Trailer brake controller

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by michaelee2, Jan 31, 2010.

  1. michaelee2

    michaelee2 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 150

    What is some of the better trailer brake controllers. I need to get one for a tandem open trailer with brakes.
  2. ranger350

    ranger350 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 108

    I use a Tekonsha P3, works great. works on up to 4 axle trailers, fully proportional.
  3. seabee1

    seabee1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 239

    i use a drawtite model 5500 that work's great for me :)
  4. betmr

    betmr LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,663

    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.
  5. Horsepower Lawns

    Horsepower Lawns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 213

    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.
  6. organiclawncanada

    organiclawncanada LawnSite Member
    Messages: 94

    Go with either the Tekonsha Prodigy or the P3, depending on your budget.
  7. chevytrucks84

    chevytrucks84 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 147

    prodigy hands down! and yes there is a huge differnce in brake controllers
  8. michaelee2

    michaelee2 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 150

    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.
  9. ranger350

    ranger350 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 108

    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.
  10. JohnnyRocker

    JohnnyRocker LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 741

    How are these brakes activated? I've never used a trailer with brakes. Is it just an electric signal sent to them?

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