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Less expensive brake controller

Discussion in 'Towing' started by HawkShot99, Mar 9, 2020.

  1. Mar 9, 2020 at 2:15 PM
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    HawkShot99

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    I am about to get a enclosed trailer with brakes, so I need a controller. Every where I read about the tekonsha p3 being a great controller, and I'm sure it is. However I will most likely be trading in the Tacoma this summer for a full sized, and most of them come with a built in controller. There are many controllers out for 1/3 the price as the tekonsha, are any of them a good basic controller that I'll be happy with for the time being?

    What makes the tekonsha so great?
     
  2. Mar 9, 2020 at 7:02 PM
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    Aquatic Tacoma

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    Try Craigslist? Just looked in my area. P2's btwn $30-$50. P3's $50-$75. I've got a P@. Had it for years on different trucks.
     
  3. Mar 17, 2020 at 3:37 PM
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    I have a "Tekonsha 9030 - Voyager Brake Controller"
    it works fine enough and should be cheaper than the p3. i believe i paid around $100 (cdn) at our local expensive auto parts store cause i needed one 'now'.
     
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  4. Mar 17, 2020 at 3:49 PM
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    Rock Lobster

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    I have the Primus IQ. It serves me just as well as a P3, just not as good looking, and without the memory bit for running multiple trailers.

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001P11SCM/ref=cm_sw_r_apa_i_SgvCEbKG2CNSA


    There are two essential features that you absolutely need and one additional thing that is nice:

    You need one that is truly proportional (accelerometer built into the circuitry), and you need one with a wide range of mounting positions. Cheap proportionals have a relatively narrow range of mounting positions. The P3 can be mounted anywhere from level to vertical, which is one of the reasons why it's so pricey.

    To find one with a halfway decent mounting range and accelerometer, it's hard to find for under 50 bucks.

    The luxury bit: Tekonsha sells a wiring harness that is plug and play for the tacomas, compatible with most of their controllers. No wire splicing needed.
     
  5. Mar 18, 2020 at 5:36 AM
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    Indy

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    People have been towing for decades and a tiny tiny percentage of them have used the most expensive controllers. Its definitely not a requirement.
     
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    When I sell a camper, and a brake control is needed, we install the TEKONSHA.
     
  7. May 10, 2020 at 9:53 PM
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    get the one that WONT flat spot the tires
    in an urgent stop

    ive seen many that will work on the average mundane stoplite stop

    good luck
     

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