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Old 11-02-2008, 01:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Being new to diesel world I have a multipart question. I have towed trailers before with my 2000 6.0 gasser but I now have a new 2008 duramax and I would like to know if there is a consensus on the brand of controller, the best place to purchase it, and the best place to install it (pictures would help with the last part)? Let me thank you guys ahead of time. I'm sure that your advice will be as helpfull as it as been in the past.

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Old 11-02-2008, 01:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Well i have used the 'drawtite' timer based brand and although it did it's job I haul live cargo and unless you're JUST right it 'catches'. Plus I was always adjusting according to terrain I was going through.

I now use the prodigy, I have to be honest it took a while to get used to it. It's one of those that you set it and forget it; if you start tweaking it while driving it'll never be right again. It's hard for me and it almost feels like the truck is doing all the work. What happens is that it has a pendelum in it, and when the truck brakes are applied the initial force of braking has to come from the truck and then the brake controller matches it accordingly.
I've towed lots of miles with it in some serious hills and even through more towns and cities than i care to admit and I have TONS of brakes left, never smelled the get hot or warp.

Install. Since you have the new body style I'm not exactly sure, I went ahead and bought the controller AND the the wiring harness made for my truck at the same time, best extra 15 dollars I've spent.

It's just a plug behind the dash area for mine, I had to remove something (3 10mm bolts) and I was staring at where to plug it in. Plugged it in, wire tied the extra to make it pretty and it was all done.

I don't know if any of our vendors sell one but i bought mine from pplmotorhomes.com - I also got my wiring kit from the same place and they were the cheapest I could find.

There's two types, a Prodigy and a P3 type.
Unless you have electric over hydraulic brakes (pretty rare - you'd know) the p3 is just more money for a fancy interface. I have the prodigy and am happy with it.

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Old 11-02-2008, 03:28 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I knew that somebody would come through. If you can't find an answer for your trucking question here then I don't know where you'd be able to find it. Now does anyone out there have any ideas as to the best place to locate it, some pictures would help. Thanks
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Old 11-02-2008, 03:31 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I have a prodigy that I recently bought. I just bought a new truck with a controller built in so I would probably sell my prodigy.
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Old 11-02-2008, 11:29 PM   #5 (permalink)
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yes prodigy p3 is the best. kinda pricey,but if you tow alot you will not regret it.
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Old 11-04-2008, 07:49 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I had a prodigy and it worked well. I saw a test on RV.net for brake controllers a while back and it recommended Brakesmart. It is expensive but it is worth every penny.

My issues with Prodigy is that I did not find it, set it and forget it. I would have to adjust the gain for in town and change it for interstate driving to achieve the feel I was looking for. It is a motion based controller. If it was set accurate for interstate it would jerk in town while stopping. If it was set right for in town, I felt I needed more stopping power on the interstate. A Friend of mine has one too and has the same experience. I know a whole lot of people run Prodigy, I think it due to it is a great controller for the price.

The Brakesmart ties into your brake line at the master cylinder. It uses real brake pressure to control the trailer brakes. It was actually a pretty simple install with very good instructions.
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Old 11-04-2008, 10:58 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Bought my Prodigy and harness from www.rjays.com for $95 plus$12.95 for harness.Lots of other cool stuff on their site for trailers and towing.
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Old 11-06-2008, 12:30 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Prodigy on 2 trucks now, best I have ever used in 30 years of towing.
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Old 11-06-2008, 01:41 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Prodigy. I do change the boost level (one button) when changing from highway to town driving.
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Old 11-06-2008, 01:46 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Nice report Jason. I have the same set up and no problems. Do adjust the unit when coming out of the mountains, etc.

Try this place. http://www.etrailer.com/pc-BC~90185.htm

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