Palm-size brake controller activates trailer brakes with preset intensity when you apply the brakes in your vehicle. Adjust power output and braking aggressiveness with easily accessible, up-front buttons. Digital display and manual override. Call 800-298-8924 to order Draw-Tite brake controller part number 5504 or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Draw-Tite products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Draw-Tite Activator IV Trailer Brake Controller - 1 to 4 Axles - Time Delayed. Brake Controller reviews from real customers.
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Draw-Tite Activator IV Trailer Brake Controller - 1 to 4 Axles - Time Delayed

Draw-Tite Brake Controller

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Draw-Tite Brake Controller - 5504

Palm-size brake controller activates trailer brakes with preset intensity when you apply the brakes in your vehicle. Adjust power output and braking aggressiveness with easily accessible, up-front buttons. Digital display and manual override.


Features:

  • Brake controller activates trailer brakes with preset intensity
    • Signal is sent to trailer brakes when tow vehicle's brakes are activated
  • Adjustable power output lets you determine the amount of power sent to the trailer's brakes
    • Set to higher output when towing in hilly terrain or with a fully loaded trailer
    • Back off power when towing a lightweight or empty trailer
  • Sync setting lets you adjust the aggressiveness with which the brakes are activated
    • Increasing activation speed gives you full power output faster
    • Supplying power more gradually gives you smoother braking
  • Easy-to-read digital display communicates brake power output, sync setting, and error codes
    • Shows diagnostic codes for overloads and open grounds
  • Short circuit protected
  • Slide-bar manual override
  • Quick and easy installation
    • Can be mounted at any angle in any plane, and in any direction
    • Mounting bracket with hardware included
    • Plug-in, vehicle-specific brake-controller adapter (sold separately) can be used for certain applications to reduce installation time


Specs:

  • Application: trailers with up to 4 axles (8 brake assemblies)
    • Designed for use with electric brakes only
  • Dimensions: 4-3/16" long x 2-3/4" wide x 1" tall
  • Harness length: 8"
  • Limited lifetime warranty


Time-Delayed Braking

The Activator IV 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 the set 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 user-set delay, no matter the braking situation. Although this delay always exists, it can be adjusted by changing the sync setting. The controller will continue to send out power to the trailer brakes as long as your foot is on the brake pedal, even when your truck and trailer have come to a stop.


Built-In Controls on the Activator IV


Built-In Controls on the Activator IV

The diagram above shows the controls and components of the Activator IV electric trailer brake controller.


Power Output Control

The power output control lets you set the maximum amount of power that will be applied to your trailer's brakes. Typically, the power output is only readjusted if you switch from a heavy, loaded trailer to a much lighter, empty trailer - or vice versa. During the initial setup process, use the plus and minus adjustment buttons on the top left of the Activator IV to adjust the output.


Sync Control

The sync setting represents the elapsed time from the point that the brakes are first applied to the point that the set power output reaches its maximum. This setting is responsible for determining the aggressiveness of the braking action.


To adjust the sync, use the plus and minus buttons on the top of the unit. If you want to reach maximum power output faster, press the plus button. To get smoother braking action by supplying power to the trailer brakes more gradually, press the minus button. You can alter the sync setting to suit your driving preferences or to improve handling based on changing road conditions or varied trailer loads.


Digital Display

The Activator IV brake controller features an easy-to-read LED window that displays the power settings as you adjust them. The power output is shown as a number, with 0 indicating minimum output and 10 indicating maximum output. The sync setting is shown as a number followed by the letter "o" to differentiate it from the output reading. The least aggressive sync setting is 0o and the most aggressive is 9o.


While braking, the unit displays the power output. To see or adjust the sync setting, step on your brake pedal and press either the plus or minus button at the same time.


The display will also show trouble codes to alert you to any potential problems, such as short circuits or overloads, or if there is an internal problem with the controller.


Slide-Bar Manual Override

The manual slide lever overrides the preset power output and allows the operator to engage the trailer brakes without using the vehicle's brakes. In addition to being a necessary safety feature, this option helps to control trailer sway by slowing the trailer to put it back solidly behind the tow vehicle.


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


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 or position it in any particular direction. As a result, mounting options are limitless, so long as you can still easily access the manual override.


Installation of the Activator IV 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 controller, you must remove the plug at the end of the integrated wiring harness.


Installation Accessories

A vehicle-specific, dual-mated wiring adapter is available for most newer trucks and SUVs with tow packages. One end of the custom adapter plugs into your vehicle's brake controller port, and the other end plugs into the controller - no hardwiring required.


A universal wiring harness (20127 - sold separately) that plugs into any Draw-Tite brake controller is also available. The 4 leads on the universal harness can then be hardwired into your vehicle. By splicing the universal adapter into your wiring instead of directly connecting the brake controller to your wiring, you gain the ability to unplug and remove the controller from your vehicle should the need arise.


Note: If a custom brake-control wiring adapter is not available for your vehicle, one of the following will be required:

20-Amp circuit breaker (9506P - sold separately) for 2- to 4-brake applications

30-Amp circuit breaker (38630 - sold separately) for 6- 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 vehicle.



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Video Transcript for Draw-Tite Brake Controller 5504 Review

Today we're going to review part number 5504. This is is Draw-Tite Activator IV Time Delayed Trailer Brake Controller. This is designed for trailers from using one to four axles. This brake controller will activate your trailer brakes with a pre-set intensity. The signal is sent to your trailer brakes when your tow vehicle's brakes are activated. This time delayed brake controller is so-named that because there is a delay between the time that you initially apply the brakes on your tow vehicle and the time that the controller reaches the set maximum power output.

Although this delay will already exist, it can be adjusted by just changing your sync setting, right over here. What I am going to do, just so can go through these, is I have an example of a plug here. I'm going to plug this in, so we have power to it. Now that I got it plugged in, turn the power on and I just want to show you, initially if you do not have your trailer connected, when you try to apply the brakes all you will see is that red dot. That just means the trailer is not connected. I'm going to connect the wire to the trailer.

With that wire connected, you'll see, when we apply the brakes, it'll give you the readings. So, what we're going to do now is we're going to talk about it. The sync setting that I had mentioned, you can change that sync setting. This will let you adjust the aggressiveness in which the brakes are activated. Right here it says sync.

These buttons right up here at the top, the plus and minus button, what you'll do is you can increase your activations speed. It will give you full power output a lot faster, just by pushing the plus. Basically, if I go plus, you can see it raises it 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. Nine is the highest. You go minus, you can see it brings it all the way down to 1, whoop it will go all the way down to 0, I'm sorry.

Zero up to nine, so that will . Now, if you decrease that activation speed . In other words, if you have it 5, let's say, and you put minus and go down to 4 or 3, when you're decreasing that activation speed, this will supply the power more gradually and give you a lot smoother braking. Over here is the gain, the power output control, which is also know as the gain. This part will let you determine the amount of power sent to your trailer and brakes. So, the same way as a plus and a minus. If you set it to a higher, you can see it goes up to 8. It goes up by half, all the way up to 10, 9.5, 9. So, if you go higher output, when tow . You'll use that when you're towing in like a hilly terrain or with a fully loaded trailer. If you go minus or back off the power, you'll do that when you're towing a light weight or an empty trailer, so it's going to control the amount of power sent to your trailer's brakes. The manual control slide lever right here, as you can see, this will override the preset power output and allows the operator to engage your trailer brakes without using your vehicles brakes. This will, if you'll notice, when you push this all the way, goes up to 7.5. Seven and a half you'll notice is what the gain setting was, so the gain is what you'll be . Whenever you push this slide lever, it's only going to go up to the maximum gain that you have set on it. It does have this nice, easy to read LED digital display. This will give you your brake power output, the sync setting. It'll also give you air codes. It'll show diagnostic codes for any overloads or open ground and it is short circuit protected. This is a very quick and easy installation, as I'm mentioned, it's a plug and play installation. What we do recommend . This can be mounted at any angle, at any plane, in any direction. Because it's not like a proportional brake controller, it doesn't rely on any inertia or the accelerometer in here. It doesn't rely on any of that, so it can be mounted in any direction. The mounting bracket, right here, and the hardware is included. As you can see, the bracket would just slide in there. You mount it up to the side and then to your vehicle. We do recommend when you do install this, it's possible to use a plug in vehicle specific brake controller adapter, which we do sell separately. Some vehicles will have this adapter plug that you can buy with the end that'll slide into the brake control. The other end can be either wired to your vehicle or it can have a plug that would match the brake controller port in your vehicle. Again, a few specs on this, the application . This is for trailers with up to 4 axles or 8 brake assemblies. It is designed for use with electric brakes only. The harness length off the controller is about 8" and this does come with a limited lifetime warranty. Again, just to show you, you're going to set the sync. You can go high or you can go minus and if you're going to set the gain, you can go up by half inch increments, all the way up to 10 or all the way down to 0. Then again, we have the gain set at 2, when you go apply your manual override, you'll see that it'll only go up to the maximum gain setting. That should do it for the review on part number 5504, the Draw-Tite Activator IV Time Delayed Trailer Brake Controller designed for one to four axles. .


Customer Reviews

Draw-Tite Activator IV Trailer Brake Controller - 1 to 4 Axles - Time Delayed - 5504

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (33 Customer Reviews)


Palm-size brake controller activates trailer brakes with preset intensity when you apply the brakes in your vehicle. Adjust power output and braking aggressiveness with easily accessible, up-front buttons. Digital display and manual override.


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by: Rick08/09/2014


This break controller and harness installs in a 2014 Silverado with factory wires already installed. If you want to install in the dash where the factory break controller should be ,it fits with some modifications. First be careful when cutting the back of dash board. The factory wires are connected to the back of the plastic that you will cut out. The wires are located top right of the panel. Stay away from this area. You will also need to cut out the back bottom to feed the plug from break controller to drivers side fuse panel and run down under the dash board on top of parking break. Remove the black cover next to break pedal and plug in the wire harness. You will need to cut out a piece of plastic on the side of the cover box next to the plug insert, because the harness is not long enough to route thru the top. The break controller will stick out of the dash about 2 inches. This gives access to top control buttons. I mounted it this way because I like it at eye level and not down by my knee. Also did not want to drill holes in my leather appointed dash. 145442


Comments

Control works great no problems

Rick - 08/09/2015

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by: Allen R.08/26/2014


I had an Activator 3, which I really liked, until it quit on me a few months ago. The controller would recognize that you were connected to a trailer, but would display all 0'set and you couldn't adjust it up. Then I swaped it for my brother's Activator 3 and it did the exact same thing, which is sad because I rarely tow, and my brothers hadn't even been hooked up yet. Both were about 3 years old. Anyway, I was going on a camping trip in the mountains pulling a 5th wheel camper, so I needed a replacement. I like the looks of this unit, it's narrower than the Activator 3, and it's black, which I like because it doesn't stand out in my tan interior, which is something I hated about the Activator 3, it was silver and was gaudy in a tan truck. I like that the manual brake switch is actually a potentiometer, and will vary the braking power depending on how far you move the lever. The Activator 3 is just a switch. I did like the gain adjuster wheel on the Activator 3, over the buttons, but it's no big deal. You usually only adjust by half points anyway, but if you wand to go from 9 to 3 for an example, it's kind of a pain where I have my controller tucked up in. Overall I am happy with it. The only concern I have is that the internals are probably the same as the Activator 3, so hopefully theyou got that fixed and this one doesn't quit on me in 3 years. I know the have a lifetime warranty, but I didn't have time to do a warranty claim on my last unit. 148609



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by: MelF10/15/2015


Installation was very easy in my Tahoe thanks to the information available on your website. While I didn't need to call for assistance from your team, reading other reviews gave me confidence to place my order. Add to this that your price was very competitive, the quick shipping, and you can count me as a very satisfied customer! 230063


Comments

Still the handiest controller I have. I pull it out of the console and plug it up when needed and store it when I dont. Stays out of the way except when needed. Functions beautifully with my car hauler or my camper. I would definitely make the same choice again today.

MelF - 10/14/2016

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by: Patrick09/03/2014


everything was exactly as described. fit perfectly on my truck. 149899


Comments

Brake controller is working great!! No complaints.

Patrick - 09/03/2015

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by: Dan09/10/2014


Great products. Fit great in my truck. Very far delivery!! 150562


Comments

Working great. No complaints

Dan - 09/10/2015

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by: Rodger G01/30/2016


The draw tite brake controller arrived very quick. I installed it very easy on my 2015. Ram. I called Tekonsa and made sure what plug in wiring adapter need it was the 3024 p. I was told by service tech Tekconsa that they maiddraw tite. Also the guy from etrailer I order from new all the questions, very good at his job. I installed it in about an hour and that was finding the best place. The adapter plug is above the gas peddle. Will from etrailer again. Good Luck you will be satisfied. 236610



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by: Peet06/29/2016


Nice controller that doesn't take up a lot of space. Installation was so easy that I wonder how places charge $200+ to do this. Found a nice spot to mount bracket, plugged wire harness in, attached controller to bracket & used 3 zip ties to get wires out of the way. Total install time was less than 15 minutes 266211



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by: Norbert05/29/2016


A good product at a good price, delivered QUICKLY! Install was a cinch with a youtube video assist. Placement was a head scratcher. Imagine that with a truck so big. The clear and easy to read display is a real plus. Don't forget the extra harness. 253010



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by: Brad M08/05/2014


E-Trailer, Product arrived in great condition. It also came through the postal service faster than I expected. I haven't had time to install the product yet but if everything works as good as it looks it will be just fine. Thanks, Brad 144427



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by: Dano08/12/2014


This controller works, but this review should be about etrailer.com there service was incredible. Very friendly and true to there word. Will be ordering and purchasing from etrailer for years to come. Thank you! 146187



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by: Sisto A.12/24/2014


etrailer provided all the info I needed to research the product that I needed and was reasonably priced plus free shipping. My order was processed and sent immediately. I will purchase from them again for sure. 166798



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by: Andy02/01/2015


Purchased the draw-tire activator IV trailer brake controller.... Very fast shipping and easy installation! Had it installed and working less than 30min! Wiring adapter made made it so easy! 172045



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by: Tim Boyer11/20/2016


Hopefully b - control is correct one. Wish I would have known I needed conversion wiring , seeing all others sold with control when applicable !! Only cost me a week waiting..... 318334



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by: Dan W08/15/2016


This controller was easy to install and worked well on my pop-up and just as well on our new 25 foot camper. Very pleased with the performance of this controller, thank you Dan 283851



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by: Draw-Tite Activator IV Trailer Brake Controller -08/19/2015


Product came as described. I have not had a chance to use the product yet but it is very straight forward. Looking forward to using the product this weekend! 220322



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by: Fred F06/28/2016


Compact unit takes up little space. Easy to install, plug & play, worked first time I tried it. Haven't decided yet exactly where to mount it. 266057



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by: Jim L08/22/2016


Was very easy to install. I was able to make it fit in the slot where the factory installed unit would have been. Works great so far. 286451



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by: Charles Billingsley11/24/2014


Product was easy to install, hooked up easy, and works like a charm. The video on the trailer break controller was a great help. 162369



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by: Justin B10/22/2014


Nice sleek design. fits under dash with no problems. Simple to hook up, just plug it up and go. easy to set the gain too. 157439



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by: Jonathan W.10/06/2016


Delivered in timely manner. Haven't installed yet but after watching videos looks very simple and straight forward. 304275



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by: Jim07/10/2016


The brake controller works exactly as advertised and the service from from e-trailer was excellent 270172



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by: Karl T.07/18/2016


Install went very smooth. Had clear video on your website to help me along thanks 273495



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by: Erick e07/09/2015


Fast shipping and was just what ordered and I'm happy with the product 210649



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by: Rich W.10/21/2014


Easy setup and install....work great first time...easily adjustable. 157095



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by: Pop10/28/2016


Works as advertised. Wouldn't tow car trailer without one 313926



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by: Dennis Thomas07/07/2016


works well but i only tow the camper a few times a year. 269153



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by: Chad C.02/20/2016


Simply plugs into your harness, 4 screws and your done. 238270



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by: Larry B10/21/2016


Product is excellent small compact and easy to install 309503



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by: John R.06/09/2016


Great product, easy instillation.... 259707



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by: Chris07/08/2016


Easy to wire and works great! 269422



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by: Al10/01/2015


Great product, no problems 228655



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by: Rick06/20/2016


Great kit and parts 262950



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by: bill f.04/03/2015


great company 182854

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  • The Draw-Tite Activator II Brake Controller, # 5500, will not display numbers under any function when the trailer is not connected. You should only see a single decimal on the display. Check out the video that I made showing you how the brake controller should function without a trailer connected. If you do not have any signal on the display, then there could be an electrical issue that is preventing power from reaching the brake controller. If this is the case, I would recommend using...
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  • I wish there was a plug in adapter available for your 2001 Nissan Frontier, but there is not, due to the way the manufacturer designed the vehicle. You will want to splice in the connections for the Draw-Tite Activator IV # 5504 by function using a circuit tester like # 3808 and the universal wiring adapter # TM75127. I do have a recommendation for you though, instead of the time delayed brake controller, I think you would be happier with a proportional brake controller like the Tekonsha...
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  • Troubleshooting Manual Slide and Brake Pedal Reading on Draw-Tite Activator II Brake Controller
  • You could have a couple different issues taking place here. If the manual slide illuminates the brake controller, but does not activate the trailer brakes, then there is a problem somewhere on the brake output wire. This is going to be the blue wire coming from the brake controller. This blue wire should be connected to the dark blue from your vehicles electric brake control wiring harness. The other issue that you may have is that the red wire from the brake controller is not connected...
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  • Hard Wiring Brake Controller On 1996 Dodge Ram 1500 Pickup
  • You will need a couple of items to hard wire the brake controller to your 1996 Dodge Ram 1500. If you do not have a 4-way connector at the rear of your truck you will need to install the Tow Ready T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness, part # 118329, to get a 4-flat connector at the rear of your vehicle. You will then need to hardwire the brake controller to your vehicle with the # ETBC7 kit. I have attached a drawing that shows the wiring diagram when installing the # ETBC7. The installation...
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  • Installing Brake Controller And Wiring Adapter On 2014 Jeep Wrangler Trail Hawk
  • For your 2014 Jeep Cherokee Trail Hawk, the brake controller installation is really quite simple. You need to locate the connector under the dash on the left side of the steering column. You then plug the gray colored end of the harness, part # 3014-P into that connector. Route the harness to the location you want to install the brake controller, part # 5504. Next, you will install the brake controller in a location you can easily reach. After you have the controller secured you simply...
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  • Adapting Motorcycle with 4-Pole to Trailer with 6-Way Connector
  • You will need a converter/adapter when connecting different wired vehicles. Depending on how your vehicle and trailer are wired we have three 4 to 6 wire adapters. Adapter 4 Pole to 6 Pole # 30637 Adapter 4 Pole to 6 Pole and 4 Pole Trailer Wiring Adapter # 37175 If your trailer has brakes you will need a brake controller and for a motorcycle you will need a model that has time delay functionality. I would recommend the Activator IV by Draw-Tite, part # 5504. This will work with...
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  • Recommended Brake Controller for 2010 Ford F-150
  • The brake controller I recommend is the Tekonsha Prodigy P2 Trailer Brake Controller # 90885 and the # 22292 wiring harness. It is a proportional brake controller, and the wiring adapter allows easier connection and disconnection of this item from your vehicle. It is the easiest brake controller to use and once you have set up the controller you will not have to change with the settings again. I have provided a link to a video showing the installation of this item on a similar truck....
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  • Weak Braking with Factory Brake Controller on a 2014 Ram 5500
  • I know that on any aftermarket brake controller the max output is around 12 volts. I assume that on your brake controller you are testing with the truck not moving, or at least I hope you are! If you are testing without the truck moving use the manual override with the controller set to maximum output, and not the brake pedal. On some proportional brake controllers, the vehicle has to be moving to apply the full voltage back to the trailer brakes. If you are testing with the manual override...
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  • Draw-Tite Activator Brake Controller is Stuck at .05 and Will Not Change
  • If adjusting the gain and other settings on controller # 5100 does nothing then there is likely a problem inside the controller and it will need to be replaced. The Activator series is up to the Act IV, # 5504, if you are looking for another time-delay controller. Or if you want to try out a proportional controller the Command # 5535 is a new offering from Draw-Tite. I have included links to video reviews of both controllers for you. I have also included a link to our help article on...
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  • Recommended Time-Delayed Brake Controller For Motorcycle Towing Camp Trailer With Electric Brakes
  • The Prodigy P3 brake controller, part # 90195 is a great brake controller and one of our best sellers, but for a motorcycle you might be better off using a time delayed brake controller. The brake controller I recommend is the Draw-Tite Activator IV Trailer Brake Controller, part # 5504 because it is smaller that most other controllers at 4-3/16 inches long x 2-3/4 inches wide x 1 inch tall. The advantage of a time-delayed controller is that you can mount these at any angle versus the...
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  • No Power on Reese Brake Controller Installed on a 2004 Ford F-250
  • If the harness you connected to is the factory brake controller harness on your 2004 Ford F-250 then the colors on it will not match up with the colors on the brake controller wires. On the brake controller, black is 12 volt power, white is ground, blue is output to the trailer brakes and red is input from the brake switch. For your truck you could just use plug-in harness # 3035-P. I have linked a video that shows where these harnesses plug into on the truck.
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  • Er or E1 Error Message on Trailer Brake Controller
  • If you have the Activator brake controller 5500 then the error you are seeing should be Er (though on the display it might look like E1). This indicates an internal problem with the controller and it will likely need to be replaced. It would have to be sent back to Draw-Tite to determine what is even causing that particular message. When a brake controller shows that a trailer is connected even though there is no trailer connected it is almost always caused by a short. And the short...
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  • Wiring a Draw-Tite Activator IV Trailer Brake Controller # 5504 to a 2004 Dodge Ram 1500
  • Draw-Tite, Prodigy and Tekonsha brake controller all share the same style of connector. If thats what you have installed in your 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 then you would be able to swap in the Draw-Tite Activator IV Trailer Brake Controller # 5504. If you have one of the mentioned controllers you would have used a # 3020-P harness which is the recommended harness for your vehicle. If you currently have a different brake controller that has a different style of connector you could easily cut...
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  • Compatibility and Installation of Tekonsha P2 Brake Controller Replacing Hopkins Brake Force
  • Good news. I have a solution for you but you will not be able to use the same plug for the P2 # 90885 as you did for the Hopkins Brake Force. There is a connector that will come with the # 90885 that you will want to just snip off the end of your old Hopkins Brake Force wiring adapter and splice this one in. If you already have the P2 # 90885 and are just in need of the adapter it is also sold separately as # 7894. I have linked the above mentioned parts as well as an image of this...
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  • Compatibility of Draw-Tite Activator IV Brake Controller with 2000 Ford F350
  • Brake controllers aren't vehicle specific, any controller can be used on virtually any vehicle. The Brake Controller Wiring Adapter, part # 3035-P is the vehicle specific part. The # 3035-P is compatible with your truck. One end of the adapter would plug into the rear of the controller, the other into the grey connector under the dash. In your vehicle, the connector should be located above and to the right of where your right knee would be while driving. If you click the provided link,...
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  • Draw-Tite Activator IV Brake Controller Shows .9 on the Display with Brake Pedal Pressed
  • The Draw-Tite Activator IV brake controller # 5504 will show the sync display with a trailer connected, brake pedal pushed, and sync control activated so that could be what you are seeing. It could also be the gain display which shows what the power level is set to. I have included a link to the manual for this controller for you with additional information. Is the controller applying the trailer brakes like it should? If you suspect that there could be something wrong then there are...
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