Brake Controlers - Escape Trailer Owners Community

Go Back   Escape Trailer Owners Community > Escape Tech > Towing and Hitching
Click Here to Login
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 03-06-2011, 01:41 AM   #1
Senior Member
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 259
Brake Controlers

Well the last of the paper work is completed and our Escape 19 is completed and in storage until we can get out of the Yukon to pick it up.

It is still in the low 20s at night here though it warms up to minus 8 or 9 now in the day time, real nice weather.

My question is, what kind of brake controlers do you folks use?

i have a "Prodigy 2" in my truck, but was wondering what is the preferred one?
Just curious


Yukon Escape is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-06-2011, 08:55 AM   #2
Senior Member
Hokie Escape's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Farmville, Virginia
Trailer: 2006 Escape 5.0
Posts: 902
Re: Brake Controlers

search the topic: Brake Controllers
There has been a pretty good amount of info on the forum. Summation, the Prodigy is a good one. Seems simple enough for even me to use it.

"In the morning, O Lord, You will hear my voice. In the morning, I will offer my prayer to you, and wait in expectation" Ps 5:3
'11 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab (5' bed) 09 Escape 5.0
Blacksburg, Virginia (Home of the Virginia Tech Hokies)
Hokie Escape is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-06-2011, 09:01 AM   #3
Senior Member
escape artist's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: St. Thomas not BVI., Ontario
Trailer: 2014 Escape 5.0TA / 2016 Ram Eco Diesel 4X4
Posts: 6,256
Re: Brake Controlers

Hi: Yukon Escape... We use the Husky Excursion Brake controller. When we're out on an excursion and my wife grabs the door handle...I apply the brakes Alf
escape artist N.S. of Lake Erie
Quote Bugs Bunny..."Don't take life too seriously, none of us get out of it ALIVE"!!!
'16 Ram Eco D. 4X4 Laramie Longhorn CC & '14 Escape 5.0TA
St.Thomas (Not the Virgin Islands) Ontario
escape artist is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-06-2011, 01:16 PM   #4
Senior Member
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Silverdale, Washington
Trailer: No more Escape 21
Posts: 412
Re: Brake Controlers

The Prodigy seems to be the favored controller by most fiberglass trailer owners.
2008 Toyota Highlander
RickM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-06-2011, 03:19 PM   #5
Senior Member
PGDriver's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Southern Alberta, Alberta
Trailer: 2015 Escape 5.0TA
Posts: 1,696
Re: Brake Controlers

For us Prodigy = no problems.
PGDriver is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-07-2011, 06:21 AM   #6
Junior Member
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 15
Re: Brake Controlers

I purchased and installed the Prodigy 2 yesterday on the Frontier. Pretty much plug and play as I purchased the wire harness for the Nissan. 1 wire connector and 2 mounting screws. Works ok.
jopoelma is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-11-2011, 08:42 PM   #7
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 52
Re: Brake Controlers

Prodigy here, too. (We're the people you followed down Second Avenue).

Happy travelling!
The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow . . .
'09 17A with accessibility modifications
majaross is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-12-2011, 12:23 AM   #8
Senior Member
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 259
Re: Brake Controlers

Perhaps we will meet on the island.
I have a 48 gallon slip tank in the back of my pick up for extended range.
I have an E-mail into the ferries to see if they will allow me onboard with that much gas in it.

It is installed, and secured in accordance with transport canada regulations, however!they may have their own ideas.

We have the tag for the trailer, now all we have do is get out and put it on then try the road
Yukon Escape is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-12-2011, 12:38 AM   #9
Senior Member
gbaglo's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: North Vancouver, British Columbia
Trailer: 2009 Escape 17B - "Toad". '08 Toyota RAV4 V6
Posts: 13,883
Re: Brake Controlers

You Kon drop down into the U.S. at Sumas before picking up the trailer and top up that slip tank. About 95 cents a litre vs. $1.30 on the Canadian side of the border. That's assuming that the guys at the border don't lift an eyebrow when they see the tank.

2009 Escape 17B "Toad"
2008 Toyota RAV4 V6 Sport
North Vancouver, British Columbia

What happens to the hole when the cheese is gone?
- Bertolt Brecht
gbaglo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-12-2011, 12:00 PM   #10
Senior Member
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 151
Re: Brake Controlers

I stopped at the boader (Sumas) last week and asked about 5 gallon jerry cans.
I was told, they are not allowed.
I know that you can be taxed on even your tank of gas,
but general they turn a blind eye to this.
Costco at Sumas is 19 cents per litre less than Surrey area.
So on 100 litres (5 Jerry Cans) thats $19.00, plus the same for the truck?
Total about $38.00 savings.
Geo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-12-2011, 12:31 PM   #11
Junior Member
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Kamloops, British Columbia
Trailer: 2010 Escape 15
Posts: 17
Re: Brake Controlers

A few years ago some friends were crossing with their rig and they had a slip tank, the Canada side told them that for the fuel to be none taxable it had to be part of the fuel system of the vehicle. His was not so he went back to the States side, bought the supplies and tee'd a line from the fuel tank into the fuel line then crossed without any issue. Maybe you should check this out before going across for fuel.
WRJ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-13-2011, 01:18 AM   #12
Senior Member
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 259
Re: Brake Controlers

Here in the Yukon, to buy gas in Alaska, $3.50 @ gallon, you are OK if you are out of Canada a minimum of four days.

I made a trip to Fairbanks last year to visit freinds, and stayed a week.
I had a 100 gallon slip ank (Tidy Tank) in the back of the truck, before I came back to Whitehorse I filled the tank.

Just before the border, at Beaver Creek is another gas station I did not notice when we went into Alaska, who were selling gas for $3.00 @ gallon if you paid cash, so I topped up the truck.

When I got to customs they asked me two questions, Where do you live and how long have you been in Alaska.

I responded one week and was told have a safe drive home.

Later on I asked the head of customs here why I did not have to pay duty on the gas and was told because I was out of Canada more than four days, Had I been out less than four days the gas would have cost more than if I had purchased the gas in Whitehorse.

The tank was to large for my truck (Short Box) so I designed a tank and had it made by a pressure welder here.
We made a trade, he made me the tank I Designed and I gave him my Tidy Tank.

Fuel stops on the Alaska Highway can be few and far between in summer and in winter most of them shut down, so you have to be prepared for long hauls between fill ups.

You also have to be polite when you get gas and not complain about the cost, you will be told to go some where else if you do not like the cost, and there just isn't any where else.


Yukon Escape is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Escape Trailer Industries or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:45 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.