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Old 03-14-2019, 08:48 AM   #1
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Another Newbie Brake Controller Question

Getting ready to start towing my "new" 1989 29' Excella. Everything I read tells me I'll be sorry if I don't install a brake controller. However, the dealer says it's already installed with the tow package in my 2019 Armada.

My instincts tell me to go with the dealer's response, but I want to be as safe as possible. So, Airstream experts, what's the correct answer?

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Old 03-14-2019, 08:51 AM   #2
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If your tow vehicle comes with a factory-installed trailer brake controller, you do not need to install and after-market unit. You should be all set to go in the trailer brake department.

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My two Nissan Titan XDs had factory installed Tekonsha Prodigy break controllers. I hope your Armada also has one. It should be within easy reach of the steering wheel and have a digital readout with a red dot (or two) when not connected and a "C" when connected. It should have a lever that can be used to manually engage the trailer brakes and an up/down arrow to adjust the braking level. Mine was dash mounted on the right side of the steering wheel.

On some of my other Nissans, the trailer tow package included the wiring but not the brake controller. There was a plug under the steering wheel (attached to the steering column) that had about six pins. I bought a Tekonsha Prodigy brake controller and the adapter wire from Tekonsha to insert directly into that Nissan plug attached to the steering column.

Bottom line, look for the brake controller push lever and digital display on the dash. If you have one, you are all set to tow.
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