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Old 06-15-2007, 10:32 PM   #113
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I had only read some of the posts on this thread but when I ran across comments on the Tekonsha P3 it intrigued me. I used a Hayes-Lemmerz Energize III for 4 years with the Hydra-Vac system on my '77 Excella 500 and was very satisfied with it's performance. Performance of the drum braking system on my '86 for the last 3 years has been less than satisfactory. Of course, I get the "Hensley bump" and the brakes do not seem to do that good of a job even they have been thoroughly checked out by the local RV place. I figure that the boost feature present in the Prodigy might help so I ordered the P3 a few minutes ago online. I hope it works as good as it looks.
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Old 06-22-2007, 10:38 PM   #114
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The Tekonsha P3 brake controller came in the other day and I wired it up late this afternoon. Quite interesting. PPL Motorhomes had the unit on sale and the package had an additional $20 rebate offer. I'll try to hook the trailer up over the weekend and take it for a spin to dial in the right voltage to the brakes.

A couple other posters have purchased this model. What have been your results so far?
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The P3 is my first experience with a quality controller and I've found it quite nice. The trailer brakes behave as they should and provide adequate stopping power when needed. I've tried (practiced) a few panic stops with great success and have been able to ride the brakes for a short period to slow down a bit on steep declines without the trailer overbraking. Also, the readout screen has a functional (and cool) factor that's great for monitoring what is happening when the brake pedal is pushed. Enjoy!! --dave
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Old 06-24-2007, 07:27 PM   #116
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The Tekonsha P3 brake controller came in the other day and I wired it up late this afternoon. Quite interesting. PPL Motorhomes had the unit on sale and the package had an additional $20 rebate offer. I'll try to hook the trailer up over the weekend and take it for a spin to dial in the right voltage to the brakes.

A couple other posters have purchased this model. What have been your results so far?
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I purchased the P3 from PPL Motohomes just as you did. They were very helpful and selected the correct cable for me. I have just wired it with great ease but as of yet have not had the oppotunity to check it out. Will keep you updated.
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Old 06-26-2007, 10:43 PM   #117
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I purchased the P3 from PPL Motohomes just as you did. They were very helpful and selected the correct cable for me. I have just wired it with great ease but as of yet have not had the oppotunity to check it out. Will keep you updated.
I shortened the cable which came with the P3 and connected it to the Chevy harness which came with the truck. Can't wait to try it out sometime this weekend.
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Old 07-21-2007, 07:07 PM   #118
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P3, Dynabeads, mattress platform improvements

I took the trailer out today to adjust the P3, see how the dynabeads would do in the tires and see if my double bed moved any on the wider platform I made. I adjusted the power all the way to 10 and still couldn't get the brakes to lock up but I can sure tell that the braking action is better with the P3. The mattress didn't move around either so i'm happy in several areas. The dynabeads? I really couldn't tell anything but time will tell when I hit the interstate this next Friday morning for four fun days of fishing, jetskiing and socializing.

I'm wondering how to tell if the dynabeads have helped with balancing short of no rivets popping? It hasn't been a problem except for one rivet holding alum. trim on the ceiling between the refrigerator and side bath bulkhead.
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Old 07-22-2007, 09:23 AM   #119
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I finally got around to using my new P3. It was excellent. We drove from Illinois to Northern Wisconsin and it performed beyond my expectations. I did not use the extra feature of the Power Boost. But I am considering using it as it might offer a little extra stopping power.I wonder how many of you with the new P3 use the Power Boost feature?
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Old 07-22-2007, 09:41 AM   #120
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I'm glad to hear the good reports on the P3. I also bought one with the Nissan wiring pigtail from PPL Motorhomes (great sale price, BTW if you need a new controller) for my new Titan but haven't installed it yet. I had been using the Prodigy which worked well, so I'm curious about comparing the P3's performance. I've used the boost feature with the Prodigy when I had some extra weight in the trailer, so I expect the P3 will do at least as well with this feature.
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Old 07-22-2007, 09:01 PM   #121
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I finally got around to using my new P3. It was excellent. We drove from Illinois to Northern Wisconsin and it performed beyond my expectations. I did not use the extra feature of the Power Boost. But I am considering using it as it might offer a little extra stopping power.I wonder how many of you with the new P3 use the Power Boost feature?
I have used the boost since I got the CCD with the older Prodigy. The boost simply starts the brake current at a higher level than zero, depending which boost level you choose. I am currently using B-1 and find it very adequate when stopping the 19CCD. The boost guide found in the instructions is very accurate in helping you determine which level to chose.

Try it.......................you'll like it!
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Old 07-23-2007, 11:23 AM   #122
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I have used the boost since I got the CCD with the older Prodigy. The boost simply starts the brake current at a higher level than zero, depending which boost level you choose. I am currently using B-1 and find it very adequate when stopping the 19CCD. The boost guide found in the instructions is very accurate in helping you determine which level to chose.

Try it.......................you'll like it!
The instructions are very clear and suggest that I use Boost Level B-1. I was a little hessitant as I was concerned that it might provide too much stopping power, but know that I undrstand its function I will try it the next time out.
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Old 11-15-2007, 09:54 AM   #123
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I just replaced our time based (POD) controller with a Prodigy. What a great improvement! So far we have only pulled our 19' 75th Anniv. Bambi on local streets and have not yet tried the boost feature. We will be taking the Bambi to the dealer (100 + miles away) for some warranty work, so so I'll experiment some more then and will post results and impressions.
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Old 11-15-2007, 02:15 PM   #124
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I just installed a Prodigy in my 99 'Burb last week - very straight forward process. We had a Prodigy in the GMC van that I gave to my son, but I left it in the truck for him (figuring he and his family can use the Basecamp from time to time). The only thing that was a problem with the install was getting to the cold side of the brake switch. I got around that by tapping into that wire where it enters the cruise control module - a LOT more accessable.
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Help Please?! We have just purchased a Prodigy 90185 controller which came w/4 pin plug in wires (4 colors - blue,black,red & white), which we see plugs into the back of the Prodigy unit. Problem is we have a 2001 Suburban that came w/tow pkg (heavy duty, we think). We purchased the car used & under the dash is a plug w/5 pins. Question is - do we need a different bridging plug for this to work? Thanks.
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Old 04-06-2008, 04:38 PM   #126
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Hi,

Most likely you will need a wiring harness, specific to the model year of your truck, to connect the controller.

Take a look here:

Tekonsha

and here:

Tekonsha Prodigy Brake Controller Install by BillaVista - Pirate4x4x.com

and here:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f439...ler-31538.html

Hope this information is helpful.


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