Wired or wireless brake controller - Escape Trailer Owners Community

Go Back   Escape Trailer Owners Community > Escape Tech > Problem Solving | Owners helping each other
Click Here to Login
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 07-18-2020, 04:44 PM   #1
Junior Member
Join Date: Sep 2015
Location: Bozeman, Montana
Trailer: 2019 Escape 19'
Posts: 20
Wired or wireless brake controller

We are in the process of purchasing a 2009 13 and need to have a brake controller installed on our 2012 Subaru Forester. I am interested in suggestions for a brake controller and if we should go wired or wireless.


TesaLD is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-2020, 05:08 PM   #2
Senior Member
Join Date: Feb 2020
Location: near Austin, Texas
Trailer: 2005 Casita 17 Deluxe (original owner)
Posts: 162
Admittedly an olde skoole guy but FWIW I favor the one-time installation hassle in return for long-term simplicity and operational confidence of wire linkage. I also favor the 'always in exactly the same place' / muscle-memory benefit that comes with a 'permanently' mounted controller location.

IME it's rare to need to use a controller's 'manual override', but I want to always know exactly where that thing is just in case; I want to be able to activate manual override by touch alone without ever any need to take my eyes off what's happening on the road or in the rear-view mirror to find that control.

I would never be happy with a brake controller that's dependent on another multi-purpose device (e.g. a smartphone) for it's full-featured operation, as with some wireless units.

All that leads to a 'traditional' hard-wired, hard-mounted controller. IME they last 'forever' and work with any electric-brake trailer you may happen to need or want to tow (no 'trailer mounted' special gizmo required as with some wireless units).

There's many very reputable, I was happy with several versions of Tekonsha Prodigy over the decades, I'm now equally pleased with the Redarc Elite in my Ridgeline (it offers wonderful installation / dashboard integration flexibility).

One man's opinion.

Prospective Escape E21 (or 5.0TA??) purchaser ... decisions, decisions
Centex is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-2020, 07:24 PM   #3
Senior Member
Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: Santa Rosa, California
Trailer: 2014 Escape 15B sold, 2019 Escape 19
Posts: 175
I have the Tekonsha Prodigy RF wireless brake controller, it comes with a receiver you plug in a 12v socket in the TV, no need to use a phone. Iíve got it for about three years in two different tow vehicles, working fine for me. I agree that I donít want to depend on my phone to operate the trailer brakes, the phone is doing a lot as it is.
Effie is online now   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 01:04 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.