: Electric Trailer Brake Controller Recommendation



bigmac11
11-15-12, 09:35 AM
I am planning to buy a trailer to haul my Corvette to/from the drag strip with my 2008 Escalade. I am looking for advice on the best electric trailer brake controller to get for my setup.

wesyder
11-15-12, 12:25 PM
I am planning to buy a trailer to haul my Corvette to/from the drag strip with my 2008 Escalade. I am looking for advice on the best electric trailer brake controller to get for my setup.

I have and like the tekonsha prodigy p2

99embrey
11-16-12, 07:00 PM
The Tekonsha P3 is the "cadillac" of brake controllers.

wesyder
11-16-12, 10:15 PM
The Tekonsha P3 is the "cadillac" of brake controllers.

I agree especially with the multiple trailer setting but since i only tow one the p2 works great

roadog1aj
11-16-12, 10:18 PM
After researching the different brands and models, I bought and installed the Prodigy 2. I think, for the $$ it's the best out there. Easy to install and program. Works great pulling our 26' camper. I soldered all my wire connections, instead of the usual crimp method. The only glitch I had during installation was getting 12v to the controller. The factory trailer brake harness under the dash looked pretty straight forward, but I was stumped for a while, as I tried to figure out why the 12v "Hot" wire did not have 12v. Once I solved that mystery, everything worked like a charm!

wesyder
11-17-12, 01:16 AM
After researching the different brands and models, I bought and installed the Prodigy 2. I think, for the $$ it's the best out there. Easy to install and program. Works great pulling our 26' camper. I soldered all my wire connections, instead of the usual crimp method. The only glitch I had during installation was getting 12v to the controller. The factory trailer brake harness under the dash looked pretty straight forward, but I was stumped for a while, as I tried to figure out why the 12v "Hot" wire did not have 12v. Once I solved that mystery, everything worked like a charm!

Good to hear

thebigpunn
11-20-12, 11:26 AM
Tekonsha Prodigy!

2kflhr
03-28-13, 03:12 PM
The factory trailer brake harness under the dash looked pretty straight forward, but I was stumped for a while, as I tried to figure out why the 12v "Hot" wire did not have 12v. Once I solved that mystery, everything worked like a charm!

Was that because it was tucked folded back and tucked into a harness near the firewall and fuse block? I had a Yukon that was like that.

roadog1aj
03-28-13, 07:08 PM
Was that because it was tucked folded back and tucked into a harness near the firewall and fuse block? I had a Yukon that was like that.

Yes, exactly! I was searching all over, and noticed the same colored wire folded and tucked way down near the firewall. I used my trusty meter to confirm it was indeed the right one, I ran it to live 12v, and WALLAAA...my trailer brake had power! Nothing in the installation video & manual made mention of this, and the owner's manual listed the trailer brake hook up, but also neglected to list this detail. Maybe it's intended to make you take it to a dealer for installation.

2kflhr
03-29-13, 10:20 PM
Yes, exactly! I was searching all over, and noticed the same colored wire folded and tucked way down near the firewall. I used my trusty meter to confirm it was indeed the right one, I ran it to live 12v, and WALLAAA...my trailer brake had power! Nothing in the installation video & manual made mention of this, and the owner's manual listed the trailer brake hook up, but also neglected to list this detail. Maybe it's intended to make you take it to a dealer for installation. Yep, I found the harness neatly folded and tucked along the frame at the rear of the vehicle immediately and the harness under the dash in a minute or so but finding the hot wire under the hood was the challenge.

h-d2
12-31-13, 07:56 PM
Yep, I found the harness neatly folded and tucked along the frame at the rear of the vehicle immediately and the harness under the dash in a minute or so but finding the hot wire under the hood was the challenge.

I also hooked my controller up and have no power to it. I found the harness with a sticker label on stating which color is what and the red with blk strip was the battery. Then, i also looked up by the fuse box and i don't see any wire by its self. Can some one explain to me what i'm not doing right.
Thanks Matt

2kflhr
12-31-13, 09:27 PM
If you found the harness at the rear bumper and the harness under the dash you still have the under hook connection to make. On my '10 Escalade there is a red wire with the ring terminal already on crimped on taped to the harness between the inner fender and the fuse terminal block on the drivers side. Happy Hunting!

roadog1aj
01-01-14, 09:34 AM
Under the hood, on the driver's side, you will find the large fuse block. Take the cover off, and you will see 2 threaded studs at the front of the block. (one larger silver stud, and one smaller black stud) You can attach the red & black wire to the large silver stud. You may have to get a nut and washer if there isn't one on the stud already. That should get you the power you need.

caudex
03-29-14, 08:19 AM
there is another red/ blk wire bundled and taped at the firewall under the brake booster, any idea what that goes to?

the blur
03-29-14, 06:37 PM
Google is your friend. Plenty of youtube videos as well. Even the owners manual doesn't say what is necessary.

CameronKettner
03-30-14, 12:02 AM
The smaller red wire goes to the brake controller harness below the steering column, and the bigger one goes to the positive accessory wire on the 7-pin trailer connector at the rear of the vehicle. The wires have holes on the ring terminals on the end of them by the firewall that allow each one to fit on their corresponding stud on the fuse box under the hood. If you take off the cover to the fuse box you will see one thicker stud and one thinner stud on the front edge of the fuse box. The wires go on their corresponding stud and you will probably have to supply your own nuts because I do not believe they come on the studs.