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Proportional Brake Controllers

Postby MtnDon » Fri Jan 17, 2014 9:52 pm

Any recommendations for a decent brake controller, proportional type, that is easy to install, program and use. Have a Tacoma with factory wiring.
If you have a favorite / recommendation what is it that makes it good in your eyes?
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Re: Proportional Brake Controllers

Postby GerryS » Fri Jan 17, 2014 9:56 pm

I've got a teconsha P3 that works great....good on board diagnostics etc. look for it on sale....it's a pricy unit...
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Re: Proportional Brake Controllers

Postby Martiangod » Sat Jan 18, 2014 12:00 am

Teconsha controlers are great, had voyagers in my last 2 trucks.
Biggest prob I had with them was on a light trailer in snow and ice it would lock the wheels, not sure if the P3 can stop that, but The P2 was a great controller, so I'm certain the 3 is better.
Nothing beats the Ford factory integrated one in my 2013 150. Cross country and back in snow and ice and no sliding trailer wheels.
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Re: Proportional Brake Controllers

Postby eamarquardt » Sat Jan 18, 2014 1:45 am

I think any money spent on brakes is well spent and cheap compared to a lot of things we spend money on.

I bought one of these: http://www.hayesbc.com/?page_id=1045

Available on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss? ... controller

No little lever to set, easy to set for various max percentages of braking power (voltage) and four settings for trailers of differing weights compared to your tow vehicle.

It comes connectorized but the length and connector didn't fit my Traverse so I cut the factory connector off and spliced on a pigtail with a connector that matched the Traverse. It mounts to your vehicle with double sticky tape. I wanted it easily removable w/o any adhesive residue so I mounted a small aluminum plate to the underside of my dash with a couple of screws and then stuck the controller's bracket to the aluminum plate. If, for some reason, I want to remove the controller's bracket I'll just have two small holes rather than some adhesive residue that will be difficult to impossible to remove. It is easy to take the controller out of the bracket and extra brackets are available if you want to use the controller in more than one vehicle.

A nice feature is that when you are braking you can see the percentage of full voltage being applied to the trailer brakes. Lets you know what's going on.

Hope this helps.

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Re: Proportional Brake Controllers

Postby Gladtobehere » Sat Jan 18, 2014 8:15 am

I agree with others Teconsha P3 works great and is well worth any money you spend. Nice smooth braking with virtually no hitch noise.

Stopping your package safely is far more important than getting it going in the first place.
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Proportional Brake Controllers

Postby GerryS » Sat Jan 18, 2014 8:26 am

I can turn the voltage down to a very low number...I can't remember what it is....but I'd be surprised if it doesn't :)

I can say with certainty I don't even know a trailer is there when I'm using it....this is the only controller I've used, so I can't give direct comparison...but I have driven without one before....I really like the p3
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Re: Proportional Brake Controllers

Postby sagebrush » Sat Jan 18, 2014 6:36 pm

:thumbsup: I vote for the Teconsha P3. :thumbsup:
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Re: Proportional Brake Controllers

Postby bdosborn » Sat Jan 18, 2014 8:47 pm

GerryS wrote:I've got a teconsha P3 that works great....good on board diagnostics etc. look for it on sale....it's a pricy unit...


Another vote for the P3. Just set it and forget it.

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Re: Proportional Brake Controllers

Postby asianflava » Sat Jan 18, 2014 9:18 pm

I've had a P3 in my truck since I bought it on 2007. It has worked flawlessly the entire time.
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Re: Proportional Brake Controllers

Postby working on it » Sat Jan 18, 2014 9:42 pm

I'd like to recommend the Hopkins Impulse, which I use in my '04 Chevy. Easy to install (after seeing mine, 4 friends/relatives had me put one in each of their Chevys also). The digital display makes repeatability (for different, but recurring) loads easy to set (I have a cheat sheet with the settings written down). I even have different settings for different speeds and stop-and-go traffic. I don't know if anyone has experience with the Hopkins line, but all these are still working fine 10 years later. I had a Reese on another truck, and Voyagers (Tekonsha ??) on two others, but not digital, and hard to repeat settings with them. I did have one Tekonsha fail, but that was probably due to the wiring job done to install it (not mine). I don't think you could fault any of the three brands I mentioned, but I strongly recommend a digital display.
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Re: Proportional Brake Controllers

Postby bdosborn » Sun Jan 19, 2014 11:35 am

A digital display like this? :lol:

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Re: Proportional Brake Controllers

Postby working on it » Sun Jan 19, 2014 12:36 pm

bdosborn wrote:A digital display like this? :lol:

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