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Old 05-03-2007, 11:29 AM   #1
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First time towing with Prodigy controller.

I had my Prodigy brake controller installed yesterday. What a breeze it was considering I have a tow package already.

I will be towing from Michigan in a week, and would like advice for a first time tower of anything with a brake control. How easy are these devices to dial in, when is it considered too much gain, or too little?

Any help is appreciated as I would like a smooth ride from Michigan to Missouri.

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Old 05-03-2007, 11:43 AM   #2
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Hi Steve. Well, you're moving right along! You probably got the folded instruction sheet with all the really small print. That's all you'll need. I believe it talks about calibrating at under 25mph. Don't do this in traffic. Start with the calibration dial a little on the low side (TowCard says '6'). Push the lever across to activate trailer brakes fully -- when properly calibrated the trailer wheels should be something short of locking up and the trailer brakes alone will bring the TV-Airstream combo to a fairly aggressive stop. Defining that "something short" is an issue. Drum brakes will be grabby on a trailer that hasn't been used in a while -- underway you'll feel a bit more initial grab than you like when you use the floor pedal. They need to wear away to a clean surface over a few miles and a few stops. I will turn the dial about 5-10 degrees counterclockwise if it remains aggressive. The calibration will hold for a long time and does not drift in my experience -- but it gets bumped fairly easily and calibration is easy to repeat. So I tend to do it every trip before I leave the neighborhood.

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Here's a link for anybody looking in and wanting to know more: http://www.tekonsha.com/instructions...87_G%20web.pdf
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Old 05-03-2007, 11:54 AM   #4
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I lost my instructions some time ago - thanks for posting this doc.

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Old 05-03-2007, 12:04 PM   #5
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Thanks for posting this article and thanks for the insight. We just installed our brake controller and thought that was it. Now I need to test it, calibrate it.

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Steve,
Two thing to set.
Gain and boost.
Read the instructions carefully on setting the gain.
The boost is there if your trailer weights more than the TV. I had mine set on B1 trailer 0-25% heavier then the truck. Worked well.
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Old 05-03-2007, 12:14 PM   #7
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For some reason that PDF isn't loading up for me.

Anyone else having trouble?

My trailer is 1500 to 1800 lbs, and I will have to look to see how much my 06 Trailblazer is, but chevy's site should have that.

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You know the great thing about the Prodigy; set it and forget it. Once you (follow the instructions) and find the proper setting, you never have to mess with it again. Just make a mental note of what number you set it at so you can check that you havenít hit it with your knee, etc. You can check the setting by moving the manual lever all the way over. You should get familiar with grabbing this lever any way-in case you ever need it (this is the first move to make if you ever experience sway). I also find that when I hook up and move, even after a weekend, the first Ĺ mile or so is just warming up the brakes. I tap them a few times on the way out, I always find them to be ďgrabbyĒ at first, but I donít adjust them,I let them warm up and then all is fine again in a Ĺ mile.
I set mine when I first put it in and have left it in the truck, plugged in, ever since. What a great product.
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Steve, I assume you can see pdf files from other websites (eg, IRS forms). I might suggest your security settings or accepting cookies. I've seen some people on dialup (whazzat?!) getting timed out while attempting pdf downloads. I dunno. Now if the mods would only up the number of photos we can upload to posts .... . This is the TowCard at the above link [expand images size all the way to maximum].

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My Settings

FWIW: On my Trailer-TV combination, a Boost Setting of 1 and 6.2 on the power gives me the best performance.

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