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Curt Echo Mobile Trailer Brake Controller - Wireless - 1 to 2 Axles - Proportional

Curt Echo Mobile Trailer Brake Controller - Wireless - 1 to 2 Axles - Proportional

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  • Proportional Controller
  • Curt
  • Up to 2 Axles
  • Out of Sight Mount
  • Trailer Mount
  • Smartphone Display
Bluetooth-enabled brake controller wirelessly connects to your smartphone, turning your phone into a brake control interface. The compact unit plugs in line with your 7-way trailer connector - no complicated install and no bulky cab-mounted unit. Call 800-298-8924 to order Curt brake controller part number C51180 or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Curt products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Curt Echo Mobile Trailer Brake Controller - Wireless - 1 to 2 Axles - Proportional. Brake Controller reviews from real customers.


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Curt Brake Controller - C51180

Bluetooth-enabled brake controller wirelessly connects to your smartphone, turning your phone into a brake control interface. The compact unit plugs in line with your 7-way trailer connector - no complicated install and no bulky cab-mounted unit.


Features:

  • Brake controller activates trailer brakes in proportion to your vehicle's braking action
    • Automatically adjusts trailer's braking based on deceleration of tow vehicle
    • Activates immediately - no pausing like with time-delayed brake controllers
  • Wireless system connects directly to your smart device for operation
    • Operate brake controller from cab of vehicle using your smartphone
  • Fast, plug-and-play installation makes setup a breeze - no tools required
    • Plug unit in between your 7-way trailer connection
    • Avoid complicated wiring and bulky control units in your vehicle
  • Intuitive, user-friendly app lets you connect, monitor, and control all of your trailer braking activity
    • Adjust braking power and aggressiveness
    • Receive error notifications if trailer is overloaded or becomes disconnected during travel
    • Customize and switch between vehicle-trailer profiles
    • Activate manual override with a single touch
  • Easy to transfer between vehicles - great for fleets of trucks and trailers
    • Create up to 5 vehicle-trailer profiles in the Echo Smart Control app
  • Triple-axis accelerometer is highly responsive to ensure smooth, uniform stopping action
  • LED indicator light on body of controller allows for troubleshooting
  • Compatible with ABS brakes, cruise control, low-voltage wiring, and pulse width modulation (PWM) systems
    • Built-in reverse polarity and short circuit protection
  • Plug-in unit, instructions, and quick reference guide included
    • Bluetooth PIN for initial pairing to your smart device located in quick reference guide
  • Made in the USA


Specs:

  • Application: trailers with up to 2 axles (4 brake assemblies)
    • Designed for use with electric or electric-over-hydraulic trailer brakes
  • Plug-in unit length: 6-5/8"
  • Smart device OS requirements:
    • Apple: 8.0 or newer
    • Android: 4.4 and newer
  • Limited lifetime warranty


Welcome to an entirely new towing experience. The Curt Echo brake controller puts you in control of your trailer's braking with mobile, Bluetooth operation. The portable unit installs in seconds and allows you to make braking adjustments straight from your smartphone. Easily transfer the Echo between vehicles and store it when it's not in use.


Simple, Fast Setup

Curt Echo Plug In Brake Controller

With no wiring, modules, or knobs to install, setting up the Curt Echo is a breeze. Just download the Echo Smart Control app on your Apple or Android smart device and follow the in-app instructions. The brake control unit plugs into the 7-way at the rear of your vehicle and provides a port for plugging in your 7-way trailer connector. When all the connections are made, wirelessly pair the unit to your phone via Bluetooth. Once the unit is paired, configure your desired trailer brake settings in the user-friendly app.


See etrailer.com's exclusive 7-way upgrade kit for brake controller installation (ETBC7L - sold separately) if you don't already have a 7-way plug at the back of your vehicle.


Echo Smart Control App

The Echo Smart Control app is free to download and use. Scan the QR code included with the Curt Echo or search Echo Smart Control in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

Curt Echo Manual Control

The custom-designed app allows you to control brake settings, calibrate output, and monitor all braking activity with the touch of a finger. If ever there is a time that you need to brake your trailer separately from your tow vehicle - when traveling down a steep incline, for example - the manual override function is easily accessible in the app. Press and hold the large orange circle to manually activate your trailer brakes.


The app will also alert you in the event that your trailer is overloaded or becomes disconnected during travel. Should your smart device ever lose connection, the Echo will default to the settings of the last profile used. So even if your phone battery dies, you can still count on getting proportional trailer braking as long as the unit is in use.


There's no need to worry about missing a call or running multiple apps either. The Echo Smart Control app will continue running in the background if you get a call or switch between apps, and it will not interfere with your vehicle's hands-free multimedia system.


Create Multiple Vehicle-Trailer Profiles

Vehicle Trailer Profiles

The app has the ability to sync up to 5 Echo devices, and the memory function allows you to save unlimited vehicle-trailer profiles. This makes it easy to transfer the Echo between towing setups. This convenience, along with the plug-and-play design, makes the Echo perfect for either occasional towing or commercial fleets.


Weatherproof Construction

Curt Echo Features Diagram

Because the Echo is made to be outside the vehicle, it's engineered for maximum weather resistance. The unit is filled with an epoxy resin that seals off the internal components from moisture and the elements, ensuring long-lasting operation despite rain, snow, dirt, mud, and more. The Echo also has a soft locking tab for connecting to your 7-way RV-style plug. This tab helps to reduce vibration and improve connectivity.


LED Status Indicator

Curt Echo Diagnostic Indicator

A single LED on the body of the Echo shows the status of the brake control unit so that you can easily troubleshoot any problems that may arise.


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.


Once the Echo is installed, it will sense - via an internal 3-axis accelerometer - how your tow vehicle brakes. This 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.



51180 Curt Echo Wireless Trailer Brake Control - Smart Phone Bluetooth Connection - 1 to 2 Axles - Proportional



C51180 Installation InstructionsInstallation Details C51180 Installation instructions

This Product Fits The Following Vehicles

2008 - 2013 BMW 1 Series

2013 - 2019 Ram 1500

2019 - 2019 Ram 1500 Classic

2011 - 2015 Mazda 2

2014 - 2018 BMW 2 Series

2011 - 2017 Chrysler 200

2013 - 2019 Ram 2500

2004 - 2018 Mazda 3

1984 - 2018 BMW 3 Series

2005 - 2018 Chrysler 300

2005 - 2018 Chrysler 300C

1999 - 2004 Chrysler 300M

2012 - 2018 Chrysler 300S

2013 - 2019 Ram 3500

2004 - 2009 Nissan 350Z

2009 - 2018 Nissan 370Z

2014 - 2018 BMW 4 Series

2008 - 2018 Ram 4500

2006 - 2015 Mazda 5

1989 - 2018 BMW 5 Series

2008 - 2018 Ram 5500

2003 - 2018 Mazda 6

1977 - 2018 BMW 6 Series

1995 - 2018 BMW 7 Series

2005 - 2006 Saab 9-2X

1999 - 2011 Saab 9-3

1999 - 2009 Saab 9-5

2006 - 2018 Audi A3

1996 - 2018 Audi A4

2017 - 2018 Audi A4 Allroad

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Video of Curt Echo Mobile Trailer Brake Controller - Wireless - 1 to 2 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 - C51180 Review

Speaker 1: Today we're taking a look at the Curt echo wireless trailer brake controller. This brake controller plugs into your vehicle and wirelessly connects to your smartphone. It's a really nice, easy to use design and it's very simple. As you can see here, it's really not like anything else out there on the brake controller market. It plugs into the seven way at the back of your vehicle and then you plug in the seven way connector from your trailer into this port here.And then you can control everything on the app that would be downloaded onto your smartphone. It's wireless.

It's portable. So that allows for easy transfer from one vehicle to another. It uses Bluetooth connection which lets you control all the brake settings from your smartphone. Comes with a really helpful, quick reference guide with the QR codes for easy downloading from the app store. And it comes with very detailed instructions.

Tells you exactly how to get it set up.Also has the QR codes for an easy download. And then it goes through all the on screen options that you'll have on your smartphone as well as the LED status indicators on the unit. So it has a LED light right here which indicates power, trailer detection and wireless connectivity. So that way you have a quick visual indicator that everything is working correctly.But again, it's a wireless, portable design. Features Bluetooth connection.

It does come with the customizable app. So that's a free download on Apple and Android devices. The app monitors brake activity and sends status updates. This is a very non-invasive plug and play install. Again, between the vehicle and trailer seven way connectors.

There's no separate module or wiring needed for the installation. It's a simple plug and play install. Very quick and easy to get set up for a brake controller.It does feature a triple-axis, motion-sensing accelerometer for highly responsive, smooth stops. It also stores multiple user and vehicle-trailer profiles. So that way if you are consistently switching between different tow vehicles and trailers, you can find those user profiles in the app and select it, and set it up. And it will go to the settings and everything that you had set up the last time you towed in that mode for that particular set up.So it's a really nice design. And you can totally customize the app. Get it how you want it and set up your profiles as needed. It also features automating calibration which reduces the setup requirements. And it allows for incoming calls to be received while the app is running. It's compatible with low-voltage systems, PWM systems, ABS, and cruise control. Features built in reverse polarity and short-circuit protection. It has the soft locking tab to reduce vibration and improve connection. Operates two to four trailer brakes at a time, that would be one to two axles. It's made in the U.S.A. And it is covered with a limited lifetime warranty.That's gonna do it for today's look at the Curt echo wireless trailer brake controller.


Customer Reviews

Curt Echo Mobile Trailer Brake Controller - Wireless - 1 to 2 Axles - Proportional - C51180

Average Customer Rating:  4.7 out of 5 stars   (20 Customer Reviews)

Bluetooth-enabled brake controller wirelessly connects to your smartphone, turning your phone into a brake control interface. The compact unit plugs in line with your 7-way trailer connector - no complicated install and no bulky cab-mounted unit.

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2017 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 3500

I purchased a 2018 Winnebago View(2017 Mercedes Sprinter chassis) and while it came with a hitch and 7 pin connector, it did not have a brake controller. The camping store tried to install a traditional controller but was unable to. While etrailer has a very nice video on installing a controller on the newer chassis, actually finding a shop to do the installation was difficult. Low and behold, when getting ready to order the parts from etrailer, I came across the Curt controller. I ordered one, received it in three days, it took about 15 minutes to install(from opening the package, downloading the app, pairing to my phone and adjusting the controller). Worked perfectly on a 500 mile trip that weekend. The even better part about the Curt controller is that it should work perfectly on our Acura MDX which likewise came with a hitch and 7 pin connector but no controller. 5 stars for convenience and usage. 597576



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2017 Ram 3500

I recently returned from my first trip using the Curt Echo brake controller. I tow a 14,800 lb. 5th wheel trailer with a 2018 Ram 3500. I have had issues with the factory brake controller since I bought the truck and dealers said it was OK. After installing the Echo and getting the phone app (both very simple), I was off on vaca. This controller is awesome, easy to use and it really works, it is much better than the factory unit, more adjustable, and much more positive braking. I am very happy and would recommend the Echo to anyone that tows a trailer of any size. 594908



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I used this on my new 2018 Escalade this past weekend. It worked flawlessly pulling my dual axle 30ft car trailer. I turned off my WiFi at one point to see if the controller still worked and it did! I went this route because I didn’t want to mount anything in my vehicles interior. WORKS PERFECTLY!!! 597366



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I purchased the Curt Echo controller to pull a rented 26' travel trailer behind a factory tow-capable vehicle that head everything except a brake controller. As an zero-experience tower with infrequent towing plans; I didn't want to deal with the install of a typical controller. I also didn't like the non-integrated cosmetics of traditional after-market controllers. The Echo was extremely simple to setup and the braking experience towing the trailer was uneventful. Exactly what I wanted. The vehicle braked well and was only aware of the extra integration due to the live feedback on the Echo app showing application of the breaks in real-time. For my situation - this solution makes traditional controllers and wiring look obsolete. 592103



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This thing is awesome. Easy to connect. Very flexible to use on any vehicle that has a 7 way connect but might not have a brake controller. Definitely recommend! 608968



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2018 Jeep Cherokee

I have not used it as of now. It is exactly what I wanted and works with My Jeep Cherokee that no one could tell me where to get brake signal to install a normal brake controller. This is a great option because I had the dealer install the a 7wire connection from Jeep and hitch but they know how to install a brake controller. Also there is nothing in the cab or holes drilled in the dash. Just all you need is a smart phone. Great concept and item to used on any vehicle even the new ones with all the things that controlled by the computer on vehicle and has to be reprogrammed by the dealer at a high cost. Will post later when I have used it and will let you know how it works. 607002



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2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Just returned from a road trip using my new brake controller and everything worked as advertised. Connection with bluetooth was seamless and the app worked great, all connected with my travel trailer with no problems. Very pleased with the product. 602329



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2014 Audi Q5

After a lot of research I purchased the Curt Echo Trailer Brake. I was looking for a trailer brake controller with a non-permanent installation, one that I could take out of the vehicle when I wasn’t using it. I was a little anxious because I have a European SUV and have read all the stories of the complications that can come with wireless/Bluetooth connections to the controller. After looking around for the best price I found that etrailer.com was competitive, and ultimately I went with them because of their reputation for service. I was not disappointed. My parts arrived sooner than expected and installation was a breeze. The Echo installed without any issues in a matter of minutes and works perfectly with my Audi Q5. And, no permanent fixture screwed into the dash of my SUV. Thanks etrailer. 605706



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Easy to install and easy to use. 592212



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2010 Mercedes-Benz M-Class

Amazing product. I've fixed the device in my v_nose trailer as I live where lots of dirt and snow could damage it. I use it with a 2010 dodge ram and a Mercedes ml350- had to get the LED converter attachement, but everything works great. The app is simple, but the unit can work without it. Can't find anything bad to say! 592368



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2003 Dodge Ram Pickup

I'm very pleased with this product. After the figuring out phase and getting the brakes adjusted the way i wanted, it worked great! To get it to connect to the phone was an issue until we figured out the pin is on a sticker under the cover of the controller 592004



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2018 Ram 1500

Item looks like it will last awhile. Nice quality, easy to download app and enable bluetooth. Great idea. saves all the hardwiring of a brake controller..Glad I found this 591741



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2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Product works completely as described. Easy to add a controller to ANY vehicle that has a 7 point trailer plug like my 2018 Chevy Silverado (no factory brake controller but has a prewired 7 and 4 point trailer plug) or my 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Trailer is a 2 axle CargoMate. App was a bit hard to find on the AppStore (iphone). Search "Echo" not Curt then it comes up. Set up is quick and easy to modify if necessary with load changes. App does not need to be normally running if you don't need to apply brakes manually. But if you do need to apply brakes, the response is surprisingly fast through the Bluetooth communication. No delay whatsoever. It doesn't interfere with other apps running either. I like to use navigation and stream music from my iphone 8. Only real issue I have with the product is that its not lockable. Very easy for someone who knows what they are looking for to just unplug and run. I parked overnight at a hotel and didn't realize it until the next day. Got lucky that it didn't get stolen, but now I'm aware and take it off when done towing. 588470



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2011 Kia Sorento

I'm using this with my new trailer, and it works well. I highly recommend it to people who don't want to install a brake controller in the cabin and/or are hauling their trailer with multiple cars. 591985



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This brake controller is simply great! I recently changed tow vehicles where a traditional brake controller would not have easily been installed. This proved to be the perfect solution. It was very easy to setup and works great. Plus, and this is a huge plus, I can very easily transfer this to my other vehicles. I would highly recommend. 592054



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2008 Cadillac Escalade

The part is not turning on when plugged in, I need to do some diagnosis on my end to see if my plug on the truck has power. 581419


Comments

I dont know if you have ever had the towing package on the Escalade activated before but there are two studs in front of the fuse box under the hood. There will be two wires you will have to connect to those studs before the 7-way plug gets power. I have attached a video of a brake controller installation on a 2009 Cadillac Escalade. You can ignore the installation of the brake controller until the video gets to the 7 minute mark of the video.

-- Heather A - 11/21/2018

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Installed the app, connected with no problems after a few seconds and works just like it should. Very easy and saved the hassle of installing the harness into my truck for a traditional style trailer break. 608685



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I got the chance to test out the Curt Echo brake controller today for the first time. I was a little nervous, what with it being wireless and all, but gave it a shot all the same. First, the installation. The installation could not have been easier. I downloaded the app from the Play Store (Android). The app does not take up a lot of space which was a plus. From there it was just a matter of plugging the Echo into the vehicle 7-Way, the trailer into the Echo, and pairing my phone and the Echo. It took about 2 minutes total; very fast. I did some low speed tests to make sure I had working brakes. The controller did its job and applied the trailer brakes with the pedal and with the manual override. Confident that I would have trailer brakes I set out for more testing. The controller is easy to use and the manual override button within the app is large and easy to see and use. Setting the gain and sensitivity higher or lower was simple and straightforward. The only thing that I did not notice was the amount of output while I was braking like you see on other in-cab brake controllers. I would have liked to see the amount of power being sent to the trailer brakes so the controller lost some points for that. The controller worked like other controllers in terms of applying the trailer brakes during normal operation. Low-speed, high-speed, town, country, and highway were all tested and the controller performed as it was supposed to. At a stop the controller held the trailer and vehicle using the manual override and without me using the vehicle brake pedal. When I pulled back in the parking lot after testing the app indicated that it had lost connection but the trailer brakes still worked. I had no connectivity issues at any other time. The bottom line: I give the Curt Echo 4 starts out of 5 because of the easy installation and solid performance but it lost that last star due to a lack of display information in the app and the brief connectivity loss. 582151



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I just tried this out today I was amazed as to how easy it was to download the app and to set it up I am glad i decided to go this route as I have 2 vehicles that I want to use to tow my trailer I wound up staying with the default settings as it worked best that way 612554



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Worked great!! 599224


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  • What is Required to Use Curt Echo Trailer Brake Controller
  • To use the Curt Echo Wireless Trailer Brake Controller # C51180 your vehicle needs 12 volt, ground, and turn signals connected to its 7-way socket; you do not need the brake signal from the 7-way. For example, if you used a 4-to-7 way adapter such as # 30717, there will not be an output wire from a brake controller to connect to, so you could simply tie that wire off. Apart from that the only other thing you need is your smartphone (or tablet) to have the following operating systems...
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  • Recommended Brake Controller for 2018 Subaru Outback
  • For a brake controller I recommend taking a look at the Curt Echo # C51180. This is a really unique controller that will simply plug into the 7-Way connector on your Outback and pair with your smartphone via Bluetooth after downloading the free app. This allows for a really simple installation and setup and eliminates the need for a separate unit to be permanently mounted inside your vehicle like other controllers. Its built-in accelerometer will activate the trailer brakes at the same...
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  • Will Curt Echo Brake Controller Continue to Operate with Phone Turned Off
  • After the Curt Echo Wireless Brake Controller # C51180 is installed and paired to your phone it will continue to function as a proportional brake controller whether or not your phone is on. If your phone happens to die mid-trip, the brake controller will continue to operate without issue with the most recent settings applied. The only thing you will lose in this scenario is the manual override function, which is operated by touching the big red dot on the phone screen. This may be needed...
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  • Wiring Needed to Use Curt Echo Brake Controller on a 2006 BMW X5 with 4-Way Flat Connector
  • You are most of the way there! The Curt Echo Mobile Trailer Brake Controller # C51180 that you purchased for your 2006 BMW X5 just needs the basic trailer lighting functions and 12V power to be fully operational. A 4-Way Flat connector like the popular Tekonsha ZCI # 119250KIT provides the basic trailer lighting functions so once that is installed you simply need to install the 7-Way RV Upgrade Kit # ETBC7L. This includes the 4-Way to 4-Way/7-Way adapter as well as wiring for you...
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  • Is Reverse Light Circuit Needed When Using the Curt Echo Bluetooth Brake Controller
  • If you purchased a 4-Way/7-Way Hopkins adapter like part # 37185 so that you can use the Curt Echo Mobile Trailer Brake Controller # C51180 then you are correct about only needing to connect the 12V power wire for the brake controller (in addition to connecting the typical trailer light circuits and ground). The reverse light wiring is optional and is really only needed if your trailer has a separate circuit for the reverse lights. We actually created the kit # ETBC7L for people who...
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  • Recommendation for Adding 7-Way Trailer Connector to Hyundai Santa Fe Sport with 4-Way Connection
  • For your adapter from the 4-way to a 7-way, I recommend the Hopkins Adapter 4-Pole to 7-Pole and 4-Pole # 37185. This will give you the option of adding the 12V power, the brake controller output, and the reverse lights. Even if you don't add those functions, you still need to install the white ground wire for proper function. If you want to add those features, I recommend the wiring kit # 5506. The trailer side 7-way will work well with this adapter on your Hyundai Santa Fe Sport....
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  • Recommended Wireless Brake Controller for Easy Towing of Trailers Without Physical Mounting Required
  • The Tekonsha Prodigy RF Wireless Trailer Brake Controller # 90250 must be mounted to the trailer in a certain way in order to function correctly. It cannot be connected to the tow vehicle. A better option for you is the new Curt Echo Wireless Trailer Brake Controller # C51180 which is designed to be used on the vehicle side and can easily stow in your glove box when not in use. It utilizes Bluetooth for the remote function utilizing a downloadable app. Once paired and set, the phone...
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  • What is the Easiest Brake Controller to Use?
  • Trailer brake controllers really don't get much easier to use than the Curt Echo Wireless Brake Controller, # C51180. The only installation that is required for this brake controller is plugging it into the 7-way trailer connector at your bumper and downloading the Echo Smart Control App from either the App Store or Google Play. This brake controller can also store an unlimited number of vehicle-trailer profiles, so you never have to reset your settings even when you unplug the brake controller...
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  • Wiring for Using a Brake Controller with a 2016 Kia Sportage
  • If you already have a brake controller that connects via 4 wires, like the popular Prodigy P3 # 90195, then you will need a 4-Way wiring harness like the recommended T-One # 118526 and the Universal Wiring Kit # ETBC7. The T-One provides the standard tail light functions from your 2016 Kia Sportage to your trailer and then the ETBC7 kit adds the 12V and brake controller functions as well. Attached is an installation of the T-One on a similar Sportage and the ETBC7 on a Kia Sorento for...
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  • Wiring 2016 Kia Sorento to use Curt Echo Trailer Brake Controller
  • The Curt Echo Trailer Brake Controller # C51180 will not actually require you use that kit for installation. What you would need to start with on your 2016 Kia Sorento instead is a 4-way connector (if you don't have one), either the T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness # 118583 if your '16 Sorento does NOT have the factory tow package or the T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness # 118269 if your Sorento DOES have the factory tow package. The install will be different depending on which harness you need...
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  • Curt Echo vs Tekonsha Prodigy P2 Brake Controller for 2019 Kia Sorento
  • The Curt Echo # C51180 and the Tekonsha Prodigy P2 # 90885 that you're deciding between are both excellent proportional brake controllers but as you mentioned, their installation, operation, and physical design are all quite a bit different. Between the two options I recommend going with the Curt Echo # C51180 for your application because it will offer an easier installation process and its convenient operation is simply better fitted for occasional towing like you plan on doing. Once...
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  • How to Prevent Theft of the Curt Echo Mobile Trailer Brake Controller
  • There is no way to lock the Curt Echo Mobile Trailer Brake Controller part # C51180 to your vehicle, that is correct. In order to deter theft you will want to unplug the unit and place it in your truck each time you are in an unfamiliar area. The unit can then be plugged right back in without going through the setup process. For a wireless brake controller that would require more effort to steal, I recommend the Tekonsha Prodigy RF Wireless Trailer Brake Controller part # 90250 which...
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  • Will Curt Echo Brake Controller Interfere with 2019 Toyota Tacoma Sway Control
  • The Curt Echo Mobile Trailer Brake Controller # C51180 will not interfere with your 2019 Toyota Tacoma's integrated sway control feature but it would not apply the trailer brakes or work with the system at all. It won't apply the trailer brakes unless you put your foot on the brake pedal or apply the override feature. I attached a review video for this controller for more info as well.
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  • Echo Wireless Brake Control Function With Loss of Cell Signal or Device Off-Line
  • That is a very similar question to one of the first I asked the manufacturer when they were presenting it to us. The Curt Echo Wireless Trailer Brake Controller # C51180 will still function if you lose cell service because it uses Bluetooth which has to do with proximity and not cell service. However, if you were to even lose that Bluetooth connection due to a battery dying for instance, the controller will keep the settings being used and continue to function based on the last settings....
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  • Best Trailer Brake Controller for 2015 BMW X5 Diesel with Factory Trailer Harness
  • Based on my research it looks like your X5 was equipped with the BMW Hitch Kit part 71602156525. This includes the trailer hitch and 7-Way wiring harness to power the trailer's signal lights but it does not actually include a traditional brake controller. This will still need to be added. I recommend taking a look at the Curt Echo Wireless Trailer Brake Controller # C51180. This is really the perfect brake controller for your BMW X5. The controller will simply plug into the factory 7-Way...
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  • Easy to Install Brake Controller Recommendation for 2017 Volkswagen Touareg
  • For your 2017 Volkswagen Touareg with a factory 7-way there is one super easy brake controller solution that I recommend for you. I recommend the Curt Echo part # C51180 because it basically just plugs into your 7-way and gives you a brake controller you can operate from your smart phone. All other solutions for your vehicle require special harnesses that we can't get but this one is incredibly easy and works well. Check out the review video I attached for more info too.
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  • Recommended Brake Controller for a 2017 Volkswagen Touareg with OEM 7-Way Connector
  • The brake controller that I recommend using to tow with your 2017 Volkswagen Touareg is the Curt Echo # C51180 because you simply plug it into the 7-Way connector and then use your phone to configure the brake settings. All you need is 12V power running to your 7-Way and either an iPhone (OS 8.0 or newer) or an Android (OS 4.4 or newer) and you are good to go! Since this plugs right into the 7-Way on your Touareg you don't have to worry about where to install the controller in your cab,...
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  • Recommended Trailer Brake Controller and Wiring for 2019 Honda Odyssey
  • Starting with the brake controller itself I highly recommend the Curt Echo # C51180 for your 2019 Honda Odyssey. This is a really unique controller that allows for an extremely simple installation that involves simply plugging it into a 7-Way connector on the vehicle and pairing to your smartphone via Bluetooth after downloading the free app. It will provide automatic proportional braking that will activate the brakes on the trailer at the same time and with the same intensity that...
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