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Old 08-09-2019, 10:22 AM   #1
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Brake Controller advice

I'm in the market for a new controller. Have a Curt TriFlex and it is acting up. Disconnecting without warning and taking many tries to connect, even having to totally unplug unit to reset. Any way I'm torn between a couple units. Yes a Curt 51170 Spectrum (though my loyalty to Curt is questionable now), Tekonsha P3, and i would even consider a Redarc TowPro Elite. I like the idea of just a knob on dash and remote locating the unit. The most important is reliability, When the Curt disconnected and i was pushed thru a Stop sign I had enough (Down Hill and on a wet road the ABS kicked in). I have a 2015 GMC Canyon with tow pack and pulling a GreyWolf 17BH 4750 lbs LTG
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Old 08-09-2019, 10:38 AM   #2
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Loved the P3 when I used it on my Escalade. Haven't used any of those other options.
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Old 08-09-2019, 10:55 AM   #3
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I have had great luck with tekonsha controllers. I won't consider anything but tekonsha. I use the Prodigy P2 in every tow rig.
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Old 08-09-2019, 12:54 PM   #4
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Agree with Dave.

When I bought my A-frame, dealer convinced me I didn't need to spend the money on a Tekonsha. Installed SOB. Finally got tired of the camper jerking me at slow-to-stops if I had the gain turned up enough to do any good at highway speeds, so I bought a Tekonsha P2. The only difference between a P2 and a P3 is the fancier display screen.

I love the smooth stops with the Tekonsha, yet I have it adjusted so it brakes pretty evenly at highway speeds - can just feel the gentlest of tugs from the camper, which tells me the camper brakes are working.

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Old 08-10-2019, 03:58 PM   #5
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Tekonsha P3 for me. Used it for 5+ years and it worked great.
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Old 08-10-2019, 06:02 PM   #6
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Tekonsha P3 for me. Used it for 5+ years and it worked great.
The P3 is all I've ever used and I have no desire to change that. They have an excellent video to aid in initial setup, once that's done you'll be plenty happy with it.
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Old 08-10-2019, 07:32 PM   #7
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For me the p3 was okay but my buttons kept getting stuck. After reading reviews, itís a common problems. I also found myself making adjustments all the time.

I switched to the Trucontrol brake control and itís pretty much fully automatic with only the low speed needing minor adjustments now and then. The only occasion when I really need to adjust my slow speed stopping is when I go from toy hauler empty to fully loaded.
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Old 08-10-2019, 07:43 PM   #8
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My son has used the Prodigy for 2 years now and loves it. It worked out great as his truck and mine were both in shop for service and I had a loaner that didn't have controller in it. He needed to move his trailer so I brought the loaner over, Just put the handheld in the counsel, plugged in the 12v adapter and away we went. It worked beautifully.
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Old 08-10-2019, 09:47 PM   #9
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Tekonsha p3. Works great and have had no issues at all
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Old 08-10-2019, 10:03 PM   #10
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For me the p3 was okay but my buttons kept getting stuck. After reading reviews, itís a common problems.
A little silcone spray fixed that problem.

As much as I loved my P3, the builtin controller in my new Ford F-150 blows it away.
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Old 08-12-2019, 09:59 PM   #11
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I'm still using my 12-year old Prodigy P2. No issues ever.
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Old 08-15-2019, 04:54 PM   #12
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I'm on season #17 with the same original Tekonsha Prodigy (now called the P2). If this think ever decides to die (doubtful, as there are no moving parts), I'll get the P2 or P3.
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