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I need to get an electric brake controller on my Titan. I have the big tow package and the wire harness. What is a good controller. I will be towing a tandem axle camper around 26 foot long.
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I need to get an electric brake controller on my Titan. I have the big tow package and the wire harness. What is a good controller. I will be towing a tandem axle camper around 26 foot long.
Search feature works great, but here you go What Brake controller do you use?

Prodigy is the most popular and with the nissan to Prodigy harness it is plug and play.

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Re: electric brakes

I have a Tekonsha Voyager, does a great job. The Tekonsha Prodigy is very popular also, under $100. You can buy a wire harness that plugs directly to the controller and brake harness in the truck for about $15.

Many online RV places carry them. Also here.

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Re: electric brakes

Tekonsha Prodigy does a great job for me. The Titan forums are what I used to figure out it was the most recommended brake controller. I also bought the Nissan specific harness so it was plug and play. Look around the forums for recommendations and pictures on where to install the controller. Mine is directly beneath the steering wheel under the dash. It's out of the way but not so far out of the way that it hard to get to (easy for me).

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Re: electric brakes

Not to be the wet blanket here but I have towed with many boosters and not a one of them has failed me in any way - from the chepos to the high dollar ones - nor have I ever seen any reason to prefer one over the other unless you just like bells and whistles. As far as functionality they are all pretty much the same.

I just this last weekend pulled my 30 HP tractor, shredder and 5' boxblade on my 18' trailers using a $60 AutoZone booster without fail. I have also used this booster on a car hauler pulling around a J-10 and a Mercury Grand Marquis without fail. Using a voltmeter I tested the booster and it steps the power up to the brakes just like it's supposed. I say all that to say this, don't think you need to purchase the most expensive unit there is.

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As far as functionality they are all pretty much the same.
... I say all that to say this, don't think you need to purchase the most expensive unit there is.
I would agree. I think a lot of guys like the higher end units becase there is no wiring to figure out (or mess up). You just buy a harness specific to the vehicle and it's a 15 minute install. My controller just has wires coming out of the back, so I had to wire it up. Not hard at all, but if you are not good with electrical stuff, it's worth the few extra bucks.

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Re: electric brakes

All these Brake controllers on the market do the same thing, they engage your trailer brakes and the basic controllers all cost about the same. Where the higher end controllers ($85 and up) come into play is the ability to Automaticly adjust boost on the fly without haveing to reach down and pull a lever if you need to make a emergency stop. When I delivered TT as a part time gig for easy money I had the basic controller and in Florida it's fine but now after having a Prodigy I could never go back, and yes the simple plug and play install is nice too. I bought a used Prodigy from a member here for $65 and a second one for my other truck for $85 on sale with the harness.
Here is a website that will explain breifly why Proportional controllers are better than the rest. The Prodigy is a Proportional controller.

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Re: electric brakes

The fact that the Prodigy is self levelling is also a plus. The lower end ones will not have that feature. Yes, they all wind up doing the same thing, but some are much easier to set up and much less hassle afterwards.

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In a panic stop you might appreciate the proportional braking of the Prodigy vs. the timer based braking of the cheaper units.

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Thanks for all the input. I will surely spend the few extra bucks now for the Prodigy, instead of later for a tow bill to get the trailer and me out of a ditch or worse.
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Re: electric brakes

My brake controller is an Impulse from Pep Boys for about $70. It can be installed at any angle. I bought the harness plug in from the Nissan dealer and both came with wiring pin outs so there is no guessing which wire connects where. The wiring plug is under the dash on the left side of the steering column. You will have to remove the bottom panel. Instructions I found on the net are attached.

Here's a tip. If your trailer starts to fish tail apply the trailer brake manually form the controller without touching your truck brakes. The trailer will straighten out quickly.

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My brake controller is an Impulse from Pep Boys for about $70. It can be installed at any angle.
That means it is a time delay controller, not an inertial controller. I'm not knocking it, they work fine. The difference is, an inertial controller automatically senses the difference between needing to slow the trailer, and needing to stop the trailer, automatically. In order to get more aggressive braking out of a time delay controller, you have to adjust the max setting manually. The Voyager is a simple, inertial controller. The Prodigy is also an inertial controller, with a few more features that make it easier to set up.

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No, I still have the topper. Sent you a PM about it.
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Here's a good controller for sale: buy/sell

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