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Old 03-24-2019, 06:37 PM   #29
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Another option is a Bluetooth brake controller, no wiring required. This product received an award for one of the best trailering innovations recently. It is controlled by a simple app on your smart phone (required). The simple 7 plug Bluetooth receptacle plugs directly into your TV 7 plug receptacle and the AS trailer plug connects to Bluetooth receptacle. Simple and straight forward. In the event your phone battery dies, don't worry, the last settings remained programmed.

Mercedes have no brake controller harness or jacks under dashboard like many US domestic vehicles. My Sprinter van has a hard-wired brake controller which was a pain to install (required removing seat and digging into wiring) and required significant diagnostic time I don't want to ever repeat. The hardwired controller is in the way entering & leaving the vehicle.

I have an additional Mercedes GLE TV and did not want to go through that issue a second time and learned about the Curt Blue-tooth device option. Now wish I have never gone the hard wire route. The Curt allows multiple trailer connections too (I have other trailers). One device, multiple trailers & TV's. This was the way to go for me.

https://www.etrailer.com/p-C51180.ht...el=GLE-Class#/

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Got all excited about the wireless controller thanks to this post, however on their web site my TV is not listed....
I have a porsche Cayenne 2011, anyone any sugestions?
Thanks!!
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Old 03-25-2019, 03:44 PM   #30
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Mercedes have no brake controller harness or jacks under dashboard like many US domestic vehicles. My Sprinter van has a hard-wired brake controller which was a pain to install (required removing seat and digging into wiring) and required significant diagnostic time I don't want to ever repeat. The hardwired controller is in the way entering & leaving the vehicle.

I have an additional Mercedes GLE TV and did not want to go through that issue a second time and learned about the Curt Blue-tooth device option. Now wish I have never gone the hard wire route. The Curt allows multiple trailer connections too (I have other trailers). One device, multiple trailers & TV's. This was the way to go for me.

https://www.etrailer.com/p-C51180.ht...el=GLE-Class#/

Best of luck!
Actually M-B has a harness socket under the carpet that's pretty easy to use. You just have to spend $8 on parts to make your own harness.
But the Curt, or Prodigy RF controller, are good alternatives.
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Old 03-25-2019, 04:02 PM   #31
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A better question might be "what do you do for thrills?" Get all the safety you can get.
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Old 03-25-2019, 05:41 PM   #32
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Do I need an electronic brake controller with new 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee?

IMHO, being scared to death is not thrilling. The first time I towed our Airstream without sway control could be called ‘thrilling’ by some adrenaline junkies.

I can do quite nicely without that stress, wondering when the Airstream was going to come around me and take the truck with it down the Cajon Pass.

No thanks.

If I want a thrill ride, I’ll go to Disneyland...
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My Tundra did not have a built in controller (2015) but it did have the wiring harness. I bought the Tekonsha Prodigy 3, and it was a 15 minute install. The hardest part was mounting the bracket. (I like the Prodigy 3 a lot!!!)
I'm not saying all cars are prewired, but you can use Tekonsha's vehicle selector and it will tell you.

UPDATE: It looks like your 2018 Jeep GC is prewired.
You need a harness 3045-P to mate the controller to the
Jeep harness.

For my Tundra, I looked at YouTube videos to find how others did it. Easy-Peasy.

Here's one for Jeep 2014:
E-Trailer.com's instruction video is misleading.. They do have the Prodigy P3 controller and Jeep harness available, but the install placement in their video is totally not practical. It is so low in the foot well as to make it unreadable and very difficult to reach the activation lever.
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Got all excited about the wireless controller thanks to this post, however on their web site my TV is not listed....
I have a porsche Cayenne 2011, anyone any sugestions?
Thanks!!
Henk.
I have the same vehicle and use the Prodigy RF controller from Tekonsha. It works fantastic and nothing need to be mounted in the Porsche.

https://www.amazon.ca/Tekonsha-90250.../dp/B001P0ZA86
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