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Old 02-28-2015, 04:45 PM   #11
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The subject of brake controllers and when/if the factory installs them is a weird one for me. You would think the "factory tow package" would include a brake controller but it almost never does nowadays unless you're talking their HD truck with an "HD tow package", or the "Max Tow Package" or similar. We have the tow package but it didn't include the integrated controller. We had the dealer do it because although I could get the controller just about anywhere for far less, they still have to program it to work with the dash electronics. The Ford integrated controller has a great rep, and we also like the fact you don't have an extra piece of gear hanging under the dash.
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Ya - its the factory install - upper left. It looks nicer - next week I'll get to see how it works .
Mine works great!
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Old 02-28-2015, 04:51 PM   #13
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We went from Trailblazer to 2014 Silverado as well. Never pulled the 21' with the Trailblazer. Had a Casita at the time. You will love tow/haul mode. Pulls the 21' like nobody's business.
Thanks everybody.

I bought the Trailblazer after towing our first FGRV Scamp 16 home with our Subaru Outback and stopping at a scale it on the way home. It towed the Scamp then our Escape 17B and finally our 21 really well actually. It was just getting too easy to go over the 10000# GCWR with the 21.
This Silverado is amazing - comfortable, smooth, quiet and it gets better mileage than the TB did and its not even broken in.
Only trouble is they make so many goodies for trucks that you neeeed - canopy, bed liner, steps, mats, flaps - next week a Decked storage system... I gotta go camping
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The subject of brake controllers and when/if the factory installs them is a weird one for me. You would think the "factory tow package" would include a brake controller but it almost never does nowadays unless you're talking their HD truck with an "HD tow package", or the "Max Tow Package" or similar. We have the tow package but it didn't include the integrated controller. We had the dealer do it because although I could get the controller just about anywhere for far less, they still have to program it to work with the dash electronics. The Ford integrated controller has a great rep, and we also like the fact you don't have an extra piece of gear hanging under the dash.
A buddy of mine has the Ford integrated controller and raves about it.
The trim level we got has all the trailering goodies as part of the build except the controller of course . The Max Tow package gets you a heavier rear differential with a different ratio.
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Right, the factory install is really nice. Before my purchase the dealer gave me a loaner, a yard truck containing the factory install, for a few days, then, when I was ready to buy, produced an otherwise identical, brand new one for me, but, with no brake controller installed. When I insisted on the brake controller, dealer said their service dept. wasn't permitted to install one. That seemed odd. The truck was otherwise tow-ready, but when it was apparent this was a deal breaker they quickly got the sub-contractor into their shop.

No subsequent issues, and I do love the truck.
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The subject of brake controllers and when/if the factory installs them is a weird one for me. You would think the "factory tow package" would include a brake controller but it almost never does nowadays unless you're talking their HD truck with an "HD tow package", or the "Max Tow Package" or similar. We have the tow package but it didn't include the integrated controller. We had the dealer do it because although I could get the controller just about anywhere for far less, they still have to program it to work with the dash electronics. The Ford integrated controller has a great rep, and we also like the fact you don't have an extra piece of gear hanging under the dash.
Talk about bells and whistles. Looking at all of those knobs and controls, what would grandpa say? Loren
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Talk about bells and whistles. Looking at all of those knobs and controls, what would grandpa say? Loren
Grandpa would probably grunt and complain about all the "doo-dads" and "thingamajigs". Later I'd probably find him in the truck playing with them.
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Right, the factory install is really nice. Before my purchase the dealer gave me a loaner, a yard truck containing the factory install, for a few days, then, when I was ready to buy, produced an otherwise identical, brand new one for me, but, with no brake controller installed. When I insisted on the brake controller, dealer said their service dept. wasn't permitted to install one. That seemed odd. The truck was otherwise tow-ready, but when it was apparent this was a deal breaker they quickly got the sub-contractor into their shop.

No subsequent issues, and I do love the truck.
I seem to recall a discussion on a Silverado forum about Chevrolet not letting dealers alter the harness to install them on 2014s at first. I think that's resolved now and there's a kit available.
Do you have the tow mirrors? That's the one option I would have included if I spec'd the truck. The tips of standard mirrors are set about 5" further apart than the 21 is wide.
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No, no tow mirrors. I tow a 19. Have no problems seeing behind me with standard issue door mirrors. Also no weight distribution hitch. Find the tow mode wand on the steering column to be a nice assist when braking steep roads but otherwise cannot tell if it is of any benefit on straightaway highway travel. So, I rarely use it then.
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The subject of brake controllers and when/if the factory installs them is a weird one for me. You would think the "factory tow package" would include a brake controller but it almost never does nowadays unless you're talking their HD truck with an "HD tow package", or the "Max Tow Package" or similar. We have the tow package but it didn't include the integrated controller.
Since integrated controllers didn't even exist until a few years ago, and are still not available in most vehicles (just some full-size pickups, and perhaps the related SUVs), I don't think the average buyer expects it to be included. It's a competitive environment, and throwing in extra stuff could attract buyers, but it could also make your product look expensive.

As long as the descriptions are clear and the integrated controller can readily be ordered, I don't have a problem with it being separately listed. In any vehicle with an integrated controller available I would buy it. If I didn't like it, I could still add an aftermarket controller and disconnect the integrated one.

This does seem like a dealer-installable component to me. I would be quite disappointed if I bought a vehicle which could have one as factory equipment, but the dealer would or could not install it.
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