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Re: EVERYTHING Trailer Brake Controllers
« Reply #200 on: 03/29/07 05:11 PM »

I AM TRYING TO INSTALL A TEKONSHA VOYAGER BRAKE CONTROL, I HAVE LOOKED UNDER THE DASH AND CAN'T SEEM TO FIND WHERE I NEED TO PLUG MY HARNESS INTO?  ANYONE THAT CAN HELP ME, THAT WOULD BE AWESOME!!!!
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Re: EVERYTHING Trailer Brake Controllers
« Reply #201 on: 03/29/07 06:16 PM »

NEVER MIND I HAVE TOTALLY FIGURED IT OUT AND EVERYTHING WORKS GREAT!!!!!
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Re: EVERYTHING Trailer Brake Controllers
« Reply #202 on: 04/03/07 06:43 PM »

Good price on Prodigy Brake Controler at etrailer.com. I bought one from them last spring and paid a bit more than this. I'm not affiliated with them but they do have good prices and service.

http://www.etrailer.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=E&Product_Code=90185&Category_Code=BB
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Re: EVERYTHING Trailer Brake Controllers
« Reply #203 on: 04/04/07 05:30 AM »

I am going to be hooking up my brake controller tonight i believe and was wondering if someone could help me. I had it all hooked up in my old 97 chevy 1/2 ton with out any harnesses or anything i just ran my own wires. I beleive the module is a Rese controller. i was wondering if i had to buy the harness or if i can just splice into an existing wire. any help would be GREATLY appreciated. i am also going to hook up my plug so the lights in the trailer work. any advice on that would be wonderful as well.
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Re: EVERYTHING Trailer Brake Controllers
« Reply #204 on: 04/04/07 11:24 AM »

The easiest thing is to point you towards this Thread.

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Re: EVERYTHING Trailer Brake Controllers
« Reply #205 on: 06/02/07 03:06 AM »

Do 05's need brake controllers also for pulling?

Need more info....pulling what?  Model year has nothing to do with it...size and weight of trailer do.

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Re: EVERYTHING Trailer Brake Controllers
« Reply #206 on: 06/02/07 03:24 AM »

Just finished reading the whole thread, understand Avid. Daaa! Hey Beer thanks for those pics you posted, it really helps. Another thing to do, good to have it if needed. Simple addition.
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Re: EVERYTHING Trailer Brake Controllers
« Reply #207 on: 07/22/07 05:56 PM »

Hey Everyone,

  I just installed my brake controller tonight using the harness that came with my AV ('04).   I installed the 40amp fuse (thanks to info from this site) and wired up my controller correctly.   Problem is, my brake lights come on and stay on whenever I plug the controller in.   Ok. . . I know I'm going to get laughed at for this but, hey, I have next to "NO" knowledge on towing but I bought a Hopkins controller.   Anyway. . . anyone know why my brake lights are on and dont go off?  When I unplug the unit, everything works normally.   I wired this thing up as below.

stock harness wire / Hopkins harness wire
red / black
Lt Blue / Red
Black / White
Dk Blue / Blue

TIA for any help. . . . gotta get to an HPDE soon.
Jim
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Re: EVERYTHING Trailer Brake Controllers
« Reply #208 on: 10/10/07 04:02 PM »

I installed my prodigy brake controller and am having a problem with it.   It wants to apply the brakes even though I'm not touching the brakes.   It'll read anywhere between 3. 0 to 1. 0 volts just going down the freeway.   Any ideas what's wrong?
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Re: EVERYTHING Trailer Brake Controllers
« Reply #209 on: 10/10/07 04:04 PM »

what year Avy do you have?
What harness did you use?

2002 harness cannot be used on later years... without repinning connector.
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Re: EVERYTHING Trailer Brake Controllers
« Reply #210 on: 10/10/07 05:04 PM »

I've got an '05 1500 and I'm using the factory harness/pigtail spliced into the prodigy's wiring.
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Re: EVERYTHING Trailer Brake Controllers
« Reply #211 on: 10/11/07 06:08 AM »

05 did not come with Harness when bought new so you must have purchased it.

Can you get the Part number?
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Re: EVERYTHING Trailer Brake Controllers
« Reply #212 on: 10/11/07 10:24 AM »

To make it really simple you can buy a direct conncecting harness from Prodigy or Drawtite, all the same manufacturer anyway for most tow gear, and its plug and play.
Was only about $12.
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Re: EVERYTHING Trailer Brake Controllers
« Reply #213 on: 10/11/07 09:50 PM »

Hmm, I bought the truck used and it have the harness in the glovebox.   It definetly looked like it had been installed before.   I might have to just buy the plug and play one.   At least the truck stops surprisingly well without the trailer brakes! 
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Re: EVERYTHING Trailer Brake Controllers
« Reply #214 on: 11/12/07 12:57 PM »

After Reading this entire thread you guys have answered a ton of questions  (THANKS THIS BOARD ROCKS)

see post: hxxp: www.  chevyavalanchefanclub.  com/cafcna/index.  php/topic,91215.  msg1438868.  html#msg1438868

One remaining question tho  What is the Part Number for the wiring harness that you plug in under tha dash and connect the brake controller to ???  (Mine is missing Bought the unit used)


GM Wants $100.  00 for a wiring kit that goes front to back ????  That cant be correct can it.  

BTW its a 2004 Z71 AV with the 5. 3 and tow package
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Re: EVERYTHING Trailer Brake Controllers
« Reply #215 on: 11/12/07 12:59 PM »

Check this thread I am sure it is in there somewhere

http://www.chevyavalanchefanclub.com/cafcna/index.php/topic,84354.0.html
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Re: EVERYTHING Trailer Brake Controllers
« Reply #216 on: 01/05/08 02:07 PM »

does anyone have a picture or part # for the green 40a fuse that is needed in the 2003?  I know that it is the B+ trailering J-case fuse, but I want to see it so I know that I have the right one before I buy it. 

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Re: EVERYTHING Trailer Brake Controllers
« Reply #217 on: 01/05/08 02:36 PM »

As you should be able to see in the chart, the 40 amp J-Case fuse should be green. It should be shaped like the 60 amp in the picture.
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Re: EVERYTHING Trailer Brake Controllers
« Reply #218 on: 01/05/08 02:58 PM »

awesome.  Thanks for the quick response. Off to the parts store.  Controller is installed, just no power to it.  Damn 03  :E:
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Re: EVERYTHING Trailer Brake Controllers
« Reply #219 on: 02/08/08 05:34 AM »

Hi!!  I’m new here.  I hope some one can help me.  I have a 2003 Avalanche 1500.  I’m trying to hook up a trailer brake controller.  I have the harness that plugs in under the dash on the left side.  The instructions for the harness say to plug it in and check for power with a tester.  I did and have no power.  There is a fuse in the “STUD 2” position of the UBEC.  I have read elsewhere that there is a wire between the UBEC and the fender that needs to be connected to “STUD 2” to provide power to the brake control.  Is this true? What about “STUD1”, is this only for auxiliary power to the trailer or does it have something to do with the trailer brake circuit as well?

Thanks in advance!!

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Re: EVERYTHING Trailer Brake Controllers
« Reply #220 on: 02/08/08 06:22 AM »

Ok after some further reading I think I have this figured out.  I do need to hook up the power under the hood.  I'll go home tonight and give it a shot.  My last tow vehicle was a Ford Excursion and the brake controller hook up on it was plug and play, to easy.  I wish GM would take some of their competitions ideas and put them to use!

Thanks again!!

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Re: EVERYTHING Trailer Brake Controllers
« Reply #221 on: 02/08/08 06:32 AM »

On a 2003 there are no wires to hook up. That silly "feature" showed up on the 2007 GMT900 models. The fuse that has to be installed in yours is for the 12v feed to the trailer and has nothing to do with the trailer brakes. I suggest you pull the fuse in both stud positions and check them. I think you will find the one that supplies power to the controller is blown. Or...make doubly sure you have the right harness, they changed in 2003.

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Re: EVERYTHING Trailer Brake Controllers
« Reply #222 on: 05/22/08 05:57 PM »

Hi guys, is the Prodigy controller still "the one" to get?  Any particular model?  It's time to get a controller and I want to get the best bang for the buck, the budget is $150 MAX, preferably more like $120 though.

Thanks for any tips...
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Re: EVERYTHING Trailer Brake Controllers
« Reply #223 on: 05/23/08 03:17 AM »

In order..Prodigy...Prodigy P3...Tru Control. The major difference between them is the software they use. All are based on an accelerometer chip. There are even better controllers out there but they are expensive.

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Re: EVERYTHING Trailer Brake Controllers
« Reply #224 on: 06/16/08 08:02 PM »

OK, just got my 2008 Avalanche LTZ.  Great truck!  Also picked up a new trailer to go with it!  26' with a slide out.  At the RV dealership, the installer put in the new Prodigy controller (as per wiring schematic) then tested everything and nothing...  I called the dealer and they didn't know what could be wrong.  The manual says that custom wiring may need to be done under the hood as well.  How vague can they be? ..  Hmmm.  So eventually the guy looking under the fuse black box under the hood sees a cable not connected.  He connects it to the bolt on the front of the black box.  Still nothing.  Then he notices a second cable disconnected.  He connects it and away we go.  The point is, that the LTZ comes with HD trailer package and is disconnected under the hood and they don't have the decency to tell you where the wires are hid.  (Under the black box)  :E:.  It wasn't a big deal, but if I had to pay a guy to hook it all up it would have been 100-200 bucks if he was honest.  The cables were there with a loop on the end of each.  Just needed 2 nuts to attach them to the bolts.  What a farce.  Any how.  great truck great trailer! 
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