I agree of course that the specific controller will determine the details of setup and operation - although any common proportional controller works in fundamentally the same way - so knowing that it is a Tekonsha P3
does help. The setup instructions for this controller are in the "install instructions
" which are linked to the product page of the Tekonsha site
, in the section "Adjusting the Power to the Trailer Brakes". They are fundamentally the same as for previous generations of this controller (the Prodigy series), and for most controllers, although the Prodigys also have "boost" settings to confuse things a bit.
It also helps somewhat to know that the trailer is an Escape 19'
. Since all trailers of this model have the same brakes (although they vary in condition), and they generally have the same size tires (which affect brake behaviour), the right setting will be roughly similar. For instance, if other 19' owners find that "6" works well, it would be unlikely that "2" would be right for this trailer. The right setting does depend on the trailer weight, so there is no single answer for all Escape 19's.
The tug doesn't really matter to the right setting, or at all to the setting method, but it is somewhat helpful to note that it will be a little harder to tell when the setting is right with the Tahoe
than with a lighter tug, for instance.