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I will need to get an electric brake controller, any suggestions as there seem to be many on the market. I am mechanically inclined - are these difficult to install or best to have the rv dealer do it.
My 2004 chevy truck is wired ready for electric trailer brakes.

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Be sure to get a momentum activated controller rather than a timer based one.
Prodigy is considered by many to be the best. I have a Tekonsha in my truck that I am very happy with.
If you get the wiring harness for your truck is should just plug in under the dash. You'll have 4 wires to connect to the controller and 2 screws to mount it.

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I would suggest a Prodigy. IF your TV has the towing package. It is plug, and play with the GM harness. Easy to set, and it is set, and forget. It is considered the best inertia brake controler on the market.

As mentioned above. Do not get a time based controler. It won't start applying brakes untill after the wreck.


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I ended up getting a timer controller and hate it. Get a good controller to start and enjoy the ride.





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I prefer the older Tekonsha Voyager in my current truck. Once set up, very reliable.


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+1 on the Prodigy

I have a time based one and it is a real pain.


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hydraulic controlled electric brakes like the factory installs.
the maxbrake works just like the factory units. works with the anti-lock brakes. set it and forget it.. worth every penny...
i have used all of the timed and inertia units. they don't come close to comparing what the factory or maxbrake units work like.
i will never go back to the timed/inertia units...


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My 1st brake controller was "timed" based. After using it a few times, I yanked it out and put directly in garbage. Yes, I could have sold it. But, I'd be giving the problem (unsafe problem) to a different Towing person. After that, I bought / installed a "momentum activated controller" brake controller. And, its been great since day one. IMO, those timed based technology units should be against the law and "pulled" from all store shelves... I hear Prodigy brand brake controller is market leader and works great for many.

If uncomfortable with wiring (even Brake Controller to factory harness adaptors) and screwing mounting braket into one's dash, then get the RV dealer to install the Brake Controller. They don't charge very much for this install task...

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prodigy. i use it in my 1965 Chevy Van, works great even with the stock, inadequate brakes on the old van. The brakes are in great condition, but never did stop the early very well. I use the manual control to engage the trailer brakes a lot.


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LVJJJ wrote:

prodigy. i use it in my 1965 Chevy Van, works great even with the stock, inadequate brakes on the old van. The brakes are in great condition, but never did stop the early very well. I use the manual control to engage the trailer brakes a lot.


You can upgrade the braking system for very little coin on that 65.

Can you post a picture? I would love to see some vintage Tow Vehicles.

Thanks!

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