Wireless Brake Controller

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  1. Rone28

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    I reached out to etrailer and to Fordparts. Etrailer responded first. Apparently the smart towing features interfere with the Echo. You get that feature with the factory tow package. Etrailer still recommends the echo but now states it is not compatible with the smart trailering features. I returned the controller before I got the response so not sure if there are features tou can turn off to make it work. It does make sense though since the controller acknowledged the brake activation once i turned off the truck and depressed the pedal. I had setup the blind spot feature for the trailer and that may be the one feature I had not turned off. I know turning off adaptive cruise control had not effect sonit must be the blind spot setting for the trailer.

    Will be interested to see if others try to figure it out. Am disappointed that etrailer would still recommend when it doesn't work. Will probably go with the redarc.
     
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    I installer the P3 and it worked perfectly during my 800-plus mile drive home.
     
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    Not to mention that in some states (GA for one) it is ILLEGAL to touch your phone while driving.
     
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    Thanks a ton for the info! I was definitely looking to go the Echo route but part of the reason I bought the truck was to use the smart towing features. Guess I will be going with the Redarc after all!
     
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    I am glad my experience was helpful. I have decided to get the P3 as I want an pro to do the wiring and could not find an local vendor to do the install. Tried to do the wiring myself but I am not as limber as I used to be. Very tight to get in there and do the wiring.
     
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    It IS tight to get to the wires. But, as mentioned in other posts, you only have to do it once. I really like mt P3. Works great.
     
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    Good to know. Having the P3 installed on Saturday. Latest update on the echo. Etailer said they removed the echo as a fit for the Ford ranger but it is still there. They just increased the messaging that states it is not compatible with smart trailering. You would think that this would just create more returns for them. Plan to call the dealer as well with the final update.
     
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    Ugh. I was looking at the convenience of the echo and was willing to overlook the price. I have a cheap , smaller, controller from my old truck that worked as advertised ( although it had a plug and play harness ), I guess I'll wire it in and try to mount it sorta out of site.
     
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    It could still work if you have a trim level below xlt and lariat as theblower trims don't have all of the driver assist and safety features. I have the p3 installed now and it works well so far.
     
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    Not a fan of the wireless controllers. I had a Teknosha Prodigy Wireless controller mounted on my last RV. It worked most of the time, but would occasionally wig out without warning and refuse to actuate the brakes. I always suspected that the issue was the fact that my Trailer use the 12 V line to also charge the battery in the trailer and I used a 12v refrigerator while towing. Since, with a wireless controller, the power for the brakes comes from the 12v supply line I think it occasionally over loaded (or added electrical noise) to the curcuit.
     
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    Since you can easily install a full featured top quality permanently installed brake controller for a small fraction of the cost of the Echo, you can even move a P3 from vehicle to vehicle as a simple plug and play.

    Therefore, there can be only one obvious reason to buy and attempt to use the Echo ...
    Phone obsession.

    I truly believe that if someone offered a phone app to flush toilets it would sell for hundreds of dollars.:crazy:
     
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