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Wireless Brake Controller - Curt Echo vs Tekonsha Prodigy RF

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Can you clarify that me adding the 7-Way RV Upgrade Kit for Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 12 Gauge Wires (Item # ETBC7L) with the [CURT Item # C51180] will enable my brake controller and battery recharge to work? Some are suggesting that this will only address the battery recharge and the not the electric brake controller. What confuses me is the graphic on your web page states the blue wire connects to the brake controller, and yellow wire is for a reverse lock out and the video says to tie them off.

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The best option for wireless brake controllers is the Curt Echo # C51180. It is the easiest to plug in and go when you need to use a brake controller with your trailer. Once you have a 7-way connector installed in your vehicle, all you need is to connect the Echo to your vehicle and your trailer connector to the Echo and you are good to go. All the settings can be adjusted from the Echo Smart Control App, so there is no need to add any additional mounts or knobs inside the cab of your vehicle.

The Tekonsha Prodigy RF # TK94FR works similarly, but there are a couple downsides to it that make the Curt Echo a better option. First is that the Prodigy RF requires installation directly on the trailer. This means that if you ever have another trailer that you want to use with your brake controller, you will need to uninstall it from your existing trailer first or purchase another unit. The other downside is that the Prodigy cannot distinguish between hazard lights and brake lights, so if you find yourself needing to use your hazards while towing your trailer, your trailer brakes will pulse with the lights. The Echo has a setting specifically for this problem that prevents trailer brake pulsing while using hazard lights.

Since you only have a 4-way flat connector, you are correct that you need the 7-Way Upgrade Kit # ETBC7L to add a 7-way connector to your vehicle You do have to do a bit of wiring, but if you are comfortable splicing wires, it's really not too difficult of an install. Check out the videos linked below for installation details.

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I am planning to purchase a wireless brake controller for my 2016 Toyota Highlander and Aliner popup camper [GVWR ~3,000]. I have discussed controller options with different dealers and get different opinions as to using the Curt C51180 or the Tekonsha Prodigy RF wireless controller. I am not sure if the Tekonsha is still available. I don’t want to cut into existing wires nor permanently mount the controller on the dash as I will be towing only occasionally. Related, I installed the flat 4-pin but will also need a conversion from flat 4 to round 7 so I can utilize the electric brakes Item # ETBC7L? I’d appreciate your advice on how to best proceed.

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The reason the video shows the blue wire (brake controller output) and yellow wire (auxilliary wire for 12V power, reverse lights, or reverse lockout for trailer brakes) being tied off is because they are not needed for use with the Curt Echo. If you were installing a cab-mounted brake controller, you would need the blue wire to run up to the vehicle cab and connect to your brake controller. Since the Curt Echo plugs right into your 7-way connector, it gets its power from there and uses an internal sensor instead of a break output wire. The yellow wire is not needed unless you have a reverse lockout with hydraulic brakes or reverse lights.

The 12V power on the 7-way connector will trickle charge your trailer battery when the vehicle is running, but it will not charge a depleted trailer battery. If you would like to charge the battery using the 7-way you would need to add a DC to DC charger like part # 331-BCDC1225D which will completely charge the auxiliary battery from the vehicle's 7-way without overcharging.

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