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New truck..need brake controller advice

PostPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2008 5:42 pm
by tuckinbuck50
got an 08 sierra last month for my new daily/tow vehicle. It came wired up with a 7pin but im still going to need to install a brake controller and dont really have a clue what i should be looking for in a unit. so im looking for some suggestions as to what controller would be a good choice to go with. i was also wondering if i need a specific controller for a specific style of trailer brakes. any info you can throw my way as to the different types of braking systems and controllers would be appreciated. ive never had to tow anything of decent size with previous trucks so its all new to me.
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Re: New truck..need brake controller advice

PostPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2008 9:07 pm
by drgn-hrdr-thn-ur-trk
nice truck.

i went to my local place where i bought my trailer for mine. i went with the middle of the road priced controller. think it was around $100-120. mine is a draw-tite activator 2 & have never had a problem. as far as i know, brake controllers all do the same thing.

Re: New truck..need brake controller advice

PostPosted: Wed Apr 09, 2008 6:08 am
by Chop Top
Mainly they all do the same thing. But some of them are made for just single axle trailers which wouldnt be too good. And some of them are made for 3 or 4 axle. But just go anyplace, napa sells them, usually truck stops have them. Just read the package and see what it says. You can find em all over online as well. Other then that its just a plug n play with those trucks. They should have given you a wire harness when you bought it that plugs in down under the dash by yur left foot. Then a couple quick connects and hook it to the brake controller and yur good to stop.

Re: New truck..need brake controller advice

PostPosted: Fri Apr 11, 2008 7:33 pm
by SoLow67GMC
buy a prodigy its worth the money.. they actually just came out with a brand new model of it which will run a bit more but you can still pick up the older model like i have for about 100 bucks.. do some research you will find everyone loves the prodigy

Re: New truck..need brake controller advice

PostPosted: Fri Apr 11, 2008 7:35 pm
by SoLow67GMC
o yeah its made by Tekonsha

Re: New truck..need brake controller advice

PostPosted: Fri Apr 11, 2008 9:46 pm
by tuckinbuck50
ok nice thanks for the info guys

Re: New truck..need brake controller advice

PostPosted: Sat Apr 12, 2008 7:48 pm
by GraphicDisorder
I have a prodigy and its done great with my enclosed.

Re: New truck..need brake controller advice

PostPosted: Sun Apr 26, 2009 8:20 pm
by getto
ther is def a quick wire setup that wires the brake control right to your factory fuse panel, i just picked up a reese brake controller 90 bones marked down fron 119, runs 2,3 axels, and 2,4,6, brakes it can mount on any angle even upside down, and also has emergency brake override, i can thumb the trailer brakes from the controller. def was a good investment, i cant knock any other ones i just am tellin you that the one i picked up seems to do the job for me, oh ps the trailer is 2 axle 20 foot dovetail full deck all steel and i tow it with a 3500 2008 chevy express van so trailer brakes were a must.

Re: New truck..need brake controller advice

PostPosted: Sun Apr 26, 2009 11:30 pm
by dirty
ive got a draw tite in my truck.
i went to a local trailer place and got it and got it installed.
i forget how much mine was cause i got a hitch and all at the same time but my brother went to the same place and got a controller one step above mine and also had them install it. i thik he got out the door for the 160-175 neighborhood

Re: New truck..need brake controller advice

PostPosted: Mon Apr 27, 2009 10:10 pm
by Chris(MobileWest)
On the new body style GM's they don't give you a harness. The harness is already connected under the dash left of the steering column, it's taped fast to another harness and has a sticker telling you what wires are what.