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Invizatu
01-16-2010, 03:39 PM
Is there a recommended brand and model ?
I will be towing a North Trail 21fbs with a 2003 Dodge 1500 quad cab with hemi and factory tow package (4 wheel ABS brakes).
Thanks

branson4020
01-16-2010, 04:10 PM
I'm happy with my Tekonsha P3, but whatever brand you choose, get one that is "proportional control" as opposed to simple inertia type.

caissiel
01-16-2010, 06:00 PM
Good advice, No price for safety. I need a new controller, and I have been studying the different brands, Tekonsha P3 looks like my first choice. Also I found the that they make most models carried by other brands. Prodigy model looks like a good one to.

DMitch
01-16-2010, 06:59 PM
I had a prodigy on my last truck and loved it, worked terrific.

2010augusta
01-16-2010, 07:12 PM
We just use the intergrated brake controller that is built into the Ford dash. It has worked well for everything from a empty 20' flatbed to the 16,500# Landmark.

yondering
01-16-2010, 08:41 PM
Another vote for the Prodigy, very good unit. God Bless ya, Al & Dee Weaver

jmgratz
01-16-2010, 09:22 PM
We had a Prodigy in our last truck and loved it. Use the built in controller now.

Duramax1
01-17-2010, 01:18 PM
We also had a Prodigy in our last truck and loved it. Use the built in controller now

TXBobcat
01-17-2010, 10:16 PM
I have to agree with 2010augusta.. Get a Ford :rolleyes: it comes with a good brake controller. :eek:

BC

thomasinnv
01-18-2010, 11:53 AM
I have to agree with 2010augusta.. Get a Ford :rolleyes: it comes with a good brake controller. :eek:

BC

yeah, have to agree. if you want a real truck get a ford.

hmmm...maybe i just started something.:D:D:D:D:D

"did i do that?"

SilverRhino
01-18-2010, 12:19 PM
I agree...great brake controller....Too bad it hooked up to a Ferd!!:D

branson4020
01-18-2010, 12:29 PM
Hey,

Don't the 2010 Dodge trucks also have a built-in brake controller? Any built-in controller is gonna be better than the best after market controller.

nscaler2
01-18-2010, 05:03 PM
I agree...great brake controller....Too bad it hooked up to a Ferd!!:D

Randy I have to agree with you. My brake controller is great the truck is trash. Had to have power steering hose replaced because of a leak at 15000, a new transmission and torque converter at 28000, a new EGR valve and EGR cooler at 40000. Can't afford to get rid of it or I would. Fix Or Repair Daily --- Found On Road Dead. Just waiting for the next shoe to drop.

thomasinnv
01-19-2010, 04:20 PM
271K on my ferd and still going strong. 90% of it's life is pulling my house around.

tom p
01-19-2010, 04:59 PM
thank you all. I have been looking for help in selecting a good controller. Tomp

Larryheadhunter
01-21-2010, 07:15 AM
hi, is that brake controller the same thing I got on my 2008 Ford F-250 they call it a tow/ haul? I press the button and it downs shifts if i touch the brakes.

thomasinnv
01-21-2010, 10:49 AM
hi, is that brake controller the same thing I got on my 2008 Ford F-250 they call it a tow/ haul? I press the button and it downs shifts if i touch the brakes.

no, that is not a brake controller. all that does is change how the transmission shifts to assist in engine braking and heavy hauling. the brake controller is a stand alone electronic device. the factory ford units are in the center part of the dash i believe. somewhere under the vicinity of the stereo. If i am not close someone that has one will chime in.

palebluedot
01-21-2010, 05:44 PM
We have been using the Tekonsha Prodigy since 2003. Used it on the previous Montana and now on the BH. It works great and never had a problem. I read somewhere that Tekonsha manufactures Ford's integrated unit. I'll have to see if I can find that article again. Don't know about the P3 - is it an upgraded Prodigy?

Delaine and Lindy
01-21-2010, 07:03 PM
I highly recomend the Tenkosha Prodigy, I have used the same Podigy in 3 GMs and now its being used in the Frieghtliner. The Tenkosha P-3 is the latest upgrade from Tenkosha, it uses the accelerometers instead of the pendulums to measure the rate of the tow vehicle braking and will apply the braking to the trailer. It will give smooth stopping when heavy braking of the tow vehicle. You can also switch from electric, to electric over hydraulic with out resetting the controler. Since I have several different trailers that require electric and the 5th wheel is electric over hydraulic I will be getting a Tenkosha P-3 before our Western trip in June. GBY....

Larryheadhunter
01-22-2010, 04:19 AM
Ok folks, I seem to not much trouble braking, maybe because I drive so slowly, but if the brake controller is a product I should investigate, my question is will Ford void my warranty, and why didn't they have that as an option on the 2008's like mine?

wyleyrabbit
01-22-2010, 10:22 AM
I use the controller that came with my Chevy. It works great, and I can't think of anything it could do better.

HarleyRyder
01-22-2010, 11:59 AM
Hey,

Don't the 2010 Dodge trucks also have a built-in brake controller? Any built-in controller is gonna be better than the best after market controller.



Beginning with the 2010 model year, an integrated trailer brake controller is a $230 option on the 2500 and 3500 Dodge trucks. For the 1500 you have to order the $550 trailer control group which gets you a couple of other doodads.

Delaine and Lindy
01-22-2010, 12:15 PM
I agree the Chevy IBC works great. Our 2008 Chevy 3500HD had the IBC and worked great, on electric brakes. However we had Disk Brakes and at the time the GM IBC didn't work with the IBC. Had to go back to the Prodigy. GBY...

SilverRhino
01-22-2010, 12:43 PM
Saw these on eBay...first link is for controller only...the second link is for the controller and the plug in harness. The one listed is for a Dodge but they also listed them for Ford and Chevy. Prices seemed pretty good!

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=190366845212&viewitem=&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWAX%3AIT


http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=170435498180&viewitem=&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWAX%3AIT

Additionional find: Cheapest yet http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=190366845212&viewitem=&_trkparms=algo%3DLVI%26its%3DI%26otn%3D2&category=33570

dieselengineer
01-22-2010, 05:10 PM
The Maxbrake is the best controller hands down. Seamless operation between the coach and the TV at any speed.

Springerdan
01-22-2010, 11:04 PM
Has anyone tried a Brake Smart controller?

Forrest Fetherolf
01-26-2010, 10:57 PM
I've used the Brake Smart controller since 06, it is far superior than most other brands. The Max Brake mentioned in a post by dieselengineer works the same as Brake Smart by using brake fluid pressure to sense braking needs. The Brake Smart was over $400 when I bought mine, the Max Brake sells for about $350.

The BrakeSmart enhances these systems because we measure the brake pressure of the tow vehicle then give a signal (voltage) that is proportionate to both this pressure reading and what the trailer is asking for. All of this is independent of pedal travel, vehicle or controller attitude.

Don't go cheap on a controller when you are trying to stop 11 tons +/-.

Forrest

buckeyebob
01-27-2010, 07:42 AM
yea ,but when the brake controller craps out all you have is a ford.

slick42
01-27-2010, 09:58 AM
I had a prodigy and it was awesome in the van. It had the digital display and worked great. The new truck has a factory installed controller and so far no problems with it either. Pulling a 28ft RLS North Trails

Invizatu
02-19-2010, 08:59 PM
Thanks for all the advice!.... I should have posted earlier, but I bought the P3 about 3 weeks ago. We bought a 2011 North Trail 21fbs yesterday... Whohoo, we pick it up this coming Tuesday!

YOSEMITE SAM
02-19-2010, 09:30 PM
You mean to tell me I could saved $75.00 for my new PRODIGY from ebay and just went out and bought a $45,000.00 Ford and got one for free !
Who-knew !!