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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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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 800-298-1624 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

  • Brake Actuator
  • Brake Controller Adapter
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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 2005-2006 Yes
2007-2008 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

Item # HBA-CAM






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   (73 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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Fast delivery, installation instructions were easy to follow, nice wiring diagram. I would recommend and have found eTrailer easy to work with.


Comments
Still working perfectly.
Ed - 09/05/2020


- HBA-CAM
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I have a 2017 GMC Dually that has integrated trailer brakes so I added this to my 2011 DRV and it worked great, its been a year and I forgot I even had it. Set my integrated break controller to 9 and I don't have issues even going down passes. This is cheaper than a good external brake controller and no box at your knees.



- HBA-CAM
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Never used it. Come to find out newer trucks don’t need it. But everything I have bought from etrailer has been great.



- HBA-CAM
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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.



- HBA-CAM
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Works like a charm. We installed Tusons ABS break system on our trailer and we weren't quite able to get the performance that we hoping for until we installed this part. Although it is meant for Fords and Chevy, Tuson recommended it and it works great with our 2500 Ram 2018.



- 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.



- HBA-CAM
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Worked perfectly on my 2015 GMC Sierra.



- HBA-CAM
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It worked! We bought a new trailer but the electric over hydraulic brakes weren’t working. We installed the HydraStar Adapter and immediately had brakes. THANK YOU!



- 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.


Comments
Been a year now, no glitches and is so transparent dont even think or worry about it
Albert - 04/06/2020



- HBA-CAM
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Good product, used on Keystone fifth wh eel.



- HBA-CAM
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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!!!


Comments
Bought a new Dodge and it still works great!
John - 06/25/2019



- 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


Comments
No problems after a year. I also bought a new Ford F-350. While the adapter is for Chevys, it works fine with the Ford as well
Richard - 08/04/2019



- HBA-CAM
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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.!


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



- HBA-CAM
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I had to have this unit with my hydraulic over electric brake system on a 2016 red rhino hydraulic tilt trailer. I have a 2020 GMC dually and the trailer kept tripping the computer saying check trailer brake system. Solved the problem and now I can use my trailer. Thank you Jenny for all your hard work solving this problem.



- 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


Comments
Perfect
Jesse R - 09/03/2018



- HBA-CAM
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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.



- 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.


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

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

-- Etrailer Expert Patrick B - 5/3/2013


- HBA-CAM
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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.


Comments
Not using it, it didnt help with the RAM2012 brake controller, had to go with after market controller.
Buck - 09/21/2017



- 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!!!



- HBA-CAM
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Although most modern trucks may control Hydrastar compressor just fine, mine Chevy Silverado 1500 (2015) couldn't without this adapter. Installed in minutes follow clear instructions, did the miracle and I forgot about it since ...



- HBA-CAM
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I have taken a trip from Mich to the black hills and back. Put around 3000 mi. On the fifth wheel since I converted it to hydraulic brakes. The hydrastar actuator worked great as well as th he kodiak brakes. I wish I would have converted it long before now. Hydrastar and Kodiak is the only way to go



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


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

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

-- Etrailer Expert Patrick B - 9/17/2013


- HBA-CAM
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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!



- 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.



- HBA-CAM
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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.


Comments
Perfect operation. Best investment Ive made for my trailer
Scott - 06/21/2020

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