View Poll Results: What is your preferred Brake Controller?
Draw Tite Activator Series Controller 6 3.92%
Hayes-Lemmerz Energize/Micro Control Series 3 1.96%
Hidden Hitch Brake Master Electronic Controller 0 0%
Jordan Research Corporation Actuator or Ultima 23 15.03%
Kelsey Hayes Hydraulic/Electric Controller 6 3.92%
Reese Brakeman Series Electronic Controller 2 1.31%
Tekonsha Prodigy/Voyage/Sentinel/Envoy Electronic Controllers 100 65.36%
Other Hydraulic/Electric Controller 5 3.27%
Other Inertia Electronic Controller 4 2.61%
Other Timed Electronic Controller 4 2.61%
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Old 02-15-2003, 07:16 AM   #43
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Thumbs up Jordan ultima 2020

Jordan Ultima 2020 update:

What a major difference from the Reese Brakeman. The Jordan Ultima 2020 is awesome. No jerky feeling. The truck and trailer now stop as one unit.

It didn't matter if I slammed on the brakes(panic stop) or got on them litely, the response is the same.

I would recommend this controller to anyone who's thinking of upgrading.

Also, the installation was a breeze. The instructions are very clear and straight forward.

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Old 03-05-2003, 09:03 AM   #44
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Smile Another update on the Jordan Ultima 2020!

While driving up to Mystic Springs(McDavid,FL), it was down pouring and the Jordan response to how much brake peddle that I applied was right on the money. I didn't have to adjust it at all.

While coming across a two-lane road in LA, a car pulled right out in front of me and I had to get on the brakes hard to prevent from hitting her. Again the Jordan kept the trailer leading the truck and I stopped very quickly and in a very controlled manner. I would of nailed her with the Reese.

While driving thru some small towns, there was some stop and go traffic due to the number of traffic lights and again, there was no need to adjust the Jordan. This is one of the differences that I've noticed between the Jordan and the Reese, that the Reese needed adjusting while in city traffic and the Jordan does not.

Also I had to drive on a couple of sections of Interstate Hwy's to catch my connecting route and the Jordan felt very smooth and proportional while coming off the exit ramps.

So all-in-all, the Jordan performed great. I set it once prior to leaving and didn't feel a need to adjust it any further. There is zero/no jerky feeling at all. It held well while stopped on a steep decline. It didn't matter if I was light on the brakes or hard, the trailer stopped equally as well. It's like the trailers not even there.

I drove 55mph up & back from BC because I knew that my braking distance with the Reese was long. I also knew that the Reese wouldn't stop me in a panic stop. The drive was enjoyable, but not relaxing as I was always on the lookout for trouble(much more than normal).

But now with the Jordan, I drive at 60mph on the two-lane back roads with complete confidence that I'm going to be able to stop and control my trailer. This in itself is worth the $140 bucks. So if any of you are thinking of upgrading or changing your brake controllers, I highly recommend the Jordan Ultima 2020.

Truly enjoying Airstreaming-John
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Old 03-05-2003, 10:44 PM   #45
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I yanked out my old Tekonsha last weekend after someone pulled in front of me on my first test run after redoing my brakes on my Overlander, fitting huh? It was probably the hardest stop I had ever done, the front tires on my F-250 locked up ( non-ABS) and I slid hard and straight for what seemed like forever until my trailer brakes finally kicked in with a healthy clunk. They hit so hard all at once that I thought someone else had rear ended me as well. The braking delay on the trailer was horrible. After gaining my composure, dispensing my full collection of profanities at the other driver, (she heard all of them!!) I pm'd John and asked for his opinion, (I hadn't kept up with this thread), and he said the Jordan Ultima was the ticket. Couldn't find one here locally, the wired in Jordans yes but not the cable actuated version which is the Ultima. Ordered it from the factory, 2nd day UPS, got it and installed it today. Not the easiest to install, you don't want to kink the cable too much, I did and had to relocate it. Haven't pulled with it yet but will soon and will post my user review here.

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Old 03-06-2003, 12:20 AM   #46
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WOW what a great thread! I will soon be making a decision on a controler (as soon as I find the right truck to put it in).
My one truck has a old Kelsey Hays Hydraulic in it and it appears to function fine. The truck however is not a good choice for the trailer (something about the 35 inch tires, 7ft tall, Detroit locker, 106 inch wheel base). I may test it out if I can figure out how to overcome my hitch hight problem. I also have a second Kelsey in a box that I was thinking about using on the new tow rig. I'm starting to get sold on this Jordan. The jordan ultima by all accounts act's like a hydraulic without having to mess with the hydraulic part. I fully understand the advantages and disadvantage after reading this thread. Thanks

NOW MY RANT ON ABS.
ABS is a patch for poor driving skills. I have on two seperate GM vehicles pulled the plug on ABS modual because I felt they were extremely dangerious. The danger came from the FACT that GM uses mostly a archaic single channel ABS system. This means that if one wheel locks the system responds by releasing brake presure on ALL wheels.
I use to do a LOT of driving for my job and I have on 2 occasions had an issue where a single rear wheel lost traction on loose crud on the edge of the road and almost caused me to have an accident that I wouldn't have had any problem if the ABS had not been there. It is a very sick feeling to be going 15-20mph under steady braking approching a busy intersection and feel that ABS kick in and release the brakes. This would not have happed on a 4 channel ABS vehicle because it would have only released pressure on the single wheel that lost traction.
If you have a GM vehicle please be aware of this very serious design flaw that is on most GM vehicles made from the late 80's to possibly the current line of vehicles. I know that some fords also have simular single channel ABS. There are pending lawsuits over these design problems from others that were in simular situations and the ABS caused the wrecks.
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Old 03-06-2003, 07:17 AM   #47
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59, I don't know which system my 2000 has, but I like it, and feel safer with it. Just last week a car stopped dead in front of me because of an accident. Because of the ABS, I was able to slow down, and maintain my steering, enabling me to avoid a rear end collision. I ended up in a ditch instead, but was able to drive out of it in 4WD. I know when ABS kicks in, you get this sinking feeling you are not going to stop, but I like being able to maintain control of the vehicle during those situations. I almost rolled a pickup truck ('85) because it DIDN'T have ABS. One of the rear wheels locked up during a panic stop, on a dangerous curve.
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Old 03-06-2003, 05:52 PM   #48
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Gotta say the ABS on my Rover works great. I had to make a quick stop on dirt (sand) road in the desert last weekend, and the ABS kicked in, I was able to keep control of Rover and Bambi to a complete stop.
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Old 03-06-2003, 07:35 PM   #49
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The 7.4L is the 454 no?

BTW, I have the Voyager and it does need adjustment all the time. PITA!

Also, the ABS on the B-Body sucks too, as with most GM cars. '59 Toaster is right. The GM brakes if one slips, the rest freak out. That is a BIG problem if one wheel kind of catches air or looses traction. The whole car feels somewhat unstable.

Granted, but I drive kind of spirited when not pulling and the car brakes feel almost unresponsive if I go over bumpy rail tracks (or similar bumps) and hit the brakes where one wheel locks up.

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Old 03-29-2003, 06:02 PM   #50
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Volt draw of Prodigy

I just swapped out my Voyager for the Prodigy. I must say that the Voyager is the weight of an empty can of pop (or beer 12oz). There has to be nothing to it at all. The Prodigy is much more robust in weight alone. By the way, thanks to Mark for selling me his old unit!

The one question that I have is simply that the person who did the wiring on the car must have wired it to an always on state, so even when the key is taken out of the ign, the light on the Prodigy stays on. Now it looks like an LED, so I'm not too worried about it killing my battery after a few days, but does anyone know if I will have a problem with it killing the batt?

Also, noticed another possible wiring snafu. Are the backup lights suppose to work on the trailer when the car is backing up? Since there are backup lights on the trailer, I am thinking, um, yea. So does anyone else have their rigs wired for the backup lights or am I just being excessive compulsive?

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Old 03-29-2003, 07:16 PM   #51
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Greetings Eric!

RE: Backup Lights

I have them wired on my Argosy, and wish that I had that option on my Airstream (it was an under $20.00 option in '64 but the previous owner's didn't order it on the coach - - one of the few overlooked options). I am virtually certain that the wire is already connected on the trailer end. If someone other than an Airstream shop wired the car end of the connector, it is very possible that it wasn't wired to the backup light circuit. Since each of my tow vehicles have been wired by my Airstream dealer, the backup circuit was already properly connected on the car end. It is a nice feature to have, but the intensity of the light from my Argosy's backup lights is such that it isn't very useful in after dark parking - - does provide a nice warning to pedestrians and others behind the trailer that the rig is moving backward.

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Kevin,

Thanks for the post. The thing that "sucks" is that an A/S authorized dealer did wire the car!

So my only alt is to find the right circuit to get it on. I think it's important. I mean, if I am going into a campsite, I don't really need it, but if I am going to backup elesewhere, I am a bit concerned.

Anyway, thanks for the post. I will have the B/U lights activated somehow!

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PS- BTW, I went out to the car a few hours after I finished and the LED went out.
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Picture 2 is of the connection to the brake pedal. Took about 5 minutes, not difficult at all. I think the whole project, including removing the Voyager was 45 minutes.
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Brake controllers, a thread revisited....

I voted on this poll when it first appeared on this forum with an electronic controller vote. Since then my vote has changed.

As of now I will be installing the "old" hydraulic style brake controller of yester-year. Now don't misunderstand me, the EC's of today have they're place in today's world of ABS systems, but I'm not in that world (tow vehicle).

Contrary to thoughts and belief's, they are Not outlawed. They also DO NOT change they stopping caracteristics of the tow vehicle while towing or not, provided they are properly installed, bled, etc. Remember, when these units were popular, the cars and trucks that pulled TT's sported HD packages and Big Block motors, larger brakes, larger capacity master cylinders and made all kinds of vacume for the booster, all of which I have.

Botttom line, I can't wait to get this unit installed. My Father is sending me two KH units (81740's). It will be nice to pull and stop as we once did in the 60's and 70's (pre ABS).


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So Oscar. what's your tow vehicle?

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