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Tekonsha Prodigy P3 Trailer Brake Controller - 1 to 4 Axles - Proportional

Tekonsha Prodigy P3 Trailer Brake Controller - 1 to 4 Axles - Proportional

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  • Proportional Controller
  • Tekonsha
  • Electric
  • Electric over Hydraulic
  • Up to 4 Axles
  • Under Dash Mount
  • Automatic Leveling
  • Digital Display
  • 360 Degrees
Proportional brake controller automatically levels when mounted within a 360-degree vertical range. Includes customizable LCD display, storable settings, 3 boost levels, battery protection and continuous diagnostics. Transferable between automobiles. Call 800-298-8924 to order Tekonsha brake controller part number 90195 or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Tekonsha products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Tekonsha Prodigy P3 Trailer Brake Controller - 1 to 4 Axles - Proportional. Brake Controller reviews from real customers.


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Tekonsha Brake Controller - 90195

Proportional brake controller automatically levels when mounted within a 360-degree vertical range. Includes customizable LCD display, storable settings, 3 boost levels, battery protection and continuous diagnostics. Transferable between automobiles.


Features:

  • Brake controller activates trailer brakes in proportion to your BMW 5 Series's braking action
    • Automatically adjusts trailer's braking based on deceleration of tow vehicle
    • Activates immediately - no pausing like with time-delayed brake controllers
  • Automatic-leveling ability - internal sensor detects deceleration even if controller is not mounted flat
    • Position at any angle up or down in the vertical plane
  • 5 Storable settings let you customize controller for multiple trailers, varying loads or different drivers
    • Store display settings, brake type, language preferences, and desired boost level and power levels
  • 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, trailer and the controller
    • Minimizes drain on car battery by drawing only 3.6 milliamps when not in use
    • Prevents trailer brakes from overheating by reducing power output to them during prolonged stops
    • Defends brake controller and trailer breakaway systems against shorts
  • Customizable, easy-to-read LCD display lets you choose color, adjust contrast and pick from different languages
  • Built-in, rotary-style manual override lever
  • Quick-disconnect feature lets you easily remove and store the control when not in use
    • Replacement wiring harness (sold separately) and replacement bracket (TK5906- sold separately) required to move the controller from one vehicle to another
  • Plug-in, vehicle-specific brake-control adapter (sold separately) can be used for certain applications to reduce installation time


Specs:

  • Application: trailers with up to 4 axles (8 brake assemblies)
    • Designed for use with electric or electric-over-hydraulic trailer brakes
  • Overall dimensions: 3-5/8" wide x 4-5/8" long x 1-3/8" tall
  • LCD display dimensions: 1-3/16" wide x 9/16" tall
  • Mounting: 360-degree vertical plane operating range
  • Limited lifetime warranty


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 P3 controller sits level on a horizontal plane and is pointed in the direction of travel, 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.


Power Boost for Heavy-Duty Towing

Aside from smoother, more efficient braking, Tekonsha's P3 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 BMW 5 Series. 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.


Storable Settings

Customize your P3 and store settings so that you can easily access them later. If you tow multiple trailers, or the same one but with differing loads, store the desired boost and power levels for each so that you don't have to completely reset the controller every time you switch between the trailers. Do other drivers use your towing setup? Customize the P3 display with your desired screen color, brightness and language, and you can easily return it to your preferred settings the next time you tow.


Customizable LCD Display and Advanced Diagnostics

The P3's LCD display features a distinctive look with multiple color and contrast options. It also includes a highly advanced, easy-to-understand roadside diagnostics display. The P3 advanced diagnostics not only notify you of potential problems, but they can also tell you where to begin troubleshooting.


Display screen when P3 unit turns on.Boost mode one.Boost mode two.Boost mode three.
Display screen is white.Display screen is green.Display screen is orange.Display screen is light blue.
Display screen is purple.Display screen is blue.Display screen is pink.Display screen is cyan.
Screen displays force of braking.Screen displays warning open ground no brakes.Screen displays no trailer connection.Screen displays no trailer connection.

Diagnostic troubleshooting displays include:

  • Battery voltage
  • Voltage supplied by stoplight switch when brake pedal is depressed
  • Output voltage to trailer brakes
  • Output current to trailer brakes

Diagnostic warning signs include:

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

Safety Features

The Prodigy P3 offers advanced safety features to prevent damage to various components of your towing setup. Integrated reverse battery protection shields the brake controller and your trailer's breakaway system from shorts. When the P3 is not in use, it will be in power-saving mode. In this setting, the power draw falls to only 3.6 milliamps, minimizing drain on your BMW 5 Series'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 P3'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 lever is easily accessible. Pushing this lever 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.


Automatic Leveling and Simple Installation

The self-leveling feature of the P3 ensures that the brake controller continues to function even as you drive up steep hills or through the mountains. Simply mount it in your cab at any vertical angle, and the controller will level itself automatically thanks to its 360-degree rotational range.


Correct P3 mounting360-Degree P3 mounting

Note: The P3 must be mounted on a level horizontal (side-to-side) plane and must be lined up with the direction of travel for the internal sensor to function properly.


P3 mounted in bracket P3 mount

Installation is a snap. After mounting the P3 unit in your cab using the included bracket, hardwire one end of the included pigtail harness directly into your BMW 5 Series. The other end plugs into the brake controller. To transfer the P3 to another vehicle or to remove it for storage, just unplug the unit and slide it out of the bracket.


Installation Accessories

For even easier installation, a vehicle-specific wiring adapter (sold separately) is available for most newer trucks and SUVs. One end of the custom adapter plugs into your BMW 5 Series, and the other end plugs into the controller - no hardwiring required.


Note: If a custom brake-control wiring adapter is not available for your BMW 5 Series, one of the following will be required:

20-Amp circuit breaker (9506P - sold separately) for 2- to 4-brake applications

30-Amp circuit breaker (38630 - sold separately) for 6- to 8-brake applications


See also 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 BMW 5 Series.



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Video of Tekonsha Prodigy P3 Trailer Brake Controller - 1 to 4 Axles - Proportional


Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information.




Video Transcript for Review of Tekonsha Brake Controller - Proportional Controller - 90195

Today we're going to take a look at the Tekonsha Prodigy P3 Proportional Trailer Brake Controller for one to four axles. Now this brake controller will activate your trailer brakes in proportion to your vehicle's braking action. It will automatically adjust the trailer's braking, based on the acceleration of the tow vehicle. It does activate immediately, there's no pausing like with a time delay brake controller. This does give you automatic leveling ability. In other words, there's an internal sensor inside here that'll detect deceleration.

Even if the controller is mounted flat, it can be positioned at any angle up or down, 0 to 360 degrees, vertically in the direction of travel. Since it has a screen on here, you probably want to have this screen to where you could see it. Also, the front of this controller must be horizontal and parallel to the direction of travel. You don't want it turned like this.Now this does offer five storable settings which lets you customize the brake controller for multiple trailers, varying loads, or different drivers. You can store the display settings, brake type, language preferences, and even desired boost levels and power levels.

Does offer three boost levels, lets you adjust the initial braking power and aggressiveness. Basically, it'll show you an indication of the voltage output to the brakes, so if it's in the off position, it'll start at zero and increase with deceleration. If you set it to the B1 boost level, it'll start at 13% of the power setting and then increase, and the B2 and B3 settings will start at 25% of the power setting and increase.It does offer a continuous diagnostic check which alerts you to any potential problems. Does offer integrated safeguards, protects your vehicle, trailer, and the controller, and minimizes the drain on your car battery by drawing only 3.6 milliamps when it's not in use. Prevents trailer brakes from overheating by reducing the power output to them during prolonged stops, like if you have your foot on the pedal.

Does protect your brake controller and the trailer breakaway systems against any shorts. The LCD display right here, it is customizable. It's very easy to read. It'll let you choose color, adjust control, and pick from different languages. I am going to, at the end of the video, hook this up to some power just to show you that.Very bottom here has this built in rotary style manual override lever.

This will supply full power to the brakes when you need them, so this manual lever is used in emergency braking situations when you need immediate breaking. Has a nice quick disconnect feature that'll let you easily remove and store the controller when not in use. The wiring harness basically just snaps in for connection. Then you can just pop it right off to remove it. Now we do recommend that if you're going to use this controller in different vehicles, you might want to buy an extra replacement wiring harness that we sell separately, maybe an extra mounting bracket that we sell separately, and that way you'll have one in each vehicle and all you have to do is just move the controller back and forth.Now we do also offer for this plug-in vehicle-specific brake controller adapters. We sell those separately, and basically they're made for your particular vehicle. It's used for certain applications to reduce installation time, so instead of getting this wiring harness with the pig tails on it, you can find one for your vehicle that would have a plug on both ends that would plug into your factory brake controller on your vehicle. What I would recommend to find those is go to our website, use the fit guide, put in your year and model vehicle, and it'll show you if it offers a vehicle-specific brake controller adapter that you can plug in here and then plug into your vehicle. Saves installation time.Now, this part will include everything laid out here on the table, the brake controller itself, the pig tail wiring harnesses with the butt connectors to make your connections, a bracket mount with the hardware, the nice under dash pocket mount with mounting hardware. Pocket mount is nice, because you just put that on the back there, pop it into place, and you're all ready to go. To remove it, just pop it off just like that. Nice storage pouch here, so when you're not using your brake controller, you can just take your brake controller, slide it right in there, close it up, and then carry it around as you need it, and it's all protected. Nice owner's manual, which'll describe how this all installs and how it operates.Few specs on this, the application is for trailers up to four axles or eight brake assemblies. It is designed for use with electric or electric-over-hydraulic trailer brakes. We had mentioned about the mounting, 360 degree vertical plane operating range. Last thing I'm going to do is give you the dimensions and then we'll hook it up to some power. The overall width on this, right at 3-5/8" wide. Total length 4-5/8" long. The overall height is 1-3/8" tall.What we're going to do is hook up these wires, and once we get the wires all hooked up, I'm going to go ahead and zoom in so we can look at the display and show you some of the features on it. Just about got them all hooked up. inaudible 00:05:04 ground. There we go, got them all hooked up and then we'll take our plug, and we told you it's just a nice quick connect here. Just snap it on the back there.We'll go ahead and turn our power on. With our power on, it'll will come on and say P3. I'm going to try to zoom in here so we can get a better look at it. There we go. It goes to the 0.0, so basically what you have on the front here, there's your nice LCD display screen, very easy to read. Over here, you have a few buttons. Right up at the top here is a boost button, so if you push that boost button, it'll tell you right now, set boost level 2, push it again level 3, turn it off, level 1 and just go through whatever level you want to put your different boost at. The other thing you can do is if you hold this, then you see it will to a screen that'll give you the option of Trailer 1. These buttons are up and down buttons so you can just move it. Trailer 2, Trailer 3, Trailer 4, so you can do five different settings. Then to exit, just pushed the boost button again.You can see the T1 on there, that's showing you it's set on Trailer 1. You just change it to whatever trailer using on different trailers. The E at the very bottom there in the corner, that is showing you that it's set up for electric brakes, and again you can change it to electric-over-hydraulic if you prefer. It does show you a picture up here of a truck with a trailer connected and up in the corner B2, so you have it set on the Boost 2 setting. This button down here is the menu button, so you can see if you push the menu button, it says Display, and you can see also over here these two buttons will control, if you always want to exit, you can just push that to exit out. Push our menu, and then this menu button, you can push it to okay, so it says display. You can push it and now it's saying brightness, color, contrast, brightness.Let's go to color just to show you the different samples and we'll hit okay. Now you can see it's on light blue. Here's cyan, there's green. There's light green, magenta. The one before that we missed, that was orange. Magenta, pink, white, blue, light blue is what we normally comes on. You can hit okay. And then again, if you hit your menu button, you go down to brake type hit okay, and then you can see electric or hydraulic. Set it for whichever one you want. We've got it on electric. Go back to the menu button.Then, over here is your power. So when you push this, it'll show there is 14.0. That's the highest you'll go, volts, and then you can go down. If you want to set it down, it goes down 13.2, 13.1 it'll go all the way down if you hold it, goes all the way down to 0.0. If you want to go up, and that's how you'll set your boost settings, all the way up to 14 is your maximum. Then again, we'll just hit exit and it'll go back here. Then just to show you down at the bottom here, this override. Whatever we have at set at, I don't know what it is, but it'll show us when you hit this override, it'll go all the way up to a max 11.5, 11.4 range. That's the boost we have it set it on the Boost 2 setting in there. That'll give you immediate braking that you need.Go ahead and zoom back out, but that should do it for the review on the Tekonsha Prodigy P3 Proportional Trailer Brake Controller for one to four axles.


Customer Reviews

Tekonsha Prodigy P3 Trailer Brake Controller - 1 to 4 Axles - Proportional - 90195

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (3296 Customer Reviews)

Proportional brake controller automatically levels when mounted within a 360-degree vertical range. Includes customizable LCD display, storable settings, 3 boost levels, battery protection and continuous diagnostics. Transferable between automobiles.

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I just purchased a new 2017 Chevy Silverado 1500 4.3 L V6, 8ft bed, base model truck, with no options. The truck is rated to tow a 5900 lbs trailer with a CGVW limit of 11000 lbs. I will be towing a Lance 1985 travel trailer, that weighs in around 4500 lbs wet. With excellent reviews and outstanding installation videos from etrailer.com, I ordered the Curt C14006 class IV hitch; the Tekonsha proportional Prodigy P3 brake controller; the Tekonsha plug-in wiring adapter specified for my truck; Cipa custom slip-on towing mirrors; and the 7- and 4-Pole Trailer Connector Socket w/ Mounting Bracket - HM40975 specified for my truck. All new Chevy Silverado 1500's (even the base model with no options) comes from the factory pre-wired with a basic seven wire trailer towing harness already installed. Everything electric just plugged in without a single cut or splice of the wiring or any other wiring modifications. I just followed the instructions in the excellent installation videos on the etrailer.com website. The hitch installed quickly and lined up perfectly with factory bolt holes already on the truck frame, no drilling required. Finally I slipped on the Cipa custom towing mirrors and I was ready to tow after about two hours work. If I would have ordered my truck with a factory tow package, integrated brake controller, and extendable towing mirrors, the options would have run me slightly over $1450 on a new Chevy truck. Instead, I spent two hours of my own time doing the installations and paid about $550 for all the parts by ordering by from etrailer.com. Nice savings. You need to have a good set of socket and open end wrenches, including a torque wrench adjustable to a minimum of 110 ft/lbs for the hitch bolts. Spend some time and review all the installation videos for the parts that you need to order. The etrailer.com website also has downloadable installation instructions provided by the parts manufacturers. 477369


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I have towed about 3,000 miles, everything is working great no problems. I

Stephen N - 02/20/2019

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Easy install. Works perfect. Fast shipping. Best price. 572632



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Quick hook up and works with all 3 different types of trailers we pull with our truck and their different brake types. Great product and easy to set up and dial in depending on the load. I would highly recommend this for any vehicle needing trailer brake control. 574264



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Works great. Fast shipping. Thank you. Always pleased that etrailer will help with technical questions over the phone whether you are currently buying or not. 575953



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A snap to install with the custom wiring kit. Took me all of 30 minutes ....... Biggest problem is where to install the control so you can get in and out of the vehicle without smacking the controller..... But all things considered a great product. 574351



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Well, you may not see the actual brake controller in these shots, but I wanted to display just how much etrailer product was used to restore this old trailer. Re-decked the trailer, new wheel bearings, added brakes on all 4 with this brake controller and battery powered emergency disconnect... new rust protection, primer and paint, new lights and wiring all the way around, new wiring harness/box, and new tire carrier. Nearly all product except the decking and paint was from etrailer. the customer support was fantastic, I highly recommend this company! 546570



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I have not connected the Brake Controller yet, but all I can say It was very easy to order. The price of the unit beat all other companies that was selling the exact model. The free shipping helped also. I thought it would take a week for the controller to arrive, but it was on my door step in two days with regular shipping. etrailer is a GREAT company for their products. Before I look at any other company for an item, I check with Etrailer first. I am getting ready to place a order with them now for an additional item. Etrailer, YOU GUYS ROCK!! Thank you for the great service! It has been a long time since I have been able to say that about a company!! 440018


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The brake controller was installed and worked exactly the way it was described. The controller installation was very simple after reviewing the video for the product. In my opinion the video is a big plus in purchasing items from etrailer. Once again, keep up the GREAT work and customer service and I will always be back and refer all your products to family and friends!! Thank You Again!!

Derrick M - 10/06/2018

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Bought a Rockwood A122 camper that I pull with a 2018 Toyota Tacoma (I previously had a 2017 Tacoma). Bought the Prodigy P3 after doing a bunch of research online. When it showed up I was kind of blown away with how easy it was to install. The Tacoma has a Trailer Brake connector stuffed up under the left foot kick panel. Popped the panel off, found the connector and hooked it up. That's it! Then zipped two screws in the mount on the lower lip of the dash which no one will ever see even if the brake controller gets removed. Took me a little fiddling around to get it set for the right amount of braking that suited me but I have yet to touch the thing or mess with it since installing it. It just WORKS. It's small, unobtrusive (if you mount it in the right place) and it just works day in and day out with a minimum of interaction. Get one of these. 574016



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I pull a 30 ft. fifth wheel. My break controller that came in my diesel pickup gave up the ghost. To fix it would be to expensive. I purchased a Tekonsha Prodigy P3 Trailer Break Controller and my problem was solved. It works very well. 575187



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Have always had good luck with the Prodigy B/C.. The new model I expect the same from. Haven't tried it yet but, but will nxt weekend, as we pick up the new trailer!! Megan L was great to work with, and made sure that I was satisfied.. shipping was fast also!(2 days) thanks again Etrailer for another great experience!! 573781



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The Tekonsha Prodigy P3 brake controller installed very easily in my 2010 Tundra with factory towing package. I purchased the plug-in wiring adapter for quicker installation. This controller is very easy to set up with the preinstalled settings and very little fine tuning. 564856



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Crazy fast shipping ordered my item Tuesday morning got it Wednesday afternoon! Fast and super helpful. 575167



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Great product and I have found that etrailer is the best at customer support. They will always get answers to your questions and provide pictures and videos of many installations. I always use their website and 800 number for all questions I have. 575661



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Found the teckonsha p3 easy to install. Have not used it yet waiting to install flatbed on truck. Like the features on this unit. 575550



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I could have ordered the parts directly from the website and had the same result but it was good to speak to someone at Etrailer to reassure me that I had selected the right components. Installation instructions were excellent. the unit and trailer brakes worked great. 574499



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This unit was little bit of an issue to install (not too bad though), I also bought the # 3050-P Tekonsha Plug in wiring adaptor (This makes it very easy to connect to the existing harness in the Nissan without hacking the wiring to connect to it), the lower part of the dash had to come apart so I could route the wiring to the area where I wanted to install the unit which is where Nissan would install their unit as you can see in the photo, plugged it in and it came up as instructions said it would, seems to be okay will have to wait and see when I go to use it. 575462



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Seems to work good, but the trailer brakes could not be adjusted to lock up no matter how high I adjusted the settings on the controller. According to the owners manual it should be able to lock up. Could it possibly be defective? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks 575180


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The first thing youll want to check is that the brakes are properly adjusted. Jack up the trailer and use a brake adjusting tool to run the star wheel on the adjuster down until the wheel cant be turned by hand. Then, back it off by about 10 notches of the star wheel, or until theres only a very slight brake drag. If the brakes are properly adjusted, use a voltmeter to test the wiring at each brake magnet while a helper activates the manual override on the brake controller. You should see about 10-12 volts, but NO LESS than 10 volts. If youre seeing less than 10 volts, check the connector on the trailer and on the vehicle, making sure nothing is damaged or corroded. Trace the brake feed wire from the trailer connector back to the brake magnets, making sure that all connections are secure and that the grounds are connected to clean, bare metal. Examine the brake magnets themselves, as well. If the face of the magnet is excessively grooved or worn to the point where the copper wiring in the magnet is visible, the braking effectiveness will be greatly reduced and replacing the magnet would be recommended. Its usually recommended to replace the drum and magnet at the same time, if the armature surface of the drum shows any wear.

-- Mike L - 10/18/2018

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The Tekonsha P-3 was reasonably easy to install, and works like a champ. I had to spend a bit of extra time fishing wires because my truck didn't come with factory tow package wiring, but even then it wasn't hard, just time-consuming to route the wires where they won't get chafed. The controller comes with a nifty click-in mount, but I just used the U-bracket (also included) because I have no need to move it between vehicles. It's nice to have the choice of how to mount it. The instructions were very clear and easy to follow, even for a non-plug-in installation. It took me a little while to get it adjusted so that the trailer brakes didn't lock up on hard stops, but once I got it there, it's great - no more feeling like my trailer is going to push the truck through the intersection when I stop. It's easy to adjust for different trailer weights. It's almost too easy to adjust, in fact: I'll have to keep an eye on it to make sure I don't accidentally hit the "boost" button, which is designed for heavier trailers - I wish there were some way to disable the boost feature from the menus. Overall I'm delighted with the P-3. I like the text interface instead of cryptic numbers that so many units use, and I love the way it performs. 49045



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Prodigy P3 brake controller was a very easy install with the help of etrailer video for 2007 chevy silverado new body style. Melissa W. was a big help with ordering everything I needed for the install. She knew what she was talking about. She was huge help before, during and after the purchase. She followed up with emails to confirm my order arrival and sent me other information about the install that I didnt even ask for. Great customer service so far! Thanks Melissa! Seems like a well built product. I will follow up with a review once I get to use it with my new trailer. So very glad I pruchased this model from etrailer.com. I went to the trailer store down the road from me and the same model would have cost me $40 more. Good job etrailer and Melissa W. 5 stars so far! 574141



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I have not put it to use yet, but installation went well. Had to go back to customer service once and review video because of my misidentifying wires in the truck. All went well. Thank you for great service and prompt delivery. 571604



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After a year of use , the brake controller is great . It was easy to mount and connect . Nice probuct . Would buy again . 576108



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The actual installation of the prodigy P3 took less than 5 minutes with the plug-in adapter. If you have a factory tow package get the adapter-no double checking each wire to be sure it is right, no cutting, or wire nuts-just plug and go. another 2 or 3 minutes to set it. Honestly and it has been said in other reviews- it took longer to get the screwdriver and then figure exactly where I wanted it! checked settings at the school parking lot and it works as advertised. the brakes on my truck told me thank you for relieving them of some of the load. Thank you Tekonsha. Etrailer gets thanks for being the best with price, service and followup. 567811



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Loved the brake controller but didnt come with the adapter. Had to order it separately. Wasnt happy about that now i have to wait another week. To hook it up. 573601


Comments

The brake controller itself is not a vehicle specific item, itll include a universal harness that terminates in blunt cut wires that can be wired directly to the vehicle. There are a few dozen different vehicle-specific harnesses that will allow a plug and play installation, if your vehicle is equipped with the connector under the dash. The vehicle-specific harnesses arent included with the brake controller, theyd need to be purchased separately.

-- Mike L - 10/12/2018

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My F150 had an OEM 4 pin trailer plug and hitch. The 118242 - 7 pin connector with wiring harness is the ticket. The hardest part of the install was dropping the spare tire. The plugs connect directly to the factory plugs and the harness length is the correct length. The 3035-P brake controller connector harness was just as easy. Plugs right in to the OEM plug next to the ECM connector and the other end into the brake controller. The PK12711U-26 - 7 pin bracket and hardware kit fastens directly the OEM bracket that is on the hitch. My truck had an OEM 4 pin trailer towing set up with the hitch. The OEM hitch had the bracket welded on it to attach the 7 pin mounting bracket to it. These kits make this install very easy and professional looking. If I have one complaint, the hardware kit to attach the 7 pin connector bracket is set up to fasten the bracket directly to the bumper with 2 - self tapping screws provided in the kit. The kit also includes 4 #12 machine screws with toothed washer nuts to attached the 7 pin connector to the bracket. This is fine if your truck hitch doesn't have an attaching bracket welded to it. The kit should included in it 6 #12 machine screws and nuts along with the 2 self tapping screws. Since my OEM hitch actually had a bracket welded to it to attach the 7 pin bracket to it, I had to use two other #12 screws and nuts to attach the 7 pin bracket to the OEM bracket on the hitch. Not a big deal, just a thought. It took me about 2 hours, start to finish to install the 7 pin connector, trailer controller, and add the two relays in the OEM relay/fuse box under the hood. I highly recommend these kits. 322334



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After tiring of jerking, over reacting brakes from my trailer, or delayed almost no brakes (there was no in between) from my old 90's era Tekonsha Voyager XL (that has served me well through three trucks...until this last year), I finally decided to upgrade. What a difference! The P3 is silky smooth. I took it for a test run pulling a 8x21 enclosed trailer (empty at 3800#), 2 brake axles. Was easy to dial in. I started at a much lower setting then the instructions say. I never set my brake controller by "if the trailer tires slide, reduce power" meathod. I just paid $500.00 for good trailer tires (not china bombs) and I'm not fond of locking them up on pavement. So, i started low and worked my way up until I liked the braking action. Display is easy to read, day and night, even with my 53 year old eyes. It does concern me to see several pictures and one install video of the controller mounted below the dash. Very difficult to reach the overide without compromising your driving position and view of the road. Maybe it's just from towing with a controller with heavy loads for so many years...when you need to grab that overide there is a good chance its because there is a 'situation'. I'm right handed so mine is mounted just above my right knee. I only have to extend my arm to reach the overide. In fact, I make a habit of occasionally using the overide just to make sure I know how it feels...in an emergency, I don't want any other surprises. lol. I absolutely love etrailer.com...the best customer service on the web, good prices and great products. 565827



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I ordered the Tekonsha P3 for my 2016 VW Touareg TDI. etrailer had a really great video about how to install it. It was a little difficult finding the electrical connection under the dash. The plug for the harness was under some grey foam rubber. I was ready to give up until I felt something that may be a plug under the foam. I scratched and tore the foam until I tore a hole in it. I then found the connector under the foam. This is all done working blind with one hand. I had already purchased the wiring harness coupler wires and parts from the VW Dealership Parts Department. When the Tekonsha P3 arrived, I assembled the harness with the dealer parts (wires and connector plug) and the electrical connector that came with the P3. I triple checked my work when building the connector harness. I covered the wires with some protective wire wrap after securing all connections with electrical tape and cable ties. My wiring harness was great looking. I had to reach under the dash, working blind, and I connected the harness to the plug under the dash. I had lubricated the plug with a small amount of synthetic grease. I had to work with one hand. There was not anything behind the connector plug to push against. So, I made a tool with a small piece of wood. I put the wood behind the plug and this gave me something to push against. I was elated when I felt and heard the coupler plug snap into place. I installed the new brake controller bracket and brake controller. The result was no power at all to the brake contoller. I took the Tourareg to the Dealership with instructions to program the computer for towing. Keep in mind the Dealership does not install brake controllers. The technician did a great job. However, he told me that I may have assembled the wiring harness wrong. I said I would go and check it out. When I hooked up the trailer and P3 brake controller, it all worked fine. I had power to the brake contoller. I programmed the Tekonsha P3 with my settings into the P3's memory. The P3 has a nice electronic display. The Tekonsha P3 works great for towing. All trailer lights work and there is 12 volt power charging the trailer house batteries. I did a test drive and I noticed nice even braking on the trailer brakes. So, I am happy with the Tekonsha P3. It works great on the 2016 VW Touareg. I am starting to think you may be on your own when it comes to brake controller installation. The dealership may have to program the tow vehicles computer. In my case, the computer had to be programmed. I was provided a loaner car and there was no charge for programming the computer. Thank you Volkswagen. 541827



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I purchased the Prodigy P3 and wiring kit for my 2017 RV on a Ford E350 chassis. I removed the small dash panel to locate the Ford wiring harness, then along with the 3034-P wiring kit it is simply plug in, adjust settings and go. 572625



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So easy to install, I watched the how to videos and it was just that easy! Great product so far, hooking it up to the new camper next weekend. 571327



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Just installed unit in 2008 Tundra Crewmax, took 45 minutes tops. Very intuitive to set up. Played around with the plastic slide in mount for a while, but finally decided to go with traditional fixed mounting bracket. Just felt more secure. Overall very pleased with product so far. Have not had an opportunity to use it towing trailer yet, but anticipate no issues. 568688



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Easy installation if you are the least bit handy electrically. Works as advertised with my 2001 4runner. Definitely the nicest piece of technology in my old truck! A trailer with good brakes feels like its not even there when stopping, even on steep downhills. I like that I can easily remove the unit from the clip mount and put it away from prying eyes when not in use. 572123



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Writing my one year follow-up review on my Tekonsha Prodigy 3. Well so far so good, works just like day one. I have it installed on my 2012 Toyota Tundra hauling a 28' travel trailer and it does an awesome job. I actually recommended this to my neighbor right before he was going to buy another brand without the manual brake override lever and he thanks me very time he gets back from a trip. I don't use it as often but I've been towing for a while and this is his first trailer so he feels safer using it, I know I do. So if you ask me I do recommend getting this brake controller. Easy installation and adjust to your braking power. Has lots of features and makes you customize your braking power. I also like the case it comes with to protect it when not in use. That's basically all I have for this controller. 565952



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Exactly as described. Arrived quicker than expected actually arrived faster than the check from the insurance to pay for the truck it is being installed on. Will add another review after installation. 574792



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I haven't used a lot of other brake controllers but I wanted to buy one that was easy enough to use and intelligent enough to where my girlfriend and/or mother could operate it and not have any sort of stopping issues (both have next to zero experience towing a trailer). From the small amount I've gone out and tested this, it works absolutely awesome and is very easily adjustable. I took my 26' enclosed trailer out with my 3800 lb car inside and the truck stopped almost exactly the same as with no trailer at all. My favorite parts are the fact that I can easily adjust the boost settings by clicking a single button and that it can distinguish between a gradual stop and a panic stop and adjust trailer braking force accordingly within a fraction of a second. Got cut off quite a few times like is normal in Chicago traffic and was able to hit the brakes and KNOW that everything was going to stop when I needed it to. Worth the extra money in my opinion to have a controller that I know is going to work great every time and that anyone in my family could operate correctly if needed. The built-in fault detection system is great also, no guessing if your trailer brakes are hooked up or working correctly, if it detects an issue at any point, it tells you right away. 154701



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I purchased the Prodigy 3 for my 2016 Colorado. etrailer had the best price with free shipping. I made the purchase after reading many reviews. I would say the reviews are very accurate. The unit is well made and the shipping was fast. I would also agree with other reviews that the wiring should be about 6 inches longer to make the install on the right side of steering column easier for unit location. Their is no plug and play for the colorado, so I decided to solder the connections. The etrailer video was helpful, but I had to pause the video several times to see the correct wire color connections. That was only because I didn't have a meter to check the wires as directed in the video. That being said, I would definitely recommend the purchase. 421799


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I have owned the Prodigy 3 for a year now. I have towed over 8,000 miles using the Prodigy 3. I am completely satisfied with the product and recommend it without hesitation. I had a close call in the mountains of Tennessee and the Prodigy 3 worked flawlessly. Great product!

Jeffrey D - 08/18/2018

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I purchased the Tekonsha P3 proportional brake controller and the Plug-in Wiring adaptor for my Dodge Ram Diesel 2005. It shipped promptly and arrived on schedule. I plugged it into the under-dash socket in about 30 seconds and tried it out before installing it; it powered up immediately and everything looked good. It took a few minutes to install the P3 bracket to the dashboard just to right of the steering column and about the level of my knee. The adaptor has enough length to put it left or right of the steering column, but not very high on the dash. The adaptor made the installation quite simple – gathering the tools and deciding controller placement took 20 minutes out of the total 30 minute installation time. The actual installation was to drill 2 holes and screw in 2 screws to the dash and 2 screws to the pocket bracket, then tying the cord to other wiring behind the dash. Settings for electric brakes and other info into the unit took under 2 minutes. Wow! What a difference - the braking was strong, smooth and uniform. I can only compare on my vehicle to braking without a controller unit engaging the trailer brakes, but it showed me how important those brakes are to an easy and safe stop. I have driven other people’s trucks with loaded horse trailers, and their controller units did not give anything like the constant readout of trailer brake voltage and other information this one gives you. This is obviously a high quality unit with everything I need and more. My priority is horse safety on the road and that includes smooth, proportional braking. I like the ability to monitor the voltage of the vehicle system, the volts and amps to the trailer, and troubleshooting capabilities. I spent 6 or 8 hours reading everything on brake controllers before ordering this one, and compared it to several other highly-rated units. While it is available for similar pricing from eBay and other sites, I found etrailer.com's website to make things very easy, such as finding the exact Plug-in Adaptor for my vehicle, finding videos about various controllers, and finding instructions for installing the unit. Thanks to the etrailer.com website, I was able to check under my dash to verify the brake controller plug was there waiting to be used, and I had a very realistic idea of the installation procedure in advance. Getting the Plug Adaptor in the same shipment was important too, and let me install it immediately. I was glad I ordered from etrailer.com and would not hesitate to order from them again. 164083



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Product was as expected but I expected it a lot sooner than I got it. It was sent UPS/Post Office. The local Post office took about 5 days after they got the package to figure out how to get it to my house. They could have hauled it on a Conestoga wagon drawn by a three-legged mule much faster. 571088



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Excellent Product and Easy to Install. My truck (2008 Dodge Ram 1500) came with factory 4 wire Harness, not the 7 wire Factory harness. If yours comes with a 7 Wire harness Then Its a plug and play in a matter of 10 minutes. If yours is like mine and your a perfectionist when it comes to wiring and have any forethought of if you need to take a part or remove other things under the dash in the future and this wiring not getting in the way your looking at about 2-3 hours. If you want to use butt connectors and your looking at 1.5 - 2 hours. The wiring diagram is pretty straight forward. I went ahead and wired the auxillary line since the cable comes with 2 wires in it. I added some pics. The cold side of the brake light switch on a 2008 dodge ram is the tan/white wire. 527350



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After using it for about a year now we love it would recommend to anyone. We use ours on a 2010 Ford Explorer and 21 foot TT weighing 4000 lb. Great adjustability . After that don't have to touch it. 573722



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I installed this on a 2018 Subaru Outback. On my model the pale green wire was the brake stop light wire. The install was a little daunting but with patience and time it can be done, don’t give up!! One important thing to note is that THE READOUT ON THE BRAKE CONTROLLER WILL SHOW A NUMERIC OUTPUT WHEN YOU PRESS THE BRAKE IF INSTALLED CORRECTLY. Of course you need to have the trailer plugged in first. If you are driving and testing after the install and you don't get a power readout when you press the brakes you may have a problem with your brake stop light splice. That’s where my problem was. I had to buy some additional wire splicers because the ones provided were too big. Two very important things to remember. If installed correctly go put your ear by the wheels with brakes (on the trailer) and get someone to pull the manual brake lever. You should hear a hum sound. That means it’s working. Remember, if you’re in a bind and you need to use your trailer and your brake pedal isn’t activating the electric brakes but the manual brake is. You can use your manual brake instead. But don’t do this long term, I’m sure it’s not good for it. This is just some advice in the install. Otherwise it’s been a great brake controller! 530029



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Overall, this probably the best brake controller on the market, as far as braking performance. It provides braking as smooth and safe as is possible with electric brakes. Adjustments are easy, with provisions for remembering the settings for multiple trailers. The manual control toggle/knob is very sturdy and smooth operating. The P3 controller is not without some design faults. The supplied brackets are OK for some installations, but they both position the controller too far from the mounting surface, often creating a knee-banger situation. While trying to figure out how to mount the controller in our new 2015 Nissan Xterra, I finally gave up on the brackets and used some industrial quality 3M dual-lock fastener (like velcro on steroids) to mount the controller. The controller is securely mounted right up against the lower dash panel, but is still is removable, if needed (see my photo). Although the curvy potato-like shape is aesthetically pleasing (to some), it would have been much easier to mount, with less wasted space, if the four sides were straight. The body of the connector that plugs into the rear of the unit should have been designed so that it is recessed into the unit, instead of sticking out almost an inch. That would have made the controller able to be installed with its rear panel right up against something, when necessary. Finally my biggest complaint is with the quality (or lack thereof) of the LCD display. The display on my controller is barely readable even when viewing perpendicular to the screen. If you are off axis by more than 20-30 degrees the display is unreadable. Rarely is it possible to mount a brake controller where the driver has a straight shot at the display. This is almost never the case. Modern LCD technology provides affordable displays that have an incredible off-axis visibility. I would have thought that Tekonsha would have included a display that is up to the same level of quality as the rest of the P3 controller. Instead, it appears they used a bottom of the line LCD with 1980’s technology. I tried all combinations of settings for color and brightness. Some were worse than others, but none of them were good. 233610



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Controller with the hiring harness installs in literally minutes. Took longer to find the screwdriver. I used the saved trailers feature to set up one with my rig empty, one loaded. With a bright orange screen for the loaded one. Off the scales last week with a load of gravel at 23,400 pounds. Controller works perfect and the truck stops. Having the options and features available on the P3 was worth the extra dollars and a great upgrade. Super easy to use and the customer service here is best ever. Customer for life now. 129767


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Sold the truck, but I recommend your site to anyone. Thanks.

Nate - 05/12/2015

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First, shipping was crazy fast! I received the item much faster than expected. I decided to let my local Toyota dealer do the installation in my 2015 Tundra. They didn't know that the factory connector had been moved over near the center stack and not by the driver left kick panel. Once I TOLD THEM the installation went quickly. So far, so good. I'll update this once I've had a little more time to test the product. 165850


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Works Great! No problems. I just leave it connected at all times.

DocB - 12/18/2015

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Purchased the Tekonsha P3 and the plug-and-play harness 3017-P for my 2017 Toyota Tacoma with factory tow package. First let me say that I love doing business with etrailer.com. The customer service is top notch, the information available on the website is thorough and helpful, and my orders are always fulfilled correctly and timely. I will remain a loyal customer. As far as the P3 controller goes, this is a great product and works exactly as advertised. I just installed it so no long trips yet, but in a few short test pulls it handles both my 28 foot travel trailer and my flatbed utility trailer just fine. The wiring adapter was plug and play just as advertised and made installation a breeze. It's a little tough to find the plug on the Tacoma and it's necessary to remove some trim to get at it unless you've got much smaller hands and are more limber than I am. The plug is way down low on the left behind and above the dead pedal and Toyota doesn't give much slack. I spent way more time just mocking up and trying to figure out where to mount the controller than I did actually doing the job. Not many good places to choose from on these newer Tacomas. I almost settled on the center cubby area, but it was going to be a lot more work than I wanted and besides I would lose some useful storage space and a cupholder. Didn't want to put it anywhere my knee would smash it because I'm a pretty tall and big guy. Settled on the area shown because I could make a little hole in it easily to run the wire through and the otherwise useless little cubby provides some extra strength/and stability to the back of the unit for mounting. It's nice and tight there, still removable, and very easy to reach and operate. I can remove the controller easily when I am not using it, and it comes with a handy little storage bag. Sorry for the poor quality pics but hopefully they will give some idea of how this worked. There's probably an easier way to get at the back of that cubby to drill it than removing the whole panel, but it was no big deal and took all of two minutes to do once I had decided on a mounting location. 495742



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Fairly easy to mount (permanently) on my 2014 Nissan Frontier truck, under center of dash just above console. Easy to read. The 15 minute "shut-down" time for the screen to go blank is no issue. However, with no trailer connected, it does take 2 full minutes of flashing red "NO trailer connection" on the screen EVERY TIME the vehicle is started. Short of the inconvenience of unplugging/plugging back in, I'd think 10 seconds would be enough for the P3 to figure out no trailer is plugged into the vehicle. Will make a slip-cover to go over the face. 126170


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How did you attach the bracket to mount it in the cubby. I have a 2013 Frontier and would like to mount it the same.

-- comment by: Chris M - 08/19/2014

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Chris, took off the knee panel under the steering column and the top cover over the center console shifter. Used a 90-degree drill attachment for the 2 marked holes. Reached up under radio bezel to hold nuts for the bolts securing the bracket. Have to have the knee panel off anyway to hook up the wires. BTW, my comment about the flashing red NO trailer connection Ive gotten use tojust dont pay any attention to it! Unit works fantastic!

-- comment by: Bill W - 08/19/2014

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Thanks for the great service. I did indeed received the controller when and as promised. Thanks to the thorough directions on your website I was able to install in about 15 minutes. While I could have bought the controller elsewhere I chose to buy from you folks because of the support documentation for my application. I haven't actually pulled my travel trailer so I haven't tested the controller yet. Should find out Saturday. Not a great picture but one is attached. 115205


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Ive pulled my 28 feet ultra light several times and the controller has done a great job. This is my first experience pulling a trailer using electric brakes and this controller has made it a good one. The only issue so far is that with the controller removed I heard a zap coming out of the end of the connector in my truck one day. Didnt pay much attention to it until I went to pull my camper the next time and found that the fuse had blown. Apparently, there was a temporary short on the connector. I replaced the fuse and all is well.I have purchased another pigtail adapter just in case I have issues in the future.

Pedro F - 01/30/2015

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After doing my research on brake controllers, I once again went with Prodigy. I had previously installed the Prodigy 2 in the Expedition I had and it worked like a charm. This time I ordered the P-3 and for ease of installation, I ordered the wire harness and the installation was just plug both ends in & play. I paid for the 3 day ground service and the order arrived on time. Never had any problems with etrailer. I always purchase all my boat trailer and travel trailer parts and equipment with them. Like I said the install went super quick. I went with the single bracket directly to the controller as it provided the best clearance for my gas pedal leg. Just drilled two very small pilot holes for the bracket screws and I was good to go. 472405



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The hitch and controller was installed on a 2002 Chevy 2500HD. It took roughly 15 min to install the Tekonsha P3 Brake Controller, plug it in and program it. As far as the B&W Turnover Ball Hitch, I cut the hole in the bed and cut the heat shield out the day before while I was waiting for the hitch to arrive. The next day my parts arrived, I laid out all the parts to make sure everything was there and then started the install. I didn't want to cut the 1"x1/2" notch out of my fender well to get the angle iron in so I spent about 15 min. trying to get it up on top the frame from underneath the truck. A waste of time. Do like the instructions say, cut the notch and slide it straight across the top of the frame. It will save time and aggravation. After getting both braces in place I ran a piece of rope down thru the hole and pulled the hitch plate up into place and tied it off. I installed all the bolts finger tight, put the side plates on and tightened everything up. It looks nice and I saved myself a $435.00 installation fee. With out a lift and without taking my rear tires off it took about 3 1/2 hrs. to install by myself. The only thing I want to say to B&W is don't place the heavy metal hitch parts on the booklet with the packets of Lithium Grease in it, they bust as the picture shows. Last but not least, thank you Sherry for all your help with my order and getting it to me quick in such short notice. I really appreciated it. 358379



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I called E Trailer, Ricky S. Answered the phone, He was extremely helpful on my purchase of the Tekonsha P3. I have ordered at MANY places, I have one thing to say, E Trailer is where I will shop from now on! Got my product In 2 days! I live in michigan, that was the fastest, but I had payed the extra couple dollars to expedite. Thanks to Ricky! I am super satisfied! And will d effinatly recommend E trailer! And they Stand behind the products they sell. Thank you Rick! Wish every place I ordered from was as considerate and helpful as you are! I am going to be a loyal customer :) 222627


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I have had this controller for about a year,It is ABSOLUTELY the best i have ever owned,and i have had MANY of the cheaper ones. Etrailer is the place I HIGHLY RECOMMEND TO BUY FROM! I have got Superior service. I will buy my future products from E trailer.??

Danny R - 08/28/2016

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Hi, I got my Item: 90195 and shipping was fast. I was able to get the break controller installed in my 2012 Cadillac Escalade Luxury using the etrailer.com video guide for a 2009 Cadillac Escalade. The install and wiring was the exact same as the video however my wires under the dash or wire bundle did not have a wiring sticker. The color of the wires were the same as in the video. This etrailer video is great and I used it to get my controller installed in about 1.5 hours. My install was trouble free. This weekend I was able to test out the my new P3 90195 controller and get it calibrated with my 29 foot travel trailer this weekend. Used a B2 setting with 8.0 power. The user guide and instructions you get with the controller help you know what settings to use and how to set the power level. This is my second controller as I got a P2 Tekonsha from etrailer about 4-5 years back and installed it in a 2007 trail blazer. This older 2P break controller is still working great. I have been rather happy with the quality of the Tekonsha controllers I have. I have not had to call etrailer for support or install questions but did receive a few emails from them to check in with me to ensure I got my shipment and offer me help. They do a good job supporting and responding to their customers and provide an A+ customer experience. 305014


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All good on my end. The controller is working with no issue. Getting ready for our 6th camping trip this year. Thanks for your follow-up.

BradG - 10/09/2017

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In my opinion the Tekonsha brake control products are the best on the market. I purchased the Prodigy P3 as an upgrade to my old Tekonsha explorer unit. The added features that come with this unit, such as the boost feature and electronic read out are exceptional and easy to program. The installation videos on this site are an added bonus to the novice installer. I would recommend this product to anyone interested in quality. I would also like to mention that the service at etrailer.com is exceptional. My product was delivered as promised (on time) and they also followed up with e-mails to ensure that I was completely satisfied with my purchase and service. I plan on additional purchases from this company. Best regards, Dennis C 155034


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Its been a year and Im as happy today as I was when I purchased this unit. I have made several long hauls 3k miles or more and many short hauls with my trailer. This controller has worked flawlessly. The ease of adjustment and digital read out of settings is very handy when tweaking your braking power. I have found this necessary when traveling from winter to summer climates and vise versa. I believe in Tekonshas commitment to quality and etrailer.coms commitment to customer satisfaction and recommend them to everyone.

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  • What is the Difference Between the Tekonsha Prodigy P2 and the P3 Brake Controllers
  • Actually, the P3 now has the upgraded axis accelerometer like the P2. The Tekonsha P3 Trailer Brake Controller # 90195, will work with both electric over hydraulic brakes on the trailer as well as electric brakes. It has a menu option on the display that allows the user to switch between the two systems. I have included a link to the installation details for the P3. The P2, # 90885, will also work with both electric brakes and electric over hydraulic brake systems but the mode is selected...
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  • How to Convert a Trailer with Surge Brakes to Electric Over Hydraulic Brakes
  • You can convert surge brakes to an electric over hydraulic braking system. To do this, you will need an electric over hydraulic actuator and a brake controller. For an electric over hydraulic actuator, I recommend looking at the Carlisle HydraStar units. If your trailer has drum brakes, you will want part # HBA-10. If your trailer has disc brakes, then you will want part # HBA16. I have also attached a link to all of our electric over hydraulic actuators for you to check out your options. The...
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  • Can I Tow a 5th Wheel Travel Trailer with a Semi Truck or 18-Wheeler
  • The king pin dimensions can be the same between fifth wheel trailers and large commercial trailers. Both types of trailers often use a standard 2 inch king pin although semis sometimes have a 3-1/2 inch. As long as your truck fits a 2 inch king pin it can work. Semi trucks were not technically designed to tow camping style fifth wheel trailers, so there are several factors that you will want to take into consideration before attempting to tow. First, you will want to make sure the...
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  • Location of Brake Controller Port Under Dash of 2015 Toyota Tundra with Factory Tow Package
  • The brake controller port for the 2015 Toyota Tundra is located behind the section of the dashboard with the tow/haul button. To reach the connector you will need to locate the notch in the access panel in the center of the dash near the driver's side. Using a trim panel puller like # ALL648544, carefully pry the panel out and undo the locking tabs to remove the panel. You will find the mating connector behind this portion of your dashboard. The correct harness for your 2015 Tundra is...
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  • What is the Best Trailer Brake Controller
  • A proportional brake controller is definitely the way to go if you are looking for the best. The P2 # 90885 and P3 # 90195 will operate the exact same as they have the same internals. The difference between the two is that the P2 uses more of a traditional style of display that will show codes for error messages and connection status. The P3 will use a much larger display that will show actual phrases that won't require any deciphering, has a much better diagnostic setup, allows you...
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  • Installing Brake Controller on 2008 Dodge Ram 1500 4x4
  • Thank you for sending the photo, it really makes things easier! The connector you show in your photo is not the connector for installing a brake controller. If you look on the firewall behind the emergency brake, you will see a white wiring junction box. The blue female connector that accepts the # 3020-P brake control wiring adapter is located alongside or on top of this junction box, as you can see in the photo I have edited for you. I have also linked you to an install video that...
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  • Recommended Brake Controller Plug-In Adapter for 2018 Chevy Silverado 1500
  • Yes, the Tekonsha Plug-In Wiring Adapter # 3016 referenced in your question is confirmed to fit your 2018 Chevy Silverado 1500. One end of the adapter will plug into the brake controller itself and the other end will connect to the built-in port beneath the Silverado's dash. If you are still needing a brake controller, I highly recommend the Tekonsha Prodigy P3 # 90195. This is an excellent, proportional controller that will activate the trailer brakes at the same time and with the...
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  • Troubleshooting Factory Electric Brake Controller Not Working on a 2005 Ford F-350
  • I agree that you most likely have an issue on the truck side. The voltage at the brake magnets when the vehicle is sitting still and the brake pedal is pressed will only read a small amount with the Ford integrated brake controller on your truck. If you are using the manual slide to activate the trailer brakes you should get somewhere between 12 and 13 volts with the controller set to the maximum setting. If this is the case there may be an issue with the brake controller. The 2005 and...
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  • How to Install a Brake Controller on a 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
  • To install a brake controller on your 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 4x4, you will just need the vehicle specific plug-in adapter. These adapters are usually brand specific. For example, if you go with the Tekonsha Prodigy P3 brake controller, # 90195, which is one of the top brake controllers on the market, then you will want to use their adapter, # 3016. I've attached an installation video of this setup on a 2017 Silverado for you to check out. If you are undecided on a brake controller...
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  • Brake Controller Installation on 2018 Toyota Tacoma
  • Your photo shows the OBD-II connection. This port is used for vehicle error codes and diagnostics. If your 2018 Toyota Tacoma has a factory 7-way trailer connector, then the Tekonsha Custom Wiring Adapter for Trailer Brake Controllers - Dual Plug In # 3031-P will plug into a wiring harness found behind the plastic molding on the far left side under the driver's side dash. I've attached a photo to assist as well as the installation details for your Tacoma. If you do not have the factory...
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  • Tow Package Wiring Location for Brake Controller Install - 2016 GMC Canyon
  • According to my research, the 2016 Colorado/Canyon with the factory 7-way won't have a plug under the dash for installing a brake controller, but there will be bare tow package wires that you can wire the brake controller directly to. The tow package wiring is located behind the left kick panel, as you suspected. The wiring pigtail that came with your brake controller would wire up to the tow package wiring as follows: Black pigtail wire connects to red/green tow package wire (12-volt...
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  • Does the Tekonsha P3 Trailer Brake Controller Turn Off or Stay On All the Time
  • The P3 brake controller, # 90195, will go into a sort of sleep mode after it detects no movement for 15 minutes. While it is on it does not draw very much power. What you can do to make sure it goes to sleep is exit the truck after turning it off, walk away for 15 minutes or so, then come back and peek in through the window to see if it has turned off. Of course you could always unplug the controller if you wanted. If it has not, there may be a wiring issue or something causing the controller...
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  • How To Determine Model Year of Travel Trailer or RV To Determine Age?
  • Trailer years are found based on VIN. The 10th digit of your vin gives the manufacturer model year. In the VIN you provided I put an X for all the digits other than the 10th. The letter J is the proper digit for a 2018 model year on your Salem Travel Trailer. I've attached a couple of photos to assist.
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  • How To Turn Off The Tekonsha Prodigy P3 Brake Controller # 90195
  • The Tekonsha Prodigy P3 Brake Controller, # 90195, does not have an on and off switch. It will go into sleep mode after several minutes of no activity. The power draw when it is in the sleep mode is so negligible that it will not discharge the battery. If you want the brake controller totally off, then you would have to unplug the connector from the back of the controller.
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  • OEM Electric Brake Controller Not Working when Brake Pedal is Pressed on a 2006 Ford F250
  • From your testing and description of the problem it sounds as if your OEM brake controller is not functioning properly. Many of the 2005 and 2006 Ford OEM brake controllers had internal issues that cause owners to replace them with an aftermarket brake controller. The best way to test this is to sever the output wire that exits the OEM controller and test it for power when the brake pedal is pressed. If no voltage increase is detected on the output wire when the brake pedal is pressed,...
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  • Can a Trailer with Electric Brakes be Towed by a Cadillac SRX Without a Brake Controller
  • It is possible to tow a trailer with electric brakes if your tow vehicle is not setup to tow a trailer with electric brakes. The brakes simply would not work. Electric trailer brakes are powered by a brake controller. Brake controllers are separate units that are installed on the tow vehicle. Most states have laws that require brakes on the trailer to be functional if the trailer exceeds a certain weight. If you will be driving the trailer on any main roadways, I would recommend checking...
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  • Trailer Lights Work But Brakes are Not Working
  • If you have a 7-Way on both your trailer and tow vehicle you will first want to make sure that you have a brake controller, like the Tekonsha Prodigy P3 # 90195. A brake controller is what is used to send power from the tow vehicle and tells the trailer how much braking power is needed. If you do not have one, just let me know what the year/make/model is of your tow vehicle and I will be happy to help you make sure you have the correct equipment. If you do already have a brake controller...
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  • Tekonsha P3 Brake Controller 90195 Displays Message Output Shorted No Brakes
  • If your Tekonsha P3 Brake Controller, part # 90195, displays the error message OUTPUT SHORTED NO BRAKES, the potential causes are a short in the brake output circuit somewhere between the brake controller and the trailer brake assemblies, or a shorted or damaged brake magnet. Since you do have power reaching the trailer brake assemblies the issue is probably within them, rather than within the tow vehicle wiring, but if you wish you can still test the vehicle 7-way connector for a correct...
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  • Converting from Electric Drum Trailer Brakes to Kodiak Hydraulic Disc Trailer Brakes
  • To upgrade your car hauler to Disc Brakes will require several items. Since you are already setup with a brake controller for controlling electric brakes, the easiest way to upgrade would be to add an electric over hydraulic brake actuator to the trailer, like the Titan BrakeRite, # T4813100, for disc brakes. The pump in this actuator will be activated by the brake output circuit coming from your brake controller. If your brake controller is proportional, you will need to make sure it...
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  • Recommended Towing Package for a 2017 Ford Escape
  • According to Ford's Trailer Towing Selector, the 2017 Ford Escape with factory equipped towing package came with a 4-way trailer wiring harness, hitch receiver, and a trailer sway control in comparison to models of the 2017 Ford Escape that did not come equipped with the factory towing package. For a trailer hitch receiver compatible with your vehicle, I recommend using the Draw-Tite Max-E-Loader Trailer Hitch Receiver part # 75758 as this hitch receiver has the highest rated tongue...
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  • Location of Brake Controller Plug on a 2016 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport Off-Road w/Factory Tow Package
  • Great news! I can help you find the brake controller harness on your truck. Since you have a factory tow package on your 2016 Toyota Tacoma you will have a plug for a brake controller in your dash. According to the instructions on the # 3031-P harness for the Proportional Brake Controller P3 # 90195, which I highly recommend, the plug is located above the driver kick panel. I have linked the full set of instructions for the # 3031-P adapter to this page for your convenience. For...
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  • How Does a Brake Controller Install on a 2016 Ram 1500 with a 7-Way
  • To install a brake controller in your 2016 Ram 1500 with a factory 7-way like the Prodigy P3 part # 90195 all you would need is the install harness part # 3024-P. To install the controller you will need to locate the vehicle’s electric brake control harness connector. The harness will be located underneath the dash and right of the steering column, taped to another harness. There will be a 4-pin connector that mates with the one on the adapter. I attached a picture of what it looks like. It's...
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