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Tekonsha Brake Controller for the 1996 Dodge Ram Pickup

Tekonsha Brake Controller

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Tekonsha Prodigy Trailer Brake Controller - 1 to 4 Axles - Proportional - 1996 Dodge Ram Pickup

Proportional brake controller automatically levels when mounted within a 70-degree vertical range. Includes digital display, 3 boost levels, battery protection and continuous diagnostics. Easily transfer between different automobiles. and using this brake controller simple and easy. You get high performance for a low price!

Features:

  • Brake controller activates trailer brakes in proportion to your Dodge Ram Pickup's braking action
    • Automatically adjusts trailer's braking based on deceleration of tow vehicle
    • Activates immediately - no pausing like with time-delayed brake controllers
  • Automatic-leveling ability - internal sensor detects deceleration even if controller is not mounted flat
    • Position anywhere from 0 degrees (level) to 70 degrees in the vertical plane
  • 3 Boost levels let you adjust initial braking power and aggressiveness
  • Continuous diagnostic check alerts you to any potential problems
  • Integrated safeguards protect your vehicle and trailer
    • Minimizes drain on car battery by drawing only 3.6 milliamps when not in use
    • Prevents trailer brakes from overheating by reducing power output to them during prolonged stops
  • Digital display is easy to read
  • Built-in, rotary-style manual override lever
  • Quick-disconnect feature lets you easily remove and store the control when not in use
    • Replacement wiring harness (sold separately) and replacement bracket (7686 - sold separately) required to move the controller from one vehicle to another
  • Plug-in, vehicle-specific brake-control adapter (sold separately) can be used for certain applications to reduce installation time


Specs:

  • Application: trailers with up to 4 axles (8 brake assemblies)
    • Designed for use with electric brakes only
  • Dimensions: 3-1/8" wide x 5-1/8" long x 1-3/16" tall
  • Mounting: between 0 degrees (level) and 70 degrees in the vertical plane
  • Limited lifetime warranty


Proportional Braking

With a proportional brake controller, you can get heavy-duty emergency braking, general braking or slow-to-an-idle braking for your trailer automatically. The intensity with which your trailer brakes are activated and the rate at which they are applied are dependent on the deceleration of your tow vehicle. This means that, unlike time-delay controllers - which send the same amount of preset power to your trailer brakes every time - proportional controllers are able to adapt to every braking situation differently. So, if you slam on the brakes in your truck, your trailer brakes will activate with that same extreme intensity. And if you merely slow down as you approach a red light, your trailer will gradually brake in the same manner. Just set the initial power level, select a boost setting, and you're good to go.


As long as the Prodigy controller is mounted properly and is pointed in the direction of travel, it will sense - via an internal inertia sensor - how your tow vehicle brakes. This inertia-based sensor responds to the deceleration of your tow vehicle as you brake by signaling the controller to send out enough power to your trailer brakes so that they are activated with an intensity that matches. The result is uniform braking across your towing setup. No push-pull action - just smooth, proportional braking every time.


Power Boost for Heavy-Duty Towing

Aside from smoother, more efficient braking, Tekonsha's Prodigy brake controller also offers a boost feature that gives you more initial braking power for those times when you're towing heavy loads. You can switch boost levels so that the power output to your trailer brakes automatically starts out at either 13 percent or 25 percent of the predetermined power setting.


So, if you boost the initial power so that your trailer brakes activate with 25 percent of the overall intensity at the start, the brakes will reach maximum braking faster. This is particularly beneficial if you are towing a heavy load because the intensity required to stop that load may be far greater than that needed to halt your Dodge Ram Pickup. Therefore, sending out more initial power to the trailer brakes - and causing them to reach maximum braking faster - allows you to better control the trailer so that it doesn't push your tow vehicle before coming to a complete stop.


If your trailer weighs less than your tow vehicle, no boost is needed. But if you wish to set the boost so that your trailer leads the braking of your towing setup, you can select level B1. The following table gives an indication of when you might use the different boost levels and the power increases that they offer.


Approximate Gross Trailer WeightBoost LevelIncrease in Initial Power Output
Less than tow vehicle GVWB113%
Equal to tow vehicle GVWB1 or B213% or 25%
Up to 25% more than tow vehicle GVWB2 or B3*25%
Up to 40% more than tow vehicle GVWB3*25%

*Both B2 and B3 offer a 25-percent boost in initial power. But the braking curve for B3 is more aggressive than that of B2. This means that, even though you will start out with the same intensity when using these boost levels, you will get an overall more aggressive braking experience with the higher level. So if you use B3, you will reach maximum braking sooner than if you use B2.


Safety Features

The Prodigy offers advanced safety features to prevent damage to various components of your towing setup. When the controller is not in use, it will be in power-saving mode. In this setting, the power draw falls to only 3.6 milliamps, minimizing drain on your Dodge Ram Pickup's battery.


When you stop at red lights, or any time that your truck and trailer are at a standstill with the brakes applied for more than 5 seconds, the Prodigy's "hold" feature will activate. When this happens, the power output to your trailer's brakes will be reduced to just 25 percent of the preset power setting so that the brakes will not overheat.


If ever there is a time that you need to brake your trailer separately from your tow vehicle - when traveling down a steep incline, for example - the manual override lever is easily accessible. Pushing this lever engages the brakes on your trailer with full power. In addition, when you activate this override, the brake lights on your trailer will illuminate, properly warning those behind you of the braking action of your rig.


In addition to all of those safety features listed above, the Prodigy offers diagnostics such as:

  • Open ground
  • Overload
  • Output short
  • Power loss
  • No trailer connection

Automatic Leveling and Simple Installation

The self-leveling feature of the Prodigy ensures that the brake controller continues to function even as you drive up steep hills or through the mountains. Simply mount it in your cab at a vertical angle that is between 0 degrees (level) and 70 degrees, and the controller will level itself automatically.


Correct Prodigy mounting70-Degree Prodigy mounting

Note: The Prodigy must be mounted on a level horizontal (side-to-side) plane and must be lined up with the direction of travel for the internal sensor to function properly.


Installation is a snap. After mounting the Prodigy unit in your cab using the included pocket mount, hardwire one end of the included pigtail harness directly into your Dodge Ram Pickup. The other end plugs into the brake controller. To transfer the Prodigy to another vehicle or to remove it for storage, just unplug the unit and slide it out of the pocket mount.


Installation Accessories

For even easier installation, a vehicle-specific wiring adapter (sold separately) is available for most newer trucks and SUVs. One end of the custom adapter plugs into your Dodge Ram Pickup, and the other end plugs into the controller - no hardwiring required.


Note: If a custom brake-control wiring adapter is not available for your Dodge Ram Pickup, one of the following will be required:

20-Amp circuit breaker (9506P - sold separately) for 2- to 4-brake applications

30-Amp circuit breaker (38630 - sold separately) for 6- to 8-brake applications


See also etrailer.com's exclusive 7- and 4-way brake-control installation kit (ETBC7 - sold separately) if you don't already have a 7-way plug at the back of your Dodge Ram Pickup.



90185 Tekonsha Prodigy Proportional Trailer Brake Control



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Video Transcript for Tekonsha Prodigy Trailer Brake Controller Review

Today we are going to show you part number 90185 from Tekonsha. This is their Prodigy controller right here. This is actually Tekonshas most popular brake controller, the Prodigy. And this is what you get in the box. Obviously you get the brake controller itself. Then you get the pocket that holds the brake controller especially if you have to transport it between 2 different vehicles. You also get the permanent mounting bracket which is actually nice and takes up less room. You also get the hardware to install the brake controller to the dash and to the bracket. A few butt connectors are in there to use for any wire connections. Speaking of wiring, it comes with a universal wiring harness that will plug into the back of the brake controller then you run your lines to the various circuits in the vehicle. Also to help you out it comes with a little informational DVD.

What we will show you next is the actual pocket that you can install on the vehicle, it actually mounts up like this. The brake control simply just slides inside. Spread the little clips out a little bit and it goes into the screw holes and that pretty much holds everything in place. On the backside here is where the harness plugs into. It is pretty simple. Slip it underneath the holder and you just push it together and it snaps in place. So in other words, if your are going to go ahead and share this brake controller between two different vehicles, you just simply take it our of the pocket, pull it out of the pocket, and take the harness back off of this little clip that is kind of hard to see. Pull that clip back and it pops off. And then this stays in your truck and the brake controller stays out of the way when you are not using it. Next we will show you the unit in operation.

That means, obviously, it is not hooked up to a trailer. And what this does is actually send out a trace current all the time looking for a connection. It does not take much current, it is real slight and it will never drain down the battery. Once you do have a trailer hooked up, it will show a C for connection. That tells you you have a solid connection between your trailer brakes and everything should be working fine. And with talking about the power settings and the gain, that is controlled by this knob right here. And what you can do is put it over to the middle here and you can spool it towards the front of the vehicle, that will be basically full on, and then rotate it back towards the rear of your vehicle, towards the driver seat. And then, you can spool it down all the way to basically nothing. Basically, you want to set to probably somewhere in the middle, like around six. And then you take your trailer, hook it up, go on a back road somewhere or a big packing lot and take a few test runs. If you need more power you can spin the wheel up. Basically you want to spin it up before a brake or right before the wheels actually lock up. And then, if it locks up at the original setting, then you just spool it back down just a little bit. And then again you want to get it right before lock up. And then you leave your setting alone and basically the brake controller takes care of the rest.

And when installing the brake controller, you have about 70 degrees of movement. So it can be from about roughly about here to about here of angle you have to install on the brake controller. And if you do go past these angles you will see two bars flashing at the bottom there, that tells you that it is pointing down too far. The same thing will apply if you put it up too far, we will say about 90 degrees. It will take a few seconds to show the bars on top too. And then to show you how this works, basically the brake controller works by inertia. There is a little pendulum of movement inside here that actually, when you hit your brakes, it actually slides to the front of the vehicle. The more that pendulum moves towards the front, the more power this brake controller puts out. And then, say you hit your brakes pretty hard it is going to apply the brakes pretty hard.

If you let off the brakes gradually, this will follow in turn. When you hit your brakes, if you have one of the boost settings set on it, it will come on. Again it will say like B2, it will come on 25 percent, almost instantly. And then, it will hold that power for a second and then it will revert back to inertia so you have smooth braking until you come to a complete stop. The boost setting is really nice if you want the brake controller to activate the brake, or the truck actually does a lot of its own braking power. It is kind of hard to show the inertia activated on this brake controller but we will try. Basically, we will just move it a little bit, make the pendulum work and you can see how it puts out numbers and goes back to zero once it is stopped. So you are connected and then you hit your brakes and it is saying zero right now because it does not sense anything. And then, when you back up, it will fill up a little bit with numbers and then go back to zero. And there you have it for part number 90185, the Tekonsha Prodigy brake controller.


Customer Reviews

Tekonsha Prodigy Trailer Brake Controller - 1 to 4 Axles - Proportional - 90185

Average Customer Rating:  ratingratingratingratingrating4.9 out of 5 stars   (63 Customer Reviews)




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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Mark D07/12/2013

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My hats off to E-trailer and their true professional care they provided through emails, tracking numbers and follow-up. I have yet to test the brake controller out, but I do know that this product was the easiest plug and play device i have ever installed.89131



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Fritz H.04/22/2013

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Just received my Prodegy 2 Trailer Brake Controller. Very well packaged and the quality of product exceeded my expectations. Haven't yet installed it so may check back after that in a few weeks. I enjoyed my buying experience with etrailer.com. Keep up the good work with top products at below average pricing and easy on-line purchasing. Fritz H. - Napa, CA77274



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: jam0o010/30/2012

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quality piece. the manual leaver feels really will made. the screen is bright. the electrical plug on the back fits well. this is my first trailer brake controller with a boost function. i love it. works great for my 4 brake trailer running at max rated load. 58386



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Joe G.03/30/2012

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Super easy to install and adjust. I would recommend this brake control to anyone. The pigtail adapter to the 4runner connector saved A BUNCH of tedious work. Also, having installed a few accessories in my truck lately and having to make some SWAG about how to proceed, I was pleasantly surprised by the clarity and completeness of the Prodigy installation and operation manual. 35688



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Scott02/11/2012

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I think the plethora of videos, and helpful online diagrams sold me on etrailer.com, the product installed easily with the plug and play adapter. Shipped and arrived within 3 days. Happy with etrailer, and the trailer brake controller I bought. This Prodigy controller is the best one I have used to date. 31435



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Korey P.05/04/2011

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I use the Prodigy brake controller on multiple different trailers. On all my trips and vacations I have yet to have a single issue. Keeping the instruction manual handy for quick set up would be my only recommendation. Other than that there is nothing more to worry about. Just enjoy.12847



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Greg p03/07/2011

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I have not installed the brake regulators yet but the price was great and I purchased one for my truck and one for my brother in laws truck. The video of the installation process and showing where to find all the wires makes me very comfortable about installing it myself .8724



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Allan L.05/07/2010

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Great product, easy to install I purchased a Tekonsha Prodigy for my 2009 Ford Ranger Sport. I installed it in a couple of hours by myself following the included guide. I had to do a little homework, the brake switch wire colours (Violet/White)for the 2009+ Rangers are different than the earlier models. I used a digital voltmeter to be sure I was using correct wire from the brake switch. The 2009+ Rangers only come with a factory four wire trailer connector, however the install went flawless following the included directions on additional wires to run to my 7 pin adaptor I bought separately. I saved nearly $100 ordering it through the US with the exchange rate at par on the CDN dollar. I am very satisfied with my purchase and look forward to pulling my new tent trailer. Thanks ETrailer!3013



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Dave02/12/2010

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What a difference! I tow a 5x8 utility trailer with a Subaru Legacy sedan...I only pulled it once before installing the Prodigy, and I'll never go back! Once it's installed, the Prodigy is very easy to adjust on the fly and works amazingly well! It's a relatively small unit, and doesnt look out of place in the car. I was nervous about it draining the battery because I only use the trailer a few times a month... but i've had no problem at all...it shuts itself off after 15 minutes of not touching the brakes. Great stuff, look no further! 2713



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Ronny G.01/29/2010

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great website videos After searching the web for brake controllers,stumbled upon your website,after selecting prodogy brake controller,very clear and simple video played explaining installation on my truck! viewed ratings and testimonies,stopped shopping and ordered.You guys deserve my business, was leary about getting a book with universal instuctions, with this video knowledge a cave man can do it.Thanks again.2671



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Fred10/13/2009

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Best braking system ever This is the best braking system I have ever had. It's good to drive with confidence. I was hauling the trailer one sunny afternoon and I guess not paying attention. My wife yelled that the vehicle ahead of us had stopped. I slammed on the brakes and came to a commanding stop. Nothing like driving with the best.2472



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: James09/13/2009

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The best I have ever owned This is by far the best brake controller I have ever used. I have been using it for 3 months and it has been completely reliable so far. It is very easy to use and it brakes very well and without any tendency to lock up at all. There are many other controllers that are less expensive but the performance of this unit make it money well spent.2381



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Mike S.08/30/2009

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Far superior to timed units. Connections very straight-foward, quick setup and learning curve. Performance is nothing short of wonderful! I have been using Activator II controllers until now, I will never go back to a timed unit again. I really have nothing negative at this point to say, just returned from 1400 miles of towing.2325



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: JD08/22/2009

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Great purchase! I have never had trailer brakes before, my neighbor let me use his enclosed tandem axle trailer to pull behind my 2003 ford ranger 4wd ext cab. The trailer has brakes on it. He told me i could pull it without using the brakes but that it takes longer to get it stopped and even worse when loaded down. I am so glad I spent my money to get this and a install kit to put this on my truck. It made a huge difference in pulling it especially loaded up. It is also nice to use the trailer seperate brake to slow down faster if needed, this was something my neighbor showed me. If the trailer has brakes on it, be sure to get a good controller, dont be cheap! its worth the money!! Take your time to install it! You can be just as professional as the shops that charge a bunch to do the same work.2293



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Bob Smith08/17/2009

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Best!! This is my 3rd controller of this type on the 4th vehicle over the years. Two or three of my radio buds have bought them and like me, think there are the only brake controller worth anything. Thanks!!2255



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Dan08/10/2009

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Excellent 2005 Town&Country&1999 PALOMINO MUSTANG-SL &SC -Easy install, I did drill a hole where the jack is kept to feed the brake harness up. Setup was easy and using it was a breeze. Going down the mountains in VT and NH stopping for road work at the bottom.The prodigy worked well helping stop the popup. You can really feel the difference. The price was easy on the wallet too.2224



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Michael B.08/05/2009

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Saved my butt! Second time towing the camper (Starcraft Antigua 215SB w/ 2005 Trailblazer) the idiot in front of me slammed on his brakes because he missed his turn. I thought there was 0% chance I would make the stop. I would say this unit stopped me as well as the truck would have stopped not towing anything. This works extremely well and was very simple to install myself. Highly recommended. 2212



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Bossnme07/22/2009

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Tekonsha Prodigy works. My second unit. Absolutely no problems.I did not install this unit. I didn't want the hassle of dealing with the switch on the brake pedal column I paid the dealer $90.00 to install.Everything came out perfect.2158



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: John C.04/09/2009

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Best brake for your buck! I have a 5500lbs camper trailer which I pull with my Toyota Tacoma Prerunner w/TRD package. This product is great. Smooth stop, no jerking or overload on truck. Once I had someone walk out in front of me about 30yards and I was going 45mph. Hit the brakes and I hardly felt the trailer behind me, good smooth stop without hitting the idiot!1720



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Gimpy04/07/2009

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No problem install Solid performance and clear instructions for installation. I sweated it for a week efore getting started but it turned out to be just as explained in the documentation. Unit has performed for 1 year w/o a problem.1717



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Adam H.04/01/2009

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Excellent Product!! This is the best brake controller that I have ever used. The installation was a breeze, very easy to set up and use. I would recommend to anyone who wants a great break controller. I would not use any other controller.1701



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Rick V03/22/2009

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great product !!!!!! I recently purchased a hitch for my 2009 Nissan Frontier and the installation was a breeze. I decided to order the Podigy brake controller and do it myself. The truck did not have factory tow package, therefore was not prewired. I was a little worried because the truck was BRAND NEW. Everything went smooth. You customer support was great (Pat C).Videos helped too. These people know how to get it done. Iwill be back to E-Trailer for all my needs. Thanks again. AAAAA++++++++ Service1668



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: John R.03/01/2008

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Easy, reliable, and intuitive I had never towed a trailer before and I knew nothing about trailer brakes before I bought the Prodigy. The installation is straightforward. Run power to the unit from battery through 30A breaker, hook into the brake switch wire, connect to ground (preferably direct to negative battery terminal) and one wire to the trailer connector. Calibration and setup is quick and easy. It can be mounted at an angle and does not need to be level or adjusted to level. Tells you what's wrong if something's not working. Braking is smooth and consistent, proportional to the vehicle. No tricky wiring or weird contraptions for reversing. Can be moved from one car to another with a replacement pocket and wire harness. I don't know how it could be much better unless it did the driving for you. My only gripe, and it's a very small one, is that the adjustment wheel you use to set the braking level can be a little touchy. This is a very good brake controller for only a little more than a time-delay or weight-driven type, so I don't know why you would even want one of those. Buy the Prodigy instead and get the best attributes of them all.648



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Kiwim811/26/2007

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Easy all the way round I tow a 30ft 5th wheel and a 6x12 work trailer. I like that it will let you if you have a trailer brake problem, like shoes worn out or a broken wire. Easy adjust for in traffic or on the freeway. Great all round controller.501



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Darin B06/17/2007

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This brake controller rocks I replaced a Reese Brakeman Compact with the Prodigy. No comparison. Prodigy is proportional and shows me the voltage being sent to the trailer. Braking is smoother and I have much more control over how the brakes get applied. I feel much safer towing now.238



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: MARK M.08/20/2011

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WOW WENT TOGETHER IN 15MIN. INST. WERE GREAT THANKS22348



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Steve H01/26/2010

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Look No Further!!! Excellent product, works perfectly. Just buy it and forget about comparing others controllers to this one.2665



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: harold w03/29/2009

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great Have pull alot of trailers. this is the best brake system and easiest installatian i have every done!1691



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: tim03/30/2008

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easy instructions,easyinstall, product works great, good adjustments for different load weights.716



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: fahn09/08/2007

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prodigy brake controller excellent. Easy to intall and to use394



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Robert E11/03/2013

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The Prodigy controler is a great product.This was the easiest after market product if have ever installed. 106108



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: EJ P08/25/2013

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Install on this product was a snap, right out of the box. 96776



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Terry D.05/22/2013

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Haven"t used it yet but arrived quickly and simple install.81616



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: louis03/21/2013

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Great Product, the online installation video was rite on target as viewed. it took me 20 min's to install my new Prodigy Trailer Brake Controller, would recommend Etrailer to all my friends.71699



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: David P11/14/2012

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Product performs excellent. Easy setup. Online videos were a great help on install. Fast delivery.59423



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Jeff D10/08/2012

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Easy install and use on my Nissan Armada. Works great and very comfortable pulling my Kodiak Skamper 235 now! 56705



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: James W.08/27/2012

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Installation was easy. Product is exactly what we needed in our trucks. Performs as promised.53152



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Drew P.06/16/2012

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This is my second prodigy brake control! and I still think it's the best on the mark today!44455



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Don L.11/29/2011

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Easy to install and very easy to oppera te.27480



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Robert Allen08/23/2011

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easy to install , timely delivery 22569



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: MIKE B.07/04/2011

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I like it. Thank you. 18470



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Jason T.07/01/2011

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Works excellent, great description of product, fast shipping!18368



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: David M06/02/2011

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This is 3nd one that I have bought from here. I have not had any problems with the first 2 . 15981



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: JVALOE05/22/2011

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Ordering was easy and price protection garantee was honored. I would definitely give etrailer my businees.15049



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Willy F05/18/2011

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the product works like a dream and is easy to read - ordering was easy and shipping was expeditious - thanks14633



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Mike Horn05/13/2011

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Great unit. Used to pull 32' with my 06 Durango. This thing worked flawlessly! Oh, and since this was the first time I used one, it was idiot proof too!13818



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: billw03/09/2011

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With the help of your great video library I was able to install a brake controller and wiring harness myself. All the products were of high quality and arrived quickly.8867



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Joe C.02/03/2011

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Good price and fast delivery. Will be installing on 2011 Silverado.6592



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Jerry R.01/18/2011

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Awsome Easy to install. Best controller i have owned. Self adjusting, can mount at any angle, Perfect.5650



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Kevin C01/14/2011

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Electric brake awesome controller, very easy install 10 mins top, no photos yet e trailer has great service and fast shipping5467



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Tracey08/29/2010

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Thanks for how to video This website is great for their products and how to videos, thank you!3393



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: gil crooker08/01/2010

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the installation video i watch the installation video. and in mins i was back on the road. the video was real helpful. 3306



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Dave06/03/2010

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Easy to install What difference switching from a time delay controller to a proportional one. I probably took years off my brake linings with the time delay. Installation was easy.3089



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Nikki611/13/2009

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AMAZING! Super easy to install and even easier to use. Very reliable and couldn't feel safer towing.2539



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: KG09/23/2009

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get this controller! easy install,plug ad play on my 02 Tahoe. Then just one connector and it goes in our RV, the features are better than any other controller I have come across.2422



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: harry09/13/2009

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awsome this trailer brake controller is the bust!!!!!!!!! Easy to install to2397



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: John05/08/2009

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Great product lets you see on. I have used one for years and it tells you when the plug is pulled out and level of braking going to the trailer.1828



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Harry W.04/18/2009

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awesome! pulled a trailer for 20 years, all I have to say it is worth it. and very easy to install!1761



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Ed P09/24/2008

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Best Brake Controller EVER! Works great, never had issues with it, best controller, hands down.1307



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: George S07/10/2008

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Awesome Great product, So happy with the ease of use and smooth braking.1049



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Steve01/04/2008

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Best contoller you'll ever own The best ever made554



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Bill F.07/09/2007

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Works great Simple to install and set up. Controls the trailer nicely.279



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Allen09/13/2012

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The controler and pars arrived as expected and will not be installed for another few weeks. I will know better at that time if I made a good choice. I do not expect any problems with this product. 54596



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Expert Answers about Tekonsha Prodigy Trailer Brake Controller - 1 to 4 Axles - Proportional - 90185                                             Do you have a question about this Brake Controller?


  • Which Brake Controller and Wiring Adapter Is Best for a 1998 Ford Expedition
  • Your install is pretty much a plug and play type installation. I would recommend the Tekonsha Prodigy, part # 90185-3035P. Its great preformance and ease of setup would make it a great choice. It also includes the wiring adapter. One end would plug into the port under the dash, the other into the controller. It could not be easier!
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  • Brake Controller for a 2003 Chevy Silverado
  • I would recommend the Prodigy P2 Brake controller, part # 90885,along with the Tekonsha wiring adapter for GM vehicles for your 2003 Chevy Silverado 2500. You will not have to get a special brake controller because of your vehicles tow mode that uses engine braking to help slow the vehicle. This P2 brake controller uses an accelerometer that will feel the amount of braking being applied from your 2003 Silverado and apply the trailer brakes in proportion to that. If your vehicle is using the b
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  • Installing a Prodigy Brake Controller on a 2010 Nissan Armada with Factory Tow Package
  • Since your new 2010 Nissan Armada has the factory tow package and is wired for a brake controller, all you will need is the Tekonsha Brake Controller with Wiring, # 90185-3050P. This comes with the necessary wiring harness. One end plugs into the back of the brake controller and the other end plugs into a port on the Armada. Most likely, this port is located under the dash near the emergency brake. I have included two links to instructions for this brake controller. The second set provid
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  • Tekonsha Prodigy Trailer Brake Controller Showing OL, PL and SH Error Codes
  • First, lets start by resetting the Prodigy. With the trailer disconnected from the vehicle, disconnect the brake controller by unplugging the harness from the rear of the unit, and plug it back in. The display will show NC for 15 seconds, and then show two dots. The OL error code indicates that the Prodigy is drawing too much current. This is usually caused by a short on the brake output wire on the trailer or low resistance to ground on the brake wire. Look for any pinch points, or worn or c
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  • Comparing the Tekonsha Prodigy Brake Controller # 90185 and Prodigy P2 # 90885
  • There are 3 big differences between the Prodigy, # 90185, and the Prodigy P2, # 90885, brake controllers. The most notable difference is the LED display is blue on the P2 where as it is red on the Prodigy. The second difference is that the P2 can be mounted at any angle, a full 360 degrees, where as the Prodigy needs to be between level and 70 degrees nose up. The third big difference is that the P2 can be used with electric over hydraulic systems. A couple minor changes include some inherited s
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  • Installing a Brake Controller From Scratch on a 1989 GMC 1/2 Ton Pickup
  • To install an electric brake controller on your vehicle, you will need three items to complete installation. First, a brake controller. We have numerous brake controllers to choose from but I recommend our most popular model, the Tekonsha Prodigy, # 90185. You will also need the 7 and 4 Way Installation Kit, # ETBC7. Finally, you will need 4-Pole Hardwire Kit Including Circuit Tester, # 18252. You will need to first install the 18252 wiring harness. Installation is fairly simple. Using the in
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  • What Is Needed to Install the Prodigy Brake Controller on a 2010 Chevy Silverado with Tow Package
  • All you will need is the brake controller if your 2010 Chevy Silverado has a factory tow package with a 7-Way trailer connector. The Prodigy comes with a wiring harness that plugs into the back of it with blunt cut wires on the other side. These wires then need to be soldered or spliced to the vehicles tow package wiring. This wiring is usually found underneath the dash, to the left of the brake pedal, and tied together with white tape. I have included installation instructions for the Tekon
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  • What is Needed to Install a Brake Controller on a 2007 GMC Envoy Denali with Factory Tow Package
  • For a 2007 GMC Envoy Denali with tow package, you will just need the brake controller, # 90185. It comes with the necessary wiring harness that will need to be hardwired into the tow package that is underneath the dash, to the left of the brake pedal, and probably held together with white tape. I have included the instructions for this brake controller below. The tow package wiring colors probably will not match the brake controller wiring colors. On the brake controller, Black is 12 volt pow
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  • How to Use the Boost Control Functions and Settings on a Tekonsha Prodigy Brake Controller
  • The button on the right on the Tekonsha Prodigy, # 90185, is the Boost button. The boost levels are pre-set based on how much the trailer weighs in comparison to the tow vehicle. For example, by pressing the button once, it will display what the current boost level is. If you see .c, that means the boost is off. If you see .c. that means it is on. Every press of the button changes the boost level up to b.3. A boost setting of b.1 is for trailers that weigh less than the tow vehicle. A boost s
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  • Troubleshooting 0.9 Error Code For Prodigy Brake Controller 90185
  • I can definitely give you a place to start troubleshooting, but to give you a more specific answer I would need a little more information about your particular install. Did you hardwire the brake controller, or did you use a plug-in wiring adapter to install the brake controller in your vehicle cab? What type of vehicle do you have? If you hardwired the controller, I recommend following the white wire coming out the back side of the brake controller and make sure that it is still firmly c
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  • Locating Brake Controller Power Fuse On a 2002 Chevy Silverado
  • If your 2002 Chevrolet Silverado did not come wired with a 7-Way plug from the factory, you will need to connect the brake controller power wire and the electric brake wire underneath your hood to complete the # 90185 brake controller installation. Once you are under the hood, you would remove the bracket in the corner closest to the driver. Then, you would pull the top and lower covers off your fuse block. You should see a red wire with a ring terminal, and a blue wire with a plug. Take
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  • Angle of Installation for a Prodigy Brake Controller on a 2007 Mitsubishi Outlander
  • You are correct the Tekonsha PRODIGY Brake Controller, item # 90185, should be installed as level as possible (parallel to the bumpers) and inline with the direction of the vehicles travel (see instructions link). Angling the unit will not allow the accelerometer to function as it should and can reduce the performance of the unit. If the display is hard to read when installed correctly at the current location then a new location would be a good idea.
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  • On 2002 GMC Sierra 2500HD with Tekonsha Prodigy, # 90185, Controller Only Works Manually
  • The Tekonsha PRODIGY Brake Controller - Proportional, # 90185, on a 2002 GMC Sierra 2500HD senses when the vehicle is braking by the connection to the CHMSL (Center High Mounted Stop Light)circuit, which is the third brake light. You can check if the third brake light is working by checking the fuse, which is located in the fuse block and probably marked CHMSL. If the fuse is good then you should test with a circuit tester Draw-Tite Circuit Tester Kit, # 40376, the red wire that exits the re
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  • Do the P-3 and Prodigy Brake Controllers Remain Constantly On Once Plugged In
  • Both the Tekonsha Prodigy # 90185 and P-3 #90195 brake controllers will go into a power saving mode after 15 minutes without motion, once the vehicle ignition is turned off. The simple answer to your question is yes, but because the units go into power-saving mode, and because the LED lights on the unit draw a minute amount of electricity, leaving the brake controller plugged in would not drain your vehicle battery. I included links to the instructions for the Prodigy brake controller, and
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  • Installation for Prodigy Brake Controller on a 1971 Ford F-350
  • I have included a link to the installation instructions for the Prodigy brake controller # 90185, as well as some additional information that should be useful. The instructions will not be vehicle specific, as you will need to hardwire to install the brake controller on your 1971 Ford F-350. You will need to connect the 4 brake controller wires as follows. White: Ground wire, attached to a suitable mounting location on the vehicle frame. Black: 12v lead wire, attached to the vehicle'
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  • What is Needed to Install a Prodigy Brake Controller on a 2001 Chevy Suburban
  • For your 2001 Chevy Suburban, between the Prodigy and P-3, I recommend the Prodigy, as it is an easy to use (what I would call entry level) brake controller. It also gets the job done and is one of our most popular models. The Prodigy is a basic electric brake controller with a digital display. The P-3 has a larger LCD screen that displays various Diagnostic Troubleshooting Displays and Warning Signs. In 2001, Chevy had Suburbans with factory 7-Way (meaning it is already wired for towing and
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  • Brake Controller Kit for a 2005 Dodge Dakota
  • You will need a brake controller and Brake Controller Installation Kit, item # ETBC7. I would recommend the Tekonsha Prodigy P2 Brake Controller, item # 90885 for your 2005 Dodge Dakota. Wiring the ETBC7 will require plugging your 4-Way connector into the 7-Way connector installed on the rear of the vehicle, and then wiring the extra wires needed for the brake controller and trailer functions. Under the dash you will need to run the blue wire from the brake controller to the blue wire in the
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  • Brake Controller Mounting Location for a 2009 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
  • There is not a specific location to mount a brake controller. It needs to be somewhere out of the way, but close enough that the driver can get to it easily. Usually a brake controller is mounted on the bottom side of the dash on either side of the steering wheel. Just make sure it is easy to operate while driving and that the mounting screws will not damage any wiring behind the dash. I have included a page to a brake controller installation guide on a GMC truck that pictures a typical brake
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  • Installation of Tekonsha Prodigy Brake Controller # 90185 on 1968 Chevy 1/2 Ton Pickup
  • You will need to hard-wire your 1968 Chevrolet truck to install the Tekonsha PRODIGY Brake Controller, item # 90185. This is a popular brake controller and gets very high ratings from our customers. We have instructions (see link) for installation of brake controllers and you will need a 7-Way Installation Kit, ETBC7 or a 6-Way Installation Kit, item # ETBC6, which includes the wiring, circuit breakers, connectors, and vehicle side connector with mounting bracket. If you do not have a work
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  • How To Install A Brake Controller on a 2009 Ford F-150
  • Installing a brake controller system on a 2009 Ford F-150 is very simple thanks to the brake controller port they provide. The port is in a funny location but you simply plug in the brake controller and you are done. The most popular brake controller we carry is the Tekonsha Prodigy. For a Prodigy for your truck, you would use part # 90185-22292 and it will include a wiring harness that will allow you to simply plug the controller into the truck. No cutting, splicing or soldering wires at all
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