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Old 04-29-2014, 05:36 PM
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Re: Electric Brake Controller

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I will need to mount one of these in my new Limited when it shows up. I am interested in your ideas.

For the life of me, I don't know why this can't just be a part of the other electronics in the vehicle instead of having to add the device and clutter up the dash. They've got every other feature I probably don't need! These controllers are literally $5 worth of parts and $200+ worth of hassle.
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Agreed. Just about every American "tow vehicle" has a built in brake controller. Dodge Rams etc are all equipped along with tow haul mode etc. I am sure it would be a very simple matter to include these in the Jeep range. As you say if its a cost consideration leave out some of the stuff that is basically useless.

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Old 04-29-2014, 07:42 PM
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Re: Electric Brake Controller

Integrated brake controllers are a relatively new thing in the US marketplace, Peter...and they cost more as an option than picking up a nice Tekonsha P3 or similar, too. The Tow/Haul mode in the RAM is the same as on the JGC...it's adjusts the transmission shifting patterns and avoids the upper OD gears while towing. Dodge charges $410 for the "integrated trailer tow mirror and brake controller" option...
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Old 04-29-2014, 07:55 PM
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Re: Electric Brake Controller

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Integrated brake controllers are a relatively new thing in the US marketplace, Peter...and they cost more as an option than picking up a nice Tekonsha P3 or similar, too. The Tow/Haul mode in the RAM is the same as on the JGC...it's adjusts the transmission shifting patterns and avoids the upper OD gears while towing. Dodge charges $410 for the "integrated trailer tow mirror and brake controller" option...
Hi Jim,

Thanks for that. The Fords, Chevs and Dodge vehicles we see here in Oz are all bought in the US from dealers, not ex factory, and then converted to RHD on arrival. They all have the integrated brake controller but I guess that is how they are specified prior to delivery here.
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Re: Electric Brake Controller

Yup, the integrated brake controller is optional here when it's offered at all. Different geographical regions have certain requirements around things that manufacturers must meet differently than in other places. That's pretty interesting that the RHD is an in-country "conversion" for the vehicles you mention...it's gotta be a lot of work to do that after-the-fact, rather than on the line at the factory!
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Old 04-29-2014, 08:58 PM
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Yup, the integrated brake controller is optional here when it's offered at all. Different geographical regions have certain requirements around things that manufacturers must meet differently than in other places. That's pretty interesting that the RHD is an in-country "conversion" for the vehicles you mention...it's gotta be a lot of work to do that after-the-fact, rather than on the line at the factory!
Yes there is a whole industry set up here for conversions. Everything from Corvettes and Mustangs right through to the trucks as mentioned. Cost is around $30k for the conversion making a Dodge Ram 2500 about $110k+.
Now that our GM manufacturing is closing we may be getting RHD vehicles direct from the US but it would seem only GM at this stage.
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Re: Electric Brake Controller

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IMHO mounting the Tekonsha or any controller for that matter in behind that door is a mistake. I am in the caravan industry and have seen too many van accidents where the driver has not been able to reach the emergency slide to straighten the van out. It involves thought processes that are nulled by the emergency.
We can both reach it very easily and I am going to be far happier having my left hand off the wheel than my right.
That said, I actually don't think I would have the brain to even engage unless it was basically at hand, ie attached to steering wheel. In any position I would not be happy to have my eyes off the road. In the centre dash the passenger can also engage it while the driver concentrates.

We have never had a situation to engage, and hopefully it stays that way.
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I'm using a DirectLink controller mounted where I can see it and reach it quickly.
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Re: Electric Brake Controller

I made a temporary mount for mine with an old Garmin suction cup mount and the bracket that came with the Tekonsha P3; I suction it to the windshield right above the dash next to the drivers side A pillar and run the wires down along the side to the footwell plug.

The wiring that came with the controller and the Jeep were long enough to reach and a quick hit with heat shrink tubing makes it look neat and tidy when I have it hooked up.

Does not interfere with the parking brake, stays put and is right up where I can see it when I need it, but can be removed in 60 seconds. Zero modifications to the vehicle. FWIW.

Edit: Very similar to above post.
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Re: Electric Brake Controller

I have an old school Draw tite unit that fits perfectly between the e-brake pedal and the kick plate. Didn't even have to lengthen any harness wires to install...
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Re: Electric Brake Controller

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I have an old school Draw tite unit that fits perfectly between the e-brake pedal and the kick plate. Didn't even have to lengthen any harness wires to install...
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I made a temporary mount for mine with an old Garmin suction cup mount and the bracket that came with the Tekonsha P3; I suction it to the windshield right above the dash next to the drivers side A pillar and run the wires down along the side to the footwell plug.

The wiring that came with the controller and the Jeep were long enough to reach and a quick hit with heat shrink tubing makes it look neat and tidy when I have it hooked up.

Does not interfere with the parking brake, stays put and is right up where I can see it when I need it, but can be removed in 60 seconds. Zero modifications to the vehicle. FWIW.

Edit: Very similar to above post.
I have had those suction cups let go of the windscreen, admittedly rarely, but while it's an annoyance when it happens with a GPS it could be quite dangerous with a brake controller.
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I have had those suction cups let go of the windscreen, admittedly rarely, but while it's an annoyance when it happens with a GPS it could be quite dangerous with a brake controller.
It's pretty much resting on the dash so if the mount does loosen up, it's not going to fall more than a 1/4". That being said, I always thought it needed to get the signal that the brakes were being applied in order to activate the trailer brakes?
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