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Old 06-11-2017, 02:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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New to an RV, question about trailer brakes

Hello, I have a 2006 duramax lbz. Looking to purchase an entry level RV and have bought a Prodigy p2 brake controller. I have a question about set up. I have watched a few how to videos online. It looks pretty easy to just plug and play. My question is, some sources say you need to add a new fuse to the fuse box while others do not. I also have the factory brake controller fuse set up. Do I need to hook this up somehow? or does the attachment that came with the prodigy suffice?

Any other guidance for a new RV owner would also be helpful! great site.

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You can use the Integrated Brake Control System that comes as part of the truck, OR, you can use the Prodigy; you can't use both at the same time. Pick which one you want and disable the other.

I prefer the ITBC, but others would prefer the Prodigy. There are advantages/disadvantages to either one, so it's your choice.

Personally, I've never installed the Prodigy so can't help with the specifics there.

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I believe the 2006 does not have an integrated trailer brake.
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If memory serves me correct, when you ordered your Prodigy it should have come with the correct plug for your truck, which plugs in in the fuse block under the dash. You also have to install a 40 amp fuse in the fuse block under the hood on drivers inner fender. Should be labelled, & may even be a dummy plug in there if a fuse has never been installed.

edit, just re-read your 1st post, if you installed the fuse under the hood you should be good to go by just plugging in the brake controller.
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There is a connector on the firewall IIRC that the brake controller plugs into. Change out the dummy fuse under the hood and mount the controller. Other then setting up the gain settings on the controller you are done. My wifes LMM involved splicing wires (no connector). The 05 and 07 classic just plugged in.
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Thanks everyone for the input.
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You are correct , there is no built in controller on your 06.The 40amp fuse that replaces the dummy fuse under the hood is to supply 12vdc to the trailer for charging the battery if the trailer has one. Once you do that that 12vdc pin at the trailer plug is always hot. So if the truck is off and trailer is plugged in, it is possible to drain the truck batteries down if left that way for long periods with a draw from the trailer. Sometimes a wire needs to be connected at the fusebox also, mine was already connected so I just had to install the fuse. The prodigy should work brakes just plugging into truck with the harness. I had the prodigy for a while and it worked well untill I got a heavier 5th wheel. I started having some low speed brake cycling at low speeds right before complete stop. I went to a different controller then but it worked well until then.
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