Which brake controller?

Submitted: Saturday, Apr 12, 2008 at 17:11
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We have just purchased a new 17' Opalite and have the WDH, rear vision camera and friction sway control...a very expensive week at the show at Rosehill. We are struggling with the brand of brake controller to install and as experience is the best guide would some of the members be so kind as to share their opinions? Thank you
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Reply By: Dunaruna - Saturday, Apr 12, 2008 at 17:15

Saturday, Apr 12, 2008 at 17:15
No contest - Prodigy.

Latest technology, set and forget, idiot proof, lifetime warranty, easy to remove and refit into second vehicle, looks good, proven performer.
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Follow Up By: Kev & Darkie - Saturday, Apr 12, 2008 at 17:26

Saturday, Apr 12, 2008 at 17:26
I'll second that after having a HR controller previously

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Follow Up By: Member - barry F (NSW) - Saturday, Apr 12, 2008 at 17:39

Saturday, Apr 12, 2008 at 17:39
We still have the HR controller & we HAVE to get rid of it!! You seem to have to fiddle with the blasted thing all the time & I'am never very happy with it.
So tell me please Kev or Dunaruna about the Prodigy, cost etc & why it is better. Cheers & thanks
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Follow Up By: Kev & Darkie - Saturday, Apr 12, 2008 at 17:45

Saturday, Apr 12, 2008 at 17:45
Barry,

The Prodigy is a connect and forget device. very easy to install and available from Derek at ABR.

Have a look here for details :)

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Follow Up By: Member - barry F (NSW) - Saturday, Apr 12, 2008 at 17:52

Saturday, Apr 12, 2008 at 17:52
Thanks Kev Looks a nice unit & the spec says it all. I can't change just at the moment as we have just updated our van & the finances have taken a hiding in the past week or so.
But we will change SOON as the existing unit is in my opinion a PIA. Cheers.
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Follow Up By: Kev & Darkie - Saturday, Apr 12, 2008 at 18:33

Saturday, Apr 12, 2008 at 18:33
Barry,

Put a few dollars on NSW losing the State of Origin 3-0 and you'll pay for it in no time ha ha ha ha ha

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Follow Up By: Member - barry F (NSW) - Saturday, Apr 12, 2008 at 19:27

Saturday, Apr 12, 2008 at 19:27
Kev, I ll take you up on those odds. I am not actually a gambler, but the opportunity for me to have you pay for this nice little unit is to good to miss!! 3 - 0 hey? well, just let me know how you would like to pay. I accept cash only.
Got to go now, you know who is no longer wanting to be ignored!! Cheers & LOL
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Reply By: Member - Ed. C. (QLD) - Saturday, Apr 12, 2008 at 22:27

Saturday, Apr 12, 2008 at 22:27
The latest from Tekonsha is the P3...
check it outhere

Don't know if they're available in Oz yet, but there are several on (US) ebay .. I got one delivered to my door for less than AUD$170... haven't had time to fit it yet, so can't comment on how good (or otherwise) they might be............

Have a look at ebay item# 380014616980...

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Follow Up By: Dunaruna - Sunday, Apr 13, 2008 at 14:07

Sunday, Apr 13, 2008 at 14:07
The P3 has multi language help screen and the ability to control electro/hydraulic brakes. Apart from that, it is basically a prodigy in fancy dress
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Follow Up By: Member - Ed. C. (QLD) - Sunday, Apr 13, 2008 at 18:39

Sunday, Apr 13, 2008 at 18:39
Indeed, and if I had a Prodigy then I doubt if I'd be rushin' out to change it in a hurry;-)........
but buyin' new, why not go for the updated version?? (especially if it can be had for the "right price", and I'm certainly not ruling out going for electro/hydraulic brakes at some time down the track;-))) .. YMMV........





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Follow Up By: Dunaruna - Sunday, Apr 13, 2008 at 18:56

Sunday, Apr 13, 2008 at 18:56
I don't disagree with your logic.

I suppose I'd be happier to let the yanks work out the bugs before we shelve the prodigy. That being said, the company I work for is currently putting a P3 through some field tests.
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Follow Up By: Member - eerfree(QLD) - Sunday, Apr 13, 2008 at 22:35

Sunday, Apr 13, 2008 at 22:35
Derek Bester talked about the P3 some time ago but he is still selling the Prodigy so i guess they have not been released for general sale yet. From Dunaruna's post it would seem that it needs more testing before release.

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Reply By: Martyn (WA) - Saturday, Apr 12, 2008 at 23:38

Saturday, Apr 12, 2008 at 23:38
Opalite,
I've just installed a Prodigy brake controller in my Patrol now I'm awaiting the arrival of the camper trailer, early May now. From an installation point very easy, bought the unit from Barry at ABR, that part was easy enough as well. Everything seems to work as it should do without anything attached. Others in the 4 x 4 club I belong to club have the Teshonka brake controllers and say they are great, hence the reason I bought one.
Keep the shiny side up

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Reply By: Member - Barnesy - Saturday, Apr 12, 2008 at 23:59

Saturday, Apr 12, 2008 at 23:59
Prodigy.
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Follow Up By: Member - Crazy Dog (QLD) - Sunday, Apr 13, 2008 at 11:48

Sunday, Apr 13, 2008 at 11:48
I'll have what he's having...PRODIGY is the only way to go...

Grrr!!!
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Reply By: deserter - Sunday, Apr 13, 2008 at 12:10

Sunday, Apr 13, 2008 at 12:10
I had the Prodigy fitted along with the towbar in Feb 07. Adjusted it for the van - never touched it since.

Only way to go.
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Reply By: Opalite - Sunday, Apr 13, 2008 at 16:17

Sunday, Apr 13, 2008 at 16:17
Thanks very much for all your wisdom.....a Tekonsha Prodigy it will be. Travel safely.
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Reply By: Member -Dodger - Sunday, Apr 13, 2008 at 17:24

Sunday, Apr 13, 2008 at 17:24
Another vote for Prodigy,


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Reply By: Member - Leigh (Vic) - Sunday, Apr 13, 2008 at 17:56

Sunday, Apr 13, 2008 at 17:56
No contest...fit the PRODIGY!
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