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partsman01

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I am curious, when I bought this 1996 GMC K2500 extended cab long box the previous owner had the brake controller in it, so I am wondering would this have had the plug in set up, or would this one have to be hard wired?
I know some new type vehicles either have them in already from factory I gather or at least there is supposed to be a plug somewhere for them.
Anybody know on a 1996 GMC?

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I just have a cheap draw tite controller, I am happy wit it. I had a voyager which was a piece of ****. Its collecting dust in my toolbox now.

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The Brakesmart controller was a quality product... too bad you can't get one any longer. The P3 will serve you well.

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We too had the Jordan until he retired and the Camco shelved the product. We have been very happy with our Max Brake controller. We share the driving and it is just great to not have to change the gain when we switch drivers or go from city to highway, etc. Was definitely more expensive but once we used it, it was well worth the money. Diana


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tsmith wrote:

The Brakesmart controller was a quality product... too bad you can't get one any longer. The P3 will serve you well.

Todd

I wasn't aware it's no longer available. That's a shame.


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tvman44 wrote:

X4 on the P3.


X5

Easy to install, operate and adjust.


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sgip2000 wrote:

The consensus seems to be either a Prodigy P2(preferred by most) or P3.


There are a number of controllers on the market better than prodigy. Prodigy is easier to find at the local RV store. They are carried every where, but that does not mean they are the best.

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Posted: 07/05/12 09:24pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I would say the Max Brake ie one of the better ones. It`s design is similar to the Brakesmart.
In my opinion you can say anything you want to about how good all these other brake controllers are, until you use a Brakesmart or Maxbrake you will not know how a really good brake controller can work.
The way the Maxbrake is installed when you step on the brake pedal the brake controller senses the amount of brake line pressure there is and then sends the right amount of electrical current to the rv brakes.
Don`t someone try to tell me any different, I have been down that road-I probably have 2-3 brake controllers sitting on the shelf in the garage that I have used in the past and they are no where close to the Brakesmart or Maxbrake, now saying that, they are pretty expensive but when crunch time arrives I would rather have a pressured measured brake system over any other.

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The factory integrated controller in the RAM 2012 Is an excelent controller. It has electric or hydraulic and heavy and light trailer options. It works just as well as the Max Brake that taps into your brake line. Inertia controllers are just okay the two I mentioned are awesome. If you want the best contact Dutch and Di they are Max Brake distributors, great people. Look a few posts up you will see them there.

I will be installing the Max brake if I can't get my 2011 to work with the 2012 controller.


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I've got the Prodigy P2, which I installed in my truck around 2004. I've pulled TT's, fifth wheels, multiple car trailers, all sorts of loads and am very pleased with it.


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