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Hudsoner

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Posted: 02/05/18 09:35pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I just bought a Roadmaster tow dolly with electric brakes! That means, I have to install a brake controller. Which would be the best bang for the buck controller for me? There seems to be million and a half of those units, running from around $40 to almost $400.
I will never tow anything else but this tow dolly, and would not need the ability to control more than one axle. what do you guys feel, is the best for my application?

I used to flat tow, but I switched cars and flat towing limits the selections of cars I want to have. A tow dolly allows me to select any car I want, as long as it is not AWD (and I don't really need that in south western Florida)..

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I don’t think you can go wrong with a Prodigy P2 or P3. I like the P2 just because it’s simple. They are both available on Amazon for $90-120.

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As the Owl recommended. Prodigy is a good product.


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Another vote for Prodigy.
I do not recommend the Tekonsha. Short life, weakly built and doesn't function in reverse.


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Posted: 02/06/18 09:43am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Reverse would not be a question for me. I have yet to see a tow dolly that can be operated well in reverse when a car is sitting on it.

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ScottG wrote:

Another vote for Prodigy.
I do not recommend the Tekonsha. Short life, weakly built and doesn't function in reverse.


??? The Prodigy IS a Tekonsha product. Maybe you're refer to the "old" Tekonsha controller. I had one for many years, installed in different vehicles and it worked fine, but if I were to buy a controller today it would be the Tekonsha Prodigy.

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ScottG wrote:

Another vote for Prodigy.
I do not recommend the Tekonsha. Short life, weakly built and doesn't function in reverse.


Why would you care about reverse? I have never exceeded 5 MPH while backing a trailer of any kind. I can't imagine a scenario where anybody would need to go fast enough in reverse to need brakes on a trailer.
The Tekonsha Prodigy in my truck is several years old, and in the second or third vehicle, and still works just fine.
Oh, yes, according to the digital display, it certainly DOES work in reverse!


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mowermech wrote:

ScottG wrote:

Another vote for Prodigy.
I do not recommend the Tekonsha. Short life, weakly built and doesn't function in reverse.


Why would you care about reverse? I have never exceeded 5 MPH while backing a trailer of any kind. I can't imagine a scenario where anybody would need to go fast enough in reverse to need brakes on a trailer.
The Tekonsha Prodigy in my truck is several years old, and in the second or third vehicle, and still works just fine.
Oh, yes, according to the digital display, it certainly DOES work in reverse!



To clarify, the old Tekonsha doesn't work backwards. Prodigy does.
I never needed rev. brakes until I was forced through a detour going up a hill in a small town that was at least a 15% grade - conservatively. There ended up being cars parked in the way of us making a turn and I ended up stopped on that hill, pointing upwards and because I had the old Tekonsha and no trailer brakes in reverse, I had to stand on the trucks brakes HARD for 20 minutes to hold my position. Even the parking brake would not hold!
So while you don't use it every day, if one tows enough they will eventually find reverse braking useful.

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Look at etrailer.com for some real good pricing and service


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+1 on Prodigy P3. Works like a dream compared to suffering with the old Tekonsha for a decade.


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