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Old 02-02-2015, 05:21 PM   #1
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Which electric brake controller?

When we got our 23IKSS last summer, the dealer installed a Voyager electric brake controller. I've often had problems with it at low (<10mph) speeds where the brakes would grab and the trailer tires would skid. Stop and go traffic is a perfect example of where I'd have problems. So I'd back off the controller a little and they'd be ok, but once I got back up to normal speed I'd have to readjust because it felt like the brakes were not doing enough. It was the one and only thing I didn't like about our setup.

I started looking into some other controllers to see if there was something better out there. During the search I found the online manual for my Voyager and discovered that I have been adjusting the wrong knob. One knob is for leveling the unit and the other controls the power. Well, I never knew there were two knobs and the one I've been fiddling with is the level knob. Good grief Charlie Brown!

The dealer explained how I should adjust it when we bought the camper, but I either misunderstood or he told me the wrong way. Once it comes out of storage next month, I will readjust and see if it is better. But now I'm also wondering if the Voyager is a good unit, or if I should just upgrade to something better. I want this to be a set it and forget it thing if possible.

So what controller do you have, and does it require frequent adjustments?

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Old 02-02-2015, 05:41 PM   #2
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I use Prodigy brake controller. I think it works well and have not had to adjust it since we installed it.

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Old 02-02-2015, 05:48 PM   #3
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Same here, read lots of good reviews/comments about the P3 Prodigy here on the forum. Works great and once set, you don't have to keep adjusting the output power.
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Old 02-02-2015, 05:58 PM   #4
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+1 for the Tekonsha Prodigy brand of controllers. Ive got the P2 and once you get the initial setup good to go, you will be fine across the board.

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Old 02-02-2015, 06:25 PM   #5
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Prodigy P2.

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Old 02-02-2015, 06:37 PM   #6
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Prodigy p3. Works fantastically and used is around 100 bucks.
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Old 02-02-2015, 07:26 PM   #7
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Just proves the old adage - When all else fails, read the instructions.

I suspect you'll be OK once you adjust it properly. Others on here with Voyagers have been happy.
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Old 02-02-2015, 08:45 PM   #8
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I had a Draw-Tite Activator II in my 2007 Tacoma. It was time delayed so it would provide the same amount of power to the brakes whether I tapped the brakes or slammed them. I recently bought a Tekonsha P3 Prodigy from a member on for $90 and it's a proportional brake controller. If you tap the brakes on your TV, the camper will tap its brakes. If you slam on your TV brakes, so will the trailer. I've only used it on test runs to make sure I installed it correctly but in the limited use, I'd highly recommend it. When I had the Draw-Tite it would constantly lock up the brakes and I'd have to adjust it. It got really annoying after only one season of use. Hope this helps.
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Old 02-02-2015, 09:07 PM   #9
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I also have a 23IKSS and my tow vehicle has the Prodigy P2 in it. Works great.
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Has anyone mentioned the Tekonsha prodigy yet? LOL Fantastic controller.

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