Draw-Tite Activator Trailer Brake Controller - 1 to 2 Axles - Time Delayed
Replacement Brake Control Plug-In Harness for Tekonsha and Draw-Tite Brake Controller 12" Long

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Draw-Tite Activator Trailer Brake Controller - 1 to 2 Axles - Time Delayed
part number: 5100

Electronic controller activates electric trailer brakes with a preset intensity when you apply the brakes in your vehicle. Power output and braking aggressiveness are easily adjustable to suit your preference.

Features:

  • Brake controller activates trailer brakes with preset intensity
    • Signal is sent to trailer brakes when tow vehicle's brakes are activated
  • Adjustable output control lets you determine the amount of braking force
    • Set to maximum when you travel through hilly terrain with a fully loaded trailer
    • Back off the power output when you tow a lightweight trailer
  • Sync setting lets you adjust the aggressiveness with which the brakes are activated
    • Get full power output faster by moving switch forward to increase activation speed
    • Achieve smoother braking by moving switch in opposite direction to supply power gradually
  • LED indicator on front of unit shows when trailer's brakes are applied
    • Light glows brighter as power output increases
  • Built-in, slide-bar manual override
  • Quick and easy installation
    • No need to mount level like proportional brake controllers
    • Mounting bracket, wiring harness and hardware included
    • Plug-in, vehicle-specific brake-control adapter can be used for certain applications to reduce installation time
    • Pulse preventer (5501) recommended for installation


Specs:

  • Application: trailers with up to 2 axles (4 brake assemblies)
    • Designed for use with electric brakes only
  • Dimensions: 3" wide x 5-3/8" long x 1" tall
  • Limited 3-year warranty


Time-Delayed Braking

The Activator applies your trailer's brakes when the brake pedal in your tow vehicle is engaged. Every time you apply the brakes in your vehicle, a signal is sent - via the brake switch - to the Activator. The controller then sends power out to your trailer brakes to activate them with an intensity set by you, at a rate determined by you. Both the amount of braking power (output) and rate of application (sync) can be adjusted to suit your preference, the road conditions, type of trailer and size of the load. To determine which levels are best for your application, you must test out your towing setup and choose what feels best.


A time-delay controller is so named because there is a delay between the time that you initially apply the brakes in your tow vehicle and the time that the controller reaches maximum power output. Unlike a proportional brake controller, which activates your trailer's brakes based on the deceleration of your tow vehicle, the Activator sends power out in the same way, with the same gradual delay, no matter the braking situation. Although this delay always exists, it can be adjusted by changing the sync setting.


Sync Settings

To adjust the aggressiveness of your trailer's braking action, use the slide control on the side of the Activator to change the sync setting. If you want to reach maximum power output faster, move the switch forward. To get smoother braking action, move the switch backward, thus supplying power to the trailer brakes more gradually. You can alter the sync setting to suit your driving preferences or to improve handling based on changing road conditions or varied trailer loads.


Quick, Simple Installation

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 limitless, so long as you can still easily access the controller.


Installation of the Activator requires that you either purchase a custom wiring adapter designed to plug into the controller or that you hardwire the controller directly into your vehicle. To hardwire the Activator, you must remove the plug at the end of the integrated wiring harness.


Installation Accessories

For easier installation, a vehicle-specific wiring adapter 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: If a custom brake-control wiring adapter is not available for your vehicle, a 20-amp circuit breaker (9506P - sold separately) will be required.


See also etrailer.com's exclusive 7- and 4-way brake-control installation kit (ETBC7 - sold separately) if you don't already have a 7-way plug at the back of your vehicle.

Same as Reese Brakeman Compact - 83501



5100 Draw-Tite Act I Time-Delay Trailer Brake Control



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Replacement Brake Control Plug-In Harness for Tekonsha and Draw-Tite Brake Controller 12" Long
part number: 20127

Tow Ready Replacement Plugin Harness for the Tekonsha P3, Voyager, Prodigy, and Primus Brake Controllers. Also works with Draw-Tite Intella-stop Xtreme, Intella-stop Ultra, Intella-stop Digital, and Activator III (5520) brake controllers.

  • Wire lead length: 12"
  • Wire functions:
    • Blue: trailer brakes
    • White: vehicle battery negative terminal
    • Black: vehicle battery positive terminal
    • Red: cold side of stoplight switch


20127 Replacement Brake Control Plug-In Harness for Tekonsha and Draw-Tite Brake Controller 12" Long



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Video of Draw-Tite Activator Trailer 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 Draw-Tite Brake Controller - Time Delayed Controller - 5100 Review

Today we're going to review part number 5100. This is the Draw-Tite activator time delay trailer brake controller. It is designed to fit trailers for 1 to 2 axles. It does come with everything showing here: the mounting bracket, the mounting hardware. This brake controller will activate your trailer brakes with a preset intensity. The signal is sent to the trailer brakes when you're tow vehicle's brakes are activated. On the very front here, you can see there's a sliding switch.

This is the adjustable output control. This will let you determine the amount of braking force. Basically if you go that way, you can see where it's lighter. That's the maximum. You'll set it to the maximum when you're going to travel through a hilly terrain with a fully-loaded trailer. Then if you want to back it off, you want to do that; back off the power outflow 00:00:45 when you're going to tow a lightweight trailer or an empty trailer. On the side here, you'll see there's also a sink setting.

The sink setting will let you adjust the aggressiveness with which the brakes are activated. If you look real closely, there's a plus sign and a minus sign. This will be towards the front of your tow vehicle. This will be towards the rear of it. Basically to get the full power output faster, you'll move the switch forward. The plus sign, this will increase the activation speed.

If you want to achieve smoother braking, you could move it in the opposite direction; that will supply your power gradually. On the very front, you'll see there's a bob here. This is an LED light. This will indicate on the front of your unit, it will show when your trailer's brakes are applied. The light will glow brighter as the power output increases. I'm going to show you that in a minute.

It has the built-in slide bar manual override that you can activate the brakes immediately. It's a very quick and easy installation, because it's a time-delayed brake controller. There's no need to mount it level, like the proportionals. You can mount it in any direction. The mounting bracket, again, and the hardware is all included. If you notice, it has a plug on the end. We do recommend if it's available for your vehicle, to get the plug-in vehicle-specific brake controller adapter. We do sell those separately. You can find out if there's one available for your vehicle by just going on to our website, under the fit guide, and seeing if they list one that will plug on. A vehicle-specific brake controller adapter will have a plug that will plug into the brake controller. The other end of it will have a plug that will plug into the factory port on your vehicle. If they don't have one for your vehicle, you can get also a plug that will plug into this brake controller, and the other end would be 4 pigtail wires that you could hard-wire into your vehicle. Now getting the application on this brake controller, is for trailers with up to 2 axles or 4 brake assemblies. It is designed for use with electric brakes only. Again, I want to show you I have a plug-in hooked to a 12-O 00:02:54 power source. What we're going to do is go ahead and attach the brake controller; it snaps right in. Then what I'm going to do is go ahead and turn on the power, so we got 12-O power. Then what I'm going to do is I'm going to show you when you apply the brakes, if you watch that red LED light when your brakes are applied, you'll notice that that red LED light will come on. Put it up, you can see it better. Here you go, that's showing that your brakes are being applied, or also when your manual slide is being applied, that will come on. What you also notice, I have it up to maximum. You notice when you push the manual, it will go from a dim bulb, and as you push it up to the maximum, it will get a brighter bulb. If you turn it down some, like in the middle, you can see as you push it up, it won't go up to maximum, because you got the output set in the middle there. That should do it for the review on part number 5100, the Draw-Tite activator time delay trailer brake controller for trailers with 1 to 2 axles. .



Customer Reviews

Draw-Tite Activator Trailer Brake Controller - 1 to 2 Axles - Time Delayed - 5100

Replacement Brake Control Plug-In Harness for Tekonsha and Draw-Tite Brake Controller 12" Long - 20127

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (561 Customer Reviews)

Electronic controller activates electric trailer brakes with a preset intensity when you apply the brakes in your vehicle. Power output and braking aggressiveness are easily adjustable to suit your preference.

- 20127
by: Tom Q05/06/2019

This harness and the Draw-Tite Activator Brake Controller worked fine. I would recommend. 639018



- 5100
by: Karri10/19/2018

Installed super easy using the provided video for instructions. Great product, have one in both of our towing vehicles for our 19.5' camper. 575737



- 5100
by: Jeremy10/06/2018

Controller works great seems better built than more expensive controllers I have used in past. Etrailer was great fast delivery 572248



- 20127
by: Gilbert S05/31/2018
1984 Ford F-150, F-250, F-350

The right adapter for the brake control unit. Made it simpler to install. 514342



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by: Garth01/18/2018

Not only did my packages arrive in a timely manner, but George kept me posted ont their progress every mile of the way. When I got the brake controller, it was everything the said it would be, and along with my final email from etrailer was a link to instructions for installing it and another link to questions and answers about the product and the installation process. How could anyone possibly ask for more. Thank you George, and thank you etrailer. 468070


Comments

Its been a year since I received and installed this braking system. Ive used it may times and it works perfectly. Easy to install and easy to use and affordable you cant beat it. I highly recommend, even though I know you can bet much fancier and more expensive items, you probably dont need fancier and more expensive when this fairly inexpensive item does the trick.

garth i - 01/19/2019

48704

- 20127
by: Rob Rod05/13/2014

Exactly what I needed! 130328


Comments

Great.

Rob R - 05/13/2015

11647

- 5100
by: Edward01/03/2011

Brake controller installation It took longer that it should have to connect the controller, but I was being very careful, I would check and then double check to make sure everything was alright. I wanted to do a nice clean job so I took my time. The hardest part was making sure I had the right wire connected for the brake signal to the controller, but even that was not difficult to do. I took some pictures of when I started a task and the end result. I will probably move the controller from the ash tray area at a later date, but for now it is fine where it's at since I don't smoke and I don't let anyone else smoke in my truck. 4920



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by: Jeffrey02/03/2018

Although I replaced my Activator II with an Activator; both units ended up being fine.... After replacing the Activator II, after further troubleshooting, I found that I had two independent problems. 1. The brake power wire (blue) was corroded in the truck outlet 7 way receptacle; which I replaced. 2. The actuator brake activation wire (red) was no longer getting power out of the trailer wiring plug unit located under the dash. This was resolved but cutting that wire near the harness plug, and splicing it with the cold side of the brake pedal unit’s brake light wire (white). Your wiring diagrams on the subject proved very helpful in the solution..... 472647



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by: Kyle I.03/26/2017

I have to say..... installation was super easy!!! Installed this in an 06 Chevy Suburban, to pull our camper. 358923


Comments

No complaints!

Kyle I - 03/27/2018

36513

- 20127
by: Dean E.10/08/2017
2005 Mercedes-Benz M-Class

This was automatically added when I ordered the instal kit for my brakes! Great addition but just add it to the install kit to begin with! 440649


Comments

Works great! I have a small SVU & small TT.

Dean E - 10/08/2018

44399

- 5100
by: Juan02/02/2017

Work great on my 2007 gmc sierra classic, I recommend this product Thanks. 337785



- 20127
by: John08/18/2019

Got to have it 690851



- 20127
by: Alan08/13/2019

Works well with the Prodigy 3 controlle r. 686761



- 20127
by: Bruce08/08/2019

Made installation of brake controller easy without cutting the wiring harness. Nice to know products like this are available. 682560



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by: Michael08/08/2019

Plug and play. Took 5 min to install. Will see how unit performs this weekend but I imagine it’ll be fine! 682147



- 20127
by: Craig K.08/07/2019

Pretty easy to install and still working great. Some trucks still need a fuse installed in the fuse box before it will work. 681763



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by: Chris08/04/2019

Great product, comes with almost everything need to install on the vehicle, very good quality parts. The instructions were easy to understand and follow. All comes at a great price as well. Always a pleasant experience when buying from etrailer. 682078



- 20127
by: Robert07/31/2019

Great prices, fast delivery. Not my fist time buying from etrailer, the never disapoint. 678673



- 20127
by: Thomas07/30/2019

Exact fit 678586



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by: Pat07/30/2019

a couple no drill hitches, no ordering problem and as it says no drill! Brake controller was plug and play! shipping was as they stated time wise . I will definitely order again ! 679805



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by: Victor07/29/2019

This electric brake controller was just what I needed for my 2008 Tahoe. The videos and info on the etrailer website were a great help in locating the wires I needed to hook up. In addition to the DrawTite 5100 I bought a 20127 cable so that I can easily removed the brake controller should I ever want to. I mounted my brake controller on the left side just above the parking brake pedal. There is a single screw on the underside of the dash there that I was able to use without having to drill any holes. Being able to reach down with my left hand to squeeze the braking button seemed more ergonomic to me than doing it with my right hand and a right hand location didn't have as good a visibility. 678209



- 20127
by: Victor07/29/2019
2008 Chevrolet Tahoe

This electric brake controller was just what I needed for my 2008 Tahoe. The videos and info on the etrailer website were a great help in locating the wires I needed to hook up. In addition to the DrawTite 5100 I bought a 20127 cable so that I can easily removed the brake controller should I ever want to. I mounted my brake controller on the left side just above the parking brake pedal. There is a single screw on the underside of the dash there that I was able to use without having to drill any holes. Being able to reach down with my left hand to squeeze the braking button seemed more ergonomic to me than doing it with my right hand and a right hand location didn't have as good a visibility. 678208



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by: Chris Heimerman07/28/2019

Good product great price and excellent service. 677570



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by: Judy07/27/2019

Excellent customer service, fast delivery, and when the customer orders the right part things are great. And also, when customer orders wrong part, returns are easy, although shipping costs are painful. Therefore a five star to etrailer and staff, no stars for careless customer 677224



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by: William B07/25/2019

Had everything I needed. Had a question about wiring, they walked me through it, Explained it so I understood it. Ordering Was easy. I would recommend them to anyone needing towing or trailer parts. 675268



- 5100
by: David07/23/2019

Great product great service 674537



- 20127
by: David07/23/2019

Great product great service 674532



- 20127
by: Michael07/19/2019

Awesome 672448



- 5100
by: Kent07/17/2019

Nice item, reasonable price. Good company to do business with. 671374



- 20127
by: Hugh07/13/2019

worked perfectly 669960



- 20127
by: Nathan07/03/2019

Easy to hook up 666107



- 5100
by: Randy06/28/2019

No mounting hardware was included. Had to make my own. 664212



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by: Jeff Z06/26/2019

While I have not used the brake controller yet the delivery time and ease of installation for the wiring and controller took less than 10 minutes 664044



- 20127
by: Jo06/25/2019

Received all the products we ordered in less time than I thought it would be here. Thank you for such great service. 662664



- 20127
by: 2012 Chevy Silverado06/20/2019

Cable is as advertised. 660503



- 20127
by: Will B.06/20/2019
Ford Escape

Purchased this product and a few others to get my non-tow package '08 Escape trailer capable. Good prices at etrailer, and the product-specific install vid got me past a perplexing roadblock. Thanks guys!! 661170



- 20127
by: Steve06/15/2019
1997 Chevrolet Blazer

Ready to go 658549



- 20127
by: Jeff k06/13/2019
2012 GMC Sierra

i am very happy with the brake controller and pigtail. the customer service was helpful before i ordered everything also 657525



- 20127
by: Kayin06/12/2019
2019 Ford F-150

Great price and description, just what I needed. 656924



- 5100
by: Adam06/07/2019

Good controller, 2nd one I have owned in 2nd vehicle. Simple and effective 654908



- 20127
by: Eddie06/06/2019

I received the brake controller and wiring harness. took about 10 minutes to install. It works great. would highly recommend these products to any one that is in need of a good, easy to install controller for their trailer that works just fine. 654463



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by: Eddie06/06/2019

I received the brake controller and wiring harness. took about 10 minutes to install. It works great. would highly recommend these products to any one that is in need of a good, easy to install controller for their trailer that works just fine. 656084



- 20127
by: Daniel06/06/2019

As always, great service and fast shipping. Product as described. 654352



- 20127
by: Goodall06/06/2019

Etrailer folks very helpful in getting right parts. 654050



- 20127
by: Robert06/02/2019
Nissan Quest

I had to wire a Nissan Quest Mini van for a trailer hook up. My contact at erailer was Jason. He was knowledgeable about what i had to do and etrailer provides video's on how to complete the job. if I had to pay a professional it would of been very expensive. Very reasonable pricing. My contact was good to deal with. I would recommend etrailer. 652037



- 20127
by: Craig06/02/2019

just as advertised. Very fast delivery. 651571



- 20127
by: Jeff05/31/2019
2018 Jeep JK Wrangler Unlimited

it worked great with my P3. 650908



- 20127
by: Nelson05/30/2019

Product was a advertised, still working just fine. 649192



- 20127
by: Jeanne05/30/2019
1996 Nissan Pathfinder

Great service, great product, fast delivery! Very happy customer! 649178



- 20127
by: Pat05/26/2019

Easy to install, easy to setup. Make sure you have 12 & 16 gauge butt connectors available. There are two different size wires in pigtail. Drove couple hundred miles with a dual axle trailer right after installing controller in the rain and had no issues and felt confident. Great product. 647127


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  • To install the Draw-Tite Activator Trailer Brake Controller # 5100 that you referenced to your 2017 Nissan Titan, all you will need is the Plug-In Wiring Adapter # 3050-P if the truck is equipped with the factory 7-Way. One end of the harness will plug into the brake controller itself, while the other end will connect directly to the factory port on your Nissan Titan. The factory brake controller port should be located behind the dash, on the left hand side by the emergency brake pedal.
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  • I am happy to help you setup your vehicle to tow a trailer with brakes however the Draw-Tite Activator Trailer Brake Controller # 5100 is only the brake controller to power the brakes on your trailer. The 2002 Cadillac Escalade will still need a 7-way plug on the vehicle to connect to the trailer. If the Cadillac has a factory package, you can use Curt T-Connector Vehicle Wiring Harness for Factory Tow Package part # C55774 to plug right into the factory towing harness. If the Cadillac
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  • Actually, you need to do almost nothing to replace your Draw-Tite Activator Trailer Brake Controller # 5100 with a superior proportional unit like the Tekonsha Prodigy P3 # 90195. Since these two controllers come from the same manufacturer they will use the same wiring harness, so all you need to do is unplug the Activator and plug in the Prodigy P3 in its place. You will find the user-friendly features of the P3 to be a big improvement over the Draw-Tite controller. It will certainly
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  • The first thing you will need to install a trailer brake controller on your 2009 Hyundai Santa Fe is a 7-Way trailer connector. You will need installation kit # ETBC7 which comes with the 7-Way and the rest of the wiring and accessories needed to install the Voyager brake controller # 39510. The 4-Way you have now will plug into the # ETBC7. Then the white wire will attach to the vehicle frame. The purple wire will attach to the reverse light wire (if the trailer needs reverse lights,
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  • When the Draw-Tite Activator Trailer Brake Controller # 5100 displays a flashing OL (overload) message this indicates that the unit has detected a short in the brake output circuit, the circuit commonly carried on a blue wire. You'll need to trace the trailer's brake circuit wire (check the linked article to help you find the correct one on your 7-way plug). Check the wire for signs of worn or cracked insulation all along its length, from the trailer connector to the brake assemblies,
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  • Each brake magnet will have two wires exiting it. One wire would connect to the wire which carries the brake output signal from the tow vehicle. The other wire should be grounded to the trailer frame. There is no polarity on the brake magnets, so it doesn't matter which wire is grounded and which is connected to the brake circuit. You can use wire like part # 10-1-1 to complete the wiring for the brakes on your trailer. I have attached a drawing that shows how the wiring is typically
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  • The 2007 Acura MDX is actually similar to the Honda Pilot and not so much the Ridgeline. But manufacturers have not confirmed that any parts for the Pilot will work on the MDX. To install a brake controller you will need to hardwire one in. To do this you will need installation kit # ETBC7 and a brake controller. I have included a couple of links to the right that show and explain the ETBC7 installation. For a brake controller I recommend the P2, # 90885. It is one of our most popular
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  • Finalizing Final Under Hood Wiring Connections for Brake Controller on 2009 GMC Sierra
  • It sounds as if the final power connection needs to be made under the hood. If you take a look at the Brake Controller Installation FAQ article I have linked you to, and scroll to the bottom of the page, you can see the procedure for finalizing the connections under the hood. The wire that provides power to the brake controller is located to the right of the power distribution box, between the box and the fender. Cut the electrical tape and free the red wire with the ring terminal on
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  • Does the Tow Package Wiring on a 2008 Chevy Colorado Match a Brake Controller Color for Color
  • On the 2008 Chevy Colorado with a factory tow package, the wiring for a brake controller is located under the dash, to the left of the brake pedal. The wire bundle should have a white tag on it that also lists the functions of each wire. You will need to match the wires to the brake controller by function, not by color. On the brake controller, white is ground, black is 12 volt power, blue goes out to the trailer connector, and red is in from the stop light circuit on the brake switch. It
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  • Where to Connect the Stoplight Wire on Brake Controller Pigtail
  • To install the Tekonsha PowerTrac Brake Controller # 39523 in your 2006 Ford Escape, the red wire on your brake controller harness # 20127 needs to be connected to the stoplight switch under the dash in your vehicle. There should be a wire for the stoplight switch on the back of the brake pedal. You will want to use a circuit tester, like # 40376, to find the wire that has signal only when the brake pedal is depressed. Testing the wires is the best way to be sure which wire is the one
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  • Installing a Trailer Brake Controller on a 2012 Dodge Caravan with Tow Package
  • I spoke with a colleague who worked at Chrysler and he stated that they do not put the trailer hitch and 7-Way wiring on the Grand Caravan at the factory. That is something that the dealer installs. In any event here is what you will need to do. The brake controller will need to be hardwired into the vehicle. The white wire on the brake controller will need to get connected directly to the negative terminal on the vehicle battery. The black wire will need to connect to a 30 amp circuit
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  • What Do I Need to Wire a Basic 4-Way Trailer Connector on a 1996 Toyota Tacoma Pickup
  • Since the 1996 Toyota Tacoma has separate turn and brake signals, a converter is necessary. Fortunately, there is a plug-and-play harness, part # 118379, available for your Tacoma that makes installing very easy. It simply plugs in-line with the tail light connectors behind the tail light housings. Then you connect the ground wire to a good ground point on the truck frame and you are done. I have added a link to the part and a video of it being installed on a 2000 Tacoma. I have also
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  • Electric Trailer Brake Controller Recommendation for a 2009 Volkswagen Touareg TDI
  • I recommend the Tekonsha P2, # 90885. It is one of our highest rated and most popular brake controller models. If your Touareg has a factory tow package, then you will just need to connect the wires from the brake controller to the tow package wires under the dash. The tow package wiring may be located behind the lower appearance panel beneath the dash and to the right of the emergency brake pedal. It may be on the left, wrapped in grey foam. I have included a link to an FAQ article
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  • Which Brake Switch Wire is Used When Installing Brake Controller on 2008 Dodge Ram 1500
  • A brake controller has four wires exiting the rear of the controller, they attach as follows: the red wire attaches to the brake stoplight switch located at the top of the brake pedal. The color of the correct wire on the brake switch is usually a white wire with a tan stripe, but it could vary so it is best to find the correct wire you will need by testing the wires for function. The stoplight switch can have several wires exiting it, you will need a circuit tester like Quickee Tester,
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  • Installing Brake Controller on 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan with FactoryTow Package
  • It sounds like your Grand Caravan is wired like the Jeep Grand Cherokee. I have confirmed this by speaking with my contact at Tekonsha. He tells me that the wire you located is indeed the brake control output circuit. This wire would be ran through the firewall and would connect to the blue wire on the brake controller. To complete the installation, you will connect the white wire of the controller pigtail # 20127 to the negative battery terminal, the black controller wire to the positive
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  • Installing a Brake Controller on 2013 Mazda CX-5 with 7-Way Installed
  • Since you have a 7-Way you will only need a few more components to complete a brake controller install on your vehicle. For a wiring kit to install the brake controller and the 7-way adapter you would want the Wiring Kit for 2 and 4 Brake Electric Brake Controllers # 5506. This will provide the power source and ground for the wiring for the brake controller. You will need to test the wires from the brake pedal switch of your vehicle to find a circuit that has voltage when the brakes
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  • Brake Controller Wiring Functions to Install on a 1990 Dodge D250 Pickup
  • The red wire that disappears under the dash of your 1990 dodge D250 pickup is input from the brake switch and will go to the red wire on the brake controller. Blue is output to the trailer brakes and connects to the blue wire on the brake controller. White is ground as you know and connects to the controller white wire and the fused red wire is for power which connects to the black brake controller wire. If you had switched the other red wire and the blue wire nothing would have happened
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  • Brake Controller Pigtail Wiring Harness For Infiniti QX 80
  • We do carry wiring pigtails for Tekonsha prodigy trailer Brake Controllers that will work on your 2014 Infiniti QX80. I have attached a link to a help article that explains installation of a brake controller. If you are looking for just the pigtail that attaches to the controller I recommend the Brake Control Plug-In Harness for Tekonsha and Draw-Tite Brake Controller, part # 20127. This harness has 12 inch wire leads. If you prefer a harness with longer wire leads, I recommend the
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  • Installing a Brake Controller on a 1988 GMC K 1500 Pickup Truck
  • GM did not install a brake controller adapter port in the C/K series pick up trucks, so there are no plug-in adapters that will allow you to install a brake controller without having to run wires. If you already have 7-way connector at the rear of your truck, then you could use wiring kit # 5506. This kit includes a duplex wire to run a brake output circuit from the brake controller to your 7-way and to run a wire from the brake controller to the battery (via the circuit breaker) and
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  • Where to Splice Brake Light Wire From Brake Controller To Stoplight Wire
  • Since your vehicle does not have a brake controller port, you will want to use a universal wiring pigtail. For example, if you have a Tekonsha brake controller, you could use a Plug-In Harness for Tekonsha and Draw-Tite Brake Controllers # 20127. You will want to use a circuit tester, like # 40376, to test the wires at the stoplight switch at the back of your brake pedal to find the wire that only has signal when the brake pedal is depressed. Once you have found the wire that only produces
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  • Parts Needed to Install an Electric Brake Controller in a 2016 Toyota Highlander with Tow Package
  • To install your Prodigy P3 Electric Brake Controller # 90195 into a 2016 Toyota Highlander you can use the wiring harness # 20127. This will plug into the P3 and then hardwire under your dashboard. If the Highlander needs a 4-way trailer connector the Curt Wiring Harness # 56042 will provide one for you. Then you can use the install kit # ETBC7 to add a 7-way and all of wiring to power your trailer's brakes. If you already have a 4-way then just add the # ETBC7. If you already have
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  • Hardwire Trailer Brake Controller Installation on a 2001 Dodge Van 1500
  • Installing a brake controller on your 2001 Dodge 1500 Van is a hardwire installation. In addition to the brake controller and the wiring harness like # 20127, you may also need a 4 and 7 Way Installation kit, # ETBC7 depending on what type of trailer connector is on the van. If the van already has a 7-Way trailer connector, you will need to add a brake controller installation kit, # 5506. On the back of the 7-Way connector, find the wire that is coming out of the 7:00 position. Cut the
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  • Stop Light Switch Location On A 2015 Jeep Cherokee
  • The stop light switch that you will need to connect the red wire to on the Brake Control Plug-In Harness for Tekonsha part # 20127 may be pre ran to a set of wires taped to the underside of the drivers side vehicle dash. If the wires are not present in this location, I recommend installing a stop light switch such as the Roadmaster Stop Light Switch Kit part # RM-751471 to wire the brake controller stop light switch to because of the difficulty and risk of error that is involved when splicing
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  • Troubleshooting Prodigy Trailer Brake Controller Causing Dash Light Errors
  • Sounds like it could be the way your brake controller was installed. I would first check the connection of the red wire, this should be connected to the brake light switch wire that is only active (hot) when the brakes are pressed. Since you have a 2008 this newer body style has been known to need to be hardwired when installing the brake controller to function properly. I have linked a step by step Help Article for you to look at. I would also recommend to clean out any corrosion
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  • Do the Tow Ready and Tekonsha Brake Controller Harnesses use the Same Guage Wire
  • The Tow-Ready part, part # 20127, and the Tekonsha part, part # 7894, use the same size wires. The blue and black wires are 12 gauge and the red and white are 16 gauge. They are the same part other than wire length.
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  • Will Tekonsha Prodigy P3 Brake Controller Work on Triple Axle Trailers
  • You can use the Tekonsha Prodigy P3 Trailer Brake Controller # 90195 on a triple axle trailer with no worries about the wiring getting fried; the P3 is actually able to work with up to four axles and eight brake assemblies. If you are hardwiring the controller in you will need to make sure you use 30-amp circuit breaker # 38630 with your six brake assemblies. The low amperage on the red brake light switch is because it only needs enough amps to light the signals; it will not fry the
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  • Recommended Wiring Harness for 2018 Buick Enclave and Tekonsha Brake Controller
  • For your Tekonsha Brake Controller, the custom wiring harness # 3026-P is not a confirmed fit for your 2018 model as it was for your 2011 model. At this time we don't have a confirmed fit from any of our manufacturers. It appears that Buick has changed their connector and the only fit at this time is hardwiring the brake controller. For that, you can use the Replacement Brake Control Plug-In Harness for Tekonsha and Draw-Tite Brake Controller 12" Long # 20127. I've attached a wiring
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