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Easy-to-use brake controller activates your trailer brakes electronically when you engage the brakes in your tow vehicle. Set braking intensity to your preference and towing application.
Unlike pendulum-style controllers, which react to the inertia that is created by your tow vehicle slowing down, the PowerTrac applies your trailer's brakes when the brake pedal in your tow vehicle is engaged. The trailer brakes will be activated with an intensity set by you. This output (amount of braking power) is adjustable to suit your preference, as well as road conditions, type of trailer and load. You can also apply the brakes manually with the integrated override.
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 nearly limitless. After mounting the unit, hardwire the end of the included pigtail harness directly into your vehicle. For even easier installation, a vehicle-specific wiring adapter (sold separately) is available for certain vehicles. One end of the custom adapter plugs into your vehicle, and the other end plugs into your controller - no hardwiring required. To transfer the PowerTrac to another vehicle or to remove it for storage, just unplug the unit and remove it from the mount.
Note: For vehicles without brake-control wiring adapters, a 20-amp circuit breaker (9506P - sold separately) is required.
See also etrailer.com's exclusive 7- and 4-way brake-control installation kit (ETBC7 - sold separately) that includes all the parts necessary to install the PowerTrac brake controller.
Video of Tekonsha PowerTrac Electronic Brake Controller - 1 to 2 Axles - Time Delayed
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Today we're going to be reviewing part number 39523. This is the Pro Series PowerTrac Electronic Brake Controller for trailers with one to two axles. This is a time-delayed brake controller. It's going to activate the electric trailer brakes. A signal is going to be sent to the trailer brakes when the tow vehicle brakes are activated or when the manual override is activated. It's also going to feature the adjustable output control that's going to let you determine the amount of braking force. All you've got to do is use that thumbwheel there to decrease it or to increase it.
You want to set it to a maximum when you travel through hilly terrain with your fully-loaded trailer and then you can back off the power output when you tow a light-weight trailer. The little circle down here is going to be the LED indicator on the front of the unit. It's going to show green, which is going to indicate the brakes are connected. Then the color is going to change to orange and then to red as the power output increases which we'll show you that here in a few moments. Its got the built-in manual override. The PowerTrac can be used with trailers that have up to two axles which would be 4-brake assemblies total. The mounting bracket and the hardware are all included.
There's no need to mount this level. You can actually swivel it a little bit inside of the bracket. Additional pigtail harnesses are going to be sold separately or plug-in vehicle-specific brake controller adapters. Those are going to be sold separately as well that can be used for certain applications to further reduce installation time. Well go over the dimensions of the actual brake controller. It's going to give us a width of right at 3 inches and then an overall length of 5 inches and it's going to stand about 1-1/4 inch in height. The PowerTrac is going to apply your trailer's brakes when the brake pedal in your tow vehicle is engaged. Those brakes will be activated with intensity which would be set by you using that thumb dial.
The output again, is adjustable to suit your preference as well as road conditions, type of trailer and whatever kind of load that you're carrying. You could also apply the brakes manually, again with that integrated overrride system. Please note that for vehicles without brake control wiring adapters, a 20-amp circuit breaker is going to be required. You can find that here at etrailer.com with part number 9506P. That is going to be sold separately. You can also check out etrailer.com's exclusive 7- and 4-way brake control installation kit, part number ETBC7. That's going to include all the parts that are necessary to install the PowerTrac brake controller. We are going to go and hook it up to our power source.
That way you can get an idea of the indicators and the LED that I was telling you about. Once we have that connected, go ahead and turn it on. The LED indicator is going to lighten up and that's going to show a green indicator signifying that we are connected correctly to our application which would be to our trailer and in this case, it's our external power source. Then you can see here that we have the output level to control the intensity in which our brakes are applied and then it's also going to feature the manual override. As I slide that over, the light is going to change color. It's going to go from a green to an orange to a red and then backing off and letting go, it's going to go back to that green indicator that is going to signify that everything is connected correctly. More than likely you're going to have it installed under your dash in this position here. It's got a nice flat surface so that way it can be angled to accommodate a lot of different situations or applications. The mounting bracket's going to go over this portion here and the mounting bracket has this little slot here that's kind of a little C-channel shape. That's going to allow it to pivot, so you are going to be able to change the angle to best suit your application. It's got the bracket. It's got all the screws needed. All you've got to do is screw it in to the surface that you want and then attach it to the brake controller and it's going to be fully set and ready for use. That's going to do it for today's review of part number 39523. This is the Pro Series PowerTrac Electronic Brake Controller. .
Average Customer Rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars (313 Customer Reviews)Easy-to-use brake controller activates your trailer brakes electronically when you engage the brakes in your tow vehicle. Set braking intensity to your preference and towing application.
by: Clay Cash10/31/2011
Very easy to install and looks great in the truck, only wish i would have ordered the pigtail that goes to the truck. 26397
by: jim a06/09/2015
We have a Honda Ridgeline and needed this for our camper trailer. It was nice ordering the specific plug in wire for the Ridgeline and therefore eliminating hard wiring, just plugged it in. It was rough getting to the factory plug under the dash by the emergency brake petal switch. My hands are not small enough, ha ha. But success was had. Plugged into the controller and mounted it and u-wall-a. It works the way it is suppose to, I like that. A good quality unit that does what it is suppose to. thanks. 202036
by: Mike Kremer07/08/2015
This review is for the Tekonsha PowerTrac Electronic Brake Controller - 1 to 2 Axles - Time Delayed. I installed this brake controller on a 2014 Jeep Unlimited and at the same time installed a 7 way trailer connector. I bought a Jeep factory harness for the 7 way connector so that was just a simple swap out of the factory 4 flat connector. This ensured that I had working lights while I worked on the install of the Controller. The Jeep harness included the wiring for the trailer brakes so I just had to install the Controller and the wiring for the controller at the engine end. This took about 4 hours. I didn't own a trailer yet at that time so I took the Jeep to a local trailer rental place and they tested the install for me. It worked. They also explained to me how to use the controller. I later bought a small travel trailer and the dealer for the trailer tested the install of the Controller and explained how to use it. By this they meant how I adjust the sensitivity of the controller. This they explained was best done by setting the sensitivity to zero (thumb wheel on controller) and then while pulling the trailer adjust the sensitivity up until some 'drag' is felt and then backing the sensitivity back down just until no 'drag' is felt, and that's it. I don't know if the manufacturer would agree with that. Their documentation did not explain exactly how to use the controller. Now that I've used the trailer a few times and I go through this I am comfortable with it and I feel the Tekonsha is providing the the control needed for safe towing. 210105
by: Rick R01/01/2017
Great price. I used this unit, made by Tekonsha, to replace a Tekonsha Prodigy unit that was (3.) times as expensive. (It lasted (4.) years. The green LED lighting was no longer visible. Therefore, making the unit inoperable.) I installed this unit in a 2012 GMC Sierra 1500 pickup truck. The truck had the wires for a trailer brake controller under the dash. All I had to do was pulled them down. This is how I connected the wires: Small blue & white wire on the truck to the blue wire on the trailer brake controller. Small white wire on the truck to the white wire on the trailer brake controller. Large blue wire on the truck to the red wire on the trailer brake controller. Red/black wire on the truck to the black wire on the trailer brake controller. I mounted the trailer brake controller to the right, and at the very top of the pullout ash tray with the screws that came with the trailer brake controller. I am right handed, so this location allows me to see and operate the trailer brake controller with my right hand while resting my arm on the fold down storage area/beverage holder in my work truck. E Trailer is a good company. Their prices are fair and they have an excellent customer support system. If you have a question or a problem they are there to take care of you. So I don't shop anywhere else when I need something that they sell. Why would I? 329265
by: Rolando Torres07/11/2013
Easy to install in my Toyota-Tacoma 2012. I pull my Travel Trailer and this break controller worked very well and with just a little bit adjustment. Also this item was shipped very fast. 89077
I have a Toyota Tacoma (06). I had the controller installed in less than five minutes. One minute to gather the tools: drill/bits, screw driver, and tape. I thought tape would be helpful to hold the ground screw to the driver given the tight are under the dash. One minute to drill the ground hole. One minute to install the ground screw. One minute to plug in the cables and fish the wire under the stirring wheel to allow for the controller to be mounted in the storage area found on Tacoma trucks dash. I guess I was wrong. It only took four minutes. I did not need to put the tools away I was off to do other projects. I rate the product as good because I have not tried it on the trailer yet. 86205
by: Tim B.05/10/2013
The control works great. Nice incremental application of wheel from nothing to hard on! Led light goes from green to red also in incremental degrees. Installation was a snap in my 2008 F150 with tow package. Just Plug in the control clip and the other end in the terminal above and to the right of the computer check terminal. Rather than have it below my dash I opted for the cove below the lighter. Etrailer did a nice job of getting out to me right away and kept me informed where this was at all the way to my door. Good Job! 79780
by: Gary H02/23/2013
Just got done installing this brake controller on my 2011 Tucson. It was a whole lot more difficult than everyone says. It was not the product; very nice unit which installed nicely under the dash. The unit only has 4 leads, 3 of which were no issue. All 4 wires had to be extended (understandably). 3 out of the 4 snaked nicely into the engine compartment. I just widened the existing wiring thru grommet going thru and these 3 slid right thru. Black (Hot), White (Ground) and Blue (Output to trailer brakes). What was the bear was the Red lead which connects to the output side of the brake light switch. When I crawled under dash I could not even see this switch. I could only feel it let allone conect a wire to it. The only alternitive I had was to slice the main harness open (still very hard to get at) and then 1 by 1 find out which of the 40 wires had feed when the pedal was depressed. Once I found this, it was still incredibally hard to get a splice on this 1 lone wire. This is not the products fault; it is just the way they engineer cars these days. All in all the product is great! Gary H. 67561
by: Kyle Jandura02/03/2017
For the price, it works good. If you haul far distances, or do it frequent with heavy loads (5 ton in my case) this may not be ideal and you really need the more expensive units that relate braking to lean of the vehicle or brake pressure applied. Some reasons why I say this are... You need to turn it off every time you back up if you plan to touch the brake at all or your trailer brakes will apply and prevent you from backing up. Keep further stopping distances, as the braking force is either too fast, or too slow, never perfect depending on how the sensitivity is set...I find you must pulsate the brakes with a heavy load if the trailer brakes are set high. If you don't do this, you are running your trailer brakes too much to stop the truck, or too little a deposit the truck is stopping the trailer. We use this in our 99 F250 Powerstroke towing a 10,000lb trailer often from PA to NC down the Appalachian. 338447
by: Diego A.06/17/2014
Small, easy to mount and easy to install. I purchased the pigtail that goes to my truck and it took me longer to pull out and put away my tools that it did to install the unit, it's no bigger than a radar detector and had it adjusted in under 5 minutes. Went for a short ride while towing the trailer and adjusted to proper setting very easily. 135946
by: Jeff D.08/16/2013
Install was easy just as etrailer said. Product works great for a 2 axle trailer. I mounted it to the coin holder door left of steering column so that the screw holes would be in the plastic door, which I could replace if needed. Routed wires under hood release. Great company! 95444
by: Titus T.03/05/2017
Didn't take long to get once I ordered it. Very easy to install. I used the video to help with the install. Can't wait to start camping. Would definitely use etrailer.com again and will recommend it to friends and family. 348854
by: Jeff H.08/21/2016
The brake controller was completely installed in less than an hour and worked perfectly. The most valuable piece of my order was the free video, which showed that even with factory trailer wiring, and the controller hooked up properly, there was still some work to do under the hood. That is, removing the brace that covers the fuse enclosure and pulling off the enclosure to expose two wires that must be hooked to studs and two blue wires that had to be connected to each other. After that, installation of a five dollar 40 amp fuse in place of a dummy fuse in the fuse array. Who knew? The last controller I used was a pendulum type. This new all-electronic model is clearly superior. Thanks. Headed to Florida next month. 286075
by: Jon T.11/26/2016
Excellent product. This trailer controller plugged directly into the factory Ford F250 wiring. Works excellent. Recommended if you like having an adjustable type of controller. I like being able to make some trailer brake adjustments depending on the load I am towing. Great design. Will buy again!! I use this with a 14k trailer towing everything from backhoes to cars and it works great. I can add a little more grab depending on the weight behind me, and it is very easy to adjust on the fly- a little too much, back it down a bit with the dial. Easy as can be! Thanks eTrailer for the fast service and great products. Have been using this for a little over 1 year and it works like new. 319818
The device itself works as advertised. No problems with operation and adjustment super easy. The mounting bracket required some thought to install. For my installation it was difficult to reach and get any pressure on the screws that attach the bracket to the controller. Had to use a 1/4 inch closed end wrench under the dash. I pre-drilled the holes but had to loosen them to slide the bracket away from the center console to reach those screws. It was awkward at best and took quite a bit of patience and was by far the longest part of the install. SO, I would recommend a rethinking of the bracket design by the manufacturer. Certainly this was not any fault of etrailer. 211287
I received my order quicker than expected. I got what I ordered it was also packaged very well. I will use etrailer again, and tell others about them. 218376
Great product for the price. I tow a 3500 lb trailer and this works great. Easy to adjust and simple. 211869
by: Kevin B.07/06/2015
Wow. Easy hook up, fast shipping, great product. 209753
This is the same controller that I have in my motor home. Installed this in my 2008 LWB Nissan Titan 4X4. After reading a review about taking the lower dash cover off, I removed 2 screws at either side of the bottom of the panel and gently worked out the other clips took about 2 minutes to remove and found the electric brake harness tagged - added the new vehicle specific harness adapter (sold separately) put the panel back and mounted the controller. Took about 15 minutes. e-trailer folks rock! 280133
by: Michael John10/02/2013
Fantastic! The controller came within a few days. The install was very easy and had it done within 20 minutes. The videos for installation on various vehicles was very helpfull. The brake controller adjustment work as discribed. I am verry happy with the product and compact look. 102290
by: Mark E Barnes10/03/2016
I purchased the wiring kit, brake controller and extra bracket for my 2016 Promaster 118. The install went great. I used another stainless steel bracket to attach the 7 way to the bumper cover. It looks good and totally professional. The brake controller sits just below the fuse box and is out of the way but accessible. I did route my power wires going to the front beneath the van. I drilled a 1/2 inch hole through the rear plastic of the battery box to bring those wires in. 302828
Product arrived quickly and installed very easily. Plug and play with the correct adapter (3035-P Tekonsha Plug-In Wiring Adapter for Electric Brake Controllers - Ford, Lincoln, Mercury) for a 2001 Ford F-150. Controller is very easy to set the braking on your trailer. 268066
by: Andrew M04/22/2015
Installation went very smooth in a few minutes with the Ford wiring part i ordered here at same time. I have only tested that it has power and lights operate when hooked to trailer. I have not road tested unit yet but I have no doubts. I installed in the slot under the steering wheel so it is flush/recessed with the dash so I dont hit my legs on it everytime getting in and out of vehicle 187456
Can't tell you about the product I purchased it for evacuation of my horses only (which hopefully will not happen). It appears easy to install and use that was the reason for purchase. Etrailer was great everything was handled exactly as stated. Prices (better than ebay), customer service, website and videos provided are great. I will be using etrailer for all future purchases. 191135
The product was easy to install. The etrailer.com question and answers, plus the online instructions available prior to purchase there were no surprises. I received the product within the time indicated. The quality of the product appears consistent with the description. The added cutomer service on the web page is what made up my mind. No complaints will see how it holds up 57858
by: Darrick A Hays07/26/2016
With the recommended adapter install was a snap. Only thing I had to figure out was how to get 12v power to the 7 plug. Turns out I just needed to install a fuse in the fuse panel under the hood. FYI the stud 1 socket on a 2000 Suburban with factory 7 plug. Hooked up the trailer and followed the included directions and everything worked great. Couldn't be happier. 276267
Very happy with my purchases from etrailer. I chose standard shipping (5-7 days) because it was free for orders over $150, but to my surprise my entire order came in 2.5 days. All the products were exactly as described and exactly what I wanted for my new trailer. Also after a lot of research etrailer had the best prices and name brand products that you can trust. 94182
Installed using wire and connectors bought from etrailer.com as well. Simple to install and it's working beautifully. Everything about this was great from the price to the product to the delivery to the instructions on installation. Couldn't have asked for a better experience. I'll be back for any and all of my trailering/towing needs. Thanks! 157181
by: Tom H09/12/2016
Unfortunately, I have not installed this unit yet. It appears to be a very nice little electronic brake controller. My problem is that this was suppose to be plug, and play, but my vehicle did not have the trailer plug per-installed. At this point I will have to have my mechanic do this. Too many wires and no schematic for vehicle wiring. Oh well... 294067
by: Bob S.06/26/2016
Not being mechanically inclined, I found watching etrailer.com videos BEFORE I purchased a great help. Also, my purchase experience with Michelle S. was amazing (friendly and knowledgeable). As advertised, the product was as easy to install as "plug and go"...... Moreover, the instructional videos were of GREAT assistance1 Thanbk You etrailer.com 265182
by: George T.10/05/2014
This came quickly, but is not installed due to the other end of the plug is sold separately. You may want to remind us in you description. The video was a big help for the install of the wiring I got with this and it did say the part was sold separately If there are no problems after I get running, over all I am very happy with finding etrailer. 154514
by: Shawn C.05/15/2015
At this point, I haven't actually installed it. I'm just reporting on the ease of ordering and the overall experience I had with the website, getting information on which products work best with my vehicle, finding installation tips and descriptions and building the confidence that I can do this myself and this is the right product. Excellent. 193282
by: Stan P.10/08/2016
The web site was easy to use, the price was affordable and it arrived within 10 days of ordering. I had a hard time finding the EOM plug on the vehicle so I called eTrailer and was given two locations to search and it was found at the second site. Once the plug was found it took less than twenty minutes to install. Thanks eTrailer!! 304654
The controler did not work, no matter how I tryed to hook up the hot end of it. Also the adapter is NOT the same as the one that came with the truck. I talked with a person at etrailer and she was very helpful trying to get the information I needed. The people at etrailer are very helpful I just picked the wrong products. 49655
by: Roy Brooks06/10/2016
Product was simple to install in my Ford F-150. I was going to install the factory product but after reviewing what the cost was going to be plus having to have the computer flashed I decided to order this product. Watch someone do install on You Tube and had everything done in less than 5 minutes. Excellent product. 260077
Being able to acquire a whole breaking system (soup to nuts), wire, fittings, fuses, conduit....etc is a great benefit. Even better, there are presentations on the web site which show the steps of installation on your type of vehicle. Outstanding project sales and presentation. Takes the service to the next level 226400
This was a replacement for a 10 year old item of the same type. The original went 1000's of miles and didn't owe me a thing. So glad I could get an exact replacement for ease of installation of the replacement. Just the perfect match for my 2-axle boat trailer which weighs about 10,000 lbs boat and all. 118293
by: Reed C.03/28/2012
I already received my brake controller this past tuesday and insyalled it the same day, noi problem at all. Haven't hooked the trailer up to it yet and will let you know how responsive the controller is and will try and send a pic also. Thanks for being so helpful and it looks good where It............Reed 35397
got our order from you and was nice to do business with you Thank you 321118
by: Chris C10/09/2016
If your truck comes with the tow haul package.... this item is literally plug and play. I had it wired up and all mounted inside of thirty minutes. It's literally 4 wires and the stock system wires are labeled along with the brake contoller. I haven't tested it yet but so far I am thoroughly impressed! 305802
by: Chris H01/26/2017
Great little controller for brakes on my RV. The only drawback is the brakes work fine at speed but "pull" on the tow vehicle in stop and go traffic. That is because of the type of controller and I would expect the same from any other controller that works in the same way. Very easy to adjust. 335639
by: Cass R07/01/2015
Hook up was relatively easy. Hard wired the pig tail to the existing wiring harness under the dash, mounted the controller and plugged it in... took about 30 minutes works great. Do wish it had a digital display for the settings but not a serious issue. Fast delivery, good price, very satisfied. 208547
by: Joe K09/29/2016
Received product in a timely manner and was able to track my package throughout the delivery process. It was extremely easy to install, took all of 15 minutes. I will update this review when I have a chance to hook my camper and verify that everything works as stated. I have no doubt it will. 301388
by: Jack S.11/05/2016
What can I say. Reasonable pricing, great selection, fast shipping and easy install. Loved the Toyota wiring adapter, made the installation much easier. Thanks for showing it as an option. Would have liked a bit more metal in the unit to keep it from being damaged or dislodged accidentally. 314080
by: Mark M06/09/2016
Great product for the price. Non-proportional means it is old school and you have to adjust the gain when going from city to highway and vice versa. However, that also means there is no proportional knob to fall of an play mind games with you... which is what happened to my old controller. 259525
by: Ian S04/28/2014
Great product worked as advertised pulling (and stopping) a 23' / 4500# travel trailer. 127871
by: Pete R.01/07/2017
This has served me very well for over a year now. Easy installation on the Dodge Durango, no problems. We have used it without any issues at all on the usual stuff like pulling a small trailer to pulling our 26' camper, which actually needs brakes. no problems whatsoever. Very pleased! 330854
by: Harold D Morris09/08/2016
The package came today, everything as exspected. I have ordered from you before with excellent results and this time was no different. The order came in a timely manor even with a holiday involved. The part are of excellent quality and fit like a glove. Thank you very much 292523
by: Cory B.03/08/2012
The brake controller was very easy to install, especially with the wiring harness that fit my Ford. It only took ten minutes and when I tried it out it worked perfect. I will always go back to etrailer.com for all my trailer needs. Thanks for everything!! Cory 33374
by: Mike M06/11/2012
I was impressed with the updates and the follow up of etrailer and when the product came it was so easy to hook up. The wiring harness plugged right in to the factory plug and then all I had to do is mount it. After a few small adjustments it works PERFECT. 43628
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