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need brake controller advice

Discussion in 'Towing' started by mudduck, Aug 29, 2008.

  1. Aug 29, 2008 at 6:09 AM
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    mudduck

    mudduck [OP] Nobody makes me bleed my own blood.

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    hey guys, i'm gonna start towing with the new truck in a couple of weeks. i havent towed a lot in the past, so what brand of brake controller is the best and easiest to install? what do you guys use?
     
  2. Aug 29, 2008 at 6:33 AM
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    SamSter0077

    SamSter0077 Happy Camper

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    Prodigy is what I hear most guys using, I have an old Voyager.. Works fine. My truck was NOT pre-wired, so I can't help with plug Adapters..

    -Sam
     
  3. Aug 29, 2008 at 7:00 AM
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    Janster

    Janster Old & Forgetful

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    Never used it on the tacoma - but we have a Tekonsha Prodigy and used it for years on the Dodge Ram. GREAT controller!
     
  4. Aug 29, 2008 at 7:04 AM
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    mudduck

    mudduck [OP] Nobody makes me bleed my own blood.

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    cool. thanks!:thumbsup:
     
  5. Aug 29, 2008 at 6:00 PM
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    maverick491

    maverick491 Towing Guru

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    Best install possible in the Tacoma particularly for those of us with the manual transmission with a parking brake where the brake controller cubby is (To the right and down from the steering wheel)

    Install and websites to source parts from are covered in the towing bible, which is stickied at the top of the page.
     
  6. Sep 1, 2008 at 9:56 AM
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    mvega1969

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    Tekonsha PIII, on my tacoma and towing a Fleetwood Evolution III, excellent device, easy to setup and very customizable.
     
  7. Sep 25, 2008 at 8:24 AM
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    Chickenmunga

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    We have a Tekonsha Sentinel on Dad's Dodge Ram for use when we tow a 24' 5th wheel camper. It seems that we are always fiddling with the adjustment. When I'm going down a 6% grade for 7 miles, I don't need that extra wieght shoving me around with an unreliable/poorly adjusted braking system.

    I'm hoping to get him something like the Prodigy as a Christmas gift.
     
  8. Sep 29, 2008 at 2:08 PM
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    wushaw

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    I had a Jordan in my last truck which I liked alot.

    I just put a Prodigy in my Taco last week since I couldn't find another Jordan, I have yet to try it out so I have no opinion on it yet.
     
  9. Sep 29, 2008 at 2:33 PM
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    RelentlessFab

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    Had tons on the Taco's.... new truck is pretty stock
    whatever one you get make sure that it isnt just a basic one that only controls the power, find one that has an adjustable ramp up feature in it. im not sure what i have but it was only $67.99 and has the feature on it.... i'll go find out what it is and post up later.
     
  10. Sep 30, 2008 at 6:22 PM
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    rc2125

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    Just put a prodigy in our new tacoma. Mounted it underneath the steering column via industrial strenth velcro tape. Was the only spot I could find that put it out of the way, works great there. Pulls/handles the horse trailer with one horse, suprisingly well!
     
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