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Best Controller ?

I'm looking to buy a new trailer brake controller and want to know if people have a preference as to which brand is the best. I am thinking of getting a prodigy. It is self leveling. What are your thoughts?
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I'm looking to buy a new trailer brake controller and want to know if people have a preference as to which brand is the best. I am thinking of getting a prodigy. It is self leveling. What are your thoughts?
I think they're the best plug & play controller. I have one and I like it, but I'll tell you one minor annoyance I have with mine - it rattles. When you're driving, the little plastic cover on the digital readout rattles- very annoying.

Some of the hard core models, like the Jordan & Maxbrake are a more involved install, but they're directly linked to the towing truck's braking system so they feel more tuned to the truck. http://www.brakecontroller.com/maxbrake.htm

If you're on a budget, check out the American made "Husky" brake controller. Have one in my dumptruck and it handles a 12 ton electric brake tag with no problems. It was like $60 bucks and looks/works great!
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2 Time prodigy owner here. My PS has the P-3 in it and my F-150 has the old style prodigy. I'm only towing a 26' toyhauler and I've never weighed it so I don't know what I max out at.
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The Prodigy and P3 controls are good, but we are finding the Odyssey series are better performers. With the Odyssey II coming out in March, it will be hard to top it among proportional style controls.
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I agree completely with Duke, a pressure sensing controller is the ONLY proper way to go.

Would you run air brakes in an "on/off" affair and think you could get smooth braking? Of course not, you need to modulate the trailer brake power to that of the tow vehicle. The only way to accurately do this is with a pressure sensing system. They are also not affected by grades, so you get consistant brake performance.

The only down side is that they cannot be trailer mounted for use with multiple controllerless tow vehicles.

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I've had my prodigy for 3 years and it's been flawless
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Another vote for the prodigy.
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another vote for prodigy . i have had it in 2 trucks now and love it . it works really smooth without jerking the trailer brakes .
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Yup, Prodigy X2 in service in our trucks right now.
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