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Tekonsha 7-Way, RV-Style Tester for Brake Controllers - LED Test Lights

Tekonsha 7-Way, RV-Style Tester for Brake Controllers - LED Test Lights

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Use this tester to check the connection between your tow vehicle's 7-pole, blade-style connector and your brake controller. Tester emulates trailer to confirm connectivity. LED lights illuminate to show each function is working. Lowest Prices for the best wiring from Tekonsha. Tekonsha 7-Way, RV-Style Tester for Brake Controllers - LED Test Lights part number 6562 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-1624 for expert service.
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  • Tow Function Tester

Use this tester to check the connection between your tow vehicle's 7-pole, blade-style connector and your brake controller. Tester emulates trailer to confirm connectivity. LED lights illuminate to show each function is working.


Features:

  • 7-Way tester checks your brake controller's connection to your tow vehicle's 7-way connector
    • Simulates electric trailer brakes to confirm connectivity without hooking up your trailer
    • Also checks the functions of your 7-way connection
  • Built-in, red LED lights offer easy troubleshooting
    • LEDs illuminate to confirm each function is working
  • Compatible with Tekonsha and Draw-Tite aftermarket brake controllers
    • Also works with 2013 and older Ford OEM brake controllers
    • Compatible with some brake controllers from other manufacturers


Specs:

  • Function codes
    • LT: left turn
    • TL: tail lights
    • RT: right turn
    • 12V: 12-volt power feed
    • BK: brake controller output
    • BU: back-up/reverse
  • Limited 1-year warranty


6562 Tekonsha 7-Pole, Blade-Style Trailer Emulator for Brake Controllers




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Tekonsha 7-Way, RV-Style Tester for Brake Controllers - LED Test Lights - 6562

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (81 Customer Reviews)

Use this tester to check the connection between your tow vehicle's 7-pole, blade-style connector and your brake controller. Tester emulates trailer to confirm connectivity. LED lights illuminate to show each function is working.

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Delivery was a day or two longer than expected - but we’ll within provided range. The tester worked exactly as advertised - and I used it on a Hopkins Flex Mount brake controller - not Prodigy. Instructions were only for Prodigy but the light configuration was correct. This saved me a lot of anxiety for when I will pick up a rental trailer!



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great little tester, I bought it to fix the messed up wiring job that the "mechanics" at "best Rv" in Turlock , Ca. did to my truck and brand new Rv, then said good to go and sent me on my way. coming over the grapevine south on I5 I noticed my brakes were coming on with my lights( turn signal and 4-way). totally messed up my truck. after purchasing this little tester I was able to repair their screw-up in no time. once I had the truck fixed I plugged in the trailer to the truck and repaired that mess. great little tool. I have used it a couple times helping out some other RVers also. works great every time. the only thing to be sure of is make sure you plug it in all the way (look for the power light.).


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Still working
gregg - 06/06/2017



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Solved the problem of my backup sensors shutting the radio off every time I put it in reverse plowing!



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Awesome little to have at your disposal. Works great to verify all your trailer lights are working without having to connect the cord. Used to test my Prodigy 3 brake controller after installation.



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Works as advertised. etrailer service and delivery excellent as always.



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Disappointed that it does not check 12 volt for trailer battery without trailer connected. The whole reason to own this is to check all functions without trailer connected.


Comments
The reason that the emulator doesnt read the 12-V output circuit is because the 2017 F-Series trucks are equipped with a smart trailer connector. The connector must sense the electrical load of a trailer before it activates.
-- Etrailer Expert Mike L - 01/07/2019


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Works as advertised, though not able to completely emulate a trailer for my 2015 Ford F-150 - the instructions have a clearly worded warning that this might occur. The labels on the LEDs are tiny black letters on a black body - kind of hard to see with so little contrast. Also, be mindful of the position of the LEDs and whether the lights will face up or down when plugged in to the tow vehicle. In my case, the lights are facing the ground, making it a bit more difficult to diagnose. That's a factor of how the factory installed the outlet in my truck and how Tekonsha built the Emulator. Perhaps there's a different 7-way emulator that would have had the lights on top when installed in my particular truck, but it's not a problem and the product works just fine. There's no changing anything - I just have to bend down to look upwards at the LEDs. All that said, it does what it needs to do and it's great to be able to check for proper operations before hooking up the trailer - and especially handy if there's a problem and a need for some troubleshooting.



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works great used it putting in wiring harness in bed of truck



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This tester has allowed me to set up trailer brake controller prior to picking up our new to us used travel trailer. Since then, i have helped and tested several other peoples tow vehicles to work out wiring problems for towing trailers. It is a great tool and the brake control test circuit is worth the extra money.



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Love this product. I do a lot of towing, and in my experience the 7 pin connectors are the most temperamental. Having a tester that you can quickly plug into the tow vehicle to verify all circuits are operating properly is invaluable. I am able to test the trailer electric brake circuits, as well the positive lead wire to boat trailers with disc surge brake systems which locks out the trailer brakes when reverse gear, It is a great safety check. A real time saver, Purchased this model for each of my tow vehicles, always in the glove box for a quick check before hitting the road.



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This was received in Etrailer's usual expeditious time line. The emulator blade is high quality and performed exactly as described by etrailer. The wiring for a 1999 Ford F350 with a Tekshona braking unit is difficult to follow and this makes it much easier to detect miswiring . Anyone who tows should have this in their bag. I originally bought from etrailer because of their helpful online website advice. However they provide excellent products and service. I have yet to be disappointed after several purchases. They are on my "favorites" list for both advice and their products and I use them without hesitation.



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Exactly as advertised. East to install - plug and play. Allison is always helpful. etrailer is my go to.



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Worked exactly as expected. Buyers should understand that this not simply a signal tester, but a break emulator as well. In other words, it "pretends" to be a trailer with electric brakes: it allows the brake controller to apply braking voltage, presents a load to the controller, and sinks braking current so the controller believes a real set of brakes is present . I drove around for a bit with the emulator plugged in, and was able to see my controller (Tekonsha P-3) working. This will have a permanent home in the vehicle for future troubleshooting.



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Did exactly what it's suppose I tried a cheaper version of the "TowReady" and it will not test the brake controller. The Tekonsha "Emulator" will along with every other function on a 7-pin connector. With the 6562 installed, you can drive and watch the brake controller working. I dont know why Tekonsha didnt put a "lock" on the device to make sure it stays in for test-driving the vehicle with it installed. A minor issue. I highly recommend the 6562 for the ultimate in 7-pin testing with a brake controller installed.



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This worked as advertised. I have an Audi Q7 and wanted to check out the circuitry and pairing of my RF Tekonsha brake controller. The simulated load worked well, and the circuit checks (LED lighting) was good. Recommended.



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Had I puchased this years ago, I would have saved hours troubleshooting my truck when the problem has been with the trailer. Having been through several truck side adapters due to damage from a trailer cable that was to short, would have been great to help verify installation and saved many blown fuses from testing the connector with a meter from shorting between ground and the left turn. And it verifies the brake controller too. When plugged into the connector in the bed of the truck, I can see the lights from the cab which makes it reaaly quick to verify wiring.



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Everything was perfect came fast



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I bought the emulator because I plow and have a back up warning buzzer in the cab. Since I have a salt spreader on the back, the alarm goes off every time I put the 2013 f350 truck in reverse. Plugging in your trailer emulator tricked the system into believing there is really a trailer on the back of the truck. No more alrm!! exactly what I was looking for.



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Device worked as advertised. I can test my trailer brake connection without having to connect the trailer (a 32 foot camper) itself. It helped me isolate an issue with the brake voltage regulator inside the truck and not the trailer itself. Well worth the money



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My trailer hitch caused the lights on the tester to be facing down when plugged in. This is really not an issue as the lights are bright. I use it to test my installation, worked great.



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I ordered a trailer emulator, to check my wiring for my 2014 F-250 ,that I tow my 5th wheel camper with. It arrived one day early and it works just as advertised. Thanks Chris S. P.S. I will order from etrailer again.



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This device makes it easy to check all connections at once and with out a meter, and you can check things by yourself. I appreciated being able to check the function of my brake controller without having to hook up my trailer.


Comments
I have used this device multiple times and it continues to function well.
-- comment by: Mel H - 02/12/2014

Thanks for the follow up, glad to know the tester still works!

-- Etrailer Expert Patrick B - 2/13/2014


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Good diagnostic tool, good value from e trailer.com


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Working great a year later good product
Roger C - 09/05/2019


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    You would need to go with the # TR20117 because your vehicle was manufactured after 2013. I believe the factory brake controllers in the later model Ford trucks were proportional, which means that you won't get any output on the brake pin when the vehicle isn't in motion, only when the manual brake switch on the controller is activated. The easiest way to test the wiring on the trailer is to use a 12 volt battery, ground the negative terminal to the trailer frame and apply voltage to...
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