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Old 01-05-2014, 09:31 PM   #1
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Brake controller for HW277

Okay...I keep reading more....do I need to buy a brake controller?
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Old 01-05-2014, 10:23 PM   #2
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Brake controller for HW277

It depends on your state- in PA if the GVWR of the trailer is over 3,000 pounds (or thereabouts), it is required.

Actually, what is required is brakes on the camper. If the camper has brakes, you should have a brake controller.
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Old 01-05-2014, 10:28 PM   #3
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Yes, it has brakes. I know nothing about this. Are you saying if there are brakes, they don't activate without a controller?
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Correct. The break controller translates your braking activity in the tow vehicle to the camper.

A brake controller installed into was something like $300 for my Durango for parts and labor. However, my sister who knows people pulled it off for a case of beer.
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I don't have my TV yet and was going to borrow my nephews Tacoma. Is it something I can install in his Tacoma and then move to my Grand a Cherokee later? Who installs? RV dealer or car dealer?
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My dodge dealer would only install dodge parts. And since the controller I bought was not a dodge one, they declined. So the rv dealer installed it. Was a quick job since the TV was prewired for it.
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if the Tacoma and your Jeep both have the factory tow package, both should have the wiring for a brake controller.
suggest a Prodigy BC, the most recommended BC made. you would be able to switch them, though you made need a different plug n play harness for each.

if either don't have the wiring, it'll be a costly install.
you have to have a controller, if the trailer has electric brakes. it's the law.
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Thanks. Both would have factory tow package. I think I can do this.
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I like the Tekonsha P3, but I've never had a Prodigy, so if the guys say Prodigy, it must be good!
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I like the Tekonsha P3, but I've never had a Prodigy, so if the guys say Prodigy, it must be good!
the P, in P3, stands for Prodigy. it's a Tekonsha product.
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