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Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2006 Dodge Ram Pickup

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How to Install a Trailer Brake Controller on a 2006 Dodge Ram Pickup


On this 2006 Dodge RAM pickup, we are going to review and install the Tekonsha Prodigy P2 Trailer Brake Controller, part number 90885. We are also going to use part number 3020-P from Tekonsha, this is a Dodge Brake Control Harness. All right, this is what the Prodigy P2 Brake Controller looks like when it is installed in our Dodge truck. As you can see here, we have it mounted on a conventional location. This is our brake controller, and this is the pocket that it sits in. You also have an option of a metal type of bracket, you can install it with that as well. Let's go ahead and cover some of the control on it.

Pretty simple to use. First off, we have a manual override right here, which only controls the brakes on the trailer. Right now it shows NC, for No Connection to a trailer. Which is correct since we don't have a trailer hooked up. Although when you are going doing the road, it's handy to know if your plug accidentally pulls out, you will see this NC flash, that will tell you that you have a problem. All right, now, looking at the screen itself, we have two dots.

This is our power supply and this is our boost setting. To change the boost setting, we have a button on top right here, and we can scroll through it. Boost 1, Boost 2 and Boost 3. Then also, no Boost at all. Basically, from the lightest trailers up to the biggest trailers, depend on what kind of Boost you are going to use.

As a rough guide, if you have got a light trailer, and your truck doesn't even feel it back there, leave it on Boost 0. The heavier trailer you get, the more Boost you'll want to have. So when you max out your truck, chances are you are going to be on B3. Also B2 are very similar to each other, basically they use the same amount of power. However how fast it ramps up in power, on the Boost number 3 will be a little bit faster than Boost number 2. All right, lets go ahead and plug in our trailer and check out some other settings.

With our trailer connected, we have a C for connection, of course which is good. We moved the Manual Override this time, we can see how it scrolls through the power settings. We can control this limit right here, with this wheel on the side. If I go all the ways to the front of the truck, it goes up to level 12, go all the way back, you have level 0. So if you have got a real light weight trailer, you don't need it much, you can put it at 00, and it is basically off. When you first start off on a test drive, after you install it, you probably want to start off around 6 or so, then going for your test drive and make adjustments up or down as needed for your trailer. Of course, if you have a trailer that changes load a lot, you can easily just spin the wheel up and down, as needed to accommodate that change. All right, lets go ahead and try it out. At a complete stop, we have a small voltage, which is completely normal. We will go ahead and take off and then we will apply the brakes, and watch it go through its sequence. We will notice the numbers jump up immediately, then it will back off a little bit, and then back down to a low number when we come to a complete stop. First we need to go ahead and get our truck ready to install our brake controller. To do that, we will work our wire harness first. Wire hardness will plug into the factory port, located right here. It's the blue color port, and it is just behind the parking brake and towards the firewall. We will take our wire harness, we will line it up and plug in to place. Makes it really easy. This is our other end of our wire harness that I will plug into our brake controller. So it might be a good idea to go ahead and route it the way you want it first, loosely of course, until you install your brake controller. Our brake controller is going to go in this area right here. Now, to mount our brake controller, we have a couple of options. We have a conventional metal bracket, which is great, it actually keeps the brake controller a little bit closer to what ever you attach it to. We have a plastic pocket here, which is also nice, where if you want to take it off when you are not using it and transfer it between different vehicles, this works great for that purpose as well. Basically, it is personal preference, which ever look you like too. To hold it in place, you will use two provided sheet metal screws. For our application, we are going to use the pocket. Now, it is personal preference where you install it onto your vehicle. Keep in mind, that the brake controller needs to be in a straight line with the truck, like how we have our bracket here. Also we want to minimize the amount of twist as well, and also we want to minimize the amount of side to side. But, we can mount it vertically if we wanted to, or perfectly upside down if we wanted to as well. So, in this case we are going to leave ours in this location right here, and we will use the sheet metal screws to attach to the plastic. Now, to install our sheet metal screws, we are going to need 1/4 inch nut driver. Okay, now we will go ahead and install our brake controller. Just go ahead and route our brake controller harness through the pocket, we will plug into our brake controller until it snaps. Then we will take our brake controller, push into the pocket until it snaps into place. We already have power going to it, and it is flashing NC for No Connection to a trailer. Which is correct because we don't have a trailer hooked up. Our single dot right here shows us there is power going to the brake controller. All right, next we will go ahead and hook up our trailer, and we will show you what to look for on the display. We have it hooked up and you can see we have a C for connection, so it means we are good to go. That will finish for the Tekonsha Prodigy P2 Trailer Brake Controller, part number 90885 on this 2006 Dodge RAM pickup, 2500 Series truck.


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