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Where to put the brake controller?

Discussion in 'Tow Rig Forum' started by 96firephoenix, October 12, 2017 at 3:03 PM.

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    1. 96firephoenix

      96firephoenix Active Member

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      So this is not a new thread asking where the connector to plug in the controller. I already know that it's behind the glove box in my 2002 4-door SUV - I've looked and seen it there.

      I'm curious to know where people mount the controller in the cabin. Obviously it needs to be within reach (and preferably view) of the driver's seat, but knee space is at a premium for me.

      Has anyone put it on the underside of the steering column? Is that a good or bad spot for it?

      I've taken everybody's advice and ordered a Tekonsha, but since everyone's advice was a few years old (saw threads as old as 08), I went with the Primus IQ, which is an updated version of the favored Prodigy.

      My thinking is that since the Primus unit has a cradle that it mounts to and can be removed easily, I can install the bracket and pop the controller out, but that doesn't really help, since the bracket would still be there.
       
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      The Tekonsha P2 is the same as the old Prodigy (which I still have, 14 years and still going!). Only difference is blue characters instead of red. P3 is the same as P2, but with a more user-friendly LCD screen with words instead of diagnostic codes and dots. Both can be mounted from -90 to +90 degrees (screen-up to screen-down, and anywhere in-between).

      Primus IQ uses the same sensor tech, but is more limited in mounting orientation. Must be mounted 0 to +70 degrees (screen straight out toward you, to nearly-vertical). I understand the manual apply is more of an old-school slider bar, versus the rotating lever on the Prodigy/P2.

      Anyway, to your original question, I have mine located near my left knee, below the headlight switches. The only time I hit the thing with my leg is if I try to get in after my wife has been driving (she's 5'0"). Some people prefer it on the right side, but I didn't have room in my '06.

      I don't think I would want it right under the steering wheel, as that's out of site.
       
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      After getting the unit in-hand, and playing around with a few different locations, I think I"m pretty limited on options. Unfortunately, I'm tall (and oddly proportioned) enough where my knees are within a brake-controller's-thickness of the dashboard...

      So I think my options are going to be too low on the dash (like down by the OBD port), or else back to my thought of the trim under the steering wheel. I might try the left knee by the light switch, but since I"ve got a manual, that's a high-traffic area. Short of carving a hole in the dash somewhere with a dremel and fabbing a mount for it, I'm not sure I'm going to find a place I like.

      I'm curious your concerns about it being out of sight though - I'd prefer it to be in view as well, but that's just my preference... I've not had a fancy brake controller with digital readout. The only other controller I"ve used was 80s vintage and had a hard-line to the master, and a hard-set variable resistor in the engine bay for adjusting the gain - not on the fly for sure though! Is there any real need to have the display visible at all times? I'm fairly confident that I can find the manual slider by feel (how I used the slider on the 80s one).

      Is there a more compelling reason than preference to have it in view?
       

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