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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

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




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Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2009 Cadillac Escalade

Today on our 2009 Cadillac Escalade, we're going to take a look at and show you how to install the Tekonsha Prodigy P3, proportional trailer break controller for 1, up to 4 axles. Part number on it is 90195. Now the P3's proportional setup is really going to help us out in many different situations, whether it's an emergency braking situation where we really need maximum force immediately. The P3 picks up on that and it's going to send that power back to our trailer, right up to whatever level we have it set at. If we're just in stop and go traffic, and we're just lightly applying the brakes here and then, it's also going to sense that so we don't have to worry about the wheels on our trailer lighting up or dragging our truck down a lot when we just want a little bit of braking power to be applied. Now you can see here on the bottom, we've got a manual override lever. This is going to allow us to manually apply our trailer brakes in the events that we need to. Nice thing about is no matter where we've got our output set, when we reach down in the panic situation it's only going to go up to that number for us.


Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2011 Ford F-150

Today on our 2011 Ford F150 we're going to review and install the Tekonsha Voyager Break Controller, part number 39510. We'll install this in conjunction with the Tekonsha direct fit wiring harness, part number 22292. Now here's what are break controller will look like once it's installed. Here on the drivers side is the hand dial that will need to be rotated so the mark and slot are straight up and down setting the level portion of the potentiometer inside the break controller. The dial on the passenger side will allow us to adjust the gain or maximum output going to the trailer breaking. When our trailers plugged in the light here at the top will go green to indicate that we have our connection. When it's disconnected the light will out indicating no trailer connection.


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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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  • Installing Brake Controller in 2014 Chevy Silverado
  • 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 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.
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Comparing and Contrasting the P3 and Prodigy Brake Controllers
  • Both of these brake controllers are made by Tekonsha and are high rated and popular models. The main difference between the two is that the P3 can be used with both electric brakes and electric over hydraulic brakes and can toggle between the two systems as needed. It also has an LCD display and is supposed to be able to troubleshoot problems in the system. Basically, if you want more features, pick the P3. The main selling point for the Prodigy P2 is that it does not require manual...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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.
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  • What is the Difference Between Prodigy P2 and P3 Brake Controllers
  • The biggest differences between the Prodigy P2 brake controller, # 90885, and the P3 brake controller, # 90195, are the display, buttons and look of the controllers. I like the buttons and display on the P3 controller myself because the display uses actual words for setup and troubleshooting rather than the display codes that the P2 uses. This makes it easier for me to know that I am adjusting the correct function or see the trouble shooting codes without referring back to the installation...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Comparison Between the Tekonsha P2 # 90885 and Primus IQ # TK90160 Electronic Brake Controllers
  • The Prodigy P2 brake controller # 90885 and the Primus IQ # TK90160 share some basic features, but there are many differences. The most obvious ones are the displays and appearances of the units, which are connected to the usability of the brake controllers while towing. The P2 has a brighter, light-colored LED display that is easier to read than the red LED display on the Primus, and the P2 also features a rotary lever for the manual braking feature, while the Primus uses an older style...
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  • Tekonsha Prodigy Trailer Brake Controller Showing OL, PL and SH Error Codes
  • First, lets start by resetting the Prodigy. With the trailer disconnected from the vehicle, disconnect the brake controller by unplugging the harness from the rear of the unit, and plug it back in. The display will show NC for 15 seconds, and then show two dots. The OL error code indicates that the Prodigy is drawing too much current. This is usually caused by a short on the brake output wire on the trailer or low resistance to ground on the brake wire. Look for any pinch points, or...
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