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Old 02-07-2020, 01:18 PM   #1
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Brake Controller

Hey folks! New member here. My wife and I are towing noobs and just purchased a 2012 16' International Serenity. Our tow vehicle is a 2012 VW Touareg V6. I've been looking into brake controllers but there are many options out there - ranging from $40-$350. Any advice on which would work best with this combination? I'd hate to get something cheap that doesn't work properly but don't want to spend too much on something that's only for a 16' trailer.

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Old 02-07-2020, 03:36 PM   #2
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Tekonsha P3 Electronic controller

fully adjustable

best to go a a reputable trailer dealer and have them set it and up and show you how they do it. we used CANAM in london ON

the trick is to adjust it so that the trailer brakes just start to lock, then dial it down a notch so they don't. nit enough control, then the brakes on the trailer or of little use. too much and the trailer will brake lock too easily

after the initial dealer setup, you may need to adjust the P3 controller if the trailer load changes much since the initial setup. usually there is no need

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Old 02-07-2020, 04:16 PM   #3
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I have Tekonsha wireless brake controller. I can use it on ANY vehicle with Tow Package if these did not have wiring for Brake Controller. Easy to use.
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Old 02-07-2020, 05:17 PM   #4
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We also went with the Tekonsha P3 on our NV. It interfaced with the factory wiring very easily - total install time was about 1/2 hour.
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Old 02-07-2020, 05:57 PM   #5
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Curt Echo. Easier than any other option, and no install required. Also not as expensive as many options. Itís been working great for me for over a year.
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Old 02-07-2020, 05:59 PM   #6
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Check the eTrailer Touareg installation video

Hi Atlas CA,

Congratulations and welcome to the Airstream community and forums!

We had a 2016 VW Touareg TDI and a FC23FB. I bought a Tekonsha Prodigy P2 from eTrailer after finding their installation video on a Touareg.

I'm guessing yours would have the VW factory brake controller connector tucked under the dash. eTrailer shows you how to make a pigtail using the VW parts connector and wires at the 5:20 mark. This makes it simple to connect the Prodigy.

Here's the eTrailer page:

By the way, the connector under the dash was wrapped in white foam. I did have to drop the lower plastic panel and lay on my back to get to the plug.

The controller worked great; just make sure you set the gain by testing on a quiet road of parking lot before heading out. You should feel the trailer brakes engage when you manually engage the lever on the controller.

Good luck!
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Old 02-09-2020, 10:47 AM   #7
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Excellent, thank you all for the quick responses!
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Old 02-10-2020, 06:52 PM   #8
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Brake Controller

Another vote for the Tekonsha P2. We are customers of CanAm and they advised us that the P3 is not required and of little benefit over the P2. We have a 2015 Touareg TDI that we bought last March and I also performed the wiring myself utilizing videos like the eTrailer one. I purchased the wires and plastic wiring housing from my local VW dealer as recommended. Works perfectly pulling a 25FB.

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