Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer
installation instructions and specs for complete information.
Proportional brake controller can be mounted within a 90-degree vertical range. LED monitor indicates braking action of trailer. Fine-tune power adjustment lets you set braking intensity to suit your towing needs.
With a proportional brake controller, you can get heavy-duty emergency braking, general braking or slow-to-an-idle braking for your trailer automatically. The intensity with which your trailer brakes are activated and the rate at which they are applied are dependent on the deceleration of your tow vehicle. This means that, unlike time-delay controllers - which send the same amount of preset power to your trailer brakes every time - proportional controllers are able to adapt to every braking situation differently. So, if you slam on the brakes in your truck, your trailer brakes will activate with that same extreme intensity. And if you merely slow down as you approach a red light, your trailer will gradually brake in the same manner.
As long as the Voyager controller is mounted properly and is pointed in the direction of travel, it will sense - via an internal inertia sensor - how your tow vehicle brakes. This inertia-based sensor responds to the deceleration of your tow vehicle as you brake by signaling the controller to send out enough power to your trailer brakes so that they are activated with an intensity that matches. The result is uniform braking across your towing setup. No push-pull action - just smooth, proportional braking every time.
Getting the braking power you need for your application is simple with the Voyager. First, set up the controller as indicated in the instructions, making sure that the internal sensor is properly leveled. Then set the overall power by adjusting the power knob while you test out your rig. The power should be just enough to achieve maximum braking without locking up your trailer brakes.
Once you have the overall power set, you can fine-tune the power output by adjusting the sensitivity of the internal sensor. Use the level knob on the side of the Voyager to achieve your desired degree of intensity. Move the knob toward you (clockwise) to delay the power output, creating braking sensitivity that is ideal for lightweight setups. If you are towing a heavy load, you may want the trailer to brake more aggressively to prevent it from pushing your tow vehicle. To get more intense stopping action, turn the level knob away from you (counterclockwise).
On the front of the Voyager there is an LED indicator that is designed to keep you aware of the braking action of your trailer. Typically, this light burns green to indicate that your trailer and tow vehicle are securely connected. When the light is green, only 5 milliamps are being drawn, thus minimizing drain on your Chevrolet Suburban's battery.
As you apply the brakes in your tow vehicle, the LED will change to red. This indicates that power is being sent to the trailer brakes. The light will also burn red whenever you activate the manual override lever.
During installation and setup, this light is used to ensure that the Voyager will be able to function correctly. Proper leveling of the internal sensor is crucial to the operation of this brake controller. When the sensor is level, the LED will change to a shade of orange.
The Voyager is designed to be mounted in your cab at a vertical angle that is between -20 degrees and 70 degrees.
Note: The Voyager must be mounted on a level horizontal (side-to-side) plane and must be lined up with the direction of travel for the internal sensor to function properly.
Once the controller is mounted, you must level the internal sensor. First, set the overall power to maximum using the knob on the side of the controller. Then, while pressing the tow vehicle's brake pedal, adjust the level knob on the other side of the brake controller (this is the same knob that is used to fine-tune the power output) until the LED monitor is a shade of orange.
Installation requires that you either purchase a custom wiring adapter designed to plug into the Voyager or that you hardwire the controller directly into your Chevrolet Suburban. To hardwire the Voyager, you must remove the plug at the end of the integrated wiring harness.
For 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.
Video of Tekonsha Voyager Trailer Brake Controller - 1 to 4 Axles - Proportional
Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer
installation instructions and specs for complete information.
Congratulations. And thank you for owning one of the most sophisticated trailer braking systems available today. Whether you tow for work or play, you can depend on Tekonsha to enhance your towing experience by working to make sure both your tow vehicle and the trailer it is pulling slow down and stop at the same time. Over the next several minutes we will show you some important set up steps to be sure you have the smoothest braking experience possible. If you have questions or need more specific information, please refer to the installation and owners guide enclosed with your controller. If this is your first installation, please listen for a moment for some important tips. Performance braking controls are directional.
This means that the back of the control must be positioned toward the front of the vehicle or in the direction of travel. Locate the mounting position on the face of the dash in the most convenient position possible and within easy reach. Many brake controls have a primary operating range, nose up or nose down. Refer to your installation instructions for the range that applies to your control. Most newer vehicles have a brake control vehicle plug in point located in the primary electrical harness under the dash. Use the vehicles specific wiring harness, sometimes provided by the automobile manufacturer or available separately from your brake control supplier, to connect the break control wiring. Then plug it in under the dash.
If your vehicle is older, or does not provide a plug in point, use the generic wiring instructions provided with the brake control or see your dealer for installation details. If you have questions, please refer to the owners guide. The first step in positioning the sensor for a Tekonsha Voyager brake control is to park the tow vehicle and trailer on as level a surface as possible. With the trailers connector connected to the tow vehicle, the first thing that you will notice is the bi-colored LED on the front of the control will be glowing green. This will let you know that you have a complete circuit between the tow vehicle and the trailer. Next, find the power control knob on the right side of the control and turn it clockwise toward the front of the vehicle until the maximum setting is reached. Next, press the brake pedal and hold it. Look at the bi-colored LED on the control. If the light is green in color, find the level knob on the left side of the control and rotate it counter clockwise toward the front of the vehicle until the LED begins to pulsate between green and orange. You will want to move back into the green by rotating the level knob on the left side of the control clockwise toward the rear of the vehicle just a little at a time. What you are doing here is setting the sensor at the transition point just between the green and the flashing red. Tow the trailer at about 25 miles per hour and do a couple of slow speed stops as if coming to a stop sign. And notice the feel of the trailer.
Does it seem to pull a little at the end of the stop? If it does, your sensor setting is a little too aggressive. Simply move the level wheel clockwise very slightly and repeat the stop. Repeat the procedure until you feel the truck and trailer brake smoothly together. If you feel a pushing sensation from the trailer it is because the opposite has occurred. And you have a delayed setting on the sensor control. Simply move the level knob counter clockwise slightly into a more aggressive position. Once this is done the control is set and should not have to be reset until such a time that the road conditions change or the trailer weight changes significantly. Keep in mind that the power knob should never be used to fine tune your control. Harsh, aggressive braking at slow speed stops is usually caused by an improper sensor setting. After you have driven several miles and the trailer brakes have warmed up, you may want to repeat this process to further refine your stops. Please refer to the owners guide on warming the brakes. Because every trailer is different, your brake control needs to learn the weight of the trailer and condition of the trailer brakes. This is required to determine the optimum power necessary during an emergency stop without trailer wheel lock up. First, rotate the knob on the right side of the control so it is in the 12 o'clock position. Tow the trailer on as level a surface as possible and attain a constant speed of between 20 and 25 miles per hour and engage the manual slide bar found in the front of the control.
You will notice that the bi-colored LED will turn from green to orange to red indicating an increase of current to the brakes. Hold this for a few seconds and release. If the trailer brakes did not lock up, increase the power by turning the knob on the right side of the control clockwise toward t he front of the vehicle and repeating the manual engagement. Repeat these steps until such a time that the trailer brakes are just below wheel lock up. If at anytime the brakes do lock during this procedure, reduce the power by turning the knob counter clockwise toward the rear of the vehicle. Now the setting has been made so that the power output is just below wheel lock up. It is that easy. For information to fine tune your system, for optimal performance, check your owners guide for details.
Average Customer Rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars (105 Customer Reviews)Proportional brake controller can be mounted within a 90-degree vertical range. LED monitor indicates braking action of trailer. Fine-tune power adjustment lets you set braking intensity to suit your towing needs.
by: Dave B.07/14/2013
Appears to work so far but too early to tell for a long term assessment. Liked that my vehicle had a ready plug under the dash so no wiring hassles were experienced. 89499
by: Greg M.07/30/2013
I have had several of these over the years. I currently have 3 controllers on different trucks. I pull 5 different trailers with completely different weights. The controller works really well. I definately recommend this controller. You level it on the left side, which allows for placement in alot of areas of the truck. When I am towing I can adjust the brakes with the dial on the right side. Obviously the brakes need to be lighter when the trailer is empty. Simply turn the dial back until the brakes don't lock up. When I get it loaded I turn the dial forward until I can feel the brakes take hold. The lever on the front lets me manually apply the trailer brakes. I use this in cases where I am going downhill and it is better to let the trailer slow me down. If I ever need another controller, this will be it. Great price also. 92292
Installed easy and feels like its made well. I won't get a chance to use it for another week. The etrailer staff was very friendly and the shipping was fast. 116639
by: Richard P.03/01/2011
This installation is in a 2010 Ford F-150 Lariat The installation was very easy. It helps to have a 90 degree screwdriver to install the screws on the right side. The screws will install easier if you install them first, remove them and re-install after the bracket is installed on the vehicle. 8161
In terms of this brake controller, it may have been an early failure as after hooking it up and following the setup procedure, the LED came on and then, during adjustment, got bright and then went out permanently. I will update this review when I debug the problem more fully. I know my wiring is correct but I may have a 12V feed issue that is causing this. One thing I will say is that overall etrailer.com is outstanding! I do all of my business with them and tell people about how great they are every chance I get. Every aspect of their operation is excellent from technical information and support to customer service. Great company! 132219
by: Matt Z06/29/2013
Just as described. I had a four pin and that plugged into this wire harness and then I had two wires to run to front of car. Once under the hood there are a few other wires to run to battery and through fire wall into vehicle to connect to a break controller. My local shops wanted over $400 for parts and labor. I saved over $250 doing it myself. It took me about 3 hours. At least an hour was running wires through the fire wall. The engine compartment was very tight near firewall in my 2006 Toyota Sierra. 86763
by: Pat Eaing04/26/2015
I have installed and used several different types of brake controllers over the years, and this on is hands down the best I have used. Installation is typical, no real issues. I will say that unless you plan to remove your controller often, save the cost for the plug in pig tail and hard wire the unit (I wondered why I needed that part...) The beauty of this unit is the set up-easiest brake controller I have ever set up! Great price and works as advertised... unprecedented! 188411
by: Andrew W09/26/2011
I'd had one of these before so ordered for my current install, they're a good controller, however, it's limited to 20º nose down on the install, so it didn't fit my current dash. My mistake, I should have checked before ordering. Decided to order a P3 to replace it, etrailer customer service was awesome, issued an RMA (I hadn't attempted to install it yet, just read the instructions and saw the limitation). I'd deal with this company 100 times out of 100 for my trailer needs! 24628
Installed in 2006 Toyota Sequoia towing 5000 lb camper. Nothing fancy with this brake control unit, but I wanted simplicity. I have exact same unit in 2000 Silverado used for towing 5th wheel camper. 13 years of towing various trailers, never a problem braking, this unit gets it done! Easy to install and set up. Etrailer.com was great, ordered from website, had the unit 3 days later, installed and towing on day 4...Thank you. 68653
by: Patrick Magers05/06/2013
I installed this controller on a 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Installation was easy (as I had also purchased the adapter cable for my Jeep), adjustment instructions were clear and the controller worked perfectly. 79126
by: Kyle R.02/06/2012
I have not used this product for trailer brakes yet as I have not bought my travel trailer. Installing was very easy even without a factory stock plug to connect to. The only problem I had with the unit is there is no way to know if it works until you have a trailer plugged in (or you jump the connections at the plug). I had to hook up to a friends trailer just to know if it worked. Other than that, no complaints. 31165
by: Jeff S.03/03/2014
Product installed easily. The calibration seems straight forward and I was able to do the preliminary setup. Due to weather and time, I have not done the road test 'fine tuning' but I imagine it will work great as well. This is a very good mid price range controller. I rarely buy the 'very best' nor do I buy the 'low end'. Mid range is usually a good product for the money and this seems to be just that. 118238
by: Dan C.09/10/2014
Awesome controller. We use them often our our equipment. Only problem we had this install, was locating the right wiring to tie into the brake circuit. New 2014 Chevy express van. Chevy only uses a 5 volt switched supply at the brake pedal. Ended up locating and tied into the brake light circuit for the 12 volts needed for controller to see the brakes are applied. 150511
by: Dan B04/06/2014
Great brake controller. I installed it in a 2003 F350. I mounted it inside the compartment under the 4x4 shift knob. I had to remove the pins from the connector to feed them through a hole i drilled in the back of the dash. I did this so there were no exposed holes drilled in the dash face. Then i mounted the controller inside the compartment using velcro. 123947
Easy to install and works fine. I was a little confused though. I watched this vied which was extremely helpful and told me exactly how to install the device http://www.etrailer.com/tv-install-brake-controller-2011-chevrolet-suburban-90885.aspx however, the video says the wire butts are included, and they were not. Otherwise, all is good. 107567
by: A. Jordan07/11/2013
Top notch service and sales. Installed in less than 15min and works great. I will never buy anywhere else. 88928
by: David H05/12/2015
Easy to install and hook up. I used the GM adapter so there was no wiring, just plugged it in. Videos on website and written instructions make the install pretty much fool proof. Will be hauling the trailer next week, so will have to save review of actual performance 192327
by: John P.08/20/2014
I have never had a better set of instructions than the etrailer video on youtube that details how to install this controller. Using the video, the controller was wired up in less than a couple of hrs (wire routing and all), and worked the first time! Thank you. 147793
by: Fred P05/09/2014
I have been using these brake controllers on all of our fleet trucks for well over 10 years. We have installed these in 30 plus vehicles so far without a single problem. They are easy to adjust for different towing conditions and different mounting positions. 129720
by: Mark Warchocki08/25/2011
Very happy with the funtion of the Tekonsha 39510 controller & our replacement Dexter 10 " electric brakes. Good value, I was originally just going to R&R the shoes, but getting the whole assembly for the price was a no-brainer. Glad I found etrailer.com 22736
by: curts lawn care03/27/2014
The product works as advertised. Easy install on my f150. There is an empty slot under the dash on my truck that holds the product perfectly. The braking pressure fine tuning is very touchy but once you figure it out its not hard to adjust. 122560
by: Walter D.10/24/2013
I had already looked at the install video on etrailer. When the controller and the adapter for the Suburban arrived it took 15 minutes to install! Drill two holes, mount controller and connect two plugs. Easiest install I have ever done. 104902
by: Taylor T.07/14/2014
The installation is easy. The setup procedure is also easy to follow. I put it on F150 for my RV trailer trip to Yellowstone park. With the controller, I felt that I could brake my vehicle and the 26ft trailer as without the trailer. 141132
by: Bradley G.04/22/2014
Everything about the experience with etrailer was great. They explain the product in a way you can understand, check out is simple,and it was shipped quickly and it arrived sooner than I expected. This is a site I will use again. 126412
UPS delivered the controller and wiring harness today. I had it installed in my 2006 GMC in less than an hour and it works perfectly. Thanks for getting my order delivered to my door step so timely. Great products and service. 92459
by: Matthew H06/19/2015
Very easy to install. Plug and play with the additional wiring harness. Pre-drill the holes in the side of the controller box so it's easy to screw to the bracket. Total installation maybe 10-15 minutes? Worked instantly! 204553
everything just as i orderded. correct wiring fit my model truck. highly reccomend etrailer 70877
This brake controller works great with my 2002 chevyy trailblazer. I did have to clean the ground wire connection on the trucks plug before it worked correctly but after that it works great. 183098
by: Randy L01/21/2013
Product arrived on time and in good shape. This model Tekonsha is my favorite. I've bought and installed three in the last five years. My philosophy is 'If it ain't broke don't fix it' 63744
by: Rich N06/24/2013
This Brake box did exactly what i needed it to do,it was very easy to install and easy to set up and so far it has worked great,i just hauled my first camper with it and it worked great. 85815
by: Brian A.05/20/2013
Hooked right up to my factory plug. All parts were included and the product came promptly. UPS tracking worked great! Installed on 2005. Dodge Ram 2500 crew cab Thanks ETrailer 81244
by: Todd G.10/31/2013
Product was relatively easy to install. Had to follow etrailer.com's instructions on how to do it for a 2007 Sierra. Instructions were clear and concise. Overall, a great experience. 105798
by: brad h.10/09/2014
i bought this tekonsha controller to replace a bad kelsey controller. itwas easy to install and works great. your website made it easy to find what i was looking for. thank you! 155455
by: PA Mike06/20/2015
Just used this controller to tow a 10,000 lb trailer 600 miles. It was easy to set up and simple to adjust. I highly recommend it for people trying to tow on a budget. 205804
by: Alan k.08/21/2013
Got your product in 5 days to Hawaii. Your video made installation a breeze, showing exactly what supplies are needed and where to look for existing wires on my truck. Thanks! 96184
Staff was very good to make sure I ordered the correct unit. Package arrived at house much sooner then expected. Unit I ordered replaced an old one. Took 5 minutes to install. 204084
Excellent customer service. Product was expedited at no additional cost to me. They shipped the part 3-5 days instead of the 5-7 business days. Great company to order through. 124901
Fast delivery, great prices and perfect fit in my Ford Expedition. Works great! Have already ordered again from etrailer and will anytime I need something. Thanks! 74637
This purchase was a gift for my son in law. He says the installation on his new pick-up was quick and uneventful. And he's towed the trailer twice...works great. 169039
by: Tad W08/20/2013
Very good unit and super easy to install with the optional vehicle specific harness. I bought this one because it can be easily fine tuned and it works great. 96060
Replaced and older model that finally gave out after 20 years, excellent value for the price. New wiring harness made it a snap to install, done in 5 minutes. 84160
by: bernard j.11/01/2012
service and info was very good i got just what i needed for my 2006 toyota tundra 4door. everything worked just the way it should . thank you bernard j. 58633
by: John F06/29/2015
Very reasonable price and can be purchased with an adaptor designed specifically for my new Silverado 1500 truck! Very easy install! I recommend this item. 208077
by: Dominic P07/31/2014
Excellent -- Easy hook up to my Toyota Tacoma with the purchased connection wire. E Trailer shipped the product quickly. Very Happy with the purchase ! 143810
Install was short and sweet, easy using pictures which show adaptor for 2004 plug in location on firewall. Adjustment was touchy but got it figured out 183226
by: K Wilkins03/12/2011
This is a good unit. It's a little outdated but simply to operate and stands up to fleet use. And e trailer was very fast in getting them out to us. 9186
by: Terry H.03/23/2012
This was a easy install. I bought the pigtail for my 2005 Dodge and had the Tekonsha Voyager Brake Activator operational in less that 15 minutes. 34858
by: John k07/24/2015
I tested it out with my popup camper and it worked great. It was easy to adjust. It might have been easier if iread the directions first. Ha ha 214069
by: Mark L.02/01/2015
Excellent product. Installation instructions were easy to comprehend and follow. I was extremely pleased with support and information given. 172022
by: Jamie L.08/07/2012
The customer that etrailer has is by far the best from the beginning of your order to the end. Very easy to hook up and mount on my Nissan 50819
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