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Old 01-07-2012, 07:38 AM   #1
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I got a new truck! My work truck version F150 was struggling to pull my Zinger 19 up the hills and the Chevy dealer made me an offer I couldn't refuse on a new Silverado with the 5.3 V8. I have discovered that 4:00 pm on New Years eve is a great time to walk into a car dealership.

The Chevy has the trailer package installed but not the factory brake controller. The harness is just unterminated wires so I only need the generic cable. For as long as I am going to have this thing there is no reason to skimp on the brake controller. There really isn't that much difference in price from cheapest to most expensive.

I am thinking Teknosha P2 or P3. I can't really see much functional difference between them. What it the difference between a Teknosha P2 and a P3? The price difference on Amazon is all of $5.

Should I look at something else?

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Old 01-07-2012, 07:55 AM   #2
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In that price range, there is nothing better. Can't speak to the difference P2 vs. P3, but I'd spend the extra $5. If you want a better system, then you will spend maybe 2x $ to get one of the units that tie into the master cylinder or use a pressure transducer on the brake pedal to get true proportional control.
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Old 01-07-2012, 12:07 PM   #3
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Dayle,
Good to know that it is a good unit. The P2 vs P3 questionis more based on sometimes things aren't improved with the newer version.

I am really amazed that Chevy puts out pickups with 10k tow packages without a controller and that you can't retrofit a factory controller. I guess it makes sense to someone in marketing. The discounts on the truck were so good that it more than makes up for having the controller under the dash instead of in it.

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Old 01-07-2012, 02:32 PM   #4
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The P3 has a current meter and more diagnostic features. I prefer the P3 for the current. I check my current output before each trip. It will detect an open brake magnet.

In the $150 range there is no better brake controller.
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Old 01-08-2012, 04:59 AM   #5
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I ordered it this morning. $119 total, newoff of Ebay. The Paypal invoice came through to an RV dealership in Tennesee. I even had a couple of Ebay bucks to apply to the purchase.

Next thing to buy for the truck is a set of nerf bar steps.

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Old 01-08-2012, 12:32 PM   #6
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Now on to the nerf bars. Mine are Levurne full length steps that look like tubes. Make washing or tieing things to roof rack easier being able to step anywere. All stainless means no rusting like the black steel tubes.
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Old 01-10-2012, 04:33 AM   #7
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I am leaning toward Westin Ovals that curve in under the truck at the front and rear. I will probably go with the black powder coat because the truck is white. I wonder if it would be a better idea to get the stainless bars and have them powder coated to avoid any possiblity of rust.



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Old 01-12-2012, 11:01 AM   #8
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;od to see a blue oval traded on a bowtie...although the current F150 is growing on me.

The P3 is a very good model. We only have a basic Hayes controller...works great in our Trailblazer.
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Dave the Levurne's are radiused. Mine look great onour white truck. The only thing that would need powder coating would be the mounting hardware
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