Will Curt Echo Brake Controller Continue to Operate with Phone Turned Off

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Will this unit function stand alone, or does this mobile phone and bluetooth connection have to be constantly paired with it the whole time you are towing? I am hoping that after initial setup that the phone could be put away or turned off and that this unit would still function. I would hate to have the phone battery die and all of a sudden be without trailer brakes...

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After the Curt Echo Wireless Brake Controller # C51180 is installed and paired to your phone it will continue to function as a proportional brake controller whether or not your phone is on. If your phone happens to die mid-trip, the brake controller will continue to operate without issue with the most recent settings applied.

The only thing you will lose in this scenario is the manual override function, which is operated by touching the big red dot on the phone screen. This may be needed in an emergency brake situation. Because of this I highly recommend still having the phone available with the app pulled up when towing, ideally situated in view with a dash mount bracket like # RVS-CEL-M1.

This is a really nice, unique brake controller that is extremely easy to set up and use. We recently had a chance to play around with it and found it to work great.

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