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Tekonsha Prodigy P3 Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2016 Nissan Pathfinder

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How to Install the Tekonsha Prodigy P3 Trailer Brake Controller on a 2016 Nissan Pathfinder


Ryan: Hey, everybody, Ryan here at etrailer.com. Today on our 2016 Nissan Pathfinder, we're going to be taking a look at and showing you how to install the Tekonsha Prodigy P3 Trailer Brake Controller.What I really like about this brake controller is that it's going to be proportional. Now, what that means is however hard you apply the brakes inside of your vehicle, the trailer brakes are going to match that. So the trailer is going to slow itself down and you're not going to have to worry about your car doing all the work. And, in my opinion, the proportional brake controller like we have here today is a much better choice than, say, a time-delay style brake controller, and that's because the time-delay brake controller is not going to match how hard you apply the brake pedal in your car. It's going to apply the brakes at a specified amount and then ramp up from there.

So, the proportional controller is just going to give you a more steady and smooth brake.Another thing I really like is how many different settings this brake controller offers. So, for example too, you can also save your settings. So if you have more than one trailer of different sizes even, you can save your settings for that particular trailer, and then the next time you hook up to it, you're not going to have to redo it all. You can simply scroll through and choose that trailer.We're also going to have four boost settings, and what those boost settings are going to do is that they're going to start the brakes at a higher output to compensate for towing a heavier trailer, and that way it'll come to a complete stop faster. To do that, with no boost setting like we have here, that's for towing a smaller trailer, and if you scroll through the boost settings, level one, if you can see the icon, that's for a larger trailer.

Go to two, you have a medium size trailer, and finally your boost level three is for a very large trailer. Now, as you scroll through these, like I said, your braking output is going to be higher for those bigger and heavier trailers.Now down here on the bottom of the brake controller, we're going to have a lever, and if you pull that, it's going to send power out to the trailer brakes. That's going to be our manual override. So you would use that in the event of a sway, and that'll get your trailer back straightened out, but it's not going to apply the brakes here in the vehicle. So this is just to apply the trailer brakes.

Overall, a very good brake controller. It has a ton of different features and options and works really well.Now, since it does just unplug, if you have another vehicle in the household that's wired up for it, you could just easily take it out of one car and put it in the other and use it that way too. Now, it is a little big; however, it mounts here in the Nissan nicely. But if you're looking for something that doesn't take up as much space, I would recommend the Redarc. Now, that's going to be a small Knob, very similar to your air conditioning knobs over here.

There'll be a little bit smaller than that. It's that way, you can mount it virtually anywhere. Many of our customers said they really like how easy it was to get installed, speaking of which, let's go ahead and hook it up together now.To begin our installation, we're first going to need to locate our electrical connector, which will be here underneath the driver side of our dash in this area. Now, I went ahead and just reached my hand up a little ways behind the dash, located our plug and pulled it down. Now it's kind of just hanging next to our emergency brake pedal. Now once we have it down, we can plug our new adapter harness into it. Now, in our particular instance, our plug does actually have a cover on it. If yours does, we're going to take it off by simply pushing this small tab in here in the center. We're able to remove that cover, set that aside, and now we can take our new adapter harness and plug that in. Now, this the only go in one way, so you don't have to worry about plugging in backwards or anything like that.Now we can figure out a place to mount our brake controller. Now, when you do this, you want to make sure and keep it out of the way, but at the same time you want it easy to get to. So I'm choosing this spot right here on the right side of our dash. Now, when you mount this, you want to make sure that you mount it straight horizontally, and you want to make sure that there's going to be nothing behind your dashboard. That way when you drill into it, you're not going to have to worry about damaging anything. We're going to choose to mount ours right here, and I went ahead and reached around back and verified that there's nothing behind there. So we can go ahead and secure our bracket now.Now we can align our bracket up and use our included self-tapping screws. Now we can secure our bracket that holds the brake controller itself to the bracket that we've put into the dash. Now just a quick tech tip. We're going to take our machine screws, and before you try to secure everything together, it's a good idea to take your screws and actually just run them into the bracket. That way it'll make the threads inside of the plastic and it'll be a lot easier to screw together.Now since it is very tight in here to try to get our screws in from the side, what I did was I actually removed one screw that's holding our metal bracket in. That way I can kind of rotate this, and it makes it a lot easier to secure our plastic bracket. Then once I have these both in, I'm going to lift the bracket in the upper position and run down that other self-tapping screw that secured our metal brackets to the dash.Now we can plug in our adapter cord to our brake controller. This will line up one way. We'll secure it into place. We can take our controller. We can put it into our plastic bracket. Before we secure all our wiring up and make it look good, it's a good idea to plug into your trailer to make sure everything's working properly, which I went ahead and did. You could see it recognizes our trailer, and if we hit the override, we have voltage. So everything is good to go. I went ahead and cleaned up our wiring using some zip ties and just tucked it all up underneath the dash. You just want to make sure to avoid any moving parts.That'll do it for our look at and our installation of the Tekonsha Prodigy P3 Brake Controller on our 2016 Nissan Pathfinder.


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