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Brake controllers are an essential part of a towing system with electric trailer brakes, and they offer a much-needed emergency braking feature. We offer high quality controllers from manufacturers such as Draw-Tite, Tekonsha, Valley, Hidden Hitch and Hopkins. Featuring both time-delay and proportional models, we have the right controller for any application. Brake controller wiring adapters are available for many vehicles, allowing for simple plug-and-play installation. Hardwire kits are also available to make any installation hassle-free.

Find your custom fit brake controller wiring adapter for a plug-in application by selecting the year of your vehicle to the left. We offer custom fit plug in adapters for many of the most popular vehicles, including Ford, Chevrolet, Dodge, GMC, Nissan, and Toyota.





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Trailer Brake Controller Wire Testing

Today we are going to cover a few notes on testing an electronic brake controller. What we are going to cover here is going to apply to virtually all brake controllers. Basically, if you run into a problem where you think your brake controller is not working, well, it could be a the brake controller or it could be something in the truck itself, in the connector or c it actually could be problems in the trailer. What we are going to show you today is how to look for problems that will either rule out the brake controller or make sure that it is the brake controllers fault. Just like any electronic devices, they seem to have a limited lifespan some will work for years and some will not. But this way you can also verify that it is working good.


Trailer Brake Controller Comparison Review

Today we are going to talk about the two main kinds of brake controllers, the proportional and the time delay. The two we have here are the Journey HD and the Draw-Tite Activator II. These are what you call the time delay brake controllers. Basically what happens is that when you hit the brakes, they come on at a certain speed that you set on the brake controller. Like on this one here, we have a sync switch here that controls how fast it comes on and then this knob here controls how much power it takes to stop the trailer. Basically you hit your foot brake and it comes on at the rate you determine and at how much power you have set aside for it, and then it stays there until you completely let off the brake.


Trailer Brake Controller Wiring Colors

Today we are going to cover a frequently asked question. It really turns up a lot. And actually it is easier than you think. Basically, if you have a pickup and you got a tow package with it and you got one of these wire harnesses that plug underneath the dash and plugs into your brake controller, you might have five or sometimes even more wires coming off of it. And you notice that your brake controller only uses four. We have got one over here, we will show you, that has just the four wires and what do you do with the extra wires? The short answer is do not worry about it, because the brake controller has all that it needs from these four wires.


Trailer Brake Controller Installation Wiring Kit Review

Today we will show you part number ETBC7 brake controller installation kit. What this kit does is it fills in the blanks between your 4 pole connector and the brake controller. Basically on the instructions of your brake controller, it will show you a link between the foot brake and stop light switch, a battery, and then a line going out to the connector out back. This kit here fills in those missing pieces. We will cover each individual part. First we will start from the rear of the vehicle and work our way forward. This part here is 7 and 4 pole to 4 pole adapter. This will plug into your existing 4 pole that you have on your vehicle. It just plugs in like normal while this white wire gets grounded to the body of the vehicle. You will have a couple extra wires. The black wire will be ran to the battery. This blue wire here gets run to the blue wire on the brake controller.


Trailer Brake Controller Reverse Light Lead Installation

All right what we are going to do on this install is the reverse light lead to our electrical connector. For instance on a 5-pole you can use this on a boat trailer that has a reverse lock out for hydraulic brakes on it. Also you can use on a 7-pole application the trailer may have reverse lights on the back of it. Some RVs have a reverse light hook up on the back of it. I will show you the basic generic steps of how it is installed. 00:22


Removing and Replacing Trailer Brake Shoes Review

Today we are going to show how to remove the break shoes on a typical electric break axle, this one in particular is a twelve inch drum. We are using that one because it is large and easy to see. This applies to virtually all electric brakes from this size on up and down to the smaller sizes. We will go over how it comes apart and the tools you will need to do it with.


Diagnosing a Brake Controller Problem

Alright, today on this 2009 Ford F-150 we are going to diagnose a brake controller problem. Now we can use these steps on any brake controller that is on the market to verify if it is working or not. Now our brake controller is already telling us that it has an error message. It is flashing an Er on top. Usually it means an internal problem. We tested our trailer so we know it is good. So, it is not that. So first off we will make sure we have a constant 12 volt power supply. We will check the black wire first. OK, we are good there. Now we will try our red wire for our brake signal. OK, that is good there. Now we will try our blue wire and that will be our output. So we should have output on this wire whenever we hit the foot brake or the manual override. OK, we get nothing on the foot brake and nothing on the manual override. So definitely the error is internal and this brake controller does have to be replaced.




Brake Controller Videos

Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2018 Chrysler Pacifica

Speaker 1: Today on our 2018 Chrysler Pacifica we're going to be installing Tekonsha Primus IQ trailer brake controller. Part number TK90160. And to help us complete this installation, we'll be using eTrailer's universal installation wiring kit, part number ETBC7.This brake controller is going to proportionally send brake signal back to your trailer breaks. That means the harder you stop, the inertial sensor in here with detect the vehicle coming to a stop and will apply the brakes appropriately, depending on how hard you're stopping.It has a manual slider here and when you press on this you can manually apply the brakes. You can adust the sensitivity here for how hard you want it to be. It's easiest to see that sensitivity adjustment while holding over the manual slider.


Curt Echo Mobile Trailer Brake Controller Review

Speaker 1: Today we're going to be taking a look at the Curt Echo. This is a proportional wireless trailer brake controller. It's designed to work with one, up to two, axles. Part number is C51180. Now the Curt Echo it really changing the game when it comes to brake controllers. Basically, we are no longer required to install a bunch of wiring inside of our vehicle.


Redarc Tow-Pro Elite Brake Controller Installation - 2011 Ford Explorer

Speaker 1: Today on our 2011 Ford Explorer, we're going to be taking a look at and showing you how to install the Redarc Tow Pro Elite Proportional Trailer Brake Controller, part number 331-EBRH-ACCV2. Now, to help us with our installation, we're also going to be using the Universal Mounting Panel, part number 331-TPSI-001, and also the Tekonsha Plug-In Wiring Adapter for Trailer Brake Controllers, part number 3035-P.Now, the really big benefit to this brake controller is the fact that we can virtually mount it anywhere. The main part of it is going to be hidden under the dash, so we're not going to have to worry about those big boxes, and we're not going to have a restriction on how it mounts. We can mount it in any direction under the dash, and so long as the cable will reach the knob, we can mount the knob just about anywhere in our vehicle.Here's what our brake controller looks like once we have it installed. This is going to be a lot smaller and more compact than most brake controllers because all we're going to have is this small dial with a light on it rather than having a huge box that we're stuck mounting underneath our dash somewhere where we could potentially hit our knees. Our brake controller is going to be a proportional one.


Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2012 Chevrolet Equinox

Speaker: Today, in this 2012 Chevrolet Equinox, we'll be having a look at and showing you how to install the Tekonsha Primus IQ Trailer Brake Controller, part number TK90160, in conjunction with the etrailer.com Electric Trailer Brake Controller Installation Kit, part number ETBC7, and the Roadmaster Stop Light Switch Kit for Chevrolet Equinoxes, part number RM-751429.Here's what our brake controller looks like installed. Now, the reason you're going to want a brake controller on your Equinox is, if you're planning on towing a trailer that has electric brakes, you're going to need a way to operate them, and this brake controller will allow you to do that.Now, what sets this brake controller apart from other ones on the market is how simple and easy to operate it is. It's a very high quality brake controller but is lacking some of the other features that you may not ever even need to use. So that makes it a very cost-effective solution.Now, when you're comparing this to, say, the Prodigy P2 brake controller, this brake controller doesn't allow you to use electric over hydraulic brakes. The Prodigy P2 does. That's really the only difference between the two.This one will allow you to control up to three axles and trailer brakes.


Tuson ActuLink Electric Over Hydraulic Actuator for Disc Brakes Review

Speaker 1: Today, we're gonna be taking a look at Tucson's Actual Link Electric Over Hydraulic Actuator for disc brakes, part number 335ACE-1600. You can also get this as a kit with a direct link NE brake controller, using part number 335ACT-1600-DLNE.This is what our actuator is gonna look like when it's installed. You can really pick any location that you'd like to install it. We've got it installed on our camper here, inside the front compartment. It comes with mounting brackets so it can be mounted at the bottom and attach it sitting upright and also a side bracket so you can mount it to the side of something and it has to be positioned upright, with the cap at the top, no matter where you position it.This actuator is designed to work with hydraulic disc brakes systems. If you don't have those on your trailer, you can upgrade it using the components found here at etrailer.com.


Trailer Brake Controller Intsallation - 2018 Chevrolet Colorado

Speaker 1: Today on our 2018 Chevrolet Colorado, we're going to take a look at and also show you how to install the Tekonsha Prodigy P2 Proportional Trailer Brake Controller. This works for 1, up to 4 axles. The part number is 90885.Now, the Tekonsha Prodigy P2 is a really good choice when it comes to brake controllers. It offers proportional braking, which in my opinion, is the safest braking that we have available with brake controllers; versus the time delayed systems, which just have a general ramp into which the power we're going to be applied to the brakes when you hit them. This brakes in relation to the force that you're actually exerting on your pedal. So if you slam on your brakes very quickly, you're going to get your braking force very quickly at a higher amount.


Tekonsha Prodigy P2 Trailer Brake Controller Review

Speaker 1: Today, we're gonna be taking a look at Tekonsha Prodigy P2 Proportional Trailer Brake Controller. This works for one, up to four, axles. The part number is 90885. The Tekonsha Prodigy P2 is a really good choice when it comes to brake controllers. It offers proportional braking, which in my opinion is the safest braking that we have available with brake controllers, versus the time delayed systems, which just had a general ramp into which the power we're gonna be applied to the brakes when you hit them. This brakes in relation to the force that you're actually exerting on you pedal.


Curt Brake Controller C51180 Review

Speaker 1: Today we're taking a look at the Curt echo wireless trailer brake controller. This brake controller plugs into your vehicle and wirelessly connects to your smartphone. It's a really nice, easy to use design and it's very simple. As you can see here, it's really not like anything else out there on the brake controller market. It plugs into the seven way at the back of your vehicle and then you plug in the seven way connector from your trailer into this port here.And then you can control everything on the app that would be downloaded onto your smartphone. It's wireless.


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