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Curt Reflex Trailer Brake Controller - 1 to 4 Axles - Proportional

Curt Reflex Trailer Brake Controller - 1 to 4 Axles - Proportional

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  • Proportional Controller
  • Curt
  • Electric
  • Electric over Hydraulic
  • Up to 4 Axles
  • Under Dash Mount
  • Automatic Leveling
  • Digital Display
  • 90 Degrees
Proportional brake controller automatically levels when mounted within a 90-degree vertical range and a 40-degree horizontal range. Includes digital display, 4 boost levels, reverse-polarity protection, and continuous diagnostics. Call 800-298-8924 to order Curt brake controller part number C51130 or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Curt products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Curt Reflex Trailer Brake Controller - 1 to 4 Axles - Proportional. Brake Controller reviews from real customers.


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Curt Brake Controller - C51130

Proportional brake controller automatically levels when mounted within a 90-degree vertical range and a 40-degree horizontal range. Includes digital display, 4 boost levels, reverse-polarity protection, and continuous diagnostics.


Features:

  • Brake controller activates trailer brakes in proportion to your Nissan Murano's braking action
    • Automatically adjusts trailer's braking based on deceleration of tow vehicle
    • Activates immediately - no pausing like with time-delayed brake controllers
  • Automatic-leveling ability - internal sensor detects deceleration even if controller is not mounted flat
    • Position within 90 degrees up or down and within ±20 degrees side to side
  • 4 Load range levels (boost settings) let you adjust initial braking power and aggressiveness
  • Dual-axis accelerometer ensures smooth stops
  • Continuous diagnostic check alerts you to any potential problems
  • Integrated safeguards protect your vehicle, the trailer, and the controller
    • Minimizes drain on car battery by entering power conservation mode after 1 hour of inactivity
    • Keeps trailer brakes from overheating by reducing power output to them during prolonged stops
    • Defends brake controller and trailer breakaway systems against shorts
    • Prevents positive and negative power reversal with built-in polarity protection
  • Digital display communicates load range setting and error codes
  • Built-in, slide-bar manual override
  • Mounting bracket and hardware included
    • Plug-in, vehicle-specific brake control adapter (sold separately) can be used for certain applications to reduce installation time
  • Made in the USA


Specs:

  • Application: trailers with up to 4 axles (8 brake assemblies)
    • Designed for use with electric or electric-over-hydraulic trailer brakes
  • Mounting:
    • 90-Degree vertical plane operating range
    • 40-Degree horizontal plane operating range
  • Limited lifetime 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 vehicle. 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 the same manner. Just select a boost setting, set the power output level, and you're good to go.


As long as the Reflex controller is properly mounted according to the included instructions, it will sense - via an internal inertia sensor - how your tow vehicle brakes. This dual-axis, inertia-based sensor responds to the deceleration of your tow vehicle 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.


Built-In Controls for Adjustable Power

Curt Reflex Controls and Components

The above diagram shows the controls and components of the Curt Reflex trailer brake controller.

  1. Digital display
  2. Load range calibration button
  3. Thumbwheel power output control
  4. Slide-bar manual override

Load Range Levels

The Reflex offers 4 different load range (or boost) levels. These settings are designed to give you more or less initial power output based on your trailer's weight. The load range levels let you alter the sensitivity of the brake controller's internal sensor, thus increasing the initial power output to the trailer brakes to better compensate for weighty loads. To set the load range, press and release the button on the front of the controller until your desired level appears on the screen.


So, if you boost the initial power so that the sensor is more sensitive, your trailer brakes will activate with more intensity right off the bat. This means that they will also reach maximum braking faster simply because they will start out at that higher intensity. This is particularly beneficial if you are towing a heavy load because the intensity required to stop that load may be far greater than that needed to halt your Nissan Murano. Therefore, sending out more initial power to the trailer brakes - and causing them to reach maximum braking faster - allows you to better control the trailer so that it doesn't push your tow vehicle before coming to a complete stop.


Output Control

Once you set the load range level, you can adjust the overall power output by moving the thumbwheel on the side of the controller. This setting ranges from 0.5 (minimum output) to 9.9 (maximum output). This indicates the maximum amount of power that will be sent back to your trailer brakes when you apply the brakes in your tow vehicle. Optimum output should cause your trailer brakes to function effectively without locking up.


Safety Features

The Reflex offers advanced safety features to prevent damage to various components of your towing setup. When the Reflex is not in use, it will be in power-saving mode, reducing the power draw to minimize drain on your Nissan Murano's battery. This power-conservation mode begins after 1 hour of inactivity and ends the moment your vehicle's brake pedal is pressed.


When you stop at red lights, or any time that your truck and trailer are at a standstill with the brakes applied for a prolonged period of time, the Reflex will reduce the power output to your trailer's brakes, preventing them from overheating.


If ever there is a time that you need to brake your trailer separately from your tow vehicle, the manual override lever is easily accessible. Pushing this slide engages the brakes on your trailer with full power.


Automatic Leveling and Simple Installation

The self-leveling feature of the Reflex ensures that the brake controller continues to function even as you drive up steep hills or through the mountains. Simply mount it in your cab at a vertical angle that is within 90 degrees, and the controller will level itself automatically. Make sure that the controller is also positioned so that the side-to-side angle is within ±20 degrees.


Curt Reflex Mounting Range

Installation is a snap. After mounting the Reflex unit in your cab using the included bracket, hardwire one end of the included pigtail harness directly into your Nissan Murano. The other end plugs into the brake controller.


Installation Accessories

For even 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 Nissan Murano, 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- to 8-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 Nissan Murano.



51130 Curt Reflex Proportional Trailer Brake Control



C51130 Installation InstructionsInstallation Details C51130 Installation instructions


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Video of Curt Reflex Trailer Brake Controller - 1 to 4 Axles - Proportional


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




Video Transcript for Curt Brake Controller - Proportional Controller - C51130 Review

Today we're going to review part number C51130. This is the Curt Reflex Trailer Brake Controller. This is a proportional designed brake controller which will activate your trailer brakes in proportion to your vehicle's braking action. It will automatically adjust the trailer's braking based on the deceleration of the tow vehicle. This does activate immediately so there's no pausing like with some of the time delay brake controllers. It does contain an automatic leveling ability.

It has an internal sensor which will detect any deceleration even if the controller is not mounted flat. When you install this it can be positioned at any angle vertically up or down 360 degrees full rotation pretty much. Horizontally there is a limit-its 20 degrees side to side. So this way 20 degrees and this way 20 degrees or 20 degrees this way, 20 degrees that way. So there is a limit horizontally.

It does have four load range levels. This button right here will get you your load range levels. Our boost settings it'll let you adjust your initial braking power and aggressiveness. It does have a dual access accelerometer which will ensure smooth stops. This brake controller does do a constant diagnostic check which will alert you to any potential problems.

A few integrated safe guards it has to protect the vehicle, the trailer or the controller is one it minimizes the drain on your car battery by entering a power conservation mode after one hour of inactivity. If it isnt used for one hour it will go into the conservation mode. It will help keep your trailer brakes from overheating by reducing the power output to them during prolonged stops and it will prevent brake controller and trailer brake away system against any shorts. It also has a built in polarity protection which will prevent any positive or negative power problems when it is installed wrong. The digital display right here will show you the load range settings and any air codes.

The button I mentioned is for the load range and also for calibration. Right here it has a built in-if I show you when I push it-it has a built in slide bar manual override which is used for emergency braking situations. It does come with the mounting bracket which can be slid on and installed. The top is the holes has mounting screws that can be used or it also has a double faced sticky tape that can be used. Also has a nice little card which will have a-it's a quick reference guide which will show you what some of the display would be indicating. This part is made in the USA and now what I want to do is connect it to a power source to show you what the display read out would look like. What I have here is a Curt Universal Wiring Adapter that's used to mount a Curt Brake Controller in a vehicle that might not have a factory brake controller port. On one end is the port that would snap into the Curt Brake Controller, the other end will be pigtails which I right now have wired to a power source. Basically right now I'm going to show you if we turn on the power as you can see it's flashing CL and what that means is it needs to be calibrated so what you would do is push and hold that button and when you hold the button once it's calibrated it'll come on and be a constant CL instead of it flashing. When you let it go it'll just show you the two dots. The two dots basically mean that the trailer is connected and you're ready to go. If it only showed one dot that would mean the trailer is not connected. Basically what you want to do is-it has four load range settings-our boost settings. Basically you just push this button-you can see load range one, load range two, three and four. Basically the load ranges would be when you put it in one that would be if you're towing a trailer that might weigh less than your tow vehicle weight. If you're trailer is going to be equal to the tow vehicle you would want to go to load range two and if the trailer's vehicle weight is 50% more than the tow vehicle you would want to go to three and then load range four would be if it's 100% greater than the tow vehicle weight. Once you find the load range you want to put it in-let's say one right there then there's a knob here on the side that you can turn it-you can see that it'll range from .5 all the way up to 9.9. That's the amount of brake output it would be. So in Load range one we're going to set it at let's say at 6.1 now it goes off and you're all set at load range one with a 6.1 setting. If you have an emergency braking situation as you push this manual override you can see the brake output increasing and if you go all the way it will do the 6.1 you have it set at. Those would be the settings you would do on your brake controller. The application for this that will work on trailers up to four axles or eight brake assemblies. It is designed to be used with an electric or electrical hydraulic trailer brakes and it does come with a limited lifetime warranty. That should do it for the review of part number C51130 the Curt Reflex Trailer Proportional Brake Controller. .


Customer Reviews

Curt Reflex Trailer Brake Controller - 1 to 4 Axles - Proportional - C51130

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (53 Customer Reviews)

Proportional brake controller automatically levels when mounted within a 90-degree vertical range and a 40-degree horizontal range. Includes digital display, 4 boost levels, reverse-polarity protection, and continuous diagnostics.

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I would like to thank Suzanne at etrailer for getting my controller to me on time. Easy installation and was able to pick up trailer this weekend. Works great and wiring harness made it a piece of cake. Thank you 183254



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Very nice brake controller. Easy to read display and quick and Simple installation. Self leveling makes for easy calibration adjustments are quick and easy. The vehicle specific harness makes it a snap to install if your vehicle is pre wired with a tow package. 168646



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I have not had the opportunity to install my latest purchase but I am extremely satisfied with all my purchases from etrailer as to the correct part being sent and full instructions for installation. Please keep up the good work and I am so glad for the free shipping of my purchases. Thanks, Al H 317361



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Product works very well with my trailer. Install was as easy as could be expected. The only issue I had was the adhesive pad I used to secure the controller mount gave out. I had to screw the mount in. Just plan on screwing in the mount to your dash and don't rely on the adhesive pad alone. 303543



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Although alot of people pick some controllers that are around $50 I highly recommend this certain controller. It is money well spent. Installation was a breeze about 10 minutes and calibrating was even easier with a push of a button. After hooking up my travel trailer I could tell the difference in my stopping power. I feel this product will protect my investment and keep my family safe during travels. A definite gold star rating 183502



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Husband love's the brake he just has not been able to hook it up yet. He needs troubleshooting to proud to ask. He has an 84 Chevy Scottsdale that his father hooked up a power brake old school and he needs to know if he can hook into it or needs to replace the lines? Hopefully by 2019 before camping season he can get the brake put in. 568122


Comments

The Curt Reflex brake controller is a solid state controller that will NOT tie into the vehicles brake lines like the old controller you mentioned. The trailer needs a constant 12-volt power feed from the battery, a ground connection to the negative battery terminal, a connection to the cold side of the brake stop lamp switch and a circuit to feed the trailer connector with the voltage output from the brake controller. Ill link you to an install video and a help article that will explain the installation process further.

-- Mike L - 09/24/2018

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Very satisfied with product. Thank you for shipping so fast 123982


Comments

Hello Rob!I have 2006 explorer XLT and purchased a 51130 curt trailer brake controller it has a 4 prong harness and the suv has a 5 prong. do I need a adapter or splice in. Thank you Gunter

-- comment by: Gunter - 07/30/2014

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You will need to youse the # C51322 brake controller adapter from Curt. This will connect the 4-ptong configuration on your Curt Brake controller to the factory port on your Explorer.

-- Rachael H - 8/1/2014


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It sure doesn't get much easier than that! First the shipping was upgraded, so the unit arrived really quickly. Installation was easy, but I did appreciate the additional information provided by etrailer in-case you did run into a problem. The product itself appears very well constructed and has a solid feel to it. Overall I am very happy with both etrailer and Curt Brake Controllers. Thanks for a great service. 125923


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Worth paying a little extra a quality. Service from etrailer is second to non.

Larry J - 04/18/2015

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The brake works well with all of the trailers and vehicles I've used it on. I originally bought this and the cable for my 2006 trailblazer. I replaced the vehicle in July with. 2015 RAM 1500 and was able to order just a new adapter cable. Easy to set up and change on the move if you need more or less brake applied. I'd buy this unit and from etrailer again. 566174



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These were so incredibly simple to install, it took about 10 minutes start to finish. The instructions were very well done and covered all the steps well. Fits well on the dash of my 2014 Ram 1500 and all the wires easily hide behind the panel. 149916



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Great price, fast shipping, strong construction feels like heavy duty. I put this in a 2014 ram. The only thing I would like others to know if have a ram. Is to make sure your truck has the factory 4 pin plug. For install. Turns out on my truck, had a aftermarket remote starter installed and whoever did it, cut factory plug out and use wires for remote starter power. Eventually I was able to track wire and with a muti meter was able to figure out which one was which and spliced them in to the controller. How ever this was no faut to etrailer, of course. Just wanted to put that out there for other ram owners. If you have the plug ,which I believe 13 & up all do, this baby is plug and play. Thanks etrailer. Will be ordering again in future 480832



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Great product, great price, truly excellent purchasing experience. I submitted my order on Monday hoping to be ready to pull my trailer with my new truck on Sunday. I received my brake controller on Wednesday because they were able to upgrade my shipping at no additional cost. Controller was so easy to install I was testing it on Wednesday night. I will recommend etrailer.com to everyone I know. 132186



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The product seems to work as expected. I think they could improve on the display: You're given a character, a dot, another character, and another dot. With only these 2 characters and 2 dots, the unit is trying to give you a lot of info, so they have to do it with abbreviations, which you have to keep the little card handy to decipher. I keep mine clipped to the sun visor. At the very least, know this - 1 dot means no trailer connected, 2 dots means there is a trailer back there. Roll a little bit and pinch the controller. If it slows you down, you're good to go. 388883



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This brake controller works great. I've used it pulling my dual axle MC trailer across the Cherohala skyway (lots of braking) & also hauling my 7000# travel trailer back & forth to Florida. I'd buy it again. 282493



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When I review a purchase, I think of three steps 1) the service 2) the install 3) if it works. So this is for 1) and 2) since I haven't needed to use the product as of yet. Well the service/shipping was excellent and reasonably priced. Better yet it is the most detailed website I have experienced for purchasing an item (I am in the website business). On the website I located pictures of where to install in my Ram 3500, where to locate the plug in, etc...very nice. Now for the install: Well, after work, a bit tired and after the 15 minute warning dinner was to be ready...I opened the box and looked at the detailed instructions. I plugged in the wires to the truck (1/2 minute), got my cordless drill and a phillips head hand screwdriver...and place mounted the framework (1 minute); next I slid in the unit and connected the wires (1/2 minute). I started up the truck, moved it to a level spot and followed the directions to orient the unit (2 minutes)...so all in all it was the simplest install I have done of a new product all in all it took me 3 minutes and the only wait was for dinner to be done. thanks for such a helpful website. 613643



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Working good for me! 609384



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Easy to install. I needed to make a little plate so I could get the device where I wanted it under the dash but the various holes. Made that an easy modification. 593990



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Haven't installed controller yet but really liked the videos, helped me decide which one I bought. 580768



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Great brake controller, works as expected, no issues so far, in use over a year. Good price from etrailer.com 561827



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Great product, easy. Installation, very adjustable to the load your are hauling. 554465



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Great service, price, product, and delivery. Easy to install and works great. I would choose etrailer and Curt again. 527730



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Excellent to deal with,great product.Fast shipping 522823



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Everything was fine and delivered promp tly. 512705



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Works great, easy to mount, simple to w ire. 437447



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The hitch and The brake controller That I purchased am very satisfied with. No problems installing Them. Thank You, Richard R. 426470



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Fast shipping and great quality parts highly recommended 418814



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I ordered a fifth wheel brackets and hitch along with curt brake controller and pigtail. Everything fit great with no problems and the service and shipping was very speedy. Highly recommend etrailer for all your needs. 414209



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Fast shipping, easy to install, works great. A very good reliable brake controller. 409205



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Controller works excellent 402380



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Installed it on my LR-4. The dual axle Alum Trailer (Aluma) works great so far! Only a few Land Rover dealerships will install the trailer Brake system. Trailer dealers want touch Land Rovers?? That's why 4 stars. $350 to get it installed!! LR Fort Worth,Texas 395446



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I like the digital display, especially it tells me the braking force on the trailer is increasing as I increase force on the pedal. Great product! 387523



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Fast shipping ,just what i needed to put electric brake controller in my truck ! 381723



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The product was very easy to install, as indicated by others. I have not used the controller yet, so unable to give 5 stars at this point. 378453



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Works good and it was priced good. 363289



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Works great on my 2010 pickup pulling a 16' enclosed trailer. Good products from a good company with quick service. 339868


Comments

I am very happy with all of my purchases from etrailer. The products are still working fine after a year and your company is very good to work with. Any future needs I have will be purchased at etrailer.

Larry M - 02/08/2018

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Etrailers catalogue provided a complete & accurate description of the 8 items purchased. Placing the order by phone was fast & efficient. Items arrived within 4 working days, no tax no shipping charge. Professional all around. 320253


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The EOH braking system works perfectly. You are my supplier of choice ifwhen I need additional trailer parts on the future.

Pat M - 11/21/2017

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Installed and setup easy and works great on my 99 Ford F-150 305646



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Works o k, instructions not clear without instruction sheet. 297322



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Adding brake control wiring on my Traverse was a pain without a car hoist, but everything works perfectly. It is sure nice to feel the trailer brakes helping out down our mountain roads. 290459



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Had one in the truck i traded in so it was a no brainer to get the same one again. Great quality and easy to set up. Highly recommended. 282752



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Great write up, accurate and helpful. Product arrived in a matter of days. Very easy to install. Documentation was excellent. 270856



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Product arrived in a timely manner, easy installation, calibrated and working within minutes!! 251636



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Good documentation. Quick and easy installation. Works as advertised. What more could one ask. 248447


Comments

Ive used it nearly every day for a year now. Works great!

Terry D - 05/05/2017

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I use it almost daily and depend on it. I was asked to tow someone elses trailer recently. They guy said it had a 7 way plug, so it had brakes. I hooked up to it, and my Curt said 0.C on the display. I told the guy that my Curt said NO BRAKES attached and refused to tow. He emailed me later and said good call because they found that the hangers for the shackles had broken the weld as well when they were looking at the brakes.

Terry D - 05/05/2017

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Ease of ordering and price for actual p roduct 241289


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Great

Ray R - 03/23/2017

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NICE WELL BUILT PRODUCT, 10 MINUTE INSTALL WITH ADAPTER FOR MY 1993 FORD F250. 240607



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super service, fantastic customer support & great products!! . Thanks. 237840



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Shipped fast, low price, easy install, works great. (2014 Ram) 189103



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Easy. Plug and play. Did not require dealership anything. Thanks for your help. 178321



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Good product Good service Good price 162865


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Works fine , no problems. A good product.

Dan J - 12/01/2015

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I purchased the Curt brake controller and the wire harness to put the Curt controller in my 2014 Dodge Pickup. The instruction were clear. It took about 20 Minutes to install and it works great. 149881


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  • Trailer Brake Controller Recommendation for a 2014 Dodge Ram 1500
  • Dodge introduced a multiplex type of wiring called Powernet starting in 2013. Traditional brake controller harnesses would not work with it. So manufacturers developed a new harness that will work with the Powernet. The dealer may not know of the aftermarket options and the new wiring harnesses developed for use with the Powernet system. But you can very much install an aftermarket one if you want to. If you like Curt brake controller # C51130 then for a 2014 Ram 1500 you will need harness...
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  • Trailer Brakes Not Working with 2014 Ram with Factory Integrated Brake Controller
  • If the trailer is using electric over hydraulic brakes then that is likely the issue. If the factory brake controller has an electric over hydraulic mode it would have to be in that mode to work with EOH brakes. If the trailer has regular electric brakes then make sure that the output setting is up high enough. Since the trailer brakes work fine with another vehicle it doesn't seem like the trailer or the brakes are the issue. But you can make sure that the truck and trailer side connectors...
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  • How to Properly Set Up a Curt Reflex Brake Controller
  • Getting the proper braking action will rely on some trial and error, but there is no preset number I can give you that would work perfectly. With the tow vehicle on a level surface and no brakes applied, press and hold the load range / calibration button located next to the digital display. When a steady 'CL' appears, calibration is complete. With the trailer connected and engine running to ensure proper charge voltage, while parked without the brake pedal applied, slide the manual...
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  • How to Install a Brake Controller in a 2006 Ford F-150
  • To install a brake controller in your 2006 Ford F-150 depends on the trailer connector you have at the rear of your truck. If you have a factory round 7-way then all you would need is the Curt Brake Controller Installation harness part # C51322 to install the Curt Reflex Brake Controller part # C51130. If you only have a 4-way flat connector at the rear of your vehicle you will also need a 7-way part # 37185. You will need to trace the 4-way wires till you find a factory plug in the...
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  • How to Install a Trailer Brake Controller on a 1993 Ford F-250
  • If your 1993 Ford F-250 came with a factory installed 7-Way trailer connector then you can plug in a brake controller since all the tow package wiring will be present on the vehicle. A brake controller would plug in to a plug under the dash. You could use Curt brake controller # C51130 and wiring harness # C51312 to plug it into your F-250. The factory plug is located underneath the dash, to the left of the steering column, and it is taped to another harness near the emergency brake...
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  • Brake Controller Wiring Harness for a Reese Brake Controller on a 2014 Ram 1500
  • The issue is that Dodge started using the Powernet electrical system starting in the 2013 model year. This is a multiplex wiring systems so it is more complicated than pretty much everything else that came before it. A regular harness will not work so they developed a special harness just for this system and it is the only one that you can use. However, you do not need to run the additional wiring back to a third brake light wire. Everything still plugs in under the dash. The harness...
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  • Recommended Brake Controller For 2007 Dodge Ram Pickup
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  • The factory integrated brake controller for the 2015 Ram 1500 is proportional. For more information on it I would peruse the Ram website. We do get a lot of questions about the performance of the factory controllers and people wanting to switch to an aftermarket controller, especially if they are towing a trailer with electric over hydraulic brakes. If you are in the market for a new truck you might want to consider skipping the factory controller option and get an aftermarket one....
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  • To see all of the information that was referenced in the question on installing a brake controller in a 2014 Dodge Ram 1500 look to the right of the text you are reading right now under the bold heading that says, "Featured Help Information." I believe the article you are looking for specifically will have the title, "Installing an Electric Brake Controller on a 2013 Dodge Ram." I attached an install video as well as installation instructions for the # C51453.
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  • Troubleshooting Curt C51130 Reflex Brake Controller
  • I think it's unlikely you have a bad controller. I looked up your order history, and noticed that you have a Curt Reflex brake controller, part # C51130. The Reflex controller is a proportional type controller, which means you won't get much of any voltage at the trailer connector unless the vehicle is moving. You should get voltage at the trailer connector with the manual brake switch actuated, but you won't get anything with the brake pedal except for a very weak signal. If voltage...
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  • Trailer Brakes Lock Up No matter What Setting is On the Brake Controller in a 2014 Ram
  • Usually when electric trailer brakes lock up it is because the brake pin on the trailer side connector is getting constant power. If you are using a 6-Way trailer connector or a 7-Way to 6-Way adapter then the likely cause is that the 12 volt circuit and the brake output circuit are switched. This switch happens because there are 2 ways a 6-Way can be pinned out. The center pin will either be 12 volt power or electric brake output. If you are using a 6-Way or adapter for a 6-Way all...
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  • Will Installing Brake Controller Void Warranty On 2014 Ram 1500
  • There should not be any warranty issues with your 2014 Ram 1500 when installing a brake controller. If a brake controller is properly installed and set up, it will actually save wear and tear on the truck when towing. If you decide you want to install a brake controller like the Curt Reflex, part # C51130, I highly recommend installing the Curt Custom Wiring Adapter, part # C51453. This makes installing the brake controller very simple. You just plug one end into the back of the brake...
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  • Brake Controller Recommendation for a 2014 Dodge Ram 1500
  • There are only a few brake controllers that are confirmed to work with the new multi-plexed wiring of the new Ram trucks. The Hayes controller you have would not be one of them unfortunately. What you would need is a new controller and correct install harness, part # 3023-P. For a brake controller I would recommend the Prodigy P2 Brake Controller part # 90885. This is our best selling brake controller because of how well it works and how easy it is to setup.
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  • Brake Controller and Install Harness Recommendation for a 2014 Ram 2500
  • We have exactly what you need. To install the Curt Reflex Brake Controller part # C51130 in your 2014 Ram 2500 all you would need is the Brake Controller Wiring Adapter part # C51453. Simply plug one end of the adapter into your brake controller and then plug the other end into the built-in port beneath your vehicle's dash. The harness is located underneath the dash, above your gas pedal, and it is taped to another harness.
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  • Parts Needed to Install a Trailer Brake Controller on a 2006 Jeep Commander
  • For a 2006 Jeep Commander that did not come with a factory installed 7-Way trailer connector, you will need a few items to install a trailer brake controller. First, if your Commander does not already have a 4-Way, you will start by installing one using # 118408. I have included a video showing a typical installation for you. Then you would need a 4 and 7-Way installation kit # ETBC7. This will provide the 7-Way and the wiring and accessories needed to install a brake controller. I have...
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  • Installing a Tekonsha Trailer Brake Controller on a 2014 Ram 1500
  • I take it NAPA isn't sure so I am glad you came to us. It looks like the controller you bought is either the original Prodigy or the P2, # 90885. But the wiring harness does not look like the correct one. You need # 3023-P. And if you live in California you will also need # 30235-P. Ram started a new electrical system they call the PowerNet which is a multiplex system. It is more complicated than what came before it so a special wiring harness had to be developed. And the California...
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  • What is Size Difference Between Curt Reflex And Tekonsha Voyager Brake Controllers
  • The Tekonsha Voyager Trailer Brake Controller, part # 39510 measures 3 inches wide x 5 inches long and is 1-1/2 inches tall. The Curt Reflex Trailer Brake Controller, part # C51130 has a small taper at the rear. The front measures 3 inches wide and the controller is 5-1/2 inches long and it is 1-1/4 inches tall. The biggest difference is the Tekonsha is designed for electric only brakes and the Curt is designed for electric or electric over hydraulic brakes.
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  • What Allows a Trailer with Surge Disc Brakes to Back Down a Boat Ramp
  • It sounds like your trailer currently has surge brakes which are notorious for locking up when in reverse unless you install a reverse lockout solenoid. Most likely this would be your easiest solution. I would need to know the brand of your actuator to pick out a reverse lockout solenoid. That being said an electric over hydraulic setup will allow you to back up without activating the brakes. I attached an article that covers what's needed to go that route as well. The controller...
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  • Troubleshooting a P Code on a Curt Captivator 4 Brake Controller
  • I spoke to my contact at Curt and he said it sounds like you have a Curt Captivator 4 since it is the only brake controller that will display error codes. He said that there is no "P" code, and that if that is what is displaying on your controller you would want to disconnect the controller for a few minutes to let it reset and then plug it back it. If the problem persists the controller has shorted out and needs to be replaced. The good thing about this controller is that it has a lifetime...
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  • Does Computer Have to be Reprogrammed when Installing Brake Controller on 2014 Ram 1500
  • The only time I have heard that the computer on the 2014 Ram has to be reprogrammed is if you are replacing the factory integrated controller with an aftermarket one. If you are not doing that then you should not have to have the computer reprogrammed. It certainly would not hurt anything to do so if it will give you peace of mind.
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