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Integrated Trailer Brake Controller Add On?
FSUDAVE
post Nov 27 2011, 11:09 PM
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I've searched everywhere and still haven't found anyone who has successfully done this. Except for the guy who spent $1000 in parts. I just bought a 2011 Tahoe LT with trailer package but no controller. I'm hoping that since they are now available as an actual option, that most of the parts would be the same. It looks like you need the knee bolster, switch and brake relay. My only problem is that I can't locate the plug near the back that goes into the relay. So I'm thinking you may need a whole new wire harness?
Has anyone else come up with any new information? Thanks!
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post Jan 24 2012, 03:52 PM
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QUOTE (FSUDAVE @ Nov 27 2011, 09:09 PM) *
I've searched everywhere and still haven't found anyone who has successfully done this. Except for the guy who spent $1000 in parts. I just bought a 2011 Tahoe LT with trailer package but no controller. I'm hoping that since they are now available as an actual option, that most of the parts would be the same. It looks like you need the knee bolster, switch and brake relay. My only problem is that I can't locate the plug near the back that goes into the relay. So I'm thinking you may need a whole new wire harness?
Has anyone else come up with any new information? Thanks!


FSUDAVE,

You won't have to spend $1000s in parts to get a brake controller to function with your existing trailer package. Check out Etrailer.com. Scroll down and you'll find an installation video for a 2011 Chevy Silverado with a factory installed trailer package. The wires for connecting the trailer brake controller harness are located right above the brake pedal. Etrailer.com has a large selection of trailer brake controllers that include the necessary wiring harness to connect the brake controller to your trailer package. Hope this helps! thumbsup.png

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post Jan 24 2012, 04:14 PM
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Unless to want the functionality and looks of a factory brake controller I'm going to reccommend you save your self the hassle and just go aftermarket. I really dislike my factory one. IMO my set up I had in my old truck where the controller applied the same amount of brake pressed as I had applied by foot to the truck. Much simpler and IMO worked better.


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post Jan 28 2012, 07:37 PM
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I'd just go aftermarket. Faster install, works better. My uncle has the integrated one in his 2011 2500HD, works ok. I have a drawtight, in the F550, and its slow to hit the brakes on the trailer. I also have limited adjustment with it. Being able to choose more than .5 settings would be nice.

But whatever you decide to do, take lots of pics.


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post Jan 28 2012, 07:43 PM
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QUOTE (DragonballZ71 @ Jan 24 2012, 03:52 PM) *
QUOTE (FSUDAVE @ Nov 27 2011, 09:09 PM) *
I've searched everywhere and still haven't found anyone who has successfully done this. Except for the guy who spent $1000 in parts. I just bought a 2011 Tahoe LT with trailer package but no controller. I'm hoping that since they are now available as an actual option, that most of the parts would be the same. It looks like you need the knee bolster, switch and brake relay. My only problem is that I can't locate the plug near the back that goes into the relay. So I'm thinking you may need a whole new wire harness?
Has anyone else come up with any new information? Thanks!


FSUDAVE,

You won't have to spend $1000s in parts to get a brake controller to function with your existing trailer package. Check out Etrailer.com. Scroll down and you'll find an installation video for a 2011 Chevy Silverado with a factory installed trailer package. The wires for connecting the trailer brake controller harness are located right above the brake pedal. Etrailer.com has a large selection of trailer brake controllers that include the necessary wiring harness to connect the brake controller to your trailer package. Hope this helps! thumbsup.png

DragonballZ71


You realize he wanted the factory integrated controller right?


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post Feb 8 2012, 11:48 AM
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QUOTE (carsport @ Jan 28 2012, 05:43 PM) *
QUOTE (DragonballZ71 @ Jan 24 2012, 03:52 PM) *
QUOTE (FSUDAVE @ Nov 27 2011, 09:09 PM) *
I've searched everywhere and still haven't found anyone who has successfully done this. Except for the guy who spent $1000 in parts. I just bought a 2011 Tahoe LT with trailer package but no controller. I'm hoping that since they are now available as an actual option, that most of the parts would be the same. It looks like you need the knee bolster, switch and brake relay. My only problem is that I can't locate the plug near the back that goes into the relay. So I'm thinking you may need a whole new wire harness?
Has anyone else come up with any new information? Thanks!


FSUDAVE,

You won't have to spend $1000s in parts to get a brake controller to function with your existing trailer package. Check out Etrailer.com. Scroll down and you'll find an installation video for a 2011 Chevy Silverado with a factory installed trailer package. The wires for connecting the trailer brake controller harness are located right above the brake pedal. Etrailer.com has a large selection of trailer brake controllers that include the necessary wiring harness to connect the brake controller to your trailer package. Hope this helps! thumbsup.png

DragonballZ71


You realize he wanted the factory integrated controller right?


I don't see where he said he wanted a "Factory" brake controller. He asked for information and I gave it to him. Besides, it's not that difficult to hook up the brake controller of HIS choice. His truck is already pre-wired to add the brake controller since he got it with the trailer package. dry.gif

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post Feb 8 2012, 12:33 PM
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QUOTE (DragonballZ71 @ Feb 8 2012, 11:48 AM) *
I don't see where he said he wanted a "Factory" brake controller. He asked for information and I gave it to him. Besides, it's not that difficult to hook up the brake controller of HIS choice. His truck is already pre-wired to add the brake controller since he got it with the trailer package. dry.gif

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I'm hoping that since they are now available as an actual option, that most of the parts would be the same. It looks like you need the knee bolster, switch and brake relay.


Why would he think he would need a new knee bolster if he wanted an aftermarket brake controller?

I highly recommend a Tekonsha Prodigy (I think the P3) were aftermarket to be one of his options. Just be sure to mount it level so the internal gyroscope doesn't activate the brakes automatically.

Some people just try to keep everything stock. I do really like how OEM the integrated controller looks.

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On the other hand, if price is an issue - you can pick up a decent brake controller for under $50. I had to get one in a pinch for this truck and went that route.

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