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Old 05-02-2012, 08:36 AM   #1
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Prodigy brake control grabs in slow situations

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My prodigy brake control works perfectly on the road.
High speed hard stops are fine.
Down hill driving is fine.
Works great in the mountains.
In town is usually ok.

Slow speed manuvering around a camp ground is not.
The trailer brakes want to grab and scoot the tires.
This is especially bad when I'm circling a tight turn with maybe a little
down hill pushing me along.
When I press on my brake pedal the trailer grabs and I have to let off.
The truck speeds up, I tap the brake and the trailer grabs and I let off.
Can't seem to get it to stop grabbing.

My trailer brakes are recently checked and adjusted by me.
This is not a new thing.

The preset braking on the prodigy is turned all the way down.

I wonder if there's an easy way to just disable the electric brakes
on occasion when I'm going real slow.
I guess I could unplug the controller at the dash but don't want to
do that if I can avoid it.
I do not want to stop, get out and pull the plug at the bumper.
That would give me no brake and no brake lights either.

Just wondering if there is some over-ride off I'm missing??
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Old 05-02-2012, 09:40 AM   #2
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There is a reverse override that will disable the trailer brakes and will switch back to previous setting if brakes are not touched for 3 min. Hold the boost button down and apply brakes, hold until "r" appears. I don't advocate disabling brakes because you just never know.
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Old 05-02-2012, 01:54 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply.
I just dug out the quick start card for my prodigy.
I'd forgotten about the thumb wheel.
I'll try dialing it back a little and see if that helps.
I don't want to shut off the brakes either but in rare cases, at very slow
speeds they are a PIA so I might at those times.

Going out again soon so we'll get a test.
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Old 05-02-2012, 02:18 PM   #4
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My Prodigy would do that if I had the "boost" feature turned on (it has multiple levels). Basically, it applies a bit of brakes immediately when you touch the pedal and doesn't wait for the inertia to start the braking. If I turned this feature all the way off, then things were smooth.

Maybe that's what you mean by "The preset braking on the prodigy is turned all the way down.", but I'm not sure. If not, it is something you may want to check.
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Old 05-02-2012, 05:59 PM   #5
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Mine does that too when I have boost on! When im on the road have boost on, when I get to destination I turn boost off.
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Old 05-02-2012, 06:11 PM   #6
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I turn mine back to 0 when maneuvering in cg or at home.
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Old 05-03-2012, 08:16 AM   #7
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I'm pretty sure my boost is already on zero but I'll check it next time
I'm hitched.
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