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    Direclink Brake Controller

    For those of us who have older trucks without integrated brake controllers, has anyone looked in to the Direclink Brake Controller? It uses vehicle braking information off the OBDII port.

    Thanks in advance.
    Curtis, Christine, Cole, and Charlotte

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    Not to try to be obtuse, but have you asked the dealer about an integrated unit for your truck? My son recently purchased a newer Ford F150 and was able to buy an integrated unit for his, is the only reason I ask. It could well be the unit you mention is basically what the dealer would have????

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    There isn't a integrated brake controller for some older model vehicles, for example, my 07 Classic Silverado. They didn't come out with it until the 07.5 model.
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    If you don't have a integrated BC available, I'd recommend you look at installing a Tekonsha P3 proportional BC. I believe that they work a little better than the integrated BC as you adjust boost separate from the brake level...gives you some brake lead by the trailer and gets rid of the slight push you feel initially on the truck while hard braking. Here's a link for more info... http://www.tekonsha.com/products/bra...RB55TR19SXShj4

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    Dave, you seem to be on top of things and always offer great insight. Let me run down a scenario I went through, and maybe you can shed some light if the P3 would handle better.

    On a recent trip, I borrowed a buddy's 34' TT. I have just a standard Tekonsha controller. One evening, we're pulling in to Central City, CO, and it's POURING. GREAT! But nothing I can't handle. Then come to the last descent in to Central City, 9% grade, wet. OH FUN! It took everything I could do to keep the brakes from locking up because the angle of the truck, the controller thought it was a heavier brake than I was actually doing. Luckily, I was able to react fast enough to turn the controller down and keep it from locking up. I was looking for a Max Brake because it measured brake pressure, but they are no longer around.

    TIA!
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    Curtis...I think you'd have the same result in those circumstances regardless of the type of brake controller. In that case, you still need at lot of braking force to control speed but the slicker road surface causes wheel lock-up instead of threshold braking on the camper. I don't see that there's anything that you can do other than turning down the gain on any type of controller.

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    Thanks Dave!


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    Hi Curtis,

    i had had a first generation Prodigy in my last two trucks...miss it.

    The Prodigy series of controllers do not work via a pendulum, rather a decelerometer. In the situation you describe, the P3 will not apply extra braking due to the angle.

    Hope we this helps you with your decision.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Mike View Post
    Hi Curtis,

    i had had a first generation Prodigy in my last two trucks...miss it.

    The Prodigy series of controllers do not work via a pendulum, rather a decelerometer. In the situation you describe, the P3 will not apply extra braking due to the angle.

    Hope we this helps you with your decision.

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    I agree with Big Mike. Had the same on my older GM. Used it for years with no problems.
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    Thank you all for the information. May have to upgrade to a P3.
    Curtis, Christine, Cole, and Charlotte

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