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Dexter Predator DX2 Trailer Brake Controller - 1 to 2 Axles - Proportional

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  • Proportional Controller
  • Dexter Axle
  • Electric
  • 2 - 4 Brakes
  • Manual Leveling
  • External Box
  • Digital Display
  • 125 Degrees
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2008 Chevrolet Express Van - Dexter Predator DX2 Trailer Brake Controller - 1 to 2 Axles - Proportional

Brake controller activates trailer brakes in proportion to deceleration. Large digital LED screen clearly displays settings. Gain wheel provides preset levels of braking. Automatically levels when mounted within a 125-degree range.


Features:

  • Brake controller activates your trailer brakes in proportion to your Chevrolet Express Van's braking action
    • Automatically adjusts trailer's braking based on deceleration of tow Chevrolet Express Van
    • Activates immediately - no pausing like with time-delayed brake controllers
  • Adjustable gain setting lets you determine the power output sent to the trailer's brakes
    • Set to higher output when towing in hilly terrain or with a fully loaded trailer
    • Back off power when towing a lightweight or empty trailer
  • Deceleration sensor lever lets you adjust braking aggressiveness
  • Large digital LED display indicates controller settings and monitors voltage output
  • Slide-bar lever allows for manual application of brakes
  • Built-in safeguards protect your Chevrolet Express Van and trailer
    • Manual override illuminates brake lights on tow Chevrolet Express Van and trailer
    • Current limiter protects Chevrolet Express Van from shorts in the trailer wiring
    • Hazard flasher immunity prevents pulsing of the brakes when flashers are activated
  • Quick and easy mounting with included bracket and hardware
    • Controller must be level or within mounting range
    • Pigtail harness hardwires into your Chevrolet Express Van
  • Made in the USA


Specs:

  • Application: single- and tandem-axle trailers
    • Designed for use with electric brakes only
  • Mounting angle: -35 degrees to 90 degrees in the vertical plane
  • Dimensions: 3" wide x 6-1/2" long x 1-5/8" tall
  • 7-Year limited warranty


Proportional Braking

With a proportional brake controller, you can get heavy-duty emergency braking, general braking, or slow-to-an-idle braking for your trailer automatically. The intensity with which your trailer brakes are activated and the rate at which they are applied are dependent on the deceleration of your tow Chevrolet Express Van. This means that, unlike time-delay controllers - which send the same amount of preset power to your trailer brakes every time - proportional controllers are able to adapt to every braking situation differently


So, if you slam on the brakes in your truck, your trailer brakes will activate with that same extreme intensity. And if you merely slow down as you approach a red light, your trailer will gradually brake in that same manner


As long as the Dexter Predator DX2 controller is properly mounted, it will sense - via an internal sensor - how your tow Chevrolet Express Van brakes. The sensor responds to the deceleration of your tow Chevrolet Express Van as you brake by signaling the controller to send out enough power to your trailer brakes so that they are activated with an intensity that matches. The result is uniform braking across your towing setup. No push-pull action - just smooth, proportional braking every time


Power Output Control

Dexter Predator DX2 Power Gain Wheel

The power output control on this brake controller lets you set the maximum amount of power that will be applied to your trailer's brakes. Typically, the power output is only readjusted if you switch from a heavy, loaded trailer to a much lighter, empty trailer - or vice versa.


During the initial setup process, you can use the thumbwheel to adjust the power output. To get more power to your brakes, increase the power level. To decrease the power output, lower the power level.


Sensitivity Adjustment with Deceleration Sensor Lever

Dexter Predator DX2 Deceleration Sensor Level

Once you have the overall power set, you can fine-tune the power output by adjusting the sensitivity of the internal sensor. Use the lever to achieve your desired degree of intensity. Move the lever toward you to delay the power output, creating braking sensitivity that is ideal for lightweight setups. If you are towing a heavy load, you may want to have the trailer brake more aggressively to prevent it from pushing your tow Chevrolet Express Van. To get a stronger stopping action, move the lever so that it points away from you.


Large Digital LED Display

The unit also features a large digital LED display, which shows the controller's power settings. It also shows the voltage, allowing you to easily identify that the trailer brakes are receiving power.


Slide-Bar Manual Override

Dexter Predator DX2 Manual Override

This unit comes with a manual override lever on the front that lets you activate the trailer brakes without needing to activate your Chevrolet Express Van's brakes. When you use the manual override, the amount of power sent back to the trailer brakes will be the maximum amount of power, regardless of the preset power level you selected during setup. This ensures that you will always get the most effective braking in an emergency situation. In addition to being a necessary safety feature, this option also helps to control trailer sway by slowing the trailer to put it back solidly behind the tow Chevrolet Express Van.


You can also engage the manual override to help you move a sliding 5th-wheel hitch closer to your truck's tailgate for tight maneuvering during slow speed turns. Just apply the manual override to hold the trailer in place while slowly moving the tow Chevrolet Express Van forward.


Quick, Simple Installation

Because the controller operates with an internal inertia sensor, it must be mounted between -35 degrees and 90 degrees in the vertical plane. During initial installation, the deceleration sensor lever must be positioned straight up and down. The device must also be mounted on a level horizontal (side-to-side) plane and must be lined up with the direction of travel for the internal sensor to function properly.


This brake controller is designed to be hardwired into your Chevrolet Express Van.


Installation Accessories

See etrailer.com's exclusive 7- and 4-way brake-control installation kit (ETBC7 - sold separately) if you don't already have a 7-way plug at the back of your Chevrolet Express Van


Note: One of the following will be required to ensure proper installation:

  • 20-Amp circuit breaker (9506P - sold separately) for 2- to 4-brake applications
  • 30-Amp circuit breaker (38630 - sold separately) for 6- to 8-brake applications


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Video Transcript for Dexter Brake Controller 58-8 Review

Today we're going to be taking a look at part number 58-8. This is the Dexter Axle Predator Electric Brake Controller. It's going to come with your mounting bracket and a mounting hardware as well as some detailed installation instructions. This is inertia activated, so the trailer brakes will apply in direct proportion to the total vehicle braking effort. The unit itself is going to control the power output to the brakes of the trailer and it's going to be able to control the braking response from the tow vehicle to the trailer as well. It's also going to help when it comes to setting the controls.

It's going to allow for manual application of brakes with the manual override lever here at the front. This unit is made for up to two-axle trailer brake systems which would be a total of four brakes. It's going to feature a large digital LED display. It's going to display the voltage output and it's going to make leveling quick and easy. The controller display will increase numerically during a stop or when the brakes are applied or more pressure is applied on the brake pedal. Then it's going to decrease or return to the minimum reading when deceleration is no longer detected.

When the tow vehicle brake pedal is completely released, the display will go off, kind of just as it's shown here. You won't be able to read anything on the display when the brake pedal's released. Again, the mounting bracket and hardware is included. This features a versatile mounting range of minus 35 degrees to positive 90 degrees to accommodate a wide variety of vehicle interiors. When it comes to the dimensions of the actual brake controller, it's going to give us an overall width of about 3 inches, an overall length of about 6-1/2 inches, and an overall height of 1-5/8. On this side, you're going to notice this little lever arm here.

This is the deceleration sensor level arm. When the tow vehicle decelerates, the sensor is going to send an electrical signal for the controller to increase amperage to the trailer brakes. This arm is simply going to allow you to set the level of intensity of that signal. Here at the front you're going to have the power adjustment wheel. This is used to adjust the amount of current or power that is sent to the trailer brakes from the tow vehicle. Then, you also have the manual slide lever.

This is used to apply the trailer brakes independently of the tow vehicle brakes, or to override the automatic trailer brakes. Here at the back it's going to expose four wires. Your white wire's going to be your ground. Your blue wire is for the trailer brakes. The red is for the stoplight wire that connects to the non-powered wire of the stoplight switch, or tow package harness. Then your black wire is going to be your power wire. Real quick, I just want to go ahead and connect this to our external power supply. That way you can see the LED display. You can get a good understanding of how bright that is and how easy it'll be to see. So you can see there the reading. That's when we apply our brakes. Then, again, as you press down the brake pedal that number will increase and then as you decelerate the number will go back down to the setting or the minimum reading. Then, when we do the manual override the display's going to come on as well and then when we fully release it, it'll go back to not reading anything. That's going to do it for today's review of part number 58-8. This is the Dexter Axle Predator Electric Brake Controller. .


Customer Reviews

Dexter Predator DX2 Trailer Brake Controller - 1 to 2 Axles - Proportional - 58-8

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (10 Customer Reviews)

Brake controller activates trailer brakes in proportion to deceleration. Large digital LED screen clearly displays settings. Gain wheel provides preset levels of braking. Automatically levels when mounted within a 125-degree range.

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I am very satisfied with the Dexter Axle Predator Electric Brake controller. I purchased the Dexter brake controller to be compatible with Dexter car trailer axles on a 16 foot car hauler. The braking unit is very useful when towing in very steep and winding mountain terrain. I feel that the braking is a necessary safety item when towing in a hilly or mountainous environment and the Dexter Predator brake controller provides the great control and driver peace of mind knowing that a heavy load can be managed. The unit installs very easily with the proper adapter. 292121



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My brake controller was a great match for my needs. I have a 4 brake trailer which gets the proper control from my Dexter unit. From empty weight to heavy load the adjustment is just a slight roll of the knob. I like the digital read out so I can glance down to check system operations. It does great f or me and fit right in to the factory wire set up in my truck 430590



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The parts I ordered were shipped and now are installed on a enclosed trailer that carries a variety of motorcycles. The roads are mountainous and treacherous here so I have to be able to 100% depend on my trailer brakes. The brakes have been flawless, giving me total confidence. Perfect parts, great price. Customer service was a 10. Thanks for all your help ! 410276



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Just finish installing the brake controller so I have not seen it in operation. Everything that was needed for installation was contained in the package. Due to limited access due to the chosen mounting location getting two of the side screws started took some effort. 199608



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Easy to install and adjust, seems to work well with my Pathfinder. The butt connectors that were included were not the correct size but i wouldn't have used them anyway. 448846



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This is a great product, installation was easy, instructions accurate and product works as advertised. I would do this all over again if needed. 349055



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Great service from etrailer. I have never had a problem with any products I have bought. Excellent company. 165785



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good quality product, instructions are easy to follow. 199343



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Product arrived earlier than expected. 233178



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Quality product at a good price. 171365


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