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Old 11-28-2007, 10:04 AM   #15
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Bad decision for GM. This is the type of penney wise and dollar foolish decisions that they are famous for. Our 08 f150 had the pig tail in the drivers door panel and the dealer had the prodigy hooked up in 5 minutes.Why GM wants anyone pulling wires through the dash is beyond me.
Better yet, get the (Ford) tow command. Plug in the trailer set the gain and go!
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Old 11-28-2007, 11:50 AM   #16
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On my '07 I just plugged in a pigtail to the fuse panel under the dash, put a fuse in the panel under the hood and that was it.
I have used a Prodigy with my last three trucks (all GM of course) and they were all plug and pray...took 5 minutes. There was no "GM" pigtail (Prodigy provided that) you just plug into the fusebox on the firewall.

I will have to stop at the dealer and look at the firewall on one of these LTZ's...I am surprised this would change significantly...does the truck have tow package?

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Old 11-28-2007, 12:05 PM   #17
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I was waiting for someone to mention the Ford TCM ease of operation.
Just takes 20 seconds including plugging the trailer cord in.

Well maybe GM will get it right in the next few years! :-)
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Old 11-28-2007, 12:16 PM   #18
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new Silverado diesel LTZ. My truck doesn't have the built-in brake controller
He did not get the GM built in control on this truck, available on 07 and newer...
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Old 11-28-2007, 01:11 PM   #19
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OK. Your truck must be the "Classic" model. That model still uses the old type dashboard and old wiring as did '07s made up to about the middle of the model year according to the dealer.

My truck is the LTZ which is a completely new layout with the dash moved forward and down 5". No pigtail on these trucks.
Nope, mine is the new one. The new body style.
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Old 11-28-2007, 03:21 PM   #20
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...does the truck have tow package?

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Mine did not have the tow pkg.
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Old 11-28-2007, 03:42 PM   #21
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OK, now I'm scared....

I just bought a 2008 Silverado 2500 Diesel, Crew Cab, Long Bed, 2WD... and it's got a "pre-wire" for a brake controller located on the bottom of the dash to the left of the steering wheel. Yes it's got the tow package.

I just got my Prodigy model 90185 controller from Camping World today.

So this isn't going to be a "just plug it in and adjust it thing?" AARGH! I shoulda known when there was a miniature DVD in the Prodigy package.

I'm going to read all the instructions, play the DVD, read the owners manual and then probably call one of "youse guys" to help me do the actual install.


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Old 11-28-2007, 05:04 PM   #22
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Fuse

The GM's fuse issue pertains to the power supply to the trailer 12V supply. the brakes and controller work plug & play. The plug or blank square fuse is only the power supply and it is likely that many people are towing without a 12V supply to there trailer. You would only know if you check the terminal with a tester. I can't remember which peg is the 12V supply but the cover has a diagram on the face. I can't imagine why GM does not include the fuse? I guess they save 5.00 per truck!
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Solution to the '07 GM and Chevy Brake Controller

I am buying a Silverado 1500 Max and found the following write up on the brake controller. Wiring Instructions for Tekonsha Brake Control for New GM Hope this helps. Although complicated and I question GM's decision, it is much easier than many of the things we have to conquer.
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Old 11-29-2007, 06:17 AM   #24
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Better yet, get the (Ford) tow command. Plug in the trailer set the gain and go!
I whole heartedly concur. BTW I used a Prodigy when I was silly enough to have purchased a 1/2 ton before the current 06 PSD we tow with. The Prodigy worked well, it was the truck that was inadequate.
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