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Old 03-04-2011, 08:50 AM   #1
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It was finally time to replace the old TV. The Tahoe did a pretty good job of towing but at 12 yrs old and 100K on the odometer it was getting a bit long in the tooth and little things were starting to fail. So took a trip to the Chevy dealer last weekend and came home with a 2011 crew cab 4X4 with 3.42 rear axle, HD alternator, cooling package & tow package rated at 9500 lbs. The only thing I need to add is the brake controller.

In the Tahoe I had a Valley time-delay controller, but now I want to go with a proportional controller. I'm leaning toward the Prodigy P2 or P3. I can get the P2 on sale at Camping World for $119 or the P3 for $50 more. From what I can see the P3 doesn't really give me $50 worth of upgrade over the P2. The P3 can display in English/French/Spanish and you can change the display color - none of which I care about. So am I missing something? Any recommendations out there?
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Old 03-04-2011, 01:29 PM   #2
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They are remarkably similar, but, there are differences. The P3, for instance, can handle both electric and hydraulic brakes...if you need both now (multiple trailers) or may in the future buy an upscale trailer with hydraulic disc brakes then the P3 would be the way to go.

What sold me on my P3 is that all the controls are on the front face plate. In my Jeep, I've got the brake controller (P3) mounted darn near vertical against the knee rail to the left, near the door. There isn't enough space to reach any controls on the top. The P3's display is also "flat" to the front mounting plane. In the P2, there are controls mounted to the top and the display is angled. If the P2 is going to be mounted "topside", i.e., on top of the dash, for instance, it would work equally well as I think the "guts" are the same. In my mounting area, the P3 had the layout that works best and was worth the extra $50 in cost. It is low, out of the way, yet I can operate all the controls and with the display flat to the front, a glance down tells me all I need to know.



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Old 03-04-2011, 02:47 PM   #3
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Thanks for feedback. Actually Tekonsha just upgraded the P2 and it will now handle electric over hydraulic as well. I don't need that with what I tow now & my wife says we are never getting rid of this trailer - but you never know. On the other hand the P3 controls on the front could be a nice feature, particularly since I've found etrailer has it for $140. So for an extra $20 it's hard to argue with the top of the line.
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