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Old 06-29-2016, 08:43 PM   #21
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I have had 2 TT, 3 TV, and 2 different Prodigy P2 --- never have I been able to lock the TT breaks with the TV. Pulling the breakaway pin absolutely locks the breaks. I feel as though I have sufficient breaking when towing so I stopped worrying about it.
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Old 06-29-2016, 09:09 PM   #22
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Mine's set at 10 as well, and the braking feels adequate. The amount of pressure I have to apply to the brake pedal with the controller at 10 and the trailer connected is the same as when I'm not towing -- which tells me that the trailer brakes are stopping their portion of the combined weight. I could never get the trailer brakes to lock up either with this truck or my old Silverado with an original Prodigy controller. But like I said, even at 10, everything stops the way it's supposed to.
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Old 06-29-2016, 09:53 PM   #23
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Have you gone into the trailer setup screen under options? There is an option to set breaking control to low, medium or high. The default is low. My F150 low would barely stop the trailer even with gain turned up very high I went to Medium and was able to drop my gain back down considerably.
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Old 06-30-2016, 04:46 AM   #24
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My God , what an answer ..... that really help ! Like if the f150 brake controler is too small for a fiver..... and you could see from your keyboard that he was driving too fast.... wow !!! Now we all know what when wrong...thanks for your input
He was driving to fast/not setup correctly, how else did he end up in the middle of the intersection? I'm sorry if the original poster thought I called him an idiot, that wasn't my intention, he is asking for advise, so I gave mine.
If my very brief research is correct, an f150 can tow about 10,000 lbs, his 5er is about that, putting him at a tow capacity that is less than ideal in my book, hence saying your expectations are to high.

Disclaimer: this response is not to start a back and forth but I felt "called out" to clarify, and to add to the post.
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Old 06-30-2016, 10:26 AM   #25
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A few things I would have checked out before changing your brake controler.
1) Most pickups have a proportional control valve that changes how much braking force is applied to the rear wheels vs. the front. This valve increases the rear brakes and is controlled by the amount of load on the rear of the truck. Possibly this is not working right, in years past, this valve would cause problems as vehicles got older. I am not sure if Ford uses these or not as I am not a Ford fan.
2) Check the adjustment of the trailer brakes. Even in a new trailer, the brakes could be out of adjustment.
3) Make sure the wheel seals on the trailer aren't leaking grease which will severely reduce braking.
4) Pull the breakaway switch and check each wheel individually to make sure all the magnets are getting power. The wiring connections on trailer axles is sometimes shaky at best leading to poor electrical transfer.
Many people scream that a 1/2 ton is not capable and everybody should have a 1 ton, but a properly set up 1/2 ton with good working equipment should work very well.
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Old 06-30-2016, 12:47 PM   #26
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My thoughts are that it doesn't matter if its a 150 250 or 350 if the brake controller and brakes are working properly you should be able to lockup the brakes if needed and by that I am meaning with the boost set high or the manual override pulled. Am I wrong or thinking incorrectly?
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my dodge 1500 and a 26bh with a prodigy3 would lockup the trailer wheels until I adjusted it down to 4
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Old 06-30-2016, 03:46 PM   #28
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I guess I'm the odd ball here, but what else is new! I have my Ram 2500 set to heavy electric @ 6.5. If I set it at 8.5, I can lock the brakes on the 5er (377). So I had to keep backing the gain down to 6.5 until I got a nice smooth stop. Sorry, I know it's not much help, I'm just the odd duck in the pond I guess!
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I guess I'm the odd ball here, but what else is new! I have my Ram 2500 set to heavy electric @ 6.5. If I set it at 8.5, I can lock the brakes on the 5er (377). So I had to keep backing the gain down to 6.5 until I got a nice smooth stop. Sorry, I know it's not much help, I'm just the odd duck in the pond I guess!
That irks me... After lots of diagnosis by my dealer, he tells me that's how they work. They are acceptable. I can't lock them at 20mph with full power (I could make one of them squeak) and neither could the dealer in his truck (but they were a little better).

And Danno can lock a much heavier 377.
I wish I had access to someone's rig that is known to lock up.
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That irks me... After lots of diagnosis by my dealer, he tells me that's how they work. They are acceptable. I can't lock them at 20mph with full power (I could make one of them squeak) and neither could the dealer in his truck (but they were a little better).

And Danno can lock a much heavier 377.
I wish I had access to someone's rig that is known to lock up.
Come down here to TX and I'll try it for you
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