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Old 09-30-2015, 04:08 PM   #1
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Buying trailer brake controller for my Silverado

Just purchased a 2013 Silverado and want to know where to purchase, what type of electric trailer brake to buy, and how hard are they to install. The Silverado is to pull a 2002 Safari that is 25 feet long, also recently purchased, so I'm a nubie.
Next post will be about side view mirror extenders, looked into GM OEM and they're over $600.
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Old 09-30-2015, 05:16 PM   #2
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Congratulations on your purchase and welcome!

Presume you mean a brake controller, and that you have a Silverado 1500 as opposed to a 2500HD, since they can come with one built in. I installed a Prodigy P3 in my F-150. There was a connector already there in the dash under the steering wheel. I bought the P3 and an adapter cable and just plugged it in and screwed it to the dashboard frame over the gas pedal. It worked great.

Google Prodigy P3 and research the Tekonsha website for compatibility with your Silverado.

There is also a wireless version that is easier to install but, if I remember correctly, costs about twice as much.

Anticipating your next post, there are slip-on trailer mirrors that run about $30/side. I bought a set at Camping World, but they are widely available. Mine worked great.

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Old 09-30-2015, 05:31 PM   #3
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I second the Prodigy P3 setup, plug and play for our Tundra, just need to find your specific plug. Controller was easy to set up.

We have had a good experience also with the Grand Aero Towing mirrors, they attach with screw clamps and I haven't experienced too much "shake" thus far. They are made by JR Products and available on Amazon amongst other places.

Have fun!
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Old 09-30-2015, 05:50 PM   #4
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I have the P3 and GM wire harness that I used in my 2001 Silverado 1500. Easy set up and worked well. We sold our truck and have no use for it any longer. Only used a few times. PM me if you are interested.
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Old 09-30-2015, 06:05 PM   #5
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The Prodigy P3 is the way to go, hands down. As far as mirrors, look through the web. There are some for as low as 400/pr. Cheap, Good, towing mirrors not happening
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What Bruce just said.
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Old 09-30-2015, 07:24 PM   #7
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Appreciate the information, especially the clip on mirrors. Will look into the Prodigy P3.
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Old 10-01-2015, 11:39 AM   #8
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Old 10-01-2015, 03:07 PM   #9
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If you have the $$, the factory tow mirrors are worth the investment ...
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Old 10-01-2015, 05:28 PM   #10
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You might have a plug under the dash to plug in an after market brake controller. Especially if trailer connection was already wired and installed in the rear. Makes it really easy.
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My vote is also for the Prodigy P-3. We've used ours on a half ton '02 Burb, 3/4 ton '06 Yukon XL and now a '10 Armada. With regard to towing mirrors, I'd go with the non-OEM versions of the factory towing mirrors. We did that with the Burb and Armada and were/are not disappointed. Yes, they are big, BUT look and perform the best for us.
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Ditto on the Tekonsha Prodigy product line. There are many Plug & Go wiring harness options that should allow you to simply plug into the existing factory wiring harness if a connector is not already present". The last install I did on an F-350 took less than 30 minutes, which included adding a new 4 flat/7 blade connector under the rear bumper.
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Prodigy is hands down the best. Unlike cheaper controllers, prodigy has sensors that match trailer braking force to that of the TV. Once dialed in for your TV, it is so smooth that you can barely tell the trailer is back there.
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Costs a little bit more, but the DirectLink is far superior to the Prodigy. I have the DirectLink in my Grand Cherokee and as soon as they make a connector for the M-B Sprinter, I will replace the Prodigy currently installed in the M-B.
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