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Draw-Tite Brake Controller for the Pontiac Torrent, 2007

Draw-Tite Brake Controller

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Draw-Tite Activator II Trailer Brake Controller - 1 to 4 Axles - Time Delayed - Pontiac Torrent, 2007

Electronic controller activates electric trailer brakes with a preset intensity when you apply the brakes in your Pontiac Torrent. Digital display is simple to read. Power output and braking aggressiveness are easily adjustable. Includes manual override.


  • 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
  • Digital display is easy to read
  • 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


  • Application: trailers with up to 4 axles (8 brake assemblies)
    • Designed for use with electric brakes only
  • Dimensions: 3-3/16" wide x 6-1/8" long x 1-1/4" tall
  • Limited lifetime warranty

Time-Delayed Braking

The Activator II applies your trailer's brakes when the brake pedal in your tow vehicle is engaged. Every time you apply the brakes in your Pontiac Torrent, 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 II 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 II requires that you either purchase a custom wiring adapter designed to plug into the controller or that you hardwire the controller directly into your Pontiac Torrent. 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 Pontiac Torrent, and the other end plugs into the controller - no hardwiring required.

Note: If a custom brake-control wiring adapter is not available for your Pontiac Torrent, 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'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 Pontiac Torrent.

Same as Reese Brakeman Digital - 83500

5500 Draw-Tite Act II Time-Delay Trailer Brake Control

Video of Draw-Tite Activator II 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 Activator II Trailer Brake Controller by Draw-Tite and Reese Review

Today we are going to show you part # 5500 from Draw-Tite. This is an Activator II brake controller. This is a time delayed brake controller. Basically what it means is that power is set at a predetermined rate that you control. And then you control also through a slide lever how soon the power comes on. You can set it for a half second or a whole second before the power in the brakes kick in and activate. This brake controller can handle up to 4 brake axles. It does have digital output indicator. It will also tell you if you have an overload situation or a short in your wires somewhere in your brake line. This unit is 100 percent solid state with no moving parts, so you can mount it anyway you like it, upside down, sideways it does not matter. It is really great in smaller vehicles with very limited space to sit in. Next we will cover how it works.

Basically we will apply power to this brake controller and show you how it works. It shows you on a digital display or scale of 1 to 10 how much power you are using. And again, this little wheel right here will show you how much power you are actually using. We will start it at 10, then we can wheel it back down to about 5. Also on the side here you have a manual override. So if you ever have to activate the brakes on the trailer itself, simply just slide the lever over and it goes up to whatever you have it limited to. And then on the side here, we have these little slide levers and they control the time delay itself. It shows it on the display on a scale of 1 to 9. Hold your brake down and let it run up to whichever setting you have and then slide this lever and it will show you on a scale from 0 all the way up to 9. You can set it anywhere in between. Again that controls how soon the brakes come on. Setting it at 0 you can see just how slow it is watching the display. Now we will show you the opposite with the setting on 9, pretty fast.

This brake controller comes with complete directions. It works on a simple 4 wire hook up like most brake controllers. So basically you will be running the 12 volt power wire is the black one. Your stop light wire will be your red wire. The blue wire will run out and connect to a trailer and the white wire will go to the ground. The kit also comes with a mounting bracket that installs on your dash. Again, you can mount this anyway you want because it is solid state so you dont have to worry about that. It gives you a lot of freedom of where to put the bracket at. Also has a hardware package here that has screws that attach the controller to the bracket and the bracket to the dash. Then 1 quick splice to connect to your red wire to connect to the cold side of your brake light switch. There you have it for part number 5500 from Draw Tite. The Activator II electronic brake controller

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Customer Reviews

Draw-Tite Activator II Trailer Brake Controller - 1 to 4 Axles - Time Delayed - 5500

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (83 Customer Reviews)

Electronic controller activates electric trailer brakes with a preset intensity when you apply the brakes in your vehicle. Digital display is simple to read. Power output and braking aggressiveness are easily adjustable. Includes manual override.

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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: RZ12/06/2013

Great product. Easy to research and compare to other products on Easy to buy, prompt shipping, easy to install. Works as advertised. A+++ experience. 109450

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by: Keith P01/13/2013

Easy to install, works great 62851



Keith P - 07/14/2014


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by: Simon H.02/06/2012

This hand break is exactly what I was looking for. I had one on an old truck that I had sold and wanted to put one in one of my newer trucks. I kind of knew what to expect - what I didn't expect was the exceptional customer service I received from etrailer. I placed my order and the people at etrailer kept me informed on every step of the delivery process up to and including delivery (even what door it was delivered to at my house) Now that's what I call service!! Will definitely use etrailer again!! Thank you 31219

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by: ed j07/20/2014

Install on my 2014 Frontier could not have been easier. I just plugged in the NIssan wiring adapter and it was working. Only challenge was finding good location for mounting. My solution was to use a couple of strips of stick on velcro to attach it to the console side. Picture attached. 142287

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by: Brandon09/19/2013

Works awesome very easy install and great service from etrailer !! 100657

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by: Maribeth R.10/16/2014

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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by: Ron04/15/2013

Great brake controller. Bought the adapter plug and had it installed and ready to go in the truck in less than 30 mins. Easy to set and adjust. Customer service was great. Needed it shipped to me fast. Called and the lady in customer service made sure it was shipped that day and arrived to me in 2 days. She sent me emails making sure I knew when it shipped. Great company to deal with. Would definitely order from them again. 76020

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by: Dan M.04/29/2013

Product is simple and strait forward to install. Controls are simple and doesn't take a lot of messing around with to get the hang of. My only gripe is that I wish instead of having self tapping screws to mount to the car, it came with bolts/nuts. That way you don't have a pointy screw protruding out the back of a panel and possibly running through what's behind the panel or rubbing on other wires. 78265

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by: Brian Z01/27/2015

Got the Activator II by Draw Tite from E Trailer. Ordered and it came in in a week. Opened it up read the instructions and actually had it installed in minutes. The thing that took me the longest was deciding where to mount. The plug and play adapter worked perfectly with my 2006 F150. Works great with my horse trailer. Thanks Etrailer!!! 171442

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by: Paul V.09/04/2012

Installing this into my 2005 Tahoe was a breeze. If you just follow the directions and check out etrailers videos you should have no problem. I went from a small popup to a bigger hybrid so I had to get the EBC system. This sure beats taking it to the RV or Dealer store and paying retail plus labor. Thanks 53924

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by: James W06/21/2013

Sir, I recieved the brake controller & wiring harness promptly & the unit was well packaged. Yesterday I installed the controller on my 2002 Ford 150 pickup. Everything went well and the harness plugged right in. Iam very well pleased with the unit & the service I recieved from your company. Many thanks, James 85408

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by: K Maconachy01/30/2012

The Product was easily to find on your site. I was able to browse controllers specifically for my truck. The controller arrived as expecteed. I was kept informed on the order, shipment and delivery, and it came right when you said it would. It installed easily in about 1/2 hour. All the tests we did worked well. 30629

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by: Shawn H05/14/2013

Break controller works perfect. I also bought a 7 way as my truck didn't have one installed only a 4pole. Ordered the etcb7 kit but didn't wait for it to come went to local hardware store and automotive store and bought the wire and breakers had it all wired in a few hours( weather wouldn't cooperate) 80128

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by: Royal D.11/08/2013

A high quality brake controller. I like the simplicity of a time delay controller. 106802

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by: Chris S.03/23/2012

This is the second Activator II controller I've ordered/installed from e-Trailer. It took considerably less time than you state on your website. My experience with this product has been great and I would recommend it to anyone needing a break controller. 34866

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by: Tim S.06/18/2012

If you desire a simplistic brake controller with no frills, this is it. It is a good value for the money. The installation instructions are very limited, would not recommend this to be installed by someone needing a lot of instruction help. 44619

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by: Jim P01/03/2015

Ease of installation and adjustment was very good.having run both types of brake controllers in the past,being able to make all adjustments as to amount and duty cycle time works out better for me.great product at a great price... 167628

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by: Kory05/18/2012

My 2004 Chevy was equipped with trailer towing, so I ordered this controller with the harness made for my pickup. I could not believe how simple it was to install! I put it to use with my camper and it works flawlessly. 40899

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by: Joseph R.02/12/2012

Easy installation; easy to use and understand; works great with my Chevy Tahoe and Fleetwood Mallard Trailer...I would highly recommend this product and for quick, easy shipment at a fair price. 31657

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by: Cecil11/18/2013

plug n play made it easy make sure to order harness to fit your auto 20 minutes a d I was pulling trailer to test controller out worked perfect shipping fast AAA service and product very satisfied 107764

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by: jimmer06/21/2009

Love the digital display! Digital display is now a requirement when I order a brake controller. It is amazing how much better brake control I have knowing before hand how much brake will be applied. 2017

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by: Terry09/26/2012

Top notch products,Service and Customer service help line. You guys know your stuff. Thank you so much for the help everything went flawless and works perfect. Thank you so much. Terry 55847

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by: max.c07/19/2012

ordered on a monday afternoon, received my order on wed after 3 pm...everything was in good condition..these are really good people...thank you so much for the fast service......max 48479

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by: Bob09/30/2009

Nice product, easy to use Easy to use an upgrade from my Activator I unit. Has the same manual brake control that failed on the Activator I unit. Hopefully this one does not fail. 2438

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by: William J06/29/2013

EASY installation, functions perfectly so far, and like the ability to fine tune brakes depending upon load. Service from etrailer excellent, as has always been my experience. 86734

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by: Darrell F.04/25/2012

Great Product, VERY Easy to install. The only thing I would change is the length of the pig tail. The short length of the pigtail limits your options of product placement. 38289

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by: Ken03/22/2011

The item appears to be well made and as expected. I'm having some difficulties, but with my camper, not with the unit. Probably not a really useful review. 10133

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by: Brett D01/25/2011

Had the same controller for years, it has worked well. I pull a 4 axle 24,000 # trailer with disc brakes on all four axles. simple, reliable, and inexpensive. 6083

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by: Ricky06/03/2015

Repeat customer due to great products, price, availability and prompt delivery. That combination has me coming here for all of my trailer/towing needs. 200161

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by: Eric S.12/21/2012

This is the 2nd truck I have installed this same model controller in and it seemed to work well in the last. Hope this one works as well as the last. 61840

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by: Lee06/28/2015

Replaced my brake controller with this so i would have a digital display it works excellent. Would recommend this to anyone. Great product. 207965

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by: Randy D.03/20/2011

Easy to install. simple instructions, I have it wired up but just have not towed anything yet to get the settings set for my application. 9878

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by: Gary M08/23/2012

Installed in Frontiier quickly with no problems,us the recommended adapter .Good product,quick shipping and great company to work with. 52747

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by: Nick08/13/2014

Was very impressed with the fast delivery and ease of the installation. It works better than I thought it would. Thank you! 146575

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by: Daniel Johnson08/14/2013

Great product works as described. Installation is a little more involved than I thought but can be done in a couple of hours. 94965

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by: Jason P.03/05/2012

Very easy to install. Works very well. I like the digital number readout to show power level being applied to brakes. 33134

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by: Russell Devoll09/02/2015

Product works great and the additional plug made the whole job take less than ten minutes. Literally plug and play?? 223688

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by: V1001/16/2014

Great product...I am still using one that has been moved from vehicle to vehicle. Now i need one for my new truck!! 113928

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by: Stan R06/28/2012

Quality product. The video of how to install clinches the deal. Setup instructions worked perfectly. 46016

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by: chad01/29/2012

Love it.... Installed in my 2011 chevy in about 5 min and it works great. Recommend to anyone 30502

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by: Jere05/25/2013

Easy to install and fits very nicely in my 2005 Dodge Ram 2500. I would buy this again. 81980

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by: stephen02/12/2013

Fast delivery - the added information and troubleshooting Q&A really helps on this site 65867

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by: ty b07/11/2011

thank you for the fast delivery ,and for the easy installation vid was a breeze,ty 19110

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by: Ronnie09/04/2013

Very simple installation... Exceptional Quality.. Very fast shipping!! Thanks! 98163

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by: Armando A.09/26/2011

Great prices, quality products, great customer service and reasonable shipping!!! 24682

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by: bill h.08/17/2012

this controller is great. etrailer delivery, packaging, pricing were ALL great... 52068

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by: Barry W.05/04/2015

product fit perfect, price was much less than buying at the local rv store 190027

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by: mark02/06/2013

Delivered it fast ,description was good havnt had time to install it yet 65194

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by: Randy04/26/2012

Controler works great, hook up was a snap with the plug and play harness. 38465

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  • The installation instructions/manual for the Draw-Tite Activator II Brake Controller, # 5500, can be found on the product page, on the right hand side of the page. I have also included a link to it below. In addition to these instructions, I have also included a link to a video review featuring this brake controller.
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  • Troubleshooting Draw-Tite Activator II Brake Controller # 5500 OC Code
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  • From your testing and description of the problem it sounds as if your OEM brake controller is not functioning properly. Many of the 2005 and 2006 Ford OEM brake controllers had internal issues that cause owners to replace them with an aftermarket brake controller. The best way to test this is to sever the output wire that exits the OEM controller and test it for power when the brake pedal is pressed. If no voltage increase is detected on the output wire when the brake pedal is pressed,...
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  • What Does OL Error Mean on the Draw-Tite Activator II Trailer Brake Controller
  • What you are experiencing is an overload or short somewhere in the brake circuit connected to the Draw-Tite Activator II Brake Controller, part # 5500. 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 build up in the plugs and in the back of each...
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  • Brake Controller Puts Out Voltage Through Blue Wire with No Brake Applied but Brakes Do Not Engage
  • You will need to test the brake controller wiring using a multimeter (something that can measure a minimal amount of volts). Check the red wire connection. It should be attached to the wire on the stop light switch that only has voltage when the brake pedal is pressed. If your red wire is connected to a wire that carries even a few volts when the brake pedal is not pressed, it is not the correct wire. Make sure that the white ground wire is attached to a clean metal surface and that...
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  • Why is my Brake Controller Reading Overload and How Can I Find Where the Problem is?
  • If your controller, item # 5500, is reading overload without the trailer connected then that means there is a short in the blue trailer feed wire on the vehicle. If the controller is reading overload only when the trailer is connected then there is a short or overload in the trailer wiring or breaks. Use a circuit tester, item # 3808 if you need one, to test the wiring to find out where the short is. If it is on the trailer end and you cannot find a wiring problem then the problem...
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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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  • What Does The Code OL Mean on Draw-Tite Activator Brake Controller # 5500
  • If the display on your Draw-Tite Activator Brake Controller, part # 5500, shows the letters OL,or Overload Code, that is an indication that there is a short in the Blue wire circuit. The Blue wire supplies power from the controller back to the trailer connector and to the brakes. You will want to inspect the Blue wire connection at the brake controller and at the back of the 7-way on the back of your vehicle. You will also want to inspect the inside of the vehicle side connector and...
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  • Location of Trailer Brake Controller Tow Package Wiring on a 2003 Chevy Silverado
  • On a 2003 Chevy Silverado, there should be a port located on the driver side, under the dash, to the left of the brake pedal. You will need to remove the black cover to reveal the ports. You will use the second port from the left on the top row to connect the Draw-Tite Activator II Time Delayed Brake Controller with GM Adapter, # 5500 and # 3015-P. If your truck does not have a factory installed 7-Way, you would also need to add Twist-in, 7-Pole, RV-Style Trailer Connector, # PK11916....
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  • Draw-Tite Activator II Brake Controller is Flasing OL and Brakes on 5th Wheel are not Functioning
  • What is the model brake controller you have?
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  • Electric Brake Controller Installation Instructions for a 1991 GMC C/K Series Pickup
  • Brake controller wiring Colors are as follows. White = ground, negative battery terminal Blue = trailer brake feed, output to 7-Way trailer connector Red = stop light, 12 volts when brake pedal is pressed Black = 12 volt power, constant If the red wire going to the Draw-Tite Brake Controller, # 5500, has constant 12 volt power it is attached to the wrong circuit. You will need to attach the red wire from the brake controller to the brake pedal switch wire that is hot only when...
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  • Brake Controller Recommendation for a 1999 Ford F150
  • The Draw-Tite Activator # 5100 that you referenced is basically the first brake controller made in the Activator line. The Draw Tite II # 5500 is the next generation controller with upgrades that include; the ability to handle up to 8 brakes and a digital display. The next controller in the Activator line is the Activator III # 5520. This controller has a brighter display and a quick disconnect feature. The brake controller we recommend is the Tekonsha Prodigy P2 Brake Controller # 90885....
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  • What Color is the Brake Switch Wire to Use to Install a Draw Tite Activator Brake Controller
  • The wire you will want to use on your 1999 Ford Explorer should be a solid green wire. I would double-check with a circuit tester like the # 3808 to be sure. The 12 volt power source that runs to the 7-way is for auxiliary circuits like a winch or lights like you mentioned. In order for your brake controller to activate the brakes on your trailer you will not need to have this circuit wired up.
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