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 to suit your preference. Call 800-298-8924 to order Draw-Tite brake controller part number 5100 or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Draw-Tite products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Draw-Tite Activator Trailer Brake Controller - 1 to 2 Axles - Time Delayed. Brake Controller reviews from real customers.
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  • Draw-Tite
  • Electric
  • 2 - 4 Brakes
  • Automatic Leveling
  • 360 Degrees
  • Vehicle Mount
  • Indicator Light

Draw-Tite Brake Controller - 5100

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 to suit your preference.


  • Brake controller activates trailer brakes with preset intensity
    • Signal is sent to trailer brakes when tow vehicle's brakes are activated
  • Adjustable output control lets you determine the amount of braking force
    • Set to maximum when you travel through hilly terrain with a fully loaded trailer
    • Back off the power output when you tow a lightweight trailer
  • Sync setting lets you adjust the aggressiveness with which the brakes are activated
    • Get full power output faster by moving switch forward to increase activation speed
    • Achieve smoother braking by moving switch in opposite direction to supply power gradually
  • LED indicator on front of unit shows when trailer's brakes are applied
    • Light glows brighter as power output increases
  • Built-in, slide-bar manual override
  • Quick and easy installation
    • No need to mount level like proportional brake controllers
    • Mounting bracket, wiring harness and hardware included
    • Plug-in, vehicle-specific brake-control adapter (sold separately) can be used for certain applications to reduce installation time
    • Pulse preventer (5501) recommended for installation


  • Application: trailers with up to 2 axles (4 brake assemblies)
    • Designed for use with electric brakes only
  • Dimensions: 3" wide x 5-3/8" long x 1" tall
  • Limited 3-year warranty

Time-Delayed Braking

The Activator 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 Activator. 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 Activator 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.

Sync Settings

To adjust the aggressiveness of your trailer's braking action, use the slide control on the side of the Activator to change the sync setting. If you want to reach maximum power output faster, move the switch forward. To get smoother braking action, move 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 Activator 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 Activator, you must remove the plug at the end of the integrated wiring harness.

Installation Accessories

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, a 20-amp circuit breaker (9506P - sold separately) will be required.

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.

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Video Transcript for Draw-Tite Activator Trailer Brake Controller Review

Today we're going to review part number 5100. This is the Draw-Tite activator time delay trailer brake controller. It is designed to fit trailers for 1 to 2 axles. It does come with everything showing here: the mounting bracket, the mounting hardware. This brake controller will activate your trailer brakes with a preset intensity. The signal is sent to the trailer brakes when you're tow vehicle's brakes are activated. On the very front here, you can see there's a sliding switch.

This is the adjustable output control. This will let you determine the amount of braking force. Basically if you go that way, you can see where it's lighter. That's the maximum. You'll set it to the maximum when you're going to travel through a hilly terrain with a fully-loaded trailer. Then if you want to back it off, you want to do that; back off the power outflow 00:00:45 when you're going to tow a lightweight trailer or an empty trailer. On the side here, you'll see there's also a sink setting.

The sink setting will let you adjust the aggressiveness with which the brakes are activated. If you look real closely, there's a plus sign and a minus sign. This will be towards the front of your tow vehicle. This will be towards the rear of it. Basically to get the full power output faster, you'll move the switch forward. The plus sign, this will increase the activation speed.

If you want to achieve smoother braking, you could move it in the opposite direction; that will supply your power gradually. On the very front, you'll see there's a bob here. This is an LED light. This will indicate on the front of your unit, it will show when your trailer's brakes are applied. The light will glow brighter as the power output increases. I'm going to show you that in a minute.

It has the built-in slide bar manual override that you can activate the brakes immediately. It's a very quick and easy installation, because it's a time-delayed brake controller. There's no need to mount it level, like the proportionals. You can mount it in any direction. The mounting bracket, again, and the hardware is all included. If you notice, it has a plug on the end. We do recommend if it's available for your vehicle, to get the plug-in vehicle-specific brake controller adapter. We do sell those separately. You can find out if there's one available for your vehicle by just going on to our website, under the fit guide, and seeing if they list one that will plug on. A vehicle-specific brake controller adapter will have a plug that will plug into the brake controller. The other end of it will have a plug that will plug into the factory port on your vehicle. If they don't have one for your vehicle, you can get also a plug that will plug into this brake controller, and the other end would be 4 pigtail wires that you could hard-wire into your vehicle. Now getting the application on this brake controller, is for trailers with up to 2 axles or 4 brake assemblies. It is designed for use with electric brakes only. Again, I want to show you I have a plug-in hooked to a 12-O 00:02:54 power source. What we're going to do is go ahead and attach the brake controller; it snaps right in. Then what I'm going to do is go ahead and turn on the power, so we got 12-O power. Then what I'm going to do is I'm going to show you when you apply the brakes, if you watch that red LED light when your brakes are applied, you'll notice that that red LED light will come on. Put it up, you can see it better. Here you go, that's showing that your brakes are being applied, or also when your manual slide is being applied, that will come on. What you also notice, I have it up to maximum. You notice when you push the manual, it will go from a dim bulb, and as you push it up to the maximum, it will get a brighter bulb. If you turn it down some, like in the middle, you can see as you push it up, it won't go up to maximum, because you got the output set in the middle there. That should do it for the review on part number 5100, the Draw-Tite activator time delay trailer brake controller for trailers with 1 to 2 axles. .

Customer Reviews

Draw-Tite Activator Trailer Brake Controller - 1 to 2 Axles - Time Delayed - 5100

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (145 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 to suit your preference.
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by: Edward01/03/2011

Brake controller installation It took longer that it should have to connect the controller, but I was being very careful, I would check and then double check to make sure everything was alright. I wanted to do a nice clean job so I took my time. The hardest part was making sure I had the right wire connected for the brake signal to the controller, but even that was not difficult to do. I took some pictures of when I started a task and the end result. I will probably move the controller from the ash tray area at a later date, but for now it is fine where it's at since I don't smoke and I don't let anyone else smoke in my truck. 4920

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by: Mac C03/12/2014

This product is everything I needed for the tandem Car Hauler I purchased to pull with my 2012 F-150. Etrailer.com was very helpful and responsive to my order. all in all a very pleasant experience. Thank you.. 120367


Thanks Pat I have had very good success with this Brake Controller it works as expected Very good Thanks.

Mac C - 03/12/2015

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by: PB06/11/2012

Let me start by saying etrailer.com is the way to go. There prices even with shipping are about the same, if not cheaper, than a brick and mortar store with a lot more to choose from. Shipping was very fast and everything installed and worked in about 15 minutes. That being said, I'm not real impressed with the brake controller. It's about as basic as it gets. No numerical output reading, just a little red light that is supposed to get brighter the harder you push your brakes. Kind of hard to tell when the sun is out. It does work, and if bare bones is what you want, this would probably work for you. I will be calling or emailing to see about an exchange. I would rather spend an extra $10-20 and get something a little nicer. Will let you know how that goes. 43619

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by: Paul S08/09/2015

Works great this is the only place to shop if you own a trailer! Any questions you can think of they have the answer. Thanks again, Paul 217930


Flawless after a year. I sold the truck it was in , but kept my controller for the next one.

Paul S - 08/08/2016

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by: Kyle I.03/26/2017

I have to say..... installation was super easy!!! Installed this in an 06 Chevy Suburban, to pull our camper. 358923

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by: Jack01/14/2013

This product was very easy to install. Works like it should. Thanks!!!! 62932


This product after a year has been performing great with no problems. I would recommend this breaking device. Thanks.

Jack - 07/15/2014

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by: Juan02/02/2017

Work great on my 2007 gmc sierra classic, I recommend this product Thanks. 337785

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by: m.martinez08/19/2014

nice product and easy installation and thank u jean 4 your help on customer services the video was veryyyyyyyyyyy helpful 147471


still working and easy to adjust your brakes to tt

m.m - 08/19/2015

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by: Rod radovanovic09/07/2013

The product and instructions are very good. The only reason I did not give an excellent rating is that instruction can be more clear about the ground connection of the unit. I do not think that is necessary to ground the unit all the way to the battery negative terminal (as shown in the wiring chart). It is comber some to do that since another 10 gage wire would need to thread through the engine firewall and rout all the way to the battery. It is sufficient just to use a solid metal underneath the dash and attach it to that location. I have to give a great paradise to the sales people that my unit was shipped on the same day. 98742

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by: Chuck09/10/2015

The product came quickly. The installation only took five minutes. So far the product has been good. 224786


Great. Easy to install and operate.

Chuck - 09/10/2016

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by: Burl04/29/2013

Works as advertised 78317


Still working

Burl - 04/29/2014

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by: James E03/29/2017

I was very pleased with not only this but all of my purchases from etrailer over the last few weeks as I restored and added brakes to the axles on my old equipment trailer. Not only was etrailer the source for all the parts I needed but also the source of the information I needed to make informed product choices along with educating me on how to do the job myself. Saving me alot of $$$$. etrailer.com seems to be the best in the business and obviously not by accident Thank you VERY much James 360233

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by: Gary04/18/2017

I was replacing my brake controller with the same one. The previous one was used for two different popup campers and was giving me trouble. The one I bought from etrailer worked as good as the old one . I am very pleased with my purchase. I would also like to tell you I had purchased an entire brake replacement from etrailer and was very satisfied with parts and the videos you provided to install the parts . I have recommended your site to friends when they need trailer parts! 369009

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by: michael S07/08/2016

got this so I could tow my tiny home ! both pieces fit perfectly , had it installed and dialed in in what seemed like less than 10 mins , very happy with the whole experience here at etrailer. I will use them again!! 269369

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by: Chuck05/09/2017

This controller worked perfectly for my situation, the install was super easy, the entire install took 15 minutes, the hardest part was finding the wiring harness under the dash. The slide dial for more or less braking power was so easy to dial in and the manual slide bar was easy and convenient. I would definitely recommend this product to anyone who tows an rv or trailer with electric brakes 378467

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by: Johnny O01/21/2017

Great experience. I had asked if someone could double check all my select tons. Jameson C responded within a few hours with clear confirming comments in my choices. Parts (hitch, harness,e-brake and harness) arrived in one box well packaged. No damage. All of the information on the site was spot on. Took me far less time to install but the videos were exact. I will be a return customer. 337514

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by: Brian Miller06/17/2016

Thx guys this web sit is so user friendly and my brake controller was easy to hook up and works great. I cant get this kind of helpful service . here in my home town . and yes all my trailer friends are now on your website. and your youtube vids are so helpful THX and keep on doing what you do we need people like you . one very happy guy in the Adirondack Mountains NY. 262073

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by: Chris04/09/2017

I received the products in my order promptly. I got delivery the day before I had to leave town for a few days, so I haven't installed the brake controller yet. But I got exactly what I ordered, and they followed up to see that I had complete satisfaction. I have to say it has been a pleasurable buying experience, and I have already recommended your site to a couple of friends. 364995

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by: D.S06/20/2017

needed a brake controller for my nissan titan to use the electric brakes on my 33 ft travel trailer. Install was easy, took about 10 mins to read instructions and install in truck. Brake controller works great and comes in a small size so it dont get in they way of leg space under dash. Also like it can be installed in any position unlike others that have to be level to work. 396781

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by: Tom O.07/18/2013

I bought this unit with the specific connecting cable for my truck and everything worked just like it was supposed to. It took me about 10 min. to install it once I found the connector in my truck. Also, there are a number of videos on youtube from etrailer.com, one of which showed me exactly how to connect the trailer brake to my specific truck. 90141

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by: Jeff01/24/2013

Have yet to use it Fastest installation ever! Took less then 5 min Wiring harness snapped right into place Shipping was lighting quick, ordered it Saturday night received it Thursday with regular shipping....there was even a holiday in between!!!! From this experiance alone I will only buy from e-trailer. 64070

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by: Blake W.06/01/2016

Super easy installation since my truck was pre-wired. Trailer brakes work as they should. Very good product. 255318

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by: Dave R.06/04/2012

Product was as described. Installation was a breeze with the included harness. I had it installed and tested in 15 minutes. Shipping was very fast, ordered on Wednesday evening at received it on Saturday. This was my first time using etrailer.com and I will definitely be using them for all my trailer needs. 42764

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by: Allan C06/17/2015

Easy to put in works great, only problem I had was finding a nut for the post for the power. Would have been nice to know I needed it before I started. Maybe list it somewhere on page with vehicle. Other items work and install easy. Shipping was great and traceable. Got my products within three days. 204120

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by: Lee Cable10/07/2015

Haven't hooked to a trailer, but easily installed. Filling order was fast and arrived well packed 229427

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by: Randy D06/05/2015

Recived my controler fast and had it in and working in 15 minutes. Thank you for the fast service and good product. I will buy from you again if i need any more Brake parts or Controllers. I put this controller in a 2004 4 runner and fit and wored perfect. I would recomend you to my friends. 200739

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by: Ed G.12/16/2012

The brake control took about 15 minutes to install. I watch the video for my year and model truck and then installed the unit. It was very easy to install and the adapter worked perfectly. A great product and the best how to do it website I have ever used. 61576

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by: John H.06/17/2016

This is a very good basic unit and reasonably priced. This is the second one I own. Although the other carries the Reese brand it is identical. Why pay more for another unit this one does all it's asked to do. Thanks for the great service. 262083

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by: Todd F08/14/2014

I recently got my order it took ten minutes to hook the unit up very simple! Mounting was ever bit as easy. Once you are done you can check the unit by stepping on the break a light will appear on the brake unit if powered up correctly! 146715

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by: Randy Y07/12/2013

watch a video on line about this part. And for once ,something worked like it says it would. I just pluged it in and presto my trailer brakes worked Allso paid extra to have it here in 3 days and sure enough it was here in 3 days 89291

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by: Ray K09/16/2011

Website was extremely helpful, video on installation and ordering made things simple. Product was shipped and received promptly and installation was literally a snap, it took longer to find the factory plug then to install this unit. 24058

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by: Al S05/27/2013

One of the videos on your website was very helpful to me in locating and accessing the trailer harness plug on my Ford F-150. Once that was accomplished, the installation went very smoothly and the controller is working perfectly. 82054

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by: Jay R08/16/2016

Works perfectly. I had to order the adapter for my truck (F-150), but used the etrailer website to make sure I received the correct one and it works great! I've used etrailer a few times now and haven't had any problems. 284254

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by: Rick F.07/20/2017

We purchased a wiring kit with trailer brake. Kit wired into existing wiring with out cutting and splicing my existing wires. Pulled trailer several times and very happy with the results. Tanks Adrianne for your help. 408118

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by: barry06/06/2016

got product in time it installed very easy works well would recomend this product and etrailer they have the right product for the job i have three trailers and buy all my parts from them thank you ETRAILER 257936

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by: BILL Y07/01/2016


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by: John04/29/2016

i really like dealing with etrailer have never had a problem with any order love the delivery time and the items are of great quality will definitely be ordering from etrailer for my next trailer parts 247604

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by: Don S05/31/2017

We looked everywhere local and couldn't find what we wanted, went to your web site and had what we wanted within a week. Ya'll are great! We will recommend to family and friends! Thanks!!!! 386908

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by: Al S.01/24/2011

After I placed the order it was expedited and shipped in lightning speed. All items were delivered, being exactly as described on the e-trailer website. You can't get much better than that. 5995

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by: Andy L03/05/2016

Easy to install, wiring harness was longer than expected which made it easier to mount the box where i needed it. Easy to adjust while on the road. For the money you cant beat it. 239699

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by: RobM11/04/2016

Excellent items as described and install only took about a half hour. The hardest part was deciding where to mount the brake controller or install would have been 15 minutes. 313588

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by: Bill T03/27/2016

Easy install with clear instructions, worked as expected with no problems. The price was good and the shipping was quick. Have and will order from etrailer again. 241963

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by: Clinton03/13/2017

E trailer makes it easy,with resonable prices on their products. I purchased this same one 10 years ago.Needed another, this controller has served me well. 352096

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by: Scott V07/15/2016

This is the third Draw Tite Activator I have owned. I have been happy with the performance of the past two....so I ordered another for my new vehicle. 272102

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by: Tim C01/30/2015

Installed the 5100 Draw - Tite controller on my 2002 F150XLT with the screws provided I drilled a pilot hole and the bracket mounted just like factory. 171830

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by: James W03/12/2016

Product was so easy to install with wiring harness ( 3025-P) adapter to truck. Just mount under dash plug in, Bobs your uncle done. Share and Enjoy 240664

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by: Troy C.12/10/2015

Shipping was fast. The pre-wired harness was great. Installation was easy after I was able to get to the factory harness on my 2015 F150. 233537

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by: Scott01/11/2017

This order was received quickly and we were kept informed on the shipping progress. The product itself is great! No complaints Scott 334728

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by: Don T.12/14/2011

Fast installation with vehicle specific harness sold with the unit. Product does exactly as advertised. Very good product for the price. 28098

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by: al01/16/2015

These guys made it so easy , the brake controller and wire connector came in the mail quick and it took me about 5 minutes to install. 169088

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  • Your trailer has surge brakes on it so you do not need to install a brake controller to activate them. Surge brakes use the inertia of a vehicle trying to stop the trailer to compress the hydraulic fluid in the master cylinder which then transfers to the brake assemblies and activates the trailer's brakes. Since your trailer has a 5-pin socket this would indicate that it has an electric lockout solenoid. What an electric lock out does is prevent the fluid from being sent to the brake...
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  • Brake Controller and Wiring Harness for a 2008 Dodge Ram 1500 with Factory Tow Package
  • Since your 2008 Dodge Ram 1500 already has what is called a factory tow package, all you will need is the Draw-Tite Brake Controller, part # 5100, that you have referenced and the Tekonsha Wire Replacement for Dodge, part # 3020-P. The # 3020-P harness will plug into the back of the brake controller and the plug on the other end will plug into the factory brake controller port located under the dash, above the emergency brake pedal. I have also included a video installation of a proportional...
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  • Brake Control Installation Instructions for a 1996 Chevrolet C/K Pickup
  • You will need to hard wire the Draw-Tite 2-4 Brake Electronic Brake Controller - Time Delayed, item # 5100, on your 1996 Chevrolet CK Pickup. Hard wiring is straight forward and fairly easy to do. We have instructions and a video that I have linked below for you. From the Brake controller here are your connections. White wire to negative battery post. Black wire through a 20 amp circuit breaker, item # PK54520 (included in kit), to the positive battery post. Red wire to the stop...
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  • Functions of Each Wire Color on Tekonsha Brake Controller and Installation On a 2012 Chevy Silverado
  • On the Tekonsha Envoy and all brake controllers the four wire colors will be, white is ground, black is 12 volt power, blue goes out to the trailer connector, and red is in from the stop light circuit on the brake switch. I am including a link to a FAQ page on trailer brake controllers. On your 2012 Chevrolet Silverado, if you have the factory 7-way connector on your vehicle you will just run the brake controller wires to a bundle of 4 or 5 blunt cut wires that are located under the...
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  • Brake Controller has Constant Power Output and is Draining the Battery on the Truck
  • Brake controllers do send a little power back to check for a trailer but it should not be that much. You will either have an issue inside the brake controller or there is a short somewhere else that is causing a draw. To determine which, you will need to disconnect the trailer from the truck and use a circuit tester to test a few things. You mentioned installing a new trailer connector but if the wires have corrosion on them that can cause a short and draw power. Make sure the vehicle...
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  • Installing a Trailer Brake Controller on a 2008 GMC Sierra 1500
  • To install a brake controller on a 2008 GMC Sierra, you will need to locate the brake controller wire bundle under the dash. You will need to look below the steering column and to the left of the brake pedal. The wire bundle will be held together with white tape. The white tape should also list the functions of the wires. We have found that the red wire on the truck connects to the black wire on the brake controller for power. The dark blue wire on the truck connects to the brake controller...
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  • Installing an Electric Trailer Brake Controller from Scratch on a 1997 GMC Sierra 1500
  • To install the Tekonsha Voyager Brake Controller, # 39510, or any brake controller in your 1997 GMC C/K series 1500, there are a couple of items you will need in addition to the brake controller. First, if the truck does not already have a 4-Way trailer connector, you will need to add one, # 118315. Installation is easy. This harness plugs in line with the vehicle tail lights. After making that connection, you will just need to attach the white ground wire to a clean, bare metal surface....
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  • How to Install Brake Controller Wiring on a 2008 Toyota Tundra SR5 Crewmax
  • If your 2008 Toyota Tundra has the factory 7-way connector in the back, then you should be able to plug in a brake controller adapter under the dash of the Tundra. Does the connector provided by the manufacturer look like the Universal Brake Control Wiring Adapter, part # 3040-S. If so, then you will just need to connect the wires coming out of the back of the Draw-Tite Activator I, part # 5100, to the proper wires on your factory supplied harness, and plug in the adapter. The brake...
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  • Motorhome Brake Control Install
  • Brake controllers are not vehicle specific items so there are not diagrams available for individual vehicles. We do have a help page on installing brake controllers that will walk you through the process, but I will briefly run through the process to give you an idea of what has to be done. Most brake controllers have 4-Wires, typically they are: blue, black, red and white. The white wire is a ground, so it needs to be connected to any solid ground point. The red wire is the stop light...
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  • Owners Manual for the Draw-Tite Activator Brake Controller # 5100
  • I attached a link that has the installation instructions and owners manual for the Draw-Tite Activator Brake Controller # 5100 that you referenced.
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  • Troubleshooting the e2 Error Code on a Hopkins Reliance Trailer Brake Controller
  • The E2 error on your Hopkins brake controller indicates a short to the blue wire. The most likely culprit is a dirty or corroded vehicle/trailer connector and is causing power draw from another circuit to the brake circuit. Clean both connectors and also check the back where the wires attach because corrosion can build up there as well. If this does not solve the issue, you should test the controller itself to see if it is the problem. Sever the blue wire a few inches from the back of...
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  • What is the Red Wire Function on an Electric Trailer Brake Controller
  • The red wire on the brake controller connects to the stop light wire on the brake switch located above the brake pedal. You will need to use a circuit tester like # 3808 to probe the wires. You need the one that shows a signal ONLY when the brake pedal is pressed. If you find a wire that has a signal when the headlights are on or when the turn signals are engaged it is not the correct wire. Brake Controller Wire Colors and Functions: The white wire is ground The blue wire is output...
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  • Brake Controller Applies Trailer Brakes When Headlights are Turned On
  • The first thing to check would be to make sure the brake controller is in the right port on the block underneath the dash. It should be the second port from the left on the top row. I have included a link to the instructions for your particular truck. It is possible that your truck did not come with the appropriate wiring to the rear of the vehicle. If the brake controller is in the correct port and it still does not function properly, then you will have to hardwire the brake controller...
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  • Troubleshooting Tekonsha Commander Brake Controller
  • Given the testing you've already completed, power is reaching the controller and the vehicle is correctly delivering the stop lamp signal to the controller via the red wire. However, if you're not getting any power on the blue wire when tested directly after exiting the rear of the controller with the brake pedal or with the manual brake switch, the controller is faulty and should be replaced. I'd recommend going with a proportional controller like the Tekonsha Primus, part # TK90160....
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  • Troubleshooting a Draw-Tite Brake Controller # 5100
  • You will want to confirm that you have the wires of the controller attached in the correct manner. The blue wire is the brake output circuit and will be run to the 7-way. The black wire is the 12 volt circuit wire that will be run through a 30 amp circuit breaker to the vehicle battery. The white wire is the ground wire and will be attached to the negative side of battery. The red wire will be run to the brake switch signal that only sees voltage when the brakes are applied. If...
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  • Reese Brakeman 83501 Only Sends Power to Trailer Brakes When Using Manual Over Ride
  • Assuming the rest of the brake controller is wired properly, the blue brake switch wire should be sufficient to tell the brake controller that the brakes have been pressed. My thinking is that you need to adjust the power output on the brake controller. If the output control is set too low, you may not get sufficient braking power until you use the manual over-ride switch. If the power setting is at an appropriate level, there may be a wiring problem. Double check your ground. Make sure...
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  • Wire Diagram for Installing a Voyager Brake Controller on a 2002 Ford F-250
  • On your 2002 Ford F-250 you will need to connect the Red wire to the Black wire on the brake controller for +12 Volts power and the Light Green wire to the Red Stoplight wire on the brake controller. The Dark Blue wire is connected to the Blue wire from the brake controller to send power to the Trailer Brakes, and the White wires are connected to each other providing a ground for the brake controller. I posted a diagram with your wire colors added to it for you, see drawing at right. The...
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