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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.

Find your custom fit brake controller wiring adapter for a plug-in application by selecting the year of your vehicle to the left. We offer custom fit plug in adapters for many of the most popular vehicles, including Ford, Chevrolet, Dodge, GMC, Nissan, and Toyota.

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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.

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.

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 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

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Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2012 GMC Savana Van

Today in our 2012 GMC Savannah van, we'll be having a look at, and installing the Tekonsha Primus IQ Trailer Brake Controller, part number TK90160. In conjunction with the etrailer ETBC7 installation kit, part number ETBC7. Here is what our brake controller looks like installed, as you can see it's a nice, simple design. Nothing overly complicated about the screen. It's a small, easy to use, easy to read display that gives us the basic information that we need to know in order to safely use our trailer brakes. When we're connected to our trailer, we'll have a C, indicating that we have a good electrical connection.

Best Brake Controller Options

Today we're going to be taking a look at the different types of brake controllers available and help you to determine which one might best suit your needs. Now, brake controllers are important because this is what sends power beck to the brakes on our trailer, and helps us to stop safely and also stay in compliance with state laws. So, without a brake controller, even a controller with brakes is gonna have no power. The first decision we're going to make in our brake controller selection is gonna be whether we want to go with something that's time delayed, like the Curt Venturer here, or something that is proportional, which would be like our Prodigy P3, or Prodigy RF, or our Hopkins Insight. Now, the main difference between our time delayed type controller and our proportional type controller is how they activate the brakes on our trailer. A time delayed system is gonna have a certain amount of time in which this brake controller is gonna go from zero power output up to whatever your maximum power output is. That's the way it is every time you brake. Now, with our proportional system, these have internal sensors. These can sense the negative acceleration or the deceleration of our vehicle and apply the appropriate braking output out to our trailer. This is gonna give us a more fine-tuned braking experience, so if we're slowly coming up to a stop we'll have light braking power.

Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2017 Ram 2500

Today we're going to take a look at and also show you how to install the Tekonsha Prodigy P2 proportional trailer brake control. This is going to work for one up to four axles. Its part number is 90885. To make our install easier, we're also going to be using part number 3024-P. That's going to be our Tekonsha plug-in wiring adapter for the electronic brake controllers. Now, the Prodigy P2 is a proportional brake controller, which is designed to work for one up to four axles. This is going to be great for just standard electric brakes or electric over hydraulic brakes.

Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2017 Honda Ridgeline

Today in our 2017 Honda Ridgeline, we'll be installing the Tekonsha Prodigy P3 Trailer Brake Controller. Part number 90195. To ease our installation we'll be using the Tekonsha Plug-In Wiring Adapter for Electric Brake Controllers, part number 3070-P. Now the reason you want a brake controller is if you have a trailer that has electric trailer brakes and your vehicle doesn't have a brake controller, you won't be able to use those trailer brakes. When you have a brake controller installed you'll be able to take advantage of those trailer brakes and be able to slow down your trailer a lot more efficiently and putting less strain on your vehicle's brakes. Also, in some areas of the country, they do require functioning trailer brakes on trailers over a certain load, so that's just something to keep in mind. All right here's what our brake controller looks like installed.

Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2015 GMC Sierra 1500

Today on our 2015 GMC Sierra, we're going to be taking a look at and also showing you how to install the Hopkins InSIGHT. Its part number is HM47297. We're also going to be using part number HM53075, which is the Hopkins pigtail adapter. Now, the InSIGHT is a proportional brake controller, which essentially means that inside of the unit there's going to be a sensor. That sensor detects when you step on your brake, so if you just step on them lightly, we're going to have a light amount of pressure just helping us to slow down. In an emergency situation when we really have to step on our brakes, it's going to sense that and send power back to accordingly. Now, the benefit of a proportional braking system is that unlike time-delayed systems we don't have to wait for our braking power to go to our trailer.

Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan

Today on our 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan we'll be installing a Tekonsha PowerTrac Electronic Brake Controller, part number 39523. To ease our installation we'll be installing our brake controller with our 7-Way Adapter Kit, part number ETBC7. Here's what our brake controller looks like installed. As you can see, it's a nice, slimline design, very simple to operate, and easy to use. This will easily allow us to control trailer brakes on trailers that have up to two axles, making our Caravan a more suitable tow vehicle. This LED, when we don't a trailer connected, there is nothing displayed there. It's just off.

Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2016 Chevrolet Express Van

Today on our 2016 Chevrolet Express we'll be installing the Tekonsha Prodigy P2 Trailer Brake Controller, part number 90885. To ease our installation, we'll be using the ETBC7 kit. The Tekonsha Prodigy P2 is a truly proportional brake controller, which allow us to control from one to four axles of electric trailer brakes. By being truly proportional it'll apply the brakes on your trailer in direct proportion to the amount that your towing vehicle's slowing down. If you're going down a hill you don't have to worry about false triggers being activated because the brake controller is not activated at all until you apply the brakes in your vehicle. When you apply the brakes it shows how much power is going to your trailer brakes. Now, as you hold the brakes for awhile it dials down the power so you don't have to worry about your magnetics on your trailer brakes becoming overheated and shorting out.

Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2017 Ram 1500

Today on our 2017 Ram 1500, we'll be installing the Tekonsha Prodigy P3 trailer brake controller, part number 90195, in conjunction with the Tekonsha wiring adapter, part number 3024-P. Here's what our brake controller looks like installed. As you can see, it's nice and clean and installation, tucked up nicely underneath our dash, but yet still easy to reach while we're driving down the road. We have several different controls on it. On the bottom, we have our manual override switch. This will alow us to activate our trailer brakes without applying our brakes in our truck, so if our trailer starts to step out of line on us, we can slow a bit down and get it back straight behind us by applying the brakes. We have our gain adjustment switches here, to adjust our power output for our brakes.

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