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Old 12-04-2013, 02:44 PM   #1
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Does the brand of controller matter?

I'm an AS newbie. I have to get a brake controller installed in my 2010 GMC Sierra before I pick up my new-to-me Safari 25. The truck has the tow package so the wires are under the dash. Should I go to a GMC dealer for OEM, or will and aftermarket be fine? I used to have a car trailer with electric brakes 20 years ago, and the old style controller had a lever. I saw a Drawtite brand at a truck store and it appeared to be digital. Have things changed in 20 years?
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Old 12-04-2013, 02:59 PM   #2
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Aftermarket is just fine. Tekonsha seems very popular and reliable, P2 or P3.
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Old 12-04-2013, 03:18 PM   #3
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sb55 - My TV is a 2010 GMC Sierra with tow package. I installed an aftermarket Tekonsha Primus IQ brake controller. It was not expensive and it works great. My 19' is single axle but this model will work for 4 and 6 brake applications as well.

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Old 12-04-2013, 03:25 PM   #4
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New controllers usually have a lever too, it's just small.

I'm satisfied with a Tekonsha Prodigy P3. It took some fiddling to find the "sweet spot" and I have to re-tune it slightly most times I adjust the brakes, but I'm quite picky and want it to behave "just so".
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Yes brake controller technology has changed significantly. Ditto on the P3's performance. We've had great service with ours. The digital feedback helped me identify a short in the curbside rear brake on our last trip out. I was able to pull off the should and confirm the wheel temp, deal with the issue and avoided potential damages.
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Old 12-12-2013, 12:27 PM   #6
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I used to have a car trailer with electric brakes 20 years ago, and the old style controller had a lever. I saw a Drawtite brand at a truck store and it appeared to be digital. Have things changed in 20 years?
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I am very happy with the P3 in my Tundra. After just a little tweaking, I never even feel the trailer when braking. Takes no more pedal pressure than when I am in the truck alone.
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Old 12-13-2013, 08:13 PM   #8
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sb55,
I personally use a Tekonsha Primus, as I don't need the proportional control on backing that the Prodigy provides. The proportional aspect (accelerometer controlled) is really what you want, regardless of make, the old "time delay" models are really a pain, especially in city driving. Plus they take those few seconds to come to full strength, which might be the difference between a close call and a call to the insurance man.
Tekonsha makes a model that is not any more expensive than the cheap junk,
Tekonsha 78081 Voyager Proportional Brake Control : Amazon.com : Automotive, it just doesn't have the digital readout. I use it on my work trucks pulling utility and construction trailers and like it fine, easy to set up with a multicolored LED.
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Hello,
Sorry to come in on this, but what does P2 or P3 mean? I'm a total newbie...so any help is appreciated.
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Old 04-08-2014, 10:03 AM   #10
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What is that lever for? The chrome interior is gorgeous, by the way!
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Sorry to come in on this, but what does P2 or P3 mean? I'm a total newbie...so any help is appreciated.
Tekonsha currently produces 2 versions of the wired Prodigy brake controllers, the P2 and P3. They differ slightly in features and in the way they controls work, and each model has its devotees.

The handle you asked about it a manual activator for the brake controller, so you can activate trailer brakes by hand without activating the tow vehicle's brakes. Newer controllers have them too, but usually they're smaller than that one.
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