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Old 05-20-2014, 08:10 PM   #1
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Integrated Trailer Brake Control System on new TV

Just bought a new TV.....2014 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LTZ 4WD...Vortec 6.0L....3.73 Rear Axle...it has the factory ITBC brake system....I've read in the manual that I should not tow until TV has 500 miles on it and then for the first 500 miles of towing hold it to 50 mph....so...when I do hook up, are there any do's and don't's with this factory braking system....don't want any surprises....anyone with suggestions?
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Old 05-20-2014, 08:54 PM   #2
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Congratulations on the new TV and the new White Hawk. I have the factory ITBC on my 2013 Tahoe LTZ. There are no special do's or don'ts that I know of that have to be done when you connect the trailer to your TV. I picked up my Tahoe last October and got a great deal on it since the 2014 model year was short and the 2015's came out earlier this year. I had a few thousand miles on it before I picked up my White Hawk from the dealer a few weeks ago. IMHO the ITBC is more responsive than the Prodigy P3 that I had in my other TV. I loved the P3 and think that it is a great brake controller. You may want to check and see if the wire to provide 12 volts to your trailer battery is connected to the stud in the fuse block under the hood. My Tahoe had the fuse installed but the wire was taped to the wire loom leading to the fuse block.
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Old 05-20-2014, 09:05 PM   #3
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I have the factory brake controller in my F150. after using an aftermarket controller I was amazed at how different factory installed was. Smooth starts/stops. It's almost like you don't even know the trailer is back there.
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Old 05-20-2014, 09:37 PM   #4
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Do I just hook up and go and it makes it's own adjustments automatically or do I make manual adjustments each time I start out?
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Mine has an output setting. I set it once and have never changed it. My truck also can be programmed for multiple trailers with different settings and keeps track of towing miles on those trailers.
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Old 05-21-2014, 07:03 AM   #6
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Congrats on the new truck !!! When you plug in the trailer the display on the dash should say trailer connected or something similar, then on the brake controller you need to increase the output number by pushing the + button and on the trucks dash display will show you what setting your at and then drive slowly and manual slide the lever and adjust the number up till you feel the trailer brakes working on your trailer and it stops you, I had to set it mine pretty high at 9. Also once you take off and slow down below 30mph you might hear a dinging sound and your trucks telling you your pulling a trailer if you forgot in the 1st 10 minutes after you started driving that drives me crazy driving in town pulling a trailer
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Old 05-21-2014, 07:49 AM   #7
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Congrats, welcome to the world of Whitehawks. I'd pay attention to the 500 miles before towing and the 50mph for the next 500 but I wouldn't worry about a little faster on flat interstate driving, just vary the speed.

You will be amazed at how little you feel the WH in tow. In fact, stick a piece of tape holding a small picture of the TT on the dash in front of the steering wheel just to remind you that it is back there. Take special care with turns into drives and tight intersections. The longer Wh's require very wide exegerated turns especially right turns.
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The info on my owners manual said to set it at mid range and adjust it to your trailer. Mine is on 8.5. I never change it.
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Old 05-21-2014, 08:42 AM   #9
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We've been pulling the Whitehawk since Feb but with a different TV and different brake controller....and, yes, it has towed very well...just had not had any experience with the ITBC yet...will soon find out though....thanks everyone for your comments.
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Set your gain manually as stated above. Your aftermarket controller used an inertia braking system and the ITBC uses brake pedal pressure working in conjunction with the ABS. Really a smooth breaking experience.
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