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. Call 800-298-8924 to order Tekonsha Brake Controller part number 90250 or order online at Free expert support on all Tekonsha products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Tekonsha Prodigy RF Wireless Trailer Brake Controller - 1 to 3 Axles - Proportional. Brake Controller reviews from real customers.
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Tekonsha Prodigy RF Wireless Trailer Brake Controller - 1 to 3 Axles - Proportional

Tekonsha Brake Controller

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Tekonsha Brake Controller - 90250

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.


  • Brake controller activates trailer brakes in proportion to your vehicle's braking action
    • Automatically adjusts trailer's braking based on deceleration of tow vehicle
    • Activates immediately - no pausing like with time-delayed brake controllers
  • Wireless system is perfect for shared trailers and business fleets
    • Remote control lets you operate trailer-mounted power module from cab of any vehicle
  • Automatic-leveling ability - internal sensor detects deceleration even if controller is not mounted flat
    • Position within ± 5 degrees of level in the horizontal plane
  • 3 Boost levels let you adjust initial braking power and aggressiveness
  • Continuous diagnostic check alerts you to any potential problems
  • Integrated safeguards protect your vehicle and trailer
    • Minimizes drain on car battery when not in use
    • Prevents trailer brakes from overheating by reducing power output to them during prolonged stops
  • Digital display on remote is easy to read
  • Manual override button is built into remote
  • No hardwiring necessary for installation
    • 7-Pole connector (sold separately) on trailer plugs into 7-way socket on rear of power module
    • Wire lead on power module plugs into tow vehicle's 7-way connector
      • Connector on your vehicle must have an active 12V (hot) lead
    • Remote control plugs into standard 12V accessory outlet in cab
  • Compatible with tow vehicles that have multiplex wiring systems


  • Application: trailers with up to 3 axles (6 brake assemblies)
  • Power module dimensions: 10-3/4" long x 4-3/8" wide x 4" tall
  • Measurement of horizontal mounting holes from center to center: 9-7/8"
  • Measurement of vertical mounting holes from center to center: 2"
  • Frequency: 3.2 GHz
  • Mounting: above or on the side of your trailer's frame rail, within ± 5 degrees of level in the horizontal plane
  • Warranty
    • Power module: 15-year limited
    • Power lead: 1-year limited
    • Remote: 5-year limited

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.

Proportional Braking

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.

Wireless, Radio Frequency Transmission for Portability

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.

Power Boost for Heavy-Duty Towing

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 WeightBoost LevelIncrease in Initial Power Output
Less than tow vehicle GVWB113%
Equal to tow vehicle GVWB1 or B213% or 25%
Up to 25% more than tow vehicle GVWB2 or B3*25%
Up to 40% more than tow vehicle GVWB3*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.

Safety Features

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:

  • Open ground
  • Overload
  • Output short
  • Power loss
  • No trailer connection

Automatic Leveling and Simple Installation

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.

Correct Prodigy RF mounting

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.

Installation Accessories

See'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.

90250 Tekonsha Prodigy Radio Frequency Proportional Trailer Brake Control

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Video Transcript for Tekonsha Brake Controller 90250 Review

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. .

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Tekonsha Prodigy RF Wireless Trailer Brake Controller - 1 to 3 Axles - Proportional - 90250

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.

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by: RKS03/23/2014

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


Still satisfied. Between the time delayed unit and the proportional controller, I personally like the time delayed unit, but this one is fine.

RKS - 03/23/2015


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by: Clint03/04/2013

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


Aghrrr! I wished I would have read this sooner.... I just spent several hours trying to figure out why I could not pair it using my MLs tow setup which is set-up for LED. Now I know... Use a different car...I agree, units should be shipped already paired... Thanks Clint!

comment by: PMC - 05/05/2013


We will add a note under the product specs to help spread the information.

Patrick B - 5/8/2013


The reason why these are not paired at the factory is because the unit must establish the mounted and ride height position on the trailer. The LED lights on the vehicle isnt so much the issue. Some European vehicles send signals through the trailer plug for Lamp out or Trailer detection that can interfere with the pairing process, but once the trailer is detected these signals pose no issue.

comment by: Pete D - 06/04/2013


Thanks for the clarification and information.

Patrick B - 6/5/2013


Ive just purchased a Porsche Cayenne and am considering the Prodigy RF. It looks like I should expect problems with the pairing and may need to find an American vehicle for that process. Reading the statement of Pete D on 4 June though: The reason why these are not paired at the factory is because the unit must establish the mounted and ride height position on the trailer ... it sounds like pairing will be effected depending on vehicle specs relative to trailer specs? I.e, is it necessary to use an American vehicle with dimensions similar to the Cayenne? Thank you,

comment by: LynnSL - 10/03/2013


The accelerometer has to establish its zero on the trailer it is to be used with. So the process would go like so: 1) Couple the trailer to your Cayenne on a level surface. 2) Park the domestic where you can connect the trailer wiring to the domestic vehicle 7-way. 3) Follow the pairing procedure in the instructions. This method allows you to maintain the appropriate trailer ride height with your Cayenne while using a domestic vehicle for the electrical hook-up.

Patrick B - 10/4/2013


I work at a Mercedes-Benz Dealer, if you use the 7 way to 7 way LED adapter curt C57003 your vehicle will recognize the unit and program without issue.

comment by: Jon K - 08/20/2015


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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 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


I had the same pairing issue after installation

comment by: Russ - 07/17/2015


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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


Kristy Im planning to install on a 2015 Highlander. How has it been working out for you? Any other problems since the initial synch issue was solved?

comment by: Mark P - 08/04/2015



Hi Mark, No problems at all. knock on wood!!. Still love this controller - we keep the handheld device in the storage console of the Highlander and just plug it in and go when we pick up our camper from storage. It works great.

comment by: Kristy S - 08/04/2015



Still very happy with the controller! Just recently answered a question from another customer on your site about this controller and told him the same!

Kristy S - 09/15/2015


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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


Hi Tom,How did the installation go? I have an 05 ML500 that needs a brake controller. What year is yours? Did you have any difficulty pairing the system as others have had?Thanks,Mike

comment by: Mike K - 04/26/2015



Just hardwired a Primus in my ML350. Took 30 minutes.

comment by: Toby C - 05/10/2015



I ended up not being able to use this unit. I mounted the box on the trailer per instructionsbut had to modify the mounting brackets cut one end off inorder to barely fit the box in the space available on the trailer. After fabricating a new bracketI could never get the braking to work properly. Pairing was no problemI used a different tow vehicle per some comments on forums. the problem was that the unit would cause severe jerking of the brakes no matter how I adjusted the unit. I ended up having to pay somebody it is a very tricky install to install a traditional prodigy unitand it works great.Over many years I have installed and used over 25 trailer brakes units on everything from cars , trucks, suvs ,1 ton tow vehicles, and RVsthis is the first time for a problem. The ML350 is a 2013 with the factory hitchtow package. The trailer in question is a 2014 Airstream 20 FC.

comment by: Tom V - 05/13/2015


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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


Still working great

Rae M - 05/13/2015


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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


Still works great...after switching vehicles and trailers a couple times I think we will have to re-pair it again...will know in a coulple months when we use the airstream again.

Don H - 09/16/2015


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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


I still love it! Its so easy . . . just plug remote into lighter hole and head off camping. No unit to always have to screw in under dash and bump my shins on. Thanks for the product!

John C - 09/11/2014


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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 during an online search and our frustration ENDED. Yahoo. Found the correct item, found also that it was less expensive at and, as I am technologically challenged and needed it fast, I called'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 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 for our RV. Thank you so very much 215983

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by: KST09/10/2013

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

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by: Gerald04/22/2013

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

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by: TonyG12/21/2014

Saw a thread about this product on the Jeep Forums and browsed over to 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

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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

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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 shipped it super fast! Love the controller and love the website!! 41614

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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


It is working out great. Good product

joe b - 08/08/2015


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by: Steve u06/18/2013

Product is easy to use and set up! 85190


Great works between multiple vehicles and no problems to report.

Steve u - 06/18/2014


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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

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by: NY2407/04/2014

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 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. has helped me to be a more knowledgeable consumer. 139162

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by: steve03/12/2013

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


I purchased a Takonsha rf brake controller over a year ago and have not had any problems yet. I tow a 7000 lb trailor and it works smooth. and if you forget to plug in the remote in the truck as I have it still works great

comment by: steve m - 03/12/2014


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by: Robert S07/13/2012

Simple instructions was shipped fast, will buy here again 47793

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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

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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

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by: Tom11/18/2014

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

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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

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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 associates. 100540

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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

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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

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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

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by: Jeremy05/14/2013

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

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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 install. Just prepare with the correct tools. Very, very easy. READ THE DIRECTIONS. 203368

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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

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by: roger09/25/2015

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 227656

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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

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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

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by: Steve03/13/2015

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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by: Ernie04/01/2013

Very easy to install unit and pair with remote controller. Works great on 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport. 73675

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by: Ray Morales12/30/2014

Excellent product, easy installation no small box out of place in the dash board. Works like a champ. 167307

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by: Pat L.09/10/2014

15 minutes and I was all set! Highly recommended for foreign tow vehicles with complex wiring. 150598

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by: sanjay08/01/2012

This thing is great and easy to use!!! awesome for not having to permentantly install it. 50037

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by: Doug05/08/2015

Have Mercedes so getting it to connect took a bit. But now works great. 191463

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by: Dave H08/27/2013

Tekonsha Prodigy RF is a great product so far. Support is great also. 97171

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by: Bob B01/11/2015

Great customer service always on time and kept informed thanks. 168568

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by: Dolores06/25/2014

Simple easy to install. Great phone help during installation. 137643

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by: troy b06/13/2012

was great did not take any time to installe 43998

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by: Geoff04/09/2015

Great service and advise from etrailer. 184416

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by: Bill Z.11/25/2013

Great product. Easy to setup and to use. 108505

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  • How To Control The Electric Brakes On A Trailer Being Towed By Multiple Trucks With Air Brakes
  • The Warner Air Utility Brake Control, part # 1300-80, is designed for use with air brake systems of tow vehicles and automatically operates electric trailer brakes in synchronization with air brakes. This part has to be installed on the tow vehicle with an air brake system. It is not designed to be used on the trailer with electric brakes being towed by various trucks with air brakes. If the trucks you hire have a 7-way trailer connector on them I would recommend the Tekonsha Prodigy...
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  • Will Prodigy RF Brake Controller 90250 Work When Connected to a Semi Tractor With Air Brakes
  • The Prodigy RF brake controller # 90250 is able to be used with any vehicle and trailer combination with 7-Way plugs, so it would work with your semi truck as long as you are able to make an adapter allowing the unit to plug into the vehicle. You would need to make sure that the end of the adapter to which the brake controller would plug in would have the functions located on the same pins, i.e. the power wire and tail light circuits would be located on the same pins on the plug. I...
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  • Wiring Tow Vehicle to Work With Tekonsha Prodigy RF # 90250
  • You are pretty much on the right track. You will indeed need a 4-pole to 7-way adapter like part # 37185. In addition to the lighting functions provided by the 4-pole, you will also need to run the black 12-V power wire from the adapter to the positive battery terminal via a 40 amp circuit breaker like part # 9510. A length of 10 gauge wire like part 10-1-1 (sold by the foot) would also be needed. The power wire is needed to supply the power module mounted on the trailer. The white wire...
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  • How Does Prodigy RF Electronic Brake Controller # 90250 Know When To Send Power To Trailer Brake
  • If you have a newer Trailblazer with the tow package there should be a total of 2 wires that you will need to connect; both wires should be red/black with eyelets on the end. One wire is located between the fuse box and driver side fender, the other should be located under the brake master cylinder. On the driver side, remove the fuse box cover, there will be 2 threaded studs that are different sizes, the wires which have different sized eyelets will connect to the corresponding studs using...
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  • Troubleshooting the Tekonsha Prodigy RF Trailer Brake Controller Not Pairing with Hand-Held Unit
  • It sounds like your trailer connectors on both vehicles are wired correctly to work with the Prodigy RF, # 90250, so it could just be a small step in the pairing details that is causing the problem. First, make sure the trailer is coupled to the towing vehicle. Then plug the RF into the tow vehicle connector making sure the trailers connector is not connected to the RF yet. Next, start the tow vehicle engine and then plug the hand-held unit into the auxiliary power port. Turn the power...
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  • Connecting a Trailer w/ 7-Way to Vehicle w/ 4-Way Connector
  • You could wire the Tow Ready Adapter 4 Pole to 7 Pole # 30717 and just have the light functions on your tow vehicle without connecting the other wires. But I would be very cautious about not doing so for several reasons. The first reason is safety. The general rule for towing trailers with brakes, is that if the Gross Trailer Weight is half of the Gross Vehicle Weight, it is recommended to use a brake controller and have brakes on the trailer. Not being able to activate the trailer...
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  • Brake Controller Options for 2013 Mercedes GL 450
  • My technical rep at Tekonsha tells me that they have absolutely no information about fitting a brake controller on a 2013 M/B GL450. Apparently, Mercedes will not turn loose a vehicle for testing purposes. In this case, we could typically recommend that you see the dealer for assistance, but it would seem that they were unwilling to help. The Prodigy RF, part # 90250 would be a good option. Your GL450 would need a functional 7-way to provide power to the trailer mounted unit. My contact...
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  • Trouble Pairing the Tekonsha RF Trailer Brake Controller with an Audi Q7
  • Pairing problems are not uncommon with any wireless device and the Prodigy RF, # 90250, is no exception. At various points in the installation procedure the instructions will tell you that you should see something specific on the display. However sometimes the specific display does not show up. This is where most people stop and start all over. What you should do is keep going on to the next step. My contacts at Tekonsha have stated that for some reason what the instructions say should...
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  • Programming Instructions for Hand-Held Remote for the Tekonsha Prodigy RF Trailer Brake Controller
  • I can certainly provide you will a link to the installation details for the Tekonsha Prodigy RF, # 90250. It includes the pairing instructions for the hand held unit. I have also included the steps below. You may also be interested in adding a Hand-held Remote for Tekonsha Prodigy RF Brake Controller, # 90251, to use in your second vehicle. Synchronization of the Remote Hand Held Unit to the Power Module: 1. Connect trailer to tow vehicle. 2. Plug the Power Module 7-Way cable into...
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  • Brake Controller Recommendation for a 2008 Range Rover HSE Towing a Sooner Horse Trailer.
  • If you have a factory installed 7-Way connector on the rear of your 2008 Range Rover HSE I have two options for you to add a brake controller to your vehicle. You can use the Tekonsha Prodigy RF Brake Controller, part # 90250, by attaching the brake controller to the tongue of your Sooner horse trailer and plug it into your 7-Way at the rear of the vehicle. After you follow the instructions and synchronize the hand held remote unit to the brake controller on the trailer you would be...
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  • Can I Install Electric Brake Controller on 2011 Mercedes-Benz MKL350
  • Trailer wiring for Mercedes-Benz is a dealer only option, Mercedes does not allow companies to make a wiring harness for the M-Class vehicles. You will want to check with Mercedes to see if it is acceptable to install a brake controller on your 2011 Mercedes ML350. However, we do offer a universal brake controller installation kit, part # ETBC7. With this kit, you would need to have a 4-way trailer connector installed on your vehicle, which you would need to get from the dealership....
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  • Installation of a 7-Way and Brake Controller on 2009 Toyota RAV4 To Tow Travel Trailer
  • A trailer with electric brakes will require a brake controller and a 7-Way connector on your vehicle. A 4-Way will only supply the lighting on a trailer. The 7-Way is needed to power the brake controller along with the lighting. There is no straight adapter that will allow you to go from a 4-Way on your vehicle to a 7-Way on the trailer. The Tekonsha Prodigy RF Brake Controller, part # 90250, can be installed on your 2009 Toyota RAV4. It will still require that you have a 7-way connector...
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  • How to Install the Brake Controller Kit # ETBC7 with Tekonsha Prodigy RF Brake Controller # 90250
  • The difference in the installation of the Brake Controller 7 and 4 Way Installation Kit, part # ETBC7, when using it with the Tekonsha Prodigy RF Brake Controller, part # 90250, on your 2006 Volvo XC70 is that you will not need to connect the blue wire that is normally hardwired to the brake controller. It will not be needed since the Prodigy RF will communicate with the remote unit by radio frequencies. Also, since your vehicles battery is in the rear the wiring will not need to go the...
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  • 2010 Volvo XC90 Tow Wiring and Brake Controller Install
  • To install the Tekonsha Prodigy RF Brake Controller # 90250 brake controller on your 2010 Volvo XC90 and trailer you have established an excellent plan. You are correct in choosing the Tekonsha Prodigy RF Brake Controller for your vehicle that is equipped with multiplex wiring. You will also need a functioning 4-pole trailer connector. You can install either the Curt T-Connector # 56045 or the Tow-Ready # 118411 to establish a 4-pole wiring connector. To install either of these connectors...
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  • How to Wire a 4 to 7-Way Adapter on a Grand Vitara to Power a Prodigy RF Brake Controller # 90250
  • To power the RF brake controller # 90250, it is only necessary to connect the 12v power wire and ground wire on your 4 to 7-Way adapter. If you have a typical adapter like our part # 30717, the ground wire should be white and the power wire is typically black or red. The remaining wires can be tied off. You also have the option connect the auxiliary wire if you need to power backup lights or another accessory on your trailer. This wire is typically orange or purple in color. To...
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  • Building Tiny House on Flatbed Trailer and Need Brake Controller and Wiring for Electric Brakes
  • Thank you again for ordering with, we appreciate your business. From the measurements that you have given me, I recommend getting about 35 to 40 feet of 10 Gauge Primary Wire, # 10-1-1, in order to wire the electric brakes on your trailer. Depending on the tilt function of your trailer, you may want to order a bit more to be on the safe side. I have attached a wiring diagram that illustrates the basics of wiring your trailer. A couple additional items that may want to...
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  • Can I Connect a Prodigy RF on a 2010 Airstream Trailer # 90250 with 2009 BMW X5 35d
  • I spoke with my contact at Tekonsha and he said that the Tekonsha Prodigy RF Brake Controller - Proportional - Trailer Mounted, part # 90250, has no issues with being used on trailers that have LED tail lights. The LED lights on the trailer do not have any bearing on the brake controller wiring, you should have no problems caused by the LEDs on your trailer. He also said that very rarely the # 90250 will have a little bit of trouble pairing with BMW vehicles, but it is always resolved...
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  • Will The Tekonsha Prodigy RF Brake Controller # 90250 Work With Electric Trailer Brakes
  • The Tekonsha Prodigy RF Brake Controller - Proportional - Trailer Mounted, part # 90250, will work on trailers with electric brakes. This brake controller will mount on your trailer and will plug into a 7-way connector on your 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee. It will operate by a wireless remote that will plug into your 12 volt DC outlet on your tow vehicle. This Prodigy RF brake controller is designed for a trailer that will be towed by different vehicles, like fleet owners. I am including a...
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  • Is a 2003 Fleetwood Bounder Pre-wired for an Electric Brake Controller
  • Yes. Based on the research I did on the 2003 Fleetwood Bounder RV, they are wired with a 7-Way connection at the rear of the RV. Fleetwood recommend the use of a supplemental brake controller when towing another vehicle. When towing a trailer equipped with electric brakes, you can use an electric brake controller, like the Tekonsha Prodigy, # 90185. I spoke with my contact at Fleetwood, and he stated that the blue wire for electric brakes is attached to circuit 020 under the hood of...
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  • Wiring For the 2011 Jetta TDi Sedan for Towing a Trailer with Reverse Lights and Electric Brakes
  • The bypass that you mentioned is most likely the power wire that allows this harness to draw power directly form the vehicle battery and eliminate the possibility of overloading the sensitive circuitry and computers on your 2011 Volkswagen Jetta. The CURT wiring harness, # 56146KIT, is designed to work with your vehicles electrical system and does have the separate 12 volt power wire to protect your vehicle wiring. To tow a trailer with reverse lights you would need to use the Universal...
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  • Pairing Tekonsha RF # 90250 to 2011 Mercedes Benz GL450
  • The Prodigy RF is an excellent piece of equipment, but in order to synchronize the power unit to the hand held remote, the pairing instructions mentioned in the owners manual need to be followed to the letter. First, use a circuit tester like part # 40376 on the 12-volt power supply pin on your 7-way to ensure it is powered up. The pin will be in the 1:00 position in the connector. If this pin is not active, the controller will not pair to the remote. Begin by hitching the trailer...
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  • Pairing Procedure for Prodigy RF Brake Controller
  • The Prodigy RF is a great unit, but if the pairing instructions are not followed exactly to the letter, the unit will not pair. The biggest mistake folks typically make is to begin the process with the trailer plugged into the RF unit. Here is a run-down of the pairing procedure: Connect the RF unit to the tow vehicle, but do not plug the trailer into the RF unit. Then, plug the hand held remote into the 12 volt power port (cigarette lighter). Next, turn the gain to minimum by rolling...
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  • Using Prodigy RF Trailer Brake Controller # 90250 on a Camper Trailer with Battery
  • I suspect you are using a 4-pole to 7-pole adapter on your 2004 Honda Pilot, such as TowReady # 30717. You will need to run only one 12V power wire to provide both power to operate the Prodigy RF and battery charging current for your trailer battery. You will need a 40-amp circuit breaker and 10-gauge wire for the 12V feed to the 7-way on the Pilot. You can use circuit breaker # PK54540 from Pollack, which features a continuous cycle with an automatic reset; and for the power wire you...
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  • What is the Maximum Transmission Distance for the Tekonsha Prodigy RF Brake Controller On a 40Ft Rv
  • The trailer mounted Tekonsha Prodigy RF Brake Controller - Proportional, item # 90250, will transmit up to 300 feet according to my contact at the manufacturer. That being said the controller itself is normally mounted near the tongue of the trailer so the length of the RV is usually not a problem and the Prodigy RF, item # 90250, should work great on your trailer. You will need to take into account anything that would block the signal though. Usually there is no problem with this between...
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  • Will the Prodigy RF Brake Controller Work with a 2015 Volkswagen Touareg
  • Yes, you could use the Prodigy RF brake controller, # 90250, with your 2015 Volkswagen Touareg. but you may end up needing a special adapter, # 20142, if you have a hard time getting the RF module to pair with the handheld unit.
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  • Can the Tekonsha Prodigy RF Wireless Brake Controller Be Used on a 2014 Audi Q5
  • The Tekonsha Prodigy RF Wireless Trailer Brake Controller, # 90250, can be used on your 2014 Audi Q5 TDI. The brake controller requires a working 7-way connection at the rear on the vehicle. If your Q5 is only equipped with a 4-way, you will need to install the 4 Pole to 7 Pole Adapter, # 37185, along with the Modulite Installation Wiring Kit, # 118151. There have been pairing problems noted on some European made vehicles with factory tow package wiring. During the pairing process,...
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  • Installation and Wiring of the Tekonsha Prodigy RF Brake Controller on a 2006 Honda Odyssey
  • The Tekonsha Prodigy RF Brake Controller, item # 90250, will draw power from the black 12 volt circuit, number 4, in the 7-way connector, so it will need to be wired separately to the vehicle battery through a 30 amp circuit breaker, item # PK54530. The green wire is needed for the right turn and stop lights on the trailer. This wire will be connected to the number 6 pole in the 7-Way connector, which may be labeled red. The purple wire is usually wired to the center pole of the 7-Way...
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  • Can an Electric Brake Controller be Used on a 2011 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
  • I spoke with my contact at Prodigy and he said that you should be able to install a Tekonsha P-3 Trailer Brake Controller - Proportional, part # 90195, onto your 2011 Highlander Hybrid. He said that according to his wiring diagrams, there is a blue wire behind the brake pedal that you will use as the brake switch wire. This will attach to the red wire on the harness of the # 90195. However, he recommended that you use a multimeter like the 7-Function Digital Multimeter, part # BTMT15,...
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  • Can the Prodigy RF Trailer Mount Brake Controller Be Used on a Vehicle with a 4-Way Flat
  • The Tekonsha Prodigy RF Brake Controller, # 90250, has a 7-Way connector of its own that plugs into a 7-Way on a vehicle. But it also has a 7-Way receptacle, so the trailers would need to have 7-Way connectors on them in order to plug into the unit. In order to power the unit, the towing vehicles must have a functional 12 volt circuit. This negates the need for a trailer mounted battery as the unit is not designed to be powered by a trailer mounted battery. If a vehicle only had a 4-Way...
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