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Old 06-02-2010, 09:05 PM   #1
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New Tow Vehicle need advice

We just purchased a new tow vehicle and now need to get a brake controller installed. We are planning on going to Uhaul to have it installed unless there is a better option in Phoenix area. Here are the details. TV is a 06 yukon denali and the AS is a 65 Overlander. We need recomendations on what type of brake controller is best to use for our rig.

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Old 06-02-2010, 09:50 PM   #2
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Your 2006 Denali is trailer ready, do yourself a favor and don't have U-Haul or Camping World install the brake control. I use the Teknonsha Prodigy P-3 and a Tekonsha 3015 wiring harness, this makes everything a "plug & play" It all plugs together and then to a harness under the dash above the gas pedal. You will need to connect the charge line at the battery junction box in the engine compartment, front of the fuse box.
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Old 06-02-2010, 09:57 PM   #3
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Your 2006 Denali is trailer ready, do yourself a favor and don't have U-Haul or Camping World install the brake control. I use the Teknonsha Prodigy P-3 and a Tekonsha 3015 wiring harness, this makes everything a "plug & play" It all plugs together and then to a harness under the dash above the gas pedal. You will need to connect the charge line at the battery junction box in the engine compartment, front of the fuse box.
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I second this advice!
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Old 06-02-2010, 11:13 PM   #4
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Great Advise. As you can see we have a 2001 Ford. I went to the local trailer sales place and purchased a harness that plugs into the already installed(from the factory) harness thats under the dash. Then 2 tiny holes in the plastic Dash(will not decrease the value of the vehicle) to the right of the steering wheel and below my right knee. Matched up the color coded wires and WA LA /Brake controler installed,took a whole 20 minutes. Im sure GM has done the same install of harness from their factory. 20 minute job saves maybe a hundred bucks install fee,pretty dog gone good hourly wage,don't ya think.?
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I will throw out my usual observation that the MaxBrake controller provides better drivability and safety than any other and is easily worth the expense and extra installation labor.

I don't know who is available in the Phoneix area but would not think that UHaul would be the best choice.
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The Prodigy is plug/pray on GM vehicles of that vintage...should take all of 1 minute...the harness is near the brake pedal.
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Old 06-03-2010, 10:41 AM   #7
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We just purchased a new tow vehicle and now need to get a brake controller installed. We are planning on going to Uhaul to have it installed unless there is a better option in Phoenix area. Here are the details. TV is a 06 yukon denali and the AS is a 65 Overlander. We need recomendations on what type of brake controller is best to use for our rig.

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I used the Prodigy for years and think they're the best brake controller out there. It's very simply to hook up but if you must have it done by a professional, I'd take it to Al's RV on Bell Rd. Don't go to a U-Haul.
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Plug and pray? I hope it works better than that...
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Brake conttol

Try B & M Bumper at Grand Ave & Missouri I have used them for 30 years and they have a great selection a good prices
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I appreciate everyone's help and responses. We have decided to go with a Prodigy and have purchased one. My next question is set up. Silly question it asks for the weight of the vehicle do I use Curb weight or Gross weight?


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Also check the plug from the trailer!

The plug on my '66 Overlander was wired different than my TV. I discovered the industry standard was how my TV was wired and the A/S was a lil out of step. I ended up replacing the A/S plug and wire since it was in poor shape anyway.

A 12 V tester was my friend in that mess.

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