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Old 05-01-2007, 08:51 AM   #1
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Ford Towcommand Vs. Prodigy

Should I transfer my Prodigy from my present TV (02 Avalanche) to a new 2008 Ford HD FX4 instead of getting the Towcommand option? I think the towcommand is about $600.I really Like the Prodigy it's fantastic.
If any one has other option opinion's you can pm me or post.I think we will add powerscope mirrors, tailgate step, crew cab, 4x4, 5.4L, 4.10dif., 5 speed torqshift trans., 4wheel shift on fly, power pedals, and stowable bed extender.thank's.
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Old 05-01-2007, 09:48 AM   #2
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I'd consider chucking the tailgate step and definitely getting the tow command option.

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Old 05-01-2007, 09:52 AM   #3
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Towcommand

I agree stuff the step and the bed extender and differently get the tow command. It is not just a brake control but also down shifts your transmission automatically. I drove six thousand miles last year going to Oregon and back to Texas (via Colorado) hardly ever used the brakes in the Mountains. It is well worth the money.
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Old 05-01-2007, 10:49 AM   #4
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I don't have any experience with Prodigy, but I do with Jordan 2020, which the consensus is it is at least as good as Prodigy if not better.

I would sell the Prodigy on eBay or the classifieds here and apply the $$ to the tow-command.
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Old 05-01-2007, 10:56 AM   #5
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Get the tow command. I had a prodigy in my old truck and my new truck came with tow command. I tried both. I like the tow command better. THe tow command is directly connected to the truck. It knows when I step on the brakes before the Prodigy. I also knows how hard i am steping on the brakes. The result I am getting faster responce fro mthe trailer and more proportional to the truck braking. I keep the prodigy as a spare.
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I agree stuff the step and the bed extender and differently get the tow command. It is not just a brake control but also down shifts your transmission automatically.
I had a bed extender on my last truck -- think I used it once. Good thing was that the new buyer thought it was a nice feature. Go ahead and get it if you've found uses for it in the past. It's possible to have the tailgate down and not hit the electric jack. I don't think I'd ever want to back the Airstream with the tailgate down!

Rich, we've had discussions on how much more programmed Ford's & GMC's diesel-transmission combos can be compared to the trannys for gas engined trucks. Diesel trannys are a delight in preventing overdrive runaway when descending down steep terrain. Do we know enough about tow command to say that it would downshift a gasser's tranny? I don't know.

Only use a new Jordan if you have disk brakes. It's been only in the last handful of months that they were modified to work with disk brakes correctly. Talk to 68 Overlander if you have any questions on this issue.

[on edit: That last paragraph needs to be revised. Last fall's info about a disk compatible Jordan seems to be delayed. per Best Brake Controller today, "The new Ultima Plus is under development. We do not have a release date so please bookmark this page for updates."]
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Old 05-01-2007, 12:01 PM   #7
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No experience with any brake controller except the tow/command but I wouldn't want anything else. For me it was one of the main selling points of the F-250.

One feature that hasn't been mentioned is that when you get into an emergency braking situation and the anti-lock brakes activate, the tow/command will pulse the trailer brakes. It doesn't give you anti-lock brakes on your trailer when you didn't have them before, but it will simulate them and help prevent the trailer from skidding and jack knifing as quickly. And as Michelle said, it brakes in proportion to the amount of braking you apply to the truck. This should help extend the life of the trailer brakes and give better control.
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Old 05-01-2007, 12:05 PM   #8
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Get the tow command it's vastly superior to the Prodigy. It's tied via computer to both you trans and your ABS. At this point it's the best brake controller out there. I have on my F350 and I had the prodigy on my 8.1 L Suburban. Tow command ....you can't go wrong.
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Old 05-01-2007, 12:30 PM   #9
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I've used both. Towcommand blows the brake controller out of the water.
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Old 05-01-2007, 12:32 PM   #10
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I think the towcommand is about $600. I really Like the Prodigy it's fantastic.
hi knunut

here is a quick review of several electronic brake controllers...

Electronic Brake Controllers - Feature - Truck Trend

"tow command" is a ford option package that includes mirrors, running lights AND the integrated trailer brake controller (ibc).

the ibc is a specific component attached to the master cylinder and wired to the truck cpu (brains)

the nice feature of the ford ibc is that imput comes directly from the master cyclinder and truck speed.

trailer brake voltage is also adjusted for abs function. so the trailer brake imput is pretty sophisticated...

tow/haul mode which will downshift on grade or with braking and hold gears longer on climbs...

is NOT part of the tow command package. it is a feature of the torqshift tranny and very very nice.

the ford (ibc) integrated brake controller unit can be purchased separately (approx 375$)

and even added to 05-07 trucks that were not equipped originally.

the ford mirrors are now electric retracting/folding, upgraded from heated only, and no doubt why the tc option package price increased...

if YOU are happy with the aftermarket brake controller hang on to it...

order the truck WITH the ibc and try it awhile.

IF it doesn't win you over, the prodigy can be installed after d/c the ibc...

while this package is 600$ ordering a 3/4 ton WITHOUT the ibc, is somewhat like skipping the a/c...

on vehicles that expect to be towing rigs...

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towing zip will be limited with the small gasser, without any real boost in mpg...

the tail gate step is cute but not really very functional or safe.

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I own a Prodigy, and recently bought an 2007 F250 with the Towcommand and it works great. I strongly reccommend it. On my truck, I believe the tow package also included a transmission temperature gauge located above the water temperature gauge, which I really like having. The prodigy is a great brake controller, and I'll be keeping it in my backup TV, and as a spare.
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I believe the tow package also included a transmission temperature gauge located above the water temperature gauge, which I really like having.
no the tranny temp gauge is part of an instrument package which used to specific to lariat or harley or king ranch models....

and sadly it isn't a very good tranny temp gauge...

basically it reads in a 'range' format which isn't ideal IF you are after precision...

NONE of the gauges are top notch and IF you really want info an aftermarket gauge package...

like this one or the many others...

Bully Dog is the world leader in diesel performance parts, for Ford, Dodge and GM trucks.

with egt, boost and tranny temp is needed...

a better oil pressure gauge would be nice too...

ok the factory boost gauge is pretty good.

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no the tranny temp gauge is part of an instrument package which used to specific to lariat or harley or king ranch models....

and sadly it isn't a very good tranny temp gauge...

basically it reads in a 'range' format which isn't ideal IF you are after precision...

Mine is an XLT and, as I read the spec. sheet and manual, the transmission temperature gauge replaces the standard voltmeter in the instrument cluster as part of the TorqShift/tow haul option. Regardless of the package of origin, or any perceived imprecisions, I still really like having it. For the intended use of the truck, it's more useful than the voltage gauge.

Thanks for the nice link.
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When I replaced my truck. Must haves were:
Diesel, automatic, Factory class V hitch, factory wiring harnesses, 4 wheel drive, Extendable heated towing mirrows. They are great!
It is a nice setup and I have put 20,000 miles on the truck in 6 months.
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