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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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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.


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 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 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.


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 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.


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




Brake Controller Videos

Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2015 Ram 2500

Today we're going to be reviewing and installing the Tekonsha Prodigy P3 Trailer Brake Controller, which control one to four axles for a proportional braking system, part number 90195, on a 2015 Ram 2500. This is a proportional brake controller, so it will sense how hard you're hitting the brakes, and send the correct amount of power back to the trailer, as opposed to a time delay braking system, which sends power back to the trailer once you've hit your brakes, and doesn't let off until you release your brakes. This will give you much smoother braking with your trailer. Over here, this up button, changes your trailer gain. If you need more power going to the trailer breaks, it can provide that for you. The down button will lower the power going to the brakes. You can set it at whatever your trailer requires. Up here, in the top right corner, we've got the boost button.


Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2013 Ford Excape

Today, on our 2013 Ford Escape, we'll be installing the Tekonsha Prodigy P3 Trailer Brake Controller, 1 to 4 axles, proportional. It is Part #90195, and we'll also be using the ETBC7 Connector to ease our installation. The ETBC7 kit comes with this nice bracket here, to mount the 7-pole round connector that our trailer brake controller will be using. As you can see on our hitch right here, there's a nice mounting point for it, so I'm going to go ahead and star the installation by securing it with the included screw and washer on the bottom. Then we'll use the star lock washer, and the nut. Screw it on around.


Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2014 Ford Van

Today on our 2014 Ford E450 box truck we will be installing the Tekonsha Primus IQ Trailer Brake Controller in conjunction with our universal installation kit for 7-Way RV and 4-Way Flat connectors to better assist us. That is part number ETBC7. The part number for our brake controller is TK90160. One of the key features about the Primus IQ Trailer Brake Controller is that it's a proportional brake controller, which has an internal inertia sensor that'll detect how quickly your towing vehicle is slowing down. It'll apply the brakes on the trailer in a proportional manner so they will both stop equally. Let's go over a couple features of our trailer brake controller. We have the adjuster wheel on the left.


Hayes Brake Controller HA81742B Review

Today we are going to be taking a look at the Hayes Enegerize III Plus. This is an electric brake controller. This proportional brake controller is for use on all trailers with 2, 4, or 6 electric trailer brakes. A proportional brake controller works in direct proportion to the tow vehicles braking effort, so basically the more deceleration detected by the internal censor, the greater the amount of power that is delivered to the trailer brakes. This offers faster and smoother stopping performance, as well as extra power and control. It activates immediately, so there is no pausing like when using time delay brake controllers.


Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2002 GMC Sierra

Today on our 2002 GMC 2500, we going to be showing you how to install the Hopkins InSIGHT. This is a Proportional Flex-Mount Trailer Brake Controller for one up to four axles. We're also going to be using the Hopkins Plug-In Simple Brake Wiring Adapter, part# HM47795. The nice feature of the InSIGHT is that it constantly monitors our trailer, to make sure we have a proper connection. With the trailer plugged in, you'll see this small LED light is going to come on. As long as that's on, you know you've got a good connection with your trailer. If it we're to come loose or wiggle out, for some reason, you'll see that light then goes off. As you see here, our display is going to indicate, in percentage, how of the gain that we've got set we're actually using.


Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2010 GMC Yukon

Today on our 2010 GMC Yukon, we're going to be showing you how to install the Tekonsha Voyager. This is a proportional break controller that works great for 1 up to 4 axles. Part number is 39510. We're also going to be using the Trailer Mate universal wiring harness. This offers a 12 inch long pigtail part number is TM75127. The Voyager is a proportional break controller.


Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon

Speaker 2: Today on our 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon we're going to be showing you how to install the Hopkins Insight. This is a proportional Flex-Mount brake controller for one up to four axles. Part number is HM47297. Now let's set our manual over ride lever. As we do we want to see our display have a readout. You can see that's going to give us a readout and percentage telling us what percentage of the gain that we've got set it's actually using. As you can see our gain's fully adjustable.


Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2016 Acura MDX

Today on our 2016 Acura MDX, we are going to be taking a look at installing the Draw-Tite Activator Trailer Brake Controller, part number 5504. In conjunction with that, we are going to be installing the Universal Installation Kit for Trailer Brake Controller 7-way RV and 4-way flat, part number ETBC7. In conjunction with that, we are going to be installing the pigtail for Tekonsha and Draw-Tite Brake Controllers, part number 7894, to attach all these together. Now, this braking system is a time delayed system. You can adjust the amount of energy that is going to apply to your trailer brakes and how fast it comes on, all adjustable by your switches on top. It's going to adjust your gain and that's going to adjust the intensity of how fast it will come on as far as how do you like your settings to be. As you apply your brakes, you'll see it climb up and that is going to let you know that it is applying your brakes on your trailer, and you can adjust it up or down to suit your needs.


Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2007 Jeep Wranger Unlimited

Today on our 2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, we're going to be taking a look at and showing you how to install the Hopkins InSIGHT. This is a proportional flex mount trailer brake controller that's going to work great for one up to four axles. Part number is HM47297. We're also going to be using the universal installation kit for trailer brake controller. This is going to offer both a 7 way RV plug and a 4 pull flat. Part number on that is ETBC7. As a great feature we're going to have a constant monitor that's going between our brake controller and our trailer to let us know everything's connected properly. As you can see as I plug in my trailer a small red light's going to come on indicating it's connected.


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Brake Controller Questions and Answers

  • Wiring Diagram Tekonsha Voyager Brake Controller # 39510
  • Yes we can help. To the right there is a picture that has a diagram of how most brake controllers wire up, if you click it you will be able to see an enlarged version of the picture. Below you will find a link to the installation instructions and to wiring instructions for wiring brake controllers. All brake controllers wire pretty much the same with a white ground wire, a black power wire a red brake switch wire and a blue brake feed wire that goes to the trailer brakes. If you would...
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  • What is the Difference Between the Tekonsha Prodigy P2 and the P3 Brake Controllers
  • Actually, the P3 now has the upgraded axis accelerometer like the P2. The Tekonsha P3 Trailer Brake Controller # 90195, will work with both electric over hydraulic brakes on the trailer as well as electric brakes. It has a toggle switch that allows the user to switch between the two systems. I have included a link to the installation details for the P3 below. The P2, # 90885, will also work with both electric brakes and electric over hydraulic brake systems but it does not have a toggle...
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  • Brake Controller Installation-2014 Chevy Silveardo
  • When used in conjunction with the # 3016 brake controller wiring adapter, the # 39523 brake controller would be plug and play. The controller wiring adapter would plug into the connector located in the convenience panel located behind the emergency brake pedal as shown in the provided photos. If your Silverado was not equipped with the factory 7-way, you can install the # HM40975 which would plug into the harness at the rear bumper. If you click the provided links, you can see some install...
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  • Installation Instructions and Manual for Draw-Tite Activator II Trailer Brake Controller, # 5500
  • The installation instructions/manual for the Draw-Tite Activator II Brake Controller, # 5500, can be found on the product page, on the right hand side of the page. I have also included a link to it below. In addition to these instructions, I have also included a link to a video review featuring this brake controller.
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  • Installation Instructions for the Primus IQ Proportional Braking System 90160
  • There are three possibilities for your vehicle. If you have a factory 7-Way you will be able to use the Tekonsha PRIMUS IQ Electronic Brake Controller, item # TK90160, and the Tekonsha Wire Replacement for Ford, item # 3035-P, to install the brake controller on your RV. The connector for the brake controller wire harness should be located under the dash to the left of the steering column. You will be looking for a 6-pin connector that mates to the brown connector on the # 3035-P harness. The...
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  • Troubleshooting Error Codes SH and OL on a Tekonsha Prodigy Brake Controller # 90185
  • The first error code, SH, you are seeing on the Prodigy Brake Controller, # 90185 (instructions linked below) means the brake wire sees a short circuit during idle condition. The second code, OL, indicates an overload condition during operation. For the first code, SH, the most likely problem is a pinched wire or at some point the wire insulation has cracked or been worn to the point where the copper wire inside is making contact with the trailer frame or another metal part. To find...
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  • Brake Controller Wiring Instructions for the Tekonsha Voyager # 39510
  • Depending on your vehicle year make and model, I will be able to provide instructions for wiring the Tekonsha Voyager brake controller. I have included the instructions for the Voyager, an FAQ article that features a basic diagram near the middle of the document, and an article on wiring a brake controller from scratch. The wires coming out of the Voyager attach as follows. The red wire attaches to the brake light switch wire that carriers a signal only when the brake pedal is pressed....
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  • Trailer Brake Controller Recommendation for a 2014 Dodge Ram 1500
  • Dodge introduced a multiplex type of wiring called Powernet starting in 2013. Traditional brake controller harnesses would not work with it. So manufacturers developed a new harness that will work with the Powernet. The dealer may not know of the aftermarket options and the new wiring harnesses developed for use with the Powernet system. But you can very much install an aftermarket one if you want to. If you like Curt brake controller # C51130 then for a 2014 Ram 1500 you will need harness...
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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...
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  • How to Convert a Trailer with Surge Brakes to Electric Over Hydraulic Brakes
  • You can convert surge brakes to an electric over hydraulic braking system. To do this, you will need an electric over hydraulic actuator and a brake controller. For an electric over hydraulic actuator, I recommend looking at the Carlisle HydraStar units. If your trailer has drum brakes, you will want part # HBA-10. If your trailer has disc brakes, then you will want part # HBA16. I have also attached a link to all of our electric over hydraulic actuators for you to check out your options. The...
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  • How To Properly Setup a Prodigy P2 Brake Controller
  • I would recommend you start over with your Tekonsha Prodigy P2 Brake Controller # 90885 and go through the setup process again so that it will be properly setup. First step is to connect your trailer to your tow vehicle. Next, with the engine running, hold the manual lever full to the left and set the power knob to indicate approximately 6.0. Now you will want to drive your tow vehicle and trailer on a dry, level, paved surface and fully apply the manual lever. If the trailer tires...
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  • Need Instruction And Operation Manual For Tekonsha Prodigy Brake Controller, # 90185
  • I am sending a link to the installation and operation manual for the Tekonsha Prodigy Brake Controller, # 90185. You will need to adjust the brake controller to fit your Ford Expedition application. The adjustments on the brake controller are for power and boost. The Prodigy brake controller will automatically level the sensor when it is installed. You will want to adjust the power to the trailer brakes before setting the boost. Also, it is best to warm the trailer brakes before setting...
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  • Wiring Instructions for Pilot Trailer Brake Control, Part # 80550
  • The blue wire carries the brake controller output voltage, the white wire provides the ground connection and is usually ran to the negative battery terminal, the black wire is the 12-volt power supply, and the red wire typically connects to the brake stoplight switch located above the brake pedal. This connection activates the trailer brakes once the brake pedal is applied. I'll link you to our Brake Controller FAQ page, which contains much more information about brake controllers. If...
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  • Tekonsha Voyager Brake Controller Not Activating Trailer Brakes When Brake Pedal Is Pressed
  • Yes, we can help you test your brake controller and determine if the controller is bad or if there is a wiring issue that is causing the problem on your 2003 Ford F-250 pickup. Lets start with the easiest things first. Be sure that when you are testing the trailer brakes with the brake pedal that the vehicle is moving. The trailer brakes will not apply with the brake pedal if the vehicle is not moving because of the proportional sensor. The first thing I would check is the red wire that...
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  • Wiring Colors and Functions for the Tekonsha Prodigy P2 Trailer Brake Controller, 2011 Ford F-150
  • The 2011 Ford F-150 should have come with either a 4-Way flat or 7-Way blade style trailer connector. In both cases, there is a factory port located behind the center console for a brake controller wiring harness # 22292. I have included a link to the installation details for the harness that shows the functions of the pins and explains installation. The wiring on the Tekonsha Prodigy P2 brake controller, # 90885, is as follows: White is ground Blue is brake output to the trailer...
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  • Setting Up the Tekonsha Primus Electric Trailer Brake Controller # TK90160
  • The initial set up involves connecting the trailer to the vehicle, starting the engine, and then fully engaging the manual override lever. While the lever is fully engaged, set the power wheel knob to 6. You will then start doing the driving/braking test and then adjust the power wheel accordingly. The power wheel does adjust the amount of power sent to the trailer brakes like you have said. More power (rotating the knob toward the front of the vehicle) will set the brakes more aggressively...
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  • Brake Controller Wiring Adapter for 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD
  • The correct quick-connect brake controller wiring adapter is part # 3016 from Tekonsha. This adapter is compatible with a range of Draw-Tite and Tekonsha brake controllers including the popular Prodigy P2 # 90885. I have linked you to a video showing installation in a 2014 Silverado.
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  • Location of Brake Control Connector on 2004 Dodge Ram
  • Your 2004 Dodge should have the connector if the 4-pole connector was factory installed, but it might be a bit tricky to locate. Behind the emergency brake pedal on the firewall is a white junction box. The blue connector you are looking for is located above the junction box, and is sometimes actually pinned to the top of the box. You might need to give the connector a tug to get it free. The connector is sometimes hidden by the wires entering the top of the box, so sometimes you will...
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  • Locating Brake Controller Connector on 2013 Toyota Tacoma with Factory Tow Package
  • Since your 2013 Toyota Tacoma has a factory tow package, including a 7-way connector at the back bumper, it will have a brake controller connector. While it is usually visible above the emergency brake pedal, it may sometimes be taped or zip-tied to other wiring. You can try checking further up under the dash panel. If not there, the connector may be tucked in behind the left hand kick panel. Please refer to the attached photo. The Tekonsha installation instructions for the P2,...
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  • Recommend Brake Controller And Instructions For 2011 Dodge Ram 1500 Laramie Crew Cab
  • Yes, I can certainly help you with getting your 2011 Dodge Ram 1500 hooked up with a brake controller. The item you selected, Tekonsha Prodigy P2 Brake Controller, part # 90885, will work great on your Dodge Ram, and I would recommend it. The P2 Brake Controller is a proportional brake controller, so it applies brake power to your trailer in proportion to the brake pressure applied to your vehicle. If you have a factory 7-way on the truck then all you will need to install your brake...
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