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Old 10-12-2013, 10:26 PM   #1
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Well, I finally bit the bullet and will be getting a new 90195 P3 brake controller. Anything will be step up from the POS that is in there. It will be here on the 15th and I'll get her put on the next day. I suppose that it comes with destructions as to where to start. I've read a lot of very favorable reviews and didn't see too much negative... I am not made of money so this is about as expensive as I was willing to go. That begs a couple of questions...

1.) Are they worth the higher price?

2.) Anyone have any advise?

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Old 10-12-2013, 11:46 PM   #2
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They would worth the money if you will use the features P3 has, like ability to work with hydraulic brakes. For standard electric brakes P2 is just as good
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Old 10-13-2013, 12:14 AM   #3
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What kind of problems were you seeing in the current controller?

In my trailer days I found that adjusting the brakes took a fair amount of time to prevent lockup and also found that weather conditions could affect how the worked as far as grabbing and locking up.

A really good ground connection between the truck and the trailer was important too.
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Old 10-13-2013, 02:17 AM   #4
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It's the only brand I will buy. Have a P3 and love it.
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Old 10-13-2013, 03:30 AM   #5
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They are extremely easy to adjust on the fly. I often lower the boost level when I am in town, then turn it back up when on the road.
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Gee, all this praise for a product.

I grew up in a little town in Michigan called Tekonsha, Home of Tekonsha Engineering and last time I looked a classmate of mine was company CEO.

Oh yes. I tried to date the founder's daughter too... Should have tried harder .
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What kind of problems were you seeing in the current controller?

In my trailer days I found that adjusting the brakes took a fair amount of time to prevent lockup and also found that weather conditions could affect how the worked as far as grabbing and locking up.

A really good ground connection between the truck and the trailer was important too.
Current controller was the cheapest thing the dealer could get. It seems to be progressive. When I first apply the brakes, I can feel a bit of push from the trailer. Then the trailer brakes kick in and most of the stop is OK. As I get toward the stop, the trailer brakes grab more and more and I have to get off and start the process all over. I have adjusted this countless times and while it's better with my newer trailer, which is heavier, it's still not satisfactory. With my first one that weighed just over 3,000# it was just about impossible to stop without sliding the RV tires.

I'm very mechanically inclined, so I should be able to take advantage of the P3's features. I am always a little skeptical when just about all of the reviews are so glowing... We'll see...

Thanks for the replies...
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I had a cheap curt controller and then swaped to the P3.

I have only great things to say about the P3 and wish I had spent the money to get it. Works awesome. And lifetime warranty is nice also.
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I chose the Tekonsha P2 because I need reading glasses to see anything on the P3 digital screen.

I have used the P2 for over 3 years now, 36,000 miles and two trips to Alaska and back towing a 12,000 lb. cargo trailer fully loaded as it's my garage. No problems and hardly know the trailer is back there except when ascending or descending any grades.

At my weight you don't make any quick stops but I know that the P2 is working every time I need it to.

There is only one other brand that I see the "purest" use but it's a lot more money and at this point not sure if it's worth the extra. I can't remember the brand but I have read a thread or two here about it.

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Well, it came and I installed it... Huge improvement over the Escort thing that I have been using... It did stop the trailer, but only with me getting on and off the brakes. This one is smooth... Whole thing stops like the trailer isn't back there. I like it!
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I still have an Escort on my Ram 2500. Worked ok for my 5er.... if tune right.
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Great!
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