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Item # 5100
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Electronic controller activates electric trailer brakes with a preset intensity when you apply the brakes in your vehicle. Power output and braking aggressiveness are easily adjustable to suit your preference.
The Activator applies your trailer's brakes when the brake pedal in your tow vehicle is engaged. Every time you apply the brakes in your vehicle, 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.
To adjust the aggressiveness of your trailer's braking action, use the slide control on the side of the Activator 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.
Installation of the Activator requires that you either purchase a custom wiring adapter designed to plug into the controller or that you hardwire the controller directly into your vehicle. To hardwire the Activator, you must remove the plug at the end of the integrated wiring harness.
For easier installation, a vehicle-specific wiring adapter is available for most newer trucks and SUVs. One end of the custom adapter plugs into your vehicle, and the other end plugs into the controller - no hardwiring required.
Note: If a custom brake-control wiring adapter is not available for your vehicle, a 20-amp circuit breaker (9506P - sold separately) will be required.
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 vehicle.
Same as Reese Brakeman Compact - 83501
Video of Draw-Tite Activator Trailer Brake Controller - 1 to 2 Axles - Time Delayed
Videos are provided As a guide only. Refer To manufacturer
installation instructions And specs For complete information.
Today we're going to review part number 5100. This is the Draw-Tite activator time delay trailer brake controller. It is designed to fit trailers for 1 to 2 axles. It does come with everything showing here: the mounting bracket, the mounting hardware. This brake controller will activate your trailer brakes with a preset intensity. The signal is sent to the trailer brakes when you're tow vehicle's brakes are activated. On the very front here, you can see there's a sliding switch.
This is the adjustable output control. This will let you determine the amount of braking force. Basically if you go that way, you can see where it's lighter. That's the maximum. You'll set it to the maximum when you're going to travel through a hilly terrain with a fully-loaded trailer. Then if you want to back it off, you want to do that; back off the power outflow 00:00:45 when you're going to tow a lightweight trailer or an empty trailer. On the side here, you'll see there's also a sink setting.
The sink setting will let you adjust the aggressiveness with which the brakes are activated. If you look real closely, there's a plus sign and a minus sign. This will be towards the front of your tow vehicle. This will be towards the rear of it. Basically to get the full power output faster, you'll move the switch forward. The plus sign, this will increase the activation speed.
If you want to achieve smoother braking, you could move it in the opposite direction; that will supply your power gradually. On the very front, you'll see there's a bob here. This is an LED light. This will indicate on the front of your unit, it will show when your trailer's brakes are applied. The light will glow brighter as the power output increases. I'm going to show you that in a minute.
It has the built-in slide bar manual override that you can activate the brakes immediately. It's a very quick and easy installation, because it's a time-delayed brake controller. There's no need to mount it level, like the proportionals. You can mount it in any direction. The mounting bracket, again, and the hardware is all included. If you notice, it has a plug on the end. We do recommend if it's available for your vehicle, to get the plug-in vehicle-specific brake controller adapter. We do sell those separately. You can find out if there's one available for your vehicle by just going on to our website, under the fit guide, and seeing if they list one that will plug on. A vehicle-specific brake controller adapter will have a plug that will plug into the brake controller. The other end of it will have a plug that will plug into the factory port on your vehicle. If they don't have one for your vehicle, you can get also a plug that will plug into this brake controller, and the other end would be 4 pigtail wires that you could hard-wire into your vehicle. Now getting the application on this brake controller, is for trailers with up to 2 axles or 4 brake assemblies. It is designed for use with electric brakes only. Again, I want to show you I have a plug-in hooked to a 12-O 00:02:54 power source. What we're going to do is go ahead and attach the brake controller; it snaps right in. Then what I'm going to do is go ahead and turn on the power, so we got 12-O power. Then what I'm going to do is I'm going to show you when you apply the brakes, if you watch that red LED light when your brakes are applied, you'll notice that that red LED light will come on. Put it up, you can see it better. Here you go, that's showing that your brakes are being applied, or also when your manual slide is being applied, that will come on. What you also notice, I have it up to maximum. You notice when you push the manual, it will go from a dim bulb, and as you push it up to the maximum, it will get a brighter bulb. If you turn it down some, like in the middle, you can see as you push it up, it won't go up to maximum, because you got the output set in the middle there. That should do it for the review on part number 5100, the Draw-Tite activator time delay trailer brake controller for trailers with 1 to 2 axles. .
Average Customer Rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars (119 Customer Reviews)Electronic controller activates electric trailer brakes with a preset intensity when you apply the brakes in your vehicle. Power output and braking aggressiveness are easily adjustable to suit your preference.
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
by: Mac C03/12/2014
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
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
by: Paul S08/09/2015
Works great this is the only place to shop if you own a trailer! Any questions you can think of they have the answer. Thanks again, Paul 217930
This product was very easy to install. Works like it should. Thanks!!!! 62932
Work great on my 2007 gmc sierra classic, I recommend this product Thanks. 337785
nice product and easy installation and thank u jean 4 your help on customer services the video was veryyyyyyyyyyy helpful 147471
by: Rod radovanovic09/07/2013
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
The product came quickly. The installation only took five minutes. So far the product has been good. 224786
Works as advertised 78317
by: michael S07/08/2016
got this so I could tow my tiny home ! both pieces fit perfectly , had it installed and dialed in in what seemed like less than 10 mins , very happy with the whole experience here at etrailer. I will use them again!! 269369
by: Johnny O01/21/2017
Great experience. I had asked if someone could double check all my select tons. Jameson C responded within a few hours with clear confirming comments in my choices. Parts (hitch, harness,e-brake and harness) arrived in one box well packaged. No damage. All of the information on the site was spot on. Took me far less time to install but the videos were exact. I will be a return customer. 337514
by: Brian Miller06/17/2016
Thx guys this web sit is so user friendly and my brake controller was easy to hook up and works great. I cant get this kind of helpful service . here in my home town . and yes all my trailer friends are now on your website. and your youtube vids are so helpful THX and keep on doing what you do we need people like you . one very happy guy in the Adirondack Mountains NY. 262073
by: Tom O.07/18/2013
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
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
by: Blake W.06/01/2016
Super easy installation since my truck was pre-wired. Trailer brakes work as they should. Very good product. 255318
by: Dave R.06/04/2012
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
by: Allan C06/17/2015
Easy to put in works great, only problem I had was finding a nut for the post for the power. Would have been nice to know I needed it before I started. Maybe list it somewhere on page with vehicle. Other items work and install easy. Shipping was great and traceable. Got my products within three days. 204120
by: Lee Cable10/07/2015
Haven't hooked to a trailer, but easily installed. Filling order was fast and arrived well packed 229427
by: Randy D06/05/2015
Recived my controler fast and had it in and working in 15 minutes. Thank you for the fast service and good product. I will buy from you again if i need any more Brake parts or Controllers. I put this controller in a 2004 4 runner and fit and wored perfect. I would recomend you to my friends. 200739
by: Ed G.12/16/2012
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
by: John H.06/17/2016
This is a very good basic unit and reasonably priced. This is the second one I own. Although the other carries the Reese brand it is identical. Why pay more for another unit this one does all it's asked to do. Thanks for the great service. 262083
by: Todd F08/14/2014
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
by: Randy Y07/12/2013
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
by: Ray K09/16/2011
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
by: Al S05/27/2013
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
by: Jay R08/16/2016
Works perfectly. I had to order the adapter for my truck (F-150), but used the etrailer website to make sure I received the correct one and it works great! I've used etrailer a few times now and haven't had any problems. 284254
got product in time it installed very easy works well would recomend this product and etrailer they have the right product for the job i have three trailers and buy all my parts from them thank you ETRAILER 257936
by: BILL Y07/01/2016
USED THE SAME MODEL FOR 25 YEARS AND IT FINALLY DIED OF OLD AGE. LOVED THE UNIT SO I PURCHASED THE IDENTICAL MODEL AND IF IT LAST 25 YEARS, IT WILL LIKELY OUT LIVE ME. IT INSTALLED IN LESS THAN 15 MINUTES. 267219
i really like dealing with etrailer have never had a problem with any order love the delivery time and the items are of great quality will definitely be ordering from etrailer for my next trailer parts 247604
by: Al S.01/24/2011
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
by: Andy L03/05/2016
Easy to install, wiring harness was longer than expected which made it easier to mount the box where i needed it. Easy to adjust while on the road. For the money you cant beat it. 239699
Excellent items as described and install only took about a half hour. The hardest part was deciding where to mount the brake controller or install would have been 15 minutes. 313588
by: Bill T03/27/2016
Easy install with clear instructions, worked as expected with no problems. The price was good and the shipping was quick. Have and will order from etrailer again. 241963
E trailer makes it easy,with resonable prices on their products. I purchased this same one 10 years ago.Needed another, this controller has served me well. 352096
by: Scott V07/15/2016
This is the third Draw Tite Activator I have owned. I have been happy with the performance of the past two....so I ordered another for my new vehicle. 272102
by: Tim C01/30/2015
Installed the 5100 Draw - Tite controller on my 2002 F150XLT with the screws provided I drilled a pilot hole and the bracket mounted just like factory. 171830
by: James W03/12/2016
Product was so easy to install with wiring harness ( 3025-P) adapter to truck. Just mount under dash plug in, Bobs your uncle done. Share and Enjoy 240664
by: Troy C.12/10/2015
Shipping was fast. The pre-wired harness was great. Installation was easy after I was able to get to the factory harness on my 2015 F150. 233537
This order was received quickly and we were kept informed on the shipping progress. The product itself is great! No complaints Scott 334728
by: Don T.12/14/2011
Fast installation with vehicle specific harness sold with the unit. Product does exactly as advertised. Very good product for the price. 28098
These guys made it so easy , the brake controller and wire connector came in the mail quick and it took me about 5 minutes to install. 169088
The brake controller coupled with the custom harness was a breeze to install. The installed rig works great with my Travel Trailer. 241268
by: Jack Tl07/07/2016
This product has worked flawlessly since we purchased it. Never even have to think about it when we're pulling our travel trailer. 269040
by: Mike K01/15/2017
Great name brand products and good pricing. And as always excellent service with great delivery times . Thank you etrailer. Mike 335325
by: Bryce J09/11/2016
Fast shipping, friendly service. Received just as ordered. Will update operation once I install it, have not done that yet. 293484
I installed this on my 2002 F250 in a matter of minutes with the adapter cable they sent with it. Easy and I love it. 31596
parts came as ordered and service was quick, no problem, would order from them again, thank you for the service. 218069
by: John Y09/30/2011
Works as described. Economical, compact, versatile, easy to install. So far, it seems to be great product. 24907
by: Todd N04/20/2016
Have not installed yet. Looks like a good product. Very happy with etrailer ordering and fulfillment. 246196
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