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Old 04-03-2010, 06:00 PM   #1
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Tekonsha BC Comparison

Taking deliver of a new 27FB next week. Anyone know the difference between the Tekonsha Prodigy and Tekonsha P3 brake controllers. Any comments on use of these two units? Thanks.
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We currently use one of each on our tow vehicles. We have a 2005 GMC Yukon XL 2500 with a Prodigy, and a 2004 Suburban 2500 with the P3.

I would definitely spend the few extra dollars and get the P3. I think that the P3 is more responsive and performs better.

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Hi, I have the P-3 and love it; My previous one was the Voyager. Since Brian has both of the controllers that you asked about, I don't think you could get a better answer than his.
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Wow, Brian. That's a ringing endorsement! I love my Prodigy and the P3 is even better? What improvements has Tekonsha made to make it more responsive? When you say its more responsive are you saying it responds quicker?

If I ever decided to upgrade to the P3 does it use the same wiring as a Prodigy?
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The P3 uses the same cable attachment as your Prodigy. My Prodigy has been working flawlessly since I installed it several years ago. If it ever fails, I will replace it with a P3.
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I would definitely spend the few extra dollars and get the P3. I think that the P3 is more responsive and performs better.

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Brian,

Can you think of any details that would give more explanation of what you mean by responsive? In other words, just how does it perform better?
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The P3 uses the same cable attachment as your Prodigy. My Prodigy has been working flawlessly since I installed it several years ago. If it ever fails, I will replace it with a P3.
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Brian,

Can you think of any details that would give more explanation of what you mean by responsive? In other words, just how does it perform better?
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The boost setting on the P3 seem to do a better job of applying the trailer brakes at a more comfortable rate when the tow vehicle brakes are applied. With my Prodigy, I have gotten into the habit of doing some manual trailer brake tweaking for a more comfortable stop.

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The boost setting on the P3 seem to do a better job of applying the trailer brakes at a more comfortable rate when the tow vehicle brakes are applied. With my Prodigy, I have gotten into the habit of doing some manual trailer brake tweaking for a more comfortable stop.

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Yes, I think I know what you mean. My Prodigy grabs too much as the TT's speed approaches zero, making the trailer shudder. If I reduce the force setting, the braking effect is reduced too much at higher speeds.

And the P3 doesn't do that?
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very happy with our P3! easy to install, adjust, and use....

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Yes, I think I know what you mean. My Prodigy grabs too much as the TT's speed approaches zero, making the trailer shudder. If I reduce the force setting, the braking effect is reduced too much at higher speeds.

And the P3 doesn't do that?
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The P3 stops the rig much smoother without manual intervention.

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Interesting thread. We've used both, and currently have the P3. I haven't noticed any difference in the braking... both stop our trailer smoothly and safely. However, we did have some problems with the wiring in our tow vehicle (shorted wiring in the kick panel, not caused by the brake controller) and the diagnostic features of the P3 were helpful in tracking down the problem. I should add that as part of our diagnostic process I called Tekonsha technical support, and they were very professional and helpful.
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The P3 has a more "informative" dispay as well as a more powerful processor - might be that this processor is quicker to respond than the P1.

I had a P1 and towed with it for 5 years "no-issues" - the P3 has only been about 1,000 miles so far - but I'm liking it...

If I were buying new - go with a P3 - if you already have a P1 - just wait till it dies (which might just be a mighty long time)....
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