However, I am a gadget guy for sure--and I can't help but read the features & claims of more sophisticated models.

What do you use and why?
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Old 08-14-2010, 07:46 AM   #2
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I use the tekonsha Prodigy.
It seems to be the most popular.
As I understand it the voyager is a "time delay" controller
and the prodigy is "proportional".
Read this thread What type of brake controller to buy? - TractorByNet.com

Also e-trailer.com (a sponsor of THIS website) has
a pretty good price on all versions .

I wonder if your dealer will let you trade up to the Prodigy??
I would if I were you.
This is JUST one man's opinion!
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Old 08-14-2010, 08:52 AM   #3
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Like KyDan states, a proportional controlled has it all over a time delay unit. A proportional will sense how much you are braking, and apply the needed electricity to the trailer brakes. A time delay won't help much in an emergency situation.

I use the Valley Odyssey, but it seems like the Prodigy is the most popular on this site.
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Old 08-14-2010, 09:41 AM   #4
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With our recent step up to a TT, we now have electric brakes for the first time. Our two fold-downs had surge brakes.

The dealer installed a Tekonsha Voyager controller, and the unit seems adequate, although a bit finicky on an incline. However, I am a gadget guy for sure--and I can't help but read the features & claims of more sophisticated models.

What do you use and why?

I started out with a Voyager with my first trailer then switch to a Prodigy now I have a Prodigy P2. Quality proprotional braking which makes it smooth stopping. It has 3 boost modes that gives you more control in stopping. Nice smooth stops and is auto leveling so you can install in any position. 360 degrees.

Here is a link to the Prodigy P2. LINK

I picked my new on up on Ebay from a dealer for $119 delivered to my door.
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Old 08-14-2010, 09:42 AM   #5
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My Prodigy is on it's second tow vehicle and it's third trailer. It works so good, I won't let it go.
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Old 08-14-2010, 10:42 AM   #6
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Looking on the 'net & talking to my brother, I got a Tekonsha P3 for my TV. On the GMT800 truck it's an easy play & play installation. 3 boost settings are available. I've only towed the trailer 4 times, so can't really comment on how good or bad it is.

On a side note w/ the introduction of the GMT900 trucks (current trucks) there is a "blunt cut" underdash pigtail. It doesn't has a terminal connector. You have to solder the connections.
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I have the P2 and really like it . I got mine at brakecontoller.com, enter the word "autoforum" in the coupon code are and get a 5% discount. mine was 119.00 with the harness and shipping.
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I have a Primus IQ from Tekonsha - seems to be more or less the same as the Prodigy model - but only supports up to 3 axles. Paid under $100 and it works real well.
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Old 08-16-2010, 05:14 PM   #9
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Prodigy or P2 by Tekonsa. Can't go wrong. Had Voyager as well but P series much better.
I believe my factory Ford controller was designed by Tekonsa as well.
All worked flawlessly
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Old 08-17-2010, 03:27 AM   #10
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Prodigy is by far the most loved BC made. and mine cost less than $99 from RVW.

better technology than most. time-delayed is way old technology and the proportional ones are great.
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