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Draw-Tite Brake Controller for the Chevrolet Suburban, 1987

Draw-Tite Brake Controller

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Draw-Tite Activator III Trailer Brake Controller - 1 to 4 Axles - Time Delayed - Chevrolet Suburban, 1987

Electronic controller activates electric trailer brakes with a preset intensity when you apply the brakes in your Chevrolet Suburban. Digital display, manual override, and a simple, plug-in port included. Power output and braking aggressiveness are adjustable.

Features:

  • Brake controller activates trailer brakes with preset intensity
    • Signal is sent to trailer brakes when tow vehicle's brakes are activated
  • Adjustable output control lets you determine the amount of braking force
    • Set to maximum when you travel through hilly terrain with a fully loaded trailer
    • Back off the power output when you tow a lightweight trailer
  • Sync setting lets you adjust the aggressiveness with which the brakes are activated
    • Get full power output faster by moving switch forward to increase activation speed
    • Achieve smoother braking by moving switch in opposite direction to supply power gradually
  • Digital display is easy to read
  • Built-in, slide-bar manual override
  • Quick and easy installation
    • No need to mount level like proportional brake controllers
    • Mounting bracket, wiring harness and hardware included
    • Plug-in port makes it easy to connect to wiring harness
      • Plug-in, vehicle-specific brake-control adapter (sold separately) can be used for certain applications to reduce installation time


Specs:

  • Application: trailers with up to 4 axles (8 brake assemblies)
    • Designed for use with electric brakes only
  • Dimensions: 3-1/4" wide x 4-7/8" long x 1-1/8" tall
  • Limited lifetime warranty


Time-Delayed Braking

The Activator III applies your trailer's brakes when the brake pedal in your tow vehicle is engaged. Every time you apply the brakes in your Chevrolet Suburban, a signal is sent - via the brake switch - to the Activator. The controller then sends power out to your trailer brakes to activate them with an intensity set by you, at a rate determined by you. Both the amount of braking power (output) and rate of application (sync) can be adjusted to suit your preference, the road conditions, type of trailer and size of the load. To determine which levels are best for your application, you must test out your towing setup and choose what feels best.


A time-delay controller is so named because there is a delay between the time that you initially apply the brakes in your tow vehicle and the time that the controller reaches maximum power output. Unlike a proportional brake controller, which activates your trailer's brakes based on the deceleration of your tow vehicle, the Activator sends power out in the same way, with the same gradual delay, no matter the braking situation. Although this delay always exists, it can be adjusted by changing the sync setting.


Sync Settings

To adjust the aggressiveness of your trailer's braking action, use the slide control on the side of the Activator III to change the sync setting. If you want to reach maximum power output faster, move the switch forward. To get smoother braking action, move the switch backward, thus supplying power to the trailer brakes more gradually. You can alter the sync setting to suit your driving preferences or to improve handling based on changing road conditions or varied trailer loads.


Quick, Simple Installation

Because inertia plays no role in the functioning of this controller, you do not have to mount the unit at any particular angle. As a result, mounting options are limitless, so long as you can still easily access the controller. After mounting the unit, hardwire one end of the included pigtail harness directly into your Chevrolet Suburban. The other end plugs into the brake controller.


Installation Accessories

For even easier installation, a vehicle-specific wiring adapter (sold separately) is available for most newer trucks and SUVs. One end of the custom adapter plugs into your Chevrolet Suburban, and the other end plugs into the controller - no hardwiring required.


Note: If a custom brake-control wiring adapter is not available for your Chevrolet Suburban, one of the following will be required:

20-Amp circuit breaker (9506P - sold separately) for 2- to 4-brake applications

30-Amp circuit breaker (38630 - sold separately) for 6- to 8-brake applications


See also etrailer.com's exclusive 7- and 4-way brake-control installation kit (ETBC7 - sold separately) if you don't already have a 7-way plug at the back of your Chevrolet Suburban.



5520 Draw-Tite Act III Time-Delay Trailer Brake Control

Same as Reese Brakeman Ultra - 83520



Video of Draw-Tite Activator III Trailer Brake Controller - 1 to 4 Axles - Time Delayed


Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer
installation instructions and specs for complete information.

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Video Transcript for Trailer Brake Controller with Wiring Installation - 2006 Chevrolet Silverado 3500

Today on this 2006 Chevrolet 3500 Pickup truck we are going to install part number 5520-3015P. This kit consists of the activator three brake controller and the adapter cord to go between the tow package on the pickup truck and the brake controller. The first thing we are going to do is get access to the port for the brake controller and that is behind this panel right here. Remove this nut. There are two snaps on the side of the panel. Undo those and then pull the panel off. This port right here, the second from the left, is the one we need to use. We will take our adapter cord and plug it in right here. Make sure it snaps in and then put the cover back into place. 00:45

Next we will move on to our bracket for the brake controller itself. We are going to mount it to this piece of sheet metal right here. We are going to be using self tapping screws to attach this to since the brake controller comes with screws that are really only good for going into plastic. We will route our cable over to our bracket for the brake controller and we will plug it into the brake controller. These two set screws will hold everything in place. Use a zip tie to hide the wires so they are safe and out of the way. We will check our brake controller now for function. First we will hit on the foot brake. If you see a dot that means you have got connection there. Try the manual override if you have power there too and that is without the trailer hooked up. Now we will hook up a trailer to it and we will check our ratings from there. 01:54

Try the manual override and with the trailer hooked up we have numbers now. Hit the foot brake and we have got numbers too. That means it is working properly. If this is our manual override this activates the brakes by themselves. This is our gain control right here on top and that controls the total output on a scale from one to ten. On the left hand side there is slide switch which is a sync switch. That controls how soon the brakes on the trailer are when you hit your foot brake. When you have it closest to you and you hit the foot brake it cycles through relatively fast. Go the opposite way, all the way to the front of the truck and you can see it is pretty slow going up to full power. With that, that will finish our install for part number 5520-3015P on our 2006 Chevrolet 3500.


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Customer Reviews

Draw-Tite Activator III Trailer Brake Controller - 1 to 4 Axles - Time Delayed - 5520

Average Customer Rating:  ratingratingratingratingrating4.8 out of 5 stars   (123 Customer Reviews)

Electronic controller activates electric trailer brakes with a preset intensity when you apply the brakes in your vehicle. Digital display, manual override, and a simple, plug-in port included. Power output and braking aggressiveness are adjustable.


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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Dustin K.08/10/2013


Have this controller in my chevy. Bought it at a local store and paid a fortune for it- But it is a great product. My dad was ready for a quality controller so I looked on etrailer.com. Same great product at almost half the price!! website very easy to operate. Shipping was inexpensive and very fast! 5 stars for etrailer.com 94385






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Bill C.04/21/2014


Works great. Easy to install 126222






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Josh Wood08/19/2013


Product came new in the box with all instructions and plug and play pig tail worked great. Installation took about 10 minutes and 5 of that was figuring out where I wanted it to go. 95859






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: John K07/03/2014


Simple to add and effective. I had my wife order it over the phone while I was working. She stated the person helping her was very kind, corteous, and helpful. 138995






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Gary D.08/16/2012


E-trailer quick delivery, easy to follow instructions for the installation, works great. 51860






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Wendell09/20/2012


Came as ordered ................10 minutes and I was ready to tow 55286






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: George12/14/2012


If it works as described it will do what I want 61490






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: mark a.09/29/2011


Arrived on time and installed no proble m. 24846






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: K Wayman04/29/2012


Easy as can be, excellent product 38760






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: matt younis04/04/2012


great item install was a snap 36165






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Edward01/03/2011

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Electronic Trailer Brake Controller


Brake controller installation It took longer that it should have to connect the controller, but I was being very careful, I would check and then double check to make sure everything was alright. I wanted to do a nice clean job so I took my time. The hardest part was making sure I had the right wire connected for the brake signal to the controller, but even that was not difficult to do. I took some pictures of when I started a task and the end result. I will probably move the controller from the ash tray area at a later date, but for now it is fine where it's at since I don't smoke and I don't let anyone else smoke in my truck. 4920






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: PB06/11/2012

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Electronic Trailer Brake Controller


Let me start by saying etrailer.com is the way to go. There prices even with shipping are about the same, if not cheaper, than a brick and mortar store with a lot more to choose from. Shipping was very fast and everything installed and worked in about 15 minutes. That being said, I'm not real impressed with the brake controller. It's about as basic as it gets. No numerical output reading, just a little red light that is supposed to get brighter the harder you push your brakes. Kind of hard to tell when the sun is out. It does work, and if bare bones is what you want, this would probably work for you. I will be calling or emailing to see about an exchange. I would rather spend an extra $10-20 and get something a little nicer. Will let you know how that goes. 43619






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Jack01/14/2013

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Electronic Trailer Brake Controller


This product was very easy to install. Works like it should. Thanks!!!! 62932





Comments

This product after a year has been performing great with no problems. I would recommend this breaking device. Thanks.

Jack - 07/15/2014

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Rod radovanovic09/07/2013

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Electronic Trailer Brake Controller


The product and instructions are very good. The only reason I did not give an excellent rating is that instruction can be more clear about the ground connection of the unit. I do not think that is necessary to ground the unit all the way to the battery negative terminal (as shown in the wiring chart). It is comber some to do that since another 10 gage wire would need to thread through the engine firewall and rout all the way to the battery. It is sufficient just to use a solid metal underneath the dash and attach it to that location. I have to give a great paradise to the sales people that my unit was shipped on the same day. 98742






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: RZ12/06/2013

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Electronic Trailer Brake Controller


Great product. Easy to research and compare to other products on etrailer.com. Easy to buy, prompt shipping, easy to install. Works as advertised. A+++ experience. 109450






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Keith P01/13/2013

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Electronic Trailer Brake Controller


Easy to install, works great 62851





Comments

fine..

Keith P Douglas - 07/14/2014

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Burl04/29/2013

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Electronic Trailer Brake Controller


Works as advertised 78317





Comments

Still working

Burl - 04/29/2014

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Simon H.02/06/2012

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Electronic Trailer Brake Controller


This hand break is exactly what I was looking for. I had one on an old truck that I had sold and wanted to put one in one of my newer trucks. I kind of knew what to expect - what I didn't expect was the exceptional customer service I received from etrailer. I placed my order and the people at etrailer kept me informed on every step of the delivery process up to and including delivery (even what door it was delivered to at my house) Now that's what I call service!! Will definitely use etrailer again!! Thank you 31219






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: ed j07/20/2014

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Electronic Trailer Brake Controller


Install on my 2014 Frontier could not have been easier. I just plugged in the NIssan wiring adapter and it was working. Only challenge was finding good location for mounting. My solution was to use a couple of strips of stick on velcro to attach it to the console side. Picture attached. 142287






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Brandon09/19/2013

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Electronic Trailer Brake Controller


Works awesome very easy install and great service from etrailer !! 100657






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Ron04/15/2013

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Electronic Trailer Brake Controller


Great brake controller. Bought the adapter plug and had it installed and ready to go in the truck in less than 30 mins. Easy to set and adjust. Customer service was great. Needed it shipped to me fast. Called and the lady in customer service made sure it was shipped that day and arrived to me in 2 days. She sent me emails making sure I knew when it shipped. Great company to deal with. Would definitely order from them again. 76020






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Dan M.04/29/2013

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Electronic Trailer Brake Controller


Product is simple and strait forward to install. Controls are simple and doesn't take a lot of messing around with to get the hang of. My only gripe is that I wish instead of having self tapping screws to mount to the car, it came with bolts/nuts. That way you don't have a pointy screw protruding out the back of a panel and possibly running through what's behind the panel or rubbing on other wires. 78265






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Tom O.07/18/2013

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Electronic Trailer Brake Controller


I bought this unit with the specific connecting cable for my truck and everything worked just like it was supposed to. It took me about 10 min. to install it once I found the connector in my truck. Also, there are a number of videos on youtube from etrailer.com, one of which showed me exactly how to connect the trailer brake to my specific truck. 90141






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Paul V.09/04/2012

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Electronic Trailer Brake Controller


Installing this into my 2005 Tahoe was a breeze. If you just follow the directions and check out etrailers videos you should have no problem. I went from a small popup to a bigger hybrid so I had to get the EBC system. This sure beats taking it to the RV or Dealer store and paying retail plus labor. Thanks etrailer.com 53924






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Jeff01/24/2013

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Electronic Trailer Brake Controller


Have yet to use it Fastest installation ever! Took less then 5 min Wiring harness snapped right into place Shipping was lighting quick, ordered it Saturday night received it Thursday with regular shipping....there was even a holiday in between!!!! From this experiance alone I will only buy from e-trailer. 64070






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: James W06/21/2013

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Electronic Trailer Brake Controller


Sir, I recieved the brake controller & wiring harness promptly & the unit was well packaged. Yesterday I installed the controller on my 2002 Ford 150 pickup. Everything went well and the harness plugged right in. Iam very well pleased with the unit & the service I recieved from your company. Many thanks, James 85408






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: K Maconachy01/30/2012

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Electronic Trailer Brake Controller


The Product was easily to find on your site. I was able to browse controllers specifically for my truck. The controller arrived as expecteed. I was kept informed on the order, shipment and delivery, and it came right when you said it would. It installed easily in about 1/2 hour. All the tests we did worked well. 30629






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Dave R.06/04/2012

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Electronic Trailer Brake Controller


Product was as described. Installation was a breeze with the included harness. I had it installed and tested in 15 minutes. Shipping was very fast, ordered on Wednesday evening at received it on Saturday. This was my first time using etrailer.com and I will definitely be using them for all my trailer needs. 42764






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Shawn H05/14/2013

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Electronic Trailer Brake Controller


Break controller works perfect. I also bought a 7 way as my truck didn't have one installed only a 4pole. Ordered the etcb7 kit but didn't wait for it to come went to local hardware store and automotive store and bought the wire and breakers had it all wired in a few hours( weather wouldn't cooperate) 80128






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Royal D.11/08/2013

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Electronic Trailer Brake Controller


A high quality brake controller. I like the simplicity of a time delay controller. 106802






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Ed G.12/16/2012

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Electronic Trailer Brake Controller


The brake control took about 15 minutes to install. I watch the video for my year and model truck and then installed the unit. It was very easy to install and the adapter worked perfectly. A great product and the best how to do it website I have ever used. 61576






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Chris S.03/23/2012

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Electronic Trailer Brake Controller


This is the second Activator II controller I've ordered/installed from e-Trailer. It took considerably less time than you state on your website. My experience with this product has been great and I would recommend it to anyone needing a break controller. 34866






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Tim S.06/18/2012

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Electronic Trailer Brake Controller


If you desire a simplistic brake controller with no frills, this is it. It is a good value for the money. The installation instructions are very limited, would not recommend this to be installed by someone needing a lot of instruction help. 44619






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Todd F08/14/2014

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Electronic Trailer Brake Controller


I recently got my order it took ten minutes to hook the unit up very simple! Mounting was ever bit as easy. Once you are done you can check the unit by stepping on the break a light will appear on the brake unit if powered up correctly! 146715






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Randy Y07/12/2013

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Electronic Trailer Brake Controller


watch a video on line about this part. And for once ,something worked like it says it would. I just pluged it in and presto my trailer brakes worked Allso paid extra to have it here in 3 days and sure enough it was here in 3 days 89291






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Ray K09/16/2011

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Electronic Trailer Brake Controller


Website was extremely helpful, video on installation and ordering made things simple. Product was shipped and received promptly and installation was literally a snap, it took longer to find the factory plug then to install this unit. 24058






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Al S05/27/2013

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Electronic Trailer Brake Controller


One of the videos on your website was very helpful to me in locating and accessing the trailer harness plug on my Ford F-150. Once that was accomplished, the installation went very smoothly and the controller is working perfectly. 82054






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Kory05/18/2012

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Electronic Trailer Brake Controller


My 2004 Chevy was equipped with trailer towing, so I ordered this controller with the harness made for my pickup. I could not believe how simple it was to install! I put it to use with my camper and it works flawlessly. 40899






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Mac C03/12/2014

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Electronic Trailer Brake Controller


This product is everything I needed for the tandem Car Hauler I purchased to pull with my 2012 F-150. Etrailer.com was very helpful and responsive to my order. all in all a very pleasant experience. Thank you.. 120367






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Joseph R.02/12/2012

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Electronic Trailer Brake Controller


Easy installation; easy to use and understand; works great with my Chevy Tahoe and Fleetwood Mallard Trailer...I would highly recommend this product and etrailer.com for quick, easy shipment at a fair price. 31657






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Cecil11/18/2013

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Electronic Trailer Brake Controller


plug n play made it easy make sure to order harness to fit your auto 20 minutes a d I was pulling trailer to test controller out worked perfect shipping fast AAA service and product very satisfied 107764






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: jimmer06/21/2009

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Electronic Trailer Brake Controller


Love the digital display! Digital display is now a requirement when I order a brake controller. It is amazing how much better brake control I have knowing before hand how much brake will be applied. 2017






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Terry09/26/2012

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Electronic Trailer Brake Controller


Top notch products,Service and Customer service help line. You guys know your stuff. Thank you so much for the help everything went flawless and works perfect. Thank you so much. Terry 55847






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Al S.01/24/2011

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Electronic Trailer Brake Controller


After I placed the order it was expedited and shipped in lightning speed. All items were delivered, being exactly as described on the e-trailer website. You can't get much better than that. 5995






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: max.c07/19/2012

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Electronic Trailer Brake Controller


ordered on a monday afternoon, received my order on wed after 3 pm...everything was in good condition..these are really good people...thank you so much for the fast service......max 48479






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Bob09/30/2009

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Electronic Trailer Brake Controller


Nice product, easy to use Easy to use an upgrade from my Activator I unit. Has the same manual brake control that failed on the Activator I unit. Hopefully this one does not fail. 2438






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: William J06/29/2013

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Electronic Trailer Brake Controller


EASY installation, functions perfectly so far, and like the ability to fine tune brakes depending upon load. Service from etrailer excellent, as has always been my experience. 86734






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Darrell F.04/25/2012

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Electronic Trailer Brake Controller


Great Product, VERY Easy to install. The only thing I would change is the length of the pig tail. The short length of the pigtail limits your options of product placement. 38289






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Ken03/22/2011

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Electronic Trailer Brake Controller


The item appears to be well made and as expected. I'm having some difficulties, but with my camper, not with the unit. Probably not a really useful review. 10133






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Brett D01/25/2011

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Electronic Trailer Brake Controller


Had the same controller for years, it has worked well. I pull a 4 axle 24,000 # trailer with disc brakes on all four axles. simple, reliable, and inexpensive. 6083




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  • Both your 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee and your 2006 Dodge Magnum RT with tow packages will require hardwiring to complete the install for a brake controller like the Draw-Tite Activator III Trailer Brake Controller # 5520. For the Jeep you would need a Wiring Kit for 2 and 4 Brake Electric Brake Controllers # 5505 since this vehicle has a 7-way already. This kit will include wires and breakers for the power wire to the controller and the brake output circuit run from the controller to the...
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  • Wiring Adapter to Install a Reese Brakeman Brake Controller in a 2014 Ford F150
  • I believe the Reese Brakeman Brake Controller you mention is the same controller as the Activator III Brake Controller, part # 5520. And the correct harness to install this controller in your 2014 Ford F-150 if it has a factory 7-way would be the Tow Ready Plug-In Wiring Adapter # 22292. If you have a 4-way connection you would need the # 22292 as well as a 7-way part # 37185. Check out the FAQ article I attached that shows how to connect the # 37185 to you factory wiring. I attached...
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  • No Display Of Output Strength And No Brakes When Applied On Draw-Tite Brake Controller, # 5520
  • If the Draw-Tite Brake Controller, # 5520, does not show output strength but it shows the decimal point all the time, then the red wire going to your stoplight switch is connected to the wrong side of the stoplight switch or to a wrong switch (cruise control). You will want to make sure the red wire on your brake controller is connected to the cold side of your stoplight switch, which is the side that will show power only when the brake pedal is pressed. If the brake controller shows...
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  • What Does it Mean When Draw-Tite Activator III Brake Controller # 5520 Displays Code SH
  • The display code SH on your Draw-Tite Activator III Brake Controller, part # 5520, can indicate that there is a short or overload condition in your trailer brake circuit. This condition may also result in the display showing a flashing OL code. Please refer to the included instructions from Draw-Tite for a description of all error codes. Either of these fault codes points to a need to check the brake circuit on your trailer. I have linked two help articles, one concerning troubleshooting...
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  • Wiring a # 5520 Act III Brake Controller On a 2008 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
  • Installation of the, # 5520, Act III Brake Controller On a 2008 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited will require the following parts. T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness with 4 Pole Trailer Connector, Item # 118416, if you do not already have one. Brake Controller 7 & 4 Way Installation Kit - 10 Gauge, Item # ETBC7 These items will provide all of the wiring, brackets, circuit breakers, and connectors needed along with the brake controller for installation. We have a instructions for installing a brake...
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  • Will Heavy Subwoofer Bass Affect the Operation of Tekonsha Prodigy P2 Proportional Brake Controller
  • A proportional brake controller like the Tekonsha Prodigy P2 Brake Controller, part # 90885, will use an inertia sensor to activate the trailer brakes. It senses deceleration and generates an output that is based on deceleration, thus the term proportional braking. In the instructions for the Prodigy P2 brake controller it mentions to NOT mount or activate RF generating items (cell phones, two way radios) near (less than 12 inches) the brake controller. I am including a link to the installation...
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  • Can the Draw-Tite Activator III Brake Controller # 5520 Be Used in a 2010 Chevy Silverado Z71
  • Brake controllers themselves are not vehicle specific, so you will be able to use the Draw-Tite Activator III, # 5520 in your 2010 Chevy Silverado Z71. The truck will have blunt cut wires for the brake controller tucked up under the dash and held together with white tape. If the truck did not come with a brake controller adapter, you will also need Pigtail Wiring Harness for Tekonsha and Draw-Tite Brake Controllers, # 7894, and a 30 amp In-Line Circuit Breaker - Perpendicular Mount Bracket,...
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  • 2012 Ram 1500 Pickup Brake Control Adapter Recommendation
  • For your 2012 Dodge Ram you would want a Tekonsha Plug-In Wiring Adapter # 3021-P. This will plug right into the port underneath your dash. This harness is compatible with the following brake controllers: Draw-Tite Activator I # 5100, Draw-Tite Activator II # 5500, Draw-Tite Activator III # 5520 and Tekonsha PowerTrac # 39523 Tekonsha Prodigy # 90185, Tekonsha P2 90885, Tekonsha P3 # 90195, Tekonsha Primus IQ # TK90160 and Tekonsha Voyager # 39510. I attached an FAQ article on...
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  • Are Settings Maintained on Draw-Tite Brake Controller, # 5520 If Trailer is Disconnected
  • The Draw-Tite Act III Brake Controller, part # 5520, does not need to be reset if the vehicle is shut off or every time you connect a trailer. It does retain the settings. Most brake controllers are designed with that feature. The output control on the brake controller that is adjusted during initial setup, is fine if you are towing the same trailer, with the same load, in the same road conditions. If you change trailers, the load on the trailer, or if the road conditions change you...
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  • Hardwiring a Trailer Brake Controller to the Ford Factory Wiring Harness on a 2003 Ford Explorer
  • On the brake controller, # 5520, the white wire is ground and that will attach to your white ground wire. The brake controller black wire will connect to your pink with white stripe. The brake controller blue wire will connect to the blue wire on your harness. Brown on your harness will not be used. The red wire on the brake controller will connect to the green wire on the actual brake switch like in the yellow paper you have. the brake switch is located above the brake pedal. It will...
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  • How does the Disply on the Draw-Tite Activator 3 Brake Controller # 5520 Function
  • You asked an excellent question that can be difficult to understand with the included instructions. Without the truck connected to a trailer, the display on the Draw-Tite Activator 3 Brake Controller, # 5520, will show a single red dot when you step on the brake pedal or use the manual override. You will only see numbers, or the power output, if the trailer is connected to the truck. I pulled the Activator 3 from my warehouse and used a bench tester to make a short video for you showing...
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  • Draw-Tite 5520 Activator III Not Providing Power to the Trailer Brakes on a 2010 Ford F-150
  • It sounds as if there may be a problem on the blue output wire from the trailer connector. This situation occurs when the brake controller cannot sense the connection to the trailer brake magnets. You will need to check the blue wire on the vehicle and trailer wiring all the way to the brake magnets, and make sure the trailer brake magnets are properly grounded. A multi-meter will not have enough draw to allow the brake controller to activate. Using a test light, item # 3808 if needed,...
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  • Troubleshooting a Draw-Tite III Brake Controller OL Code on a Trailer with New Brake Assemblies
  • The OL code you are seeing indicates that you have a short on the brake output circuit. This can be a lot of things such as corrosion on the trailer plug to exposed wire somewhere on the circuit. Since you just changed the brake assemblies I would start by checking the connections you made to wire in the brake assemblies. There may be a loose wire thats not making good contact or shorting out. Or, there could be corrosion on the connector as that is usually the culprit in these situations. Basically,...
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  • Parts Needed to Install a Trailer Brake Controller on a 1997 Dodge Caravan
  • To install a brake controller on your 1997 Dodge Caravan you will need to add a 7-Way trailer connector. In order to install a 7-Way trailer connector the van will either need to already have a 4-Way flat trailer connector or you will need to install one using # 118334. Then you will need 4- and 7-Way installation kit # ETBC7. This provides the 7-Way, retains the 4-Way, and provides the wiring an accessories you will need to install a brake controller. I have included some links that...
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  • After Installing Brake Controller Brake Lights On 1985 Dodge Ram Stayed on Then Stopped Working
  • On a brake controller, the white wire is usually the ground. It needs to be attached directly to the negative battery terminal. The black wire sends power to the brake controller. It needs to be attach to the positive battery terminal via a 20 amp circuit breaker, # PK54520, for 2 to 4 trailer brakes or a 30 amp circuit breaker, # PK54530, for 6 to 8 trailer brakes. The blue wire is output to the trailer brakes. The red wire connects to the cold side of the brake switch like you have...
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  • Brakes on Trailer Lock On When Connecting Trailer To Vehicle
  • It sounds like there is a short in the wiring of your brake controller somewhere in the system. When the trailer brakes lock on when connecting the trailer wiring, this is an indication that the brake signal or Red wire is getting a constant 12 volt power. The wire may be coming in contact with another wire. I would recommend checking the wiring connection of the Red wire. This wire should only be connected to the wire that gets signal when the brake pedal is pressed. You will want to...
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  • Will the Draw-Tite Activator III Trailer Brake Controller Fit a 2011 Ford F-150
  • Trailer brake controllers, including the Activator III, # 5520, are not vehicle specific so you can use it on your 2011 Ford F-150. If your truck came with a factory 7-Way you will also need harness # 22292 to plug into the factory connection point on the truck. If your truck came with a factory 4-Way flat connector then you will use the same harness but you will also need to add a 7-Way, # 37185. To install the 37185 you will plug in the 4-Way from the truck to the adapter. Then there...
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  • Should the Brake Output Circuit have 12 Volts without Brake Pedal Pressed
  • No, the brake output circuit of the 7-way on your truck should not be showing 12-volts when the brakes aren't applied. This circuit should have no voltage unless the brake controller is activating either with the manual override lever or by pressing the brake pedal. Either the controller is broke and is sending voltage when it shouldn't or the 12 volt circuit of the 7-way is shorted out to the brake output circuit. Testing the brake controller is fairly easy. Sever the blue brake output...
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  • Will Tekonsha Brake Controller Adapter # 3045-P Fit 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee
  • The Tekonsha Plug-In Wiring Adapter, part # 3045-P is a confirmed fir for your 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, if you have the factory 7-way connector on the rear of your Jeep. Here is a list of the compatible brake controllers for the # 3045-P. Compatible time-delayed brake controllers: Draw-Tite Activator I ( # 5100), Draw-Tite Activator II (# 5500), Draw-Tite Activator III ( # 5520) and Tekonsha PowerTrac (# 39523) Compatible proportional brake controllers: Tekonsha Prodigy (# 90185),...
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