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Old 03-30-2011, 10:34 PM   #15
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Tekshona is the way to go. We have a BMW x5 and lst the installer tried a different one, I then called the company they were very nice and we have had the controller for 3 years .
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Old 03-30-2011, 11:53 PM   #16
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2008 tundra double cab and Tekonsha P3 here. Works well and also comes with a factory plug option. I am decently mechanically inclined and was able to installmit myself and save the $150 the rv dealer wanted to charge.

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Old 03-31-2011, 03:00 PM   #17
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2008 Tundra CrewMax with Tekonsha Prodigy. Tundra-specific cable from Tekonsha was about $10, for plug and play. Used same Prodigy in a 1978 Chevy crewcab pickup for three years before we bought the Tundra. Great controller, absolutely no problems.
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Old 03-31-2011, 03:19 PM   #18
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Brake Controller Recommendation

My dealer installed a Tekonsha controller that was one step below the Prodigy. After a year, I went back to the controller that I had used an liked since 1982 -- Hayes-Lemerez. Over the years the model that I utilize has evolved and its most recent evolution is the Hayes Energize XPC. I like this particular model as it offers a manual remote that you can have immediately avaialbe -- particularly in two of my tow vehicles where reaching the controller itself means leaning far forward to operate the box mounted manual control. I have never encountered any difficulties with my Hayes controller and continue to search them out when I equip a new tow vehicle.

Good luck with your investigation!

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Old 03-31-2011, 03:48 PM   #19
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MAXBRAKE>>>>PERIOD! works off your master cylinder like the ones before ABS brakes made them obsolete. Smooth, predictable braking. Feels like the truck and trailer are one vehicle and almost like the trailer isn't there. No jerking or stabbing/grabbing. The Prodigy drove me nuts...having to adjust it up and down as the brakes got hot or cool...pain in the butt in traffic. The maxbrake has been "set it and forget it" for 3 years! I love it and I wouldn't have any other.

A little spendy at $350 but IMHO worth EVERY penney!
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I totally agree with you, Mike. Prior to the MH, we towed a 30' SOB.

The first brake controller I had was made by Draw-tite and the next one was a Tekonsha. With each of these I had to decrease the gain in city traffic so that it would not "hobby-horse" push and pull with stops and goes. That took care of the city problem, but then I would forget to increase the gain when back out on the highway. That is very dangerous because fast highway stops require more power to go to the brakes. If the controller is set at low gain, then you will not have the stopping capability needed to slow the TT down.

Finally, I bought a unit that tapped into my master cylinder on my Expedition. (At that time, Hensley was marketing it, but now their current controllers do not tap into the master cylinder.) It was incredible, never had to be adjusted for city vs highway. I felt much safer knowing that no matter what speed I was going I had adequate braking ability.
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Old 03-31-2011, 06:52 PM   #20
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I totally agree with you, Mike. Prior to the MH, we towed a 30' SOB.

The first brake controller I had was made by Draw-tite and the next one was a Tekonsha. With each of these I had to decrease the gain in city traffic so that it would not "hobby-horse" push and pull with stops and goes. That took care of the city problem, but then I would forget to increase the gain when back out on the highway. That is very dangerous because fast highway stops require more power to go to the brakes. If the controller is set at low gain, then you will not have the stopping capability needed to slow the TT down.

Finally, I bought a unit that tapped into my master cylinder on my Expedition. (At that time, Hensley was marketing it, but now their current controllers do not tap into the master cylinder.) It was incredible, never had to be adjusted for city vs highway. I felt much safer knowing that no matter what speed I was going I had adequate braking ability.
Thank you Bob!
I thought my posting was invisible or something! I will NEVER have another electronic controller after having a maxbrake...just too nice I could never go back.
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Old 04-01-2011, 07:46 PM   #21
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Thank you Bob!
I thought my posting was invisible or something! I will NEVER have another electronic controller after having a maxbrake...just too nice I could never go back.
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No problem, Mike. Now I am waiting for someone to introduce a toad brake that feeds off of the master cylinder of my MH.

Got any ideas? Maybe I should invent one.

(BTW, I believe the Hensley controller that I was using was actually manufactured by MaxBrake.)
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I have a Tekonsha Prodigy in my 07 Tundra. Before that it was in my 03 Tundra. I would upgrade to the P3, but the Prodigy has worked flawlessly for many years.
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Had a P2 for many years, used a P3 for the last year with over 15k mikes, love them both - P3 my favorite (next to my new built in integrated Ford controller).
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Had a P2 for many years, used a P3 for the last year with over 15k mikes, love them both - P3 my favorite (next to my new built in integrated Ford controller).
I read in Trailer Life that the Ford built in is made by Tekonsha. Do you know which model it is like?
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I have the TruControl gold by Hensley. It has been the best controller that I have used in 25 years of towing.
I also....works with all brake systems, program it once, thats it.
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