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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 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 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.


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 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

Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2008 Nissan Titan

Speaker 1: Today on this 2008 Nissan Titan, we'll be having a look at and showing you hot to install the Tekonsha Primus IQ Trailer Brake Controller, part TK90160. We will be using the Tekonsha plug and wiring adaptor for electric brake controllers, part number 3050-P.Here's what our brake controller looks like installed. What this brake controller's going to allow you to do is control your electric brakes on your trailer. Without having this, you wouldn't be able to use your trailer brakes, potentially causing an unsafe or in some states, an illegal condition. If you have trailer brakes, you want to be sure you can use 'em and this will allow you to do that. This brake controller is proportional brake controller that can control up to three axles of trailer brakes.


Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2018 Ford F-150

Speaker 1: We're going to take a look at and show you how to install the Tekonsha Prodigy P3 proportional trailer brake controller. This works for one up to four axles. Its part number is 90195. We're also going to be using the Tekonsha brake controller adapter pigtail, part number 22292.Now the big advantage we get with the P3 over other brake controllers especially the time delayed brake controllers. With it being proportional, it senses the negative acceleration of our truck or the deceleration and it brakes accordingly. So if we really jam on the brakes hard, it's going to give us braking power back to our trailer brakes very quickly.


Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2014 Subaru Outback Wagon

Speaker 1: Today in our 2014 Subaru Outback wagon, we'll be having a look at and showing you have to install the Tekonsha 00:00:06 Prodigy P2 Trailer Brake Controller, part number 90885, in conjunction with our e-trailer brake controller installation kit, part number ETBC7.Here's what our brake controller looks like, installed. The Prodigy P2 is a great brake controller because it offers all the functions that you need, without any extra bells and whistles that are going to make it overpriced or make it overly complicated to use. This is a very simple one to operate. You only have a dial here on the left, a button here on the top right, and then your main override on the bottom.We have a nice, easy-to-read LED display, which gives you a C which shows that you are connected and your trailer brakes are working properly, and so is the brake controller. This is a self-diagnosing brake controller, and if you do have an issue, it will display fault codes on the display to tell you if you have a problem, and it guides you in the right direction to get it fixed.This is also a proportional brake controller. What that means by being proportional, that gives you an advantage over time-delay brake controllers, because as you apply the brake pedal, and your vehicle starts to slow down, your trailer brakes will be applied instantly in a matching fashion.


Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2016 Ford Transit T350

Speaker 1: Today, in our 2016 Ford Transit 350, we'll be having a look at and showing you how to install the Curt Triflex trailer brake controller, part number C51140. To ease our installation, we'll also be using the Curt Trailer Brake Controller Wiring Adapter, part number C51515 with the E-trailer ETBC7 kit.Now, this is a proportional brake controller, and what that means is that as we're slowing down gradually in our vehicle, the brakes on our trailer will be applied in an equaled manner. As opposed to a time delayed brake controller, where there is a time delay of the brakes being applied, and you can't have a little bit of power being applied. It's either all or nothing, depending on how you have it set. These will gradually start to apply the brakes, so you have a smooth and safe stop.One thing that sets this brake controller apart from others on the market is how easy it is to operate. It does everything that you need it to do, but yet, it has very simple and easy to use controls, so it doesn't confuse you.


Tekonsha Prodigy P3 Trailer Brake Controller Review

Speaker 1: Today we're gonna be taking a look at the Tekonsha Prodigy P3 proportional trailer brake controller. This is gonna work great for one up to four axles. The party number is 90195. Now the big advantage we get with the P3 over other brake controllers especially the time delay brake controllers. With it being proportional, it senses the negative acceleration of our truck or the deceleration. And it brakes accordingly.


Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2014 Kia Sorento

Speaker 1: Today on our 2014 Kia Sorento, we're going to be taking a look at and showing you how to install the Hopkins Insight flex mount proportional trailer brake controller. Part number HM47297. To help us get that installed, we're going to be using part number ETBC7.This is what our brake controller looks like when it's installed. What sets this apart from other brake controllers is the flex screen and the flex control are separate. So you have the ability to mount them in different locations to suit your needs. Now like most brake controllers it's going to give you the same functions.


Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2013 Infiniti JX35

Speaker 1: Today on our 2013 Infiniti JX35 we're gonna 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 in our installation we're gonna be using the universal installation kit for trailer brake controllers with seven way RV, part number ETBC7.Here's what our Prodigy P3 looks like once we have it installed. Now this is a proportional brake controller which means it's gonna apply the brakes in the same intensity as we apply them to the car at the same time to our trailer. The way it's gonna do that is it has an internal inertia sensor that's gonna detect the deceleration or us slowing down. That's why it's important that when we mount our brake controller it's gonna be in a flat plane where we can mount it all the way in a vertical plane or pointing straight down, just needs to be in the direction of travel and nice and level.Now over here the up and down arrows, that's gonna adjust your maximum power output and this is gonna be in volts, it's gonna go all the way from 14 volts all the way down to zero, again that's gonna be the maximum output it has. Now over on the right side the button that looks like a book that's gonna be your menu set up button, it's gonna take you through your display which has got a couple different options of color that you can set up and your brake type.


Tekonsha Prodigy RF Wireless Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2006 Land Rover Range Rover

Speaker 1: Today on our 2006 Land Rover Range Rover we're going to be taking a look at and showing you how to install the Tekonsha Prodigy RF Wireless Trailer Brake Controller for One to Three Axles, part number 90250. To help us in 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.Our Prodigy RF is going to be a great solution to put a brake controller inside your car without having to deal with a whole lot of wiring or hard wiring everything and tapping into the brake system. Since our Land Rover has a sophisticated electrical system and most likely we're not going to be able to tap into the brakes to put a traditional style braking system in, our Prodigy is going to be a great solution. We're only going to have to run one wire to the back of a seven way at the back of our vehicle to supply power, and then everything else is going to be wireless.We're going to have a handheld unit that's simply going to plug into a 12 volt outlet inside of our car that's going to wirelessly talk to the controller that's mounted on our trailer. Our handheld unit is going to have all the same features as a normal brake controller. We're going to have our power output here that we can go all the way down to zero or we can go up as high as 12, and that's going to be in volts.


Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2012 Honda Odyssey

Speaker 1: Today on our 2012 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 in 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 trailer connector, part number ETBC7.Here's what our P3 looks like once we have it installed. It is a proportional brake controller, which means it's going to apply the brakes to our trailer at the same time and intensity that we apply them on our car. We're still going to have the basic adjust abilities that all brake controllers have. We'll be able to set our maximum output using the two arrows on the side here. And we'll also have our manual override button here at the bottom.


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