electric brake controler

Submitted: Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009 at 17:04
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I have just stopped pulling my hair out with my Hayman Reece controller. I have been offered a Voyager control. Can anyone tell me if this would be a better unit - and is it compatible with my existing wiring set-up. Thanks. Steve...

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Reply By: Ray - Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009 at 17:11

Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009 at 17:11
You will find that al, that I know of all use the same colour coding. I have a HR controller and find that it works quite well. I did though, when I installed it fit connectors on each cable to make easy removal and installation
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Follow Up By: Member - steveinoz (NSW) - Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009 at 17:22

Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009 at 17:22
thanks Ray.. I have a T Van and I find it so difficult to set up the C/T brakes. I set it and find it is Ok driving but when I come to a halt, the T Van seems to push the rear of the X Trail suspension down, as if the brakes on the trailer are not working. Steve...

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Reply By: ob - Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009 at 17:39

Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009 at 17:39
Hi Steve

I have just finished fitting a Prodigy unit to our Cruiser and found the installation and set up quite straight forward. I know that may not help you much with your HR but one point that the instructions made that may apply to both brands was to warm the van or trailer brakes before making final power adjustments for proportioning car to trailer braking

Chers ob
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Reply By: Tenpounder (SA) - Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009 at 17:43

Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009 at 17:43
Hi. I have a Voyager in the shed, which I took off in order to replace it with a later and better model, the Prodigy. The reason is the Voyager was said to be the subject of a major factory recall in the US, but not here. There were said to have a potential defect of shorting to earth the brake light circuit of the tow vehicle, leaving dead flat battery the next morning. I was not too keen on such a scenario, so I bit the bullet. My local trailer man syas they refuse to fit or sell the Voyager model for these reasons, and they still recommend Tekonsha, but NOT the Voyager. I now use the Prodigy.
I have read mixed reports about Tekonsha policy in OZ, and I have read they will replace Voyagers free, but only after they fail.
Can't vouch for this, however.
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Follow Up By: Ianw - Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009 at 19:44

Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009 at 19:44
I recently had my 5 year old Voyager replaced by the company when I discovered it had the defect. (Interrmittantly switches on the brake lights any time , day or night. ) Nil cost to me, replaced with the better model Primus.

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Reply By: Old Johno [NSW] - Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009 at 19:47

Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009 at 19:47
Have purchased a Tekonsha Prodigy just recently and the wiring connection was the same as the Haymen Reece. A much better product. We have had caravans now for approx 40 years and since electric brakes came out find they are one of the best
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Reply By: Oztravellers - Wednesday, Jun 17, 2009 at 22:30

Wednesday, Jun 17, 2009 at 22:30
I have a Prodigy (which I wired up myself) fitted in the ash tray of my Prado. I tow a 16 ft 2005 Millard caravan. I reckon the prodigy's great and easy to use. Sparky
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Reply By: dieseltojo - Thursday, Jun 18, 2009 at 19:33

Thursday, Jun 18, 2009 at 19:33
Hi steveinoz,my Hayman Reece controller was fitted by Hayman Reece and caused me a lot of problems.Had some work done on the van and the auto elec found it was never installed correctly in the first place.Went to the prodigy and no problems at all and have very fine tuning of the brake application.Ensure you have the recommended 20 amp breaker installed as well.

regards Paul
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