RE: Electronic Brake Controllers
When you get to the brake controller, there are three that are frequently mentioned on both this Forum as well as on the Vintage Airstream Club Discussion List. These three controllers are variations of the "Pendulum Control" type meaning that the controller senses the rate of decelleration based on the swing of the pendulum which adjusts the intensity of the brake action.
1.) Jordan Research Ultima Brake Controller. It is my understanding that this controller relys on the cable mechanism attached to the brake pedal to sense the intensity of the stop adjusting the amount of current applied to the trailer brakes to reflect the sensed intensity. Jordan Research Brake Controllers
2.) Tekonsha Prodigy Brake Controller. This is one of the "Pendulum Types" that measures inertia via pendulum movement. Tekonsha Prodigy Brake Controller
3.) Hayes-Lemmerz Micro HD-Plus Brake Controller. This is one of the "Pendulum Types" that measures inertia via pendulum movement. It has the option of a remote emergency button that is very useful if the towvehicle doesn't have a suitable mounting place for the control that is within eas reach of the driver. Hayes-Lemmerz Micro HD-Plus Brake Controller
Personally, I use the Hayes-Lemmerz Micro HD-Plus brake controller on two of my tow vehicles and a Tekonsha Voyager (less expensive version of Tekonsha Prodigy with fewer features) on my '99 Suburban. The Voyager is an entirely acceptable controller, but it would not be my first choice - - it was installed by my Airstream dealer who does not handle Hayes-Lemmerz controllers. I have used the Hayes-Lemmerz Micro HD-Plus (or its earlier version) on three tow vehicles, and have been absolutely thrilled with its operation, and I like the idea of being able to have the remote control unit as close as the transmission shift lever on my tow vehicle (I loop the remote control over the transmission lever in my Cadillac and lay the remote control on the center console in my Dodge tow vehicle.)
Good luck with your project!