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    Brake controller recommendations?

    I just got a great deal that I couldnt pass up. 1790.00 out the door....and I didnt even haggle....took the fun right out of it.
    I purchased this 18' car hauler and need to install an electric brake controller on my Ford van. What do you all recommend?
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    I have used Tekonsha forever.
    Most of my trucks came plug and play if you have the harness.
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    This controller hooks up to your tow vehicle's brake line and measures the pressure applied and converts it to electric current for your trailer brakes. It is the most natural feeling and best trailer brake controller I've used. It's more expensive up front and a little harder to install. You need to install a pressure transducer into a tee in your brake line. I've installed a few and have had great success. It's definitely worth looking into.
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    My favorite, the Jordan Ultima 2020 is no longer made-it is truly proportional because it is activated from a cable that connected to the brake pedal, its the smoothest controller I have ever towed with. If I was buying one toady for serious towing it would be the one Jason linked, if I only was towing once every couple months it would get a Tekonsha Prodigy or simular.
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    rgd, It's been 6 years since I purchase a brake controller and don't know how they are made today but I would highly recommend getting a unit where you can apply the brakes on the trailer without touching your brake pedal with your foot. This little feature has gotten me out of a few jams, could have been my fault but just the same...
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    I've looked at the Max Brake systems that DS linked to, and they do seem pretty nice. I would like to try one, but hesitate to spend the money until I know I have a rig that I'll be keeping around. I like my F-350, but if a 550 came along then I just might make the switch.

    I'm using a Tekonosha Prodigy. Really, all your proportional electric controllers are going to work about the same way. The big advantage of the Prodigy for me was the ease of adjusting it. The digital display makes it easy to get an exact setting, instead of turning a knob and having to test it. I know what settings I want to use when my trailer is empty, when it's loaded with certain weights, etc. I can go right to those numbers, instead of having to try and find the sweet spot every time.
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    Several years ago when I was looking for a brake controller I found a lot of options. I ended up with the Tekonsha Prodigy like others here, and it has worked well for me. If there is a specific connector available for your vehicle, it truly is plug and play.
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    Like others have said the Tekonsha Prodigy works for me my Toyota was pre wired and the digital display is nice to dial in for load conditions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 56FordGuy View Post
    I've looked at the Max Brake systems that DS linked to, and they do seem pretty nice. I would like to try one, but hesitate to spend the money until I know I have a rig that I'll be keeping around. I like my F-350, but if a 550 came along then I just might make the switch.

    I'm using a Tekonosha Prodigy. Really, all your proportional electric controllers are going to work about the same way. The big advantage of the Prodigy for me was the ease of adjusting it. The digital display makes it easy to get an exact setting, instead of turning a knob and having to test it. I know what settings I want to use when my trailer is empty, when it's loaded with certain weights, etc. I can go right to those numbers, instead of having to try and find the sweet spot every time.
    That right there is the ticket for admission! Nice.
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    Thanks for the suggestions guys! I will only be using this trailer maybe once a month ,so...I am going with the Tekonsha....(is this spelled right?....dangit I already forgot)
    Now I need to find out if my van is prewired and what not. ...actually now that I think about it...there is a big connection behind the left tail light where I tapped into for the flat 4 wire. Hopefully theres a space for a controller.
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