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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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Draw-Tite Brake Controller 5520 Review

Today we're going to be taking a look at part number 5520. This is the Draw-Tite Activator III Time Delayed Trailer Brake Controller. This brake controller is going to activate your trailer brakes with a preset intensity. The signal is then going to be sent to the trailer brakes when your tow vehicles brakes are activated. It's got a really nice design to it. Silver finish around the housing, then it's got the black here in the middle, so silver and black two-tone. It looks really good.


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Brake Controller Questions and Answers

  • 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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  • Tekonsha Prodigy P2 Brake Controller # 90885 Installation on 2012 BMW X5 With OEM Wiring Harness
  • Your 2012 BMW X5 does not have a port under the dash to allow use of quick-connect brake controller wiring adapters that are offered for many domestic trucks and SUVs. Some of the older model years of the X5 could be hardwired with a brake controller because those vehicles had accessible wiring (behind the right kick panel) that carried the required brake light signal. (That brake light wire provided the required triggering signal to activate the brake controller output.) According...
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  • How Does a Tekonsha Voyager Brake Controller Work When Towing Trailer
  • Brake controllers are designed to apply the brakes of a trailer in a smooth way that allows the towing vehicle and trailer to stop as efficiently as possible while minimizing wear on the braking components on the trailer and truck. A proportional brake controller like the Tekonsha Voyager that you referenced is designed to sense the amount of braking the tow vehicle is applying via it's inertia sensor and apply the proper amount of braking power on the trailer brakes. For more info on...
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  • Voyager Trailer Brake Controller Does Not Show Green Light with Trailer Connected
  • You have done some thorough testing which makes my job easier! I do not think it is the trailer brake magnets but rather the controller. To make sure what you can do is sever the blue wire about 6 inches from the back of the controller. Then use your tester to test the end of the blue wire coming out of the controller while applying the manual override. If it does not show power or if it shows power all the time (with or without the manual override on) then the controller will need to be...
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  • Parts Needed to Install Brake Controller in a 2002 Ford Explorer with 4-Way Connector
  • We have exactly what you need to convert the 4-way on your 2002 Ford Explorer to a 7-way and install a brake controller. For that you will want the Brake Controller Install Kit and 7-Way Adapter part # ETBC7. This comes with everything needed. I attached installation instructions and an install video for this product as well. 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...
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  • Brand New Gooseneck Horse Trailer Jerks While Towing with Ford F-250 Super Duty
  • It sounds like 1 of 3 things. First, you might be experiencing some sway type of issue caused by wind or wind resistance, sort of like turbulence in an airplane. One thing that can help with that somewhat (though it probably won't completely eliminate it) is to use a cushioned gooseneck coupler such as # CG. The cushioning will absorb some of that movement. Another possibility is that something is misaligned on the trailer. But given that it is new this seems unlikely. You could have...
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  • How to Bypass Factory Integrated Brake Controller on 2015 Chevy Silverado 2500
  • Installing the P3 brake controller # 90195 on your 2015 Chevy Silverado 2500 with factory integrated controller will actually be very simple. What you will do is use harness # 3016 which plugs into a port on the truck already. But you will need to remove the blue wire from the end that plugs into the truck. You will then take a length of wire, # 10-1-1, and connect it to the blue wire you removed from the connector. Route the blue wire through the firewall, under the truck, and...
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  • Brake Controller Recommendation For 2010 Chevrolet Silverado Z71
  • For your 2010 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 I recommend the Tekonsha Prodigy P2, part # 90885. This is one of our most popular brake controllers because it is so easy to install and operate. This controller comes with detailed instructions for setting up and operation. It works with trailers that have electric or electric-over-hydraulic brakes on 1 to 4 axles. This is a proportional brake controller which means it will activate the trailer brakes in proportion to the brakes on your Silverado....
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  • Weak Trailer Brakes Using Factory Brake Controller in a 2014 Ram 3500
  • Since your trailer brakes work fine with other trucks, the issue seems to be on your 2014 Ram 3500. Factory integrated brake controllers do not work as well as the aftermarket controllers. If the proper voltage is getting back to your trailer connector, The only solutions are to adjust the trailer brakes more aggressively or replace the factory controller with an aftermarket one. The usual testing procedure is to sever the brake output wire several inches from the back of the controller...
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  • How to Wire in a Brake Controller in a 2003 Holiday Rambler Neptune RV
  • The red wire used to install a brake controller (the stoplight circuit), will run to the same fuse number 102 on your 2003 Monaco Neptune. You can test this circuit with a circuit tester like part # 3808 to verify that the circuit sees 12 volts when the brakes are applied and none when released. I attached an FAQ on hardwiring brake controllers for you to check out as well. For a brake controller I would recommend the Prodigy P2 Brake Controller part # 90885. This is our best...
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  • Blue Output Wire on Draw-Tite Activator II Trailer Brake Controller # 5500 Always Reads 12 Volts
  • The blue output wire at the back of any brake controller such as your older Activator II should carry a voltage only under two particular conditions. One is when the red input signal wire is getting a brake light signal from your vehicle's brake light switch. The other is when you press the manual override lever. If the unit is passing 12 to 13 volts all the time then you are correct that it has "gone by" and needs to be replaced. I suggest you consider upgrading to a proportional...
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  • Constant Power of Blue Brake Controller Wire and Intermittent Power on White Wire
  • It does sound like your brake controller is bad but there is some testing that you can do to determine if that is the case. First we should go over the functions of the wires. The white wire is the ground. If there is power on this wire then that would indicate a short to ground. The blue wire is output to the trailer brakes. It should only have power when you apply the manual override or step on the brake pedal with the vehicle moving. Red is input from the brake switch that should...
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  • How to Install a Brake Controller in a 2015 Coachman 28QB RV Built on GM Express Van 4500
  • 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. This controller would work well with the amount of axles you have. Next, for a wiring kit to install the brake controller to the 7-way you would want the Wiring Kit for 2 and 4 Brake Electric Brake Controllers # 5505. This will provide the power source and ground for the wiring for the brake controller....
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  • How to Install a Brake Controller in a 1992 Ford F150 and a 2002 Ford F-350
  • Actually the Curt wiring harness that you are referring to, part # C51515 is just a harness that gives the connector 4 blunt cut wires for to use for splicing into a vehicle. The Tekonsha controllers actually include those connectors with their controllers. You should have one in the box that came with your P3 # 90195. To install the controller in your 1992 Ford F-150 you will need to hardwire the controller in. If you do not have a factory trailer wiring you will need to start with...
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  • Trailer Bumps 2012 GMC Sierra 1500 When Coming to a Stop
  • You didn't mention the type of trailer you have but I can cover the basics for different types. If you have a 5th wheel trailer then what you are experiencing is called chucking and it is normal for a 5th wheel trailer. It is caused by a slight gap between the trailer king pin and the hitch jaws when the trailer is coupled. To help with that issue you can replace the pin box on the trailer with an air ride pin box. I would need to know the manufacturer and model of the pin box to determine...
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  • Brake Controller Pulses Trailer Brakes with 1993 Chevy Suburban Emergency Flashers On
  • It sounds like you have the brake controller red wire attached to the wrong wire on your 1993 Suburban. The red wire is the one that carries the signal telling the brake controller when you step on the brake pedal. There is more than one wire under the dash that will have power when you step on the brake pedal. What you will need to do is use a circuit tester such as # 3808 and probe the brake switch wires. You need the one that only has power when you step on the brake pedal. If it...
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  • Installing Brake Controller And Wiring Adapter On 2014 Jeep Wrangler Trail Hawk
  • For your 2014 Jeep Cherokee Trail Hawk, the brake controller installation is really quite simple. You need to locate the connector under the dash on the left side of the steering column. You then plug the gray colored end of the harness, part # 3014-P into that connector. Route the harness to the location you want to install the brake controller, part # 5504. Next, you will install the brake controller in a location you can easily reach. After you have the controller secured you simply...
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