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Old 01-12-2019, 06:55 PM   #11
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YES you need a brake controller! And the truck needs to have the factory tow package.
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Old 01-12-2019, 07:26 PM   #12
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Another option might be to have the dealer include delivery to your site in the purchase . It shouldn't cost much more than $100-$150 to have them deliver it that distance .
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Old 01-12-2019, 07:32 PM   #13
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YES you need a brake controller! And the truck needs to have the factory tow package.
Okay sir thank you. Do you know whether a newer Chevy vehicle (like the 2016 Z71 Colorado I am looking to buy) already has a jumper harness for the brake controller?

And would the R-pod dealer be the ones that could install the brake controller there on site at/during the purchase?

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Old 01-12-2019, 07:34 PM   #14
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Another option might be to have the dealer include delivery to your site in the purchase . It shouldn't cost much more than $100-$150 to have them deliver it that distance .
I was thinking about requesting that also. I am in contact with the "sales administrator" that has the R-pod I plan on getting next week. Is that a question for her before I go there?

Also, I suppose I should ask her about them installing that brake controller if I in fact get the Colorado Z71 and drive it there to bring the R-pod home?

Thank you for your time and your advice.
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Old 01-12-2019, 07:34 PM   #15
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Okay sir thank you. Do you know whether a newer Chevy vehicle (like the 2016 Z71 Colorado I am looking to buy) already has a jumper harness for the brake controller?

And would the R-pod dealer be the ones that could install the brake controller there on site at/during the purchase?

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Depending on its options and set-up, the Colorado MIGHT have a factory installed brake controller. Do you know its specs?
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Depending on its options and set-up, the Colorado MIGHT have a factory installed brake controller. Do you know its specs?
Thank you for your reply sir.

Here is the link to the truck: https://www.jimbrownechevybuickgmc.c...-FL/3348783693

If the information cannot be confirmed by all that is in that link then if you could tell me what I should ask the sales rep. then I will send him an email before I go there on Tuesday.

Thank you for all of your help. I really appreciate it.
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Old 01-12-2019, 07:48 PM   #17
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Do you know whether a newer Chevy vehicle (like the 2016 Z71 Colorado I am looking to buy) already has a jumper harness for the brake controller?

And would the R-pod dealer be the ones that could install the brake controller there on site at/during the purchase?
If the truck has the factory tow package, then it probably has the brake controller. At the very least it will have the plug-in under the dash for a third party controller. DOES THE TOW VEHICLE HAVE THE TOW PACKAGE is the question... if it does then you can check online what that includes... ie controller? An inquiry to etrailer dot com MAY be able to answer your questions... they have a very helpful staff. You may want to ask them about compatible controllers and connectors for yuor particular truck.

You may also be able to call a local Chevy dealer and get them to print you a line build sheet using the VIN#... this will tell you if the truck HAS a controller.

Any controller that has to be installed is usually a 5 minute job and the trailer dealer SHOULD be able to help. Then you calibrate ANY controller (including built-into the truck) after everything is hooked up including the trailer. Use youtube and ask how to setup a brake controller, (involves braking hard in a level parking lot to adjust the intensity of the braking force). The trailer should almost pull you to a stop with the trailer brakes.

The brake controller in the truck will control and actuate brakes on the trailer. All trailers over 2000# HAVE to have trailer brakes and the tow vehicle controller makes them work. Also a 12 battery on the trailer tongue is required also, because they actuate the trailer brakes should the trailer somehow jump off the tow ball.
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I looked at the dealer's ad from the link provided above and I see no mention of a factory-installed brake controller.
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Old 01-12-2019, 08:20 PM   #19
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Lot of posts, first the truck new will NOT necessarily have brake controller, yes you need it, ASK. The dealer can install or the RV dealer but get it and make effort to understand it's operation. If in doubt ask dealer when you get truck. A rental truck may have what you need, but question to ask is does it have a 7 way and does it have a brake controller.

BTW the bumper is configured with tow package

Looks like FL law is any trailer over 3000 lbs requires brakes, the Pod is equipped with brakes.
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Thank you everyone for helping out so far. I have learned a lot in the few hours that you have all posted your replies. Please keep them coming.

So that I understand things so far: when buying the truck ask for the bill sheet (I know what that is--used to have an old 1970 SS Chevelle and that confirmed it was an SS, showed me the original color, etc.) because the bill sheet will show whether the truck has a brake controller or not.

If the truck DOES NOT have a brake controller then it is not necessarily a deal breaker for the truck, correct? I would simply need to buy one and have one installed at the dealer where I am getting the R-pod. Yes?

I had planned on getting the truck Tuesday and the R-pod Thursday God willing. But I may need to do more homework.

What other concerns do you all see (going back to my original or first few posts)?
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