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|Product Dimensions||4.5 x 3 x 10.63 inches|
|Item model number||90195|
|Is Discontinued By Manufacturer||No|
|Manufacturer Part Number||90195|
|OEM Part Number||90195|
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- A distinct, easy-to-read LCD display with multiple screen color options, displays in English, French or Spanish
- Diagnostics show output current, battery, brake, and output voltage and warning system alerts to No Trailer Brake situations
- Boost feature allows for different levels of customized braking, select Electric over Hydraulic or Electric trailer brake mode
- Integrated Plug-N-Play port for 2-plug adapters and Snap-in mounting clip allows user to remove and store the control when not in use
- Compact, dash-hugging design. Electric trailer brake control for up to 4 braking axles.
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5 storable setting options with preferences of multiple drivers, and for pulling different trailers up to 4 axles. A flashing red warning system alerts user to No Trailer Brake situations.
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Tekonsha P3 Proportional Brake Controller purchased from Amazon
Tekonsha 3024P RAM Brake Control Wiring Adapter purchased from Amazon
(used to plug into factory installed wiring under dash)
My 2016 Ram 1500 Hemi Lonestar didn't come with the integrated brake controller. After searching all the RAM forums and studying Amazon reviews, I decided on Tekonsha P3 controller, and not to shell out the $440.00 my local dealership quoted to install the OEM. There's one video currently on YouTube that gives a breakdown how to remove the full length center console to install the OEM controller, but even then, you still have to have the dealer flash the computer so it all works together, and all the functions appear on the screen above the steering column. Some people are okay with this, but decided on the Tekonsha path myself.
I knew I wanted a clean, and minimally invasive install, so a little thought was needed to snug it up to my center console. In order to mount the controller, you have to have enough room to tighten the screws on either side. Instead, I used two very thin diameter toggle bolts I had left over, put them through the controller bracket with washers, screwed controller to the bracket, pushed the thin bolts through pre-drilled holes I made, and screwed the wings on from under the dash with some washers. This may not be the ideal way, but it worked great for me. All I can say is use this idea and improve upon it. :)
I might add before I started my project, I checked under the dash for the two factory installed connectors wrapped in foam tape. They're literally just hanging there and simple to find. This made it as easy as mount controller, plug n' play. Total install for me was about 30 minutes cause I was being careful.
After installing, it dawned on me there is no on / off switch. Back to the reviews and forums I went. Turns out there's controversy on this and weather it goes into a sleep mode or not. In my case, I checked 20 minutes later and the screen was blank as shown in picture. Starting the truck or touching a button wakes it up. Some reports from others is the opposite, and controller stays on. Either way, the power draw from the device is so little, it would take months to drain one's battery.
Setting up the controller for your trailer is pretty straight forward. As far as function, I'll be putting it to work next weekend for our 7,600 pound travel trailer. Just follow the directions, and you should be all good.
Hope this helps, and safe towing!
*** UPDATE ***
I can't think of a single complaint for this controller. Everything works in unison together as it should, and is easily adjustable. I included a picture we took on our way down to Galveston of the travel trailer when we stopped for a pee break. Gotta love Bucees!
I started with the boost on level 3, then turned it down to b2. It provides plenty of juice to the trailer brakes with the gain set where it's best for us now.
Take my advise, if you're looking at this one buy it. You will not regret it one bit.
I'm really disappointed though that the down button started sticking on me about a month after I bought it. Used it 4 or 5 times. It turned my trailer brakes all the way down while I was driving. Had to pull over to unstick the button. I have not spilled anything on it. I read some other cases of this happening and hoped I would get a good one. Apparently there is a design flaw in the buttons or some poor QC happening. I'm still using the unit as is but its pain to use. Now I have to find time to deal with warranty service.
Also, the display shuts off but the unit never seems to shut off completely when plugged into my 02 Silverado duramax. There was noticeable battery drain when letting the truck sit a couple days. I started unplugging and storing the controller when the truck is parked and all is well now.
INSTALL; Very easy to install, assuming your vehicle is prepped for a brake controller. I simply connected the vehicle factory pig-tails to the included harness and crimped, added an electrical tape wrap to hold wires together and look pretty, picked my spot and two screws later its done! (Ok, I'm picky so I measured and remeasured, thought about it, and measured again. Took me 45 minutes to do, but the actual "install" was more like 10 minutes or less.)
Plug and play after that... Can't wait to get it set up for our new camper!
*Update- after hauling a large camper I can say this is a great controller! Having the proportional brake application made the vehicle tow in town almost like I wasn't towing. Adjustments to the amount of brake force were quick and easy. Definitely worth the purchase price and then some!
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The P3 is self-leveling which is great... until you bump it with a knee while driving and it changes the unit's angle. Then it won't re-calibrate til "you simply need to not hit the vehicle brake for a couple minutes". This happened to me in traffic on the highway, with nowhere to pull over for the next while, and every time I slightly touched the brakes the trailer brakes hit full power immediately, resulting in extremely grabby and jerky movements. I had to dial back the max output power to 4v for the next few minutes til I could pull over and wait for it to re-calibrate. Had this happened at greater than 15km/hr speed, I never could have adjusted that value while staying focused on driving and the trailer jerking me around the moment you even lightly touched the brakes. (The unit must have thought I was decelerating down a very steep hill, or tow vehicle was diving under heavy braking, so it was applying peak output instantly)
I've emailed back and forth with tech support, and their only suggestion is "...you simply need to not hit the vehicle brake for a couple minutes to allow it to correct.". How is this possible when you're sitting in bumper to bumper traffic on the highway, and about to get up to 100km/hr speeds? They have offered to send me another bracket, even though this has nothing to do with a broken bracket, but won't address the main issue at all: there is zero way to quickly initiate a re-calibration when needed.
The issue comes from the mounting bracket, and how there is no way to lock the unit down hard enough with a single pivot mount design, threading through plastic threads that will surely strip out if torqued too high. This won't be an issue if you don't bump it, but seeing as the most common mounting place is under the steering wheel, it's bound to happen eventually.
Make sure you mount it where you won't ever bump it, or you'll quickly find out this major issue like I did. Also make sure you're very familiar with how to adjust the settings, so you can power it down while driving if need be.
We all want the thing to sit away from our knees, even tuck in to a spot.
The fixed bracket is huge, so either the device or bracket will stick needlessly far out. The clip-on bracket is supposed to allow you to clear space when not towing… but no. The mount bracket is small, but add the clip… which stays on your dash even when device stored.. and really? You don't save much knee room over the stupid permanent clip.
WORST: The clip on-off has a high drop but even worse… you have to screw a bracket into your dash first, then from the sides, the clip mount. So there is no way this is going (laterally) very near your steering column or being tucked into a recess in your dash.
That was my install experience.
It is a more expensive product and i might could have it done cheaper, but it matched my pick up and it was very easy to install. Another feature which might be important for someone who has to pull several trailers is that you can save up 6 different trailers.
You adjust it to the trailer you are pulling and save it. If you have to switch trailers you adjust it to the 2nd trailer and save it. And now it comes....if you have to switch back to the first trailer you don't have to adjust it again. Just press the button and find e. g. trailer one....you can do this up to 4 or 6 trailers, (cant remember how many). That's very convenient.
I like this product.
Used a Tekonsha connector (sold separately) for behind the driver's side dash. Mounted the controller to one of 2 mounts and connected. Chose the set-up menu. Done.
Next was setting the boost for the trailer weight. Done.
Able to easily control braking with trailer(s). There are multiple trailer folders, screen colours, and axles (4). Instructions come for factory wire (to dash) or to brake pedal. Several mounting bracket choices as well as vertical plane position which was very important to me. (see photo). Recommended!
So, needless to say, I highly recommend this brake controller.
We had no issues installing it and setting it up.
It works well and we felt it made our 5000km trip much safer.
Downside is that you have to adjust the brakes for hauling the weight of your load at highway speeds, so when we pulled into the towns where we beeded to stay the night the brakes would lock up while driving through regular traffic.
However you just need to lessen the strength and get on a straight stretch to do the emergency test to set it.
It also doesnt turn off when the trailer is unhooked. You have to remove it
But we like it and will continue to use it for as long as we have our trailer
To install in a 2016+ Toyota tacoma, you will need a 3017P brake control adapter.
As for the brake operation itself, it is simply the best. I had a delayed-brake controller before and this Prodigy P3 is incredibly smooth and transparent compared to it. It works like a charm. The boost feature is brilliant. I used the B2 profile with a trailer weighting 70% of my towing capacity.
My truck has a manual transmission and there was no interference with engine braking or when backing in.
The only downside: I think I would have preferred the P2 instead, as the main difference are the "bells and whistles" along a nicer interface that adds nothing to the functions themselves. For a higher price.