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

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

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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 Brake Controller - 5504

  • Draw-Tite
  • Time Delayed Controller
  • Electric
  • Up to 4 Axles
  • Dash Mount
  • Automatic Leveling
  • 360 Degrees
  • Under-Dash Box

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.



5504 Draw-Tite Act IV Electric Trailer Brake Controller - Time Based

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


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




Video Transcript for Draw-Tite Brake Controller - Time Delayed 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   (207 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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I replaced a 20 year old one with this. It is used on a 40 foot motorhome. I have had no problems with it as long as I get good contact on the plug on the trailer. I simply cut the old wires and soldered it together. I would by another one like this if I had a need. 686651



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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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Had fast shipping because my time was limited they did everything they said they would an quality product 571591



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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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I am still trying to install your product on my 2018 Chevrolet Silverado. I was under the impression I simply had to mount the bracket, mount the device, plug it in, and adjust it. Unfortunately, it does not plug into anything under my dash. I need to cut and splice some wiring...I need to discern which wires to cut and splice first. 597754


Comments

No need to cut or splice anything. Youll need a brake controller wiring harness adapter, which we offer as part # 3016
Tekonsha Plug-In Wiring Adapter for Electric Brake Controllers
$12.50
. The harness plugs into the junction panel under the dash on the firewall behind the emergency brake pedal, as shown in the video Ive linked for you. One end of the harness plugs into the connector in the junction panel, the other plugs into the connector coming off of the back of the brake controller.

-- Mike L - 01/15/2019

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Works great easy to install with adapter harness! 580159



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I receive the item exactly when I was expecting it and fit my 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland with very little effort. It was 4 screws and connecting to push in connectors. The cable that came with the breaking system fit perfectly. I saved money on the braking system and with not need a mechanic to put it in. I would recommend this to anyone. 345803



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This brake controller was remarkably easy to install and worked well right out of the box. I followed the recommendation of etrailer for my make and model of truck, a 2000 Chevy Suburban, and everything was exactly as depicted in the video. After viewing the video I felt as if I had done it before when I went to install my device. I was surprised that it really was as easy as it had appeared in the video. Great job, etrailer! I will definitely be back! 156382



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The electric brake controller was exactly what I needed. Installation was simple & easy. I also ordered the plug & go adapter cord so the wiring was quick & easy. I am totally pleased with my choice. 567437



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My son just bought a Popup camper. So we bought a draw-tite class lll frame hitch receiver pn75073, a draw-tite brake controller pn5504, a universal brake control wiring kit pnETBC7, and a custom fit wire harness pn118329 for his truck. It took us a couple of hours to install. The instructions were spot on. He hooked up the camper to his truck, and drove off. Worked as advertised. (hope I get to see him soon!!) 335704



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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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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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amazing product works great simple easy plug and play . 575237



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You guys never aware me that I would need an extra connector for the break controller or maybe I missed that in some point, so now I have everything but I’m missing that connector in order for me to connect the controller, I need to order it!?????? 596725


Comments

The brake controller adapter that plugs into the draw-tite activator and under the dash in your 2001 Ford F-150 is part # 3035-P
Tekonsha Plug-In Wiring Adapter for Electric Brake Controllers - Ford, Lincoln, Mercury
$9.70
. This brake controller adapter is the only part you will need if the truck came equipped with a factory 7-way. If the truck has a factory 4-flat connector you will need part # 118242
Ford Replacement OEM Tow Package Wiring Harness, 7-Way
$49.95
to give you a 7-way connection. If your truck did not come equipped with either connector you will need part # ETBC7
Universal Installation Kit for Trailer Brake Controller - 7-Way RV and 4-Way Flat - 10 Gauge Wires
$93.43
and a 4 flat connector to hardwire in a 7-way connection.

-- Heather A - 01/14/2019

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I used the trailer brake for only one trip and it performed just fine. I did have some issues "tweaking" the sensitivity....couldn't quite dial it in so braking was smooth near the stop. Otherwise, good product. 519807


Comments

A time-delayed controller like the Activator IV can be a little tricky to adjust for the smoothest braking. Use the gain control to adjust the amount of power delivered to the trailer brakes. Ideally, you want them set right before they would lock up. The synch control determines how quickly the power is delivered to the brakes. Its best to start in the middle of the range, and incrementally adjust it higher then lower until you find the setting that gives you the smoothest braking.

-- Mike L - 06/11/2018

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Works just as described. A must for older motor homes when towing. 726395



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Excellent product and price. Helpful videos are a plus, 723165



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Exactly what I needed at a great price. Installed quickly and works perfectly. What more could you want? Thanks, etrailer. 722923



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Perfect for. 722415



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This was plug and play at it’s finest. Super easy! 721870



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Very good and really easy to install. I also ordered the other wire harness just incase the truck was not wired for power. Didn't need it so the whole thing was plug and play. 721409



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Came sooner than expected Every thing ordered was new in original packing Super Webb site Thanks “I’ll be back” 720717



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It's been a year, works perfectly, great quality, function is perfect, love it! Thank you! 715563



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AS DESCRIBE. GOOD VALUE, WILL BE BACK! 715442



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Excellent value. Works as described. Meets needs. Would recommend. Easy install with adapter. 704817



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Installed in a 2018 Mercedes GLS 450. Easy to install and works perfectly. 696547



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Best brake controller on the market 690852



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Purchased the Draw-tite brake controller and wiring adapter. Installation was simple after watching the video. Havent tested it pulling a trailer yet. Thanx again etrailer!! 668494



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Great product, fast shipping super easy to install!! 662052



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Works great. Ideal size 660811



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2nd purchase for a 2nd truck - works great & easy install 651144



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I will be able to use it and tell beginning of July but it was easy to put together and mount look forward to using it. 646802



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Easy install and expected functionality. 644633



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Excellent service and quick on time delivery!!! Sales staff is always polite, helpful and easy to talk with! 643213



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Easy install, easy use. Installed this on my 2003 Tahoe and proceeded to haul 7k lbs from west coast to east coast. Sometimes there was heavy traffic, sometimes there were mountains, sometimes people drive like they don't understand that theres other people on the road. Any situation it was easily adjustable and did its job perfectly! 639940



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Works as good as advertised. Install took about 45 minutes. Used small storage space in the center console of our 2018 4Runner 620263



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This is the third vehicle I have used this in and have been very pleased with it. Easy to install and high quality for the price. 608742



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etrailer product specialist I spoke with on the phone was extremely knowledgable and reinforced my order decision, based on the information I found on their website. Product arrived on the earliest date they gave me for the delivery window and installation was straightforward (less than 1 hour). Product worked flawlessly on a 2,000 + mile trip I took 3 days after receiving the product. They had the best pricing and availability on the products I needed compared to local vendors. 606181



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It was easy to install and has performed flawlessly since. 605815



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Controller was easy to install and exceptional quality for a great price. Received controller much quicker than expected. Would certainly recommend controller and etrailer.com to friends and family. Thanks for such great service. 599553



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You guys never aware me that I would need an extra connector for the break controller or maybe I missed that in some point, so now I have everything but I’m missing that connector in order for me to connect the controller, I need to order it!????? 596724



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Very clean install. Works as advertised and has a clean appearance in the cab just as depicted. This was the easiest site to order from and the product arrived on time as advertised! Thank you for making the entire process very easy and straight forward 591863



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I bought The unit because I was going to pull a larger trailer than my 16' trailer with two 3750# axles without trailer brakes. The need fell through and with it the need for the unit I purchased from your Co. I will still install the unit in my truck but will have to wait on the funds for brake an drum sets to make use of it in the future. Thank you 581706



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Great product ....fast shipping!! Good job. 579289



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Plug and play took 5 min to install worked perfectly pulling my camper 579071



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Quick easy install. Works great. 559658



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Great product & exactly what I need. Very easy installation. 552702



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Our e-trailer brake control works great. 525140



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Work's great! Love it! Would definitely buy this again if needed. Thank you 518900



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Great product and fairly simple to install especially for a 74-year old man trying to get under the vehicle and under the dashboard and then out again. But I am extremely satisfied with the product and the simplicity of installation. 514339


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  • What Does the Er Code On the Draw-Tite Activator IV Trailer Brake Controller Mean
  • The "Er" error code on the Draw-Tite Activator IV Trailer Brake Controller part # 5504 means there is an internal problem with the brake controller therefore it will need to be replaced. That said, this will be a great time to upgrade to a proportional brake controller which will outperform the time-delayed one you have now tenfold. For this, the Draw-Tite I-Command Trailer Brake Controller part # 5535 is a great cost effective option and it will use the same plug as the Activator IV which...
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  • Installing Brake Controller in 2009 Chevrolet Silverado
  • The Draw-Tite Activator IV # 5504 will work with a wiring harness adapter like part # 20127, for your 2009 Chevrolet Silverado. This means you will need to splice into the brake controller wiring under the driver's side dash in order to install the brake controller. There will be a bundle of wires tied together with white tape. These are the wires you will to connect your adapter to. You will want to connect the black brake controller adapter wire to the red factory brake controller wire,...
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  • Recommended Brake Controller For 2015 Honda Odyssey
  • It sounds like you have a great plan for travel with your new 2015 Honda Odyssey. The draw-Tite Activator lV Brake Controller, part # 5504 that you referenced is a time-delayed brake controller that uses a preset intensity for applying the brakes. To be honest, I would recommend a proportional brake controller like the Tekonsha Primus IQ, part # TK90160. This applies the brakes on your camper in direct proportion to the amount of intensity you apply to the brake pedal in your towing...
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  • Brake Controller Recommendation for a 1999 Dodge Ram 3500 Dually and 5th Wheel Trailer
  • For your 1999 Dodge Ram 3500 Dually and 5th wheel trailer I recommend using a proportional brake controller. A proportional controller will apply the trailer brakes in proportion to how much the truck is braking. This is the safest way to stop and it reduces wear and tear on the trailer and truck brakes. The proportional controller I recommend is the P2 # 90885 because its easy to set up and use and it is reliable. If your truck came with a factory installed 7-Way connector then you...
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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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  • How to Test Brake Controller that Had Stoplight Circuit Short Out
  • It is possible that the controller is damaged but it's fairly simple to test the controller to know for sure. Testing the brake controller is fairly easy. Sever the blue brake output wire near the brake controller leaving enough room to reconnect it and then apply the manual slide. Using a circuit tester like the Quickee Tester, part # ALL640595, you should get output to the controller side of the wire you severed. If the manual slide activates the trailer brake output wire properly,...
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  • Will Draw Tite Brake Controller part # 5504 Fit 2006 Chevy Tahoe
  • Yes, to install the Draw Tite controller part # 5504 in your 2006 Chevy Tahoe all you need is the install harness part # 3015-P which is a confirmed fit. If for some reason you didn't have a 7-way present at the rear of your vehicle you would also need the part # 30955 which is a confirmed fit.
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  • Brake Controller Installation on 2014 GMC Terrain Denali
  • I do not have any vehicle specific instructions, because the part can be used on just about any vehicle. I'd be happy to walk you through the process. You'll need the brake controller, like the # 5504 you were looking at, or a proportional controller like the Primus # TK90160. A proportional controller has an internal sensor that can determine how quickly the tow vehicle is braking. It will then send the appropriate amount of voltage to the trailer brakes so the vehicle and trailer...
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  • Can a Brake Controller be Installed on a 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe with Numerous Cabin Air Bags
  • I do have a couple of solutions to add a brake controller to your 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe and its plethora of air bags. First, you could use the Hopkins InSIGHT # HM47297. This will work because instead of the controller being all one part it has 3 main components. The main box will install down under the dash somewhere, the display can mount anywhere there isn't an air bag, and the manual control can also be mounted somewhere where there isn't an air bag and that is still within easy reach...
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  • Troubleshooting Trailer Brake Controller on 2003 GMC 2500HD Sierra 4x4
  • When troubleshooting the brake controller on your 2003 GMC 2500HD 4x4, I would first start out by using a circuit tester like part # 40376, to ensure that the red wire coming from the brake controller has power when the brake pedal is pressed. If the red wire does not have power, a problem most likely exists with the wiring harness or somewhere on the truck. If the red wire does have power, then you most likely have a faulty brake controller and it will need to be replaced. In this case...
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  • Brake Controller and Wiring for a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee
  • We offer exactly what you need to set your Jeep Grand Cherokee up with electric brakes and a 7-way trailer connector. First you will need to install a T-1 Vehicle Wiring Harness, part # 118369 which plugs into the Jeep and provides a flat four pole wiring harness. Next you will need to upgrade that four pole to the needed 7-way with our Brake Controller Installation Kit with 7-Way Connector, part # ETBC7. That installation kit includes wires that will need to be run up to the front of the...
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  • Wiring and Display of the Draw-Tight Activator 2 on a Nissan Titan
  • To attach the Draw-Tite Activator IV, item # 5504, electronic brake controller to your vehicles factory connector you will need a Universal Brake Control Wiring Adapter, Nissan, item # 3050-S. This adapter has four wires that attach color for color to the wires on the brake controller. If you have an adapter that plugs into your vehicle that has five wires then you will have to use a circuit tester, item # 3808 if you need one, and verify the function of each wire once it is plugged in. Attach...
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  • Troubleshooting Poor Brake Performance and Low Brake Output Voltage
  • First thing I would check is the blue wire that is at the rear of your vehicle for voltage when you apply the brakes and when you slide the manual override of this controller. You could also try sliding the manual override a few times and adjusting the gain knob up and down to help clear the contact points. I attached a link to the manufacturers instructions for your Draw-Tite Brake Controller, part # 5504, below for you to check out also. If all this checks out it sounds like the...
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  • Recommended Wiring Harness For 2017 Ram 1500 Compatible With Tekonsha, Draw-Tite, And Pro Series
  • Your Tekonsha PowerTrac Electronic Brake Controller - 1 to 2 Axles - Time Delayed # 39523 will not work with your 2017 Ram 1500. There is a low amperage on the stop light switch of your truck that doesn't work well with time delayed controllers. The only controller that we have confirmed will work well with that switch is the Draw-Tite Activator IV Trailer Brake Controller # 5504 so that is my recommendation. Then you can use the Tekonsha Plug-In Wiring Adapter for Electric Brake Controllers...
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  • Wiring Adapter to Install a Reese Brakeman Brake Controller in a 2014 Ford F150
  • I believe the Reese Brakeman Brake Controller you mention is the same controller as the Activator IV Brake Controller, part # 5504. And the correct harness to install this controller in your 2014 Ford F-150 if it has a factory 7-way would be the Tow Ready Plug-In Wiring Adapter # 22292. If you have a 4-way connection you would need the # 22292 as well as a 7-way part # 37185. Check out the FAQ article I attached that shows how to connect the # 37185 to you factory wiring. I attached...
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  • Brake Controller Wiring Installation in 2012 GMC Terrain
  • The vehicle wire that needs to connect to the brake controller's red input signal wire is the one that goes to the cold side (load side) of the brake light switch. This is the wire that goes hot only when you press on the brake pedal but at no other time. A circuit tester like # 40376 will let you test to find this wire. The remaining three wires from the controller connect as follows: the WHITE ground wire connects to battery ground terminal; the BLACK 12V power wire connects to the...
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  • Troubleshooting Poor Brakes on a Triple Axle Trailer with One Wheel Locking Up
  • Wire size, brake shoes, hubs or magnets could be the problem here. You will need to inspect the trailer brakes to see what is causing your situation. We have a video (see link) that will help you to determine the problem and I will outline how to check things for you. If the brakes on one or more axles are worn significantly more than on other axles you may need to replace the brakes. In this situation I would replace all of the brake shoes at the same time to ensure even braking (see...
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  • Troubleshooting OL Code on a Draw-Tite Activator IV Brake Controller
  • What you are experiencing is an overload or short somewhere in the brake circuit connected to the Draw-Tite Activator IV Brake Controller, part # 5504. The problem is not that it needs calibration. Closely examine the brake output wire (usually blue). Make sure all connections are tight, and that the wire is not pinched or the insulation is not worn or nicked, allowing the conductor to short out on the trailer frame. Check the trailer and vehicle side connectors for dirt or corrosion...
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  • Brake Controller Installation-1985 Ford F150
  • When a brake controller is installed, all the connections are electrical. You don't need to tap into any brake lines. If you click the link I've provided, you can see a run-down that explains how a brake controller is installed. A diagram is also provided. The red wire on the controller is tapped into the cold side wire on the brake stoplight switch located at the top of the brake pedal assembly. The switch can have several wires exiting it. You'll want to use a circuit tester like part...
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  • Not Getting Full Voltage at Trailer Brake Magnets After Installing New and Larger Brakes
  • Usually on tandem axle trailers the brake magnet wiring is jumped from the front to the rear axle. You can try it other ways to see if that helps. I recommend grounding the brake magnets near the brake assemblies to avoid any voltage drop off. Make sure the ground locations are clean and free of corrosion. You didn't mention the wire gauge being used but for electric trailer brakes we recommend 10 gauge such as # 10-1-1 sold by the foot. You can also check the trailer and vehicle...
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  • Draw-Tite 5504 Trailer Brake Controller Showing OL Error Message
  • The OL or Overload error code is displayed when the brake circuit is drawing too much current, possibly caused by a short on the brake wire or a poor ground connection at the brake magnets. I recommend examining the brake output wire on your trailer. Look for a pinched brake output wire, or any worn or cracked insulation that would allow the copper conductor to short to the trailer frame or other metal. Also check the grounding points for the brake magnets to ensure that one lead from...
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