Comparing Autobrake and Prodigy RF Brake Controllers

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I am trying to decide on a wireless trailer-mounted brake controller for my tear camper, which I will be towing with my 2012 Subaru Outback. I have already purchased a 7-pin adapter for my Outback, and the trailer also has 7-pin. Can you please explain the difference between the Autowbrake trailer brake controller and the Tekonsha Prodigy RF wireless controller? There is a significant difference in price, and I am wondering if there is a reason to go with the Autowbrake over the Tekonsha? It looks like the Tekonsha would be easier to install.

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Both the AutowBrake part # 3430001 and the Prodigy RF part # 90250 are excellent options for trailer mounted brake controllers. The Autowbrake is designed for more of a permanent install as it hardwires directly to the trailer's wiring and is a bit smaller. It uses what looks like a key fob too for a remote. The RF connects by plugging the trailer's 7-way into it and then it's 7-way into the vehicle's 7-way socket. It's a little easier but maybe not quite as permanent. It's a bit larger too and uses a remote that plugs into a cigarette lighter and looks like a CB radio remote.

Either is a great option that will work well. The pairing process of the RF sometimes is a bit challenging, especially on European vehicles, and the Autobrake is a bit simpler of a process but you can't really go wrong with either.

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