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Old 08-17-2013, 07:10 PM
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Re: 2014 Summit with trailering package & no brake controler?

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BTW, what's a P3? Is that a brake controller?
Yes, Tekonsha P3 controller.

When I bought the '14 I kept the '07 because it is worth more to me than it was as a trade.. at which point my daughter discovered a pony-puller.. she bought a retired TB racehorse and is working on turning him into an eventer.. her boyfriend's 6cyl Tacoma can barely tow its own shadow.

My daughter said today "I need to see what the new Cherokee really is.. that could work as a vehicle for us.. I gotta go talk to Carl..."

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Old 08-17-2013, 07:16 PM
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Yes, Tekonsha P3 controller.

When I bought the '14 I kept the '07 because it is worth more to me than it was as a trade.. at which point my daughter discovered a pony-puller.. she bought a retired TB racehorse and is working on turning him into an eventer.. her boyfriend's 6cyl Tacoma can barely tow its own shadow.

My daughter said today "I need to see what the new Cherokee really is.. that could work as a vehicle for us.. I gotta go talk to Carl..."

...tom
Beautiful horse! I'm thinking the P3 may be good for my R-Pod camping trailer as well. It's a lot more than my current controller but also probably 10X better.
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Old 08-17-2013, 07:25 PM
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Re: 2014 Summit with trailering package & no brake controler?

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Beautiful horse! I'm thinking the P3 may be good for my R-Pod camping trailer as well. It's a lot more than my current controller but also probably 10X better.
I'm not an ace tower. But a lot of the folks in the Durango Owners Club are, and none speak ill of the P3. For <$200 there is a lot of stuff in that tiny box.

Given the latest events, it will be spring '14 before I actually get to try it out.

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I have a P3, and it works great. I mounted the bracket to the back of the flip-open door on the front console cubby,and dremeled out a hole in the top of the cubby to fish the wires through. It works great for my 3,000lb popup.
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Old 08-17-2013, 09:12 PM
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Tomk & Sonicblaze, I appreciate your helpful comments! Can't wait for the GC to arrive. Maybe I'll get a camping trip out of it before the season ends!
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Re: 2014 Summit with trailering package & no brake controler?

Trust me don't go for that factory crap just because it fit's pretty in the dash.When it comes to stopping #7000 on a long grade you want something proven,reliable and above all adjustable for various conditions. My friend who camps a lot with us decided on a Ford controller for his F150 and had it removed after seeing that my P3 out performed his in just about every aspect. Stick with a company that does trailer brakes for a living. Much easier on the nerves I've had quite a few controllers in my day and by far the P3 out performs them all except maybe the Directlink but I don't know a lot about those. That mic remote looks like it could come in real handy at times though.
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Re: 2014 Summit with trailering package & no brake controler?

I'm the daughter in question and by far, the only controller that the folks who pull valuable live loads every day will suggest is the P3.

The ford factory controllers are crap-- hard to dial in because of the way they adjust, tough to read the output and resistance components.

For $145, no reason not to get a P3. The $$ difference is minimal, these things last a decade. Give your money to etrailer.com, they'll talk to you on the phone and answer any question you have with an adorable southern accent and they'll ship it for free. Great service.

I have only seen the DirectLink used on trailers that have had a hydraulic disc brake/ABS conversion-- for trailers without hydraulic discs, there's no reason to have it, the P3 does everything that the DirectLink can do with a regular trailer for less than half the $$.
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Re: 2014 Summit with trailering package & no brake controler?

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I'm the daughter in question and by far, the only controller that the folks who pull valuable live loads every day will suggest is the P3.
its her pony that stands in the trailer, so she has some skin in the game
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Re: 2014 Summit with trailering package & no brake controler?

Having a DirectLink in my '13 GC and a P3 in my truck and motorhome, I have to say that the P3 is good, but the DirectLink is better. I used to haul a gooseneck four horse stock trailer with therapetic riding horses using a P3. Still prefer the DirectLink.
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Beautiful horse! I'm thinking the P3 may be good for my R-Pod camping trailer as well. It's a lot more than my current controller but also probably 10X better.
Sorry to go off topic, how do you like the R-Pod?

My Wife and I are considering one for our next camping trailer (close to the point where the kids won't want to always go along).

Haven't seen one in person yet, but will be checking one out next month hopefully.
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Re: 2014 Summit with trailering package & no brake controler?

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Sorry to go off topic, how do you like the R-Pod?

My Wife and I are considering one for our next camping trailer (close to the point where the kids won't want to always go along).

Haven't seen one in person yet, but will be checking one out next month hopefully.
We have the r-Pod 172 and really like it. The Outback could only tow 3000 lbs and the r-Pod is 2466. They say in Denver you shouldn't go over 80% of the max towing capacity. The r-Pod has everything you need and has a larger water capacity than most trailers the same size. I didn't realize how important the water capacity is. It costs a little more but it's well built and looks cool. The Outback isn't that stable on the highway due to its low weight but it has no problem pulling the r-Pod. I figure the GC will be a lot more stable on the highway and through the mountains. You have to be careful if you get a trailer with the tent option as I hear some campgrounds will not allow them if there are bears in the area (like Yellowstone). We also have the offroad package which gives a little more ground clearance. It's a very nice trailer.
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Re: 2014 Summit with trailering package & no brake controler?

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Sorry to go off topic, how do you like the R-Pod?

My Wife and I are considering one for our next camping trailer (close to the point where the kids won't want to always go along).

Haven't seen one in person yet, but will be checking one out next month hopefully.
My wife and I have a R-POD 177 with a slide out which makes it feel like a much bigger trailer. We like the trailer a lot with the only negative that it is a little short on storage space for clothes. The trailer is the reason we have ordered the CRD.

Now to get back to the topic we currently use a Tekonsha P2 brake control and it works well with the R-POD.
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