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Old 09-17-2014, 12:07 PM   #1
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Honda Pilot: Where to place the brake controller???

Our mechanic is finding it difficult to find a good, safe spot to place the brake controller on our new Honda Pilot. Does anyone have experience with this? Thanks much, Susan
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Old 09-17-2014, 12:28 PM   #2
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I don't know how much difference your Pilot is from my Ridgline but mine is just to the left of the steering wheel column. It is attached with adhesive backed velcro. The sticky part gets old and needs to be replaced now and then but didn't want to drill holes to install it.
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Old 09-17-2014, 01:26 PM   #3
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Thanks! We'll suggest this to him. He too was concerned about drilling anywhere.
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You want it located where you can see the read-out ( to know that you haven't become disconnected ) and where you can manually operate the lever that applies the trailer brakes. This is apparently useful if the trailer begins to sway ( I prefer not to get into that situation ). On my RAV, the controller is above my right knee.
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Old 09-17-2014, 01:35 PM   #5
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Susan,

On my 2011 Pilot, my Prodigy 2 is mounted on its hanging bracket, just to the right of the steering column, below the dash. I can easily read the monitoring indicators and reach the manual override lever, if I ever needed to do so. The installers affixed the mounting bracket with screws but, if I had to do it again, I use VHB tape. Then I wouldn't have any screw holes.

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Old 09-17-2014, 04:58 PM   #6
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I attach my controller to a cupholder which slides (like a drawer) out of the dashboard... but it's not a Pilot. The point is that there are options beyond an unoccupied section of dashboard (which is tough to find).

One caution: in a frontal collision you may run into the lower dash with your knees, and it would be bad to have the controller forced into your knee... place carefully.
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We, too, had trouble placing it. It needs to be where you can quickly and easily operate that lever to slow the trailer in an emergency, as mentioned. The biggest thing is probably to try to remember to practice moving the lever every time starting out so that you remember it is there and can use it immediately when needed.
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Old 09-18-2014, 09:45 AM   #8
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Under what circumstances?

Under what circumstances would we have to manually engage the brakes for the trailer? We are getting an Anderson hitch, so we thought that would control swaying and so on. There seems to be a lot more to all of this than we anticipated! Thanks all, Susan
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You can use it to slow going down grades ( ONLY IF NEEDED SO YOU DON"T SMOKE YOUR VEHICLE BRAKES) , if the trailer is sliding It will pull it straight using it's brakes so as not to jack knife etc yes the Andersen will reduce sway but if the trailer is sliding / hydroplaning etc it may help keep it under control. Others here I am sure will chime in soon.

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Under what circumstances would we have to manually engage the brakes for the trailer? We are getting an Anderson hitch, so we thought that would control swaying and so on. There seems to be a lot more to all of this than we anticipated! Thanks all, Susan
Hi: Susan... You really need the controller within arms reach.
In the Rockies this spring with the new 5.0TA I used the trailer brakes manually a few times, with light pressure on the pedal to show brake lights. Just replaced rear rotors and pads on the truck @ 97,000 kms. Alf
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