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Old 01-04-2009, 05:09 PM   #1
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Just wondering what everyone is using for a brake controller for their trailer.
I will probably use a Tekonsha Prodigy, does anyone have one and if so
what do you like or dislike about it?
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Old 01-04-2009, 06:56 PM   #2
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Prodigy is what I have, installed for me.
I have no credentials to evaluate it myself, but it seems to have a great reputation.
Probably one advantage over others is that it can be mounted in an arc of angles, not just level, which allows a tidy installation.
I got a good price at etrailer.com

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Old 01-04-2009, 07:06 PM   #3
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Re: Brake Controllers

I have a prodigy as well.. It seems to do the job, what I was told is that it can sense the amount of pressure on the brake and apply the necessary pressure to the trailer brakes.. so far so good for me, but who the heck knows..
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Old 01-05-2009, 07:50 PM   #4
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I've had the "normal" controller (for a Casita) and I then got the Prodigy....no comparison. The Prodigy is about as automatic as possible, while with the other one, I was always "setting" the sensitivity.
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Old 01-05-2009, 09:01 PM   #5
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OK. I need to discuss the sensitivity issue.

The instructions with the Prodigy tell you to drive down the road and then manually apply the brake to the trailer, using the lever on the Prodigy. Apparently you want to see that the wheels on the trailer lock when the lever is fully applied. I've done that a couple times, but finding a road where it's safe to do so isn't easy ( the trailer brake lights do not light up when you apply the brakes manually) and you don't want to get rear ended. I haven't actually seen the wheels lock, but the braking is certainly effective.

I've had the sensitivity adjusted between 4.3 and 6.2 and can't really tell the difference. I'm not sure if I have it set to optimum or not. On the other hand, it seems to work at either end of that spectrum.

I just want some reassurance....

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Old 01-05-2009, 10:30 PM   #6
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With my "regular" controller (manual set), I seemed to be always fiddling with the setting because the brakes would "catch" in different conditions. Indicating to me that I had the controller too tight. Then I'd let up on it , and it seemed I was braking mostly with my vehicle brakes. It seemed to me to be different each time I was out. Now, the controller was one mounted by my hitch guy who said he used it all the time on horse trailers.
The Prodigy I set once, just like you did, and from that point on, I never changed it and it seemed to work great. Maybe I just didn't have "the touch" with the first one, but I sure do appreciate the simplicity of the Prodigy. Must be why it cost appreciatively more?
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What's your tow vehicle and what's the setting you have on your Prodigy?

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Old 01-06-2009, 06:09 AM   #8
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The "regular" controller was on an '07 Jeep Wrangler (4 door). The Prodigy is on our Honda Pilot. We pulled a 17' Casita Freedom with it. The Casita sold in 3 hours last November after we ordered an Escape 5.0 which we are going to get in March. We'll be pulling that with an '09 Nissan Frontier, and I'm taking my Prodigy with me for installation. Sorry, I don't remember the setting. I set it when I bought the Casita, and never changed it, soooooo.......
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Old 01-06-2009, 09:37 PM   #9
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I have the Prodigy, and on my previous tow vehicle had the Reese, I like the Prodigy better.
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Well folks.... I bought the Prodigy.
Couldn't stand being the only one out there without one.
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