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what Trailer brake controller does everyone use?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by TacoTuesday1, Apr 23, 2020.

  1. Apr 23, 2020 at 11:03 PM
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    TacoTuesday1

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    I'm thinking of trying to copy this video
    Tekonsha seems like a popular brand

    What do you all prefer and why?

     
  2. Apr 23, 2020 at 11:18 PM
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    Tekonsha P3.

    I liked that the position of the mounting didn’t have to be level. Also liked the multiple settings on it. Read reviews for a long time before deciding on it. It’s worked flawlessly. In the end I pulled the tray out to the right of the steering wheel and made a bracket out of aluminum bar stock to mount it there. Also liked that they make a plug n play harness for the Tacoma.


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  3. Apr 23, 2020 at 11:36 PM
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  4. Apr 23, 2020 at 11:42 PM
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    I use the p3 in two trucks.. can’t go wrong with them.
     
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    I also went with the Tekonsha based on the number of positive reviews... Not sure if it's that much better than others, but it works and is easy to setup. Finding the factory connector to attach it to was a different story though...
     
  7. Apr 24, 2020 at 8:45 AM
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    Believe I purchased my controller and connector from etrailer.com. They’ve always been pretty good to deal with.
     
  8. Apr 24, 2020 at 8:50 AM
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    I use the redarc tow pro elite. I've had it for little over a year now and have had zero issues. It's kind of pricey but I like it because the only part that's visable is a little knob that can be mounted anywhere
     
  9. Apr 24, 2020 at 3:38 PM
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    I've got an older Tekonsha that I brought over from my previous vehicle. Think I got the wiring adapter from eTrailer too. I originally bought it from the good reviews. It's probably 15+ years old but I rarely pull a trailer.
     
  10. Apr 24, 2020 at 5:21 PM
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    Alright
    so I think you guys have pretty much convinced me on the Tekonsha P3 with their associate wiring harness kit.

    I may put it off until later; I thought it was needed,
    but am now learning that supposedly if I am pulling a small U-haul trailer, that they are legally not required to even equip their trailer with brakes at all.
    So some trailer out there might have brakes that a controller operates,
    and the big 2-axle U-hauls supposedly have their own controller located on the trailer itself, that works by sensing momentum.
    Supposedly it's differentiated by the presence of a different plug wiring connector on those trailers, as opposed to the smaller 4-pin on 1-axles.

    With that being a big potential (the single axle 4x8), though I need to look up what other small trailer sizes they have available,
    I have bought the 2-1/4" drop hitch starter kit, and a 7 to 4 pin wiring adapter.

    According their staff guy, that hitch part is the correct one, even though I was not sure if aftermarket bumpers change it.
    For example, having an ATH Fab Standard rear where the reciever hole I think is a bit higher, I didn't know if that alters things

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  11. Apr 24, 2020 at 5:27 PM
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    Small stuff but not for long!
    How important is it for the P3 to be mounted "level"?
     
  12. Apr 24, 2020 at 5:29 PM
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  13. Apr 24, 2020 at 6:05 PM
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    It's not an issue.

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  14. Apr 24, 2020 at 6:12 PM
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    Small stuff but not for long!
    Thank you! This is great as a I can mount it to the curved dash near the fuse box
     

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