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Old 06-07-2007, 06:09 PM   #1
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Brake controller?

I need to fix my truck so the airstream I bought last week can hook up to it and the brakes work. Which type of brake controller is reccomended? The connector on the airstream is a big round one with 7 pins and the one on my truck is snall and flat and has four. Im planning on ordering the controller maybee from ebay and wiring it all up next weekend, is it a huge project?

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Old 06-07-2007, 07:11 PM   #2
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Your going to need to match up your truck to the trailer set-up. You'll need a matching socket for the truck and youl need to add the brake controller line and a positive line for trailer and a back-up light. Those three and what you already have make up the seven. Brake contollers are available at RV supplies too.
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What CM said. I've found the Prodigy to be really good.
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Robert,
The small four flat connector is for trailers without brakes. This is not your case. You wil need a new wiring harness and connector plug for the rear of the TV.
One word of caution. The brake controller hot lead needs to be hot all the time and fused. Just like your brakes light on your truck.
I would suggest etrailer.com over ebay. I have ordered from them several times and had good service. Prices seems reasonable too. ebay is not always ful of bargins.
The prodigy is a good all around controller. I had one installed in my last truck. My new truck came with the Tow command already installed.
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Old 06-07-2007, 10:18 PM   #5
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I need to fix my truck so the airstream I bought last week can hook up to it and the brakes work. Which type of brake controller is reccomended? The connector on the airstream is a big round one with 7 pins and the one on my truck is snall and flat and has four. Im planning on ordering the controller maybee from ebay and wiring it all up next weekend, is it a huge project?

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Hi, I didn't hear what kind or size truck you have, but by telling us you have the four pin connector, tells me your truck does not have the factory tow package. You may need more additions or modifications to make a good tow vehicle.
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eTrailer is better than eBay. I trust them and you will get your order pronto.

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Consider the Tekonsha P3 also; it's a little fancier (or more helpful) with capabilities at least as good as the Prodigy.
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Robert,

Tekonsha Prodigy has been the hot seller for the last 5 years. Enertia sensor unit that is easy to install and can be located almost anywhere on the dash.

Jordan Ultima is non enertia sensor that uses a pull cable mounted on the brake pedal. It is a little bit more difficult to hook up since it is best to mount it in a straight line from brake pedal. (not a strict requirement according to the literature).

You could search brake controllers on this site and find some long threads on the relative merits of various brands.

Also, there is an expensive unit made by the folks who make weight distribution hitches.

I think I would stay with one of the two above brands. They seem to get the most favorable press and they costs $100-125 or at least they did in 2003 when I last bought one.

There are pigtails available to make most late model trucks easy to hook up under the dash.
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