Tekonsha PowerTrac Electronic Brake Controller - 1 to 2 Axles - Time Delayed
Tekonsha Plug-In Wiring Adapter for Electric Brake Controllers

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Tekonsha PowerTrac Electronic Brake Controller - 1 to 2 Axles - Time Delayed
part number: 39523

Easy-to-use brake controller activates your trailer brakes electronically when you engage the brakes in your tow vehicle. Set braking intensity to your preference and towing application.

Features:

  • Brake controller activates electric trailer brakes (sold separately)
    • Signal is sent to trailer brakes when tow-vehicle brakes are activated
  • Adjustable output control lets you determine the amount of braking force
    • Set to maximum when you travel through hilly terrain with your fully loaded trailer
    • Back off the power output when you tow a lightweight trailer
  • LED indicator on front of unit
    • Green light indicates that brakes are connected
    • Color changes to orange and then to red as the power output increases
  • Built-in manual override
  • PowerTrac can be used with trailers that have up to 2 axles (4 brake assemblies total)
  • Mounting bracket and hardware included
    • No need to mount level
  • Additional pigtail harness (sold separately) is required for complete installation
    • For some vehicle-specific applications a plug-in, vehicle-specific brake-control adapter (sold separately) can be used to further reduce installation time


Specs:

  • Dimensions: 3" wide x 5" long x 1-1/4" tall
  • Limited 5-year warranty


Unlike pendulum-style controllers, which react to the inertia that is created by your tow vehicle slowing down, the PowerTrac applies your trailer's brakes when the brake pedal in your tow vehicle is engaged. The trailer brakes will be activated with an intensity set by you. This output (amount of braking power) is adjustable to suit your preference, as well as road conditions, type of trailer and load. You can also apply the brakes manually with the integrated override.


Because inertia plays no role in the functioning of this controller, you do not have to mount the unit at any particular angle. As a result, mounting options are nearly limitless. After mounting the unit, hardwire the end of the pigtail harness (sold separately) directly into your vehicle. For even easier installation, a vehicle-specific wiring adapter (sold separately) is available for certain vehicles. One end of the custom adapter plugs into your vehicle, and the other end plugs into your controller - no hardwiring required. To transfer the PowerTrac to another vehicle or to remove it for storage, just unplug the unit and remove it from the mount.


Installation Accessories

For even easier installation, a vehicle-specific wiring adapter (sold separately) is available for most newer trucks and SUVs. One end of the custom adapter plugs into your vehicle, and the other end plugs into the controller - no hardwiring required


Note: For vehicles without brake-control wiring adapters, a 20-amp circuit breaker (9506P - sold separately) is required.


See also etrailer.com's exclusive 7- and 4-way brake-control installation kit (ETBC7 - sold separately) that includes all the parts necessary to install the PowerTrac brake controller.



80500 Tekonsha PowerTrac Electric Brake Control



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Tekonsha Plug-In Wiring Adapter for Electric Brake Controllers
part number: 22292

Install your electric brake controller quickly and easily with this custom wiring adapter. Simply plug one end of the adapter into your brake controller and then plug the other end into the built-in harness beneath your vehicle's dash.

Features:

  • Wiring adapter eases installation of your electric brake controller
  • Custom connector end plugs into the built-in port beneath the dash of your vehicle
  • Other end plugs into the back of your electric brake controller
    • Compatible time-delayed brake controllers: Draw-Tite Activator I (5100), Draw-Tite Activator II (5500), Draw-Tite Activator III (5520) and Tekonsha PowerTrac (39523)
    • Compatible proportional brake controllers: Tekonsha Prodigy (90185), Tekonsha P2 (90885), Tekonsha P3 (90195), Tekonsha Primus IQ (TK90160) and Tekonsha Voyager (39510)
  • Pigtail length: 29-1/4" without plugs
  • Limited 1-year warranty


Installation of Tekonsha Brake Controller Adapter

Brake-Control Adapter Port

This adapter plugs into the built-in connector beneath your vehicle's dashboard. To access this connector, first locate the instrument cluster finish panel in the center of you dash, near the driver's side. Carefully pry the panel out and undo the locking tabs to remove the panel. Plug the adaptor into the mating connector in the large gray housing behind the panel.


To install your electric brake controller you need to connect the wiring of the controller to your vehicle. Certain manufacturers offer pre-wired options, typically known as tow packages, wherein these wires are run for you from the dash to the trailer connector on the back of your vehicle. Often, a brake controller wiring harness is included with your tow package. This harness plugs into a port beneath your dash and connects to the four wires of the brake controller. If, however, you have a brake controller with a plug in place of the four loose wires, you can use the Tekonsha adapter.


This adapter requires no hardwiring. It is designed to plug directly into your electric brake controller for the simplest installation possible. Because there are no wires to connect, installation is not permanent. You can unplug and remove your brake controller at any time and securely stow it away.



3036-P Tekonsha Brake Control Wiring Adapter with 2 Plugs

Replaces Tow Ready 20272



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Video of Tekonsha PowerTrac Electronic Brake Controller - 1 to 2 Axles - Time Delayed


Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information.




Video Transcript for 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.

If we do it just in more of a stop and go traffic situation, it applies the brakes lightly. Essentially what that's going to mean is when the trailers doing its fair share of the work in a heavy braking application, you're saving wear and tear on your truck and the same vice versa on your trailer. So for if we're in a light braking situation, you're not overworking your trailer brakes, causing those to wear out prematurely.Now the P3 can also be mounted in just about any position as long as we keep it straight in line with the direction of travel. That's going to give you a lot of mounting options on where you want to put it. Even if you wanted to go like down on the dashboard or something like that.

Really not going to have any limits.Now to change our braking output, we've got our buttons right here. You can see max power is going to be 14 and we can bring that all the way down to zero. Zero would of course be when you don't want the brakes on your trailer to be applied. And then we can slowly bring that up to the adequate braking performance that we're looking for. That's going to vary on road conditions and it's also going to vary on the load that you have on your trailer.

The more weight typically the higher you're going to set this. And a rule of thumb is to set this just below where the wheels on your trailer will lock up. So on a lighter load they're going to lock up sooner than with a heavier load. So we'll just move that up.Then when we operate it, you can see it's going to go up to that 2728 if that's where we have it set. Whether we do our floor brake, when we're in movement or a manual override here.

Now if we move that up, whether we hit the brake on our floor again or we hit our manual override, you can see it's going to go up to what we have set. So we're never going to have to worry about the trailer locking up and causing it to be unsafe.Now with those settings properly adjusted, you're never going to have to worry about your trailer tires locking up and causing you to be in an unsafe situation. The next setting's going to be out top right hand button. That's for our boost mode. Now that's going to change the quickness and aggressiveness in which your brakes are going to be applied. So for our lighter trailers, we really don't need it. We can typically brake with our vehicle, everything's going to be safe. But as those get heavier and heavier, we want those to come on more quickly and more aggressively to keep everything handling properly.Now in standard small utility trailers pulling it behind your vehicle, you're probably just going to leave boost level off. You can see we've got a truck here with a small trailer. Now in boost one, we're going to a slightly larger utility trailer or tandem axle. Boost level two, that's going to go up to more like a fifth wheel style trailer. And boost level three, again a larger trailer than that. Now that changes the quickness and aggressiveness in which your brakes are applied. So as our loads get heavier, we want those to come on more quickly and more aggressively to keep everything nice and safe.Now we also have our menu here. The menu allows us to change our display settings, whether we want to change the brightness or the color. It's going to allow us to change the brake type. So with this controller, not only are we going to be allowed to use electric brakes but also electric over hydraulic. And then finally we've got our help mode here, if we needed some assistance. The P3 will also allow you to program a couple of settings. So if you have different drivers that kind of like the brake controller set up differently or if you have different size trailers, you can have them preset in there. Be able to get to them without having to change all the settings.Now the manual override lever you can see is really easy to get to here. This is designed to allow us to apply the brakes of our trailer without applying the brakes of our truck. Typically this is used in a sway event type situation.And now if you'll take a look at the screen, it's going to have disconnect warning. So if the trailer plug we're to wiggle out somehow or not be connected properly, it's going to flash and let us know. As soon as we get that plugged back in and we have a proper connection made, it's going to go right back to its normal operating mode.Now to get our pigtail installed, we need to find the matching plug for the gray side. The black side's going to go to our brake controller. Now on your F150, that's going to be right on the back of this cubby hole. There's a plastic clip molded onto it and that plug goes right into the back. But we found kind of a side access to it, by taking this down, makes it a little bit easier in my mind. So you just want to kind of reach in here underneath the steering wheel and pull out starting at the top. Going to do that on both sides. You can see how that cover will just rotate down.Now we're going to use a 10 millimeter socket and we're going to pull out one, two, three, four bolts. Now this panel's going to rotate down a little bit, we'll just lift straight up on it. Just goes in those two little tabs here go in these slots on each side. Now we can reach in and I'll wiggle that plug and you'll see that little cubby moving. There's a tab on the bottom side you need to press up on and then you can pull straight out. Right here, here's that little tab that we pushed up on to release it.At that point, it's just going to be a direct for our pigtail. Snap that in, give it a pull. Everything's good and connected. Now let's test our pigtail and see what functions that we have available. The blue wire is going to be your brake signal. So that's going to go from the brake controller back to your trailer. Our white wire is ground. The red wire that we have here, this is going to be for the brake signal or the stoplight switch signal. And our black wire should be power. Now on some F150's, it's going to have power and some F150's it's not.So I'm going to test my ground by holding my clamp there and then test the black wire. As you can see I don't have any power coming through. Next thing I'm going to test will be the red wire. To do that, I'll have to use my hand. So I'm just going to get my ground from the steel under the dash. Hold our tester on our red wire there and then you want to press the brake. As we press the brake, that's going to come on. So now with this version of the truck, it's the XL version. This isn't powered in our variation. So what we'll do now is head out underneath the hood to the fuse box. We'll show you where to look there for the plug in for that.Now the fuse box we need to find is going to be right behind the battery. We've got one small panel here. We just need to lift this up slightly. So you press on this tab on the front, lift up, and then kind of push it rearward just a little bit, so you can get it up and out of the way. Next up, we'll push the tab on the front. You can see that fuse panel top slides off of there.Now right in the middle of the box, we've got a large relay right here. We want to go to the right of that. We go down two or three fuses kind of right there in the middle, you can see the little JK fuse right here. This is a 25 amp fuse. This is for the power going to your trailer, your 12 volt power supply. You can see we've got an open hole here just beside that. That's in the opening, which is numbered 24. You can see this opening right here, those two silver tabs that stick up. That means that spots pinned. If we look at this one, it's not pinned. So if yours is pinned, you're going to take a fuse that looks just like this on that 30 amp. And you'll just slide that down in, just like I'm doing this one. Just slide that down in til it stops. And at that point, you should have power inside on your plug. If you're in our situation to where it's not pinned, you'll want to do the next step. Which is just going to be to run your own power wire inside the vehicle.Now if you don't have pins in your fuse box, if you don't already have power to plug, it's not the end of the world. We've got a kit and it's going to include the breaker, the wires and the connectors you're going to need to go from your battery here. And we're just going to run back along the firewall. We're going to mount a breaker. This breaker's designed to protect the brake controller from overloading if it's drawing too much power. It'll phase out until it cools off and comes back down. So it just help protect the system. We'll start by mounting this. We're going to do that on the firewall over there close to the brake booster and then we'll get our wires ran. We'll show you where they go inside and where to make your connections.You can see we've got a good spot right up here on the firewall to get our breaker mounted. We'll use the provided self tapping screws and you'll want to use a quarter inch bit driver to get it secured. We can get that one installed.Now we're going to run the power wire over closer to our battery, just to kind of get everything routed. I'm using a piece of air line that I've taped it off to. You could use a coat hanger or a stiffer piece of wire. We're going to run it right underneath this pad and come out over there closer to the passenger side. Now on this side, we can just take this little keeper off. You may have to pull out on it with a hook there. You can see our tubes there. So bring it on over. We'll just use that wire or your air line to get that pulled on through. We don't need a bunch of excess over here. We'll put our sheet back up and then you can just push that back into place.Back over on our breaker side, we'll just want to snip our wire there. We're going to get that stripped back. You're going to slide on one of the ring terminals with the smaller opening on it. We'll want to crimp that down. Make sure that's connected well. Then again, the wire coming from the battery needs to go to the copper side. The battery's going to be the last thing we connect. Just so we'll won't have any power going through any of these wires. We'll slide our serrated washer on. Then thread on the nut. We'll use a 3/8 socket to get that snugged up.Now we'll take the side of the wire we trimmed off and I'm going to route it right in behind that. And we're going to strip the end off this side of our wire, going to add on the same style ring terminal. That'll be connected to the silver side here. Now we'll get that one snugged down.And if you look on the firewall, just to the right side or on the driver's side of your brake booster there. You'll see that grommet goes right through on the top. There's a little circle. We're going to trim the end of that circle, so we can slide our wire through. Now for the inside of that grommet, we'll need to cut that open as well. You've got your steering wheel here, this is the left side driver vent. You want to go just underneath that with your panel down, you'll have this opening. Look straight back at the firewall and you'll see the grommet. You'll see the wire that's coming out of it here and there's going to be a circle just above that wire. Let's cut an X in that to allow our pull wire to come through.Now we're going to do a similar thing with our wire to pass it through the firewall that we did to pass it back in behind that pad. You can see we're just using a shorter piece of the pull wire. We just need to get it down and go through the hole we created in that grommet there. Now we can just pull through our slack. We'll route our pigtail. Down here we're going to use it. We'll use one zip tie just to secure that plug right up here where it'll stay safe and keep it from bouncing around. Once we have that secured in place, just trim off our excess and we're ready to get our dash put back together here. We'll just press in all the way around the dash, make sure it clips back in place.Now we're going to tap into the harness here. This is only going to be if you don't have power out there. As you cut into that, you can see we're going to cut the sheathing off. You don't want to actually make contact with any of your wires. Out of the harness just enough so we can trim it off there. Strip that back. Give it a twist and we'll add a butt connector. Going to use one of our standard yellow butt connectors. It'll be in your kit. Get that crimped on.Now we'll just take a second. We're going to choose the path we want to run our black wire from that grommet over here to our pigtail on. Get it zip tied out of the way. There's a couple wire looms up here that I'll use. This way we don't have to worry about it hanging down or going over making contact with our brake pedal or anything like that. We need to get to that butt connector. We're going to strip it and crimp it in place. Pull it make sure you got a good connection. And then just for the sake of looks here, it's going to be tucked up behind our dash but we'll just run a piece of tape up there and cover that up.Now I'm just going to mock up my controller. You've got two brackets to choose from. I always tend to go with this metal bracket. I just like the way it mounts up. It's easy and simple and it's actually going to fasten and secure into the side of our brake controller as well. There's also the one that has the smaller mount with like the plastic clip. If you're going to be taking this brake controller out and switching it from vehicle to vehicle, I think the plastic clip is the better option. This is going to be staying with our truck. So I'm going to do the more permanent mount. Now you can choose any location you want, as long as there's nothing in behind the dashboard. You're better off to go on this side somewhere though. If you go anywhere in this area, you can go down low. But if you put it up on the dashboard here anywhere, you're probably going to hit with your leg when you get in and out.This controller as we said earlier, you can mount it in just about any position, 360 degrees. You want to keep it straight in the direction of the line of travel. So right there is going to be very convenient, easy to get to and it'll stay out of the way. Right there, I'm going to go with it. Be about an inch down from that corner. Now again we're going to use a quarter inch bit driver, our self tapping screw to secure it to the dash. See our machine screws there that we're using. Just line that up with whatever hole you choose, get it started there. Just going to tighten both sides down evenly. So it holds our brake controller secure.Now at the end, closest to our battery, we'll get that stripped back. And this time we're going to add the larger ring terminal on, so we can connect it. Now I'm going to connect right to this stud. So before I put the ring terminal on, we're going to pass that wire up through this cover. We can attach that larger ring terminal. Get that secured, give it a good pull. We'll just pull that stud off. For that you'll need a 12 millimeter socket. Place that ring terminal right down over. Then we can put our nut back in place. Now we're going to use a couple of zip ties. Then we'll just get our wire secure so it's not moving around. And that'll complete our installation of the Tekonsha Prodigy P3 proportional brake controller, part number 90195 using pigtail 22292 on our 2018 Ford F150.



Customer Reviews

Tekonsha PowerTrac Electronic Brake Controller - 1 to 2 Axles - Time Delayed - 39523

Tekonsha Plug-In Wiring Adapter for Electric Brake Controllers - 22292

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (1145 Customer Reviews)

Easy-to-use brake controller activates your trailer brakes electronically when you engage the brakes in your tow vehicle. Set braking intensity to your preference and towing application. Install your electric brake controller quickly and easily with this custom wiring adapter. Simply plug one end of the adapter into your brake controller and then plug the other end into the built-in harness beneath your vehicle's dash.

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by: M. Stuart08/09/2019

Excellent product. Easy install was truly plug and play. Clean look. Highly recommended. 682864



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by: Gary07/12/2019

I installed it on my 2018 Nissan Frontier and it works perfectly. 669409



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by: jim01/15/2013

great product at a great price and just an absolute pleasure to deal with. awesome customer service. etrailer is my only stop for my truck/trailer needs. thanks again! -jim 63143


Comments

Thank you for the follow up! Awesome customer service!Still love the controller , works like a charm and couldnt be happier.

jim - 07/22/2014

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by: Randy08/27/2017

I purchased two trailer brakes and I received them several days ahead of the projected delivery date. I was made aware of shipping dates and delivery via email. I also was able to buy two brakes and adaptors for my vehicles for slightly less than a single unit (no adapter) price at a local retailer. All in all a very good transaction. This retailer is highly recommended and I will shop here again. 425742



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by: Jon W.05/15/2017

I ordered the powertrac with the 22292, 2011 ford F150 wiring adapter, It works great. 15 mins, and I had everything ready to go. It is a little sensitive to adjust but ones you get the feel for it, it takes no time to adjust. very happy with this unit, I would recommend this unit to everyone. 380737



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by: J Perkins09/22/2017

I needed an electric brake controller for towing a 9500 GVWR utility trailer. Read other reviews and have to agree that this is a very good product. Simple to install, just read and follow the instructions, connect Pos to a circuit breaker and battery positive, connect Neg to battery negative. Connecting to the battery reduces voltage ripple and noise from the alternator and other electric components. Connect other wires to the brake light switch and to your trailer plug. I also recommend buying the 4 wire pigtail cable assembly for this and similar controllers. A local retailer has a similar controller for twice the price of etrailer. 435278


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My 85 Ford wasnt pre-wired for a brake controller. Over 1 year later and I havent had any problems. Will be buying another one for my brothers truck.

J P - 03/05/2019

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by: B .L.10/01/2015

Very well pleased with plug in set up & instructions on video, tested on neighbors trailer worked like a charm. Install of Brake controller & 7 + 4 Hopkins connector. 228680


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Perfect

B . - 09/30/2016

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by: Simple!10/18/2017

Easy install with included GM wire harness. Took 20 minutes. 443734


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awesome,simple controller to operate and install

John - 10/18/2018

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by: Dennis R.05/21/2012
2010 Ford F-150

Item Purchased: Tekonsha P3 Controller and OEM Cable for 2010 F150 Ford Lariat I couldn't be more satisfied with the Outstanding and Expeditious service I received from etrailer.com. This is my first experience with etrailer.com, I will definitely refer this site as a must use resource for anyone in need of the service and products you provide. 41139



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by: Steven K.06/05/2018

Thanks to etrailer’s video “Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee”, the installation of a Tekonsha PowerTrac controller on my 2003 Jeep was very straight forward (and I’m not a car guy!). Like in the video, I used the wiring kit (#5506). I forgot to order a pigtail wiring harness but was able to pick one up locally. Took the trailer out last weekend and the brakes worked great. 517695



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by: Titus T.03/05/2017

Didn't take long to get once I ordered it. Very easy to install. I used the video to help with the install. Can't wait to start camping. Would definitely use etrailer.com again and will recommend it to friends and family. 348854



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by: Steve J.09/29/2017

First of all I want to thank everyone involved with me for being so helpful and patient, especially Wayne in Tech. As it turned out after getting the 3rd unit from them the problem was in the trailer & installer [ me ] I found a pinched wire this afternoon and repaired it, problem solved. Thanks again to everyone involved. Will get a chance to try it out this weekend before it snows !!!!! 437721


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Works GREAT

Steve J - 09/29/2018

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by: Clay Cash10/31/2011

Very easy to install and looks great in the truck, only wish i would have ordered the pigtail that goes to the truck. 26397


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I ordered this brake controller for a 2003 Nissan Pathfinder with Universal Installation Kit. Not an easy job since theres no factory harness to plug the controller into. As others have said in the reviews the hardest wire to connect it the red one since it connects to the cold side of the brake pedal switch.There is literally an inch of space and little to no slack on the brake wire plugWhich is the black one on the right with 3 green wires with stripes and a red wire. . The brown plug is the shifter release switch. This was the hardest part of the whole install. The wire and plug was nearly impossible to get to or see. I had to lay on my back and twist sideways with a utility light next to my head shining under the dash. I cut my hand up pretty good getting the white plug disconnected from the black brake switch before I tapped it. The lock on the plug is above the steering wheel shaft so you cant see it or get pliers on it. I had to do it by feel and press with all my might with my right hand and pull the plug out with my left. The wires are covered by black rubber sheath which you have to slit back to the harness before you can tap it.The wire you want to tap on a 2003 Nissan Pathfinder is the GREEN wire with a YELLOW stripe. Once I tapped into that wire I double checked by unplugging the harness from the brake controller and using the LED tester. I clipped it to the metal surrounding the brake pedal, pushed the probe end into the red wire connector on the harness and pumped the brake pedal and the LED lit up!! So I knew I was successful.The rest was easy running wires to the battery and the connector on the back. The other small problem was the 10 gauge duplex wire included with the universal installation kit was literally a few feet short to reach the battery so I had to buy a roll of black 10 gauge at the auto parts store to complete the installation.Ill let you know how it works with the Pontoon Trailer!

-- comment by: Dan N - 03/17/2013

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by: Marc10/06/2018
Lincoln

Ordered a connector for my Prodigy on Tuesday. Delivered on Thursday and inastalled this afternoon. Fit perfectly and functions well. Installed on a 2015 Lincoln Navigator 572288



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by: Rolando Torres07/11/2013

Easy to install in my Toyota-Tacoma 2012. I pull my Travel Trailer and this break controller worked very well and with just a little bit adjustment. Also this item was shipped very fast. 89077


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I just installed this on my 2010 Tacoma, which was very easy. I hooked up a new trailer and I noticed right a way the brakes seem to pulse. You can see the LED flicker between red and green that appears to be synced with the brake pulsing. Does yours behave similarly? This is my first trailer and brake controller so Im not sure if its normal or not.

-- comment by: Quincy - 04/02/2014

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That is not normal operation. There are two likely culprits: First, a weak or loose connection to the brake switch wire. Double check that first so the controller can positively know when you are applying brakes in the Tacoma. Second, Toyotas are known for finnicky electrical grounds. If you didn't when you installed it, run the ground wire for the controller to the negative terminal on the battery. If it is grounded to the body, the controller may not be getting sufficient ground so the brakes start to engage and the ground cuts out, and it does this over and over resulting in the pulse.

-- Patrick B - 4/3/2014

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Now after one year Im using the same brake controler in my new Tundra and still working very well.

Rolando T - 01/09/2015

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by: Mike06/26/2013

I have a Toyota Tacoma (06). I had the controller installed in less than five minutes. One minute to gather the tools: drill/bits, screw driver, and tape. I thought tape would be helpful to hold the ground screw to the driver given the tight are under the dash. One minute to drill the ground hole. One minute to install the ground screw. One minute to plug in the cables and fish the wire under the stirring wheel to allow for the controller to be mounted in the storage area found on Tacoma trucks dash. I guess I was wrong. It only took four minutes. I did not need to put the tools away I was off to do other projects. I rate the product as good because I have not tried it on the trailer yet. 86205


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Today I used the controller out on the road, it worked great. Now I give the product a SIX star rating. Its better than a five star rating because of the reasonable price and installation of the product. Good job etrailer. Mike from Santa Fe.

-- comment by: Mike L - 06/29/2013

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We can't take that much credit, you performed the install. Glad it proved to be a quick, easy and worthwhile project, and thanks for coming back to give us an update after you tested it out. Happy towing!

-- Patrick B - 7/1/2013


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by: David E04/12/2017

Overall this is a great product for the money for small/medium rigs or if you don't tow on a regular basis. Installation was quick and easy. It does not fine tune real easy and is easily affected by weight change. It's perfect for my use, which is a 17' toy hauler. Anything bigger and I would go with a unit which had a gross adjustment and then a fine adjustment, which I have had in the past, when I regularly pulled heavy loads. 366149



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by: Tony H.08/23/2018
2010 Ford F-150

Easy install on my 2010 F 150 XLT. There are 2 possible locations for the trailer wiring harness if your vehicle did not come equipped with the mfg brake control. Consult owners manual. My harness was located below steering colum behind lower dash. I routed my harness to the left side behind the parking brake release lever. You may have to remove the outer sleeve of the factory harness depening on your vehicle. Mounted the mounting bracket with double sided foam tape and predrilled holes before screwing in place. Mounted the Pod brake control and tested. 5 stars! 557183



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by: Jeff D.08/16/2013

Install was easy just as etrailer said. Product works great for a 2 axle trailer. I mounted it to the coin holder door left of steering column so that the screw holes would be in the plastic door, which I could replace if needed. Routed wires under hood release. Great company! 95444


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Works great no problems. Thanks for the follow up.

Jeff D - 08/18/2014

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by: Rick08/25/2018

Installed on 2003 Toyota Tundra with the factory tow package. Installation was a breeze with the included vehicle specific wiring adapter. It took me about 45 minutes total. Looks professionally installed. Easy to use. Set the adjustment for your specific trailer and go! 558057



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by: Larry S04/01/2017

I had ordered a wiring harness for a electric brake controller, Pod brake controller and a Pollack Trailer connection socket with a 7 and 4 connection plugs. Items came quickly and had all items installed in less than an 1/2 hr. on my 2016 Silverado truck LT. it took only a screw driver to complete the job. Well Done etrailer for your parts and shipment. I will be a returning customer. 363801



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by: Jim H07/29/2017

Received my controller today and it mounted easily in my Nissan Frontier with the adapter that plugged right into my wiring harness. When I got it mounted I found that the light did not come on. I went on line to the question and answer section of etrailer.com and found that it had to be hooked to the trailer for the lights to come on. I drove to the storage facility where my RV toy hauler is parked and when I hooked the light cord up the light on the controller lit right up. When I bought the trailer I had to quotes of more than $250 to install a controller and then I looked further on line and found etrailer.com and saved myself about $200 in the hour it took me to install it and hook it up to the trailer. My experience with etrailer.com was great and I will continue to check them for further needs. 412452



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by: Mark E Barnes10/03/2016

I purchased the wiring kit, brake controller and extra bracket for my 2016 Promaster 118. The install went great. I used another stainless steel bracket to attach the 7 way to the bumper cover. It looks good and totally professional. The brake controller sits just below the fuse box and is out of the way but accessible. I did route my power wires going to the front beneath the van. I drilled a 1/2 inch hole through the rear plastic of the battery box to bring those wires in. 302828



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by: Mike Kremer07/08/2015

This review is for the Tekonsha PowerTrac Electronic Brake Controller - 1 to 2 Axles - Time Delayed. I installed this brake controller on a 2014 Jeep Unlimited and at the same time installed a 7 way trailer connector. I bought a Jeep factory harness for the 7 way connector so that was just a simple swap out of the factory 4 flat connector. This ensured that I had working lights while I worked on the install of the Controller. The Jeep harness included the wiring for the trailer brakes so I just had to install the Controller and the wiring for the controller at the engine end. This took about 4 hours. I didn't own a trailer yet at that time so I took the Jeep to a local trailer rental place and they tested the install for me. It worked. They also explained to me how to use the controller. I later bought a small travel trailer and the dealer for the trailer tested the install of the Controller and explained how to use it. By this they meant how I adjust the sensitivity of the controller. This they explained was best done by setting the sensitivity to zero (thumb wheel on controller) and then while pulling the trailer adjust the sensitivity up until some 'drag' is felt and then backing the sensitivity back down just until no 'drag' is felt, and that's it. I don't know if the manufacturer would agree with that. Their documentation did not explain exactly how to use the controller. Now that I've used the trailer a few times and I go through this I am comfortable with it and I feel the Tekonsha is providing the the control needed for safe towing. 210105



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by: Rick R01/01/2017

Great price. I used this unit, made by Tekonsha, to replace a Tekonsha Prodigy unit that was (3.) times as expensive. (It lasted (4.) years. The green LED lighting was no longer visible. Therefore, making the unit inoperable.) I installed this unit in a 2012 GMC Sierra 1500 pickup truck. The truck had the wires for a trailer brake controller under the dash. All I had to do was pulled them down. This is how I connected the wires: Small blue & white wire on the truck to the blue wire on the trailer brake controller. Small white wire on the truck to the white wire on the trailer brake controller. Large blue wire on the truck to the red wire on the trailer brake controller. Red/black wire on the truck to the black wire on the trailer brake controller. I mounted the trailer brake controller to the right, and at the very top of the pullout ash tray with the screws that came with the trailer brake controller. I am right handed, so this location allows me to see and operate the trailer brake controller with my right hand while resting my arm on the fold down storage area/beverage holder in my work truck. E Trailer is a good company. Their prices are fair and they have an excellent customer support system. If you have a question or a problem they are there to take care of you. So I don't shop anywhere else when I need something that they sell. Why would I? 329265


Comments

Thanks for your review and your business, Rick! Often, the color of the wires are determined what wires the factory uses on a particular run, so we always recommend testing for function by using a wiring tester, such as # 3808.

-- Laura E - 01/09/2017

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by: Jack10/17/2018

Perfect for my needs. Easy to install. The adapter that came with it made the install so easy. 3015-P. 575052



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by: Mark01/11/2019

Not happy that the harnes doesn’t plug into the brake controller, would think someone would have made sure they matched before shipping!! 596682


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It appears what was ordered was a curt brake controller adapter and a tekonsha brand Powertrac brake controller part # 39523. The adapter you will need to plug the powertrac into the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 with towing package is part # 3016
Tekonsha Plug-In Wiring Adapter for Electric Brake Controllers
$26.16
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-- Heather A - 01/14/2019

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by: Gary H02/23/2013

Just got done installing this brake controller on my 2011 Tucson. It was a whole lot more difficult than everyone says. It was not the product; very nice unit which installed nicely under the dash. The unit only has 4 leads, 3 of which were no issue. All 4 wires had to be extended (understandably). 3 out of the 4 snaked nicely into the engine compartment. I just widened the existing wiring thru grommet going thru and these 3 slid right thru. Black (Hot), White (Ground) and Blue (Output to trailer brakes). What was the bear was the Red lead which connects to the output side of the brake light switch. When I crawled under dash I could not even see this switch. I could only feel it let allone conect a wire to it. The only alternitive I had was to slice the main harness open (still very hard to get at) and then 1 by 1 find out which of the 40 wires had feed when the pedal was depressed. Once I found this, it was still incredibally hard to get a splice on this 1 lone wire. This is not the products fault; it is just the way they engineer cars these days. All in all the product is great! Gary H. 67561



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by: Michael B.03/08/2019

Very happy with this product. It fit nicely in my truck and plugged right into the factory wiring harness. Total installation time was under an hour. Easy to adjust, and works perfectly with my 5th wheel trailer. I simply pulled out the little storage cubby from the dash, cut the back off, slid the controller in, bolted it together, and stuck it all back in the dash. Looks and works great. 610737



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by: Si Quick05/03/2019

I don't know where to start when reviewing this company. First, the products they sell are top notch, at prices no one can beat. Secondly their online support with videos and detailed installation procedures is "unmatched" by any online company. If they can't walk or talk you through it, it probably can't be done! But perhaps the best quality product they have is their staff. When you call they are most courteous, extremely helpful, and will go above and beyond making your transaction right. I have purchased from etrailer numerous times for these very reasons. And my latest purchase ran into shipping problems (not etrailers fault) and yet Stacey A., Greg & others whose names I forgot (my apologies) made it right. Bottom line, as a frequent online shopper, I can only wish that other online companies would look at etrailers business model and choose to emulate them. This is how online SHOULD be. Thanks again etrailer.com 638170



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by: RFP06/30/2017
2015 Ford F-150

We own a 2015 Ford F150 SuperCrew, 3.5 EcoBoost with Max Tow package. Of course, equipped like this, the truck came with a factory-installed, integral brake controller. That's good news. The bad news is that there various internet forums report there to be an unusually high failure rate of these factory controllers. So, being a bit paranoid about being out in the middle-of-nowhere in our truck and travel trailer and suddenly having (a) locked brakes, or (b) no brakes at all, I decided to install a high quality aftermarket controller. Based on company reputation and prior experience with Tekonsha products, I selected the P3 and proper 'plug and play' wiring harness. Following Tekonsha's instructions as well as vehicle-specific on-line videos, I found the installation to be super easy. I elected NOT to take the truck to the Ford dealer to have the computer re-flashed for the absence of the factory controller. Now, each time the truck is started, I have to click "OK" to clear the 'TRAILER BRAKE FAULT" message... to me that's no big deal. Also, when compared side-by-side, the Ford controller seems flimsy and cheap, whereas the P3 has a quality feel, fit and finish. Wanting the controller to be easy to see and easy to reach, I chose to install the P3 on top of the dash. So, I am delighted with the Tekonsha P3 and - as always - with etrailer's service. 402275



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by: Bill G.06/04/2017

I received my purchase very quickly. I just installed the control and wire harness today. Installation was easy, all you need are basic hand tools and a drill with a small bit. Haven't had chance to test it out yet but, when I do I'll update. 388664


Comments

The controller works fine. It takes a second or so for them to activate and release which can take some getting use to. I am going to look into a different controller that reacts instantly with my vehicle brakes.

Bill G - 06/04/2018

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Thanks for your follow up on your PowerTrac Brake controller the delay that you are describing is common with a time delay style of brake controller. A proportional brake controller will be more responsive than a time delay, and will brake in "proportion" to your vehicle braking. My recommendation would be for the Tekonsha P3 # 90195
Tekonsha Prodigy P3 Trailer Brake Controller - 1 to 4 Axles - Proportional
$160.96
, since it does indeed offer top of the linke diagnostics, as well as the option to program different trailer settings. I have also linked our current offerings of proportional brake controllers for your reference.

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by: Jim10/11/2018

The only thing I wish I had done was put the screws in the unit first for a test fit, I was working in a tight space and it was hard to start the screws. 573616



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by: Robert04/27/2018
2014 Ford F-150

A perfect connection. Great installation videos furnished. 501166



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by: Steve03/14/2018

As usual, etrailer came thru with glowing colors. Delivery was fast and cheap. These guys are totally involved. When I thought I'd messed up, they were quick in answering my questions. I will add this advice. Whenever dropping a wire inside of your dash (like a controller adapter) do not hook it up to your vehicle's wiring loom first, or tape up the exposed plug on the dropped end. Not doing so can result in popping noises within your dashboard, burned fuses or even a fire. Again, for trailer stuff, these are the guys. You get way more than you pay for here. Steve, a returning customer. 484743



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by: Rick08/05/2016

This is the same controller that I have in my motor home. Installed this in my 2008 LWB Nissan Titan 4X4. After reading a review about taking the lower dash cover off, I removed 2 screws at either side of the bottom of the panel and gently worked out the other clips took about 2 minutes to remove and found the electric brake harness tagged - added the new vehicle specific harness adapter (sold separately) put the panel back and mounted the controller. Took about 15 minutes. e-trailer folks rock! 280133


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Thanks for the email. All is good with the hitch, it is holding up well and the brake controller works like a champ. Towed my 8X12 dual axle cargo trailer from FL to Nevada with 2 Harleys and gear, then from FL to Cape Cod and return. Never had a problem with the hitch or controller. Great products.

Rick - 12/15/2017

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by: Don10/08/2018

Easy to connect. Etrailer sent plenty of drawings to make installation quick and easy. only part I didn't like was no female plug to connect to controller. Had to cut plug off control to make connections. 572553



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by: jim a06/09/2015

We have a Honda Ridgeline and needed this for our camper trailer. It was nice ordering the specific plug in wire for the Ridgeline and therefore eliminating hard wiring, just plugged it in. It was rough getting to the factory plug under the dash by the emergency brake petal switch. My hands are not small enough, ha ha. But success was had. Plugged into the controller and mounted it and u-wall-a. It works the way it is suppose to, I like that. A good quality unit that does what it is suppose to. thanks. 202036


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After a year, I dont even think about it being there. I love that. It works the way it should. When traveling with our trailer, I might adjust the controller slightly but that is it. . . .thanks etrailer and Tekonsha for such great products and service. . .you rock. . . .jim

jim a - 06/08/2016

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by: Glenn09/24/2018

Both products were fantastic! After watching video, provided by eTrailer, easily found factory pigtail, knew to verify trailer brakes had fuse from factory and made installation in about 10 mins. easily. Fast shipping. 568295



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by: Doug10/18/2018

Installs in a snap, works great! 575288



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by: Tim B.05/10/2013

The control works great. Nice incremental application of wheel from nothing to hard on! Led light goes from green to red also in incremental degrees. Installation was a snap in my 2008 F150 with tow package. Just Plug in the control clip and the other end in the terminal above and to the right of the computer check terminal. Rather than have it below my dash I opted for the cove below the lighter. Etrailer did a nice job of getting out to me right away and kept me informed where this was at all the way to my door. Good Job! 79780



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by: alan01/18/2017
2009 Ford F-150

installed on a 2009 F-150 everything was as advertised. It was plug and play. My truck had the wire plug behind the dash so was easy to hook up. I installed it in the hole below the coin holder. To reach the pre-wired plug you have to remove the panel anyway. I don't like any wires showing or anything I might hit with my leg. So did not mount it on the lower dash. You have to pull the plastic box out to unplug the connector. So just cut off the back of the box off and run the connector through the hole and connect to the controller. This way you can remove the controller anytime you want. Also you can see the readout much easier then mounting it on the lower dash. See pics 333617



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by: Don10/16/2019

very nice unit and good price. Thanks for fast service. Don 717697



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by: William10/12/2019

Just installed this product from trailer pretty straight forward installation seem to work great for the price. A trailer dealership wanted $250 dollars to in stall did it myself in about 15 minutes great saving . I do have a back ground in electrical and mechanical tho.. over all awesome products would recommend 717157



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by: Tim S10/03/2019
Ford F-150

Had an existing brake control that I took out of an older truck and wanted to use in my new '18 F-150 XLT 4x4. Fit perfect and was a breeze to install once I got the lower dash panel off (which wasn't that difficult either). I would highly recommend this product. 713097



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by: Caleb B10/02/2019

Very basic brake controller, gets the job done with minimal expense. I do need to adjust the gain depending on speed of travel. Turn up for Thruway and down around town otherwise makes for a rocky ride when going slow. It would be nice to have a controller that better accommodated this...maybe some presets or something. Likely a more expensive controller does this. Installed in 2010 Pilot with factory tow package and a 2 axle travel trailer, 4 drum brakes. No issues. 711797



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by: Doug10/01/2019

Fit perfectly, plugged right in and works great 711610



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by: Markus10/01/2019

It fits the controller. 715239



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by: Markus10/01/2019

Easy install and Function is great. Highly recommended. The toughest part was opening the old connectors on the truck. 715238



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by: Michael09/30/2019

Excellent value 711167


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