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Old 09-27-2016, 03:59 PM   #1
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Just bought a 2001 25 ft safari. Towing with a 1500 Chevy with 6.0 liter engine and tow package. Do I need an electric brake controller?
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Old 09-27-2016, 04:10 PM   #2
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Yes,yes,yes!
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Old 09-27-2016, 05:44 PM   #3
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I say YES you do

I just got a Prodigy P3, love it
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Old 09-27-2016, 06:57 PM   #4
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Unless it is a fairly new truck with a brake controller built into the truck you need a brake controller.
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Old 09-27-2016, 06:58 PM   #5
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Old 09-27-2016, 08:23 PM   #6
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Yes you need a controller!
It is a law in most states that any trailer that weighs over 3000 lbs must have brakes.
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Old 09-28-2016, 11:39 AM   #7
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I have never seen a Chevy 1500 with a 6.0, but the aluminum block 6.2 is an optional engine.
Yes, if the truck does not have an integrated trailer brake controller you need one.
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Old 09-28-2016, 11:48 AM   #8
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Yes a 6.2. I'm not too well versed in auto lingo my husband usually handles that end and i stick to the decorating but I am somewhat obssessed with all things AS !��
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Old 09-28-2016, 12:33 PM   #9
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Agree with others. Unless built in, you need one.
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Old 09-28-2016, 12:48 PM   #10
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Does your 1500 have factory tow package? Normally that would include a transmission oil cooler, as well as a under dash plug/port for a brake controller. Towing a trailer as heavy as your AS will add heat to transmission oil. As heat is a major killer of automatic transmissions, a transmission oil cooler is highly recommended.

Never mind I just re read OP first post. They have the tow package. My bad
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Old 09-28-2016, 01:03 PM   #11
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I have the same AS, 2001 Safari 25'. Yes you absolutely need an electric brake controller. My first two TVs didn't have a factory installed controller, but both had tow packages and were prewired for an aftermarket unit which I had installed. My current TV (Ford F150 with 5.0 and tow package) has a factory installed controller. Towing without one would be terrifying and I probably wouldn't be alive today.
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Old 09-28-2016, 01:34 PM   #12
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Yes - my input is you do need one. It is the only way the brakes on your trailer can be activated
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Old 09-29-2016, 09:55 AM   #13
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Thanks everybody. Having one installed next week. Going with the Prodigy P3.
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Old 09-30-2016, 07:32 PM   #14
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Airstream sells DirectLink at their service center. I've used mine for 3 years. It is really smooth system for either drum or electric over hydraulic brakes. Call the service center and ask Carly or Shelly about them. guskmg
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