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Old 07-30-2006, 09:32 PM
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Trailer Brake Controls for Vehicle

trying to find out how easy it is to add a brake control to my CRD for towing...do we really need one of these for the MC trailer???certainly recommended for the horse trailer with electronic brakes and was told to have a "Brake Control" installed, particularly a digital one, but not sure if this is an easy plug-n-play from Jeep...

any suggestions, i've checked Reese and Draw-Tite and of course they have plenty of different models to choose from, but which is the best option???
http://www.draw-tite.com/

Brake controls are designed to apply the brakes of the towed vehicle (trailer). There are three types of brake controls on the market today timed, inertia, and proportional. Another type of braking system that is used for trailers is a breakaway kit.

Timed Controls
Timed based controls generate an output signal that increases over a period of time. The time based controls apply braking power at the fixed rate that is not proportional to the pressure applied to the brake pedal.

Inertia Controls
Inertia based controls work very much like Timed based control in that they apply braking power at a preset rate during normal stopping conditions with one very important difference. Inertia controls have a patented "Automatic Over-Ride" system with a separate power supply for unexpected high speed stops.

Proportional Controls
Proportional based controls offer a smooth braking response to almost any stop. Through the use of a sensing device, the brake control can determine the tow vehicle's rate of deceleration and then apply the trailer brakes to match. In other words, Proportional controls deliver power to the trailer brakes in direct relationship to the actual physical deceleration of the tow vehicle.

Breakaway Kit
A breakaway kit is designed to apply to trailer electric brakes in the event that the trailer becomes disconnected from the hitch while in motion. This kit is required in many of the States and Provinces.
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Old 07-30-2006, 10:02 PM
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Old 07-30-2006, 10:16 PM
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Tekonsha - Prodigy........
funny, everyone else says this one too...like someone asking, what ski boat do you recommend...the best one out there, 197!!!
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Old 07-30-2006, 10:18 PM
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Tekonsha - Prodigy........
Yes, Tekonsha Prodigy.

I'd far rather have electric brakes on my MC trailer than the..uh...poorly implemented surge brakes that are on it, but I tow the thing about 20 miles/year so such a conversion isn't remotely feasible.

For trailers with electric brakes,the Tekonsha Prodigy is a great device. I've had one on my GMC for pulling a big horse trailer for years. A lot of places sell it with a custom plug-and-play harness, but I have no idea if the CRD has the appropriate harness under the dash and a 7 wire receptacle. If it does, and it's the same as the 1996-2006 Dodge harness, installation of the controller is about a 5 minute job. If not, you'll have the same wiring you'd have with any other (lesser) controller
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Old 07-30-2006, 10:21 PM
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manufacturer's site http://www.tekonsha.com/prodig.html
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Old 07-30-2006, 10:23 PM
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Yes, Tekonsha Prodigy.

I'd far rather have electric brakes on my MC trailer than the..uh...poorly implemented surge brakes that are on it, but I tow the thing about 20 miles/year so such a conversion isn't remotely feasible.

For trailers with electric brakes,the Tekonsha Prodigy is a great device. I've had one on my GMC for pulling a big horse trailer for years. A lot of places sell it with a custom plug-and-play harness, but I have no idea if the CRD has the appropriate harness under the dash and a 7 wire receptacle. If it does, and it's the same as the 1996-2006 Dodge harness, installation of the controller is about a 5 minute job. If not, you'll have the same wiring you'd have with any other (lesser) controller
hmmmm, so wondered if the doged receptable would work since they don't list Jeep http://www.tekonsha.com/tbsabrakeconwireharn.html
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Old 07-30-2006, 10:29 PM
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A lot of places sell it with a custom plug-and-play harness, but I have no idea if the CRD has the appropriate harness under the dash and a 7 wire receptacle. If it does, and it's the same as the 1996-2006 Dodge harness, installation of the controller is about a 5 minute job. If not, you'll have the same wiring you'd have with any other (lesser) controller
wonder who would know if this dodge controller will work, hate to order it if it doesn't...
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hmmmm, so wondered if the doged receptable would work since they don't list Jeep http://www.tekonsha.com/tbsabrakeconwireharn.html
My GMC's with towing package have always come with a pigtail wrapped up in the glove box. It has the plug for the under-dash connector on it with bare wires at the other end ready to be spliced to the pigtail that comes with the Prodigy, and an elaborate-but-accurate color coding chart. At some point around 2003, GM changed the wiring, although still used the same plug, but the Prodigy instructions described how to rewire the plug connectors on the GM-specific harness they supplied.

If the Jeep has an under-dash connector, I'd bet it was the same as Dodge, but I'd check with the Jeep dealer and find out.
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Ford is the same way, direct connect plug under the dash.
Read the warning about locations.
Do not install near cb radios, cell phones, etc....Electrical disturbances.
BTW, why was that funny I said the TP?
Would you rather I would send you to something substandard ie. Bu' type controller? Just say so next time...
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no surprise the dealer said nothing to be about needing this controller, but the horse trailer dealer certainly did!!!
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