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

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  • Tekonsha
  • Proportional Controller
  • Electric
  • 2 - 6 Brakes
  • Automatic Leveling
  • Digital Display
  • Trailer Mount
  • 10 Degrees
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 etrailer.com. 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.



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.


Features:

  • 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


Specs:

  • 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
  • 7-Way cord length: 8'
  • 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


Notes:

  • Vehicles with certain late model European tow packages may require the use of a tester (TR20117 - sold separately) or another truck or SUV to pair the receiver and transmitter
  • The Prodigy RF cannot be submerged or immersed in water.
  • The Prodigy RF is not compatible with electric over hydraulic brakes.


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 B325%
Up to 40% more than tow vehicle GVWB325%

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 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.



90250 Tekonsha Prodigy Radio Frequency Proportional Trailer Brake Control



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This Product Fits The Following Vehicles

2012 - 2018 BMW X1

2003 - 2017 Volvo XC70

2009 - 2018 Porsche Cayenne with factory 7-Way

2012 - 2017 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class with factory 7-Way

2016 - 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class with factory 7-Way

2016 - 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class with factory 7-Way

2012 - 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class with factory 7-Way

2011 - 2018 Dodge Journey with factory 7-Way

2012 - 2015 Mercedes-Benz M-Class with factory 7-Way

2011 - 2012 Mercedes-Benz R-Class with factory 7-Way

2015 - 2018 Jeep Renegade with factory 7-Way

2006 - 2008 Lexus RX 400h with factory 7-Way

2010 - 2017 Lexus RX 450h with factory 7-Way

2009 - 2017 Volkswagen Touareg with factory 7-Way

2001 - 2018 BMW X5 with factory 7-Way

2003 - 2018 Volvo XC90 with factory Tow Package

2012 - 2017 Land Rover Evoque without factory tow package

2005 - 2009 Land Rover LR3 without factory tow package

2010 - 2015 Land Rover LR4 without factory tow package

2005 - 2015 Land Rover Range Rover without factory tow package

2006 - 2013 Land Rover Range Rover Sport without factory tow package

2009 - 2018 Porsche Cayenne without factory trailer connector

2012 - 2017 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class without factory trailer connector

2016 - 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class without factory trailer connector

2016 - 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class without factory trailer connector

2012 - 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class without factory trailer connector

2011 - 2018 Dodge Journey without factory trailer connector

2012 - 2015 Mercedes-Benz M-Class without factory trailer connector

2011 - 2012 Mercedes-Benz R-Class without factory trailer connector

2015 - 2018 Jeep Renegade without factory trailer connector

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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. .


Customer Reviews

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

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (101 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


Comments

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


Comments

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

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

-- Patrick B - 5/8/2013

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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

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Thanks for the clarification and information.

-- Patrick B - 6/5/2013

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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

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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

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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: Qz02/19/2017


So easy, so nice. My tow vehicle is a 2017 new model Chrysler Pacifica minivan. It had factory tow installed but my dealer could not locate a Tekonsha wiring harness. With a short deadline I took Ashley's advice and tried this Prodigy wireless controller. Installation was seamless and so far, this unit has worked flawless. It is nice to just stow the hand controller out of sight until I need it and it never fails to sync. Beyond basic operations, I was pleased to see this controller complimented my vehicle's trailer sway control. My new Pacifica is the first vehicle I have ever had with Trailer Sway Control and I already think, if you tow, it is a must have option on any new purchase. When I encountered trailer sway on a tight corner going down steep mountain grade in California using the brake controller was my only option as trying to just brake my vehicle might have just pushed me over the mountain edge. But before I could even reach for the remote or even understand the situation the controller engaged and instantly pulled the entire rig straight. That was some incredibly nice feeling. I was so impressed with this automatic braking that I called Prodigy to thank them but they explained that the controller only brakes in response to the vehicles braking so the main credit must go to Chrysler's Trailer Sway Control. Apparently the Pacifica had engaged some rear brake combination which in turn engaged the controller. But perhaps Prodigy still gets credit for smooth and proportional response. Prodigy Tech also assured me that this wireless unit was robust enough that it should not fail bar enclosing the controller or remote in metal shielding. 343482



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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 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


Comments

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


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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

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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

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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


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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

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

-- comment by: Toby C - 05/10/2015

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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: Randy S.02/23/2017


Wow, What a device. My reasons for selecting the 90250 Prodigy RF was #1 I did not want to drill holes in the firewall of my brand new car. 2. Favorable customer reviews. 3. The compact size of the hand held unit. 4. I only had to run 1 wire from battery to 4 - 7 way plug (connected to Black wire or 1 o'clock position). I had learned that from one of E-trailers question and answer forums. Chelsea at E-trailer was awesome at answering my questions and helping me with my purchase. The installation was easy however I had to call tech support when it came time for pairing. I installed this on a 2016 Toyota Highlander with the factory 4 way wiring. I followed the instructions exactly however I never got the 0.0 flashing indication at the beginning of the pairing process. If this happens to you , skip this step and continue to the next step. I had no problem with the pairing after this. John from Cequent performance was great at providing Technical support and said they need to take that comment 0.0 flashing out of the instructions (see #6 in the pairing instructions.). He knew exactly what my problem was. I set my hand held to 6.0 when applying the manual override button. Took it for a test drive and It worked like a champ. I will be towing with it tomorrow. Thanks E-Trailer 345086



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by: Alex05/19/2016


Excellent product! Easy to install and works exactly as advertised. I installed on a dump trailer that I tow behind several vehicles -- none of which had an installed brake controller. This unit allowed me to purchase/install only one controller on the trailer and have the flexibility to use any tow vehicle I wanted. Once easily adjusted with the hand controller that plugs into a DC power outlet, it is hands-off automatic operation. I was initially concerned that using the hand controller to manually override the unit would be more difficult than with a unit mounted to the vehicle dash, but I quickly discovered the exact opposite to be true. Not only is the hand controller easier to use, it provides a digital indication of the power being applied. An added benefit is I don't have a permanently installed controller cluttering up the leg space of my vehicles. I love this setup so much now that I would go this route (trailer mounted controller) even if I didn't have multiple tow vehicles. Definitely recommend this product. I can also enthusiastically recommend etrailer.com as a vendor. Extensive selection, fair prices, incredibly fast delivery, and unmatched customer service make them a pleasure to deal with. My 'go to' for anything to do with trailers! 250836



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by: John05/06/2017


I have used this brake controller while towing a travel trailer with a 2013 Mercedes ML350 Bluetec. Overall I am satisfied with the performance of the brake controller but do have one complaint. Being that the electronics of the controller are mounted on the trailer, it tends to create a rapid series of brake applications during one braking event. I'm guessing it is due to some sort of feedback. This doesn't happen all the time but it does happen occasionally. I've worked around it by using the manual control quite a lot. I've learned to use the manual control pretty smoothly but still have automatic brake operation whenever necessary. With a little practice, manual operation is quite smooth and not much of a bother. Be aware that the manual control does not activate the brake lights on the trailer by itself. You still need to apply tow vehicle brakes for the trailer's brake lights to activate. I have used this brake controller using the same trailer but with another tow vehicle. It worked first time, exactly as it does with the Mercedes. 376903



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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


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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


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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: GBS11/16/2017


I own a 2017 Porsche Macan GTS with a factory hitch and factory installed trailer wiring. I decided to go with the Tekonsha prodigy RF unit because Porsche hides the end of the wiring harness in the dashboard for the brake controller. Two dealers that I brought my car to said that they would need to remove most of the dash to find it, "German Engineering". I did a lot of research on the compatibility of this unit for my car and this is what you will need to get this unit to pair correctly. You will need a Tow Ready 20142 7-Way Flat Pin to 7-Flat Pin Adapter with LED Lamp Out By-Pass for European Vehicles . Unless you have this adapter the car will not recognize the RF unit. Once I used the adapter the unit paired immediately. This is the only way you will get it to pair correctly without using another vehicle to complete the pairing process. You will also need this adapter when you tow your trailer. I wish someone else had posted this for me. I spent many, many hours figuring this one out. 452721



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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


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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: Thomas B.05/04/2016


Impressed with the product. Installed it on a single-axle utility trailer and have had no issues with it. It's important to understand that this operates differently from a traditional brake controller. Unlike a traditional controller it doesn't have a line to the brake switch, it has to infer brake operation by both the left and right signal wires getting voltage at the same time, like if you're on the brakes. Things get fuzzy when you brake first and then set a turn signal, as the controller gets confused and can sometimes apply the brakes on and off with your blinker flashers. The guts of the system are mounted on the tongue, the control module in the cab is only used to tell the module of your inputs. If the handheld becomes disconnected or loses power, the controller will still function with the last known settings. I'm very happy with the controller so far, it's been reliable and consistent without me having to run wires through the dash. 248485



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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 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



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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: 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


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Perfect. No Problems. Highly Recommend. I use it on my Motor home. Once set up it takes care of itself. Great product idea.

Farley C - 06/13/2016

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by: Paul d.07/08/2017


Ordered this about a year ago. Installed on trailer. Followed directions carefully. One year later it hasn't worked for single second, never. I went back and retried over and over, pulled everything out and started over and over again. At least three times. Called the company. Was told, "Well, it doesn't work right away with foreign vehicles." Gee, wish I knew that going in! So we tried it on a Ford PU, nope, nothing, no signal on the remote that suggested it was working. As of right now it's just sitting on the trailer collecting dust. Remote inside the vehicle. Just tried calling the 800 for service. Sat on hold for 20 minutes, finally gave up....it's 4 pm on a Saturday so perhaps the service dept is off for the weekend. Looks like another road trip with no trailer brake control. Paul d. 403197


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Paul, I am sorry for any inconvenience with your order. Since this product is covered by a warranty, I have contacted customer service for direct follow-up with you.

-- Laura E - 07/10/2017

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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: Paul C.03/09/2016


The ONLY way to tow with a Mercedes GL350...easy to install after scanning the E Trailer video. Not sure why it wasn't already "paired" with transmitter at the factory...but that was pretty easy to initiate. Has worked flawlessly for the last year. Somewhat pricey, but really the only alternative for German vehicles. Highly recommend. 240308


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Hi Paul, did you have to pair with an American Vehicle first? I am looking to buy one for my 2014 GL350. Thanks

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I know a lot of folks said they had to pair it using an American tow vehicle first, but I did not. It quickly paired with the MB but the accompanying directions must be followed precisely.Good luck...great to see another GL Blutek hauling...we are really happy with it as a tow vehicle...pulls our 25 ft Airstream effortlessly.

-- comment by: Paul - 03/15/2016

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by: Kim A10/27/2016


Tekonsha Prodigy RF Wireless works exceedingly well. Our Prodigy has been used by us for over 5000 miles in last 10 months...usually we don't even know it is working because the additional braking provided by trailer is so smooth due in part to smooth operation of Prodigy. In fact that is biggest problem...forgetting to get handheld in-unit device out of trailer and plugging in to cigarette lighter socket prior to taking off with trailer in tow. Not having to "splice in to under dash wiring" was a big plus for me thus this wireless device sounded perfect and it has been. Synchronizing to our tow vehicle was accomplished by our trailer dealer...they could not get it to work with our TV and used one of their TV's, just as Prodigy instructions advise. 311240


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Still great. Dragged trlr to Alaska this year, put on 6700 miles and no problems!

Kim A - 10/27/2017

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by: David H07/14/2016


Bought for my diesel pusher to avoid the headache of running wiring about 36'. Have used on two trailers (enclosed for dune buggy, tandem axle for Jeep) by mounting for easy transfer, and have experienced zero problems. Easy install (follow directions for easy connectivity - once established, never have to do the procedure again). Trailer box is splash proof, and the hand held device is easy to operate for additional "hard" braking if needed. Would buy again in a minute if needed, and don't hesitate to recommend to others, especially for application cited. 272024



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by: Jon H. of Buffalo,NY08/16/2017


Just used on 2017 Escalade. Bought the Curt C57003 because the Escalade has LED lights but it was not needed, and I did not use it. The pairing instructions worked fine but "Step #6 - Turn power knob to 0.0. (Flashing)" did not work. Skipped to step #7 after numerous tries and the rest of the pairing worked just fine. I believe step #6 should read "hold manual override and then dial to 0.0.". Either way if you get hung up here try skipping over it. Unit worked well above expectations. Was expecting it to be erratic but it work smoothly and was very responsive to the boost functions and manual override. Was towing roughly 6500 lbs GW on dual axle car trailer, 600 mile round trip. Gets a solid 5 star in my book. Time will tell if the system holds up. 420838



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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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Not a single complaint the controller was easy to set up the instructions made the pairing very simple

Bob Y - 06/28/2016

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



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by: Bill G10/24/2015


Easy to install works great with my Audi Q5 2016 Used the seven way adapter 230684


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I am very happy with the brake controller. It is reliable and does the job as advertised! Its a very neat and clean application

Bill G - 11/01/2016

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by: Eric05/24/2016


I would have to say that the product is fantastic. I still say that it is excellent, but the instructions are a little lacking. (After talking directly with Takonsha) I was having a lot of trouble pairing the device. Why it is not paired from the factory I don't know. The best vehicle to perform the initial pairing with is a Dodge/Ram truck or a GM vehicle after 2012. These just get it done. Once that was completed I never had another issue. Also a note for those attempting to pair with a Mercedes-Benz product. It can be done with the Mercedes-Benz if the pin at the 5 O'clock position is covered with tape in order to complete the pairing. This also was information relayed to me by Takonsha. 251293



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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


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It is working out great. Good product

joe b - 08/08/2015

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by: TonyG12/21/2014


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



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by: Steve u06/18/2013


Product is easy to use and set up! 85190


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Great works between multiple vehicles and no problems to report.

Steve u - 06/18/2014

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by: TD06/26/2016


An excellent choice for a trailer that uses multiple tow vehicles. Easy to install. The directions need to be followed closely and the power on your plug has to be set up correctly with a 40 amp breaker available on the site. I have used the controller for loads of various sizes all the way up to max limit and the controller's tuning wheel allows quick refinement so the trailer slows nicely with the tow vehicle. Very easy to tune with just a short, slow speed application of brakes and the controller in your hand. This will be the controller I put on any other trailer in the future. 265283



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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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Still works great

Doug - 05/09/2016

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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: Bob06/06/2017


I installed this controller on our flat bed about 2 years ago. We sometimes pull with our Porsche Cayenne, and I did not want to drill into dash area to mount a controller and loose knee space. For some reason due to the peculiarities of the German wiring, I could not get controller to pair. Tekonsha tech help and online searches led me to get it working. I really like being able to switch between 3 tow vehicles and have the brakes work. We just bought a tandem cargo trailer with brakes, so without a question, ordered the same setup for the new trailer. 389685



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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 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



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by: Mike w.06/11/2017


Product worked just as they advertised it would, I really like the fact that they had a video showing how to install it. I did a lot of web searches looking for a better price, this was the best price and the best service. I have bought other products in the past from etrailer and have never been disappointed. It is the only trailer brake Wireless trailer brake that I found that would work with my 2008 BMW X5 it was super easy hook up, and work perfect on my Long Haul pulling a 3000 lb single axle camper. 392016



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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


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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

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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: Joe05/02/2016


This product work perfectly and was very easily to install. We used it pulling a tent trailer with a 2015 Volvo S80 . It allowed us to avoid tying into the brake system of the car which would have voided the warranty. All that was required was a connection to the car battery, not the car's braking system. It provided very smooth braking though out many miles of driving through the mountain of the western USA! 248071


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The brake controller has been used for over two months over the past year with no problems. It has been totally reliable and I would recommend it.

Joe - 05/02/2017

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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: Alfie05/04/2016


Once I got it matched to the vehicle (had to use a toner truck with a normal brake controller already set up) it performed really well. I'm towing a 7 x 15 enclosed aluminum trailer with a VW Toaureg TDI and avoiding a mounted brake controller was a bonus. The key now is to start the vehicle, plug in the hand held controller and then plug in the trailer, works really well. 248366



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by: Bruce07/22/2017


As far as the performance of the controller, it is excellent. Getting it synched to my pull vehicle (BMW) was a hassle. After many calls to customer service (tekonsha) and borrowing various domestic cars to synch it, I was finally able to use it. The in board controller was defective (made in Mexico), Tekonsha happily replaced it and I was ready to go. 409259



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by: Nick D02/17/2017


Ordered Sunday delivered Thursday installed Friday AM. Reviewed install video - a must and just repeated per instructions .... easy. 342939



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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: Steve D.09/29/2017


WOW! Simple to install. Easy to program. And this unit works great! We avoided having to try to install an older brake controller into a 2017 Lexus RX350 for a customer. No space for the old controller, with knee air bags and limited extra room. This unit is very impressive and the customer loves it. Win, win. 437570



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by: A-k Dodge Journey07/07/2016


I like this brake controller, just screw it on plug in and go. I'm 6'4" and always hated the control box being mounted under the dash near my knees also the hassle of getting under the dash & finding the brake peddle switch wire. Hardest part of the whole job was wiring the 12v power to the plug (no biggie) 269242



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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 etrailer.com associates. 100540


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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • Trailer Hitch, Wiring & Brake Controller for 2012 BMW X5
  • Both of the 2-inch Class III hitches we have for your 2012 BMW X5, Draw-Tite # 75600 and Curt # 13077, are fairly involved installations as hitches go. The linked video illustrates the installation of the Draw-Tite hitch on a 2012 X5. This hitch is rated for a maximum towing capacity of 6000-lbs but you will want to check your BMW owner's manual to confirm the towing capacity for your particular X5d as equipped from the factory. Engine and transmission options can affect a vehicle's towing...
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  • Trailer 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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  • Recommended Brake Controller and Wiring for 2003 BMW X5
  • Don't worry I can help, but for a boat trailer with a 4-way you shouldn't need a brake controller because they do not have electric brakes. A standard brake controller is not recommended to install on your vehicle due to low voltage brake light switch. A standard brake controller like the Voyager will not be able to be used on your X5. If your planning on adding electric brakes to your boat trailer then you will want the RF brake controller # 90250 (mounts on the trailer) and the 7-way...
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  • Installation of Prodigy RF Brake Controller on 2017 Toyota Highlander
  • In order to install the Prodigy RF Wireless Brake Controller # 90250 on your 2017 Toyota Highlander you will first need to install a 4-way connector # 118449. You will also need to install the Universal Installation Kit for Trailer Brake Controller # ETBC7, which will give you the 7-pin outlet that you referred to. I've added links to reviews of these parts for you to take a look at.
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  • Solution for Pairing a Prodigy RF Brake Controller that Won't Read 00 in Step 7
  • Sometimes the RF Brake Controller part # 90250 will not read the 00 in the pairing process. We had a customer who had a similar problem who found a way for the pairing process to complete without ever seeing the 00. Here's exactly what he sent us. I found that my remote could proceed with the pairing if I turned the power knob FULLY CLOCKWISE, in place of doing step 7 (looking for a "0.0" reading). My unit never once displayed "0.0", yet it could pair with my trailer using this technique....
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Prodigy RF Brake Controller 90250 Installation on 2017 Subaru Outback
  • We have not heard of any issues related to using the Prodigy RF Wireless Brake Controller # 90250 in the Subaru Outback. One thing to keep in mind is that the trailer-mounted unit must be mounted within ± 5 degrees of level in the horizontal plane. If you refer to the linked diagram you will see the preferred and alternate mounting points on a typical a-frame trailer. I also included a link to an installation video. If you like you can use adapter # 37185 for converting the vehicle from...
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  • Brake Controller Mounting Location on 2010 Toyota Tundra with Knee Airbags
  • From what I have been able to research, I have found a few possible solutions. You could mount the controller to the right of the airbag door, as shown in the video I will link you to. Or, you could use the Prodigy RF Brake Controller, part # 90250. This controller would mount onto the trailer itself, and plug into the 7-way connector on the vehicle. The controller is operated by a remote that would plug into the cigarette lighter. A second option would be to mount the controller...
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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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  • 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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  • Installing 7-Way Connector and Brake Controller in 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe with 4-Pole Connector
  • Adapting your 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe that has a 4-pole flat connector for towing a trailer with electric brakes is a straightforward process. Many of our customers tackle this task themselves by using our articles and videos for guidance but professional installation of course is an option. First you will need a brake controller. The Tekonsha Prodigy RF Wireless # 90250 that you referenced is one option. We do recommend a proportional-type unit like this or the popular Prodigy P2 # 90885...
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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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  • Can the Tekonsha Prodigy RF Brake Controller # 90250 Work with Trailers with LED Taillights
  • 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. The only situations where LEDs affect the installation of the RF is when the tow vehicle has LED taillights. You should 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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  • Brake Controller to Fit the Ford E450 Chassis of a 2017 Thor Axis Motorhome
  • The Prodigy P3 Brake Controller, # 90195, can be installed on your 2017 Thor Axis with Ford E-450 chassis. However, on the this particular motorhome, there is no plug and play wiring harness available. You will have to hardwire the brake controller into the cab of your Thor's coach and a 7-way connector at the rear. Although your Thor motorhome is built on the Ford E-450 chassis, Thor removed the dash and all the Ford installed electrical connections that would have allowed the brake...
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  • Can the Tekonsha Prodigy RF Wireless Trailer Brake Controller Handle Rain
  • While the Tekonsha Prodigy RF Wireless Trailer Brake Controller # 90250 referenced in your question should not be fully submerged or immersed in water, the power module is designed to be mounted to the trailer frame and can handle outside elements such as rain and storms. There will not be an issue with rain interfering with the operation of this brake controller. I have attached a demonstration video on this product along with the complete installation instructions that you might also...
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  • How to Pair Tekonsha # 90250 RF Wireless Brake Controller to 2011 Mercedes Benz GL450
  • The Prodigy RF is an excellent piece of equipment, but due to the burned out bulb warning sensor in the taillight circuitry, the installation on a Mercedes is a bit more involved than what's mentioned in the instructions. You'll need a second vehicle with a functional 7-way, and the vehicle cannot have a bulb-out sensor in the taillight circuitry. A domestic full size truck or SUV would be ideal. Plug the RF into the 7-way of the second vehicle, but don't plug the trailer into the...
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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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  • Compatibility of Tekonsha Prodigy RF Wireless Brake Controller With Other Controller Installed
  • The Tekonsha Prodigy RF Wireless Trailer Brake Controller - 1 to 3 Axles - Proportional # 90250 can be used on a truck that already has a brake controller installed, but you will want to cover the brake controller pin on your 7-way with some electrical tape to ensure there is no connection. The brake controller pin is in the 5 o'clock position on your 7-way. Covering that brake controller pin on your connector will allow the RF wireless controller to pair properly with the remote and...
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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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  • Installing a Brake Controller on a 2015 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
  • I have a solution for you, but unfortunately there are no plug-n-play style wiring adapters available for your 2015 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, and it is usually fairly difficult to hardwire in a brake controller because you have to locate the stop light switch. What I recommend using is the Tekonsha Prodigy RF Wireless Trailer Brake Controller # 90250. This is the best option for your Mercedes-Benz because it plugs right into the 7-Way wiring harness on your Mercedes-Benz. The RF will activate...
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