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The Prodigy P2 electric brake controller supplies power to your trailer brakes proportionally. It levels automatically and offers a variety of mounting options.
The Prodigy P2 electric brake controller supplies power to your tow Ford F-450 and 550 Cab and Chassis's brakes proportionally. This means that your trailer brakes at the same time and with the same strength as your Ford F-450 and 550 Cab and Chassis - even in reverse gear. So if you have to slam on your truck's brakes, the trailer's brakes respond instantly, too - there's no delay. Thus your Ford F-450 and 550 Cab and Chassis's brakes aren't overworked from trying to stop the entire load, and they suffer less wear and tear. The P2 also cuts power to the trailer's brakes when your Ford F-450 and 550 Cab and Chassis is stopped - extending the life of the magnets and brake shoes in the trailer's brake assemblies.
Aside from smoother, more efficient braking that results from proportional application of stopping power, the Prodigy P2 also has a boost feature that gives you more initial braking power for those times when you're towing heavier loads. That's when more braking power is needed to stop the trailer at the same time as the tow Ford F-450 and 550 Cab and Chassis. The boost setting sends 13 or 25 percent more power (depending on which setting you choose) back to the trailer brakes, thus compensating for heavier loads. You can boost the power manually at the push of a button as well. The boost feature gets more power to the trailer brakes exactly when you need it most, and your fully loaded rig brakes smoothly and comfortably.
This brake controller levels automatically as you drive, so there's no problem using it on steep hills or when towing through the mountains. The self-leveling feature also makes the Prodigy easy to install: Simply mount it in your cab at any vertical angle (it has 360-degree rotation). It's easy to see the display and to access the pivoting manual override lever on the bottom of the unit.
The P2's continuous diagnostic check monitors your connection and magnet condition, so you can fix any problems before they land you on the side of the road. This newest version of Tekonsha's popular Prodigy brake controller has reverse battery protection to preserve the unit and accessory systems. And the power-save mode reduces battery drain when the controller isn't in use.
The included mounting pocket and Ford F-450 and 550 Cab and Chassis-specific wiring harness make your brake controller portable. Your unit slides out of the pocket mount for easy transfer of the brake controller to another Ford F-450 and 550 Cab and Chassis. And one end of the adapter harness plugs directly into your Ford F-450 and 550 Cab and Chassis, while the other plugs into your P2 - no hard-wiring required. Just unplug the unit to move it to another Ford F-450 and 550 Cab and Chassis or for storage. An instructional DVD that is included with the brake controller's written instructions allows you to take full advantage of all the features.
Installation:The Ford F-450 and 550 Cab and Chassis specific adapter has one end that plugs into the back of the brake controller. On most Ford F-450 and 550 Cab and Chassiss, the other end of the adapter plugs into a port located under the dashboard, near the center console. The port for the Ford Explorer and Mercury Mountaineer is behind the Ford F-450 and 550 Cab and Chassis's glove box on the passenger's side. Some of the Explorers will have the plug on the driver's side behind the instrument panel, by the brake pedal. For full-size Ford vans, the port is underneath and to the left of the steering column.
Note: If your Ford F-450 and 550 Cab and Chassis has a factory-installed trailer hitch and 7-way connector, then all the wires for the brake controller have already been run. If not, additional parts will be required to complete the installation of the brake controller.
Video of Tekonsha Prodigy P2 Proportional Brake Controller with Ford Adapter
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installation instructions and specs for complete information.
Today on this 2004 Ford Explorer we're going to install part number ETBCZ. We're going to use this to install Brake Controller part number 90885 from Tekonsha, the Prodigy P2 Brake Control. So we'll start inaudible by installing a mounting bracket onto the hitch. Now this bracket does not come with the kit and we'll be using part number 18140. Now the bracket is a little on the short side, so we have to make it a little bit longer. What we're going to do is just add a couple more holes to the end of the bracket.
We use a 7 pole bracket to locate our holes. Then we'll go ahead and drill it out and then attach it to our 7-pole bracket. Then we'll attach it to our hitch. Before we install our 7-pole connector we'll go ahead and take a few moments to connect our gray wire that comes with the kit up to our 7 pole connector. What we'll do is wind these wires up in electric tape and leave out the leads that we'll need later, such as the 4-pole, the brake wire, which is blue and our black wire which is for our 12 volt power supply.
Then we'll wrap up our purple and white wire. The white wire will be attached to the frame for ground while the purple wire is for reverse lights if it is ever needed. Onto our black and blue wires. We'll install the gray duplex cable, which has a black and white wire. We'll peel away the gray sheet to reveal the wires and strip them back to make our connections.
We'll go black to black and then white to blue. We'll put some tape around those connectors, as well. Next we'll install the loom around the wires like this and then tape it up. With our 7-pole connector installed onto the bracket we'll turn attention to the 4-pole. Now we'll have to remove the original 4-pole from its original bracket right behind the hitch and we'll go ahead and make our connection.
To make the 4-poles go together we're going to cut the sheath off the adapter side and then we can plug into the factory 4-pole harness. Apply a little bit of electric grease on the inside to protect the connections and make it a permanent connection after that. With our 4-pole connected up we'll go ahead and run our white wire with a ring terminal tot he body for ground. We'll be using a number 14 self-tapping screw to accomplish this. Then we'll go ahead and take our gray cable and run it up to the front of the vehicle. We'll make sure we'll stay away from anything that's moving, like the suspension, or anything hot, like the exhaust. We'll go ahead and route this cable up through the engine compartment up to the battery. At this point we'll go ahead and install the circuit breaker. With the cable ran up to the battery we'll go ahead and run it past a little bit, maybe about 3 to 4 foot and then cut off the excess. Our black wire in its sheath is going to be connected to the circuit breaker and then ran to the positive post of the battery. When we run our black wire through the circuit breaker we'll run it from the end going out from the 7-pole, we'll run it up to the silver post. Then the copper post will go to our positive power supply. In this case we're going to actually tap off the power supply going into the power junction box. And the white wire's going to be, actually, ran back underneath the vehicle and up through a grommet to get to the inside. We'll cut the grommet from the inside underneath the dashboard and then use a piece of air tube to stick through it to the outside towards the engine compartment. We'll go back outside and pull the air tube up and connect it through our white wire with some electric tape, then pull it back into the vehicle from the inside. Next we'll route a piece of air tube over to the passenger side glove compartment, which we've lowered out of the way to get to our tow package. We'll go ahead and plug in our wiring harness to the port, which is part number 3035-P. Then we'll attach the other end to our air tube and pull it back over to the driver's side. When we have the cable ran to the driver's side we go ahead and start mounting the brake controller. When we install a bracket we'll make sure that it makes the brake controller sit in a straight line with the vehicle. We use two screws attached to the dash and then we'll go ahead and plug into the back of the brake control. Now since the tow package isn't complete, which means that the blue wire on the port isn't ran all the way out back and that's ran I ran a white wire to the inside, we'll cut the blue wire--that will be the output from the brake controller--and we'll splice that into our white wire right behind the brake controller. Then we'll go ahead and run two other screws into the side of the brake controller to hold it in place. And after a quick check with our trailer to verify the connectivity, now finish it before I install ETBC7 on our 2004 Ford Explorer.
Average Customer Rating: 4.9 out of 5 stars (29 Customer Reviews)
by: Joshua A.08/29/2011
I have not used the product in any towing yet.I will comment on the prompt shipping and the precise instalation guide. They were right on for everything they said. They showed a film that explained everything to a T. Mounting was even real easy. For the price everything was included rather than searching all over. I will also post after I use it with my trailer. 23028
by: AL G.07/08/2012
I ordered the prodigy 2 controller, the wireing harness, hardware kit and mounting bracket. quick shipping and instalation was super easy with the how to video. I installed the whole kit in under an hour and towed 1650mi right off. Just as described and the kit worked flawless! literally plug and play. I can't say enough good about it. 47150
Very easy to install in a 2010 Range Rover Sport. It took about 15 minutes especially since the truck was already pre-wired. Once connected to the trailer, adjustments were very easy and worked very well. I would recommend this to anyone. And etrailer.com customer service was awesome too.22623
by: Wayne r05/11/2011
Great product. The price was perfect and item was delivered quickly. The install of the brake controller is easy. However, it requires tuning once the trailer is hooked up. This us a little tricky but can be done. You must drive and do hard stops then dial in the proper pressures.13499
Great products, fast delivery and good prices. They had everything in stock including the Ford specific brake cable and 7 to 6 pole adapter. Ordered last Monday. Received on Thursday. Put every in this weeked and am using it today (one week after order placed. 12322
by: Ben R.03/08/2011
Product appears to be excellent quality. As far as installing the controller itself, it's a 5 min. job. Mounting the plug will take a little bit of x'tra work. I'll have to wait until I can put the trailer hitch on to see where I can mount the plug.8766
by: Dennis M.01/08/2011
Brake controller purchase I have purchased towing products from etrailer in the past and the experience is always the same. Quality products at the best price with the best service. Their website does a good job with product discriptions, photos and expanations, so you know what you are buying is the right one for your vehicle. The Tekonsha Prodigy P2 that I bought for my Excursion comes with everything needed for an easy installation but I also got the Ford factory adapter to make it even easier. It is literally mount, plug and go. There are a lot of retailers on the internet but etrailer is definetly one of the best. You can't beat the prices, service is great and shipping is fast. I'm a happy camper.5193
The installation took a mere 15 minutes on my 2008 Land Rover LR3 HSE! The controller was extremely easy to set-up and worked well. 6777
Excellent brake controller. Looking forward to many years of use pulling the travel trailer. 122349
by: David P.07/20/2013
Easy to install especially with the adapter harness. Took less than 10 minutes. Excellent customer service.90688
by: FRank L.06/18/2012
Good Product & Easy to install. 44554
by: Mike R04/23/2012
Product Exactly as advertised. Fast Ship Time. Excellent Customer Service. Thanks! Will recommend to others!38096
by: Joe C04/17/2012
Installation was a breeze, shipping was fast, and controller works great. The boost settings are really nice to dial in the brake feel you're looking for.37489
by: David M08/21/2011
Ordering and shipping went well. Unit was very easy to install and set up22384
by: Tom F06/19/2011
We replaced a different brand with the Prodigy; we have been using the Prodigy in another truck and found it to be just the ticket! Easy to install, too. Thank you.17278
by: Michael T.06/17/2011
Works wonderfully. I love the range and precision of the product. It allows you to fine tune the braking power you need no matter how heavy or how light the load is.17171
by: Lori W.06/04/2011
Quick Ship,Just what I wanted ,Video made easy install even for a woman.I pull horse trailer,boat ,& RV.I really like the Tekonsha Prodigy,this is my third one,different trucks.16108
by: Neil J06/01/2011
I had two connectors on my E450 Super Duty. One telephone call to etrailer provided the information I needed to locate the "correct" connector. I have used these controllers before. They are great!15878
A simple plug in to the wiring harness on my 2007 Ford F-150. Well written directions and operation instructions. Functions exactly as described. Good product.14520
by: Thomas S. Olive05/17/2011
Fast shipping, included everything needed and works great. Thanks.14469
by: James C.05/12/2011
This is a excellent product. It handles my 30 foot trailer perfectly.The video made it very simple to install, and operate. Very fast shipping. I would highly recommend etrailer.com. Thanks again.13674
by: Jack W05/09/2011
We received this product in a very timely manner and hac no problem installing it. Very clear and easy to follow directions. We are using it to pull a horse trailer and it is working very well.13109
Ordered harness for two vehicles in order to use one brake controller for both. Items were shipped and installation was no problem. Would definitly order from etrailer again.12955
Great price and Fast shipping 9133
Everything arrived quickly and worked p erfectly!8687
i have 2 of thease love how good they are. thanks jim.7297
by: Richard S.01/24/2011
I just mounted the brake controller 2 days ago and I may not pull a trailer for several months. The installationn went smoothly--just as the video suggested. I see no complications.6035
by: Sal D.12/30/2010
EASY AND AWSOME I got a brake control for my Lincoln Navigator and wired it myself like a pro. The tracking on my product was so EASY. THANKS E TRAILER!4789
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