Trailer brake controller selection

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by DA Quality Lawn & YS, Jan 27, 2012.

  1. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
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    Can anyone recommend a solid, lower cost brake controller? I need to pick one up to use with my new 7x14' tandem enclosed. Don't need anything fancy just needs to function properly and without tons of tweaking. Would like to spend under $100 if at all possible.

    Recommend proportional or time delayed?

    Thanks!

    DA
     
    Last edited: Jan 27, 2012
  2. Lefet

    Lefet LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Subscribing to this one too. DA you must be reading my mind or our situations are paralleling. Another question would be what are the differences in them? I've seen people saying they like to "adjust" them. What type of adjustments and what should you make sure you have on them?
     
  3. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
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    Lefet my guess is that 'adjusting' refers to the time delayed type which applies a set braking amount as opposed to proportional which senses the braking your truck does and brakes the trailer accordingly. We'll see.....
     
  4. djagusch

    djagusch LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Here is a link to a brand I liked and used.

    http://www.tekonsha.com/content/products.aspx?lvl=2&parentid=1400&catID=1435 &part=0

    The voyager model I had in a Super Duty, worked great, and was smooth. I sold the truck and left the controller in it.

    I now have alittle nicer model I was told but does not work as good as the voyager model I had. My current one is more jerky in light pedal slow moving speeds.

    How the controller accounts for momentum and speed of the vehicle is what makes them work well or not. The pedulium that measures the forces is how I was told the good ones work.

    Also most auto parts stores sell the voyager model just might be rebadged. They do have plug in wiring kits for most vehicles at the auto parts store so install is easy.

    Does your Dakato have 7 prong or 4 prong for the trailer hook up? If it's 4 prong did Dodge run the other 3 wires or do you have too? Might want to look for plug in wiring harnesses for that also.
     
  5. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
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    Tried to click your link but does not work.....

    Which Tekonsha model is it? I have been searching on here and looks like the P3 is favored BUT that one is top of the line and I am not sure I need all that.

    (and yep my truck has 7 prong - tow pkg on vehicle so ready to plug n play)
     
  6. Lefet

    Lefet LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I would think that a set amount of pressure, equally applied at the time of braking the truck would be sufficient. Or at least that would be what I think I would want. This is probably one thing I wouldn't or shouldn't have control over! :hammerhead: Leave it to me, I'd either be dragging the trailer because I've applied TOO much, or everything would end up in the back seat with me, for not enough. Are they measured in ratio or percentage or whatever when you buy them? Should you be looking for a certain amount of breakage or weight even? And if you have a 3 prong, then you probably don't have the correct wiring pre-installed for a break controller?
    I'm sure we have a 7 pin..... I think..... yeah, pretty sure. I also would have it installed. As I'm sure I could figure it out, and it's probably not that hard, there are some things, I just prefer to leave to the professionals. I call it my "go back theory". If something goes wrong, I need to be able to go back to somebody, and I wouldn't want it to be me.
     
  7. Lefet

    Lefet LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Didn't work for me either.
     
  8. djagusch

    djagusch LawnSite Platinum Member
    from MN
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    It's the Voyager model by Tekonsha. Model 9030.
     
  9. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
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    OK I'll check that one out.
     
  10. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
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    http://www.adventurerv.net/tekonsha-electric-brake-control-controller-camper-p-1911.html

    When I was searching for a brake controller for my last truck, I read all the reviews and purchased a P3 from Tekonsha. I purchased it from the link above and found that they had great prices. Unfortunately, I ended up buying a new truck before I had time to install the P3 and my new truck as an integrated brake controller already in it, so the P3 wasn't needed anymore.

    I am not a particular fan of the standard/low end brake controllers. I feel like there is never a good setting with those. The ones that I used either braked too hard or not enough and it just didn't feel right to me.

    With the P3, you will at least get the similar operation as that of an integrated controller. Like I said, I purchased my P3 from the link I posted above, I would buy from them again too. They seemed to have the best prices on the internet.
     

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