Recommended Wireless Brake Controller for Easy Towing of Trailers Without Physical Mounting Required

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This is more of a philosophical question than practical... but maybe it could be helpful. I don’t know. I like these brake controllers because they allow so much flexibility and are so quick to install for any tow vehicle. They aren’t an “investment” in the vehicle, many of which at quite involved to install. The simple 12 v power plus a 4-pin connector is really al that’s needed. Many vehicles just have a 4-pin, and this is a quick and easy way to upgrade to a 7 with a brake controller. But do I “need” to mount the 90250 on the trailer? What if I often rent or borrow trailers with electric brakes? Could I possibly mount the 90250 in my truck bed for a faster hookup? Thank you!

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The Tekonsha Prodigy RF Wireless Trailer Brake Controller # 90250 must be mounted to the trailer in a certain way in order to function correctly. It cannot be connected to the tow vehicle.

A better option for you is the new Curt Echo Wireless Trailer Brake Controller # C51180 which is designed to be used on the vehicle side and can easily stow in your glove box when not in use. It utilizes Bluetooth for the remote function utilizing a downloadable app. Once paired and set, the phone or tablet is not required for use of the controller except for the manual override feature as the controller stores the last setting used, so if the battery on your device fails you are still able to use all the other features and the controller will still work.

I've attached installation videos to assist. Let me know if you have further questions.

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