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Old 08-10-2006, 08:12 PM   #29
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Backing to the left is always my preference. Isn't it desirable to back up with the brakes activating so they will "self adjust"?
I have never seen electric trailer brakes with self-adjusters.
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Old 08-10-2006, 08:15 PM   #30
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Old 08-12-2006, 10:19 AM   #31
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Here's the scoop on the Prodigy: While backing a trailer you can cancel "BOOST" and "HOLD" for a period of three minutes. This can be accomplished by pressing the boost button continuously for five seconds with the brake pedal depressed. The display will indicate:

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Just for fun, I tried backing around some pecan trees and I found that putting the Prodigy in reverse mode and just using the truck brakes made for much smoother backing. I had an early 90s Voyager in my previous truck. It's nice the difference a smart controller makes over a dumb one.

I was also impressed at how sharply I could turn using the tow mirrors -- but I was in a big field with nothing but pecan trees all nice and evenly spaced.

We shall see this week. I'll be taking it out with the Dodge for the first time.

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Old 08-12-2006, 02:03 PM   #32
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AlanSD,

I thought the F250 had a built-in towcommand. That is the brake controller. This is standard in the new trucks with the tow package.

I am glad to know that it is easier to back with the brake controller off. I also have a prodigy and really like it so far. It has a lot of nice features.

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Old 08-12-2006, 02:11 PM   #33
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AlanSD,I am glad to know that it is easier to back with the brake controller off. I also have a prodigy and really like it so far. It has a lot of nice features.

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I'm totally baffled as to why anyone would turn the brakes off when backing unless they habitually ride the brake pedal. There will be no current to the brakes unless your foot is depressing the brake pedal enough to turn on the stop lights.
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Hi, John,

Well, it seems to be smoother and easier. I guees that my old system (and no, it's not about to fall apart) has some "slop" in it, and with the dual cam, it can be sort of jerky. I really think that deactivating the trailer brakes cuts down on the groaning and banging my dual cam does in slow manuevers. In fact, the NOISE it makes is the only thing I don't like about my Reese.

Somebody else may have a more technical reason, but that's how I see it.

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Hi, John,

Well, it seems to be smoother and easier. I guees that my old system (and no, it's not about to fall apart) has some "slop" in it, and with the dual cam, it can be sort of jerky. I really think that deactivating the trailer brakes cuts down on the groaning and banging my dual cam does in slow manuevers.
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I still go back to the fact that unless you ride the brake pedal, the Prodigy (or any other controller) will never actuate the brakes, forward or backward.

BTW: I too have the dual cam and it does groan and bang occasionally, but not because of the brakes.
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When backing up even a slight "incline" a proportional controller will (can) apply voltage to the brakes.

I used to have the problem backing up a driveway with a Kelsey Hayes controller and had to unplug the plug to the trailer or the brkes would apply
I now have a Prodigy but don't have the same driveway. I don't think the Prodigy has a pendelem action so it would not be a problem.

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Old 08-12-2006, 09:27 PM   #37
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Hi--I have a Powerstop model 500-PS controller which I originally installed 18-years ago, and have moved to 5 vehicles since. One of the control wires goes to the normally "Off" side of the back-up light switch, and prevents the trailer brakes from being activated when backing up. I thought all controllers were wired this way, but in reading this thread, I guess not. I saw one of these controllers in an RV supply store last year, so I guess they are still available.--Frank S
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