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Old February 16th, 2017, 04:24 PM   #1
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Default Brake Controller Options - 99 Chevy 2500

I just purchased a new to me trailer. Right now it's just the axles, tires, and half of a frame. I intend to finish fabbing up the frame, and then decking it. Both axles have trailer brakes already wired in.

Now, it is my understanding that with my vehicle, I need only to purchase the brake controller. I have the factory 7 pin plug and the box under my dash where I can plug the adapter in for the new controller.

This is my first experience with brake controllers. My question is, do you all have any you would suggest? I don't need anything top-shelf, as realistically right now I only tow maybe once a week (dump trailers at work, own personal trailer, etc). It would be helpful if they included the adapter needed to plug into my junction box (3025-S). Again, correct me if this is wrong.

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Old February 16th, 2017, 04:48 PM   #2
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I'm using this on my 02,

http://www.etrailer.com/multi-produc...7887&hunter=bc

I'm no Snowman or whatever other great truckers there are, but it works well for me, I can do more adjustments than I really want to with it. It all just plugged in and worked for me.
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Old February 19th, 2017, 02:13 AM   #3
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Just like with anything you get what you pay for. IMO the more pricey ones have greater adjustability. Ive had good luck with the NAPA brand. Under dash plug you can get at dealer.

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Old February 23rd, 2017, 12:19 PM   #4
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I'm using this on my 02,

http://www.etrailer.com/multi-produc...7887&hunter=bc

I'm no Snowman or whatever other great truckers there are, but it works well for me, I can do more adjustments than I really want to with it. It all just plugged in and worked for me.
Right on, thanks. Glad to hear from someone who has experience with a similar vehicle.

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Just like with anything you get what you pay for. IMO the more pricey ones have greater adjustability. Ive had good luck with the NAPA brand. Under dash plug you can get at dealer.

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I have a NAPA right down the road, I will head there this afternoon and check it out. Thanks.
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Old February 23rd, 2017, 02:30 PM   #5
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I have a tekonsha p3. Thing is bad ass. tells you if you have a short, open, overload. Or any other problem with your trailer brakes. I have several trailers so you can save the settings for each trailer. Like the different boost, max voltage, and surge settings. I have it in my 03 dually duramax. Love it. But before that I had a basic no display one and it worked well enough till it went haywire and started locking brakes up on the lowest setting. That was after about 10 years though.
https://www.amazon.com/Tekonsha-9019.../dp/B000P17NXQ
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Old February 23rd, 2017, 02:37 PM   #6
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Another vote for Tekonsha P3. I've had 2 of them, and if I needed a stand alone I would buy another.
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Old February 23rd, 2017, 02:55 PM   #7
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Yeah, sometimes the price difference is worth it.

When I bought my trailer, the dealer I bought it from threw in a Dexter DX2 predator. Over time hated that thing. It lists for $40 less than a Prodigy P3, but wasn't worth the free throw in price. It was an inertia based controller, had a swing weight to adjust braking. I'd monkey with the switch trying to get it to control the brakes in a reasonable manner and it never seemed to work consistenly.

I couldn't believe how awesome the P3 was when I moved to it. Sooo much better.
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Sounds like I'll be ordering one after I finish building my trailer. I figure the extra money is worth it considering I don't want to cause any accidents on the road due to failures or junky equipment.
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P3. It works almost as well as an OEM TBC.
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X4 on the P3.
I love that thing!
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Luke I'm a tekonsha dealer. Let me know what model you want I'll get you a price.


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I've got a telonsha prodigy and love it
I use the harness linked above and plugged it right into my 04
Probably the easiest thing I've ever done to a vehicle haha
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