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Brake controllers are an essential part of a towing system with electric trailer brakes, and they offer a much-needed emergency braking feature. We offer high quality controllers from manufacturers such as Draw-Tite, Tekonsha, Valley, Hidden Hitch and Hopkins. Featuring both time-delay and proportional models, we have the right controller for any application. Brake controller wiring adapters are available for many vehicles, allowing for simple plug-and-play installation. Hardwire kits are also available to make any installation hassle-free.

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Brake Controller Information Videos

Removing and Replacing Trailer Brake Shoes Review

Today we are going to show how to remove the break shoes on a typical electric break axle, this one in particular is a twelve inch drum. We are using that one because it is large and easy to see. This applies to virtually all electric brakes from this size on up and down to the smaller sizes. We will go over how it comes apart and the tools you will need to do it with.


Trailer Brake Controller Wiring Colors

Today we are going to cover a frequently asked question. It really turns up a lot. And actually it is easier than you think. Basically, if you have a pickup and you got a tow package with it and you got one of these wire harnesses that plug underneath the dash and plugs into your brake controller, you might have five or sometimes even more wires coming off of it. And you notice that your brake controller only uses four. We have got one over here, we will show you, that has just the four wires and what do you do with the extra wires? The short answer is do not worry about it, because the brake controller has all that it needs from these four wires.


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.


Trailer Brake Controller Wire Testing

Today we are going to cover a few notes on testing an electronic brake controller. What we are going to cover here is going to apply to virtually all brake controllers. Basically, if you run into a problem where you think your brake controller is not working, well, it could be a the brake controller or it could be something in the truck itself, in the connector or c it actually could be problems in the trailer. What we are going to show you today is how to look for problems that will either rule out the brake controller or make sure that it is the brake controllers fault. Just like any electronic devices, they seem to have a limited lifespan some will work for years and some will not. But this way you can also verify that it is working good.


Trailer Brake Controller Installation Wiring Kit Review

Today we will show you part number ETBC7 brake controller installation kit. What this kit does is it fills in the blanks between your 4 pole connector and the brake controller. Basically on the instructions of your brake controller, it will show you a link between the foot brake and stop light switch, a battery, and then a line going out to the connector out back. This kit here fills in those missing pieces. We will cover each individual part. First we will start from the rear of the vehicle and work our way forward. This part here is 7 and 4 pole to 4 pole adapter. This will plug into your existing 4 pole that you have on your vehicle. It just plugs in like normal while this white wire gets grounded to the body of the vehicle. You will have a couple extra wires. The black wire will be ran to the battery. This blue wire here gets run to the blue wire on the brake controller.


Diagnosing a Brake Controller Problem

Alright, today on this 2009 Ford F-150 we are going to diagnose a brake controller problem. Now we can use these steps on any brake controller that is on the market to verify if it is working or not. Now our brake controller is already telling us that it has an error message. It is flashing an Er on top. Usually it means an internal problem. We tested our trailer so we know it is good. So, it is not that. So first off we will make sure we have a constant 12 volt power supply. We will check the black wire first. OK, we are good there. Now we will try our red wire for our brake signal. OK, that is good there. Now we will try our blue wire and that will be our output. So we should have output on this wire whenever we hit the foot brake or the manual override. OK, we get nothing on the foot brake and nothing on the manual override. So definitely the error is internal and this brake controller does have to be replaced.


Trailer Brake Controller Reverse Light Lead Installation

All right what we are going to do on this install is the reverse light lead to our electrical connector. For instance on a 5-pole you can use this on a boat trailer that has a reverse lock out for hydraulic brakes on it. Also you can use on a 7-pole application the trailer may have reverse lights on the back of it. Some RVs have a reverse light hook up on the back of it. I will show you the basic generic steps of how it is installed. 00:22




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Brake Controller Questions and Answers

  • RF Brake Controller Install for 2011 Mercedes ML350 with Factory 7-wire
  • To install Prodigy RF brake controller # 90250 in your 2011 Mercedes Benz ML350 that has a factory 7-way all you need to do is make sure the 12 volt accessory circuit is complete and there is voltage on the 1:00 pin of your 7-way. Other than the controller now other parts would be needed. Check out the install video I attached for more info.
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  • Brake Controller Recommendation for a 2007 GMC Sierra 2500
  • Yes, the Tekonsha Voyager Trailer Brake Controller # 39510 that you referenced can be installed in your 2007 GMC 2500 New Body truck. You will also need the harness part # TM75127 to hardwire the controller to the brake controller wiring you have under the dash of your truck. There is no plug and play adapter for you truck since GM didn't put a port under the dash of your truck for this purpose. Instead there are 4 wires you will need to locate. Check out the FAQ and install video I...
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  • Troubleshooting Tekonsha Voyager Brake Controller part # 39510 with No Brake Output
  • The manual override lever of the Tekonsha Voyager Brake Controller part # 39510 that you have should still put voltage on the blue output wire. If the controller is wired and installed correctly to your vehicle and it's still not working then the controller is most likely in need of replacing. For a replacement I would recommend the Prodigy P2 Brake Controller part # 90885. This is our best selling brake controller because of how well it works and how easy it is to setup.
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  • Display Not Coming on with my Hopkins Agility Brake Controller
  • Yes, you can test the brake controller without having the trailer attached. It very well may be an electrical issue of some sort. Since you just installed the Hopkins brake controller # HM47294 make sure the proper connections under the hood to the brake controller are finalized. See the helpful I included about 2007 - 2013 GMC Sierra and Chevy Silverado. After the installation, make sure all the connections at the brake controller are showing proper readings. It should be 12 volts...
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  • Brake Controller Installation on 2013 Nissan Frontier with 4-Pole Flat trailer Connector Installed
  • Adding a brake controller to your 2013 Nissan Frontier that already has a working 4-pole flat trailer connector is a simple process that requires only two parts. First you will need a brake controller installation kit, part # ETBC7. This kit includes everything you'll need, except for the controller itself. The kit includes a 7-way RV-style blade socket, wiring, butt connectors, zip ties, circuit breakers and even a circuit tester to help you find the correct wires on the vehicle. I...
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  • Prodigy P2 Brake Controller Blue Dot Lit Up on Screen
  • The blue dot on your Prodigy P2 # 90885 is normal. When the your 1997 Ford F-150 is turned off and trailer isn't connected, it will stay in power saving mode for 15 minutes before the blue dot disappears. Regarding the clicking sound, I would disconnect your brake controller and depress the brake pedal. If the clicking stops it's the brake controller. If it continues it's most likely something on your 1997 Ford F-150. I included a couple helpful articles and installation video for you too.
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  • When Will Digital Display on Reese Brake Controller Illuminate
  • I was not able to confirm with Reese the part number 74643 you provided for your brake controller, but I believe it was for an old Brakeman controller. The Draw-Tite Activator II that you referenced, which is a time-delayed type controller, will display a blank screen under two circumstances. A blank screen when the trailer is NOT connected indicates that either the unit is not getting 12V power, the ground is bad, the black (power) and white (ground) wire connections were reversed,...
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  • Troubleshooting Reese Brake Controller Digital Display With No Trailer Connected
  • I believe the Reese Brakeman Brake Controller you mention is the same controller as the Activator III Brake Controller, part # 5520. You will want to make sure your controller is wired correctly. If you take a look at the attached instructions for the # 5520, you will see that it states that you will have the dot displayed when the trailer is not connected. When you hook the trailer up you will see the digital displays. Under the CONTROLS section it states that the Output setting...
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  • Brake Controller and Install Harness Recommendation for a 2015 Nissan Frontier
  • Since your 2015 Nissan Frontier has the tow package all you need to install the Hopkins InSIGHT Brake Controller part # HM47297 is the correct harness which you also referenced part # HM47635. No other parts or wire splicing would be needed.
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  • Parts Needed to Install a Brake Controller in an RV Built on 2008 Dodge Sprinter Chassis
  • For a brake controller I would recommend the Prodigy P2 Brake Controller part # 90885. This is our best selling brake controller because of how well it works and how easy it is to setup. To install this controller and convert your 4-way to a 7-way all you need is part # ETBC7. It comes with everything. I attached a set of installation instructions and an install video for you to check out as well.
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  • What Wire to Use for Stoplight Circuit When Installing a Brake Controller in a Vehicle
  • Sounds like you are trying to use one of the brake light circuits for either the left or right side stop/turn circuit. Since the blinker is on that circuit it won't work. What you will need to do is use a circuit tester like part # 3808 to test the wire coming from the brake switch near your brake pedal till you find a wire that has 12 volts when the brakes are applied and none when they are released. That will be the wire to use to install your brake controller. I also attached an...
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  • What is Needed to Use an Electric Trailer Brake Controller with Trailer that Has Hydraulic Brakes
  • In order to use an electric trailer brake controller with a trailer that has hydraulic brakes you will need to select a controller that is compatible with an electric-over-hydraulic actuator. Not all trailer brake controllers have this capability. One that does is the popular and reliable Tekonsha Prodigy P2, part # 90885. You will also need to replace your existing surge coupler or immobilize the internal part that compresses now when you apply the tow vehicle brakes. Since the surge...
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  • Recommended Brake Controller And Components For 2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
  • The installation of a brake controller like the Tekonsha Prodigy P2, part # 90885 on your 2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited should be very similar to the installation of a brake controller on a 2013 Wrangler as in the attached video. The # 90885 is our most popular brake controller because it is easy to install and operate. You will need the Universal Installation Kit for Trailer Brake Controller, part # ETBC7. Some of the other items used for the installation are the no-drill bracket,...
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  • How to Tap Into 2015 Chevy Silverado for Wiring Up Camper Shell Third Brake Light
  • To power the third brake light of the camper shell on your 2015 Chevy Silverado you are going to need to tap into the CHMSL (center high mount signal lamp) circuit of the truck. If you check the diagrams of the fuse boxes of the truck you should be able to track it down there. You can use a fuse tap to tap into this circuit. Or, you can use a taillight converter like part # 118158 to tap into the trailer wiring signals to isolate the third brake light. Basically you would ground the...
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  • How to Install a Tekonsha Primus IQ Brake Controller in a 2015 GMC Sierra 1500
  • Yes there is, to install the Tekonsha Primus IQ Trailer Brake Controller # TK90160 in your 2015 GMC Sierra 1500 all you need is the brake controller install harness part # 3016. I attached an install video for you to check out as well.
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  • Electric Trailer Brake Controller Recommendation for 2013 Dodge Ram Pickup
  • Trailer brake controllers are not vehicle-specific so you can choose from among several brands and models of proportional or time-delayed type units. I always recommend the proportional type since these will allow for reduced wear on both the trailer and truck brakes and since they deliver superior performance. The linked article will give you more detail. The controller I recommend is the Tekonsha Prodigy P2, part # 90885, because this unit is highly rated by our customers and is a...
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  • Where Do I Connect Red Wire When Installing Brake Controller on 1995 GMC 4x4 Pickup
  • When installing a brake controller in your 1995 GMC Pickup, the red wire will connect to the brake light circuit which can be located at the stop light switch at the top of the brake pedal. Since there is typically more than one wire at the switch, you will need to use a circuit tester like the Quickee, # 3808, to determine which wire has power when the brake pedal is depressed. GM typically used a light blue or white wire for this circuit. Once you have located this wire, you will then...
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  • Disconnecting Tekonsha Primus # TK90160 From Recently Purchased Truck
  • If you don't need the brake controller, newer models of the Primus can simply be unplugged from the rear. Depending on the vehicle, you might be able to follow the wiring harness feeding the controller and unplug the wiring harness from its connector under the dash. On older models, you'll need to cut the wires. Be sure to cap the wires off after you cut them, so nothing shorts out under the dash. However, I'm curious about what you meant about the brakes being engaged while you're driving....
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  • Reese Brakeman Brake Controller on a 2002 Ford F-150 Stopping Working
  • It does sound like you will need a new controller but first there are some tests you can do to determine if the problem is the controller. In the truck cab you will need to sever the blue wire several inches from the back of the controller. Then use a circuit tester such as # 3808 to test the end of the blue wire coming out of the controller. It should only have power when you apply the manual override. If it shows power at idle then there is something wrong with the controller and it...
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  • Instructions for Installing Brake Controller on Military Tractor with 24V System
  • If you are looking for a wireless controller to operate the brakes on your RV, I recommend taking a look at our Tekonsha Prodigy RF Wireless Trailer Brake Controller, # 90250. This proportional brake controller operates via radio frequency which allows simple transfer between multiple cars or trucks. In order to install this controller on your M931A2 military tractor with 24V system, the battery charge wire on your M931A2 must connect between the first and second battery. This way you...
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