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Tekonsha Prodigy RF brake controller

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I have a 2015 VW Touareg TDI and I don’t want to drill holes and attach a controller like the Prodigy P2 or P3. My research led me to this unusual brake controller. I've worked with Oliver and Jason Essary (who replaced Robert Partee) is ordering one and a technician at Oliver will install it on my Oliver Elite II which is nearing completion.

 

The RF has a trailer-mount power module unit. There’s a hand-held remote that plugs into the 12v receptacle in the vehicle. For those of us who tow with vehicles that don't have factory installed brake controllers, this is a nice option. It also has the advantage of allowing you to tow with more than one vehicle utilizing the trailer-mounted brake controller.

 

As with everything else, the people at Oliver have been very accommodating and quoted a very fair price for ordering and installing this unit.

 

My Oliver should be ready soon, but I'm delaying my trip from Iowa to pick it up until late March when I hope the weather will be better!


Don

 

2020 Conqueror UEV 490 Extreme Platinum

 

 

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I hope it works for you, I know that it can be a real pain to wire any vehicle that doesn't have a plug and play connector under the dash. I just installed a P3 into my Ram and it took me about ten minutes using the Tekonsha adapter harness.

 

I admit that I would be more than a little concerned to have something as critical as your trailer brakes relying on an RF signal. Are there steps you can take to ensure that it stays working, other than the obvious ones like cleaning the pins on the seven pin connectors (both sets)?

 

In case you have not got it yet, here is the Owners Manual.

 

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/G/01/HARDLINES/usermanual/04_5_15/B001P0ZA86._V305895774_.pdf

 

Good luck and please post updates on this controller.

 

BTW what is the current build time for an Ollie?

 

John Davies

Spokane WA USA


"Mouse":  2017 Legacy Elite II NARV (Not An RV) Two Beds, Hull Number 218, See my HOW TO threads: https://olivertraveltrailers.com/topic/john-e-davies-how-to-threads-and-tech-articles-links/

 

Tow Vehicle: 2013 Land Cruiser 200, 33" LT tires, airbags.

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When did Robert leave?


Current 2007 Airstream Classic Limited 31


2015 Oliver Legacy Elite II (Sold)


2016 Ram 2500 HD 6.7i Cummins turbo diesel


 

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I don't know the exact date, but I think it was in January.


Don

 

2020 Conqueror UEV 490 Extreme Platinum

 

 

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John,

 

Order to delivery was about 5 months for me--late August to late January. I delayed delivery until late March, however. Thanks for the additional info about the RF brake controller. Will keep forum members informed after I pick the trailer up in late March.


Don

 

2020 Conqueror UEV 490 Extreme Platinum

 

 

2019 Ram Rebel

 

 

States I visited with my Ollie (Sold October, 2019)

 

 

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As of this morning, Anita was still there, but, I believe that Alicia left well before the end of the year.

 

Bill


2017 Ford F150 Lariat 3.5EB FX4 Max Towing 2016 Oliver Elite II - Hull #117 "Twist"

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I believe Alicia's husband took a job in another town which is why she left. Robert moved to Hohenwald to raise his boys in a small town, family friendly atmosphere. It worked well for them, and the boys are off to college. I think his decision to depart involved his long term plans for his retirement years . . .


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We still have our orignial prodigy, which we move from vehicle to vehicle as necessary. (All three of our vehicles have been set up for the prodigy, and we've towed at various times with each of them.)

I can see why you would want to use the new rf with your suv. The mounts are a bit unsightly, and I still bang my knee occasionally on the mounts in the Volvo and Silverado.

 

Some interesting commentary in reviews on etrailer:

https://www.etrailer.com/Brake-Controller/Tekonsha/90250.html

 

Sherry


2008 Ram 1500 4 × 4

2008 Oliver Elite, Hull #12
 

 

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Sherry,

 

Thanks for the information. I was in CA for a couple of weeks and just saw your post. The link you included contains very helpful information that I plan to share with Jason.

 

Thanks again!

 

Don


Don

 

2020 Conqueror UEV 490 Extreme Platinum

 

 

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Jason and I successfully paired the RF handheld unit without too much fuss. It was very easy to work with Jason on this issue. When I arrived on Tuesday the brake controller was nicely mounted on the Oliver and ready to go. I had the adapter I purchased from E-Trailer to deal with the LED light issue. I've towed about 100 miles and so far, so good.


Don

 

2020 Conqueror UEV 490 Extreme Platinum

 

 

2019 Ram Rebel

 

 

States I visited with my Ollie (Sold October, 2019)

 

 

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No problems pairing the Prodigy RF and the brake controller worked very well. I've towed around 900 miles so far and I'm very satisfied with the brake controller.


Don

 

2020 Conqueror UEV 490 Extreme Platinum

 

 

2019 Ram Rebel

 

 

States I visited with my Ollie (Sold October, 2019)

 

 

States Visited Map

 

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