Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer
installation instructions and specs for complete information.
Proportional brake controller operates via radio frequency for simple transfer between multiple cars or trucks. Includes automatic-leveling sensor, boost feature, portable remote and continuous diagnostics. Compatible with multiplex wiring systems.
Note: Vehicles with LED tail lights may not supply enough voltage for pairing. May use another truck or SUV to pair receiver and transmitter. Please also note that the Prodigy RF cannot be submerged or immersed in water.
With a proportional brake controller, you can get heavy-duty emergency braking, general braking or slow-to-an-idle braking for your trailer automatically. The intensity with which your trailer brakes are activated and the rate at which they are applied are dependent on the deceleration of your tow vehicle. This means that, unlike time-delay controllers - which send the same amount of preset power to your trailer brakes every time - proportional controllers are able to adapt to every braking situation differently. So, if you slam on the brakes in your truck, your trailer brakes will activate with that same extreme intensity. And if you merely slow down as you approach a red light, your trailer will gradually brake in the same manner. Just set the initial power level, select a boost setting, and you're good to go.
As long as the Prodigy RF controller is mounted correctly, it will sense - via an internal inertia sensor - how your tow vehicle brakes. This inertia-based sensor responds to the deceleration of your tow vehicle as you brake by signaling the controller to send out enough power to your trailer brakes so that they are activated with an intensity that matches. The result is uniform braking across your towing setup. No push-pull action - just smooth, proportional braking every time.
The Prodigy RF is perfect for anyone who has multiple tow vehicles. There's no hardwiring necessary. Just plug the 7-way lead on the control module into your vehicle's 7-way connector and plug the 7-way on your trailer into the port at the rear of the RF so that the braking signal can be transmitted from your vehicle to your trailer. Then plug the remote into your vehicle's standard 12-volt accessory outlet and use it to control the module wirelessly.
Because you don't have to wire the Prodigy RF to your vehicle, the trailer that you mount the module to can be easily shared among multiple tow vehicles. As long as your vehicle has a 7-way connector, you can use the Prodigy RF. This system is also compatible with vehicles that have multiplex wiring systems precisely because it does not wire into your vehicle.
Aside from smoother, more efficient braking, Tekonsha's Prodigy RF brake controller also offers a boost feature that gives you more initial braking power for those times when you're towing heavy loads. You can switch boost levels so that the power output to your trailer brakes automatically starts out at either 13 percent or 25 percent of the predetermined power setting.
So, if you boost the initial power so that your trailer brakes activate with 25 percent of the overall intensity at the start, the brakes will reach maximum braking faster. This is particularly beneficial if you are towing a heavy load because the intensity required to stop that load may be far greater than that needed to halt your vehicle. Therefore, sending out more initial power to the trailer brakes - and causing them to reach maximum braking faster - allows you to better control the trailer so that it doesn't push your tow vehicle before coming to a complete stop.
If your trailer weighs less than your tow vehicle, no boost is needed. But if you wish to set the boost so that your trailer leads the braking of your towing setup, you can select level B1. The following table gives an indication of when you might use the different boost levels and the power increases that they offer.
|Approximate Gross Trailer Weight||Boost Level||Increase in Initial Power Output|
|Less than tow vehicle GVW||B1||13%|
|Equal to tow vehicle GVW||B1 or B2||13% or 25%|
|Up to 25% more than tow vehicle GVW||B2 or B3*||25%|
|Up to 40% more than tow vehicle GVW||B3*||25%|
*Both B2 and B3 offer a 25-percent boost in initial power. But the braking curve for B3 is more aggressive than that of B2. This means that, even though you will start out with the same intensity when using these boost levels, you will get an overall more aggressive braking experience with the higher level. So if you use B3, you will reach maximum braking sooner than if you use B2.
The Prodigy RF offers advanced safety features to prevent damage to various components of your towing setup. In addition to basic troubleshooting, this controller works to prevent problems before they begin. When the Prodigy RF is not in use, it will be in power-saving mode. If there has been no activity for 2 hours, then the system will go into sleep mode. Both of these modes are designed to drop the power draw, minimizing drain on your vehicle's battery.
When you stop at red lights, or any time that your truck and trailer are at a standstill with the brakes applied for more than 5 seconds, the Prodigy's "hold" feature will activate. When this happens, the power output to your trailer's brakes will be reduced to just 25 percent of the preset power setting so that the brakes will not overheat.
If ever there is a time that you need to brake your trailer separately from your tow vehicle - when traveling down a steep incline, for example - the manual override button is easily accessible on the remote control. Pushing this button engages the brakes on your trailer with full power. In addition, when you activate this override, the brake lights on your trailer will illuminate, properly warning those behind you of the braking action of your rig.
In addition to all of those safety features listed above, the RF offers diagnostics such as:
The self-leveling feature of the Prodigy RF ensures that the brake controller continues to function even as you drive up steep hills or through the mountains. Simply mount the power module, which contains the inertia sensor, on your trailer tongue or frame as indicated. Some drilling may be required.
Note: The Prodigy RF must be mounted within ± 5 degrees of level on the horizontal plane and must be lined up so that the power cable extends toward the tow vehicle for the internal sensor to function properly.
Once the power module is mounted on your trailer and connected to your vehicle, simply sync up the handheld remote to the module as per the included instructions. Then plug the remote into any 12-volt auxiliary outlet in your tow vehicle for power.
See etrailer.com's exclusive 7- and 4-way brake-control installation kit (ETBC7 - sold separately) if you don't already have a 7-way plug at the back of your vehicle.
Video of Tekonsha Prodigy RF Wireless Trailer Brake Controller - 1 to 3 Axles - Proportional
Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer
installation instructions and specs for complete information.
Today we'll be reviewing part number 90250. This is the Tekonsha Prodigy RF Wireless Trailer Brake Controller for 1- to 3-axle trailers. This is a proportional brake controller so this controller is going to activate your trailer brakes in proportion to your vehicle's braking action. It will automatically adjust the trailer's braking based on deceleration of the tow vehicle. It's going to activate immediately so there's not going to be any pausing like when using time-delayed brake controllers. The wireless system is going to be perfect for shared trailers or if you're traveling in fleets. It's going to come with a remote control that's going to let you operate the trailer-mounted power module from the cab of any vehicle. All you have to do is program that per the instructions. This system right here has automatic leveling ability.
It's got an internal sensor that detects deceleration even if the controller is not mounted flat. It's really great for when going up and down hills. That automatic leveling is just a great feature to have. All you've got to do is position this within plus or minus 5 degrees of level on the horizontal plane. The system is going to offer three boost levels. It's going to let you adjust initial braking power and aggressiveness.
It also offers continuous diagnostic check that will alert you to any potential problems. It's going to feature integrated safeguards to protect your vehicle and trailer. It's going to minimize drain on your car battery when not in use and it prevents trailer brakes from overheating by reducing the power output to them during prolonged stops. Here on the remote it's going to feature a nice digital disk play that's going to be easy to read. You're going to have a manual override button. You're going to have your boost button and you're going to have your power adjustment wheel there on the side.
No hard wiring is necessary for installation. The 7-pole connector, which would be sold separately on your trailer, is going to plug into the 7-way socket on the rear of the power module which is going to be this portion here. It has that nice spring-loaded cap so it's going to protect those connection points. The wire lead on the power module is going to plug into your tow vehicle's 7-way connector, so this portion here. When mounting this on your trailer frame, you want to make sure that the power lead, that are cable or our wires, are mounted a way that's going to allow it to face the vehicle. That is going to assure us that this is mounted in the correct position. The remote control is going to plug into your standard 12-volt accessory outlet inside your vehicle.
This is also compatible with tow vehicles that have multiplex wiring systems. It's designed to work with trailers with up to 3 axles or 6 brake assemblies. Let's go over a few measurements. The power module dimensions from edge to edge here of the mounting bracket, it's going to give us a measurement of around 11 inches by about 4-1/2 inches. Then in overall height, it's going to give us a measurement of about 4-1/4. It's going offer a frequency of 3.2 GHz and mounting, you want to do this above or on the side of your trailer's frame rail, again within plus or minus 5 degree of level on the horizontal plane. It's going to come with the hardware that you need so you get this securely mounted to your frame. The dimensions that we have between our mounting holes, so measuring from the center of one to the center of the other, it's going to measure 9-7/8 of an inch. If we measure this direction center on center, it's going to give us a measurement right at 2 inches. Please note that vehicles with LED tail lights may not supply enough voltage for pairing so what you can do is you can use another truck or SUV to pair the receiver and transmitter. Please also note that the Prodigy RF cannot be submerged or immersed in water. That's going to do it for today's review of part number 90250. This is the Tekonsha Prodigy RF Wireless Trailer Brake Controller. .
Average Customer Rating: 4.9 out of 5 stars (51 Customer Reviews)Proportional brake controller operates via radio frequency for simple transfer between multiple cars or trucks. Includes automatic-leveling sensor, boost feature, portable remote and continuous diagnostics. Compatible with multiplex wiring systems.
The main reason I bought this unit is for the remote hand held control. I had a bad experience 40 years ago with a trailer fishtailing behind me going down a mountain in Montana that could have easily been controlled if I could have applied the brakes to the trailer only. My first brake controller was a time delayed unit I bought from etrailer in 2003 and it was the only one I could find with a handheld unit I could mount anywhere on the dash. It worked fine and would apply the brakes to whatever maximum setting I had set for it every time my pickup brakes were applied. This proportional controller is more expensive than I wanted, but it was the only one I could find with the remote handheld unit and it does just what I wanted. It doesn't apply the brakes to the maximum everytime like I am used to, but I assume it is applying it as much as needed. But what is great about it, if I want to apply the brakes to the maximum, the handheld unit is within easy reach and can be applied immediately. So, even though it is more expensive than what I wanted to pay, it gives me exactly what I wanted in being easy to quickly reach and apply just the trailer brakes if needed. I waited on writing this review until after I completed a 550 mile trip thru some large cities with heavy traffic and I am very satisfied with my purchase of the Tekonsha Prodigy RF brake controller. 121855
We had to call the Mfg to figure out that cars with LED tail lights do not have the required voltage to pair it. The product worked fine on Mercedes after pairing with another vehicle 1st. If this is known to Mfg, I think they should just pair them at the factory to save customer a lot of time and effort. 68804
by: Tom J02/07/2015
This is really an awesome product with one major flaw that will frustrate many.....the 'pairing' process. We had purchased a new 2015 Audi Q5 TDI, and did not want to rip the dash apart to get to the wires to install a brake controller....as well as mount the ugly controller somewhere in the cabin where we would hit it with our knees. Bingo, this product is perfect as almost everything is in a unit that mounts on the trailer tongue. Our trailer is small, 2,300lbs, and the unit seems to control the brakes well. But the 'paring' process is very frustrating. There is a small unit that is in the cabin that needs to be paired with the unit on the trailer. Sounds easy, but the instructions are wrong from step 1 (step 1 has you plug in the cabin unit and see '0.0', but my unit would only show 'n.c'...for 'not connected'). But after playing with many different combinations, I finally got the unit to pair. Now that the unit is 'paired', it stays paired, so all is good. I'd advise everybody to treat this step like a computer, where sometimes what you are trying to do keeps failing so you just keep attempting doing things slightly differently.....and all of the sudden it works. What they need are some indicator lights or a screen so one can help troubleshoot the process. Note that in my car, I had bought the 20142 trailer lamp out connector because others had said that the Audi would not pair without it (the Audi needs to see enough of a load on the circuits or it will shut off power to them). Turns on in my case the pairing would only work if I did *not* use the 20142. So who knows.... 172851
by: Kristy S09/15/2014
Very pleased with this product. We installed on a Livin' Lite aluminum frame (ended up drilling into the frame as described but purchased stainless steel screws instead of the ones that came with this product). Our vehicle is a 2014 Toyota Highlander. We didn't get the correct display according to the manual when trying to synch and called etrailer for support. The operator couldn't help us so put us in contact with the manufacturer who walked us through the synch with no issues. So happy to have this product without having to mount anything in our vehicle. Thank you e-trailer! 151086
by: Tom V03/20/2015
I just got this yesterday (was delivered as promised) and will be installing it tomorrow (Saturday). Looks easy to install! This will solve the problem of hard wiring a controller to a Mercedes ML350. Hard wiring would take many hours and lots of effort . Wireless should be quick and clean install. 179939
by: Rae M.05/13/2014
System was painless to install. Instructions were straightforward. Most of the install time was spent drilling the mounting screws, which amounted to about fifteen minutes. Pairing the unit with my 2014 Chevy Express van was just a few more minutes. Hooked up the trailer and was on my way. I have only used the trailer a couple of times but am very satisfied with the unit. Stopping is very smooth. This unit was not very inexpensive. But I will be able to use it with other vehicles if the need arises and installation was trouble-free. 130358
by: Don H.09/15/2014
Everything everybody said it would be! Got it on time...we asked for special delivery as we were about to go on a trip...we hooked the RF up to our 02 escalade for pairing (once) and then to our 2011 Touareg TDI and our 25 ft Airstream for a flawless enjoyable trip to Verde Valley AZ and back to Seal Beach,Ca. E-Trailer is great !!! 151002
by: John Coolidge08/26/2013
Easy installation and once I got it paired via another vehicle (when I bought the unit a week ago, you gave me a heads up on probable trouble shooting) it worked in my new Mercedes. I took it for a test drive, adjusted the controls a little and it worked like a champ. Great product and fine service. Thank you. 96890
by: Muriel B08/01/2015
My son just purchased a fifth wheel and needed a Tekonsha Prodigy RF Trailer Brake Controller (order 90250). Looking at the mechanics shops around town and at auto supply retail stores, we had no luck. Then we lucked into etrailer.com during an online search and our frustration ENDED. Yahoo. Found the correct item, found also that it was less expensive at etrailer.com and, as I am technologically challenged and needed it fast, I called etrailer.com's telephone line. I got a lovely sales rep who confirmed with me that I was ordering the right part for the vehicle and got me overnight delivery.... which was really overnight delivery. All the way to Bonners Ferry, Idaho! Love the shipping tracking that etrailer.com sent with the confirmation to my email address, it made it super easy to follow. I could not be happier and will never shop at any other site but etrailer.com for our RV. Thank you so very much 215983
Excellent product. Used with 2011 MB GL350 BlueTec pulling a 2104 Keystone Passport Ultralite 23 RB w/electric brakes. Very easy to install. One drawback - must sync brake controller unit via an American vehicle. This is something most trailer dealerships do not know! Once sync'd via an American vehicle, works great with MB w/o any issues. Recommend all MB owners consider using this product with trailers utilizing electric brakes until a better product comes onto the market or until MB 1) engineer their vehicles and/or vehicle computer system to flawlessly interact with after market brake controllers, or 2) develop a brake controller for exclusive use with MB vehicles equipped with towing hitches. At the time of this posting, the cost of this brake controller unit is far less that what MB charges to install/hard wire a brake controller unit for trailer towing! Again, excellent product. 99273
Little tricky getting it set up on our VW Touareg. Reason being it has a smart towing circuit that is a little more complicated than most cars. Had to use a different carFord Expedition to get the unit to pair up, but after that it works great on the Touareg! Word of advice, make sure your tow vehicle has the trailer battery charging circuit enabled in your fuse box. The Expedition was missing this charging circuit relay in the fuse boxhad a spot for it, just wasnt factory installed so once we got a relay for it and a little 30amp fuse that was also not present, setup was super easy. My favorite part is how the system is accelerometer based so when you are not moving fast or not at an angle , it knows to dial down the brakes so you dont jerk the trailer around. Touareg drove like our 5k lb trailer wasnt even there. Then again the turbo diesel motor doesnt hurt either 77218
Saw a thread about this product on the Jeep Forums and browsed over to etrailer.com to check out the product. Installation of the product is straight forward. I have a trailex 8045. The most time consuming part of the install was moving and adding some wire extensions so that I could put the control box on the inside rail to prevent damage from road debris, etc... The instructions that came with the controller were helpful in installing the brake controller on the trailer however the video on etrailer was much more helpful in setting up the handheld unit. Very happy with the unit. 166422
by: David in Redmond08/18/2014
This unit was to have eliminated the need to run a brake line from a controller in the cab to the 7-way connector at the hitch. I wish it would have worked out--I should have paid more attention to the size of this unit. It's much larger than an in-cab unit. So large that I could not find a suitable mounting location on my teardrop camping trailer. The big limiting factor is that the cover stands up from the body about an inch. Since my trailer frame is about as tall as the mounting bracket, mounting the controller to the frame means you must have another inch of clear space above the unit. Due to cargo boxes installed on the tongue of my trailer, I don't have that headroom above the top of the trailer frame. I will have to return it in favor of an in-cab mounted controller. 147121
by: MIguel A.05/24/2012
This is by far the best product I have bought for my trailer! Super easy to install and set-up! Just pre-drill 4 holes where you want to mount the system and using the enclosed self-tapping screws, screw it into your trailer frame. That is the hardest part!! Plug it in, turn on your car and then turn down the setting on the hand held remote then plug it into any 12-v lighter, step on the brake and wait for it to read 0.0 and you're done!! A little adjustments along the way but for the most part its done. Bought this because I did not want to drill into my tow vehicle. Buy this product because you will not go wrong!! Also Etrailer.com shipped it super fast! Love the controller and love the website!! 41614
by: joe b.08/08/2014
item sent out promptly, was exactly as advertised, I will use it on my car hauler and enclosed cargo trailer. easy to install and pair 145017
by: Steve u06/18/2013
Product is easy to use and set up! 85190
by: Steve B in VT01/21/2015
I have a 2014 Mercedes Benz GL350 and could not get my MB dealer to install a brake controller. I order the Prodigy RF model from etrailer and received it in 2 days. I followed the simple mounting instructions and tried pairing the unit with my vehicle first but it did not work. I then paired the unit with a GMC pickup successfully and then connected the cable back to my vehicle and it worked immediately with my vehicle. The unit and the brakes work fine now on my 20' SnoPro snowmobile trailer. Awesome product and awesome service and communication from etrailer. 170619
I was about to buy my THIRD electric brake controller. The first two had been left in the vehicles when I sold them and, I needed a controller for my new Class C motorhome and trailer. The customer service rep at eTrailer.com told me about a wireless Tekonsha unit which would do the job and, be readily transferable to any new vehicle I buy in the future. My local RV shops either don't know about this wireless unit or, simply didn't bother to tell me. eTrailer.com has helped me to be a more knowledgeable consumer. 139162
I recently bought a Prodigy RF on Etrailer and it was an easy purchase online. The information was very good and the whole process was easy on your website. I have installed the Prodigy RF and it was a snap, i was done in less than 40 minutes. I would recommend your site and this product 70342
by: Robert S07/13/2012
Simple instructions was shipped fast, will buy here again 47793
by: Bill S.09/04/2013
Have not tried the product yet, because of not having purchasing a travel trailer. Plan to purchase a Casita sometime late this year and will need the brake control at that time. The VW and trailer dealers are not familiar with this controller, or I should say they are not familiar with VW Touareg. I spent three weeks trying to determine how to install a brake controller on the Touareg. Thanks for the prompt service and I hope a great product. 98235
by: Mark B.06/24/2010
Perfect for multiple tow rigs Works as well as the Prodigy we all know and love, except wireless. People who are concerned about interferance with the wireless aspect of this unit put your mind at ease. Even if this happens (which is about as likely as me winning the lotto) the controller will still function on its last setting. This is a great choice if you have more than one tow rig. 3167
The people at Etrailer have helped me out with many products over the years. They offer good, informed suggestions on what products are available for my needs. Their products work! I have purchased Trailer brake systems, bike racks/carriers, hitch accessories and more. Excellent service , good people, easy to do business with. 161625
by: Dwight L.10/03/2014
Perfect product for a shared trailer. I was shocked at how fast the product was delivered. Directions, both included and at your website, made complete installation less than an hour. Works great. I would certainly recommend the RF controller for anyone that has a trailer shared with multiple vehicles. 154228
by: David B.09/18/2013
the prodigy r f unit solved my towing issues. It allowed me to teach my Korean speaking KIA Sorento to speak brake to mi Casita. It was a simple install, but had to call for tech help when pairing. Had to disable blue tooth in Kia to complete pairing. Great help from all of etrailer.com associates. 100540
by: Janak P06/05/2015
If you have patience to pair this one with the unit in car, it is a perfect brake controller. It took us and the camper dealership over 3 hours to make it work. Thanks to one of the reviews where it was stated that for Mercedes, try to pair using an older vehicle; which really saved the day. 200727
by: James R12/03/2013
I have ordered many things from Etrailer before and have been very pleased with their pricing and quick shipping. I have not used this product yet but have paired it to the remote. Following the directions made it an easy process. Will be using in a couple of weeks but looks to be well made. 109028
by: Jason S.05/03/2012
The product is great. The customer service and quick shipping and notification of delivery from etrailer are way above par. These folks have to be of the best online these days for customer service!! Keep it up and I look forward to my next order. And to top it off they had the BEST prices!! 39275
Worked great, though it took a little bit to get it installed on our 2007 chevy suburban. Need to attach a few wires to the fuse compartment in order to get the 12V feed to work. Other than that, installation was simple and it made towing easy. I would highly recommend this product. 80293
by: Farley C.06/14/2015
First. Read the directions twice. Go step by step. Don't skip a step. It will blow your mind how quickly your up and running. 22 minutes max.to install. Just prepare with the correct tools. Very, very easy. READ THE DIRECTIONS. 203368
by: Jim F.04/25/2015
Easiest thing I have ever done, installing this unit. Brakes work great on our 27' Coachman Catalina. I think the whole process of installation, pairing and testing took 20 minutes. Great product! 188199
This is the second trailer that I have installed a tekonsha prodigy brake controller on. You can take the remote to any vehicle. It works great. Great fast service from etrailer.com 227656
by: Hal L02/07/2014
Item was shipped the same day as ordered. Very quick service. This is the second item I've purchased from etrailer and both experiences have been positive. 115983
by: Jim M.04/22/2015
installations was a breeze,very impressed it worked just like instructions said.30 minutes start to finish to get my travel trailer ready to go. 187452
This is a good product when a break controller is not in the tow vehicle. The unit mounts easily. The pairing process was a little difficult 178243
by: Bob Y06/29/2015
Product is very simple to install and set up. The way it is designed makes it very simple to move from trailer to trailer. 208059
by: Ron R10/25/2014
Installed on a 2 Horse bumper pull trailer being pulled by a Range Rover Sport. Works very well, easy to install. 157900
by: Vin M08/23/2014
The product came quicker than expected. It was easy to install and program. So far works well with my BMW X5. 148190
by: Matt M.08/15/2013
Great product. Quick and easy install. Did not have any issues with function on 2011 BMW X5. Works great. 95222
Very easy to install unit and pair with remote controller. Works great on 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport. 73675
by: Ray Morales12/30/2014
Excellent product, easy installation no small box out of place in the dash board. Works like a champ. 167307
by: Pat L.09/10/2014
15 minutes and I was all set! Highly recommended for foreign tow vehicles with complex wiring. 150598
This thing is great and easy to use!!! awesome for not having to permentantly install it. 50037
Have Mercedes so getting it to connect took a bit. But now works great. 191463
by: Dave H08/27/2013
Tekonsha Prodigy RF is a great product so far. Support is great also. 97171
by: Bob B01/11/2015
Great customer service always on time and kept informed thanks. 168568
Simple easy to install. Great phone help during installation. 137643
by: troy b06/13/2012
was great did not take any time to installe 43998
Great service and advise from etrailer. 184416
by: Bill Z.11/25/2013
Great product. Easy to setup and to use. 108505
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