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  1. #11

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    Sep 2002
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    Location
    Northeast PA
    Tractor
    Kubota L3430cab w/ FEL

    Default Re: Brake controllers for trailers

    Thanks for the quick replys. I can hopefully get it hooked up in the next few days. My trailer is waiting at the dealer. I went to look at it today and it is very nice. An 18' Worthington aluminum utility trailer with 7000 lbs. capacity. I'll post pictures as soon as I pick it up with my tractor on it. Any recommendations on the type (strength) of chains to tie down my L3430?

    Haz

  2. #12

    Join Date
    Apr 2000
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    236
    Location
    NC
    Tractor
    JD 4100 HST

    Default Re: Brake controllers for trailers

    When I first bought a 25' camping trailer I had a cheaper brake actuator installed, it was about $50 and worked off a time delay. I hated it, the trailer would never stop properly. I finally broke down and bought a Prodigy, they run about $129 and they work off the braking inertia of your truck. It takes a few minutes to hook up and a few more to set it up and you will not be sorry. My trailer weighs over 5600 lbs.

  3. #13

    Join Date
    Apr 2002
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    316
    Location
    Peabody, Ma.
    Tractor
    KUBOTA BX-22

    Default Re: Brake controllers for trailers

    I use a Tekonsha Prodigy and would not trade it for any other controller. It is very easy to install if wires are already in place. but it is not that hard to run the extra wires, just make sure you use the right gauge wire for brake as it is heavier than the wires used for lights.

  4. #14
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    Sep 2002
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    Location
    Red Bluff, CA
    Tractor
    Changes often!

    Default Re: Brake controllers for trailers

    Another vote for the Prodigy. I tow everyday with a Ford diesel dually and a triple axle gooseneck. Most other controllers are just timers, the Prodigy works much better as Gary indicated above.

  5. #15

    Join Date
    Jun 2002
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    Location
    N Central Ohio
    Tractor
    NH TC35D/SUPER H&M/F-20/JD B&D/FORDSON/JD250 SSL

    Default Re: Brake controllers for trailers

    I bought 4 of the KELSEY controllers for different vehicles and it has a pendalum (sp?) inside and u have to set it for controller angle.
    They work really well and run $50 at local Amish trailer sales.
    The new GM trucks and SUVs (including H2) all use the same trailer brake set-up.
    When I get new vehicle I just unplug and move to the next ( couple minute job).
    I kept a couple of the wiring harnesses and also the 7 to 4 adapters that the 02s had.
    The dash already has the holes to mount the brake controller to the right of steering column.

  6. #16
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    Join Date
    Apr 2003
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    489
    Location
    Western Oregon
    Tractor
    2003 Kubota M9000DTL 2001 JD 2252 Orchard Tractor Cat 216 Skidsteer 1999 JD 450H Dozer 1994 JD 644G wheel loader

    Default Re: Brake controllers for trailers

    When I did the research on brake controllers I went to several RV forums. What I read over and over was that the Tekonsha prodigy and the Jordan 2020 were the choices of the people who were serious about pulling big RV's. The prodigy is easier to hook up and cost less. I pull tractors on my 20' gooseneck with this controller and it works great. Spend a little more and get the best. $125 at several places on the web including shipping.
    Eric

  7. #17
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    Location
    Oklahoma City
    Tractor
    Deere 855 (24hp/19@PTO)

    Default Re: Brake controllers for trailers

    <font color="blue"> They give it to for free, but it's no longer in the glove box </font>

    My 2500HD Chev was bought in Feb '03. I had to pay for the harness in the Parts Dept!!

    OkieG

  8. #18
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    Oklahoma City
    Tractor
    Deere 855 (24hp/19@PTO)

    Default Re: Brake controllers for trailers

    I don't know much about brake controllers, but bought a Prodigy for my new truck, based on good comments in this forum.
    So far it works beautifully...much better than the time delay brand I had been using.

    OkieG

  9. #19
    Veteran Member Rowski's Avatar
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    May 2000
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    1,478
    Location
    North Central Vermont, Jay Peak Area
    Tractor
    2004 New Holland TN70DA with 32LC loader, 2000 New Holland 2120 with Curtis cab, 7309 loader

    Default Re: Brake controllers for trailers

    On my 2001 2500HD (new) I got the trailer package and the harness and Max fuse were in the glove box. If you got the truck with the trailer package you not should have to pay for the harness. My dealer told me that some dealers take out the harness and fuse and sell it back to the customer even though thay payed for the trailer package. Not sure if that is true but anything is possible. What does your owners manual tell you about the harness?

  10. #20

    Join Date
    Dec 2001
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    Location
    Caledonia, MI
    Tractor
    TC40D w/ss

    Default Re: Brake controllers for trailers

    <font color="blue"> My 2500HD Chev was bought in Feb '03. I had to pay for the harness in the Parts Dept!!
    <font color="black">
    Should have bought a Ford. [img]/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

    Seriously, I have a Prodigy controller. The hardest part of the install process was where to drill holes in the dash.

    Nick

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