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Chase_Fair

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Posted: 07/09/12 08:47am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

In need of some advice-

I just purchased a new toy hauler and have some issues with the brake controller I have. Odyssey 52810 Proportional brake controller and handles up to 8 brakes systems. I seem to have troubles with the brakes in Stop and go city traffic, they get really grabby and I have to turn then off so I don't jerk my mollers out when I got to stop. on the highway they work great and I am able to brake smoothly. How do I find that happy median of both Highway and city driving?


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That doesn't sound right. The advantage of a proportional BC is that sends current to the camper brakes proportional to the braking force applied by the truck using a mercury switch (or similar) to measure braking force.

Suggest you try going through the initial set-up again shown in the manual. Hopefully you have the BC mounted reasonably level.

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In looking at the specs and the installation instructions for that controller, it looks like it has four load range settings that function very similar to the Prodigy's "boost" settings. I have a Prodigy and have found that on the highway I use boost "3" but when in town I need to reduce that to boost "1" or I will get the jerky feeling that you are experiencing.

Changing the boost setting is easily accomplished by just pushing a button. I think that is what you need to do also. Just push the Load Range Setting button to a lower setting when you need to drive slowly, like in a campground or in town. You DO need to remember to put it back to a higher setting when going back to high speed though.
I believe this will solve your problem assuming your controller is set up properly to begin with.
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I had the same problems and solution as BarneyS.


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Yep, lower the boost in stop and go traffic!


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Our brakes were really grabby in stop, and go traffic. It was a Voyager BC. A new Prodigy fixed it. Once they were set. It is as if the TT brakes, and the TV brakes are one.


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Thank you all for taking the time answer my questions. I wll go out tonight and find a vacant road and walk through the instructions again.

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Sounds like everyone has their gain turned up too high.

With proper gain adjustment, our P2 does well in both stop and go and highway traffic on boost 2.

(our tv and camper have similar weights; CGVW is about 19800)

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I am constantly changing mine, in stop and go I turn it down to about 1.5 but in normal travel I put it at 2 or 2.5, seems to work. I know they are all different though.


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With our old TT, I set my Prodigy up, and never touched it again. With the new TT, that's not the case. For highway speeds, I use a higher setting. But, at lower speeds, this setting ends up locking up the brakes just prior to coming to a stop. So, when I'm in a stop and go situation, I turn it down a bit. I've tried different boost settings, but haven't been able to find one combination that works well.


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