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Old 03-11-2012, 08:57 AM   #1
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I have a 2010 Sierra 1500 and need to get it ready for towing our new-to-us-trailer. I know i need a trailer brake controller, but which one. I herd the Prodigy P2 or P3 are the best, but there also the most money. Are they really worth the money? I already have Firestone Ride-rite airbags in the rear installed, and i just ordered the oem tow mirrors, and i got a wd hitch from my dad, it is a Pro Series used once. Other than that i think i would be set, any opinions?
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Old 03-11-2012, 09:06 AM   #2
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I assume you already have the 7 pin wire configuration on the rear? Also check to see that the AUX fuse has been installed so your vehicle will provide power to the camper and keep the battery charged. In my Chevy it is located under the hood in the fuse box near the battery. It goes in a place called "stud 1" which you can locate using your manual. Again - not sure if it is different in your vehicle.

As far as brake controllers - I think it is well worth it getting a more expensive one. The Prodigys are highly rated I know. I have a Hayes G2 which I also think is very good. What I like about the higher end controllers is the ability to add "boost" mode. This adds some extra breaking when you lightly press the break to slow down and really makes a difference in my opinion. There are numerous other high end ones, but the price starts to go up pretty steep. Whatever you do - make sure it is not a timed brake controller! (these are proportional)

Let us know what you decide.
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Old 03-11-2012, 09:12 AM   #3
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My first brake controller was a one I bought from Autozone , I forget which brand but it was not very good, very jerky when slowing to a stop. Its now in the trash. The Prodigy is worth the extra bucks IMO. On the WD hitch, make sure the Spring bars are rated at least 1,000 lbs tongue weight. My first set of bars were 750 and were not enough, I recently upgraded to 1200 lb bars. Just trying to save you what I went through with trial and error. BTW do you have any type of sway control to go with your Pro Series WD hitch?
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Old 03-11-2012, 09:14 AM   #4
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I have a Hayes Synchronizer 81725 also. In fact, I just pulled it out of my truck since I'm getting a new TV which will have an integrated brake controller. If you're interested, PM me.
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Thanks for the info, i do not have a sway control setup. I figured i would try without it first and see how it goes. I bought the trailer about an hour from my house so that should give me some king of an idea. The wd hitch is 1200# spring bars so i should be fine with that. I have the factory tow package with the HD cooling system which came with the 7 pin connector.

Quahog: thanks for the offer but i am looking at getting one with a digital readout.
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I have a 2010 Sierra 1500 and need to get it ready for towing our new-to-us-trailer. I know i need a trailer brake controller, but which one. I herd the Prodigy P2 or P3 are the best, but there also the most money. Are they really worth the money? , any opinions?
How much is stopping in time and your families lives worth to you? You may never be in an emergency situation but if and when you do you will be glad you spent the few extra pennies...
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Old 03-11-2012, 08:32 PM   #7
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How much is stopping in time and your families lives worth to you? You may never be in an emergency situation but if and when you do you will be glad you spent the few extra pennies...
Its not that im putting a price on my families safety, just i don't want to spend the most for the second best. I have found that just because there is a name or a large price tag attached to an item, that it's the best.
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Old 03-11-2012, 08:33 PM   #8
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Thanks for the info, i do not have a sway control setup. I figured i would try without it first and see how it goes. I bought the trailer about an hour from my house so that should give me some king of an idea. The wd hitch is 1200# spring bars so i should be fine with that. I have the factory tow package with the HD cooling system which came with the 7 pin connector.

Quahog: thanks for the offer but i am looking at getting one with a digital readout.
Another thing...I would NOT tow a trailer that big and heavy with a 1500 series truck with no sway control. Even a perfectly balanced trailer can become very hard to control if you come across heavy cross winds or passing tractor trailers. I would strongly recommend getting the sway control device before you tow the trailer home. A lot can happen in an hour...
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Old 03-12-2012, 12:18 AM   #9
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I had the Primus proportional brake controller installed in my truck. It is programmable and easy to set up. When I was towing my new TT home, I had to reprogram it for a little less braking. It was activating a touch too soon. This controller senses when you are braking and applies voltage accordingly
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Old 03-12-2012, 03:53 AM   #10
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thanks for the heads up about the sway, i will be looking into one. I did order the prodigy p2, i found it for $99 with $10 shipping. I guess i will be busy at the end of the week, i got the controller to hook up and my tow mirrors to install.
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