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Re: EVERYTHING Trailer Brake Controllers
« Reply #225 on: 08/12/08 04:59 PM »

what is the consensus best brake controller to buy and use? (if there is one...)

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Re: EVERYTHING Trailer Brake Controllers
« Reply #226 on: 08/12/08 06:24 PM »

Quote from: jimmypsp700
what is the consensus best brake controller to buy and use? (if there is one...)

Jim

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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There are many differing opinions on the subject, but from what I have read here in the previous 10 pgs of this thread is the Prodigy is the best bang for the buck.

I have been "getting by" with another brand analog brake controller since I bought the truck. I just ordered a Prodigy v2.6 from RVwholesalers for $100 delivered.
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Re: EVERYTHING Trailer Brake Controllers
« Reply #227 on: 08/12/08 08:44 PM »

thanks!
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Re: EVERYTHING Trailer Brake Controllers
« Reply #228 on: 10/08/08 08:45 PM »

I have a 2004 Ave,  brake controller has me puzzled. I have heard the 04 is basically a "plug & play", no additional wiring. anyone know if this is true? or will I need to find a harness under the dash, and another hookup under the hood? please advise. if it is just a plug, where exactly is it located? :help:
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Re: EVERYTHING Trailer Brake Controllers
« Reply #229 on: 10/09/08 04:47 AM »

All this info is here in the towing section.
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Re: EVERYTHING Trailer Brake Controllers
« Reply #230 on: 10/09/08 08:28 AM »

I read all 5 pages in the Everything about trailer brake section, No one has anything on an 04? i have heard they are set up differently. :E:
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Re: EVERYTHING Trailer Brake Controllers
« Reply #231 on: 10/09/08 08:52 AM »

I believe they are setup the same 03 - 06 I know the wiring is the same.

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Re: EVERYTHING Trailer Brake Controllers
« Reply #232 on: 10/09/08 09:41 AM »

I read all 5 pages in the Everything about trailer brake section, No one has anything on an 04? i have heard they are set up differently. :E:

What's you question?  Someone might be able to help :D
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Re: EVERYTHING Trailer Brake Controllers
« Reply #233 on: 10/09/08 10:23 AM »

It is on the fuse block, to the left of the brake pedal, under the dash on my 04. Depending on the brake controller you purchase, you may be able to pick up a plug-n-play harness to go with it. I use the Prodigy controller and purchased their harness to go with it. Plugged the harness to the connector on the AV, plugged the other end into the Prodigy brake controller and POOF, instant trailer brakes!  :thumbsup:

Hope this helps!

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Re: EVERYTHING Trailer Brake Controllers
« Reply #234 on: 10/09/08 04:55 PM »

Thanks UTAH, I will check it out...
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Re: EVERYTHING Trailer Brake Controllers
« Reply #235 on: 10/10/08 11:09 AM »

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Re: EVERYTHING Trailer Brake Controllers
« Reply #236 on: 12/10/08 04:51 PM »

I could use some help. :help:  Should I go with the Prodgy or the P3?  And where is a good mounting location?   Has anyone ever mounted it indash somewhere?   I often have a truck full of people and dont want it in the way of the front middle seat. :help: :help:
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Re: EVERYTHING Trailer Brake Controllers
« Reply #237 on: 05/09/09 07:38 PM »

those crimp connecetors are called scotch lock and they have been a major problem for years i have been in the auto repair bussiness for 40 years and if you ever see those type and you have elec issues then that is prob it body shop s used them a lot  nothing like soldering and shrink tubing and doing it right  BTW  iam new here and thanks for everyone being here
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Re: EVERYTHING Trailer Brake Controllers
« Reply #238 on: 06/08/09 04:02 AM »

My mom just bought an 09 avalanche and she's charged me with installing the brake controller, where do you guys usually put it at?  Where is the factory location?
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Re: EVERYTHING Trailer Brake Controllers
« Reply #239 on: 08/23/09 07:06 PM »

Im gonna post a pic of my controller to give others ideas. It's under the little lower cubby. Mounted to the plastic cover underneath the dash. It's much lower profile than the factory suggested location. It's not a real easy reach but it's manageable and lower profile.

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Re: EVERYTHING Trailer Brake Controllers
« Reply #240 on: 09/20/09 02:04 PM »

I know I've read this several times on here but... I have a 2008 Avalanche and tried to hook up a Hopkins Impulse Brake controller. Now the brakes on the trailer are always on and it ( i assume ) ran the battery down on the truck. Any suggestions as to what I need to look at? I wired the white to white, the black to red/black, the blue to light blue and the the red to dark blue. I hooked the two wires under the hood up and have power which maybe I suspect leads me to think the problem is at the seven way plug. Any thoughts on what I should be looking for or any thing else?     ???
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Re: EVERYTHING Trailer Brake Controllers
« Reply #241 on: 09/20/09 02:11 PM »

There is only one wire that brings electric to the brakes and if it was always on your trailer brakes would be locked up. Does your brake controller go off after 15 minutes or so of none use? Most do.
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Re: EVERYTHING Trailer Brake Controllers
« Reply #242 on: 09/20/09 04:14 PM »

I can't tell you if the controller goes off after 15 minutes or not. The trailer brakes are locked up and it got too late last night for me to continue so I stopped and waited until today. That's when I found my battery run down as the truck would'nt start! I have just unplugged the controller and will either start over tommorrow or I'll order the Valley controller that has a cord with it to match my truck. I'm about at my wits end and if it's not real obvious, I know very little about electric and such. lol :E:
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Re: EVERYTHING Trailer Brake Controllers
« Reply #243 on: 09/21/09 08:27 PM »

If your trailer brakes are activating you can hear them humming if your near the wheels. So if your controller is hooked up, trailer is plugged in, and you can hear humming near trailer wheels when brake pedal of truck is not pressed. Then something is wired wrong. The hardest wire is the one going to the brake switch in truck. That could be wired to a hot lead, and causing trailer brakes to activate constantly, which might be causing the problem.
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Re: EVERYTHING Trailer Brake Controllers
« Reply #244 on: 09/24/09 11:57 AM »

Hey Guys. I have a question.
I had had the Prodgy in my 2004 then my 2006(simpleplug and play).
I just bought my third Avalanche and was wondering is it a big tast to wire it up or is it a plug and play. I will try it once I get delivery of my new truck.
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Re: EVERYTHING Trailer Brake Controllers
« Reply #245 on: 10/06/09 07:11 PM »

I have an 08 and had to hard wire (solder) the Prodigy pigtail to the GM installed wires located under the dash. My problem is that I have no power at the red/blk wire coming from the GM installed harness to power the Controller.  Some time back a guy had a similar problem with his 07 and stated there were 2 red wires under the hood that had to be connected to the 2 lugs located under the electrical box cover, lower front.

Does anyone know anything these wires. I just did the install today and then discovered I had no power coming from the factory harness.  :E:
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Re: EVERYTHING Trailer Brake Controllers
« Reply #246 on: 10/06/09 09:24 PM »

Look under the hood on the driver's side at the fuse box.  You'll see two heavy guage wires under it at the front that each have a loop on them.  One gets hooked up to ground on the box the other to power.  The controller people should have known that, but my guys didn't either.  UGH.

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Re: EVERYTHING Trailer Brake Controllers
« Reply #247 on: 10/06/09 09:27 PM »

Check to see if you need to add the fuse in the fuse box. Its a little red fuse plug\spacer that needs to be removed and replaced with a fuse. Available at like Autozone or something. I think it should be a 40a.
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Re: EVERYTHING Trailer Brake Controllers
« Reply #248 on: 10/08/09 06:46 PM »

You were right CornBurner. The wires even had the eyelets already on them which were sized to fit the different size lugs. I picked up a 30 amp Auto Reset circuit breaker today and plan on installing that somewhere in the line.  I didn't find a specific fuse for the brake wire but there are fuses for the trailer turn, running etc.  I guess that's why I've been told to install the circuit breaker.  Thanks for the info.
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Re: EVERYTHING Trailer Brake Controllers
« Reply #249 on: 10/08/09 08:18 PM »

Hollywood, how exactly did you wire your harness to the wires that come out from under the dash? This is where I had 1 problem. Then when I thought I had them right and I hooked up the wires under the hood, I had constant power to the trailer brakes. Frustrating... at this point I just stopped till I get something I can work with and someone to hold my hand & tell me it'll be alright... lol :E:
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