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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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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

  • What Circuits on 7-Way Need to Be Active for a Prodigy RF Brake Controller part # 90250 to Function
  • Yes, for the Prodigy RF Brake Controller part # 90250 that you referenced the only circuit you will need to be active for the controller to function is the taillight circuits and the 12 volt accessory circuit. I attached an install video for this brake controller for you to check out as well.
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  • Troubleshooting Cruise Control Not Working After Brake Controller Install
  • Sounds like you connected the red (stoplight switch circuit) wire to the wrong circuit on your truck. When the cruise control on a vehicle starts acting up that is a tell-tale sign that the wrong circuit is being used for the red wire. What you want to do is use a circuit tester like part # 3808 to test the wires near the brake pedal to find the circuit that only sees 12 volts when the brakes are applied and none when the brakes are released. Correcting this should take care of both...
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  • How to Install a Prodigy P2 Brake Controller in a 2014 Ford F-150
  • To install your P2 Brake Controller part # 90885 in your 2014 Ford F-150 with the tow package all you need is the correct install harness, part # 22292. The # 3035-P would not work for you so I cannot recommend it for you. To see how the brake controller and harness will install in a very similar 2013 Ford F-150 check out the install video I attached.
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  • Troubleshooting Prodigy P3 Brake Controller On 2014 Toyota Tundra
  • This is a tough one. Finding the source of the problem can be really tough and time consuming. Unfortunately, if your P3 # 90195 is receiving power and showing a display, the problem will be in the wiring somewhere between the brake controller and the brakes, and not any of the fuses. When you said that the brakes are no longer being applied I assume you are talking about both sides. If just the right side is not working then the problem will be in the wire that splits on the harness...
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  • Troubleshooting Trailer Wiring on Trailer Pulled by 2000 GMC 1500
  • Is it the marker lights on the truck or on the trailer that aren't working? I believe the corrosion in your 7-way to 4-pole adapter caused something to short out, which probably damaged your trailer connector. I'd recommend a replacement like part # HM40975. If the malfunctioning running lights are on the truck, check the fuse box under the hood next to the battery. The lid of the fuse box will have a diagram showing which fuse protects which circuit. If it's the trailer running...
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  • Pilot Brake Controller Only Shows One Red Dot with Trailer Connected and No Numbers with Override
  • If you are seeing just the dot with a trailer connected and it does not change when you use the manual override knob or the press the brake pedal that indicates a poor connection on the brake output wire. This can be caused by a dirty or corroded trailer connector. Check the vehicle and trailer side trailer connectors and make sure they are clean and free of corrosion inside and out. You can also test the brake controller. At the back of the truck you can test the brake output pin...
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  • Will Factory Brake Controller On 2008 Chevrolet Silverado Work With Electric Over Hydraulic Brakes
  • The factory brake controller in your 2008 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 is not compatible with electric over hydraulic brakes without an adapter. It sounds like you are getting a current and they are working but as you said the level is set much higher. You may have an issue with the trailer battery that is hooked up to the actuator. You should charge it or check to see if it needs to be replaced. That may be why you need to increase the voltage from the brake controller. It is recommended...
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  • Troubleshooting a Tekonsha Voyager that Light Stays Green When Brakes Are Applied
  • The green light on the Tekonsha Voyager # 39510 indicates that the controller senses that a trailer is connected. If the knob on the left side of the controller is turned up and the brakes of the tow vehicle are applied the light should begin to pulsate between orange and green. If yours isn't doing this I would suspect that the brake light wire (red) of the controller is not connected to a circuit that sees voltage when the brakes are applied. You will want to find a circuit that sees...
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  • Brake Controller Install Harness Recommendation for a 2015 Toyota Tundra
  • The correct brake controller install harness for your 2015 Toyota Tundra so that you can install your Prodigy Brake Controller part # 90185 is the part # 3017-P.
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  • Differences Between the Voyager and P3 Brake Controller
  • There are a few differences between the two controllers. The Voyager has been around for a looooooooong time. It uses an internal pendulum to determine how quickly the tow vehicle is braking. In order to operate correctly, this level of the pendulum needs to be adjusted. The Voyager also lacks a digital display which makes troubleshooting more difficult. The controller does not provide boost settings and is not compatible with electric over hydraulic braking systems. The Prodigy P3...
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  • How to Install a Brake Controller on a 2002 Nissan Frontier
  • Since your 2002 Nissan Frontier did not come with a factory 7-Way you will need to hardwire in a brake controller such as the P2 # 90885. You will just need to use an installation kit # 5506. To install the controller you will need to attach the white brake controller wire to the negative battery terminal. Black goes to the positive terminal via the circuit breaker included with the 5506 kit. The blue wire will need to connect to the back of the 7-Way in the 7 oclock position if looking...
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  • Brake Controller Recommendation for 2006 Dodge Ram Towing TrailsWest Gooseneck Trailer
  • A brake controller isn't a vehicle specific item, so you can use just about any brake controller you wish. There are two types of controllers, time delayed or proportional. A time delayed controller will always send the same amount of voltage to the trailer brakes (depending on how the controller's been set) whether you're tapping on the pedal or braking very hard. A proportional controller can sense how quickly the tow vehicle is stopping, and will send the proper amount of voltage to...
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  • Wiring Needed for Brake Controller on 2015 Ford Explorer
  • Sounds like you need a 7-way connection. I recommend # ETBC7 as it includes everything you need to install an electric trailer brake controller and 7-way connector. If you happen to need a brake controller I recommend the Prodigy P2 # 90885. It is extremely easy to install and operate. Since your 2015 Ford Explorer does not have a factory tow package you can use the included wiring harness as a hardwire installation. I have included a few installation videos, FAQ's and instructions...
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  • Replacing Current Brake Controller with Tekonsha Prodigy P3 # 90195 on 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee
  • I spoke with my technical contact at Tekonsha and with a little research we found that the brake controller that is currently in your 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee is actually an aftermarket controller manufactured by Curt but branded Mopar. When it comes to replacing this brake controller with the Tekonsha Prodigy P3 Trailer Brake Controller, # 90195, we recommend using the Tekonsha Plug-In Wiring Adapter, # 3045-P, to ensure compatibility. As for mounting the P3 in your Cherokee, there...
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  • Will P3 Trailer Brake Controller Fit 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe
  • I spoke with my contact at Tekonsha and he said that the P3 brake controller # 90195 is a fit for your 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe. For connecting a Tekonsha P3 Brake Controlller to the port underneath the dash of your 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe you will want a Tekonsha Plug-In Wiring Adapter for Electric Brake Controllers # 3016. I attached an installation video for this product on a similar vehicle as yours for you to check out also. I also attached an FAQ on installing brake controllers.
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  • Recommended way to Setup a Tekonsha Prodigy RF Brake Controller on a 2010 Freightliner Tractor
  • Your best bet would be to wire a RV blade-style 7-way vehicle end connector on your 2010 Freightliner tractor, using a tail light converter # 119178 and a 7-way RV blade-style socket # PK12707. The 7-way you have now should have separate circuits for the brake lights and turn signals. The RV industry uses combined circuits which is why the converter is needed. On the converter input wires, red is for brake lights, brown is for running lights, white is ground, yellow is left turn signal...
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  • Parts Needed to Add Brake Controller to 2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon with Factory 4 Way
  • Looks like you've got this all figured out. The Universal Installation Kit, # ETBC7, that you mentioned does include the wiring and accessories required to install a trailer brake controller in your 2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited which is already equipped with a 4 way. As for the brake controller, yes, the Tekonsha PowerTrac Electronic Brake Controller, # 39523, will work for you. This easy-to-use brake controller activates your trailer brakes electronically when you engage the brakes...
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  • Brake Controller Recommendation for a 1999 Ford F-250
  • Aftermarket brake controllers like our best selling P2 Brake Controller part # 90885 only have 4 wires. Some vehicle have a fifth wire in the brake controller wiring that won't be needed to complete the installation. For your 1999 Ford F250 all you would need to install the P2 would be the correct harness, part # 3035-P. For more information on this check out the install video and help article I attached.
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  • Troubleshooting a Brake Controller that Has Voltage on Output Circuit all the Time
  • If the brake output circuit (blue wire) has 12 volts on it all the time that means that most likely the controller also has 12 volts on the red wire (stoplight switch) as well. If not, then that means the controller is damaged internally and needs to be replaced. If the red wire has 12 volts all the time it is connected to the wrong circuit on your vehicle. You want to use a circuit that only sees 12 volts when the brakes are applied and none when released. You may need a circuit tester...
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  • Hopkins Trailer Brake Controller Wiring Harness for a 2014 Toyota Tundra
  • Yes, there is a Hopkins brake controller wiring harness that you can use with your 2014 Toyota Tundra and Hopkins InSIGHT brake controller # HM47297. You will need wiring harness # HM47815. I have linked a video review of this harness for you.
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