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Old 10-11-2013, 11:12 AM   #11
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...Did you add a dedicated 12 volt outlet in the FJ for the handheld unit? (I was thinking of adding one for GPS; could easily add 2.)
I added two 12V outlets along the back edge of the center console in the FJ (just in front of the rear passenger seat). I use one of the outlets for brake controller and the second outlet is used by the rear passengers for charging phones or ipads. The stock 12V outlet on the dash is used either for my GPS or my wife's Ipad or a phone charger.
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Old 10-11-2013, 11:24 AM   #12
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I added two 12V outlets along the back edge of the center console in the FJ (just in front of the rear passenger seat).
Thanks Dave. That seems like an ideal solution.
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Old 10-11-2013, 01:14 PM   #13
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We are new to towing and are working through the build list for our Escape 19, including the choice of a brake controller. I've ordered a P2 from eTrailer, and am now wondering where to position it.

The steering wheel in our 4Runner has thick spokes, making it hard to see the dash behind it. My rookie question is, how essential is it to be able to see the LED display on your brake controller at a glance, and continuously monitor it, while driving?

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Old 10-11-2013, 01:30 PM   #14
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I placed the controller to the left of the steering column, it is close to the plug and does not interfere with my knees. I do not find I look at it at all, the manual brake lever would be more important to have access.
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Old 10-11-2013, 01:33 PM   #15
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In my RAV4 the Prodigy is located under the dash, above the gas pedal.
I look at the display fairly often to ensure I haven't lost the connection between the tow and trailer.
In that location, I can easily reach the manual braking lever ( which I hope to never have to use ).
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Old 10-12-2013, 05:38 AM   #16
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I placed the controller to the left of the steering column, it is close to the plug and does not interfere with my knees. I do not find I look at it at all, the manual brake lever would be more important to have access.
Thanks. It looks like you simply swivel it up to gain access to the fuses. Nice pic.

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In my RAV4 the Prodigy is located under the dash, above the gas pedal.
I look at the display fairly often to ensure I haven't lost the connection between the tow and trailer.
In that location, I can easily reach the manual braking lever ( which I hope to never have to use ).
Thanks. Reaching for the manual override is a concern with the wireless model that ice-breaker discussed. Unless mounted, I'd be concerned that I couldn't find it in an emergency. But I suppose that unit could be mounted via some sort of jury rig.

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Thanks. Reaching for the manual override is a concern with the wireless model that ice-breaker discussed. Unless mounted, I'd be concerned that I couldn't find it in an emergency. But I suppose that unit could be mounted via some sort of jury rig.

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Reaching for the controller is no issue since I have used a piece of tape backed Velcro to stick the controller to the dash. It is easily removed when not in use and is probably more accessible than a device placed in a permanent location.
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My Prodigy has mounting instructions that limit the angle it can be tilted. Outside that range, it's not going to work, so best read the instructions before tossing it in the glove box.
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