REDARC Electric Brake Controller

Submitted: Thursday, Jul 21, 2005 at 11:40
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About to fit an electric brake controller to my patrol to go with my new Kanga Camper - I've done a bit of research and have settled on a REDARC. Anyone had any experiences (good or bad) with these?
Cheers
Pete
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Reply By: 10 Para (Qld) - Thursday, Jul 21, 2005 at 12:31

Thursday, Jul 21, 2005 at 12:31
We first fitted a Tekonsha not sure of the model number and it worked great around the town with the exception it would bring the brake light on for about 40 seconds at some strange times it was put down to testing itself from memory there are some posts on the site about it after do some trip over rough roads we found that we had to keep resetting it " being manual " so when we got home we fitted the Tekonsha and bingo it has been great since the reset being auto the model number is 90185, hope this helps.
Regards
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Reply By: japmel - Thursday, Jul 21, 2005 at 13:00

Thursday, Jul 21, 2005 at 13:00
Patrol22,

Mate do a bit more research and I think you will find that the Tekonsha Prodigy is the best brake controler there is.
You can buy theses on ebay at the moment for $170.00, Just make sure it's the Prodigy you bid on not the other one.

Regards
japmel
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Follow Up By: Member - Norm C (QLD) - Thursday, Jul 21, 2005 at 15:33

Thursday, Jul 21, 2005 at 15:33
Yep. The Prodigy is the Bees Knees. The Voyager is their other model which is a bit older and has to be adjusted manually. The Prodigy is pretty much an automatic system. I've just had one fitted. Cost $220 including fitting.
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Reply By: Well 55 - Thursday, Jul 21, 2005 at 14:33

Thursday, Jul 21, 2005 at 14:33
Have a look also at the Hayman Reese controller, its a nice small unit that fits snugly under the dash. The adjusting slide is a bit small but easy to find in the dark.
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Reply By: cmilton54 - Thursday, Jul 21, 2005 at 18:28

Thursday, Jul 21, 2005 at 18:28
Prodgity or sentinal controllers stay clear of voyager
Cheers
Charlie
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Reply By: fourplayfull - Thursday, Jul 21, 2005 at 18:40

Thursday, Jul 21, 2005 at 18:40
Prodigy is the go - fitted it myself & just completed a 3500km. trip with ct from Batemans thru, as many open wet tracks as we could find , Deua , Wadbilliga , Kosi snow etc.etc . Fits neatly into the ash tray on an 80 .
cya
John
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Reply By: Patrol22 (Queanbeyan - Friday, Jul 22, 2005 at 07:26

Friday, Jul 22, 2005 at 07:26
Thanks everyone for the input. Interesting though that no one seems to have a REDARC brake controller but from research on this forum and others many have fitted that other great redarc product ie their smart dual battery controller. The reasons I was leaning to this particular product were:
1. It's Australian made
2. It's small and very sturdily constructed
3. The company has a very good name
4. It comes with a 2 year warranty
Guess I'll keep researching for a little while yet.

Cheers
Pete
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Follow Up By: Mainey (WA) - Friday, Jul 22, 2005 at 11:20

Friday, Jul 22, 2005 at 11:20
Pete,
if your satisfied with the specs of the Redarc system, buy one.

Just because most people buy other products does not mean the Redarc isn't as good or as efficient, it only implies other people have made another choice, a different choice, yes, myself included :-)

I have read on the forum some break controllers don't work faultlessly when reversing, and some don't have manual trailer brake control :-(

Maybe is best to talk with someone using a Redarc.
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Follow Up By: Patrol22 (Queanbeyan - Friday, Jul 22, 2005 at 12:35

Friday, Jul 22, 2005 at 12:35
Yeah thanks for that Mainey. I was hoping someone on here was using one in off road situation. I had a talk with other who use them with horse floats and they swear by them. Think I give the Redarc a go and do a report after our forthcoming trip to the Flinders.
Cheers
Pete
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Reply By: GOB & denny vic member - Saturday, Jul 23, 2005 at 19:57

Saturday, Jul 23, 2005 at 19:57
goodday patrol
i run the hayman reese unit have ahd same unit for 6 yrs no problems 1 of the advertiser on this site 4wd online australia has these units for $125 (just been having a look and remembered your post )personally i think its a top unit

steve
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