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Item # C51110
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Electronic controller activates electric trailer brakes with a preset intensity when you apply the brakes in your vehicle. Power output and braking aggressiveness are easily adjustable. Includes LED display and manual override.
The Venturer applies your trailer's brakes when the brake pedal in your tow vehicle is engaged. Every time you apply the brakes in your vehicle, a signal is sent - via the brake switch - to the Venturer. The controller then sends power out to your trailer brakes to activate them with an intensity set by you, at a rate determined by you. Both the amount of braking power (output) and rate of application (sync) can be adjusted to suit your preference, the road conditions, type of trailer, and size of the load. To determine which levels are best for your application, you must test out your towing setup and choose what feels best.
A time-delay controller is so named because there is a delay between the time that you initially apply the brakes in your tow vehicle and the time that the controller reaches maximum power output. Unlike a proportional brake controller, which activates your trailer's brakes based on the deceleration of your tow vehicle, the Venturer sends power out in the same way, with the same gradual delay, no matter the braking situation. Although this delay always exists, it can be adjusted by changing the sync setting.
The above diagram shows the controls and components of the Curt Venturer trailer brake controller.
During the initial setup process, use the slide-bar control on top of the Venturer to adjust the output. The output control lets you set the maximum amount of power that will be applied to your trailer's brakes. Typically, the output is only readjusted when you experience changing road conditions or if you switch over from a heavy, loaded trailer to a much lighter, empty trailer, or vice versa. To get more power to your brakes, slide the switch to the right. To decrease the power output, slide it to the left. The bars on the LED display indicate the output setting from 1 to 8.
To adjust the aggressiveness of your trailer's braking action, use the slide-bar control on the side of the Venturer to change the sync setting. If you want to reach maximum power output faster, move the switch forward. To get smoother braking action, slide the switch backward, thus supplying power to the trailer brakes more gradually. You can alter the sync setting to suit your driving preferences or to improve handling based on changing road conditions or varied trailer loads.
Quick, Simple Installation
Because inertia plays no role in the functioning of this controller, you do not have to mount the unit at any particular angle. As a result, mounting options are limitless, so long as you can still easily access the controller.
Installation of the Venturer requires that you either purchase a custom wiring adapter designed to plug into the controller or that you hardwire the controller directly into your vehicle. To hardwire the Venturer, you must remove the plug at the end of the integrated wiring harness.
For easier installation, a vehicle-specific wiring adapter (sold separately) is available for most newer trucks and SUVs. One end of the custom adapter plugs into your vehicle, and the other end plugs into the controller - no hardwiring required.
Note: If a custom brake control wiring adapter is not available for your vehicle, one of the following will be required:
20-Amp circuit breaker (9506P - sold separately) for 2- to 4-brake applications
30-Amp circuit breaker (38630 - sold separately) for 6-brake applications
See also 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 vehicle.
Video of Curt Venturer Trailer Brake Controller - 1 to 3 Axles - Time Delayed
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Today we're going to review part number C51110. This is the Curt Venturer Trailer Brake Controller. This brake controller is designed for trailers with up to three axles or six brake assemblies. It is designed to be used only with electric trailer brakes. It will not work with electrical over hydraulic. It does have a limited lifetime warranty.
Now this brake controller will activate your trailer brakes with a preset intensity.The signal is sent to the trailer when the tow vehicle brakes are activated. Right here at the top you'll see there is an adjustable slide bar power output control-this will let you determine the amount of braking force. I do have this hooked up to some power so I'll show you when you set this. As you can see there's one bar showing right now so as you turn this and slide it you'll see that the bars increase-it does show one to eight bars; eight would be the maximum.You can set that to the maximum when you travel through a hilly terrain with a fully loaded trail or you can back off the output when you're towing a light weight trailer. On the very side here there's a sync setting which will let you adjust the aggressiveness with which the brakes are activated.
Again you'll see the bar showing and if watch that as I push this back you can see the green light will flash that shows you're setting the sync setting and the bars will increase all the way-would be the eight bars.If you pull it towards yourself it would reduce down to one. If you get full power output faster by moving it forward to increase the activation speed and if you pull it back you'll achieve smoother braking when you move it in the opposite direction; that'll supply power gradually. As you can see it does have the LED display right up here that'll show you brake force output.This controller does have a self-diagnostic function which will monitor the trailer connection and check for shorts. You'll be able to see here if I disconnect the trailer you'll see this red light come on. This LED red light it'll display that shows-it will glow red which means a disconnection of the trailer has occurred.
If you end up hooking it back up you'll see the red light will go off.Up here at the very front you'll see is a built in slide bar manual override and you'll see when you push that-that would be used in emergency braking situations-you'll want to have access to that. When you immediately push that all the way-it'll show you whatever your maximum output is set at and it will go to that maximum right away. This break control is a quick and easy installation. There's no need to mount it level like a proportional brake controller-it can be mounted any wheres 360 degrees but you do want to be able to see the LED display.The mounting bracket, the wiring harness comes with the plug and the hardware for the mounting bracket is included. There's also a nice quick reference guide which will show what the readings would mean in the LED display.
It does come with a limited lifetime warranty and again I just quickly want to show some of the when the brakes are applied-you'll see the output setting will come on and at the very top you'll see as you turn it-you'll turn it down-turn it all the way to the max.Then when the override is pushed it'll go to whatever the max you set it at. On the side here is the sync setting so as you push it towards the front of the vehicle you'll see that it will increase the sync setting and as you pull it back towards you it'll reduce the sync setting. That should do it for the review on part number C51110, the Curt Venturer Trailer Brake Controller.
Average Customer Rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars (262 Customer Reviews)Electronic controller activates electric trailer brakes with a preset intensity when you apply the brakes in your vehicle. Power output and braking aggressiveness are easily adjustable. Includes LED display and manual override.
by: Kory K.03/18/2014
Sorry for the late follow-up. I just wanted to let you know that the brake controller and wiring harness I purchased through eTrailer worked very well with my 2008 Dodge Ram 2500 with the Cummins 6.7L diesel. Pictures are attached for your use, as required. The trailer was an 18-foot enclosed snow machine tailer with a steel chassis. I can't remember the empty weight, but it's substantial. We towed empty and full on dry and snow covered roads from Oklahoma to Colorado and back. Even with th exhaust brake on my truck, I can't imagine towing this load through the hills and mountains without a brake controller. It's been done before, but I would say it's an unnecessary risk given the more than reasonable prices at eTrailer...it was cheap insurance pulling such a heavy rig with my family on board. The controller was definitely not your top-of-the-line model, but the adjustability and controls were more than adequate for somebody who tows occasionally. A professional may desire more proportional controls and adjustability, but not much more. This unit peformed flawlessly. Thank you for your time. Please feel free to contct me if you would like any clarification on my statements or pictures. 121176
by: David M.05/29/2013
When used with part number C51515, easy install, hardest part of install is deciding where to drill into your new vehicle's dash to mount controller, or just ask your wife :). The included test light makes finding the correct "cold" brake wire a breeze. 82283
by: Mike R.07/29/2013
Installed easily and looks nice. Used my own screws/nuts with washers to mount through lower dash unit. Simple connection to factory wiring using Curt custom wiring C51322. 92205
simplistic and it works for my purposes. Small form factor to fit to the left of the driver side dash. 167654
by: Mike G10/04/2015
Great price on a nice brake controller, and super fast delivery. I have used etrailer a number of times, and am always amazed at the prices and delivery. Will use them whenever I need similar products. 229132
by: john s.03/28/2014
seems to work great, just right for my small single axle trailer. 122699
by: Roy N03/14/2015
The controller works as advertised although we've yet to get it perfectly adjusted and won't until we have the SUV and trailer loaded for camping. The video didn't make clear the difference between a time delay controller like this and one that adjusts braking force in response to the tow vehicle's braking force. So I wonder, now that I know, which would really have been better for my situation. This so far tends to lock up my trailer wheels near the end of the brake cycle while seeming too gentle in applying them early on. Better adjustments may help, of course; time will tell. I'd recommend you discuss your planned installation with eTrailer before purchase. 178249
by: charlie B06/10/2015
Excellent web site with great installation videos and application info. Easy ordering with good feedback notifications and prompt delivery. Trailer Brake Controller works very well and as described on your web site. I will do business with you again and recommend you to my auto club. Thank You 202232
Great price and product appears to be good. Brackets are not super strong but do the job. Install was done in a few minutes. 200585
by: Greg L.01/01/2014
Installed very easily. Great price and fast delivery. Like the follow up messages from seller. 111684
by: Joe S.08/03/2015
The first break controller only lasted 2 years, I hope this one will holdup better. 216293
by: donnie h01/30/2014
Work perfect out of the box. Easy to in stall 115251
Works great with the electric brakes on the camper trailer I just bought. Excellent product. 131480
I installed the Curt C51110 along with Plug & Play C51382 into my 2016 Frontier. The installation took me about 2 minutes. I did not drill holes or use the supplied mounting bracket, just Velcro. Works perfectly! 291590
by: Paul P.07/28/2014
This is my first experience with installing and/or using an electric brake controller so I'm by no means an expert. However, the Curt Venturer was easy to order and etrailer.com noted other parts I would need to complete the installation and use the product. It was delivered in a timely manner and was exactly as specified. I had my mechanic do the installation on my 1998 Nissan Pathfinder and it took him a couple of hours because of the age of the vehicle. The controller is easy and intuitive to set up and use and it works well. I will keep etrailer.com on my list of go-to places for my towing needs. 143219
Hooked right up and really works great! 154808
Excellent site! Excellent information and How-To videos! Saved several hundred dollars installing myself. Free shipping was a bit slow, but that's expected. Will definitely recommend! 135036
by: Joe F07/16/2013
Installed and working. Love the low profile design. 89736
by: Robert Tindallun01/31/2014
Small and compact works well. 115319
by: Tommy J.01/31/2014
With this brake controller and wiring harness installation was a snap in my 2014 Ford F150 STX. The unit is so light I used velcro to attach it to the dash rather then drill holes and use screws with the bracket provided. Easy to adjust the brake sync and braking force. Just a great product for the price. 115342
by: Steve T.06/18/2016
Super easy installation on my 99 Dodge Ram. I have only tested this item but I will be using it on a road trip soon. although I believe it will work perfectly. easy installation I recommend purchasing the wiring harness that plugs in under the dash. you can install this in about 10 minutes or less. 262434
by: Mark L11/22/2013
It looks so tiny! Not quite as big as my Droid cell phone. Unit plugged right in to the optional adapter cord for my 2006 Tundra. Sensitivity and synch features were very easy to adjust. Slows my two axle, four brake Aljo trailer without dragging or locking up the wheels. Works great...For the price it is a real bargain. I would recommend this to anyone needing a simple trailer break controller for a lightweight truck/trailer combination. 108178
I purchased a trailer hitch, wiring harness, brake controller and all the additional necessary wiring for my 2008 Kia Sedona. Other than issues I encountered unrelated to the items I purchased, everything installed smoothly and continues to operate as expected after 6 months. I would definitely recommend this site to anyone. In addition, their on point instructional videos made things even easier than I could have hoped. 236938
by: Bill Huffman12/11/2013
Received it quickly. Instructions clear and easy to follow. Installed in about 15 minutes. Used Velcro on top of controller and bottom of dash (beneath air bag panel) to secure instead of the furnished bracket and can easily reach top slide and slide on left side for adjustment. After hooking up to trailer it took about 10 minutes to adjust and a short test ride on the highway to verify adjustment. Great product. 109949
by: Andy W.07/08/2014
Installing was pretty easy. Since my trailer has only 2 wheels I think the 10 gauge wire was a little overkill. I mounted the control box vertically. I tested it with my trailer and had to install an adjustable resister because my brakes are too large (12 x 2) and locked up at 2 bars. Brakes are from a mobile home axle I got years ago. Instructions are very good. My car is a 1980 Plymouth Volare station wagon. 140146
Easy to install and works. However, it is very sensitive to adjustments. The breaks are either barely on, or locking up. This will work for me as it is installed in a spare vehicle and not my main vehicle used for towing. If you are planning to tow on a regular basis, or tow different trailers, invest in a better quality brake controller. For the same trailer a couple times per year, this system will work. 206779
by: Jimmy C08/17/2015
First unit looked like it might have been opened. Was immediately sent another and provided an RMA to return the first one. Got the replacement before I even got a chance to send back the original. Unit installed and worked great, very sensitive though, on my new RAM 1500. Had to turn both controls almost completely down for it to not grab too much. Great price, service, delivery time. Couldn't be better. 219816
by: Josh L.03/10/2014
Brake controller worked great. Hooked up like it was supposed to and is good quality. Made a 1000 mile trip with it and it never missed a beat. DON'T use the super cheap shipping if you're in a hurry. It's 5.5 hour drive from my house to the etrailer warehouse, but they shipped it from one side of MO to the other, then flew it to OH and back to me in IN. Ended up being 1 week from order to delivery. 120011
by: Jim Nisley, CLT NC USA10/31/2016
2016 Nissan Frontier. Ordered equipment to tow a trailer. I had trouble with the web-based ordering. Had to break down and call. Call was smooth. Package shipped next morning and arrived the following evening. Communication throughout the process was timely. All components where included & as described. First time I've used eTrailer, but I will use them again. 315374
by: Brake controller, adapter cable, trailer plug06/10/2016
Order arrived as expected all packed carefully. I had no complications during installation but did use Internet video to understand the process. My unit past all testing and appears to work correctly although I still haven't pulled a trailer to check it out. I am a very satisfied buyer. 5 starts. Great company and product. 260065
by: John G.02/27/2017
Only recently installed, but seams to work well on the test. Had a question on the installation and called the Curt co., and the man there was very helpful with a solution for where to connect the red wire if the cold side of the brake switch is grounded when the pedal is all the way up. Just connect to the 3rd brake light wire. 346410
by: Wade D12/15/2016
Purchased a curt brake controller with the 7 way universal installation kit which came on time and all in one box. Everything was there instruction were very detailed and easy to follow. only took roughly 4 hrs. to install with a couple of beer breaks. Will be getting all my trailer supply through etrailer.com from now on. 326509
by: Jim S.04/01/2014
2013 F250.. This is a very compact unit that fit very nicely right under the instrument panel out of the way so your not hitting it with you leg when a person gets into the truck. As always the shipping is lightning fast and they get all the stuff that I have ordered from them out the same day. Thanks to all at e-trailer 123312
by: Ryan C.12/15/2015
Product installed in 10 minutes and works as described. I highly recommend it and love the service from e-trailer. 233871
it works,i have to readjust it''alot''seems like it doesnt remember the adjustment,though the lights stay consistent when its set,it applies to much brake after awhile,readjust it and works good for a while then same thing again,probably should have spent more for a better product,seems very cheaply made 139447
by: Camper Guy08/12/2014
From the time I received this in the mail and opened it up the smile I my face told the story, most pleased! After installing in less than 10 minutes I have brakes on my travel trailer that stop us as smooth as the water on our first camping trip at Battle Ground Lake in beautiful Washington State! 146277
by: michele edwards03/02/2017
Excellent brake controller, the adapting wiring harness that etrailer recommended for our Toyota Tundra simply snapped in correctly on both ends. Much easyer than the all purpose Harness that came with the truck & very affordable. All is fine thanks to "You Tube" with etrailers demonstration. 347487
by: James V09/10/2013
Trailer brake works great. I installed it in my 2010 Dodge Charger to control the brakes on my pop up camper.Only thing is to tell in the directions that you need to hook to the brake switch wire that is powered with the brake lever with the key off. Could be a disaster in the dash. 99317
by: Lisa M06/18/2016
This product worked perfectly. Using the quick plug harness, it only took about a minute to be connected. Purchasing from etrailer was quick and easy, and shipping was super fast. Using the lowest priced shipping, I ordered my product on Saturday and received it on Thursday. 262362
by: Tom C.03/10/2014
It's simple to understand and work. Very light weight. 120135
by: Keith D.10/05/2013
It took more time to gather a few tools to install than it took to install. Works great and simple install. I watched the install video on a different controller before install because they installed the same way and the videos are always a great help. 102654
by: Andrew D.07/09/2015
Fast shipping and took about 2 minutes with a screw driver to install the mount and plug it in to my factory harness with the adapter I bought from e-trailer. Works great is compact enough to stay out of the way of your leg while operating your vehicle. 210471
by: Jason M09/01/2015
I went with this controller due to small footprint and cheaper price. It does work but you get what you pay for and it feels very cheaply made. I don't have a lot of long term confidence and wish I had gone with a better proportional controller. 223414
by: Jason D.03/03/2017
Very easy to install video was dead on 351303
by: Dan E.11/23/2013
Easy to install especially if you get the adapter cable that plugs directly into the harness under the dash. Haven't pulled my trailer yet using this controller but I did connect the trailer to my truck and it does activate the brakes. 108260
Extremely fast shipping great company, with great products. Only thing is the light is on when there is no trailer, and at night everytime I tap the brakes a bright green light comes on. other than that great product. 98359
by: Chuck P (Spokane)10/19/2016
Excellent! After talking to the customer sales rep, I determined that I was going after the wrong product....more than I needed. He was able to steer me in the correct direction (pun intended). Thank you! 308800
Ordered my brake controller for my tundra and it worked great. I had already been to a local store that kept providing me the wrong part so I took the time to research and this was exactly what I needed. 321285
by: Jimmy J.11/18/2014
Product arrived a day earlier than expected (Happy) So far the service from E-trailer has been excellent.... One of the best vendor web sites I have ever visited...keep up the good work...I'll be back 161663
by: Ricky F.03/09/2017
Ordered gooseneck hitch, wiring harness and break controller for my truck. Perfect fit , easy connections best purchase ever made on internet. Very good price and great customer service! ?? 355210
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