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Old 08-10-2010, 01:42 PM   #1
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Leave the controller plugged in?

Do most of you leave your brake controller hooked up all the time, or do you disconnect it and pack it away when you are not towing? I've only had my P3 for a few months, and I've managed to blow two different fuses while plugging it in or unplugging it. Both times, it happened here at home while I was moving the AS locally. Of course this is just an inconvenience and not an expensive fix, but to avoid having this problem on the road where it might be a lot more inconvenient, I'm thinking about just leaving the controller in place all the time. It's not really in my way. Other than the increased possibility of theft, do any of you see a problem with doing this?

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Old 08-10-2010, 01:52 PM   #2
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My Prodigy remains hooked up, and has done so since 2004 So far, so good. I do carry a backup controller in case the Prodigy decides to foobar -- one I used with our PopUp. I sometimes pull the lever to make sure it is alive (it tells me the trailer is not connected).
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Old 08-10-2010, 01:52 PM   #3
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Mine is installed all the time,I think most people breaking into vehicles are looking for stereos etc.They probable wouldn`t know what a brake controller is. Dave
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I have always left mine plugged in. It has not proven to be in the way or caused any problem. I have controllers in two vehicles; a 2000 Land Cruiser and a 2010 Tundra, which has the P3.
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...I'd rather have the nice brake controller instead of the radio...

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Old 08-10-2010, 01:52 PM   #6
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Right or wrong? I have not experienced any problem, and I leave mine pluged in all the time.
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Old 08-10-2010, 02:34 PM   #7
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I have the P2 one, and It goes into sleep mode after about 15 minutes of not being used. I'm sure the P3 does the same. It has stayed plugged in from day one.
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Been RVing 10 years with 3 different controllers - currently a Prodigy - and I've never disconnected the controller except when moving it to a new tow vehicle. Why would you even think it needed to be disconnected?
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Old 08-10-2010, 03:58 PM   #9
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P3 is what I have, I leave it in except that I put an inline switch on the power wire to turn it off when not in use.
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I suppose there is some merit in disconnecting but I'm not aware of many people doing this. In our case removing and reinstalling would mean a brief visit to the floorboard and time on my knees and usually smacking the back of my head on the steering column. I could also see someone forgetting to plug the pigtail back in when reinstalling and not realizing it until they needed the brakes.

Our Prodigy and it goes to sleep some 15 minutes or so after ignition shut down and the truck is parked more than its driven. So its off most of the time.

As for theft, I never really gave it a thought but I suppose someone could think that its something of value and break in. That's an interesting thought though.

Anyone here ever had theirs stolen?

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Old 08-10-2010, 04:41 PM   #11
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Thanks for all the quick replies. It sounds unanimous. I think my concern came from my ingrained habit of not leaving anything of value in sight. But the added risk of theft is probably less troublesome than the certain trail of blown fuses I would be leaving down the highway.

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Hi, I never remove it.
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I am more worried about my Garmin being stolen than my Prodigy.
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