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Old 10-09-2008, 08:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Brake Controllers, latest and greatest?

What is the latest and greatest in brake controllers and who has got them cheap?

Need to prep my new tow vehicle.
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Old 10-09-2008, 08:51 PM   #2 (permalink)
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u dont need anything fancy, drawtite activator II part # 5500 is very common and can be had for about $85
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Old 10-10-2008, 06:25 AM   #3 (permalink)
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unless you're towing something with electric over hydraulic then just stick with the prodigy from tekenosha. Trailerguy (PBB vendor) has good deals on them.
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Old 10-10-2008, 07:08 AM   #4 (permalink)
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unless you're towing something with electric over hydraulic then just stick with the prodigy from tekenosha. Trailerguy (PBB vendor) has good deals on them.
exactly, it ahs all the cool features and it works great!

i got mine here too and the deal was good with fast shipping
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Old 10-10-2008, 05:34 PM   #5 (permalink)
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brake controller??

you need a new tow rig.
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Id like to get a Prodigy P3 for my PSD. They seem to be the best.
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The prodigy is great. If you have the tow package on that Armada super easy to hook up. I have a titan.
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Old 10-12-2008, 04:00 PM   #8 (permalink)
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brake controller??

you need a new tow rig.
Please. The Armada is the cat's meow for anything 10,000# and under.
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unless you're towing something with electric over hydraulic then just stick with the prodigy from tekenosha. Trailerguy (PBB vendor) has good deals on them.
And I understand the P3 is the cat's ass for electric over hydraulic.


I love my Prodigy for 7-8,000 lb. loads behind my Tundra (similar weight, similar engine, brakes? similar?)


anyone hear from Trailer Guy lately? I PM'ed him a month ago, and haven't heard back.
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I have the P3 in my CTD. I upgraded from the voyager and I couldn't be more pleased. It is a brilliant brake controller. I like that it has equal proportional braking in reverse. And I can visually see exactly how much voltage is being applied to the brakes. It was worth the extra coin.
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I have the P3 in my CTD. I upgraded from the voyager and I couldn't be more pleased. It is a brilliant brake controller. I like that it has equal proportional braking in reverse. And I can visually see exactly how much voltage is being applied to the brakes. It was worth the extra coin.
where did you get it? How much should I expect to pay. I really overpaid for my Prodigy that I left in my Tundra-- won't do that again.
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where did you get it? How much should I expect to pay. I really overpaid for my Prodigy that I left in my Tundra-- won't do that again.
I was in a rush to get mine so I paid out the tail for it. I bought mine from etrailer.com. I would absolutely do business with them again. I needed it in a couple days and I had it when they said I would.

http://www.etrailer.com/pc-BC~90195.htm

I bought the plug and play harness for my dodge and that pushed me over the 150 for free shipping. So it was like getting the harness for free.
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I was in a rush to get mine so I paid out the tail for it. I bought mine from etrailer.com. I would absolutely do business with them again. I needed it in a couple days and I had it when they said I would.

http://www.etrailer.com/pc-BC~90195.htm

I bought the plug and play harness for my dodge and that pushed me over the 150 for free shipping. So it was like getting the harness for free.
The harness just saves you from having to solder the harness that came with your Dodge to the Prodigy harness?
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The harness just saves you from having to solder the harness that came with your Dodge to the Prodigy harness?
Yea. I didn't have the harness that comes with the towing package since I bought my truck second string. The Tekonsha harness plugged directly into the P3 and my dodge so it really was plug and play. It was nice.
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Why'd you leave the Prodigy in the Tundra?


...$16 for a new Plug-n-play harness for the Nissan.
Did the new Owner really want it?
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Why'd you leave the Prodigy in the Tundra??
I am just nice like that.



Actually, it was a lease and I was hoping that it would help them overlook a couple of big scratches.
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You can say that again.







Did they even realize its value?

How do you like the Nissan? How does it compare in towing to your Tundra?
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I haven't towed with it yet. Taking the 4Runner to Denver next week... that will be the first trip towing-- and over the Great Divide at that.
I picked up a P3 today for my work truck (new F-250) and another for my Armada.
I paid too much but I have it in hand in time to install it in the Nissan before my trip on Monday.

The reputation that the Armada has gained in the camper trailer crowd is one of the reasons I picked it for my wife's daily driver. My expectations are very high.

I will say that it is a fantastic highway vehicle-- the most comfortable I have ever traveled in. I loved my Tundra but it was not even close to the comfort level of this Armada and it handles much, much better in the twisties. It is a 6000 pound sports car with a transfer case.
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Wow! I love the handling of my Tundra.
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Wow! I love the handling of my Tundra.
I hate to say it... so I won't. Just do not test drive one of these in the twisties and you will continue to be supremely happy in your Tundra!

Plus, I have no bed-- no place to haul big, heavy, bulky items and I need to buy a little cargo trailer just to haul my motorcycles now-- every vehicle has its pros and cons. I just wish the Sequoia had been flex fuel capable when I was in the market... I really hate to leave the Toyota fold. It has been hard on me. Seriously. It is almost like sleeping with another woman.
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I picked up a P3 today for my work truck (new F-250) and another for my Armada.
I paid too much but I have it in hand in time to install it in the Nissan before my trip on Monday.
Unless you need to be able to tow 2 trailers with brakes at the same time, you could have picked up an extra cradle for the P3 for $15 http://www.etrailer.com/p-59045901.htm and an extra wiring harnes for another $15, rather than buy another controller. That way you just plug it into whichever vehicle it is needed in.
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Unless you need to be able to tow 2 trailers with brakes at the same time, you could have picked up an extra cradle for the P3 for $15 http://www.etrailer.com/p-59045901.htm and an extra wiring harnes for another $15, rather than buy another controller. That way you just plug it into whichever vehicle it is needed in.
Also helps from theft prevention. Mine stays in the little pouch in the glove box when I'm not using it. I like that little quick release mount they included in the box.
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Unless you need to be able to tow 2 trailers with brakes at the same time, you could have picked up an extra cradle for the P3 for $15 http://www.etrailer.com/p-59045901.htm and an extra wiring harnes for another $15, rather than buy another controller. That way you just plug it into whichever vehicle it is needed in.
I only paid for mine myself-- the other was paid for by my company.
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why do you need a tow rig if your trail rig still isnt finished?
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why do you need a tow rig if your trail rig still isnt finished?
Think about that one for a minute...
I live in the best wheeling area in the state...in the country IMO. My rig is street legal and even has cruise control. When it is finished, I will not need to tow it anywhere.
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