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Brake controllers.

Discussion in 'Towing & Hauling' started by Dakota53, Jul 8, 2016.

  1. Jul 8, 2016 at 7:38 AM
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    Dakota53

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    I just bought a RV Trailer. and I want to install a brake controller. Anyone have suggestions on which brake controller are good.
     
  2. Jul 8, 2016 at 7:57 AM
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    Welcome. Do some exploring around the towing section.
     
  3. Jul 8, 2016 at 3:50 PM
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  4. Jul 8, 2016 at 5:50 PM
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    Plenty of threads on this
     
  5. Nov 25, 2016 at 5:06 PM
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    Tekonosha brake contoller is excellent. If you read forum seems to be go to controller for tundra. I have one on an 06 dodge cummins and i like alot more than the factory on 2016 tundra. Thinking about installing one in my tundra
     
  6. Nov 25, 2016 at 9:38 PM
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  7. Nov 25, 2016 at 10:35 PM
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    You have a 2014. There is a truck vendor that sells the panel that replaces panel section where tc and tow mode switches are activated. It looks like factory install actually mounted on yout dash panel. Not sure of name esp truck specialties but if you look around on this site you can find it
     
  8. Nov 25, 2016 at 10:39 PM
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  9. Nov 25, 2016 at 10:44 PM
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  10. Nov 26, 2016 at 9:11 AM
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  11. Nov 26, 2016 at 7:04 PM
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    Nothing yet :)
    I have same set up as junebug and it looks almost factory......good choice all way around.
     
  12. Jan 21, 2017 at 8:14 AM
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    Does the OEM brake controller not work in any Tundra or is it hit and miss? If it's all, then class action lawsuit to get Toyota to fix/pay to replace?

    I may get an RV trailer in the summer. Any way to test out theOEM controller ahead of time to see if I need to replace the controller?
     
  13. Jan 21, 2017 at 8:51 AM
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    Ok, so I let my P3 go with my '12 Tundra when I traded it for the '17 since it came with the factory brake controller. I have a 30' travel trailer, but have not towed it with the new truck yet to see how the factory brake controller works with it.

    Couple of questions, what seems makes the factory brake controller so bad? and second, if I find I don't like the factory controller once I've tried it and decide to go back to another P3 with the ESP panel, does the truck recognize the P3 in the instrument cluster screen?

    Has anyone replaced the factory controller with a P3? Is there still a connector by the kick panel?
     
  14. Jan 21, 2017 at 9:01 AM
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    I get best results with hydraulic setup. I saw on etrailers that you can install ps3. Just disconnect battery for about 5 min to clear code. But to my understanding you loose the trailer display on your dash screen. Alot of issues with running electric setting. Works fine with manual adjust but just doesnt seem to work as good when on auto
     
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  15. Jan 21, 2017 at 9:26 AM
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    According to this vid, haudraulic is great except when slowly backing up because you are applying braking:
    https://youtu.be/wKZGP4gVGvI
     
  16. Jan 21, 2017 at 10:00 AM
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    On the tundra you have 2 settings on oem brake controller. Electric and electric over hydraulic. I tow a 7000lb. trailer and have found that electric over hydraulic gives the trailer better braking than just electric. The brakes on my trailer are electric. But for me I have found that electric over hydraulic gives me better braking than just electric setup. Going in to dealer for 1st service and I am going to ask why. Alot of tundra owners are doing this because electric set-up just doesnt seem to work properly.
     
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  17. Jan 21, 2017 at 10:58 AM
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    So the OEM controller works for you?
     
  18. Jan 21, 2017 at 11:18 AM
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    There are several threads on this. Mine works, many don't. Test it thoroughly before you are in traffic or on a mountain grade.
     
  19. Jan 21, 2017 at 11:21 AM
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    It works best on hydraulic over electric. The electric setting alone just doesn't seem to work as well. Its due its first service at dealer in a few weeks. I will inform dealership of issues. The electric setting seems to be an issue for most tundra oem controllers.
     
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