1. Welcome to PlowSite. Notice a fresh look and new features? It’s now easier to share photos and videos, find popular topics fast, and enjoy expanded user profiles. If you have any questions, click HELP at the top or bottom of any page, or send an email to help@plowsite.com. We welcome your feedback.

    Dismiss Notice

C5500 trailer brakes?

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by Williams Ex Co, Oct 6, 2010.

  1. Williams Ex Co

    Williams Ex Co Junior Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 24

    Just recently purchased an '08 C5500 and wondering if they have an integrated brake control or if I need to purchase one.... If I need one what are your best choices?
     
  2. RacingZR

    RacingZR Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 399

    Not sure if you have one on the truck or not but Prodigy makes the best brake controller.
     
  3. Williams Ex Co

    Williams Ex Co Junior Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 24

    Thanks! I trailered with it a bit and didnt notice any brake action....
     
  4. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,992

    either a teckonsha Primus, Prodigy or P3 controller. Very good controllers, incredibly user friendly. The P3 handles up to four axles, ele or elc/hyd. Excellent products with a great warranty.
     
  5. JCI Trans

    JCI Trans Senior Member
    Messages: 313

    I went from a draw-tite activator 2 to a tekonsha prodigy p3 recently...absolutely no comparison. The tekonsha has the inertia control, which senses how fast the tow vehicle is slowing down and gives the trailer proportional braking, I would highly recommend this unit, and its only about $50 more, depending on where you buy.
     
  6. RacingZR

    RacingZR Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 399

    That's what I meant.....the Tekonsha Prodigy. Looks like that P3 is the new top dog with the elec/hydrualic option. Both the Prodigy and P3 have proportional brake controlling so you don't have to set it every time. But you still do have the option of adjusting to your liking. Anyway, can't go wrong with Tekonsha. $120 for a good Tekonsha brake controller or half the price for some cheapo.....it's worth the money for a good one with a lifetime warranty.
     
  7. Williams Ex Co

    Williams Ex Co Junior Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 24

    Any chance that my truck wouldnt have the wiring harness under the dash for the brake controller? I took a quick look under the dash and didnt see anything.... Thanks!
     
  8. Williams Ex Co

    Williams Ex Co Junior Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 24

    Anyone? What sort of wiring harness should I be looking for? Thanks
     
  9. JCI Trans

    JCI Trans Senior Member
    Messages: 313

    Unless the previous owner had a brake controller and left the harness in, you will need to get a harness with your new controller. They are pretty cheap, and they are vehicle specific. They plug in under the dash in a designated empty outlet. If there was no controller in there before, you may need to put a fuse in the designated outlet in the fusebox. I had to do this with my chevy pickup, yours may be the same setup.
     
  10. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,992

    I have seen them with a BC socket inthe convenance box but I have also seen them with out anything. Look in your owners manual for the location of the socket.