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Old 01-14-2007, 08:21 AM   #1
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i just purchased an 07 classic 25ft w/ elec/hydraulic brakes...dealer installed a voyager brake controller...i questioned him re. specs call for prodigy..he siad voyager is the right controller...i go to to the actibrake web site and they say voyager will not work with elec/hydraulic brakes.
any help/advice would be appreciated...thanks van
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Old 01-14-2007, 09:03 AM   #2
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According to TB101 The Prodigy, Voyager, Sentinel and Envoy from Tekonsha will work with the Acti-brake system.
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Old 01-14-2007, 09:09 AM   #3
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My dealer at first also installed the voyager...IMHO, it's a POC (piece of....).

I switched to the Prodigy and life has been great ever since.

Of course, I don't have disc brakes.......not sure how it'd work with those, but by looking at the prev post, looks like it would work!
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The Voyager is a pendulum level brake controller, and needs careful adjustment before it works properly. I did not care much for the one I had in a prevous tow vehicle.
The Prodigy is easier to adjust and works much smoother. It seems to do a good job with my disc brake setup.
The Prodigy works better with tow vehicles that have strong brakes, since the initial bite of the brake must be initiated with the tow vehicle. Average or weak tow vehicle brakes ( such as the ones in my 97 Suburban 1500) make the prodigy respond slow. The boost function that it provides make no difference in this case.
I am thinking of upgrading to a pressure or cable controlled brake controller, one that does not rely on deceleration of the tow vehicle alone for trailer brake dosage.

btw., the Prodigy works fine with disc brake actuators.
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UWE, any recommendations on your future pressure or cable controller?
I definitely need to get rid of my progressive time dependant unit.
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I am thinking of upgrading to a pressure or cable controlled brake controller, one that does not rely on deceleration of the tow vehicle alone for trailer brake dosage.
This is seat-of-the-pants so I won't speak for having the exact details right in front of me. The cable controlled Jordan is supposed to have recently been upgraded to work properly with elec. actuator/hydraulic brakes, so be sure you check that out if you intend to use in that fashion.
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Old 01-26-2007, 11:08 AM   #7
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UWE, any recommendations on your future pressure or cable controller?
I definitely need to get rid of my progressive time dependant unit.
I need to do some research when the time comes. I can not recommend a product or procedure that I have not personally tried or used.
I can tell you that my Prodigy is not the cat's meow. I have to adjust it often, and am looking forward to getting rid of it. I do not consider it unsafe, just not consistent. I used it with electric drums before I got the Overlander, and pretty much hated it then. It's better with the discs, for whatever reason I don't know.
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That's shocking UWE. I have it with my elec drums and haven't had to set it in several years. I've been beyond pleased with my Prodigy setup....I had a similar issue to yours when I had the Voyager...I was setting that one nearly every mile (ok, maybe not that bad, but you get the idea).
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That's shocking UWE. I have it with my elec drums and haven't had to set it in several years. I've been beyond pleased with my Prodigy setup....I had a similar issue to yours when I had the Voyager...I was setting that one nearly every mile (ok, maybe not that bad, but you get the idea).
I've come to the conclusion that it must be my unit. Perhapos there's something wrong with it.
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I've come to the conclusion that it must be my unit. Perhapos there's something wrong with it.
Do you know what version your Prodigy is? I think v2.6 is the latest/current revision, and when I bought mine I recall it was important to me to get v2.6, but I don't recall exactly why now...

For myself, I've been quite happy with my 20' Safar + F-150 SuperCrew setup, having minimal fuss with it.

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I have the Prodigy in my Toyota and I do like it. I'm pulling a 78, 24ft Argosy; however, I too have to adjust it just about every time I pull the trailer. I usually leave the Argosy down at the lake, so I just thought the controller needed to be re-set after non use for several weeks at a time. Once it's set, it does a wonderful job for the entire towing route. It's easy to adjust when the need arises, and over-adjusted you will have the Argosy stopping the Toyota---don't ask me how I know.
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I've come to the conclusion that it must be my unit. Perhapos there's something wrong with it.
Might be....not sure. I have two Prodigy units FWIW...one in the "SS" and another in the Burb...both behave the same....so far.

The one in the SS, I bought from a forum member over 3 years ago....not sure how long he had it before that. I bought one new from rvpartsoutlet.com 2 years ago....not sure on which versions either are though...
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Hi, I have the Voyager and it works well for me. I personally never had or used anything else, but I leave it set, once I hit the road, and make minor adjustments as I feel necessary. Since I like to tinker anyway, I don't mind makeing an adjustment here or there just to feel the difference so I can tell how I like it to work. A happy medium is when it doesn't have a delayed action compared to my tow vehicle. I like the trailer and tow vehicle to stop at the same rate and I don't want it to be too grabby at slow speeds like in parking lots or bumper to bumper traffic. I have found the sweet spot [at start of trip] and can go 1,000 + miles with no futher adjustment. Some times I think the Prodigy would be easier because you can see numbers and just set it at the number you feel good with. This might be better for those who don't have a real feel for trailer brakes and can rely on what the dealer set it at; Something you can't do with the Voyager.
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I use the prodigy also ,it works very well although it applys more voltage
at slow speeds ,like pulling into the gas station and the readout shows 3.8
or 4.0 volts ?? Pull back on the road and come up to the light or freeway offramp and you'll see 1.3 or 2.3 .but I like the readout so I can see how
much Gain and boost I am adjusting in ,or lessening .It gives me a large variety of adjustments for conditions ,say mountain and decents to flat
easy towing ,and more braking control overall .so aside from the very slow
speed thing (10 mph or less )its works great .I also like to tinker around
and dial in adjustments on it, as well as the drivetrain and engine and timing
controls Ive installed .

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