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Old 04-30-2012, 04:39 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Please recommend a brake controller...

I just purchased a cherry 2003 4x4 GMC Sierra SLT Crew Cab 1500HD with the 6 Liter. I will be towing a 31ft Limited. I need to install a brake controller...suggestions please. What kind or brand, what else do I need to purchase with it like harness and any additional info you can share. Good prices would also help...need it in a little less than 3 weeks. Install info or links to such info would be very helpful, I know how to install in a ford but not a GMC Thanks bunches everyone!

p.s. everything else is covered, sway bars, wd, etc...

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Old 04-30-2012, 05:23 PM   #2
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I like the Prodigy P2 as I used it for a few years .. trouble free and predictable.
Amazon.com: Tekonsha Engineering 90885 Prodigy Brake Control: Automotive=
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Old 04-30-2012, 05:28 PM   #3
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I've got the P3 - love it!
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Old 04-30-2012, 05:29 PM   #4
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I have a Tekonsha Voyager. It works fine once you get it all adjusted, but it's not very easy to dial in. I've heard the Prodigy is much nicer. I need to upgrade myself, so will subscribe to this thread to see what others have to say.

One that I think looks slick is the one that has the cable that hooks to your brake pedal lever. I forget the name, but it works off your brake pedal position rather than having an internal inertia sensor.

Anyway, best of luck and hope to see you on the road someday,
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Old 04-30-2012, 06:27 PM   #5
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We have used a Tekonsha Prodigy (an early model) for years and have been very satisfied. No problems towing our Bambi with two different tow vehicles, using the same brake controller. The P2 and P3 are later models, and we have heard good things about those models, too.

Also, check out other brands. Tekonsha is also sold under a couple of other brand names. However, they are easily recognizable; because they still use the same case, etc., and only the logo is different. So, they look identical, but may be a little cheaper.

By the way, if your vehicle is already wired for towing, you can save some more money by installing it yourself. The installation is really simple.
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Old 04-30-2012, 06:42 PM   #6
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I say P2 4U.
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Old 04-30-2012, 06:54 PM   #7
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Just needed a new one - our "brake guy" recommended a Dexter.
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Old 04-30-2012, 07:02 PM   #8
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I use the MaxBrake controller. Expensive, but just plain amazing control.

MaxBrake™ - Hydraulic over Electric Variable Brake Controller
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Old 04-30-2012, 07:25 PM   #9
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I have a Hopkins Impulse controller. I like it because it has a digital readout. Easy to set and as long as you can remember what number it was on, easy to reset if it gets moved. On my 2005 chevy, I was able to purchase a plug and play quick connector that plugs into the under dash fuse box. On our 2010 gmc I bought a quick connector, cut the one end off and attached it to the existing wires rolled up and secured under the dash by the steering column, that way I can still remove the controller without cutting the wires. On both vehicles I also had to connect the brake controller hot wire (that is located behind the fuse box in the engine compartment) to the positive stud on the front side of the fuse box. About $120.00 from Auto Zone.
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Thanks all! Think I'm going with the 90185 Prodigy brake control with adapter cable, buying through Trailer Parts Express for a shade over $100 for both!
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Take A look at the Direclink controller...search for the recent thread. 'direclink' for more info... I think it's the best one available at this time - IMHO ...
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Take A look at the Direclink controller...search for the recent thread. 'direclink' for more info... I think it's the best one available at this time - IMHO ...
No good reason to buy junk. Less than a P3 is unacceptable, and the P3 is easily overshadowed by better units. The DIRECLINK is about the best at present.

The same is true with tires and the hitch.
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Do any "feature / function / specification" comparison charts exist for brake controllers? You know, metrics like "stopping distance" and "response time" as well as ease of use stuff like "how often adjustment needed to avoid skidding tires when leaving highway" and so on? Like everything else, including vehicles, we all choose either a basic economy car up thorugh a high end luxury car. The issue in everything we buy is generally "bang for the buck". I personally buy "quality tools" as I use them a lot and are cheaper in the long term, and actually do the job for which they are intended. Just wondering what those in this thread consider "must have", "nice to have" and "neat feature but really don't care". I am very familiar with numerous brake controllers and understand those whom can only afford $100 don't consider high end units, but wondering when looking at a higher end unit, what is important?
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Please recommend a brake controller...

Greeting C5Don!

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Just wondering what those in this thread consider "must have", "nice to have" and "neat feature but really don't care". I am very familiar with numerous brake controllers and understand those whom can only afford $100 don't consider high end units, but wondering when looking at a higher end unit, what is important?
I like to tow with my Vintage cars as well as my '99 Suburban, and I have found one option to be indispensible on my trailer brake controller. That one indispensible option is a remote emergency button. My first RV was a 1980 1780 Nomad Light-Weight with horrible road manners, and more than once a sway problem was made worse when I inadvertently moved the tow vehicle's steering wheel while reaching for the dash mounted brake controller. When I found the Hayes-Lemmerz Energize XPC with its remote control, I had to try one. I now use the Energize XPC when I need a brake controller for a tow vehicle.



The remote control cable plugs into the side of the controller, and can be easily removed for storage in the tow vehicle's glove compartment or console compartment when it isn't in use. My prior controllers were all Tekonshas, but I have never been as well satisfied with any of their products as I have been with my Energize XPC.

The Energize XPC is shown with its remote control in the photo below:


I believe that I am one of very few Forum members who utilize Hayes-Lemmerz trailer brake controllers, but I am very well satisfied with its functionality and performance.

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