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Old 05-20-2008, 04:54 PM   #1
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Brake Controller Not Working

Hi Folks,

I'm looking for some advice regarding a Prodigy Brake Controller. I have a 2006 Airstream Bambi that I pull with a Nissan Frontier. I am using a Prodigy brake controller and everything works as expected.

However, we recently had the same model prodigy installed on a Toyota FJ, and when we connected the Bambi trailer, the controller does not work properly. The manual brake lever on the controller works as expected, however when we use the brake foot pedal, there is no read out on the controller indicating braking. It seems as if a signal is not getting sent when the brake pedal is used.

We took the Toyota back to Camping World where the controller was installed, but they cannot find any problems when they test.

So, just wondering if anyone else has had similar issues with their brake controller? Any guesses on why the controller tests okay at Camping World, but does not work when connected to the Bambi? Again, the same model of controller works fine when connected on the Nissan to the Bambi trailer.

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Old 05-20-2008, 05:08 PM   #2
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... It seems as if a signal is not getting sent when the brake pedal is used.

We took the Toyota back to Camping World where the controller was installed, but they cannot find any problems when they test. ...
Take the truck back. I agree with your observation.

Camping World needs to prove they wired it right. Make them prove they wired it correctly to you.

The wiring ain't rocket science; they should be able to prove with a voltmeter or light bulb that the correct wire was chosen to be wired to the Prodigy's "brake pedal" connection.

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Old 05-20-2008, 05:14 PM   #3
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Old 05-20-2008, 08:32 PM   #4
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If possible take your AS with you to camping world.
I'd go one better than that - make them hook it to a trailer they already have there. That way they can't blame it on the Airstream.

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With no display on the controller, I'd say their is a connection issue between the controller wire going to the brake switch connection. Poor connections tend to be 85% of most electrical problems.
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Thanks for the feedback folks. We will take the A/S in with us next time and see where to go from there.

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You should have a different cable to the brake controller for each truck. From what I can tell from your posts in the Toyota you have power, the manual lever works, but it does not activate when you press the brake pedal. If that is true the signal from the brake switch is getting to the controller. Verify that the correct cable is installed in the Toyota, I think it should be #3040.
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Just to follow up on this thread - We took the FJ back to Camping World to have them check the brake controller. They said that everything tested fine with no changes. So we brought it home and hooked it back up to the camper one more time and, surprisingly, all seems to be working correctly now.

We are at a loss as to why it works now, but happy that all appears to be fixed. We will, of course, keep a close eye on it.

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