Electric brake controllers

Submitted: Saturday, Jun 13, 2009 at 12:30
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Hi all,

I have been searching threads to gather info on electric brake controllers.
I narrowed it down to either the Tekonsha P3 or the prodigy.

I then went to visit the auto sparky, who told me he has had trouble with trailers and bad earthing giving them a problem.
He assured me the tekonshas were great, but if there was a bad earth or fault on the trailer it gives grief.
He recommended fitting a Hayman Reese Controller.
Now I'm totally confused.
I was led to believe that the Tekonshas were better because the pendulum gave better braking control when off road.
This would be an advantage somewhere like the high country.
Now the auto leccie is telling me the Hayman is less likely to give grief.

Hence my conundrum.........
What do most people recommend???
I'm guessing the best place to askwould be Derek at ABR.
I will email him on Monday, but am interested in what everyone has to say?

Thanks
Brian
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Reply By: Member - Brian A (QLD) - Saturday, Jun 13, 2009 at 12:37

Saturday, Jun 13, 2009 at 12:37
Hi Briann532
Go the Tekonsha P3! I have one, also purchased from Derek and it has never given me any problems at all. It works as advertised, a great piece of kit!
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Reply By: nicko007 - Saturday, Jun 13, 2009 at 13:37

Saturday, Jun 13, 2009 at 13:37
Hi there ive had a tekonshas since they first came out and could not be happer never had a problem even off road there r fantastic

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Reply By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Saturday, Jun 13, 2009 at 14:29

Saturday, Jun 13, 2009 at 14:29
Obviously he sells the one hes recommending.

ANYTHING will give probs with a bad earth even his fabulous Hayman Reece.

Buy a P3 and make sure it has heavy wiring for both + and -
and u will ahve the best.



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Reply By: MEMBER - Darian (SA) - Saturday, Jun 13, 2009 at 15:20

Saturday, Jun 13, 2009 at 15:20
I got a Tekonsha Prodigy pro fitted several years ago - earthing to the trailer has never been a problem (and the Prodigy will display any faults on screen) - used on two trailers (1000kg and 2600kg) - brilliant.
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Reply By: Member -Dodger - Saturday, Jun 13, 2009 at 16:18

Saturday, Jun 13, 2009 at 16:18
I recomend the Prodigy.
Have had mine for 8 years without a prob.
I used to have a handle on life, but it broke.

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Reply By: Member - barry F (NSW) - Saturday, Jun 13, 2009 at 17:17

Saturday, Jun 13, 2009 at 17:17
Hi Brian, I have a Hayman Reese unit, it works OK & has never given any trouble, but it is the biggest B of a thing to adjust. The voltage ouput adjustment slide has a knob on it about the size of a pin head & the slightest movement in either direction alters the whole set up considerabley. Its a constant source of irritation to me.

If it were me I would go the Tekonsha P3 and in fact I will be upgrading to a P3 in the near future, all going as planned. Cheers
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Follow Up By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Saturday, Jun 13, 2009 at 18:27

Saturday, Jun 13, 2009 at 18:27
Me thinks you'll still have the Hayman Reece Unit for a long time to come yet Barry ;)


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Reply By: Ianw - Saturday, Jun 13, 2009 at 18:04

Saturday, Jun 13, 2009 at 18:04
I've got a Tekonsha Primus. Replaced a defective cheaper model by the company after 5 years. Cant beat backup like that. Just back from a 11000k trip; works perfectly and is a bit cheaper than the Prodigy. The visible power number display makes it so easy to adjust. Wind it up a bit in the mountains, lower on the flat. PoP !!
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Reply By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Saturday, Jun 13, 2009 at 18:32

Saturday, Jun 13, 2009 at 18:32
Go the Tekonsha, I've had the Hayman Reece unit before and will not go back to it.

Derek can even supply the additional wiring required to fit the unit yourself if required.


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Reply By: Members Paul and Melissa (VIC) - Saturday, Jun 13, 2009 at 19:16

Saturday, Jun 13, 2009 at 19:16
I have had Prodigys In other vehicles and in our current ones and never had any dramas with them
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