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Postby srpuywa [OP] » Oct 16 2012, 4:10am

I need to put a brake controller in my new truck, can the dealer do it or should I go aftermarket?
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Re: Brake controller

Postby SilverSurfer » Oct 21 2012, 6:21am

I'm pretty sure GM doesn't actually make a brake controller, so going to the dealer is still going a/m. It's now just a question of cost.
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Re: Brake controller

Postby CKNSLS » Oct 21 2012, 6:47am

Prodigy is the best brake controller on the market. You do not want cheap in a brake controller.
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Re: Brake controller

Postby 13Silveradowtls » Oct 21 2012, 7:13am

+1 on the Prodigy being a great controller. I put one in our 2013 RCSB and it took all of about 30 min. took longer to mount it than it did to hook up the wires under the dash. The pigtail is under the dash on the D/S above the parking brake pedal. The wires are marked with what they are and the controller will have a wire diagram on what wires go where. Easy hookup. Cost on the controller will be $150 or less from internet sources. I try to keep the "dealer" and others away from my "stuff" unless its a warranty issue! Just my 2 cents!
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Re: Brake controller

Postby jocko463 » Oct 21 2012, 10:55am

srpuywa wrote:I need to put a brake controller in my new truck, can the dealer do it or should I go aftermarket?


I'm thinking it was beginning in the '99 model year that all GM trucks came prewired for trailer brakes. Installing a brake controller is a "Plug 'n' Play" kinda thing ...as in you can do this yourself.

Ditto on getting a good controller.

Check these guys out : eTrailer.com

This is the controller I put in my truck and it works great. Not only that, it is actually *made* in the USofA (!) But whatever brand you end up getting make sure it's a "proportional" controller. These type actually sense inertia ...how fast you're slowing down ...and apply proportional braking based on your rate of deceleration: a slow gradual stop = light trailer braking; a quick stop = greater trailer braking.

http://www.etrailer.com/Brake-Controlle ... 90195.html

I had one of the cheapie, non-proportional brake units; trust me, dont't waste your money. The bigger, the heavier your trailer ...the more reason to get a proportional unit.

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Re: Brake controller

Postby Rockinagain » Oct 21 2012, 12:20pm

+1 on the proportional brake control, I have a Hopkins Agility proportional control... much better than the one my brother has on his truck that is time delayed.

Like someone else said, mounting the bracket takes longer than the wiring now that most trucks are pre-wired.
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Re: Brake controller

Postby deathphoenix99 » Oct 21 2012, 3:44pm

I have the P3 and love it. And the trucks are prewired from 02+ I believe, I know 99's were not. GM does make a built in brake controller, but unless your truck came with it, it can't be added.
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Re: Brake controller

Postby Gereke09 » Oct 21 2012, 11:27pm

Starting in 08 gm went to a "hard wire" system...no more just plug n play! Wiring a controller is real easy, wires under dash are marked. You will have too connect two wires under the hood at the fuse box. Not only is prodigy a great controller but their customer service is awesome too!!
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Re: Brake controller

Postby jocko463 » Oct 29 2012, 3:23pm

Actually, I believe GM started doing it in '06 ....or maybe you got the wiring if you ordered the trailer package ....'cause my '06 Sierra was a "plug 'n' play" setup. By "plug 'n' play" I am referring to the fact there is a plug (actually a socket) under the dash for the controller to connect to ....I just ordered (from eTrailer) the controller with the correct adapter for the vehicle. Hardest part of the install was making sure the controller was placed as close to vehicle center line and as level as possible. The plug also provides the power source for the controller.
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Re: Brake controller

Postby Crabman » Oct 29 2012, 3:33pm

Another vote for the P3,That`s what I use to pull my 31"TT and very satisfied with the performance. Get the vehicle specific wiring harness for a few bucks more which makes installation a piece of cake. My first controller was a cheap noname job and its now trashed, too jerky when stopping. I did not know any better at the time so it was money wasted.
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