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Old 07-03-2006, 07:06 AM   #29
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Bill ~ I think that the GM cable kit works on 03's to the current models. I remember several threads that talk about fuses in GM trucks, they had to do with the line that charges the battery from the truck. It seems that GM left that fuse out and trailers batteries were not getting charged.
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Old 07-03-2006, 07:53 AM   #30
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Thanx, yes as I remember there is a fuse to replace a "dummy" under the hood...
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Old 07-03-2006, 10:44 AM   #31
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The fuse in my '01 2500hd is a 40 amp that must be plugged in to power the brake circuit.
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Here is a pic of the 40A fuse installation. This fuse was taped to my OEM '06 GMC 2500 pigtail and my local dealer's diesel mechanic showed me right where to put it. As you say, there was a dummy plastic insert before I put the pictured fuse into position. This is in a fusebox at the top left edge of the front quarter panel, right behind the main battery. Front is to the left. See this post.
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Old 07-03-2006, 10:55 PM   #33
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The fuse in my '01 2500hd is a 40 amp that must be plugged in to power the brake circuit.
First thing I would do is dump that fuse and replace it with a similarly rated auto-reset circuit breaker! If that fuse blows for any reason and you need your trailer brakes.....THEY WON'T BE THERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have great difficulty believing that GM would equip any vehicle for towing with any type of fuse in the trailer brake power circuit.

The auto-reset breaker will at least pulse the brakes if you have an over current situation. A blown fuse will do NOTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 07-04-2006, 04:41 PM   #34
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Here is a pic of the 40A fuse installation. This fuse was taped to my OEM '06 GMC 2500 pigtail and my local dealer's diesel mechanic showed me right where to put it. As you say, there was a dummy plastic insert before I put the pictured fuse into position. This is in a fusebox at the top left edge of the front quarter panel, right behind the main battery. Front is to the left. See this post.
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Old 07-06-2006, 12:04 PM   #35
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Here is a pic of the 40A fuse installation. This fuse was taped to my OEM '06 GMC 2500 pigtail and my local dealer's diesel mechanic showed me right where to put it. As you say, there was a dummy plastic insert before I put the pictured fuse into position. This is in a fusebox at the top left edge of the front quarter panel, right behind the main battery. Front is to the left. See this post.
Hi Bob, do you know if that was the second fuse slot from the left?
I believe the first slot is blank?

Can you confirm?

New truck is due today and we leave tomorrow!

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Old 07-06-2006, 12:58 PM   #36
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Davidz71 -

I had a different experience with the fuse in my 2004 Chev Silverado 2500. It was over a year before I discovered that there was only a dummy fuse in its place. During that time, my brakes and everything worked properly - what I was missing was the 12v hot line to the trailer. This was why my trailer battery would not charge even after a long day's travel - and I found myself with absolutely no battery during our last night in the Smokies. Once I found the fuse and installed it, the only thing the fuse did was send power to the 12v hot line to the trailer.

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Old 07-06-2006, 09:13 PM   #37
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I wouldn't want you to think that we are all of one mind about this issue, and I'll admit that I have never tried a Prodigy.

I have NEVER heard of anyone who has tried a BrakeSmart say that he would ever go back to anything else. That's true for me too.

I installed a BrakeSmart a couple of years ago and the trailer "disappeared". When stopping, it was like the trailer was not there. The only disadvantage I see to a BrakeSmart controller is that it is about twice as expensive as whatever controller is in second place. I think mine was about $350 or so.

I installed mine myself, but unless you are comfortable about working on your brake system you should have it done professionally. My truck has four-wheel ABS and that system still works just as it did when new. There are no problems with tapping into the brake hydraulic line as long as the system is bled properly and the fitting doesn't leak -- two easy items to check.

You will not be disappointed with a BrakeSmart controller.

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Another vote for the Brakesmart.
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Stay away from the Time delay controllers like the Hoppy. If I'd known better I'd have never bought it. So much for trusting the RV dealer. The other interesting design I'll throw in the mix is the Jordan.
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Prodigy-set it and forget it.
Just moved mine into my new truck last night-took all of 10 minutes (maybe).

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Prodigy - It stops the trailer when I stop.....
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Question Trying to understand brake controller operation

I have been reading various posts with regards to brake controllers. I will probably purchase the Prodigy due to simplicity of operation, installation, etc... I also understand the brake controller's function is to coordinate the effort to stop the TV-Trailer combination in sync. What I don't truly understand is when you plug the controller into the pre-wired setup on your TV, does the controller then receive input information from the TV's onboard computer and/or braking system AND does it receive some sort of input from the 7-pin connector from the trailer which I suppose is feeding the controller some sort of sensory data which the controller utilizes to stop eventually stop both vehicles in tandem?
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