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Old 07-14-2016, 08:31 AM   #1
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Help me figure out my setup, please.

We just bought a 2000 Dutch Star and there are some add ons from the previous owners that I don't know how they work, so I need some help before I go to a shop to see how a toad might work. I'm attaching links to photos.

Since I'm sure that one thing is a brake controller, I should be ready for a trailer with electric brakes, correct?

Remco thing

Brake Controller? (Sorry, it's not clear) Prodigy

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1. The "Remco thing" is a power switch for a transmission lube pump on a towed car. You have the power line and probably a plug at the back of the coach, but without a toad that has a lube pump, it does nothing useful. My guess is that the top plug in "Hitch Picture" will be the power plug for a lube pump.

2.The Prodigy is an excellent brake controller for electric brakes. If you have the need for electric trailer brakes, you are good to go.
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We just bought a 2000 Dutch Star and there are some add ons from the previous owners that I don't know how they work, so I need some help before I go to a shop to see how a toad might work. I'm attaching links to photos.

Since I'm sure that one thing is a brake controller, I should be ready for a trailer with electric brakes, correct?

Remco thing

Brake Controller? (Sorry, it's not clear) Prodigy

Hitch Picture
BuckyBounder,
Gary is mostly correct in his assessment of your components only, if I was a betting man (I always loose in Vegas) I'd bet the top plug in your pic of trailer plugs, is the factory one and, the lower one is Remcos. Apparently Remco, and or, anyone that installs a Remco system, is required to have a completely separate, 7-pin plug, that almost parallels the original plug. We do on ours, because when we bought the coach, it had/has two identical, 7 pin plugs on the back, one to the left of the license plate and one to the right.

The standard trailer plug for "most" motor homes is the black plastic, larger 7 pin plug. But, I've read more and more reports on here and other RV forums that owners are dealing with either a 4 pin flat, or the 6 pin round, such as shown in your picture.

Now, this is only a guess so, I could be way off and Gary's completely right. Not sure at this point, no biggie either way. I removed all of my Remco switching and wiring up front as I will NEVER have a toad that requires a pump to keep a $3,000 transmission safe. That's a personal choice. But, if you feel you may some day, be towing a non-flat towable toad, that requires that pump, then maybe I'd keep it in there, if I were you. Your choice.
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Agree - the upper plug could also be factory standard 6-pin instead of for the lube pump. To me it looks a little small for that, but could be. Monaco uses those, but don't know if Newmar does or not.
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