The brakes on your caravan will not work unless you have a control module in your car. This unit is attached under the dash of your vehicle. Its installation is virtually independent of the vehicle’s electrical circuit and has no conflict with car computers or ABS Braking Systems. Installation usually takes AllBrand Caravan Services around two hours depending upon the vehicle.
Although there is a large number of commercially-available controller units, the majority operate on a similar set of principles. This essentially involves power being fed from the vehicle’s brake lights into the controller unit, and then through a 7-pin or 12-pin socket to the van. By doing this, it allows for the caravan’s brakes to automatically apply as the vehicle’s are. Given the variable nature of control units, power flow will vary. AllBrand recommend a pendulum-based brake controller, because this allows for the braking force to be varied in proportion to the stopping force applied to the tow vehicle instead of full-on or full-off. Because it is variable, braking force is much smoother and considerably more responsive with a pendulum unit, and as an added bonus, power consumption when not in motion (for example, when stopped at a crossroads) is greatly reduced. Most quality controllers will also have an in-built function to apply the van’s full braking force totally independently of the tow vehicle’s, a feature which is especially useful in helping minimise caravan jacknifing, general instability of the rig, and swaying of the rig under tow.
AllBrand Caravan Services invite you to call us with any questions that you may have or to make a booking for installation. With every controller fitted AllBrand fits 6mm hot wire automatically with circuit breaker protection for fridge circuit which is in the quoted price of standard insulation of electric brake controller unit.
The Tow-Pro™ offers selectable Automatic or User Controlled trailer braking modes allowing the user to choose the braking style depending on the road or terrain conditions, vehicle type, or driver preference.
The unit is able to operate both electric and electric/hydraulic trailer brakes without manual selection and will operate from either 12V or 24V vehicle systems without the need for extra components or wiring. The unit is also ADR compliant when installed as directed.
Tekonsha Prodigy P2 – an AllBrand favourite and our most commonly used controller
The Tekonsha Prodigy is quite possibly the single most advanced controller system money can buy. Even though it’s a pendulum design, it requires no levelling or terrain compensation to function – this is all taken care of by the unit. It has a multifunction digital display which displays the voltage applied to the caravan’s brakes during towing, as well as displays warnings about any faults which may occur in the feed (voltage loss and short circuits, amongst a range of others). The unit comes with an easy-to-use plug-in wiring harness arrangement for easy removal, and easy pocket-mounting for a range of flexible mounting options. As well as a variable power output, the Prodigy also has a “Boost” function to incrimentally increase output. While some features go far beyond what many users will require as a baseline, what it offers as a total package will make your caravanning adventures a lot more stress-free and enjoyable.
Tekonsha Prodigy P3
Picking up where the P2 left off, the P3 is essentially a refinement of the P2 into a much more user-focused unit with easier to adjust controls and functions. Features like the “Boost” function are much easier to access and use, and adjustments are made easy with a scroll-button system. Overall, P3 can be thought of as a P2 unit made easier to use while retaining the majority of its power. This unit will also work specific electric over hydraulic braking systems.
Comparison of Tekonsha Prodigy Brake Controllers
|Feature||Description/Explanation||Prodigy P2||Prodigy P3|
|Pendulum Operated||Does the controller automatically apply power to the caravan brakes PROPORTIONALLY to the tow vehicles deceleration.||YES||YES|
|Manual Pendulum Levelling Required||Most Pendulum Operated Controllers require a simple one off adjustment to achieve smooth brakes.||NO||NO|
|Variable Output||Can the power level be increased/decreased to suit different caravan loads or driving terrain.||YES||YES|
|Manual Control Operation||Application of the manual lever will apply the caravan brakes independent of the car. This helps to control any caravan sway.||YES||YES|
|Digital Display of Output Level to Brakes||The digital readout gives the operator powerful information to achieve consistent braking.||YES||YES|
|Mounting of Unit||Pendulum Based Controllers require the front of the unit to be horizontal but the angle can vary.||0° – 70°||0° – 70°|
|TROUBLESHOOTING DISPLAY||Digital Display Symbols Which Provide Helpful Information to The Operator||DIGITAL DISPLAY||DIGITAL DISPLAY|
|– “Trailer Connected”||Symbol indicates the caravan is connected||YES||YES|
|– “Circuit Indicator”||Symbol indicates the braking circuit is complete||YES||YES|
|– “Loss of Power”||Symbol indicates a loss of power to the unit||YES||YES|
|– “Short Circuit”||Symbol indicates a short in the braking circuit||YES||YES|
|Warranty||Term of Limited Warranty||LIFETIME||LIFETIME|
|Size||Approximate Dimensions (Height/Width/Length (mm))||35/65/130||35/65/130|
|Number of Axles||Suitable up to how many braked Caravan axles?||FOUR||FOUR|
|Plug in Harness||A snap connector makes it simpler to swap from car to car||YES||YES|
|Memory Feature||Microprocessor to retain Power Level selection.||YES||YES|
European Vehicle Installations
At AllBrand we have auto electricians who specialise in caravan brake controller fitments. We often install brake controllers into BMW, VW, Audi, Discovery, Range Rover plus other European vehicles.
There are usually additional costs with these vehicles with wiring circuits through out the vehicle.