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Old 03-10-2008, 01:37 PM   #1
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Brake Controllers?

I have some fairly serious trailer towing in my immediate future. What are the recommendations for brake controllers?
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Old 03-10-2008, 08:05 PM   #2
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Hi there,
I installed the Tekonsha Prodigy and have been very happy. Here is a link to the manufacturer's website: http://www.tekonsha.com/product1.html

I tow a Jeep Cherokee on a flatbed trailer and was told by several people that Tekonsha is very good. I am happy with using it, the install was so easy and it was pretty reasonable. I think about $100. Make sure to get the easy hook up cable (about $5-10 extra) as it plugs right into the harness on the Ford van (which is near the parking brake).

I bought mine from
http://www.bobcoxcampercountry.com/ They are an authorized dealer with real good pricing at the time I bought it. They have an eBay store. They are in Tennensee or somewhere and I am in California but they shipped it out the day I ordered it and I got it 1 or 2 days later.

Hope this helps.

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Old 03-10-2008, 08:16 PM   #3
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Ditto except mine is a Tekonsha Voyager. I have the exact model in the F250 as well. I have an install thread somewhere on here...

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Steve -

I'm pretty sure I can get that locally at G.I. Joes, but I'm not sure about the Ford harness. Having t order it is not the end of the world.

I appreciate the input.
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Yeah, now that you say that I remember your posts, Jage.
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You actually do not need the Ford harness. They give you a generic wiring harness that you can splice together with the the one on the van.

The Ford harness is nice though, just plug it in.

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Old 04-15-2008, 12:36 PM   #7
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I use the Hensley Hitch Controller and a Hensley hitch. Simple installation and seems effective with a two axle 10,000 lb trailer. I have 900 lbs on the hitch and its stable. Brakes need to be serviced every 6 months though.
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I also tow with the Hensley Arrow Hitch and is by far the best system I have had, and I have had many. But I use the Tekonsha Prodigy brake controller and am very happy with it. I tried many different controllers before this but now only use The Prodigy. The Ford harness makes it very easy to attach most controllers. Just connect the color coded wires and plug it in. If you have multiple Fords you can use the same brake controller. And if you want a extra clean install without splicing you can order a harness from Tekonsha. http://www.tekonsha.com/bch3065.html

The previous owner hard wired a brake controller and there were wires going everywhere. I removed all of them and found an old harness and it plugged right in to my 2006 SMB with everything working.

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