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Re: Electric Brake Controller

It depends upon how the specific brake controller works, weck. There is an inertial factor for many...the reason it must be mounted in a certain orientation...so if it falls out of that orientation, it could cause issues with the brake activation for the trailer.

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Re: Electric Brake Controller

I personally am a big fan of the Aussie positioning.

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Re: Electric Brake Controller

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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?
I believe that to be the case Weck, but from my understanding, the Tekonsha is a proportional braking unit which means it relies on the inertia forces of the decelerating tow vehicle to determine how much to apply the brakes. The older units used a swinging pendulum but I think the Tekonsha may be a bit more sophisticated than that.
If the controller came loose at a critical moment the signals to the trailer brakes would be somewhat confused and would not apply the brakes as hard or gently as required. In fact if the unit lodged at an angle it may not function at all.
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Re: Electric Brake Controller

Exactly the case Blackadder'. While the P3 can have the front to back elevation vary, it must have it's centerline front-to-back stay parallel to the vehicles center line.
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Exactly the case Blackadder'. While the P3 can have the front to back elevation vary, it must have it's centerline front-to-back stay parallel to the vehicles center line.
I can concur as we have temped P2s and P3s in vehicles for testing and the direction left right must be straight with the vehicle but up and down it has lots of range, as shown in the manual. If it is off center the sensitivity is way off.

We did have one fall off the temp location once while braking and it caused the trailer brakes to nearly lock up then off and back. If the setting is too high or you are in slippery conditions, this could be very dangerous.
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Thanks for the words of caution from all.
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Re: Electric Brake Controller

is there something the matter with the OEM Controller and it's mounting location?

Do any of the aftermarket units use the factory Harness and such?

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Re: Electric Brake Controller

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is there something the matter with the OEM Controller and it's mounting location?

Do any of the aftermarket units use the factory Harness and such?

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All of the Tekonsha's plug straight in with the Dodge adapter and I know it fits some others.

OEM can mount in any location that the aftermarkets do but the OEM is a very simply but a hard on / hard off until, not as smooth as others.
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Re: Electric Brake Controller

The OEM controller was new for MY14, but I'm not sure if anyone has successfully purchased it.

Most aftermarket units use the factory harness...there's a plug up front exactly for that purpose. In fact, the Tekonshia P3 I use had a corresponding, pre-terminated cable available that was plug and play with my JGC and the unit. It took a whole 10 minutes to install it, including installation of the bracket.
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