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Hopkins Brake Controller for the 1998 Tacoma by Toyota

Hopkins Brake Controller

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Hopkins Agility Trailer Brake Controller - Plug In - 1 to 4 Axles - Proportional - 1998 Tacoma by Toyota

Proportional brake controller can be mounted within a 360-degree vertical range. Digital display indicates braking action of trailer. Fine-tune power adjustment has 5 levels so that you can set braking intensity to suit your towing needs.

Features:

  • Brake controller activates trailer brakes in proportion to your Toyota Tacoma's braking action
    • Automatically adjusts trailer's braking based on deceleration of tow Toyota Tacoma
    • Activates immediately - no pausing like with time-delayed brake controllers
  • Multiple mounting options
    • Position at any angle up or down in the vertical plane
      • Recommended mounting is between -20 degrees and 70 degrees
  • 5 Sensitivity levels let you adjust initial braking power and aggressiveness
  • Digital display is easy to read
  • Built-in, slide manual override lever
  • Plug-in, Toyota Tacoma-specific brake-control adapter (sold separately) is required for installation


Specs:

  • Application: trailers with up to 4 axles (8 brake assemblies)
    • Designed for use with electric brakes only
  • Dimensions: 3" wide x 5" long x 1-1/4" tall
  • Mounting: 360-degree vertical plane operating range
  • 5-Year limited warranty


Proportional Braking

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 Toyota Tacoma. 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 Agility controller sits level on a horizontal plane and is pointed in the direction of travel, it will sense - via an internal inertia sensor - how your tow Toyota Tacoma brakes. This inertia-based sensor responds to the deceleration of your tow Toyota Tacoma 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.


Power and Sensitivity Adjustment

Getting the braking power you need for your application is simple with the Agility. First, set the overall power so that you can 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 adjustment buttons on the top of the controller to achieve your desired degree of intensity. There are 5 levels to choose from. The first level offers the least amount of sensitivity, making it ideal for lightweight setups. The heavier your load, the higher you will want to take the sensitivity. At level 5, the sensitivity of the internal sensor is as high as it can go. This level provides the most aggressive braking and is ideal for heavy loads.


Digital Display

On the front of the Agility there is a digital display that is designed to keep you aware of the braking action of your trailer. This screen shows your sensitivity level, overall power percentage and error codes for issues such as a short circuit.


Simple Installation

The Hopkins Agility can be mounted anywhere within 360 degrees vertically, but it is recommended that it be mounted in your cab at an angle that is between -20 degrees and 70 degrees to make it easier to access.


Correct Agility mounting90-Degree Agility mounting

Note: The Agility 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.


To install the Agility, a Toyota Tacoma-specific wiring adapter (sold separately) is required. These custom kits are available for most newer trucks and SUVs. One end of the custom adapter plugs into your Toyota Tacoma, and the other end plugs into the controller - no hardwiring 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 Toyota Tacoma.



47294 Hopkins Agility Proportional Trailer Brake Control - Plug-In Simple




Customer Reviews

Hopkins Agility Trailer Brake Controller - Plug In - 1 to 4 Axles - Proportional - HM47294

Average Customer Rating:  ratingratingratingratingrating4.8 out of 5 stars   (17 Customer Reviews)




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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Ben T.03/28/2012

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I was able to install the brake controller in less than five minutes once I located the plug underneath my dash. Etrailer had a video that even showed where to look on my vehicle. This unit is very easy to adjust and it is flawless so far. I had already purchased a controller in a local retailer's store but they didn't carry the adapter I needed in order to install the unit. Etrailer.com had both units in stock and $20.00 less than my local store. I chose this unit because of the plug and play features and I know that if I want to change vehicles, I just need to purchase the corresponding adapter and I can easily transfer my Agility controller into my new vehicle. The shipping was fast and low cost. Etrailer.com was my last stop during this project but they will be my first stop for my next trailer project!!35377



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Russ R.07/22/2011

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Installed the HM47294 with the GM Brake Wiring Adapter HM47795 on my 2005 Yukon XL. Installation took only about 15 minutes and works perfectly. Great product. Very impressed with how fast the delivery was processed and delivered. Ordered on Tuesday - delivered on Thursday. Great email communication throughout. Thanks again. 19923



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Dennis S.12/19/2013

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Fast service. Relatively easy to install (once you decide where to mount it). I haven't used it on my trailer yet, but I anticipate that it will work fine. I used the Plug in harness even tho' my Toyota Tacoma came with one, because I would rather not cut the wires from the controller and splice the wires from the harness.110484



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Jeff H.09/11/2012

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Excellent. I hooked this Hopkins controller up with the specified harness and after plugging it into the Factory OEM plus on my Honda Ridgline, all I had to do was add a 20amp fuse as they don't put it in the Ridgeline from the factory, but the manual does list that. Worked like a champ! This proportional controller allows my Ridgeline with the trailer to feel as if there is nothing on the truck when I'm breaking. Seems as if there is no trailer connected as compared to when I have pulled with electronic braking where you never seem to get the settings just right.54187



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Joe L.05/04/2013

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Looking forward to many a miles use of the Hopkins Agility. Install was a snap ... recommend using sockets vs. a screw driver to secure the screws to the unit.79000



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Bill P.07/18/2011

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Great product, easy installation, NO problems after months!19600



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Bienvenido F.06/26/2011

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Product as described. Thank you. Fast delivery.17971



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Jeff P.05/22/2011

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I was very pleased with the controller, it was easy to install, has good features, and works well. 15031



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Frank n.10/07/2012

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Works great, easy to set up. 56636



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: JW in Houston01/28/2011

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Received product 3 days after ordering, price was slightly better ( including shipping cost) than retail store. 6343



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Chris S09/19/2011

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Controller does exactly what it should do. I was impressed with the more than prompt shipment from etrailer. I will look to them for future needs without hesitation. Thank you!!24184



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: CA12/03/2013

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Installed the product but have no used it yet. It appears to be of better quality than the one its replacing.109016



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Jim10/01/2013

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Works great. Ordered from eTrailer.com Friday morning and received Saturday. 102123



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Keith P.05/14/2012

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Awesome box, works perfectly, gives good feedback. Makes traveling with a 2 axle 7300lb camper a piece of cake.40346



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Arvil A.06/12/2013

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Just finished with a test drive, everything works perfectly installation was a breeze thanks to the kit you recommended and the detailed instructions84304



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Thomas S.05/14/2012

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Product works as it should. It was easily installed in a 1999 f 450 ford with the available wiring harness. just plug it in and attach the mount under the dash. My order and delivery were processed in a timely manner.40284



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: steve s07/01/2011

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Comments

I need a Controller that can be removed when there is no need for it.

comment by: Noel Wilkins - 2/5/2014


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Any of our controllers can be removed when not in use. Some are easier to remove than others. I have added links to controllers that have removable plugs for the harness and slide-in or snap-on style brackets so that no screws have to be removed to remove the controller.

Patrick B - 2/10/2014





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  • How to Set Up a Hopkins Agility Brake Controller Part # HM47294
  • The proper settings are determined by a host of variables including trailer weight, size of trailer brakes, vehicle weight, size of vehicle brakes, and cargo inside vehicle. You can get started by following the Setting Your Controller portion of the directions. If you do not have a copy of the directions, I have added a link to them below. In order to set up your brake controller, you need to connect the loaded trailer to the vehicle, and drive to a large open area, like an empty parking lot,
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  • Installation of Brake Controller on 2003 Ford F-350
  • The easiest way to install the controller in your 2003 F350 would be to use the Brake Controller Wiring Adapter, part # 20260. The controller would wire color for color to the adapter (aftermarket adapters only) and the adapter would plug into the connector under the dash. The connector is located under the dash, typically to the right of the steering column. The wiring functions per color are as follows: white is ground, black is 12-volt power, blue is brake output and the red wire attaches t
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  • Will the Hopkins Agility Brake Controller Fit My 2008 GMC Canyon
  • Brake controllers are not vehicle specific and can be installed in most any vehicle with proper wiring. If you would like to resubmit your question with a little further information I would be glad to provide instructions or any information that you need for installing the Hopkins Towing Solutions Agility Trailer Brake Controller, item # HM47294, in your vehicle. The year, make and model of your vehicle, and the type of trailer connector on the rear of the vehicle plus the type of connect
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  • Hopkins Agility Brake Controller Not Working On a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado
  • The Agility Trailer Brake Controller, item # HM47294, has a power indicator light. If this light is not on I would start by testing the wiring to the brake controller with a circuit tester, item # 3808 if needed. The black wire going into the brake controller should have power and the red wire should have power only when the brake pedal is pressed. The blue wire will only have power when the brake controller is activated and if the black wire has power on it. The white wire is the ground for the
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  • Parts Needed When Moving the Hopkins Agility Brake Controller to a 2010 Dodge Ram
  • I checked with Hopkins, and unfortunately they do not yet offer a brake control wiring adapter for the Plug-In Simple Agility brake controller # HM47294 that will fit the 2010 Dodge Ram. If you have the Plug-In Simple version of the Agility brake controller # HM47294, you would be able to use a second vehicle mounting kit # HM47685 to hard wire to your 2010 Dodge Ram. The 4 brake controller wires are as follows: White: Ground, attached to a clean piece of unpainted metal. Dodge color
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  • Wiring Adapter for a 2005 Nissan Frontier and Hopkins Agility Brake Controller Installation
  • Most likely, the 5th wire is for illumination. None of the brake controllers we sell have this feature. But it is not needed to install a brake controller, including the Hopkins Agility Trailer Brake Controller, # HM47294. The wires on the Reliance brake controller are as follows: White is the ground. Blue connects to the trailer brakes via a 7-Way connector. And Red is the stop light that connects to the switch at the top of the brake pedal. Black is the 12 volt hot lead. The simplest so
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  • Will Hopkins Agility Brake Controller Not Light Up Until a Trailer is Connected
  • If the Hopkins Agility Brake Controller, part # HM47294 is installed and wired properly, the screen will display one red dot in the bottom right hand corner when a trailer is connected. The screen will be blank when no trailer is connected. Check the Operating/Setting Your Controller section of the instructions for the brake controller. It has a list of information the display on the brake controller provides. In case you do not have the instructions, I have linked to them below.
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  • Troubleshooting Agility Brake Controller not Locking Up Trailer Brakes on a 2008 Ford F-150
  • There are a couple of things you can check on the trailer to help troubleshoot the problem. First, the magnets might be worn and/or the brakes might need adjustment. If neither of these is the problem, you can begin to test the brake controller itself. I spoke with my contact at Hopkins about the problem you are having with the Agility, # HM47294. He stated that there are 3 possible issues. First, there could be a problem with the internal components of the brake controller itself. This would
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  • Trailer Brakes Lock Up at Slow Speeds with Light Foot Brake with a Hopkins Agility on a 2006 Dodge
  • First I would check to make sure the brake controller is mounted within the appropriate range as indicated in the directions. The controller is tilted to the left or the right, or the controller is more than -20 degrees down or more than 70 degrees up, the internal inertia sensor inside may be incorrectly reading your braking activity and sending too much power. The brake assemblies themselves may need be adjusted. They may be so tight that the slightest amount of voltage to the magnets cause
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  • Does the Agility Brake Controller HM47294 Use the Same Plug as the Brake-Force
  • Yes, my contact at Hopkins confirmed that both the Brake-Force brake controller and the Agility brake controller # HM47294 use the same plug. You would be able to unplug the Brake-Force and plug in the Agility. I have included a link to the Agility installation instructions, if needed.
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  • Which Brake Controller Wiring Adapter Is Needed For Hopkins Agility On 2005 Chevy Tahoe
  • The Tekonsha Wire Replacement, # 3015-P, is the adapter to connect the Tekonsha brake controllers to your 2005 Chevy Tahoe factory brake controller harness. The part you would need to connect the Hopkins Brake Controller, # HM47294, to your Chevy Tahoe factory brake controller harness is the Hopkins Plug-in Simple Brake Wiring Adapter GM, # HM47795. The red wire on the adapter is left out of the plug when shipped because on different year GM vehicles it goes into a different location. On
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  • Will A Proportional Brake Controller Work On A 2006 Chevy Silverado With Tow Haul Speed Control
  • The Hopkins Brake Controller, # HM47294, is a proportional brake controller and it will not be a problem on your 2006 Chevy Silverado with the tow haul speed control on the transmission. The proportional brake controller will only activate when you apply the brakes on the tow vehicle. It has a motion sensing device that will know how fast the tow vehicle is stopping and applies power to the trailer brakes, but it is only activated when the brake pedal is stepped on. So when the transmissi
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  • Installing a Brake Controller on a 1999 GMC Conversion Van
  • There are two possibilities. If your 1999 GMC Conversion Van has a tow package, there will be a port in which to plug in a wiring adapter from the Hopkins Agility Electric Brake Controller, # HM47294, to the port. It is part # HM47795. I have included a link to the installation details below. You would then need to install an Adapter 4 Pole to 7 Pole and 4 Pole, # 37185. But, if the van has a round plug with a cap inside the driver side frame rail instead of a bundle of wires in the jack storage
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  • Is there a Plug In Adapter Available for Brake Controller Installation on a 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe 2WD
  • The 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe with factory tow package has a bundle of wires tied together with white tape, under the dash, located left of the brake pedal. There is not a connector on the end of these wires so the Hopkins Agility Electric Brake Controller, item # HM47294, will need to be spliced directly to these wires with the included connectors. We have an article outlining the process (see link). If you would like the brake controller to be quickly removable, you can use the Hopkins Plug-in S
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  • Brake Controller Adapter Wiring Instructions for a 2002 F-250 With Factory Tow Package
  • Yes, I can help you connect your Hopkins Agility Brake Controller, item # HM47294, to your Ford factory brake controller wiring adapter. The red wire from the Ford adapter should go to the black wire from the brake controller, the white wire should match to the white wire, the blue wire should match to the blue wire and the light green wire from the adapter should go to the red wire from the brake controller. This will get your brake controller setup and ready to attach to the port under
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  • Installation Instructions for the Agility Electric Brake Controller on a 2010 Chevy Silverado Crew
  • Brake controllers are not vehicle specific, so you can use the Hopkins Agility Electric Brake Controller, # HM47294, or any other brake controller, with your 2010 Chevy Silverado. You will just need to hardwire the brake controller wiring to the truck wiring. The wire colors could be, but not always, Red/Black, connects to the black wire on the brake controller. White, connects to white on the brake controller. Light Blue/White, connects to red on the brake controller. Dark blue, connects to
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  • How To Install The Hopkins Brake Controller, # HM47294, On A 1998 Chevy 2500 Truck
  • To install the Hopkins Brake Controller, # HM47294, on your 1998 Chevrolet 2500 truck you will need the Tow Ready T-One Wiring Harness, # 118315, and the Brake Controller 7 & 4 Way Installation Kit, # ETBC7. Your 1998 Chevrolet truck does not have the wiring run for a brake controller, so you will need to hardwire the brake controller to your vehicle with the # ETBC7 kit. You will first want to install the Tow Ready T-One Wiring Harness, # 118315, on your vehicle. This harness will attach
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  • What Parts Are Needed To Install Tekonsha 9030 Brake Controller, # 39510, On 2000 Chevy Express Van
  • It looks like you have all the parts listed you will need to put a 7-way trailer connector and install a brake controller on your 2000 Chevy Express Van. There is one more part you could use and that would be the Draw-Tite Plug-In Harness, # 20127. This is a 12 inch long harness that will plug into the plug on the Tekonsha brake controller and give you the 4 pigtail wires that will be hardwired to your vehicle. Using this harness will allow you to plug and unplug your brake controller and no
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  • Should the LED Display on the HM47294 Typically Show Brake Power Output Less than the Maximum
  • The Hopkins Agility brake controller # HM47294 is a proportional unit, so it syncs the trailer brake up with how the vehicle is braking. If the maximum stopping power is not needed in a driving situation, then the unit will not send a maximum strength signal to the trailer brakes. You should only see the 30 percentage displayed when you either slam on the brakes while driving, or when using the manual brake button on the unit. During day to day travel, you should only see the power percen
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  • Using a Multimeter to Troubleshoot Electric Drum Trailer Brake Magnets
  • I would check the magnets for wear before going on to test them with a meter. If the magnets show abnormal wear or if you can see the windings beginning to show through the friction surface of the magnet then they will need to be replaced. To further test your magnets, first make sure the trailer is not connected when performing this test. If the trailer is connected, you run the risk of shorting out the brake controller or various other electrical components. I attached an FAQ article on
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