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Have prodigy trailer brake control Have new to me 1996 Chevy Tahoe with factory trailer hitch. Need to install brake control - where on the chevy tahoe (under the dash by fuse box area I assume) do I wire in the controller? Thanks, Stephen

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  • ssgibbens Sep 05, 2010

    this give solution using aftermarket harnesses which I have found but don't feel is necessary (esp at the prices). you tube video is for mounting 7-plug connnector on back of truck. Neither answers my question. I have factory connector on truck. I need to know where to wire the pordigy into the wiring " conveniece center" (Chevy's name) under the dash to left of steering column.

  • ssgibbens Sep 06, 2010

    Your first answer and second answer did not provide me with the answer I need.
    A more explicit question would be: Where can I tap into the trailer brake wire under the dash that goes back to the 7-pin connector at the rear of my 1996 Chevy Tahoe? All the other wires to connect my Prodigy trailer brake I have found except that one. This would be the blue wire on the Prodigy. Maybe suggest a good 12 volt power wire too, but the trailer brake wire is my critical issue.
    Thanks

  • ssgibbens Sep 06, 2010

    The only question I have is: Is there, and if there is where does it come out under the dash, the wire that feeds back to the factory installed trailer hitch that engages the brakes on the trailer (the blue wire on the prodigy). Your Scribd wedbsite crashed my browser and it wants me to join facebook to get any info. Please either answer my question or refund my money. Thanks.

  • ssgibbens Sep 09, 2010

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    I went to a Chevy dealership after Labor Day who showed me where the wires were under the hood were and where they came out by the 7-prong connector. Most of the answers to my question were related to the Pordegy unit, not to the Chevy. The adapters mentioned don't work on a 96. The adapter harness listed to plug under the dash doesn't work on a 96 because there are no wires where in the control box where the instructions say to plug it in. I think for a 98 the harness would work. So a frustrating experience with FixYa.

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Http://www.anythingtruck.com/instructions/GeneralWiringInstructions.pdf

Here is a link to general wiring instructions for brake boosters. It also included color chart for chevrolet etc.

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All trailers will need brake lights and turn signals as well as tail lights and side marker lights. Most areas require extra marker lights for overwide trailers. Also, most areas have recently required back-up lights for trailers, and most trailer manufacturers have been building trailers with back-up lights for several years.

Additionally, some Class I, most Class II and just about all Class III and IV trailers will have electric brakes. Add to this number an accessories wire, to operate trailer internal equipment or to charge the trailer's battery, and you can have as many as seven wires in the harness.

Determine the equipment on your trailer and buy the wiring kit necessary. The kit will contain all the wires needed, plus a plug adapter set which includes the female plug, mounted on the bumper or hitch, and the male plug, wired into, or plugged into the trailer harness.

When installing the kit, follow the manufacturer's instructions. The color coding of the wires is usually standard throughout the industry. One point to note: some domestic vehicles, and most imported vehicles, have separate turn signals. On most domestic vehicles, the brake lights and rear turn signals operate with the same bulb. For those vehicles without separate turn signals, you can purchase an isolation unit so that the brake lights won't blink whenever the turn signals are operated.

Its possible that you can find other details in the next image (click for zoom)...

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Also, can check your 1996 Chevrolet Tahoe - Owners Manual (page 208 and next).

GM Full-Size Trucks 1988-1998 Repair Information / Brake Light Switch (REMOVAL & INSTALLATION):
1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
2. Disable the SIR system (if equipped).
3. Remove the clip (R/V Series) or unclip the switch (C/K Series) and unplug the electrical connector from the brake light switch.
4. Remove the switch.
5. Installation is the reverse of removal.


Hope helps.

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Hi

Please check this links thoroughly which is similar to your query:-

http://www.etrailer.com/faq-brakecontroller.aspx

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6a9Cv6M-_Lw

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When installing the trailer break controller, 4 things must be considered carefully and objectively . 1.Safety regarding the mounting of the controller with respect to the drivers ability to control the vehicle without any hindrance whatsoever . 2.The dirvers ease of access (and control) of the coltroller while actually driving.....not sitting in the driveway....and lastly.... 3. The expected and assured 100% faith in the controllers ability (by the driver) to function without failure (no exceptions allowed) AND as designed to function (not ***-u-med), by properly mounting the unit and performing the correct electrical aspects of the installation without "shortcutting or jerry rigging" (no exceptions allowed)
4. The trailer brakes themselves. Ie. Shoes, drums, actuators, mechanical and electrical components etc. And last.....but too often forgotten....axle bearings maintenance / checkups / and tires condition and proper air pressure attained with a reliable tire guage....Did I mention checking the trailer lights functions ??? Good Luck...Happy Safe Motoring..

Posted on Sep 05, 2010

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    Hello Again, I apologize for for the misunderstanding on my part. All too often, I fail to realize exactly what a troubled individual needs to completly solve their problem. My shortcoming, and I'm sorry. Please click on the above link. Once there, download the catalog. Open with Adobe and then use you pages search in Adobe or just scroll to the contents on page # 3 and you'll notice the section that covers "Technical Manual" starting on page #89. From that page, I believe you will find everything you need regarding you Prodigy Wiring, mounting, etc. Also, if you go through the index, you will find the 4,5,and 7, pin connector conversion diagrams. I hope This helps answer you questions. Please let me know. RBB coolblueservices@hotmail.com take care, Sir. Respectfully, Richard

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    Cool Blue Services Sep 25, 2010

    HELLO SSGIBBENS, I VISITED THAT SITE THAT CRASHED YOUR BROWSER. IE. SCRIBD...IT LOCKED UP MY BROWSER TOO...DO YOU STILL NEED TO KNOW WHERE THE BRAKE CONTROLLER / TOW PACKAGE HARNESS IS LOCATED IN THE FRONT OF YOUR TAHOE ?

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