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HydraStar Electric Over Hydraulic Actuator Adapter Module for Ford and Chevy Brake Controllers

HydraStar Electric Over Hydraulic Actuator Adapter Module for Ford and Chevy Brake Controllers

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  • Brake Actuator
  • Brake Controller Adapter
  • Hydrastar
Use your Gen 6 or later HydraStar electric-over-hydraulic brake actuator with your factory Ford (model years 2007 - 2008) or Chevy (model years 2007 - current) electric trailer brake controller by installing this adapter. Call 800-298-8924 to order Hydrastar accessories and parts part number HBA-CAM or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Hydrastar products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for HydraStar Electric Over Hydraulic Actuator Adapter Module for Ford and Chevy Brake Controllers. Accessories and Parts reviews from real customers.


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Hydrastar Accessories and Parts - HBA-CAM

Use your Gen 6 or later HydraStar electric-over-hydraulic brake actuator with your factory Ford (model years 2007 - 2008) or Chevy (model years 2007 - current) electric trailer brake controller by installing this adapter.


Features:

  • Lets you use your HydraStar electric-over-hydraulic actuator with a Ford (2007 - 2008) or Chevy (2007 - current) integral, in-cab brake controller
    • Works with Gen 6 and newer HydraStar systems
      • Models HBA-10 with serial number 313800 or higher
      • Models HBA-12 with serial number 705700 or higher
      • Models HBA16 with serial number 506100 or higher
      • Models MHBA-10, MHBA-12, and MHBA-16
      • Models HBA-10V, HBA-12V, and HBA-16V
  • Intercepts verification signals to prevent false error codes
  • Stops clicking noise in actuator caused by motor being triggered
    • Helps limit wear and tear on actuator's motor
  • Resists weather and shock with sealed, anodized aluminum case
  • Can be mounted anywhere and splices into your HydraStar actuator's wiring
  • Made in the USA


Specs:

  • Dimensions: 8-1/2" long x 3" wide x 1" tall
  • 2-Year warranty


Brake Controller Compatibility

Not all electric trailer brake controllers will work with the Hydrastar electric-over-hydraulic brake actuator. Some factory brake controllers are only compatible if used with this adapter module. See the following table to determine compatibility with common models of brake controllers.


Manufacturer Vehicle Years/Controller Models Compatible Compatible if Used with HBA-CAM
Vehicles Ford 2005-2017 Yes
2007-2017 No Yes
2009-2017 Yes
Dodge 2010-2017 Yes
GMC/Chevy 2007-2017 No Yes
2018 Yes


HBA-CAM 2 Cargo Towing Solutions (formerly Carlisle) HydraStar Control Adapter Module for Hydra Star Electric-Over-Hydraulic (EOH) Brake Actuators







Video of HydraStar Electric Over Hydraulic Actuator Adapter Module for Ford and Chevy Brake Controllers


Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information.




Video Transcript for HydraStar Electric Over Hydraulic Disc Brake Actuator Installation

Today we'll be having a look at and installing the HydraStar electric over hydraulic actuator for disc brakes, part number HBA16. Here's what our HydraStar trailer brake actuator looks like once it's been installed. As you can see, it's a nice, compact unit that hardly takes up any space at all, sits nicely on our battery tray here that our trailer has. This unit will provide us with 1600 psi of braking pressure to operate our disk brakes. First thing we need to do is find a place to mount our actuator. We have a bracket here that we made mounted on the side of our battery box, so we're going to be using that. We'll secure it with some hardware. We'll use a wrench and a socket and we'll tighten this down just using a bolt and a nylon lock nut to hold it in place. Now we need to start routing our brake lines to the back of the trailer in order to install everything.

We're using the HydraStar hydraulic brake line kit for tandem axle trailers. It's 30' long with a 1/4" main line. It's part number HS496-252. The kit comes with a fitting right here that goes from 3/16" to 1/4" diameter for your metal hard line. If you have the ability, you can screw that fitting directly in the back of your actuator, but because of our confined space that we have to mount our actuator, we're using an additional brake hose, which we have available on our website.

It's 3/16" diameter, so it screws directly in the back of our actuator, has a 90 degree bend, will be able to come down about right here. We'll secure it to the side of our trailer with one of the loom clamps that comes with the kit and a self-tapping screw that comes with it as well. This will give us the ability to run our 1/4" line down and towards the rear of our trailer. We'll just put our self-tapping screw right about here. This will secure our brake hose where we need it. Here's our 1/4" main line.

It's 30' in length. We'll use this to connect to our hose, and we'll run this to the back of our trailer and start making all of our connections. We'll have our main line, screw it into this hose here with the adapter fitting that comes with our kit. Once you have it started by hand a few turns, we'll snug it on down and we'll start to secure our brake line underneath our trailer. We'll hold our fitting in place with a 9/16" wrench and use a 7/16" to tighten the fitting off our 1/4" brake line.

With it snug we can now put a couple more clamps on to hold it in place. Any place our brake line comes around a metal edge like this, I went ahead and wrapped it with some rubber hose we have laying around, just to help protect the line. This will keep it from getting chafed from vibrations going down the road. We're going to start routing our 1/4" line all the way to the back of our trailer. It'll stop towards the driver's side of our first axle. Our 1/4" brake line went down from our brake hose, followed back down. We secured it about every other cross rail in our frame with some loom clamps. We've got some available on our website in case you run out of the ones that come with the kit. Every time that we don't have a loom clamp I put some wire loom over it so in case we we're running down the road your brake line is not going to make enough contact with the frame and chafe a hole in it. We have two of those in a row, another loom clamp, put some more loom where it comes across the propane lines for our trailer, another loom clamp. We went around our waste water tank, some loom clamp over the valves and underneath the rail. Loom clamp there, some more wire loom to protect it, loom clamp here. We ended right in front of our front axle. Have a clamp here. We bundled up the excess here in a couple of loops, secured it to the frame rail with some more of the wire loom clamps. As you can see, I put some loom around it to protect it, so where it wraps around itself they're not going to chafe against each other. Now we'll start attaching all of our brake hoses into our calipers. Tighten those down with a 3/8" wrench. Once we have them tight on all four, we'll start making our connections to our 1/4" brake line. We'll go ahead and do that and we'll show you how we did it once we're done. Once we have those snug, repeat the same process for the other three and we'll make the rest of our connections. Our 1/4" brake line goes into a 3/16" step-down. We have another one of those on our website, it's part number HS641-3307. From that, it goes into our four-way adapter. Here's our four-way adapter, goes over to our left front brake hose here, and one of our short segments of hose back to our rear axle. Then our 6' long segment over here to the other side of our front axle. From here it goes into a three-way fitting with our brake hose for our right front caliper, and then back into another segment that goes back to our rear axle, where it goes into a union and our right rear caliper brake hose. We'll go look at the left rear caliper brake hose now and you can see how it's set up. Just like on the right hand side, from our four-way here though versus our three-way, we have a short segment of brake line, goes back to another union to our left rear brake hose. We've secured everything a long the way with the included loom clamps to make sure it's not going to rattle or chafe any metal. Now we're going to be installing a HydraStar electric over hydraulic actuator adapter module for Ford and Chevy brake controllers, it's part number HBA-CAM. You need to use this if you have a factory brake controller in your Ford or Chevy truck. We found a place to mount our actuator module here. We're just going to put it on the side of our battery box here next to our actual actuator itself, the hydraulic actuator, because the wire will tie together with it. I have it clamped to here right now, just to hold it in place while I secure it with some self-tapping screws. With our module securely mounted, we can move on to our electrical connections now. Our two white wires, the one off this module and the one off the actuator, will be tied together. We'll insert them into a yellow heat shrink butt connector that we have. We have these available on our website. We'll crimp it on down. Make sure that's nice and secure. We'll do the same thing with our blue wires. All of our connections that we're making from our HydraStar units are going to our trailer's junction box right here. The white wires are ground. The black wire here is our positive 12 volt that comes from our tow vehicle and our trailer's breakaway battery. Our blue wire here is our output signal from our tow vehicle's brake controller. This will connect our blue wire . our HydraStar unit. We just tie everything in right here. It makes a real simple and easy connection. We'll take some extra 12 gauge blue wire that we have laying around, again, something that is available for purchase at our website if you need some. We have some of the insulation stripped off. We'll insert it into the end of our butt connector that goes to our blue wires. We'll crimp it on down. We'll do the same for our white wire. Again, we have some extra 12 gauge wire. Strip off the end of our white wire and we'll insert it. Crimp it down. Now we'll take a extended piece of yellow wire and we'll connect it to the other yellow wire. Now we'll extend our black wire. Now we shrink down our heat shrink butt connectors. I'm use a small butane torch and applying indirect heat. Not the flame itself. Now, once we have all of our heat shrink butt connectors shrink down, this clear liquid starts to come out the back of them and the end of it wraps tight around our wire. We know we have a good connection. I'm just going to wrap our butt connectors in some electrical tape here for a little bit extra security. We bundled up our two segments of wire here with some electrical tape, so there's no loose ends hanging. Now we're going to stick some wire loom on it and we'll route it to the front of our junction box and make our connections. Once we have that done, we'll show you how we did it. We just wrapped all of our wiring up in a wiring loom, followed along our battery box tray, secured it to the bulkhead of our trailer, and then brought it up in a loom securing it to the crossbars of our frame, bring it up to where out junction box is right here, where we can make our connections. We'll start by taking off this crimp connector here. We'll reconnect that outside of this box. We'll remove the blue wire that goes to our junction box for our breakaway. Take the blue wire off, this goes to our breakaway switch. Pull out this wire loom here. We'll disconnect these orange wires completely and we'll pull them outside of this grommet. We'll pull our blue wire out from our breakaway here, too. We'll reinstall our grommet back in there. We'll take our blue wire that we brought up here. We'll go through this grommet like so. Same with our white wire and our black wire. We disconnected all of the wiring loom that went from our breakaway battery into our control box up here. These are our two orange wires that we have. We're going to shorten these up a little bit and reconnect them with the heat shrink butt connector. That way we'll have plenty of room to get inside our junction box. The blue wire that comes off of our preexisting breakaway switches are cold side of the breakaway switch. We need to connect that. This is the wire removed from the junction box to our yellow wire. We'll cut off our excess wire and we'll strip them both back. We'll install them into a yellow butt connector. Now we'll measure out how much blue wire we're going to need to connect to the blue wire that goes to the connector that connects to our towing vehicle. Strip off some insulation and we'll install a ring terminal, just a yellow ring terminal for 10 to 12 gauge wire. We have these available for purchase on our website if you need some. Crimp that on down. We'll reinstall it over the stud here. Reinstall the nut. We'll tighten it on down. We'll do the same for our black wire now. This will go to the black terminal right here. Strip that back. This will supply power to our actuator. Reinstall our nut and we'll tighten the nut on down. Now we'll measure off how much we need for our white wire, which is our ground wire. Place another one of those ring terminals on. Remove the nut from our white terminal here for our ground. Place that on. Install the nut. With our electrical connections made, we'll heat shrink the butt connectors that we added. We're just going to wrap our butt connectors up with electrical tape here, just for an extra layer of security because this is a somewhat exposed part of our trailer. With all of our electrical connections made, we can now fill up our reservoir with brake fluid. Unscrew the cap. Make sure we're using a fresh, sealed container of brake fluid. We'll fill it up . that's full. Throw the cap back on. Make sure the cap is closed, which it is. Now that we have all of our connections made and our reservoir filled with fluid, we'll take our bleeder cap off here on our actuator. We'll install our clear hose over our bleeder screw here and we'll have this going down into a bucket to catch our fluid. We can actuate our brakes a couple of different ways. We can have someone activate our brake controller inside of our truck or we can pull our breakaway switch, so we'll do that. We'll open up our bleeder and make sure that we have clean fluid coming out with no air bubbles. We'll close our bleeder screw once we make sure we have no air bubbles coming out. Take our hose off here. We'll make sure our brake fluid is still full and place our cap on our bleeder screw. Then we'll begin the process of bleeding our brakes, starting at the one furthest away from the actuator. Now we'll take our 7/16" wrench, we're on the right rear brake caliper. Let's take on the bleeder screw. You may note that there's two different sections of our bleeder screw. There's a larger 7/16" and a smaller 5/16". We'll be working with the 5/16" here today. Place our wrench on it, have our assistant operate our breakaway switch and we'll open it. You hear the air come out. Close it. Open it again. You can see we've got fluid coming out. We'll shut this once we see we don't see any air bubbles coming out. That should be good. We'll go ahead and shut that. We'll move onto the next furthest away wheel from our actuator. No air bubbles. Close it. Now that our two wheels on our passenger side are bled, and these are the ones that are furthest from the actuator, we'll go repeat the same process on the driver's side until we don't see any air bubbles come out of the bleeder screw. Once all four of them are bled, we'll check underneath our trailer at all of our fittings and connections and make sure we don't see any leaks. If we don't see any leaks, we're good to go. Throw the wheels back on and we can go take it for a spin and see how the brakes work. I just want to point out though, you may notice that there are two bleeder screws on you caliper, so when you're bleeding your breaks, make sure you bleed from the top brake bleeder on all four of your calipers. If you use from the bottom, you won't get all of the air out of the system. That completes our look at and our installation of the HydraStar electric over hydraulic actuator for disc brakes, part number HBA16.


Customer Reviews

HydraStar Electric Over Hydraulic Actuator Adapter Module for Ford and Chevy Brake Controllers - HBA-CAM

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (38 Customer Reviews)

Use your Gen 6 or later HydraStar electric-over-hydraulic brake actuator with your factory Ford (model years 2007 - 2008) or Chevy (model years 2007 - current) electric trailer brake controller by installing this adapter.

- HBA-CAM
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HBA-CAM solved my no brakes issue. Easy to install, still working great. I highly recommend it and ETRAILER. 566542



- HBA-CAM
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Great easy to install 376821



- HBA-CAM
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Worked great and etrailer was excellent to deal with. This part was required when using Hydrastar electric/hydraulic trailer brakes with a Chevy PU. Very simple installation which I did in a parking lot when my new boat came off the barge 549801



- HBA-CAM
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Just like advertised. Quick connection of 2 wires and GM controller sees the Disc brake actuator. This is in a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD and 2008 DRV Mobile Suites 5th wheel. 324053



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I haven't opened the package yet, but I wanted to comment on the outstanding customer service provided by etrailer. Pat C. assisted me via telephone with some questions that I had about the product and its description. Pat was very knowledgeable about the product and was able to respond to all of my questions. Pat then kept me informed of my order progress from that day to delivery. It was just a great purchasing experience. Thank you Pat C.! 466679


Comments

We installed the CAM into our 2018 Ram 5500 Laramie. Normally we have seen these devices installed in the trailer near the hydraulic brake actuator. We decided that installing it in our truck, we could tow other trailers that had disc brakes too. We just put a small toggle switch inline to be able to add or remove the CAM to the 5500 brake circuit. We just turn the CAM off when we are not hooked up. This arrangement and part works perfectly. The design of the CAM allowed for a very neat and easy installation. Excellent product one year in use.

Steve - 01/12/2019

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This is the missing link the secret to make your truck and trailer work together. I recently purchased a 2006 6 horse trailer with electric over hydraulic brakes. I pull with a 2017 Ram 3500 the day I picked it up from the dealership they went through all the typical check list. Everything worked except for the brakes so after 2 days of dealing with the trailer dealership telling me that there was nothing wrong with the trailer and that it was all my brand new truck I decided to do my own research and thats how I came across this necessary missing link. Wired in very easy install now the brakes work great. 566663



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Electric over hydraulic brakes on my Eby cattle trailer would not work when hooked to my 2011 3500 Silverado pickup equipped with factory brake controller. I installed the Hydro Star HBA-CAM that I purchased from etrailer. Problem solved. Took 15 min. to install. 464151



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CAM showed up as requested. It is a well made item. The bevel cut on the sides of the unit must have missed a machining process as the edges were left extremely sharp. I called and reported to the issue to the Technical Department. Otherwise, the unit performs great. 660740



- HBA-CAM
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Very good quality and easy to install, a good solution for letting you use your factory brake controller on 2016 Chevy Colorado. 617718



- HBA-CAM
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Your product was exactly what I needed to allow my factory installed trailer braking system on my 2011 Silverado to recognize the Electric over Hydraulic braking system on my 2017 Mobile Suites Aire 40 foot 5th wheel trailer. The selling RV Dealer didn’t know why my trailer brakes wouldn’t work, nor the Chevy dealer when I took it to them to troubleshoot. But y’all did know just what I needed! Easy 2 wire installation, & my brakes finally work! 585010



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We have a cab and chassis 1 ton This part made our hydrastar basically plug and play. Super easy to install! Our truck came with a built in electric brake system and it would not “talk” to the trailer brake system. This prevents having to put a different brake controller in the brand new truck!!! 526392


Comments

Bought a new Dodge and it still works great!

John - 06/25/2019

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- HBA-CAM
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Product is what we needed. 524703



- HBA-CAM
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Works great on my 2013 GMC 2500 HD 518883


Comments

Still working great. It allows me to use any brake controller either factory or aftermarket to pull my trailer.

Dale - 06/07/2019

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- HBA-CAM
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Worked as described 497309



- HBA-CAM
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The integrated brake controller did not recognize the trailer until I installed the Hydrastar adapter. It was a very easy installation and now the built in controller works as it should 428383


Comments

Perfect

Jesse R - 09/03/2018

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- HBA-CAM
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Fixed the problem with the brake controller. Now the trailer brakes work as they should. Not having good working hydraulic disc brakes on a three axle trailer gets exciting. Now they are ok. 421978



- HBA-CAM
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It seems to be working fine. It's one of those things that you never really know if it is working correctly or not. I bought it and installed it because the manual said I needed it for a Chevrolet. 391450



- HBA-CAM
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Works great! My truck now has no problem talking to the hydrastar pump 390945



- HBA-CAM
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Just spend the money and put it on your trailer reguardless of what truck you have!! I have them on 3 trailers and can pull it with my truck, my buddies Dodge, or my other buddies Ford. I personally have a "09" GMC 3500 HD. 385691



- HBA-CAM
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etrailer has been great to work with so far. Still getting my electric over Hydr. system hooked up but very pleased so far with everything. 378564



- HBA-CAM
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They are very friendly and helpful with the problems you have. If you want hamburgers then go to red robins. If you want good service and people who knows brakes systems, Then that would be etrailer. Mark Miller 376145



- HBA-CAM
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I had doubts on how u can just wire this up and get brakes. I had power to manual side on truck. Truck being a 16 2500 silverado duramax. Well wired this up took 10 min wire plug and play and it works great. I have brakes now and it is smooth also. Set mine bout 6 pulling a 4 horse elite 13'short wall living quarter loading down. I recommend any1 havn any brake issues get this. And etrailer is the best place to shop. Dont even waste time lookn round u cant find better prices or better people to talk to. I need a blaylock and a traileraid block ordering that today. Thank u etrailer. 360350



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a must for electric over hyd brakes. can't believe trailer manufacture did not tell us the brakes wont work without this on newer chevy trucks. 355961



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Finally fast service great job 330683



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This is the second one of these I've purchased. The adapter works as advertised, allowing the integrated electric brake controller features on my 2010 Chev 2500 to operate my HydraStar actuator. It's annoying that I actually NEED an adapter, but this unit does solve the problem. The first one I purchased crapped out after 2 years (mounted inside an aluminum toolbox on my trailer), so longevity/quality may be an issue...but the only other choice is to go with an aftermarket under-dash controller, which seems awfully inconvenient by comparison and would force me to give up many of the nice features of the factory controller. 311580



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This product did not work with Ram 2012 bulid in controller but I connected it with my P3 controller. It appears to be working but some it's not needed, others say it will help. Time with tell. 297203


Comments

Not using it, it didnt help with the RAM2012 brake controller, had to go with after market controller.

Buck - 09/21/2017

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- HBA-CAM
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Great delivery time product in great condition AAA+ 274166


Comments

The Hydrastar box for electric over hydraulic systems works great no problems after one year. My trailer is a Load Max 22,000 LB Tandem Dually 28 with electric over hydraulic Disc Brakes.It is a must for the new GM trucks pulling trailers with the electric over hydraulic brake systems.Thanks for the follow up

Tom - 01/06/2018

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Install unit on truck and everything works great 255997



- HBA-CAM
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I received the HBA-CAM very quickly, however when I installed it, it didn't help with the GM Integrated Controller talking to the Hydrastar actuator. I called Cargo Towing, spoke to Wendall, who was very patient in talking me through numerous testing sequences. At the end of the testing, he sent another HBA-CAM without me having to return it to etrailer. His rationale is he stands behind his product and wants customers to be happy. I received the new HBA-CAM and had the same problem, spoke to Wendell again, had me create a test pigtail and completely bypass my trailer wiring and if the Hydrastar didn't work, he was going to send me a new one of these also. Bottom line was the Hydrastar did work with the test pigtail and my issue was a bad ground in the trailer wiring. Wendell stood by is products and more importantly, he went way above what is expected in today climate by providing suburb customer service. I will continue to use their products and purchasing through etrailer...two great customer service companies!!! 242627



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This is a must have module if you have a 2007-2014 GM truck with the factory brake controller. The factory controller can NOT communicate with the Hydrastar brake actuator installed on DRV Mobile Suites. Simply put, you will NOT have trailer brakes without. Easy install. 241370



- HBA-CAM
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The product I received actual worked for my trailer. I would recommend this product to others. 211662



- HBA-CAM
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Talked to Tommy and he advised me to purchase the above item to correct my problem with my truck and trailer. Woks perfectly and easy to install. Thanks 199892



- HBA-CAM
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Seems to do what it needs to do. Installed in a 2015 DRV Mobile Suites with electric over hydraulic. Truck - 2015 3500HD Sierra GMC OEM controller. 189323



- HBA-CAM
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Product was extremely easy to install in a 2015 DRV Mobile Suites with the Hydrastar brake actuator. This allowed our customer to use is OEM brake control on his 2013 Chevy 3500HD with no problems or additional programming. 171088



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I have a 2013 Chevy Silverado 3500 with the integrated controller and a 2014 Mobile Suites trailer. The truck would not recognize the trailer when connected. I installed CAM, took about 30 min. and the problem was solved. This unit allowed me to take advantage of the progressive braking from the ITBC and was recommended by the trailer manufacture. I am very satisfied with this product. Etrailer was very responsive and I received the unit sooner than I expected. Thanks etrailer! 125912



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Easy product to install. Immediately solved problem. Installed to support 2014 GMC Sierra LT, 6.6 Duramax Diesel with built in brake controller. 102807



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Resolved my issue with the GMC factory installed trailer brake controller not recognizing electric over hydraulic brakes. 80134


Comments

This fixed our problems with our 2013 dodge and horse trailer. Acuator was trying to run all the time before we installed it

-- comment by: jeff - 09/11/2013

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Glad this was able to sort it all out. Thanks for sharing the info.

-- Patrick B - 9/17/2013


- HBA-CAM
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Product worked as advertised to provide interface between factory GM brake controller and Hydrastar actuator. Good instructions and easy to install. 30713


Comments

My Carlyle hydraulic system was installed on my 2008 Silverado HD 3500 dually by MOR-RYDE. The brake system would not connect to the truck when the truck was started. We discovered that if we turned the key ON, without starting the truck, that the TRAILER CONNECTED message came on the DIC. Then, the truck could be started and the brakes operational.Recently, we can no longer connect the brake system using the above method and I have no trailer brakes. When the key is turned ON, the HBA-CAM Actuator unit makes a click sound, but does not activate the brake system.

-- comment by: Clyde M - 05/02/2013

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Was the electric over hydraulic system on the trailer a Gen 5 or Gen 6 with the appropriate serial number?

-- Patrick B - 5/3/2013

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  • Dexter EOH Disc Brake Actuator Response Time with GM Factory Brake Controller
  • EOH actuators do differ in their response time. From the moment you press the brake pedal the time needed for the pump in the EOH actuator to build hydraulic pressure and push that through your brake lines, through the T fittings, and to your disc brakes can easily be as much as 2 seconds. Longer trailer brake lines and more axles with brakes both can mean the time can be slightly longer for pressure to reach all of the calipers and for you to feel the trailer slowing down. The Dexter...
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  • Recommendation for Towing Trailer with Electric Over Hydraulic Brakes with Four Chevy Silverados
  • As you mentioned, the integrated brake controllers on your Silverado 3500 trucks will typically not work with electric over hydraulic trailer brakes. The Chevy/GMC factory controllers are simply not compatible with electric over hydraulic brakes and essentially will not even recognize that a trailer connected when equipped with this system. Other than converting to all electric brakes on the trailer, there is nothing you can install or add to the trailer itself to resolve this issue. If...
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  • Recommendations for 2018 GMC Sierra 3500 5th Wheel Setup
  • The GMC integrated brake controller on your 2018 GMC Sierra 3500 may or may not work with your EOH system. Previous model years have required an adapter like the HydraStar # HBA-CAM to function well together. The Pull-Rite Auto slide hitch will work in a standard bed of the GMC truck. You don't need a sliding hitch with an 8 foot bed, but you would with the 6-1/2 foot bed. For either bed size, I recommend the custom bed rails # RP50066-58 for industry standard above bed rails. ...
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  • Will HydraStar Marine Electric Over Hydraulic Actuator Work with a GM Factory Brake Controller
  • HydraStar Marine Electric Over Hydraulic Actuator w/ Breakaway and 7-Way RV Harness - 1,200 psi Item # HS381-9066 will work with the GM factory brake controller if used with adapter # HBA-CAM. If the adapter is not used then you would have to have an aftermarket brake controller.
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  • Parts Recommendation for Converting to Electric/Hydraulic Disc Brakes on 2017 Montana 3160RL
  • Since you have Dexter 7,000 lb axles the Kodiak Disc Brake kit part # K2HR712D is the correct kit. You'd need a kit for each of your axles that you want disc brakes on. This kit is also Dacromet coated which means it will resist corrosion for a very long time. You'll also need bearings part # 25580 and # 14125A as well as the seals part # RG06-070. Then for an actuator kit with brake lines and everything else you'll need I recommend the HydraStar Electric-Hydraulic Actuator w/ Line...
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  • 2016 Chevy Factory Integrated Brake Controller Compatibility With Electric Over Hydraulic Actuators
  • The factory brake controller in your 2016 Chevy 3500 is compatible with all of our Electric Over Hydraulic Actuators when you use the HydraStar Electric Over Hydraulic Actuator Adapter Module for Ford and Chevy Brake Controllers # HBA-CAM. This will work with any of our EOH actuators to ensure a good connection without error messages. My recommendation is to use the HydraStar Electric Over Hydraulic Actuator Kit for Disc Brakes - 1,600 psi # HBA16-252-82 or the Kit for Drum Brakes...
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  • Using the Factory Brake Controller in a 2015 GMC Sierra 3500HD with Electric Over Hydraulic Brakes
  • We may have a part you need but the factory brake controllers in GM vehicles from 2015 like your Sierra 3500 are not compatible with electric over hydraulic brakes as is. Depending on the model of brake actuator that's on the trailer you may be able to install an adapter. We carry parts # HBA-CAM which is for HydraStar actuators and # T4846000 which is for Titan BrakeRite actuators. If your fifth wheel has a different actuator on it then we don't hve an adapter. In that case your...
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  • Adapter for Allowing Ford Integrated Brake Controller to Recognize Electric Over Hydraulic Actuator
  • Most newer truck manufacturers have made their integrated brake controllers compatible with electric over hydraulic actuators like the Hydrastar # HBA16 that you mentioned but we have found that it's not always consistent that they will work without issue. Best solution we have for you would be to use the adapter part # HBA-CAM which is designed for integrated Ford brake controllers like you have. Once installed your truck will recognize that a trailer is connected.
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  • Is Hydrastar Actuator HBA16 Compatible with Integrated Brake Controller of 2017 GMC Sierra 3500
  • The HydraStar part # HBA16 actuator can be compatible with the integrated brake controller of your 2017 Chevy Silverado 2500HD if you use the adapter part # HBA-CAM.
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  • Parts Needed to Change Electric Brakes on a Tandem Axle Trailer to Electric-Over-Hydraulic Disc
  • For a disc brake assembly I recommend going with the Kodiak Disc Brake Assembly # K2HR712DS for 1/2" diameter studs or Kit # K2HRCM1337-9DAC for 9/16" diameter studs. Both of these kits are for 7,000 lb trailer axles. For the inner bearing use part # 25580, outer bearing use part # 02475, and grease seal use part # RG06-070. If you have two 3,500 lb axles on your trailers I recommend the Titan Disc Brake Assembly # T10HREKITBB (2 for each axle) which comes with inner bearing # L68149,...
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  • How to Select EOH Operation on Prodigy P3 Trailer Brake Controller 90195
  • Your Prodigy P3 Trailer Brake Controller # 90195 is directly compatible with your Dexter EOH brake actuator. You do not need the HydraStar EOH Actuator Adapter Module # HBA-CAM for a Dexter actuator (only for their HydraStar models and then only if you are not using a compatible aftermarket controller like the P3). On your P3 you will use main menu screen to select the brake type of operation you need, in your case EOH operation (as opposed to electric brakes). Select and highlight hydraulic...
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  • Replacement 4 Wire HBA-CAM for Older Carlisle Hydraulic Trailer Brake Actuator
  • It sounds like you have an older generation of the Carlisle Hydrastar brake actuatuator. The current # HBA-CAM would only be compatible with 6th generation and newer actuators. It wouldn't be a compatible replacement for your 381-7061. The current 4 wire version is part 381-7063, but we do not offer it. If you were to use an aftermarket brake controller that's compatible with electric over hydraulic braking systems like the Tekonsha Prodigy P2 # 90885, you wouldn't need the # HBA-CAM...
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  • Troubleshooting HydraStar Actuator HBA-10 Not Working with 2012 Ford F-150, Factory Brake Controller
  • I confirmed the compatibility of your 2012 Ford F-150 with integrated controller and the HydraStar EOH Acutator for Drum Brakes # HBA-10 with my technical contact at HydraStar. You will not need the # HBA-CAM or an aftermarket controller to use this system with your truck. You mentioned that you tested the brake controller signal on the truck's connector, but you will want to ensure that a 12V signal is reaching the # HBA-10 when you step on the truck's brake pedal. This can be done...
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  • Does HBA-CAM Adapter Module for Hydrastar Electric Over Hydraulic Brake Actuators have 2 or 4 Wires
  • The old version of the # HBA-CAM used 4 wires, but the product was updated awhile back and now uses only two wires as shown in the photo on the product description page. The blue wire from the HBA-CAM would tap into the white ground wire and the blue wire from the HBA-CAM would tap into the blue brake output wire, as you can see in the photo I've provided. You must be looking at an older version of the installation instructions.
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  • Are Electric Over Hydraulic Trailer Brake Actuators Compatible with Factory Brake Controllers
  • It all depends on which electric over hydraulic actuator you are using. If your truck has an integrated brake controller it might be compatible. But you mentioned having a 2009 2500HD but I do not know if it is a Silverado, Sierra, or Ram. If we are talking factory integrated controllers then GM trucks are not compatible with the HydraStar # HBA16, # HBA-12, or # HBA-10 unless you use adapter # HBA-CAM (which only works with the model HydraStars indicated on its product page). It...
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  • Electric Over Hydraulic Brakes Don't Work w/Brake Pedal on Newer GM Trucks w/OEM Brake Controller
  • Like you said, many factory integrated brake controllers will not work well with electric over hydraulic trailer braking systems. Some of the newer versions of these controllers now have an electric over hydraulic mode. Check to see if any of your trucks have this mode and, if they do, if the braking starts working with the pedal. Otherwise there are a couple of solutions to solve this issue. First, there may be an adapter that will allow the factory controllers to work but it depends...
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  • Is GM OEM Brake Controller Compatible w HydraStar Electric over Hydraulic Brake Actuator # HBA-12
  • Even though our experience tells us that aftermarket controllers are typically more reliable than the OE controllers, if the factory brake controller on your 2007+ GM truck is functional it is not necessary to disable it in order to use a generation 6 or newer HydraStar Electric/Hydraulic trailer brake actuator like the # HBA-12 you mentioned. You would simply need to use the Control Adapter Module, part # HBA-CAM. The adapter module will allow your factory controller to work with the...
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  • Will 2008 Ford F-350 Integrated Brake Controller Work with Electric Over Hydraulic Brakes
  • The integrated brake controller of a 2008 Ford truck is not compatible with electric over hydraulic brakes. Whether or not we have an adapter that would allow it to work really depends on the actuator the trailer has. Not all actuators have adapters available like the # HBA-CAM which is designed to work with Hydrastar actuators. Now if you installed a P2 part # 90885 you would be totally fine regardless of the actuator you have. To install it in your truck would require the install adapter...
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  • Choosing Between the Titan BrakeRite and HydraStar Actuator
  • Both the Titan BrakeRite EHB Electric-Hydraulic Actuator part # T4813100 and the HydraStar Vented Marine Electric Over Hydraulic Actuator part # HS381-8067 will work well for you assuming you have disc brakes on your trailer. The 1,500 and 1,600 lb psi rating should not really be much of a concern as neither system will be applying this pressure in full each time you hit the brakes. In regards to preference, I recommend the HydraStar as it has a longer warranty (2 years) compared to...
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  • Compatibility of Integrated Brake Controller with Carlisle Electric-Hydraulic Actuator # HBA16
  • Compatibility of the factory integrated brake controller in your Dodge 5500 with the Carlisle HydraStar Electric-Hydraulic Actuator for Disc Brakes # HBA16 depends on the model year of the vehicle. If your 5500 is a 2010 or 2011 model year it is not compatible with the HydraStar; you will need to use an aftermarket unit like the reliable and easy-to-use Prodigy P2 # 90885 along with a Dodge-sourced part, converter # 68049133AA. If it is a 2012 or later model year it will be compatible...
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  • Fixing a Dexter Electric Over Hydraulic Brake Actuator that Pulses
  • Adapters like the Titan BrakeRite SD Adatper, part # T4845900, will help keep electric over hydraulic actuator from pulsing. When a truck's integrated brake controller isn't compatible with EOH brakes the verification signal it sends back to the brakes reaches the actuator causing its motor to activate. In time this will cause the motor to wear out. With that being said you have a Dexter actuator and we've never tested the BrakeRite SD adapter on a Dexter. Neither has Titan. We've...
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  • Does Using HydraStar Electric Over Actuator with 2018 Ford F-350 Require HBA-CAM Adapter
  • You shouldn't need to use the adapter # HBA-CAM with your 2018 Ford F-350's integrated brake controller, but it also shouldn't matter that it's left installed when using the # HBA16 with your truck. Basically it would function fine with or without the adapter installed.
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  • Disc Brake Conversion for Trailer with Dexter D70 Axle
  • The linked page displays our 7K-rated disc brake kits. These include kits that have stainless steel components. I also linked a helpful article that covers the whole process of installing disc brakes on a trailer. The article includes a table of all the items needed, including components like brake lines, electric-over-hydraulic (EOH) actuators and breakaway kits. The table includes links to each item to make it easy to choose your preferred components. Stainless disc brake kit #...
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