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Old 07-26-2014, 11:25 AM   #1
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Brake controller recommendations ?

I'm sure there are previous threads out there on this subject, but my computer is rather long in the tooth, and my searches keep coming up with "document expired" when I try to search.

Anyway, I have a good brake controller at the moment, which works well. My only complaint is that, even with an adjustable force thumbwheel, it cannot gradually apply the trailer brakes. Especially at low speeds, there is always a jerk when applying or releasing the brakes.

I would like to have some recommendations on a more modern, proportional control brake controller that will eliminate the jerks. I'm towing with a 1-ton Ford and an 11,000 lb 5er behind. I have no "chucking" whatsoever, just the jerk when applying or releasing the brakes. If you could estimate the longevity and the reliability of your unit, based on your experiences, that would be most helpful and appreciated. Thanks in advance !
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Old 07-26-2014, 12:23 PM   #2
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If brake shoes are contaminated (with a bit of grease or something else), brake application can be very grabby regardless of the quality of the brake controller. Could this be the case? Also, are you sure the brakes are adjusted properly?

I have had a Tekonsha P2 controller since 2001, replaced once under a limited lifetime warranty. It has performed flawlessly. I understand from discussions that the Tekonsha P3 works in the same way, but has a bit more information available on the display.
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Old 07-26-2014, 12:45 PM   #3
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I'm running the new Primus on my Seneca. It works beautifully, smooth ramp up on the brake application. Automatically applies the brakes more as you stop harder. Smooth release and zero jerking in stop and go traffic.
The trailer brake application is virtually undetectible. I'm towing a 24ft car trailer weighing approx 7000lbs loaded. Highly recommend the Primus.
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I agree with RVHiker......my 4 year old P2 has worked flawlessly from day one. Looked at the P3 this year but no real difference from the P2 except more display items which I don't feel are necessary for me. Both are similar but P2 also costs less. If you are frugal the P2 is your best choice...if you have the bucks and want more to read then go with the P3. You can't lose either way . Happy RVing.
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I agree with RVHiker......my 4 year old P2 has worked flawlessly from day one. Looked at the P3 this year but no real difference from the P2 except more display items which I don't feel are necessary for me. Both are similar but P2 also costs less. If you are frugal the P2 is your best choice...if you have the bucks and want more to read then go with the P3. You can't lose either way . Happy RVing.
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Old 07-26-2014, 09:40 PM   #6
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My tekonsha ps2 works great
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Prodigy P2 or P3. My P2 is 9 years old and works flawlessly. I've used it in 3 tow vehicles and with 2 trailers.
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+3 for a P3. The advantage is that if you ever loose your connections (brakes) it advises you and once dialed in the stops are smooth and effective.

I had a wiring issue due to corrosion and the unit advised me that I had no connection which allowed me to safely stop and fix. I am not certain the p2 has that function.
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+3 for a P3. The advantage is that if you ever loose your connections (brakes) it advises you and once dialed in the stops are smooth and effective.

I had a wiring issue due to corrosion and the unit advised me that I had no connection which allowed me to safely stop and fix. I am not certain the p2 has that function.
The P2 says NC when it has no connection.
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I have a P2. Works good enough for me
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