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Mechanics Corner (Utilities, Appliances, Towing & More) => Towing => Topic started by: Ihearbanjos on August 15, 2017, 07:07:30 PM

Title: How do I stop?
Post by: Ihearbanjos on August 15, 2017, 07:07:30 PM
I'm upgrading my camper and have never had trailer brakes before. What information can you pass on?  Is there something that would be smaller and not obvious? I've been in my friends car and their brake controller bracket is ugly and obvious. I'd definitely prefer when it's not being used to not know it's there... is that crazy?

Is there a specific controller that you love? Or hate?
Title: Re: How do I stop?
Post by: JoeCamper on August 16, 2017, 01:05:21 PM
I know there is a Proportional Controller and a Time Delay controller but don't remember much about them.  I'll look at the model I have installed and let you know.
Title: Re: How do I stop?
Post by: CampingPhil on August 16, 2017, 01:18:52 PM
Time delayed controllers are pretty much the low end of the scale. Almost all quality controllers are Proportional.
 
Prodigy series is the most well known and extremely easy to install as they make pigtails that plug right into the under-dash controls in your vehicle. The units are very small, and can be placed almost anywhere, but they need to be within hands reach. I have seen some terrible mounting choices. Most will put it on the lower dashboard right above your right leg. My truck has it integrated into the dashboard panel near there.

You are playing with your life, so don't go cheap.

 
Title: Re: How do I stop?
Post by: justchillin on August 16, 2017, 05:17:18 PM
We bought a toyota tacoma 2016 with a tow package that said the brake control was intergrated with having the tow package, so we didn't need to buy a seperate one -so far haven't noticed any issues braking but my hubby was skeptical. I took the guys word for it (long story) but if anyone could shed some light on this, it would be great
Title: Re: How do I stop?
Post by: MariskaHargitay on September 07, 2017, 08:41:24 AM
I think CampingPhil and ChefPete don't need a brake control in their truck.  There's got to be settings for it, right?
Title: Re: How do I stop?
Post by: CampingPhil on September 07, 2017, 01:22:09 PM
I think CampingPhil and ChefPete don't need a brake control in their truck.  There's got to be settings for it, right?

All trailers that have brakes have to be plugged into a Brake Controller, it is part of the pin out of the 7-way connector.
 
In our Truck, the Brake Controller is built into the truck and part of the console panel, so yes there is a brake controller and there is a manual override lever. I can go through the onscreen controls and increase or decrease the gain. The onboard goes from 6V-10V. (My prodigy p3 went from 6V-12V).

In our older Dodge Dakota, we have a Prodigy P3 and really like it. It saved our butts more times than I want to remember (***holes that decide to cut you off).