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Looking to buy a new break controller. What's the best one ? I have been looking at Tekonsha PRODIGY P2 and P3. What's the differance between the 2 ( display ? ) I currently have the Voyager

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Posted: 09/21/11 08:33am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Either one...mostly display. Between the two, I'd go with the P3 simply because I normally go with the newest releases.

You will be sending money to everyone as a thank you who recommended the Prodigy over the Voyager.


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The main difference between the Prodigy P2 and P3 is the P3 has the ability to display amp draw to the brakes. This may only be useful if you know how to use it.

When all 4 brakes are working you will see amp draw of 10-14 amps. Amp draw changes with changes to the number of working brakes. Voltage does not. The voltage will display the same with 1, 2, 3 or 4 brakes working.

When 1 solenoid fails or you break a wire the current draw will drop. You need to know what you should expect (where it should read) and you can easily see that when you know they are all working.

As indicated MaxBrake may be a better choice. The difference between the Prodigy P2/P3 and MaxBrake is the brake demand sensing. P2 and P3 use an accelerometer and respond to tow vehicle deceleration.

MaxBrake taps into the Master Brake Cylinder and by an electronic pressure transducer converts brake fluid pressure to voltage. Maxbrake in my opinion is more directly tied to demands of the driver.


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Almost anything is better than a Voyager. I threw mine in the garbage after one big trip. Love my Prodigy.


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I love my P3. Also a great trouble shooting tool.


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I use a Brakesmart and absolutely love it. The thing that's great about it is that it senses the hydraulic pressure being applied to the vehicle brakes and send a proportional signal to the trailer brakes.

Unfortunately, they don't make it anymore. I understand the most similar unit now is the Maxbrake. http://www.maxbrake.com/ I don't have direct experience with this one.

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I actually have both the Voyager and Prodigy P2 installed in my TV.

The difference is night and day. I could never find a setting on the Voyager that wasn't slightly too much or not quite enough.

Put the Prodigy out of my old TV in, and didn't even change the setting. It was perfect.


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P3. (Someday you may upgrade to electric/hydraulsc disks. You will need it.)


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I just replaced my Voyager with a P2. What a world of difference! When I bought my first TT, I didn't know anything about brake controllers, but should've figured the dealer would install the cheapest one he could.


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md2lgyk, Same here did not know a thing about break controllers and the dealer hooked me up. You would think a good salesman would have sold us the best / most expensive one. Well, I just ordered mine through etrailers, got them to match the RV wholesalers price and saved about $15.00. can't wait to check it out.

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