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Old 05-23-2010, 10:06 AM   #1
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Do people use the power knob or the boost level control to change between city and highway driving?
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Old 05-23-2010, 10:12 AM   #2
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Seldom touch it

I never touch the settings on mine, but I have disc brakes. My Prodigy was set up at Weatherford when the discs were installed. I adjusted it about 50 miles later and haven't changed it since.

When I had electric brakes, I had to ease it off when I picked up the trailer after sitting for a while and the drums were rusty. After I got out on the highway, I would return the wheel to the previous setting. I never changed the setting from town to country.
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Old 05-23-2010, 10:24 AM   #3
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We have two tow vehicles for Lucy. One has a Prodigy and the other has a P3. I do not make any changes between city and highway driving on either.

Long time towing experience has shown me that as the brake pads wear, I must in crease the power setting on the controller to get a good solid stop.

I use the manual brake lever on the controller often when slowing and stopping. This allows me to get a good feel as to how Lucy's brakes are doing.

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Old 05-23-2010, 10:48 AM   #4
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If the controller was set up correctly there is no reason to ever touch it. Any adjustment you do on the fly will clearly violate the correct setting and result in over or under braking conditions.
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We don't adjust ours either. We use the manual lever for the first few stops to scrub any build up from the braking surfaces that may have occurred during extended periods of non use. I also use the manual lever to check trailer brake response prior to any major descent's.

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Old 05-23-2010, 12:20 PM   #6
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For low speeds, I soften up the Prodigy using the dial. For high speeds, I dial in a little more braking. The Prodigy is one of the smoothest operating and most "real world" usable units I've ever owned.
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Old 05-23-2010, 12:36 PM   #7
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Great tips one and all

Please bare with my confusion. If I left my old POS controller on one setting, the brakes would lock up in city traffic or not be enough for
highway driving. I am thinking that my new Prodigy contoller has no way of knowing
how fast I am going and therefor knowing how to adjust. It must be
the whole inertia thing.
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I'm not sure if Dave's question was for me, nonetheless, in slower city traffic I rotate the dial to reduce the intensity of the braking reaction, giving it less herky jerky. The intense reaction is un-noticable at highway speeds so, I increase the braking reaction with the dial.
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Since it's mounted at the bottom of the dash to the right of the steering wheel, it does not lend itself to adjusting. I set it when I got it and never have changed it. A little grabby in city traffic sometimes, but leaving a lot of space in front of me and stopping slowly solves all things except that little car that likes to pull right in front of me. That's when I use the molecular disrupter and the car and driver disappear into another dimension.

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Same answer

Kevin245 uses his just like I use mine. First to get the rust off the brake drums, then on a downhill.

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I'm not sure if Dave's question was for me, nonetheless, in slower city traffic I rotate the dial to reduce the intensity of the braking reaction, giving it less herky jerky. The intense reaction is un-noticable at highway speeds so, I increase the braking reaction with the dial.
I handle mine the same way Bob does. In addition, I use the reverse over ride or whatever they call it, when backing. I also use the boost feature on steep down hills.

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when all else fails....

we're a really strong believer in the practice of

"when all else fails (and hopefully not your brakes !! ) read the instructions !!!"

presuming that you have correctly made the initial tests and adjustments, brake controllers may not need to be adjusted every time you climb behind the wheel, but they certainly should be tested almost any time you going to use it.

and there's no good substitute for mechanically adjusting a set of (drum) brakes, either.

please, put these items on your "pre-flight" checklist??

and travel safely.....

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Hi, if your brakes are locking up in town, they either got too hot or your controller is set too high. Warm up your brakes and slowly increase the setting until you can manually lock up your brakes at 25 MPH. Then turn it down, just enough to not lock up at 25 MPH when manually activated. This is where they should be set.

I turned my down, once, while driving on ice; I felt the trailer skid before my tow vehicle skidded. [actually, my co-pilot turned it down for me while I was driving] Other than that I leave mine as set after the skid test.
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