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Old 10-11-2013, 09:07 AM   #1
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Best Brake Controller?

The Brake Controller offered by Escape as an option (for the 19, at least) is the Primus IQ 90160. However, some on this forum have recommended/mentioned the Prodigy P2 or P3. What are the relative merits of these brands/models? Thanks.

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See this comparison:
Comparison Between the Tekonsha P2 # 90885 and Primus IQ # TK90160 Electronic Brake Controllers | etrailer.com
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Old 10-11-2013, 09:43 AM   #3
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The Brake Controller offered by Escape as an option (for the 19, at least) is the Primus IQ 90160. However, some on this forum have recommended/mentioned the Prodigy P2 or P3. What are the relative merits of these brands/models? Thanks.

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Many vehicles come from the factory already set up for "plug and play" installation of a brake controller. Looks like you are driving an FJ, which does not have that "plug and play" versatility. If your FJ has not already been wired for a brake controller (by you or a previous owner), you will have to have this done. When I inquired at a couple of local hitch shops about getting my FJ wired for a brake controller, the estimates were in the $500 range (including the controller). I chose to go with a Tekonsha Prodigy RF, which is a wireless controller that can be used without any special wiring on your tow vehicle (other than battery power to your 7-pin from the Tow Vehicle, which will also charge your trailer battery while towing). I have found that the wireless controller works very well, and since it's installation I have had no problems at all with it. Total cost of the controller was about $300.
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A neighbor was in the same position as Dave: needed a brake controller, had a vehicle without any pre-wiring. He also went with the Prodigy RF to save the cost of wiring the vehicle. The brake controller itself was slightly more expensive, but it saved a lot of money in installation.

No experience with it yet, though.

I've got a P2 in my truck, and I'm happy with it.
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Here is a picture of the Prodigy RF:

And another with it installed on a trailer:

The guys at Escape installed the module on the front of my 19' when we picked it up from the factory. They placed it inside the frame so it cannot actually be seen unless you look underneath the front of the frame. Very unobtrusive.
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Thanks for the pic and the additional info. I take it that the placement of the module inside the frame doesn't interfere with the signal transmission. I understand that the new 19s will have a 4" frame. My latent paranoia tells me that I'd be entering untested waters with an "inside" placement of the module with the thicker/bigger frame. Your thoughts?

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Thanks for the pic and the additional info. I take it that the placement of the module inside the frame doesn't interfere with the signal transmission. I understand that the new 19s will have a 4" frame. My latent paranoia tells me that I'd be entering untested waters with an "inside" placement of the module with the thicker/bigger frame. Your thoughts?

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Ours is inside the frame, just below the propane tanks. We have had absolutely no issues with signal transmission from that location. We did not put it outside the frame because we use a WD hitch and an outside location would interfere with the WD bar locations. In the picture below, you cannot see the controller but it is below the propane tanks on the inside of the passenger side frame.



The site I purchased from was this one: Prodigy RF Brake Control - Tekonsha 90250 — hitchweb
They are priced about $308 at this time and shipping is free in Canada or USA. (Not too many companies offer that).
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Ours is inside the frame, just below the propane tanks. We have had absolutely no issues with signal transmission from that location. We did not put it outside the frame because we use a WD hitch and an outside location would interfere with the WD bar locations. The site I purchased from was this one: Prodigy RF Brake Control - Tekonsha 90250 — hitchweb They are priced about $308 at this time and shipping is free in Canada or USA. (Not too many companies offer that).
Well, there's no arguing with actual experience. Our setup on the 19 will be identical to yours (WDH, 2 tanks, and "the box"). 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.)
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