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Pilot 2-6 Brake Electronic Brake Controller - Time Delayed

Pilot 2-6 Brake Electronic Brake Controller - Time Delayed

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Lowest Prices for the best trailer brake controller from Pro Series. Pilot 2-6 Brake Electronic Brake Controller - Time Delayed part number 80550 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-8924 for expert service.
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Pro Series Trailer Brake Controller - 80550

  • Pro Series
  • Electric
  • Time Delayed Controller
  • Under-Dash Box
  • Up to 3 Axles
  • Dash Mount
  • Automatic Leveling
  • 360 Degrees


  • Works for 2 to 6 Brakes (up to 3 brake axles)
  • Flexible mounting options and can be installed in any direction
    • Microprocessor allows control to be mounted upside down and still have a readable display
  • Large, easy to read dual digital display
  • Protection against short circuit or loss of ground
  • Standard mounting bracket included
    • Optional mounting ball pivot kit (5298) sold separately
  • Pulse Preventer (5501 - sold separately) recommended


  • Dimensions: 3-1/2" (W) x 4-3/4" (L) x 1-9/16" (H)
  • Limited lifetime warranty

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

Replaces #39518, #20190, #83503

80550 Pilot Brake Control for 1 to 3 Axle Trailers - Timed Actuated

Installation Details 80550 Installation instructions

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Customer Reviews

Pilot 2-6 Brake Electronic Brake Controller - Time Delayed - 80550

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (11 Customer Reviews)

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Great product and price 869828

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big hit inexpensive and simple to use 862569

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Great product and price 829121

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Great box at a great price 821514

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Received product quickly. Will be using it this weekend! 596437

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Exactly what i needed. 236021

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Thanks for the fastest shipping and awesome pricing. I've used these brake controller for years. Great product and great pricing. Thanks etrailer! 220532

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Thanks so much. Got what I needed. Really appreciate your business. 199924

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good brake control not too expensive 193883

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Website was very user friendly and video of installment was very helpful. Our order came in just in time of us to install and use. 187911

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good value but the swivel mount being optional should be made more clear 32331


Ask the Experts about this Pro Series Trailer Brake Controller

  • What is Difference between Time Delayed and Proportional Brake Controller
    A time delay controller like the part # 80550 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 preset power output. Unlike a proportional brake controller, which activates your trailer's brakes based on the deceleration of your tow vehicle, a time-delayed controller sends power out in the same way, with the same gradual delay, no matter the braking situation. Although this delay...
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  • Weak Electric Trailer Brakes Troubleshooting that Was Rewired
    It sounds like your brake assemblies are in need of adjustment. This is the most common reason for weak trailer brakes so based on that and what you've tried already it would seem the most logical conclusion. On electric drum brakes there is a star wheel at the bottoms of the assemblies that you can turn using a flat head screw driver or brake adjusting tool # W80630. Turning the wheel one way will bring the shoes closer in and turning it the other way pushes the shoes out more. You...
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  • Trailer Brakes Too Aggressive with Brake Pedal and No Power with Manual Override on a Pilot # 80550
    It sounds like there are a couple of issues going on with your Pilot Brake Controller, # 80550. First, check that you have set the power to the correct level according to the instructions which I have linked for reference. Since the braking is too aggressive with the foot pedal, the power may be set too high. It is also possible that there is a short to the blue wire which goes back to the trailer brakes. This could cause full power to be sent back to the trailer brakes when you step...
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  • Brake Controller Installation on 2001 Toyota Tundra w/ Factory 4-Pole Trailer Connector
    Toyota didn't start equipping the Tundra with the brake controller connector under the dash until the 2003 model year. You can still install your brake controller, but you'll need to hardwire it in place using our Brake Controller Installation Kit, part # ETBC7. The kit contains everything needed to install your brake controller, including an adapter to convert your existing 4-pole into a 7-way, all the wire, hardware and circuit breakers you'll need. If you click the links I've provided,...
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  • Does the Pilot Brake Controller have to be Mounted in Any Certain Position
    The Pilot brake controller # 80550 is a time delay controller so it does not have to be mounted level or in a certain position. The only stipulation is that it needs to be within easy reach of the driver. I have included a link to the installation details for this controller for you. To plug this controller directly into your 2007 Toyota Tundra (if the truck came with a factory 7-Way) use harness # 3040-P. And if you need a new mounting bracket for the controller it is # 5280.
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  • Install Harness for Pilot Brake Controller Installed in 2006 Chevy Suburban
    Yes, the correct brake controller install harness you need to install your Draw Tite Pilot part # 80550 would be the # 3015-P and you'd be set.
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  • Troubleshooting Prodigy Brake Controller Output Voltage that Won't Exceed 4.8 on Display
    If you tested the black power input wire to your Prodigy brake controller and found 14 volts then this tell us that the unit is getting sufficient DC power to operate. If you tested the red brake signal input wire and found 14 volts there then this tells us that the connection to your brake light switch is good and that the unit is receiving a "brakes on" signal from the vehicle. You can test the controllers output by severing the blue wire a few inches from the back of the controller (leaving...
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  • Brake Controller Install on 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee with Factory Tow Package
    I spoke with one of my contacts at Tekonsha, who tells me he is unaware of any vehicle-specific problems installing a controller on a 2008 Grand Cherokee. The only connection to the vehicle that could possibly affect the vehicle computer would be connecting the red wire on the controller to the wrong wire at the brake stoplight switch. The controller would be mounted under the dash to the right of the steering column, within easy reach of the driver. You can find the green wire that...
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  • Recommended Brake Controller for Motorcycle Trailer with Brakes
    For your trailer, you can add brakes since there is the flange already mounted to your axle. You will need to pull one of the hubs off your trailer spindle to see if you can get the bearing numbers off the face of the inner and outer bearing of that hub. If the numbers are not legible, then you will need to use a digital caliper like # to measure the spindle where the bearings rest on the spindle. I have attached a photo to assist. That will help me get you the brake assemblies...
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  • How to Install a Brake Controller in a 1997 International 4900
    You will need to hardwire the Pilot Brake Controller # 80550 in your 19997 International 4900 as there isn't a brake controller port. To do that check out the FAQ article I attached on installing a brake controller from scratch on a vehicle. Basically the blue wire of the controller will get run to the brake output circuit of your trailer connector, the black wire will run to the positive side of your batter through a circuit breaker like part # 38630. The white wire will run to...
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  • Troubleshooting Reese Pilot Trailer Brake Controller Showing Trailer Connection with No Trailer
    If your Reese Pilot Trailer Brake Controller like the Pilot 2-6 # 80550 is showing a trailer connection without a trailer, it is very likely that there is some corrosion or debris inside your vehicle side connector. Take a look at the connector and look for any corrosion, specifically in and around the pin at the 5 o'clock position and clean as needed. This is a fairly common issue as corrosion build-up on the connector can cause a slight short that basically makes the controller think...
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  • Electric Trailer Brakes Slow to Release After Stepping on Brake Pedal
    If the electric frailer brakes are not fully releasing after taking your foot off of the brake pedal then there are a couple of things you can check. The easiest thing to check is going to be the vehicle and trailer side connectors. Make sure that the trailer connectors are clean and free of corrosion inside and out. Corrosion can cause a short which would draw power to the brake magnets. You also need to make sure that the brake controller is behaving as it should. What you can...
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  • What Can Cause Weak Electric Drum Trailer Brakes Using a Power Stop Brake Controller
    The first thing you are going to want to test is the brake controller. Sever the brake output wire behind the back of the controller a few inches. Then use a circuit tester or multimeter like # BTMT15 to test the end coming out of the controller. If the controller output setting is set to the highest level, the tester should show approximately 12 volts. If it does, reconnect the wire. If it does not continue testing to see if the output fluctuates or changes at all. If it does change...
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  • Install Harness Recommendation for Reese Pilot Brake Controller in 2015 Ram 1500
    The correct brake controller install harness you need to install the Reese controller # 80550 you have is part # 3024-P which plugs in under the dash of your 2015 Ram and the other end plugs into the controller.
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  • Brake Controller Wiring on a 2002 Ford F-250
    For the Pilot 2-6 Brake Electronic Brake Controller - Time Delayed # 80550 you can use Brake Control Wiring Adapter # 3035-P. If you have factory 7-Way the only part needed to install a brake controller is the brake controller and wiring adapter. Usually the factory will already give you a brake control adapter that connects to the brake controller and plugs into the dash. If you do have this harness you can also use it with the Pilot. The OEM plug is on the drivers side, usually on...
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  • Should a Reese Pilot Brake Controller Show a Decimal Point When Trailer Brakes are Applied
    Actually the decimal point of the Reese brake controller part # 80550 that you have should only come on when the manual slide or vehicle brakes are applied without a trailer connected. It sounds like yours is working properly. Have you tried connecting a trailer to the tow vehicle to see what happens? If it doesn't show a connection most likely the problem is corrosion on the trailer connector of the vehicle or trailer. I attached a help article on troubleshooting brake controllers...
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  • Connecting Reese Pilot Brake Controller to OEM Nissan Brake Controller Harness on 2012 Nissan Titan
    I can certainly help you with that. The Nissan OEM brake control pigtail would connect to your Pilot brake controller as follows: Harness Red Wire to Black Wire on Controller Harness Red/Green Wire to Red Wire on Controller Harness Black Wire to White Wire on Controller Harness Brown/White Wire to Blue Wire on Controller The Red/Blue wire on the harness is for an illumination circuit that is NOT used. This wire should be bundled up out of the way and the end capped off so it...
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  • Pilot Trailer Brake Controller Staying On After Releasing the Brake Pedal
    It sounds like you may need to check the connection on the red wire. Use a circuit tester like # 40376 if needed to test the wiring. Make sure the red wire is attached to the wire that only shows a signal when the brake pedal is pressed. Also make sure that it has a good connection. Next you can sever the blue wire a few inches back from the brake controller and use the circuit tester to test the brake controller end. Apply the manual override, it should show a signal when the override...
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  • Troubleshooting Hopkins Impulse Trailer Brake Controller Error Message OE
    The troubleshooting guide for the Hopkins Impulse trailer brake controller does not list an error code "OE" but if the unit displays a flashing code "SC" this indicates a short on the brake output circuit or a defective brake magnet, which is unlikely on a new Aliner. Those error codes can sometimes be difficult to read. My Hopkins contact said much older versions has error codes E1, E2, E3 but not OE. I suggest taking a close look at your Tacoma's trailer connector. Corrosion issues...
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  • Installing a Pilot Brake Controller on a 2010 Ford F-150
    The wire functions on the brake controller # 80550 are white for ground, black for 12 volt power, blue for output to the trailer brakes and red for input from the brake switch. If you are using harness # 22292 then yes, the colors will match up; white to white, black to black, red to red, blue to blue. The Ford OEM harness may have the wire functions listed on it if you are using it. The OEM harnesses and brake controller wiring rarely have the same functions for the same color wires. There...
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  • Brake Controller Compatibility with Electric Over Hydraulic Brakes
    The Pilot 2-6 Brake Electronic Brake Controller - Time Delayed # 80550 has not been tested by the manufacturer to work with Electric Over Hydraulic brakes. Most time delayed controllers are not a fit for the EOH systems. The Curt Venturer # C51110 and the Hayes Engage # HA81760 are the only two the manufacturer states will work with EOH, but I honestly wouldn't recommend either for that use. I recommend the Tekonsha Prodigy P2 # 90885 or P3 # 90195 for the best operation with an...
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  • Trailer Brakes do Not Work with the Reese Towpower Brake Controller
    When you take a look at the legend for the codes on the Reese Towpower, which was renamed as the Pilot # 80550, it says that when the dot appears it means that the brakes are being applied but it does not register that the trailer is connected. This may be the result of either your tow vehicle side connector being dirty or your trailer side connector being dirty. Check both of them and clean out any dirt or debris. If that doesn't fix it then try using a tester like part # PTW2992...
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  • Troubleshooting Pilot Electronic Brake Controller Not Activating Trailer Brakes
    When the trailer is connected to your vehicle and the brake pedal or manual lever is not activated, the Pilot Electronic Brake Controller # 80550 should display a ".C" to indicate that the controller is reading the trailer. If your controller only ever shows the dot, the brake controller is not recognizing that the trailer is connected. The first thing I recommend checking is the trailer connector at the back of the vehicle and on the trailer. You will want to make sure that the connector...
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  • Recommended Brake Controller Wiring On 1992 Chevy Silverado
    The Pilot Brake Controller # 80550 will use the Replacement Brake Control Plug-In Harness for Tekonsha and Draw-Tite Brake Controller 12" Long # 20127 and will connect red to cold side of brake light switch, white to ground, blue to electric brake output, and black to 12V power. For your 1992 Chevy Silverado, some models do have the brake (blue) and hot lead (orange or red) wires already ran from under the hood to the end of the driver's side frame rail. However, these wires are hard...
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  • Reese BrakeMan Digital Brake Controller Shows Blue Light and Trailer Brakes Do Not Work
    It sounds like your BrakeMan controller has lost the connection to the trailer brakes. This can happen for several reasons. The most likely cause is a dirty or corroded trailer connector on the vehicle, trailer, or both. Check the vehicle and trailer side connectors and make sure they are clean and corrosion free inside and out. The problem could also be the controller itself. Testing it is fairly easy. In the truck cab you will need to sever the blue wire several inches from the back...
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  • Troubleshooting Reese Pilot Brake Controller Installation On a 2006 Nissan Titan
    It sounds to me like the wiring harness for installation of the brake controller may be pinned wrong. First, make sure the you spliced the like color wires from the Pilot brake controller, # 80550, to the wiring harness, # 3050-S, for your 2006 Nissan Titan. Next, make sure you have the correct wiring harness for your truck. Since the connector is plugging into the factory connector on your truck you might just need to re-pin the connector. I attached a photo I edited for you to see...
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  • Troubleshooting a Reese Electric Trailer Brake Controller OL Error Message
    An OL error code would indicate an overload error. The cause of this is most likely a bad ground or a short to the blue brake out put wire. The first thing I would check is the connector on the back of your vehicle. Any dirt or corrosion can be causing a bad ground or a short to the brake out put pin. The solution is to clean out the connector and get rid of any dirt or corrosion. It would also be a good idea to clean out the trailer side connector as well. There could also be a bad...
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  • Is Pilot Brake Controller Compatible With 2018 Ram 1500
    I reached out to the manufacturer of the Pilot 2-6 Brake Electronic Brake Controller # 80550. They just advised me that the Pilot # 80550 will not work on a 2018 Ram. The reason why is because the brake light signal circuit only outputs 4 to 6 volts (the Ram requires a controller that can output at least 12 volts) which isn't enough for the brake controller to function properly. As an alternative, the Curt Venturer Trailer Brake Controller # C51110 will work for the 2018 Ram 1500....
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  • Troubleshooting a Pilot Brake Electronic Brake Controller # 80550
    One of two things is happening, either the power adjustment is set too low. Or, there is a bad connection on the brake output circuit (blue wire). First thing I would do is make sure that you do not have the power knob on the side of the controller turned all the way down. I would try adjusting the knob to send more braking power from the controller and see if that fixes it. Next thing I would do is check all the wires from the brake controller for proper voltage. Use a circuit tester,...
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