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Curt Echo Under-Dash Trailer Brake Controller Review

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Review of the Curt Echo Under-Dash Trailer Brake Controller


Hey, everybody, how's it going Today we're gonna be going over the CURT Echo under-dash trailer brake controller. So, there's actually two different kinds of the CURT Echo. If you're familiar with towing and trailer brake controllers, you're probably familiar with their mobile brake controller, which simply plugged into the seven way. Now, I really liked that option. It's one of my favorites actually. It works pretty much the same as the under-dash, really the main difference is gonna be, that the CURT Echo mobile simply plugs into the seven way.

There's no wiring under the dash there, whereas, the under-dash brake controller is gonna plug into a factory port and get installed inside the vehicle. Now, I really liked both of these options. The mobile brake controller is probably going to be best if you have a vehicle without the factory tow package port. Whereas, if you do have a vehicle with the factory tow package port, then you're gonna wanna utilize that under-dash brake controller. The CURT mobile Echo brake controller, not everybody likes that due to how it is installed outside the vehicle.

There's really nothing you can do about someone coming up and stealing that off the vehicle. So if you're one of those people that's super worried about that, you could still go with the under-dash brake controller as well. Even if you don't have a factory brake controller port, you would just need the hard wire. So in summary, they're both great options. I liked them both, the under-dash is gonna be more geared towards those vehicles that have the factory brake controller port, or for those of you who are concerned with the security of the mobile brake controller.

So the CURT Echo is actually a proportional brake controller. Now, what a proportional brake controller does is, it's basically gonna be applying the brakes in the trailer in a force that mirrors that of our vehicle. Now, what I mean by this is, let's say we're driving out in the highway, we're driving down the highway and somebody cuts out in front of us and we really need to slam on the brakes, we really need to get both our vehicle and our trailer slowed down in a hurry. Now, the proportional design of this controller is gonna ensure that we get maximum braking force sent to our trailer there if we slam on the brakes on our vehicle. Now, as opposed to when we're just driving around in town, coming to a slow stop at a stoplight, we obviously wouldn't want maximum force being sent to the trailer, we just wanna come to a nice and slow stop.

And the proportional design is gonna sense that, and just apply a little bit of brakes on the trailer so we're not locking them up. The CURT Echo is a Bluetooth brake controller, meaning there isn't anything mounted on the dash, which is one of the reasons I really like it. You don't have to drill into our dash at all, or take up space. A lot of the traditional brake controllers, one of the huge design flaws is, they're really bulky, and you're gonna be banging your knees 'cause most newer vehicles just simply don't have a lot of space, but with the Echo and the Bluetooth design, everything is gonna be controlled on your phone. Now, if we don't have a phone we wanna use, we can also use a tablet as well. Really any mobile device that uses either the apple play store or the apple market or the Google play store, either of those are gonna work fine. It's gonna allow us to download this app and use our brake controller. I'd also like to point out that another concern people has is, you don't actually have to have an active data connection in order to use the app on your mobile device, you do to have one to download it, but once you get it downloaded, you don't have to worry about having an active internet connection. Because of this Bluetooth design, we don't have to worry about mounting anything physically to the dash, therefore there's no drilling whatsoever, and we don't have to worry about taking up that valuable space, possibly banging our knees on the controller. Everything is gonna be installed under the dash out of sight, and out of mind. And then as with most newer brake controllers on the market, there are integrated safeguards built into the brake controller. Therefore, you don't have to worry about any shorts within the controller affecting the vehicle and vice versa. Everything is gonna be isolated, so you don't have any problems there. So in regards to trailer compatibility, there's really nothing you guys need to worry about. The Echo under-dash is rated for trailers up to four axles, and it's gonna be compatible with electric over hydraulic actuator. So, really no worries there, no matter what trailer you have, this brake controller is gonna do a great job for you. Well, in regards to installation, this one is very, very simple, possibly one of the easiest brake controllers on the market to install. There's gonna be four wires coming from the back of the controller, and a plug and our most vehicles with a factory brake controller port, we're simply gonna need an adaptor harness that's specific to that vehicle. So make sure you check out our fit guide so you can get the correct one, but if you don't have a factory brake controller for under the dash, that's totally fine. You can completely hard wireless controller just as you would with any other one. So the trailer profile screen, it's a nice way to save the settings for different trailers. So, if you only have one trailer, this feature might not be as useful for you as some of the others with multiple trailers, but basically how this works is, we're gonna select the profile one through five, and then we're gonna adjust the settings for that particular trailer. So we've got a little travel trailer hooked up. Now I'll go ahead and select profile one, then adjust the settings for this specific trailer. Let's say I have another cargo trailer I haul as well. Then we're gonna select profile two and we're gonna adjust the settings for that particular trailer. And basically in a nutshell, what this does is it allows you to easily switch between trailers without going through the reconfigure stages of adjusting the gain for that particular trailer, just makes it quick and easy. We can actually label these as well. So first one, I could put travel trailer, second one I could put utility trailer, that way when I get in and I open the app, I can just easily select one of those trailers. But now, we're just gonna go ahead and proceed to profile one there. And this is gonna bring up our main home screen, where we can adjust all our settings and we have the manual override. So this large orange button in the center of our screen here, as we said, this is the manual override. So this is gonna apply braking force to our trailer, regardless of if we're hitting the brakes in the vehicle. So if you've ever towed a trailer before, chances are, you're familiar with that manual override feature, and this one is very easy to use. You just simply press on that orange button in the middle of the screen there, you can see the blue ring around that will fill up and that's manually applying the brakes on our trailer. And then in the bottom right here, we're gonna have our sensitivity adjustments and again, the best way to find the correct setting is just to get out on the road there with the trailer you're gonna be towing and play with these so you can get the correct feel of your trailer. And sensitivity adjustment, it's just basically how fast those brakes get on or how soon they rather will. So you can easily just adjust that with the plus or minus arrows. Those are in increments of one. The max setting I believe is nine, and we can go all the way down to one as well. So that's pretty much it for the basic controls, the one you're gonna be using the most. Now, I will say that you actually don't have to have the app open in order for all those controls to work. If you close the app there, everything is gonna work with your last saved setting here. So you don't necessarily need to be constantly staring at the screen here, but if you wanna be able to make adjustments on the fly and always have that manual override, you can actually get a little dash mounted phone holder that you can easily mount. I know a lot of them actually clip into the vents here. We carry a couple of them. That way you can just have it up in your field of view when you're driving and you can easily make those adjustments, or if you don't wanna have your phone out in the open altogether, CURT actually makes a little dash mounted button that you can press on the dash here that'll engage the manual override. And as we said, we're gonna use our last saved settings here, if we don't have the app open. If you would like to fine tune things further, you can get those three arrows, or sorry, those three lines in the top left corner here. And this is gonna bring up like a main menu. We can sync different devices. We talked about the profile list earlier, if we wanted to switch trailers, that's very easy to use. Give it a second to load here. And you could see, we could just switch between one of those trailers if we had to switch, and then we have our controller settings here. So the controller settings is just basically the backlight feature. So right now we have the backlight illuminated where it's rather bright. I'm probably gonna be using this when we're driving in the daytime, but if we do any towing at night, just go ahead and hit that button there. And this has a little bit of a darker background. If we have this mounted on our dash and we're driving at night, chances are, we don't want that bright back light shining us in the eyes. So you would just switch to dark mode, pretty easy to do. And then finally, we have some other settings here are, the instructions. If you don't have the instructions with you or the owners menu, you can access it from within the app. And that's gonna do it today for our look at the CURT Echo under-dash trailer brake controller..


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