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Old 12-03-2014, 06:25 PM   #31
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The nice thing about the P3 is that current reading is part of the built-in diagnostics menu.
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Old 12-03-2014, 07:57 PM   #32
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No, but I haven't used the trailer since the trailer pick up trip. I had some converter issues I was working through.
I'm intrigued by the brake pedal comments. I have a problem with my criuse control when the pedal doesn't return to fully dis-engaged. Sometimes, I have to pull up on the pedal, while driving, to get the criuse to work. I'm going to have my mechanic check it out when I take the vehicle in for some maintenance next week.
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Old 12-04-2014, 10:08 AM   #33
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No, but I haven't used the trailer since the trailer pick up trip. I had some converter issues I was working through.
I'm intrigued by the brake pedal comments. I have a problem with my criuse control when the pedal doesn't return to fully dis-engaged. Sometimes, I have to pull up on the pedal, while driving, to get the criuse to work. I'm going to have my mechanic check it out when I take the vehicle in for some maintenance next week.
I''ll bet that is your problem. If the cruise control doesn't engage, it may mean the switch on the brake pedal is closed, which would cause the controller to sense the vehicle brakes are on (and, your brake lights would probably be on as well).
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Old 12-04-2014, 10:34 AM   #34
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See post 22
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Old 12-05-2014, 08:28 PM   #35
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it seems to me a lot of technical comments are flying around. my approach to the situation is take your trailer to a walmart or?? lot and drive the tug and trailer in a slower fashion in a straight line using the manual brake switch only, engage it and slow the tow down as you would like. take the numbers and set same on the unit. works for me.
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Old 12-05-2014, 08:44 PM   #36
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it seems to me a lot of technical comments are flying around. my approach to the situation is take your trailer to a walmart or?? lot and drive the tug and trailer in a slower fashion in a straight line using the manual brake switch only, engage it and slow the tow down as you would like. take the numbers and set same on the unit. works for me.
By this method you have chosen the setting which would be suitable if your tug had no brakes and you always used full trailer brake application. If that happens to come to the same number as required to have the trailer do its share of braking under real driving conditions, it's only a happy coincidence.

There are technical comments because it is a technical question (not, for instance, a financial question or an artistic question). Makes sense, right?
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Old 12-05-2014, 09:26 PM   #37
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My Prodigy P2 came with a manual that has the instructions on setting the brake controller. It also came with a card with the same instructions for the glove box.
Of note, is not to use Boost with a lightweight trailer like mine.
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Old 12-05-2014, 10:44 PM   #38
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Guess I'm lucky to live on a gravel road - makes it pretty simple to futz with the controller knob until the truck and trailer tires both skid at the same time!
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Old 01-28-2015, 08:55 AM   #39
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Well... I took the vehicle to GM and they replaced the "Brake Light Switch". Looks like the switch was still activated though my foot had released the pedal. This caused the brake controler to maintain braking to the trailer. When I would pull up on the pedeal prior to replacing the switch I could feel the trailer brakes release. Now, all is good! Thanks for all the comments.
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Thanks for the update, Gary. I'll bet that with the brake light switch not releasing, not only was your cruise control disabled, but your brake lights were staying on as well. Maybe it's a good thing that the effect on the trailer brake controller encouraged getting this fixed.
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