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Brake Controller

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

Draw-Tite I-Command Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Speaker 1: Today on this 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee, you'll be having a look at and being shown how to install the Draw-Tite I-Command trailer brake controller, part number 5535.Here's what our brake controller looks like installed. Now what sets this brake controller apart from others on the market is that this a proportional unit at a very affordable price. It gives you the features that you're looking for and the features that provide you the best safety without spending a ton of money. By being a proportional unit, you don't have to wait for the brakes to activate on your trailer. They will activate smoothly and quickly unlike timed away units.This controller allows you to control electric trailer brakes up to four axles. So what that means is you can control anywhere from one to four axles, for a total of eight electric trailer brake assemblies.When we're connected we have a C that shows that.



Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon

Speaker 1: Today, on our 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon, we're gonna be taking a look at and showing you how to install Tekonsha Prodigy P2 trailer brake controller; part number 90885. And to help us get this installed, we're going to be using wiring kit ETBC7. This is what our brake controller looks like when it's installed. It's gonna provide braking to your trailer. This is going to be a proportional brake controller, which means that the braking force on the trailer is going to match the deceleration on your vehicle. What that means is that your trailer and your car are gonna slow down at the same rate, as opposed to the time delayed, where your car would slow down, and your trailer may not slow down quite as fast, so that means your car would be slowing down the trailer also.So, you can see, we have our brake controller connected.


Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2017 Toyota Highlander

Speaker 1: Today on our 2017 Toyota Highlander, we'll be having a look and installing the Tekonsha Primus IQ Trailer Brake Controller, part number TK90160. To use our installation, we'll be using the etrailer ETBC7 kit, part number ETBC7. Here's what our brake controller looks like installed. As you can see, this is a nice compact unit. What this will allow us to do will be control electric trailer brakes on up to 3 axles on our trailer, allowing us to have a smoother and safer stop.Now what's great about this brake controller compared to others, this is a proportional unit. It's not time delayed so we don't have to worry about waiting for the brakes to activate on our trailer.


Tekonsha Prodigy RF Wireless Trailer Brake Controller Review

Speaker 1: Today we'll be having a look at and installing the Tekonsha Prodigy RF Wireless Trailer Brake Controller. Part number 90250.Here's what the Prodigy RF looks like installed. What's great about the Prodigy RF is if you have a trailer that is towed by multiple different vehicles that may or may not have a break controller installed in them, you'll be able to have functional trailer brakes with any vehicle towing it because the Prodigy RF is mounted permanently to the trailer and you have a handheld unit that you can swap between vehicles that only requires a 12-volt power connection.This is great for some vehicles where you don't want to install a break controller because it's not possible because you don't have a cold side of the brake light switch. Some higher end vehicles are like that or if you just don't want to deal with having a brake control mount in your vehicle because you don't want the cluttered look of having it mounted to the dash somewhere.All the Prodigy RF will require on the vehicle that's doing the towing is a 7-way connector that has the lighting functions and a 12-volt constant power source that's run to your vehicles battery. You don't need to worry about having your trailer brake signal, which is also known as the blue wire, hooked up. The Prodigy RF will handle all the braking ability internally.


Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2017 Ford E-Series Cutaway

Speaker 1: Today on our 2017 Thor Quantum Ford E-450 chassis, we're going to be taking a look at, and showing you how to install the Tekonsha Prodigy P2 trailer brake controller for one to four axles, part number 90885. We'll also be using the Tekonsha Plug in wiring adaptor for electric brake controllers, part number 3034-P. This is what our brake controller looks like installed. What this is going to do, is going to provide the signal for your trailer brakes.This is going to be a proportional brake controller. Proportional is going to match the intensity of your brakes with your braking. So, if you we're in an emergency situation and you had to slam on your brakes, it's going to match that power to your trailer brakes.


Draw-Tite I-Command Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2005 Toyota Tundra

Speaker 1: Today on our 2005 Toyota Tundra, we're gonna be taking a look at, showing you how to install, the Draw-Tite I-Command Trailer Brake Controller, for 1 to 4 Axles, part number 5535. Now, to help us in our installation we're also gonna be using the Tekonsha Plug-In Wiring Adapter for Electric Brake Controllers for Toyotas and Lexuses, part number 3040-P.So here's what our break controller looks like when it's fully installed. Now, our break controller is proportional, which means it's gonna apply our trailer breaks in the same intensity that our vehicle is slowing down. It's gonna do that because there's an inertia sensor inside, so when our vehicle starts to slow down, that sensor is gonna realize how much we're slowing down, apply our trailer breaks accordingly. Now, it's also gonna feature a manual override, in case you ever need to have a time where you need to apply the trailer brakes without applying the brakes on your truck. You can grab this lever, and if we start rotating it to the side, it will apply the maximum amount of breaks if we have it all the way over.Now, our gain setting is gonna be these gray buttons right here, and it's gonna max out at 10, and will go all the way down to zero.


Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2017 Chevrolet Colorado

Speaker 1: Today in our 2017 Chevrolet Colorado, we're going to be taking a look at and showing you how to install the Tekonsha Primus IQ trailer brake controller for one to three axles, part number TK90160. So here's where our Primus IQ looks like when it's fully installed. Now it is a proportional brake controller, which means it's gonna apply our trailer brakes in the same intensity and at the same time that we apply the brakes in our vehicle. Now what our trailer brake controller is going to do is it's going to take the signal from our brake pedal, so when we press on it, it's gonna take that signal, following the wires, and it's gonna send it out to 7-way at the back, and it's gonna send the proper signal from the back of our 7-way to our trailer to our brakes and have the proper signal, and the right adjustments of everything.Now the CR brake controller is going to let us know that the brake controller senses that the trailer is connected so just a quick glance down, we can know if we're connected properly or if there's any issues at the back. The button on top here is going to be for our boost setting, and we're gonna have three different boost settings. It's gonna be off, one, two, and three.


Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2017 Ram 1500

Speaker 1: Today in our 2017 Ram 1500 we'll be having a look at and installing the Hopkins agility trailer brake controller, part number HM47294. To ease our installation we'll be using the Hopkins plugin simple custom wiring adapter for trailer brake controller, part number HM53056.Here's what our brake controller looks like installed. We've already hooked up to our trailer and we get a nice little red indicator light right here to show that we have a proper connection and everything's functioning properly. The reason you're going to want a brake controller is if you have electric brakes on your trailer. You need to have a way to operate them and this brake controller here gives you that ability at a very cost effective price.What sets this brake controller apart from others on the market is that this is a proportional brake controller which activates immediately and gives you smooth and equal stops as opposed to time delay controllers, which there is no even braking. It's either on or off depending on how much power you have set to your brakes through the controller.


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