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red71cheyenne 06-23-2022 02:53 PM

Factory tow on a truck that didnt come with it.
 
While I was out to sea, the wife bought me a new(used) truck. Its a 2014 crew cab, with a short wide bed. Pretty nice, but I would like to add the factory tow controller. Has anyone done this? Our 2011 Sub has it already and it pulls very well.

The truck already has the trailer hitch and wiring, the wires for the controller should just be up in one of the other harness' right?

If anyone has already done this, please give me some pointers

Thanks, Jeff

biketopia 07-01-2022 12:50 PM

Re: Factory tow on a truck that didnt come with it.
 
hell of a nice wife! As far as the factory one the wiring should be behind the dummy panel that gets replaced when you add in the controller. I know with the Fords we have at work it's not plug and play, you have to program the truck to recognize it. I'd do a little looking on line and see if that's the case with the 14' which I would suspect it is. Depending if you have a hook up for programming and the cost of the controller it might be cheaper to put an aftermarket controller in. A very nice and feature rich P3 is only 150 bucks and then you'll probably need a $15 sub harness and it will plug right in under the dash and send the signals to your 7 way. I love my P2, no twitchy trailer brakes, everything works nice and smooth. I know it's not as "clean" looking but might be cheaper in the end.

red71cheyenne 07-03-2022 08:26 AM

Re: Factory tow on a truck that didnt come with it.
 
Biketopia, you were right, the cable was behind the panel on the dash. I found a factory style panel with the controller built in. Got it on ebay for less than $40. It is installed, today I will hook up my stock trailer to see if it recognizes the trailer.

biketopia 07-05-2022 10:25 AM

Re: Factory tow on a truck that didnt come with it.
 
There you go! Worst case you'll need the truck flashed to recognize it. If that's the case, before you go right to the dealer, do some looking in your area or reach out to some local shops, even the local locksmiths about mobile programing services. We have quite a few in our area, they have the factory scan tools and will come to you and do flash updates for less than what the dealer is going to charge for the whole 15 min of work it takes to do a re-flash.

red71cheyenne 09-13-2022 10:06 AM

Re: Factory tow on a truck that didnt come with it.
 
Just an update to the factory controller saga, a local mechanic had the programmer and tried to turn on the factory trailer brake control, but was unable to make it work. I have an appointment at my local chevy dealer and they think they can do it. I'll update to let you all know if it worked or not.


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