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Old 10-08-2013, 10:18 PM   #1
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Help with controller box install

I have a 13 ft Scamp on the way to my house and I ordered it with electric brakes. Now, I need to install a controller box on my 2013 jeep Wrangler. The jeep has the tow pig but a 4 pin plug. I called Camping World today and told them I have the wiring harness and a 4 pin plug which needed to be converted to a 7 pin and I also wanted a Prodigy 2 controller box. They said I could get the Good Sam price $134 for the Prodigy 2 box, pay $94 for a new wiring harness, and with installation and taxes, it would cost $503. Now, I'm ok with the Prodigy 2 price but...1) do I need a new harness? Can't they re wire it to fit a 7 pin plug? 2) does about $275 seem nuts to install the box and to retrofit or install a new harness? I don't get why it is so expensive. The service guy did say he may be able to use my harness and save some money but, being clueless on this process, I need some advice. Thanks. H
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Old 10-08-2013, 10:42 PM   #2
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That price doesn't really sound unreasonable. I think I spent close to $500 to have my Blazer equipped with brake controller and charge line. Without knowing what your Jeep already has wired I can't really say much. If the Jeep has the full tow package there should be a 7 pin connector near the hitch receiver. If no 7 pin connector there could be wires back there. But it's really hard to say without looking. Their quote is probably without the everything there.

You might want to ask a couple other RV shops before committing to Camping World.
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Old 10-08-2013, 10:49 PM   #3
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That price doesn't really sound unreasonable. I think I spent close to $500 to have my Blazer equipped with brake controller and charge line. Without knowing what your Jeep already has wired I can't really say much. If the Jeep has the full tow package there should be a 7 pin connector near the hitch receiver. If no 7 pin connector there could be wires back there. But it's really hard to say without looking. Their quote is probably without the everything there. You might want to ask a couple other RV shops before committing to Camping World.
That makes me feel a little better. The jeep has the full tow pkg but with a 4 pin plug. CW thought they midnight be able to work with my harness.
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Seems a bit high to me. Sometimes the best place for this kind of stuff is your local U-Haul, especially if you can find a bigger one that does a lot of hitches. In any event, I agree that you should get a couple more estimates.
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Here's a video that shows everything that needs to be done. You may want to do it yourself. If not you'll have a good idea what the effort is worth.
Installation of a Trailer Brake Controller on a 2013 Jeep Wrangler - etrailer.com - YouTube
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Here's a video that shows everything that needs to be done. You may want to do it yourself. If not you'll have a good idea what the effort is worth.
Installation of a Trailer Brake Controller on a 2013 Jeep Wrangler - etrailer.com - YouTube
Doing it yourself is fine if you don't mind crawling around underneath. It's a whole lot easier if you have a lift. Another thing to consider for DIY is if you screw up the cost could be a whole lot more.
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Camping world is probably at least twice what you will pay U-Haul
They're trailer hitch and accessories specialists.
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Camping world is probably at least twice what you will pay U-Haul
They're trailer hitch and accessories specialists.
I went to uhaul as well- they had all the parts and the entire install bill was something like $200 IIRC.
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I've installed three 7 pin set ups. One was plug and play. The others I purchased the parts (less controller) for less than $75, from etrailer. The challenging parts to the installation are 1) finding a hole to snake the controller wires through the fire wall and 2) identifying and connecting the controller to the correct brake signal. Today all vehicles have a forum. If you go there and do a search you might find a detailed installation thread that will give you insight into what is involved. Good luck, Raz
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The video that was posted shows in painstaking detail how to do the installation. The vehicle shown is the same one as the original poster's vehicle. It even has the same factory 4-pin connector that is converted to a 7-pin connector. It's as if the video was made specifically for his vehicle.
Etrailer videos are great but sometimes you find some clever person comes up with a "better" approach or some detail etrailer missed. Also sometimes there is an oem harness that etrailer doesn't sell so they don't mention The more info you have the better. Raz
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I had a brake controller with wiring installed on my previous Dodge truck (Truck did not have modular plug in for brake controller and no trailer wiring ) for under $200 , They provided the controller ,all wiring and a 7 pin receptacle mounted to the underside of my bumper (Parts and Labor complete) This was 2 years ago but $500 seems rather high to me,
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Not sure about these numbers. The parts alone, prodigy 2, harness, 7 pin plug are over $200 off the internet. Labor is a bit time consuming. Just confused.
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I installed a 7-pin on my '07 wrangler essentially following the instructions from e-trailer. I think at some point I'll hard wire into my factory 4 pin instead of using the connector that plugs in to the 4 pin.
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Hey Paul...I've got another question for you. Scamp advised that a 2" drop should be good for my Wrangler but to keep it 17-18" from the ground to the top of the ball. I bought one today and it was over 21" to the top of the ball using the 2" drop. Heck, the center point of my hitch receiver is 19 1/4 from the ground. What's your experience?
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