brake controller

Discussion in 'Beginning RVing' started by wfrierson, Mar 18, 2007.

  1. wfrierson

    wfrierson New Member

    My tow vehicle for a 2004 Outback (28RLS) is a 2001 Chevy 2500HD Silverado with a tow package. Do I need to install a brake controller to maximize the use of the electric brakes on the camper trailer? Am I getting no braking assistance from the camper trailer without the brake controller installation? If the controller is needed, could someone recommend a model that would meet my needs? Assistance would be much appreciated. wfrierson
     
  2. Grandview Trailer Sa

    Grandview Trailer Sa Senior Member

    Re: brake controller

    Hello and welcome to the forum.
    Without a controller, you have no trailer brakes. Since you are asking this question, get someone who knows how to install it in your truck. Since your truck is a 2001, it is pre-wired and the controller plugs in with the addition of a harness.

    We sell the Activator and the 5500 Drawtite controllers. There are lots on the market, but as far as simplicity in operation, these are good controllers.

    The Activator has a 3 year warranty and the 5500 has a lifetime warranty. The 5500 also has a digital display that shows you your output in a scale of 0-10.
     
  3. hertig

    hertig Senior Member

    Re: brake controller

    I got the Prodigy brake controller back when I had a trailer, and was very happy with how it worked. There was another controller available in that time frame, which connected to the brake pedal with a mechanical connection which was also well thought of, but I can't remember it's name.
     
  4. BarneyS

    BarneyS Senior Member

    RE: brake controller

    I would get a Prodigy by Tekonsha. That other controller mentioned above is the Jordon 2020 but it is not available at the moment. The Prodigy can be purchased for around $100 and is an excellent, smooth acting controller. You can also purchase a vehicle specific plug for it (about $10) that will eliminate any wiring. You just plug the harness into the vehicle and the Prodigy and mount the controller wherever you wish.
    Here is a good place to purchase it. $95 + $9 shipping.
    http://www.rvwholesalers.com/catalog/product.php?productid=60&cat=54&page=1
    Barney
     
  5. Grandview Trailer Sa

    Grandview Trailer Sa Senior Member

    Re: brake controller



    I think the Prodigy is over rated. I put one in my truck a few years ago and took it out 2 weeks later. I had it boosted to 3 and there was not enough braking power.

    Unless there was something wrong with the one I used, there are a lot of controllers out there that do the job better.
     
  6. BarneyS

    BarneyS Senior Member

    Re: brake controller

    I think you must have had a faulty Prodigy or you did not have it adjusted correctly.
    Barney
     
  7. Grandview Trailer Sa

    Grandview Trailer Sa Senior Member

    Re: brake controller

    I had it adjusted to the max. Any trailer I towed pushed me down the road. I installed a Drawtite 5500 and never looked back. The difference was night and day.
     
  8. BarneyS

    BarneyS Senior Member

    Re: brake controller

    That is really quite strange. I think you had a faulty one then since I moderate the Towing forum on another web site and have not heard of any folks with that problem. I know that they did upgrade the program in the Prodigy shortly after it came out but I have never heard of anyone else not having enough power for their brakes from the Prodigy. I went from a Tenkonsha Sentinal controller to the Prodigy and have been very pleased after over three years of use. I know there are "better" controllers out there but they usually cost a great deal more than the Prodigy does. There are now a couple of Prodigy "clones" available now also that should work just as well.
    Barney
     

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