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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 - 2010 Nissan Frontier

Today on this 2010 Nissan Frontier, we're going to review and install the Tekonsha Prodigy P3 Trailer Brake Controller, part number 90195. To help us with our install on our brake controller we'll be using part number 5506. All right, this is what the P3 braking controller looks like once installed in our Nissan. We have 3 settings here that correspond to what size trailer, or how much weight you're pulling behind the truck. P1 for a small conventional truck and trailer. We hit this button here, go to boost level 2. You can see how that icon kind of changes to like a little fifth wheel.

Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Today on our 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee we'll be installing the Tekonsha Prodigy P2 Trailer Brake Controller, part number 90885. To ease our installation we'll be using the wiring kit for electric trailer brake controllers, part number 5506. This is a truly proportional brake controller that will apply the trailer brakes in direct proportion to our vehicle's deceleration. It activates immediately, unlike some other time delayed brake controllers. You will be able to safely use all trailer brakes up to 4 axles and you'll be able to slow down a trailer safely without putting more strain on your vehicle's brakes. When we press on our brake pedal with our boost level turned off, you can see we don't have any brake amperage that would apply our trailer brakes. The reason for this is because our vehicle's not in motion.

Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2010 Nissan Armada

Today on our 2010 Nissan Armada, we're going to be taking a look at and installing the Tekonsha Powertrac Electronic Brake Controller for one to two axles, part number 39523. We'll be installing it in conjunction with the Tekonsha Plug-in Wiring Adapter for Brake Controllers, part number 3050-P. Here's what the brake controller looks like once it's installed on a vehicle. What's nice about this brake controller is it's nice, simple to use, there aren't a lot of complicated buttons. You've got your manual override switch and your gain, so you can set it. This is a time-delayed brake controller.

Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2005 Chrysler Pacifica

Today on our 2005 Chrysler Pacifica, we're going to be taking a look at and installing the TrailerMate X10 Trailer Brake Controller, part number TM75813, in conjunction with the Universal Trailer Brake Controller Wiring Kit, part number ETBC7. Here's what this brake controller is going to look like once it's installed on the vehicle. This is a proportional brake controller, so it's going to send the amount of power back to the brakes relative to how hard you're pushing on the brakes in the vehicle. It's a nice, simple design. It definitely takes care of making sure that you're going to be able to stop with that trailer behind you. It's got a nice LCD screen right here that's going to help give you the readout so you know what your power level's at. Then, this knob up here on top is going to allow you to adjust your power level for what's being sent back to the trailer when you apply the brakes in the vehicle.

Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2007 Chrylser Aspen

Today on our 2007 Chrysler Aspen, we're going to be taking a look at and installing the Tekonsha Prodigy P3 Trailer Brake Controller, part number 90195. We'll be installing that in conjunction with the Tekonsha Plug-In Wiring Adapter for brake controllers, part number 3020-P. This brake controller is going to do a really good job of making sure you've got proportional braking to the trailer that's behind you. So however much pressure you apply to the brakes on the vehicle, it's going to give you that same amount of braking power back to the trailer. It will work with trailers that have one to four axles of brakes, so just about any size trailer that you may have, this will work well with is. A lot of our customers like that you can change the screen color, to select whatever you would like. Overall, this brake controller is just going to do a really good job of making sure that, whatever trailer you've got behind you, that you're going to have the braking power that you need. Right now, when we've got this read out right here, that lets us know that it's connected to a trailer, because there's a little image of a truck with a small trailer behind it. Then over here, the up and down buttons will allow us to adjust our gain.

Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2016 Ford Edge

On this 2016 Ford Edge, we're going to review and install the Tekonska Prodigy P3 Trailer Brake Controller, part number 90195. Now to help us with our install, we'll be using a couple additional part numbers. We'll be using ETBC7, that'll provide our 7-pole connector out the back of the vehicle, and our connection up front up to the battery and for our brake controller. Also to help us mount our 7-pole connector at the back, we'll be using part number 18136, the universal mounting bracket. This is what the P3 brake controller looks like when it's installed on our Ford Edge. We have this in a typical location right here. Now you can move it anywhere you like, as long as it's in easy reach of it when you need to use it.

Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2008 Toyota Tundra

Today on our 2008 Toyota Tundra, we're going to take a look at and also show you how to install the "Tekonsha Voyager." This is a proportional trailer brake controller. It works for 1, up to 4 axles. Part number on it is 39510. To help complete the install, we'll be using part numbers 3040-P as well. That's the "Tekonsha Plug-In Wiring Adapter for Electronic Brake Controllers." Here's what the Voyager's going to look like installed. As you can see, it's a really simple installation process, just a few screws to hold our bracket and then a few screws into the brake controller itself.

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