Trailer Brake Controllers

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Gatewayuser, Nov 28, 2004.

  1. Gatewayuser

    Gatewayuser LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,765

    I'm going to be getting a new trailer this week with brakes and I need to get a brake controller what kind of controller do you all recommend. Also is a 14ft tandem big enough for a wb and a zero turn rider?
    Any comments would be helpful!
  2. jaybird

    jaybird LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 272

    we went through this a while back on our truck most parts house carry the brake control. it depends on the degree of slope where you mount it in the cab. some wont work on a slope we got one thru a rv parts catolog wasnt much more. trailor lenth get it a little longer than you think you need.
  3. twwlawn

    twwlawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 283

    The dealer where I bought my trailers has the brake controllers. When I get another truck, I have them install it. carries a few. Hope this helps.

    Congrats getting a trailer, I would recommend 16' or more also.
  4. PLM-1

    PLM-1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,640

    I have a hoppy with the digital read out and error codes. I personally like the non-pendulum controllers so you can mount them anywhere at any angle.
  5. ProMo

    ProMo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,468

    I use a prodigy I purchased on ebay works much beetter in stop and go traffic jordan is another good brand
  6. Premo Services

    Premo Services LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,516

    I have a prodigy controller, and it works great.
    On the 14ft trailer, I would get a longer one if it was me, I have a 6.5x 16ft tandem trailer and have a lazer 52 inch and a turftracer 48inch. When I have the ultra vac on the lazer, there is only a couple feet open in the trailer. When I bought the 16 foot trailer, I thought this will be way enough room, but if I expand more, I will need a bigger trailer.
  7. Gatewayuser

    Gatewayuser LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,765

    Thanks for all the help!!! I just bought a P.J. 16ft tandem with side gate & rear gate, brakes, diamond plate fenders, GVWR 7000lbs.
    I'm going to have the brake controller installed for $200 with controller. I might post a pic of it Wednesday. The controller is a Drawtite 5500.
  8. ProMo

    ProMo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,468

    just a couple of quotes from an rv forum
    " When I purchased my FW, I did not do much research on the brake controller. I ended up getting a Drawtite 5500. It is a time delayed type of controller with 2 adjustments. One is the maximum braking applied to the trailer and two is the aggresiveness the braking is applied. On a clear highway it works fine. I did get caught in traffic and the repeated stop and go was very jerky with the trailer. I did not like this at all. I am new to this and am not sure if this is expected or my controller is garbage. I have read of the Prodigy controller and the writeups all sound good. If I switch to the prodigy will I see a difference in the ride? Any experience here would be appreciated.

    " Take the DrawTite out and run over it with the TV. Install the Prodigy and enjoy it. It is a night and day difference. I know because my original setup came with the DrawTite. Piece of junk. Prodigy was one of the best things I ever spent money on."

    you re paying someone over a hundredtwenty dollars to hook up 4 wires?
  9. Gatewayuser

    Gatewayuser LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,765

    No its 7 wires and electric wiring for the brakes that includes connectors and wires. They told me that the Drawtite 5500 is the favorite with them.
    They said also that it will work best with my new trailer.
  10. PLM-1

    PLM-1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,640

    why are you "getting it installed"? it is really easy. $200 seems steep too. My controller was less than $100 and took about 30 mins to install.

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