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Old 07-13-2014, 03:54 PM   #1
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Brake Controller

I notice that my brake controller is a pain to use with the new 5er...it doesn't start braking right away and then it stays on the trailer brakes as I slow down and jerks to a stop. I try my best to modulate the breaks as I slow down, but the controller makes it very difficult. Any newer controllers that work better than my 2001 vintage Tekonsha Sentinel?

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Old 07-13-2014, 10:32 PM   #2
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I notice that my brake controller is a pain to use with the new 5er...it doesn't start braking right away and then it stays on the trailer brakes as I slow down and jerks to a stop. I try my best to modulate the breaks as I slow down, but the controller makes it very difficult. Any newer controllers that work better than my 2001 vintage Tekonsha Sentinel?

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there are hundreds of Good hi tech electronic brake controllers out there
do a web search.Amazon has some good deals
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I guess I didn't phrase my question very well...what controller do you use that you think may be better than my vintage 2001 Tekonsha Sentinel?

I would like specific suggestions, not "here is a pile of them - pick what looks good to ya!".

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DirecLink - Brake Controllers, Brake Actuators, and Hydraulic ABS

Infinately better then any inertia activated controller
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I had a Prodigy on my previous truck and trailer. It was in use for 10 years and worked flawlessly. I set it the first time and never touched it again. The new truck came with the factory unit.
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I had a proportional controller from the factory on my last truck. Infinitely better than my old on/off controller. I put a Prodigy P3 on our current SUV. It's almost as good as the factory proportional controller on the old truck. It was only about $120 and was easy to install. It didn't need to be mounted flat like some do.
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Directlink and Maxbrake have the advantage of knowing exactly how much braking force the tow vehicle is applying - either of them or an OEM integral controller probably offer the best performance. The next best option is the Tekonsha Prodigy P3. I use a P3 myself and the general consensus is that it is the best of the accelerometer-based brake controllers.
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Prodigy P3 once I got it dialed in I haven't touched it.
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