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Old 03-30-2011, 02:32 PM   #1
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Brake Controller Recommendation

I am asking this question for my son who has a new 2010 Tundra and will be towing a 16 foot bambie. What kind of brake controller should he use? I know there are some new ones on the market. Am looking for recommendations. Thanks
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Old 03-30-2011, 02:43 PM   #2
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I have zero experience, but I'm liking the marketing on the Dexter Predator DX2. Inertia activated with a pendulum. How cool is that!?

http://www.dexteraxle.com/predator_dx2_brake_controller
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Old 03-30-2011, 02:52 PM   #3
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Crawdad I also have a 2010 Tundra and pull a 1984 27ft Sovereign. I opted for the Tekonsha P3 and if he has a towing package installed in the truck then there is already a connector pre-wired under the dash. Tekonsha site will sell Factory specific harnesses so it is pretty much plug and play.
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Old 03-30-2011, 03:07 PM   #4
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I've been using a Tekonsha Prodigy since 2002. It operates flawlessly and I've never had any problems with it. It is also easy to setup.
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Old 03-30-2011, 03:40 PM   #5
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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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Also very happy with my Tekonsha P3. Mine came with the correct plugin for the truck, very easy installation. Easy adjustment and setup.
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I pull a 16' Bambi Quick Silver with a Lincoln Pickup (Ford F150) and use a Tekonsha Prodigy. Set it up prior to leaving by included instrudtions - very simple and never touch it again on the trip. I recheck each new trip (and always end up setting up as previous trip). 16' tows pretty easy with a F-150 equivilent and equilizing bars.
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Old 03-30-2011, 06:37 PM   #8
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The Tekonsha P3 is hard to beat.
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Old 03-30-2011, 06:37 PM   #9
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I pull a 16' Bambi Quick Silver with a Lincoln Pickup (Ford F150) and use a Tekonsha Prodigy. Set it up prior to leaving by included instrudtions - very simple and never touch it again on the trip. I recheck each new trip (and always end up setting up as previous trip). 16' tows pretty easy with a F-150 equivilent and equilizing bars.

ditto for me too (with a prodigy) no problems, works great . . .
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We also have the Tekonsha P-3.....great controller. Not one problem, easy to program, reliable, etc.
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Old 03-30-2011, 07:31 PM   #11
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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.
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Old 03-30-2011, 08:24 PM   #12
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Thanks to all for your responses. Looks like the consensus is for the Tekonsha P3.
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Old 03-30-2011, 09:07 PM   #13
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My experience is limited to only the Tekonsha Prodigy has been 100% reliable for me. This comes as a very welcome relief as I am in the UK and Europe using mine.

We in Europe have none of the joy of pre-installed harnesses in our tow vehicles; but if you have a truck with the loom already installed surely it's a No-Brainer?

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Old 03-30-2011, 09:24 PM   #14
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My new truck comes with a factory controller. Last two seasons I have used the Hensley tru control. It was really good except that in the last season I lost most of the lcd display. Therefore don't recommend it.
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