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Offline wrose

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Brake controllers
« on: March 17, 2013, 05:24:13 PM »
I have a 200 series Landcruiser with a Redarc remote head brake controller.
I'm not happy with its performance.
What brake controllers is everyone using? And how do you find it's performance.
Wayne and the Rose Circus
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Re: Brake controllers
« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2013, 07:22:25 PM »
I had a redarc and chucked it too. Downright dangerous as you have to keep changing the control.

The Tekonsha P3 is about as good as it gets.

Most people put it in the Ash tray location in a 200. I put mine in the credit card holder space after hacking it with a drimel tool.
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Re: Brake controllers
« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2013, 05:36:59 AM »
Tekonsha P3
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Re: Brake controllers
« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2013, 09:43:18 PM »
Prodigy
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Re: Brake controllers
« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2013, 11:31:58 PM »
P3 nothing else in the same class

Red arc great company and workmanship but missed the mark on the brake controller
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Re: Brake controllers
« Reply #5 on: March 21, 2013, 08:01:09 AM »
Tekonsha P3

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Previous Tvan;
MKIII (2012) Tanami (black acsents) up-spec'd to Canning/Murranji half breed.
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Re: Brake controllers
« Reply #6 on: April 01, 2013, 12:18:06 AM »
Prodigy P3, bought it off ebay for around $150. I  cannot speak highly enough about it, just so much adjustment, manual override, on board diagnistics and it's proportional controller as well.  Just buy one, take my and the people above this posts recommendations.

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Re: Brake controllers
« Reply #7 on: November 23, 2014, 07:30:47 PM »
I just changed to the new Redarc Tow-Pro, I did a short trip over the mountains via Bells Line to Mudgee the other weekend.
With the new Tow-Pro in Auto mode, it felt like I didn't even have the Tvan on the back, I never had to change any setting, like I was constantly doing with the old one. I'm yet to try it on some steep mountain trails.
Much happier with the new Two-Pro, fit perfectly be hind the dash too.
« Last Edit: November 23, 2014, 07:32:24 PM by wrose »
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Re: Brake controllers
« Reply #8 on: November 23, 2014, 09:34:59 PM »
We have the Redarc Tow-Pro too and agree with Wrose that it seems to be a good unit.
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Re: Brake controllers
« Reply #9 on: November 24, 2014, 07:37:28 AM »
Good to hear about the Towpro unit. I have just ordered one via ebay. Did you fit it yourselves? It looks like it should be fairly straightforward.
If anyone with a GU Patrol has one of these units ..... where did you connect in to the brake light circuit?
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Re: Brake controllers
« Reply #10 on: December 08, 2014, 12:15:31 AM »
I've just put a Tow Pro in our Tvan - it seems to work well in auto mode. Manual mode isn't so great - because you can't adjust it I found that either the wheels locked up when going slowly or it didn't seem to do anything when going faster.

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Re: Brake controllers
« Reply #11 on: December 08, 2014, 05:50:25 AM »
Peter I thought that the amount of braking was adjustable in Manual and Auto modes. That's how I read the manual. I don't have one but an looking to buy one.

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Re: Brake controllers
« Reply #12 on: December 08, 2014, 10:31:11 PM »
Good timing on this topic, my old unit died a few weeks ago asked the auto electrician to check it out for me and he put in one of those Cheap Redac units. So what's better now the New Towpro or the Tekonsha P3? And why is it better?
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Re: Brake controllers
« Reply #13 on: December 09, 2014, 10:30:13 PM »
Peter - the Redarc rep had a demo box set up at the ARB open day on Saturday.

Under manual operation, there was a constant level of braking applied (as indicated by red light glow!) to the trailer wheels - you need to set that strength, hence the same issue as with the old Redarc unit where what is the right level of the highway is different to when hitting lights in a built up area.  So, you can adjust it, but needs readjusting if conditions change markedly.

Under auto operation, variable power is delivered to the trailer wheels, depending on the braking situation.

I'm about to swap out my older Redarc for a TowPro, so here's hoping that it lives up to the hype!

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Re: Brake controllers
« Reply #14 on: December 10, 2014, 01:01:58 PM »
Ok, spoke to the auto electrian today, he is happy to swap the redarc units over, so the new towpro goes in Friday - Time will tell if its any good or not :)
Jeff & Trish
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