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Draw-Tite Brake Controller for the 2003 Lincoln Aviator

Draw-Tite Brake Controller

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Draw-Tite Activator II Trailer Brake Controller - 1 to 4 Axles - Time Delayed - 2003 Lincoln Aviator

Electronic controller activates electric trailer brakes with a preset intensity when you apply the brakes in your Lincoln Aviator. Digital display is simple to read. Power output and braking aggressiveness are easily adjustable. Includes manual override.

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, 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: 3-3/16" wide x 6-1/8" long x 1-1/4" tall
  • Limited lifetime warranty


Time-Delayed Braking

The Activator II applies your trailer's brakes when the brake pedal in your tow vehicle is engaged. Every time you apply the brakes in your Lincoln Aviator, 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 II 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 II requires that you either purchase a custom wiring adapter designed to plug into the controller or that you hardwire the controller directly into your Lincoln Aviator. To hardwire the Activator, you must remove the plug at the end of the integrated wiring harness.


Installation Accessories

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 Lincoln Aviator, and the other end plugs into the controller - no hardwiring required.


Note: If a custom brake-control wiring adapter is not available for your Lincoln Aviator, 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 Lincoln Aviator.



5500 Draw-Tite Act II Time-Delay Trailer Brake Control

Same as Reese Brakeman Digital - 83500



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


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Video Transcript for Trailer Brake Controller Comparison Review

Today we are going to talk about the two main kinds of brake controllers, the proportional and the time delay. The two we have here are the Journey HD and the Draw-Tite Activator II. These are what you call the time delay brake controllers. Basically what happens is that when you hit the brakes, they come on at a certain speed that you set on the brake controller. Like on this one here, we have a sync switch here that controls how fast it comes on and then this knob here controls how much power it takes to stop the trailer. Basically you hit your foot brake and it comes on at the rate you determine and at how much power you have set aside for it, and then it stays there until you completely let off the brake.

However, there is not a time delay on these. These are inertia activated, which means there is basically a little pendulum on the inside for lack of a better term that just moves forward as soon as you hit your brakes. With inertia, you know, as soon as you hit your brakes, stuff goes flying forward. With a little movement in here it does the same thing. The more the movement goes up, the more power it sends out to the trailer brakes. So once your trailer brakes start activating and your truck brakes start activating, everything starts slowing down. The pendulum starts coming back down too, and also it lets off the current going out to the trailer at the same time. So that way you have a gradual stopping power going with the trailer brakes. It makes the trailer act as one with the truck, more so than with the time delay units. A couple of differences about these is basically in how you install these on your vehicle. Whats really nice about the time delay ones is you can mount them like that, or sideways, or upside down it does not matter because they are completely solid state no moving parts whatsoever. And this one, the same way you can mount it on top of the dash, sideways, you can mount it on the bottom basically anywhere you want, as long as you keep it in easy reach. Now with the proportional one its a different story. They have a limited amount of angle that you can install them at. Basically you have about a 70-degree angle up and maybe a 30-degree angle down. It varies with different brake controllers. I think with the Odyssey you can probably go up to 90 degrees and it will work just fine. However, you can not really do any tilting like this, just a little like this, and maybe a hair of an angle like this from left to right. And you can do that on both of these. But for the most part, the closer to level you can keep the proportional ones the better off you are.

Basically, some people ask, Well I only use it two or three times a year, do I really need to spend all that money on a brake controller? If it is only two or three times a year and you have got a small pop-up camper, chances are the time delay one is going to work just fine for you. And, in fact, this one has a quick disconnect so when you are not using it you can just disconnect it from you vehicle, uninstall it and just keep it in your glove box or toolbox or wherever you want to keep it. If you are going to do a lot of heavy-duty hauling or even light duty with a pop-up camper but you are going to be driving a lot of miles you are going to be more impressed with the performance of the the proportional ones. Again, it is a little bit more of a headache to install in the mounting position, but you will get better performance all around, and smoother braking. And you will not get that kind of jerky action when the brakes and trailer engage and the slack gets taken out of the coupler and the receiver hitch, and it will be a little smoother on that.

Again, if you are going to drive a lot of miles, I recommend the proportional. For two or three times a year or for the weekend warrior or short trips, the time delay ones are probably going to be your best bet. I think maybe a possible advantage of the time delay over the proportional ones is it is kind of nice to feel your brakes working on the trailer almost all the time. Basically, you can feel them working right off the bat and it gives you a little extra sense of security. Again, you get a little rougher ride, but you do get a sense of security when you do that. However, that being said, the better brake controllers, like the P3 and the Odyssey, they have whats called boost features in them. And basically it makes the brakes come on five percent right off the bat. So it works kind of like a time delay at first, and then about a second later it reverts to its proportional mode and it everything works a lot smoother. That way, you can get the feeling of a time delay, where you can definitely feel the brakes working, but then you will not have that jerky action when you start slowing down.


Customer Reviews

Draw-Tite Activator II Trailer Brake Controller - 1 to 4 Axles - Time Delayed - 5500

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Brandon09/19/2013

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



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Royal D.11/08/2013

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



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: RZ12/06/2013

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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: James W06/21/2013

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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, James85408



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Ron04/15/2013

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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: K Maconachy01/30/2012

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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: Simon H.02/06/2012

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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 you31219



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Dan M.04/29/2013

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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: Paul V.09/04/2012

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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: Shawn H05/14/2013

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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: Chris S.03/23/2012

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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: Kory05/18/2012

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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: mark02/06/2013

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Delivered it fast ,description was good havnt had time to install it yet65194



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Kory05/18/2012

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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: Eric S.12/21/2012

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This is the 2nd truck I have installed this same model controller in and it seemed to work well in the last. Hope this one works as well as the last.61840



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: bill h.08/17/2012

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this controller is great. etrailer delivery, packaging, pricing were ALL great... 52068



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Randy04/26/2012

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Controler works great, hook up was a snap with the plug and play harness.38465



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Alan M.03/11/2011

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Looks OK and easy to follow instuctions. 9059



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Terry09/26/2012

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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. Terry55847



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Gary M08/23/2012

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Installed in Frontiier quickly with no problems,us the recommended adapter .Good product,quick shipping and great company to work with.52747



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: chris10/10/2013

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everything I bought from this product line has been great103346



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Ron Hunt09/16/2013

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Great Product....fast time delivery... 100116



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Bobby L.10/05/2012

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It plugged in and worked as advertised,Thank you so much,56371



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: chad01/29/2012

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Love it.... Installed in my 2011 chevy in about 5 min and it works great. Recommend to anyone 30502



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: tommy v05/07/2013

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excellent product and best service 79186



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Bob09/30/2009

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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: Jake f04/14/2014

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Fast delivery. ...Easy install with cable adapter.124940



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Wilderness03/12/2014

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Received product in just a few days and everything was as promised.120345



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Brian C03/05/2014

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Ordered and shipped on Friday, delivered Tuesday!!118532



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: V1001/16/2014

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Great product...I am still using one that has been moved from vehicle to vehicle. Now i need one for my new truck!!113928



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: carl k12/29/2013

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great product! 111424



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: gary g12/05/2013

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excellent 109214



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Ed11/25/2013

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Fast shipping, good company, would buy again108464



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: dwight f09/11/2013

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great products on time shipping thanks 99501



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: divid lakin09/07/2013

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i have 4 of these,they work well 98829



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Ronnie09/04/2013

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Very simple installation... Exceptional Quality.. Very fast shipping!! Thanks!98163



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Sam M.08/08/2012

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Worked great! 51055



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Joe03/14/2012

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Another great product 33855



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Jason P.03/05/2012

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Very easy to install. Works very well. I like the digital number readout to show power level being applied to brakes.33134



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Craig R02/13/2012

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Great controller, we install it on almost every system we do.31686



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Joseph R.02/12/2012

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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: dave01/25/2012

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excellent product exactly as described 30350



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Pat01/25/2012

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Good overall product. Meets needs and is inexpensive.30307



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Armando A.09/26/2011

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Great prices, quality products, great customer service and reasonable shipping!!! 24682



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Ashley B.09/26/2011

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Works great, very easy to use, and very easy to install thanks24632



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: James Gilmore08/01/2011

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Fantastic brake controller. Even better website.20688



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: ty b07/11/2011

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thank you for the fast delivery ,and for the easy installation vid was a breeze,ty19110



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Shama J.04/21/2011

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Excellent product. 12166



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Ken03/22/2011

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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

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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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ratingratingratingratingrating by: jimmer06/21/2009

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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: Daniel Johnson08/14/2013

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Great product works as described. Installation is a little more involved than I thought but can be done in a couple of hours. 94965



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: William J06/29/2013

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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: Mike r06/25/2013

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Great control,looks sharp in truck,very easy install .86111



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Jere05/25/2013

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Easy to install and fits very nicely in my 2005 Dodge Ram 2500. I would buy this again.81980



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Brian K.05/14/2013

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Affordable! Works great! Easy to instal l!80109



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: stephen02/12/2013

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Fast delivery - the added information and troubleshooting Q&A really helps on this site65867



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Keith P01/13/2013

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Easy to install, works great 62851



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Donald G11/09/2012

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good product and price fast shipping 59003



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: max.c07/19/2012

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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......max48479



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Stan R06/28/2012

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Quality product. The video of how to install clinches the deal. Setup instructions worked perfectly.46016



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Darrell F.04/25/2012

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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: Randy D.03/20/2011

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Easy to install. simple instructions, I have it wired up but just have not towed anything yet to get the settings set for my application.9878



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Linwood04/04/2013

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Arrived on time and fitting/mounting was a snap. Thanks etrailer!74193



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Tim S.06/18/2012

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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: Cecil11/18/2013

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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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Expert Answers about Draw-Tite Activator II Trailer Brake Controller - 1 to 4 Axles - Time Delayed - 5500                                              Do you have a question about this Brake Controller?


  • Draw Tite Activator 2 Displays Decimal or Dot and Does Nothing When Manual Switch is Activated
  • According to the instructions, when you have a decimal or dot displayed, it signals that there is no trailer connected. Without a trailer connected, there is no complete brake circuit so pressing the manual switch will do nothing. Try connecting a trailer first and following the setup portion of the instructions. In case you do not have your instructions, I have included a link to them below. I attached an FAQ page on brake controllers that you might find informative to the right.
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  • Malfunctioning Draw-Tite Activator II Brake Controller on a 1997 Ford F-150
  • Here is the typical brake controller connection method. Red wire to cold terminal of brake switch(cold terminal gets 12v only when brake pedal is pressed). Blue connects to trailer brakes. White is ground, and Black goes to a 12v power source. We offer a wiring adapter, part # 20260 that would plug into the OEM socket under the dash, and the bare leads on the adapter would wire directly to your controller.
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  • Parts Needed for Brake System to Flat Tow a 2006 Jeep Unlimited Behind a 2005 GMC Sierra 2500HD
  • We have just the system you need. The RoadMaster Even Brake Portable Braking System, part # RM-9400, can quickly be attached to the brake pedal and does all of the braking for your towed car proportionately to the motorhome.
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  • What Does The 8.0 Display Code Mean on # 5500 Activator Brake Controller by Draw-Tite
  • When this brake controller shows an output when there is no trailer attached it usually means there is a wiring problem that needs to be addressed. If the output code is not showing without the trailer hooked up and then appears when the trailer is hooked up, the trailer is mis-wired and you will need to make sure the trailer brake wiring is connected to the proper terminal and that there are no problems with the wiring or magnets in the trailer brakes. The terminal inside your 7-way trailer
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  • What Does the SC Error Code Mean on the Activator II Trailer Brake Controller
  • On the 2-8 Electric Brake Controller, item # 5500, the code SC indicates that the brake controller output circuit is short circuited at some point between the point where the blue wire exits the rear of the controller and where it ultimately ends at each brake assembly at the brake magnet. The most common situation that causes this is a damaged or corroded trailer connector, either the socket on the vehicle or the plug on the trailer. Carefully examine the metal pins on the plug and socket fo
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  • How to Install Brake Controller Wiring on a 2004 Nissan Armada
  • You are looking for a 6 pin connector located near the emergency brake pedal. It is usually taped to another wiring harness. You will need a wiring adapter, part # 20266 to complete the connection.
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  • Recommended Hitch, Brake Controller and Towing Accessories for 2006 Chevy Express Van
  • For a hitch, I would recommend the Draw-Tite Class III receiver hitch, part # 75189. This hitch offers a 5000 lb towing/ 500 lb tongue weight capacity. For greater capacity, a Curt Class IV is available, part # 14090. The Class IV offers a 12,000 lb towing/ 1200 lb tongue capacity. The hitch capacity could be higher than the actual capacity of the vehicle itself, please check the owners manual for the stated capacity of the vehicle. I would recommend a proportional brake controller like the T
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  • Why is my Brake Controller Reading Overload and How Can I Find Where the Problem is?
  • If your controller, item # 5500, is reading overload without the trailer connected then that means there is a short in the blue trailer feed wire on the vehicle. If the controller is reading overload only when the trailer is connected then there is a short or overload in the trailer wiring or breaks. Use a circuit tester, item # 3808 if you need one, to test the wiring to find out where the short is. If it is on the trailer end and you cannot find a wiring problem then the problem may be
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  • Wiring # 5500 Draw-Tite Activator II Brake Controller On 2009 Ford F-250 and F-350
  • If you are hard wiring the Activator II electronic brake controller, item # 5500,on your 2009 Ford Super Duty, then you will need to use a 30 amp circuit breaker, item # PK54530, to wire the black wire on the brake controller to the battery. If you are using the factory wiring harness you will need to use the Brake Controller Wiring Adapter for Pre-Wired 2008 Ford Super Duty Vehicles, item # 20270, (also works on 2009). Vehicles not equipped with factory trailer tow package, may require fuse
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  • Will The Activator II Brake Controller, Part # 5500 Work on a 2010 Toyota Tundra
  • Brake controllers are not vehicle specific, they can be used on virtually any vehicle. The Activator II Electronic Brake Controller, part # 5500 would work just fine on your Tundra. If your factory installed tow package includes the 7-way trailer connector on the rear bumper, the controller can be plugged into the connector under the dash using a Brake Controller Wiring Adapter, part # 3040-P. If the factory tow package consists of the 4-pole connector that supports the lighting functions
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  • Trailer Brakes Not Working When Moving Activator II from a 2000 to a 2008 Toyota Tundra
  • Since you have the factory 7-Way and brake controller wiring, I would imagine everything is correct on the truck. Additionally, using the custom fit brake control harness, part # 20265, eliminates concern of the brake controller being wired incorrectly unless the harness is faulty which is very unlikely. I would use the instructions for 20265 to make sure that the pins are in the proper location. I have linked to these instructions below. The single decimal point, as you may already know, ind
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  • Brake Controller not Functioning When the Brake Pedal is Pressed on a 2004 Chevy Suburban
  • Based on what you have described, it sounds like that there is a problem with the internal circuitry of the brake controller, or a fuse in the power distribution box on your 2004 Chevy Suburban. In the power distribution box, there is a separate fuse for the brake controller stoplight switch wire. This is to protect your vehicles brake light circuitry. If this fuse has blown, then it could also cause the problem. I have included a link below that shows the fuses and their locations in the po
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  • Brake Controller Puts Out Voltage Through Blue Wire with No Brake Applied but Brakes Do Not Engage
  • You will need to test the brake controller wiring using a multimeter (something that can measure a minimal amount of volts). Check the red wire connection. It should be attached to the wire on the stop light switch that only has voltage when the brake pedal is pressed. If your red wire is connected to a wire that carries even a few volts when the brake pedal is not pressed, it is not the correct wire. Make sure that the white ground wire is attached to a clean metal surface and that it is fre
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  • Troubleshooting Poor Brakes on a Triple Axle Trailer with One Wheel Locking Up
  • Wire size, brake shoes, hubs or magnets could be the problem here. You will need to inspect the trailer brakes to see what is causing your situation. We have a video (see link) that will help you to determine the problem and I will outline how to check things for you. If the brakes on one or more axles are worn significantly more than on other axles you may need to replace the brakes. In this situation I would replace all of the brake shoes at the same time to ensure even braking (see link).
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  • Wiring a Brake Controller on a 1995 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 LS
  • Yes, you will be able to install the Draw-Tite Activator II Brake Controller, item # 5500, on your 1995 Chevrolet 2500 Silverado LS. You will not need the Universal Brake Control Wiring Adapter 1999-02 Chevrolet, GMC, Cadillac, item # 20263, on the 1995 model because there is no factory port under the dash to plug the adapter in to. Chevrolet did not start putting the brake controller wiring port under the dash until 1999 so you will need to hard wire the brake controller on your 1995 model truc
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  • Wiring the # 5500 Draw-Tite Activator on a 2007 Chevrolet Suburban
  • Wiring a brake controller no the 2007 Chevrolet Suburban should not pose that big of an obstacle. The wires for the brake controller are under the dash and fairly easy to find (see link) and there is a plug, located above the spare tire, which is used to install the 7-Way Trailer Wiring Harness, item # 30955, at the rear of the vehicle. If your vehicle does not have the factory wiring already connected you will also have to make two connections under the hood to complete the brake controller
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  • Installing Activator II Brake Controller Part # 5100 on 2007 Chevy Silverado
  • In the 2007 model year, GM offered two Silverado models. The Silverado Classic used the older body style from the previous model year. To install a brake controller on this vehicle, a wiring adapter like part # 20264 is used. If you have the factory supplied wiring adapter, the wire colors are different as you have found. The red wire on the factory adapter connects to the black brake controller wire, the light blue wire on the harness attaches to the red controller wire, the black harness wire
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  • Troubleshooting Activator II Brake Controller Only Shows Dot when Trailer Connect to 2002 Dodge Ram
  • For the Activator II, # 5500, when the unit only displays the dot when the brakes are pressed and when the manual override is used means that there is no connection between the brake controller and the electric trailer brakes. On the brake controller, make sure the output is not at the lowest setting as this could cause this problem. Next, check the blue wire coming out of the brake controller. Using a circuit tester like the Quickee # 3808, probe the blue wire and then step on the brake. If
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  • Reese Pilot Brake Controller on 2000 Ford F250 Not Reading Trailer
  • You did a great job troubleshooting here. Trying a different trailer as well as a different controller did a pretty good job of ruling the trailer or the controller out as being the problem. The newer controller that you tried sent a small amount of voltage along the brake output circuit looking for the trailer connection, and did not find it. The most likely culprit is a corroded or damaged trailer connector on your truck. Take a look at the pins in the connector. If you can see any green co
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  • Brakes Lock Up On Horse Trailer When Connected To 2005 Ford F250 With Valley Brake Controller
  • It sounds like you are going to need to check the wiring on your whole towing setup. You will need to use a circuit tester like the Quickee Circuit Tester, # 3808, and want to start by checking the brake controller wires to make sure they are connected properly. You should have power in to the controller on the black wire and power leaving the controller on the blue wire when the brake pedal is pressed or the manual slide knob is activated. The red wire should have power on it only when the
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