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Originally Posted by Carrara68
I am getting my '67 Overlander ready for travel, just purchased her. I am in need of a control box for my tow vehicle. I have a 2006 Dodge Sprinter. Will any box work with my magnetic brakes, is one any better than another? I am looking at a Reese unit that seems to get good reviews, does this make sense?
There are essentially three broad types of electric trailer brake controllers:
- Time/Ramp: This is the simplest form of controller and increases the amount of stopping power applied to trailer brakes based on the time that the driver's foot remains on the brake pedal.
- Pendulum/Inertial: This is probably the most common type in use today. An internal pendulum senses rate of deceleration and increases trailer brake application based upon that rate of deceleration.
- Directly Proportional: The oldest of this type tapped into the tow vehicle's hydraulic brake system to sense braking power being applied and proportionately applied the trailer brakes. These fell into disfavor when ABS braking systems came out that couldn't support the additional amount of brake fluid displaced by these devices. New technology has been applied and there are new controllers of this type available today . . . some utilize a modernized tap into the tow vehicle's brake system while others utilize a mechanical linkage to the tow vehicle's brake pedal.
The most often mentioned brake controller here on the Forums tends to be the Tekonsha Prodigy P2
or the Tekonsha Prodigy P3
. As with most Forums members, I have my favorite, but it is a Hayes Lemmerz Model. My favorite brake controller is the Hayes-Lemmerz Energize XPC
. I prefer the Hayes-Lemmerz model because it has a manual remote control on a coiled cable so it is possible to properly mount the controller without worrying about having it within reach . . . the remote can be placed close to the driver for quick access (I drape the emergency button over the transmission shift lever so that it is always near my right hand).
Good luck with your selection!