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michaelee2
01-31-2010, 02:59 AM
What is some of the better trailer brake controllers. I need to get one for a tandem open trailer with brakes.

ranger350
01-31-2010, 10:01 AM
I use a Tekonsha P3, works great. works on up to 4 axle trailers, fully proportional.

seabee1
01-31-2010, 10:03 AM
i use a drawtite model 5500 that work's great for me :)

betmr
01-31-2010, 10:37 AM
Do we really think that one is a lot better than another? It's a variable switch, What light switches do you have in your house? Are your light switches better than mine? It's no big deal, get the one that does what you want, at the price you want to pay. That's my opinion.

Horsepower Lawns
01-31-2010, 02:56 PM
Do we really think that one is a lot better than another? It's a variable switch, What light switches do you have in your house? Are your light switches better than mine? It's no big deal, get the one that does what you want, at the price you want to pay. That's my opinion.



The 5500. If someone pulls out in front of you, you don't get full brakes on the trailer. Just what its set to.

The P3 (& alot of others). If someone pulls out in front of you it reads the sudded brake and goes full power. Not just what you had it set to.

organiclawncanada
01-31-2010, 11:23 PM
Go with either the Tekonsha Prodigy or the P3, depending on your budget.

chevytrucks84
01-31-2010, 11:32 PM
prodigy hands down! and yes there is a huge differnce in brake controllers

michaelee2
02-01-2010, 08:56 AM
Where is the best place to get the prodigy or P3. Not sure if I will get a trailer with one brake or two. What is your alls opinions on 1 brake vs two on a 14ft tandem.

ranger350
02-01-2010, 09:02 AM
Where is the best place to get the prodigy or P3. Not sure if I will get a trailer with one brake or two. What is your alls opinions on 1 brake vs two on a 14ft tandem.

Depends on how much weight you are hauling. I have a 19 and 24 foot tandem with capacities of 5 and 6 tons plus trailer weight. So i have brakes on both axles.

JohnnyRocker
02-01-2010, 09:08 AM
How are these brakes activated? I've never used a trailer with brakes. Is it just an electric signal sent to them?

ranger350
02-01-2010, 09:13 AM
How are these brakes activated? I've never used a trailer with brakes. Is it just an electric signal sent to them?

Power is sent from the controller to the magnet in the brake assembly. The magnet energizes and sticks to the drum which then actuates the brake shoes.

JohnnyRocker
02-01-2010, 09:21 AM
Do I need a different assembly to plug into the back of my truck? I have one that has 4 prongs going horizontally.

ranger350
02-01-2010, 10:07 AM
Do I need a different assembly to plug into the back of my truck? I have one that has 4 prongs going horizontally.

common on all new trucks is the '7 way RV' plug, the flat 4 wont work and is a poor connector anyway.

JohnnyRocker
02-01-2010, 02:15 PM
Ok. Thanks. I use the flat 4. Well, it's the only one my trailer has. I probably have both on my truck, I just never needed the 7.

crhoades68
02-01-2010, 05:48 PM
The Tekonsha Prodigy is $114 + s/h at www.etrailers.com. If I'm not mistaken they will include the vehicle-specific adapter if your truck doesn't have the 7-way RV Plug.