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Old 04-01-2014, 12:27 PM   #1
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Which brake controller should I get? Please help.

my family and I are planning to purchase a TT in the next couple of years. Until then we plan to rent I couple of different TT'S to try out and get the feel for it. My tow vehicle is a 2007 Toyota Sequoia SR5 v8 4.7 which will tow a decent sized ultralight. My question is which brake controller is the best for my situation? I will be renting trailers of all sizes that fit my tow vehicle. Which one can I use now and when I make my purchase or does that matter? I've looked at a lot of different kinds but need one that's simple to use. I will have it professionally installed. Any suggestions?
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Old 04-01-2014, 01:02 PM   #2
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Tekonsha Prodigy Trailer Brake Controller - 1 to 4 Axles - Proportional Tekonsha Brake Controller 90185
this brand is very good
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Old 04-01-2014, 02:56 PM   #3
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I and lots of others use the Tekonsha 9030 model. Simple, works, but not the fanciest or smoothest. Tekonsha is a good brand.

You just need one for now and forever, no need to get different one once you buy.
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+1 on Tekonsha... I have a P3 and it's been head-and-shoulders above the original cheapo model the dealer sold me.
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I have the prodigy3 and if I remember correctly it has a memory you can set for three different trailers. Would be handy if you have different trailers to haul.
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I also have a P3 controller. And much better than my first cheap one.
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P3 is the only way to go
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Old 04-01-2014, 09:33 PM   #8
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Thanks for the help. It looks like the P3 is the way to go. Found it on Amazon for $144 with wire harness for my TV. I'm wondering how easy it is to install. Might do it myself.
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I installed my P3 myself in my Yukon and it was easy. Hardest part was deciding where to put it. I have it under the dash to the right of where my right knee goes more or less. There is a brake boost switch you can use manually and this spot allows me an easy reach. I saw a video on how to install it as well, but they mounted it further down and it seemed less convenient.

By the way, it was due to this forum that I chose that unit so thanks everyone. It is really easy to use.

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We have the Tekonsha Primus IQ, very happy with it.
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Thanks for the help. It looks like the P3 is the way to go. Found it on Amazon for $144 with wire harness for my TV. I'm wondering how easy it is to install. Might do it myself.
Controller itself is easy to install especially with the TV wire harness plug in.
Mounting is always an issue as mentioned but not difficult.
The harder part will be determining if your TV has the 12volt brake wire all the way back to the 7way plug. Some do some don't and I don't know if yours does.
If it does, plug in and your done. If not, then you will need to run a wire (10AWG) back from the controller to the 7way.
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I have the P2 and am happy with it
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Mevman, How can I tell if it does or doesn't? What's it for?
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We have the Tekonsha Primus IQ, very happy with it.
Same for me. Works great and priced right.
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