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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Brake Controller Videos

Redarc Tow-Pro Elite Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2012 Toyota 4Runner

Speaker 1: Today on our 2012 Toyota 4Runner, we're going to take a look at and show you how to install the Redarc Tow Pro Elite Proportional Trailer Brake Controller. This is going to work for trailers with one to three axles. Part number is 331-EBRH-ACCB2.Here's what our Redarc Brake Controller is going to look like installed. As you can see, this is a lot different than most of the brake controllers out there on the market. This is all that's going to be visible. We just got our control mount here.

Redarc Tow-Pro Elite Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2009 Chevrolet Kodiak

Speaker 1: Today on our 2009 Chevrolet Kodiak also known as the TopKick. We're going to be installing the Redarc tow pro elite trailer brake controller, part number 331-EBRH-ACCV2. On most of your traditional styles, they kind of get in the way. You might hit your knee on it when getting in and out of the vehicle. Moving around to adjust the pedals, you might hit it. Here it's elegantly mounted inside your dash.

Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2010 Ford F-150

Speaker 1: Today on our 2010 Ford F150, we're going to be installing the Tekonsha Voyager Brake Controller, part number 39510. To help us get this installed, we're going to be using the Tekonsha Wiring Adapter for Brake Controllers for the Ford F150, part number 22292. This brake controller is going to provide all the braking assist you need when hauling your electric brake trailer. This is going to be an entry-level unit that doesn't have a lot of options but gives you everything you need as far as hauling your railer safely. The Voyager is the most basic model of Tekonsha's line of brake controllers. The Primus is going to offer some more features having an LED display whereas the prodigy models are going to offer an even nicer display and more fine tuning options.This controller provides feedback using the LED on top.

Redarc Tow-Pro Elite Brake Controller Installation - 2018 Jeep JK Wrangler Unlimited

Speaker 1: Today on our 2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, we're going to take a look at and show you how to install the Red Arc Tow Pro Elite proportional trailer brake controller. This is going to work with trailers with one up to three axles. Part number is 331-EVRH-ACCV2. Now, to help us with our installation, we'll also be using part number ETBCH7, which is our electronic brake controller installation kit.Now, there is several advantages to the Tow Pro Elite that we get here that we don't often get with standard proportional brake controllers. The user control function is, I think, a very, very good design. Basically, it's going to allow us to switch from the blue mode, which is proportional, to a green mode.

Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2017 GMC Terrain

Speaker 1: Today on our 2017 GMC Terrain, we're going to be installing the Tekonsha Prodigy P2 Trailer Brake Controller, part number 90885. In conjunction with that, we're going to be using the universal installation kit for trailer brake controllers, part number ETBC7.Here we've got our brake controller installed, this is what's going to look like. As you can see, it's got its manual slider, it tells you that it's not connected, as well as the brake controller signal to your trailer. Let's go check it out.The seven-pole connectors included in the kit, there's also a four-pole connector here, for hooking up various trailers. I'm going to go in and plug in our seven-pole.Now we've got our trailer connected, so you can see how it operates here. You've got your manual slider, which is going to activate your brakes.

Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2018 Honda Odyssey

Speaker 1: Today on our 2018 Honda Odyssey, we're going to be taking a look at and showing you how to install the Tekonsha Prodigy P3 trailer brake controller, part number 90195. Now to help us with our installation, we're going to be using the universal installation kit for trailer brake controllers with a seven way RV and four way flat connector, part number ETBC7.So here's what our P3's going to look like once we have it installed. It is a proportional brake controller, which means it's going to apply the trailer brakes in the same intensity and at the same time that we apply the brakes on our vehicle. Because there's an internal inertia sensor, that's going to detect the deceleration of our vehicle and apply the brakes accordingly to our trailer.Like most brake controllers, this is going to have a manual override button. It's going to have a lever here at the bottom and if we sweep it over to the left, we can see that it's going to manually apply the brakes even if I'm not pushing on the brake pedal on my car. Now this is going to come in handy if your trailer starts to sway, when you're going down the road and you need to slow it down without hitting the brakes on your vehicle.

Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2016 Volkswagen Touareg

Speaker 1: Today in our 2016 Volkswagen Toureg, we'll be having a look at and installing the Tekonsha Prodigy P2 Trailer Brake Controller, part number 90885.What sets this brake controller apart from other controllers on the market is we've got this nice, easy to read display, here, but yet we still have features that other, cheaper models don't have without spending a lot of money in order to get those. The ability to run electric over hydraulic brakes is a great benefit that a lot of brake controllers can't do.Another thing I really liked about this controller is the fact that it's proportional. We don't have to worry about messing with the controller while we're driving. If we just need a little bit of braking assistance, it'll give us a little bit of braking assistance. If we have a panic stop, it'll give us more braking power to our trailer brakes so we don't have to worry about our trailer passing us if we're in a panic stop situation.We've already plugged in to our trailer, so you see the C right here means we're connected and we have a good connection between our trailer and our vehicle. If it we're to become disconnected, it would start flashing NC, for "No connection." You'll also see that every time you start your vehicle with no trailer connected to it, to let you know that you're not hooked up.Now, down here on the bottom of the brake controller, we have our manual override switch.

Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2012 Volvo XC90

Speaker 1: Today on our 2012 Volvo XC90 we're going to take a look at and show you how to install the Hopkins InSIGHT. This Flex-Mount Proportional Trailer Brake Controller works great for one up to four axles. The part number is HM47297. To help us along with our installation, we'll also be putting on part number ETBC7. That's the electronic Brake Controller wiring kit.Here's what our plug's going to look like on the back of the vehicle. As you can see we've got the 4-Pole option here, nice dust cap there to prevent any erosion.

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