View Full Version : Setting up my truck for hauling-- parts and costs and suppliers?

Dec. 22, 2010, 06:18 PM
Several questions:

1) Is about $300 for a Tekonsha Prodigy PS installed the right price?

2) How about $43 for a ball mount rated to 10,000 lb and $25 for a 2 5/16 ball with the same rating?

3) Or would I do better buying these parts somewhere online and having the brake controller installed for about $125?

Where do y'all go shopping for your towing equipment? I'm just new to the area and don't have a great deal of faith in my local tailer shops in comparison to by *awesome* buy back home.


Dec. 22, 2010, 07:11 PM
Caple-Shaw...call the Ft Worth office for pricing


Dec. 22, 2010, 09:43 PM
Where exactly is the area???? What city and state?

Dec. 22, 2010, 10:16 PM
mvp, did you move?

If still in CT, the guys at Action Trailers in Danbury are *very* good. I got my new Prodigy (P3?) installed there and they did an awesome job, even fixed one of the running lights that had a crack in it at n/c...

They are also excellent at wiring harnesses, etc if you need any of that done. I had a new outlet installed in my long bed this year (used to just plug in at the bumper) and I think they did the whole job for around $125, which included re-wiring the old plug which had an issue from before I purchased it.

Dec. 23, 2010, 07:05 AM
jcotton-- North East. Shoreline CT to be exact. But I'll order the hitch or break controller

Lucassb-- nope, I haven't moved and Action Trailers (now apparently in new hands and the subject of some b!tching on Equinesite.com) is within reach.

Another big truck place in Brewster, NY, and a little dedicated trailer place in Northford, CT are also within reach. I'm not naming names as I don't know either place well enough to be dissatisfied with their work. Quote for repacking bearings and given my 2H BP the once over was $350. That sounds high to me.

This is also a "nostalgia" thing and a "I want to be on top of taking care of my equipment"/"not be an idiot about paying too much for the same stuff... which I can't judge well as a non-pro mechanic."

It's just that I had that *awesome* guy in Central NY whose work rocks, whose prices are fair, and who is as honest as the day is long. That's a hard combination to beat. He's also 300 miles away. I haven't found the equivalent dude down here. My NY/CT friends apparently haven't either.

I do have a great diesel/big truck guy who is cut from the same honest/good work cloth as CNY trailer guy. Well, he's cut from more expensive cloth. Otherwise, I'd turn this all over to him.

When I asked about Northford CT place on the CT board of Equinesite, people couldn't tell me much about the quality of their maintenance work. I still don't know where Shoreline CT people keep their awesome "little shop" trailer dudes like my guy in Central NY.

Hence, my query.

Sparky Boy
Dec. 23, 2010, 09:02 AM
I got at Tekonsha prodigy on sale from http://www.adventurerv.net/tekonsha-electric-brake-control-controller-camper-p-1911.html

Had it installed locally for $40. at Truck Parts Store, Truckin' America I think.

Dec. 23, 2010, 10:34 AM
mvp - the place you refer to in N. Branford does fine work, but they are the only place on the shoreline, and as such are definitely NOT friendly on the wallet. Wish I could give you some suggestions, but DH does all our work.

Dec. 26, 2010, 10:25 AM
Lucassb-- nope, I haven't moved and Action Trailers (now apparently in new hands and the subject of some b!tching on Equinesite.com) is within reach.

Hmmm. I think Audrey still owns Action and when I was there recently, Bob was still running the service shop, although they have moved to a new location about five minutes down the road from their old place...

Anyway, the only other place with a "small shop" flavor that I know of is here in Newtown, and they just do minor stuff. They aren't trailer specialists, just good mechanic/car guys, but I trust them and they are reasonably priced. Place is called Sugar Hill.