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Old 07-27-2015, 03:23 PM   #1
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Brake Controller question

Through the years and multiple trucks I ended up with three seperat brake controllers. The Draw-tite Activator is currently installed and it seems to be working fine. I debating on installing the Tekonsha Voyager as it is a "proportional" controller. Any downsided to a proportional versus time-delayed?

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Old 07-27-2015, 06:01 PM   #2
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I towed with an Activator for years until about 1999. Worked fine as long as you understood what it does and its limitations. When I moved up to a bigger 5er and a diesel tow vehicle, I upgraded to an Activator II. I towed that 5er for over 11 years and 100,000 miles with that Activator II. Same comment - it works fine if you understand its limitations. Then I sold the 5er and the diesel and downsized to an F-150 and a small TT. By then the integrated trailer brake controller (ITBC) was a factory option, so I ordered one on my F-150.

The ITBC is much better than the time-delay Activator or Activator II. If your truck is new enough that an ITBC was a factory option, then your best bet is to install the OEM ITBC. It will cost more than a Tekonsha Voyager, but I'm glad I have the ITBC on my F-150 and would not want to go back to my Activator II.

I don't have any experience with the proportional controllers. Most owners seem to like them.

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Old 07-27-2015, 06:01 PM   #3
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I have the Tekonsha Voyager and like it as it is a quick adjustment going from a 9400# TT w/ 2 axles to my 1 axle enclosed bike trailer that maxes out at 3800#. I can't help with the other ones.
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Shuld not respond since we have only towed with the Tekonsha, i think the Primus, but love it, and would not change !!! You can easily change the settings to current conditions. Sometimes i want a little more aggressive trailer braking than others . But usually just leave it alone and do it's job.
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Old 07-29-2015, 08:06 AM   #5
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Though I am naturally biased toward Tekonsha products, being as I grew up in Tekonsha and have several friends who are involved with the firm. I will state only that the proportional controllers are more complex than the time delay..

That said. They build good stuff in Tekonsha.. And if I towed a trailer (used to) that is the brand I'd want controlling the brakes.
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I recently convinced a friend to move from a time based controller to the proportional tekonsha. He didn't understand the limitations and didn't care to. But after the first tow with the proportional controller he was amazed how much better the towing experience was.
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I ended up installing the Voyager(proportion). The brakes seem more responsive to the trucks braking condition.

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