Draw-Tite Activator Trailer Brake Controller - 1 to 2 Axles - Time Delayed
Tekonsha Plug-In Wiring Adapter for Electric Brake Controllers

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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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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 Ford Expedition'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 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 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

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

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

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (705 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. 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: Joseph rice Vermont08/28/2019

Brake controller (5100) seems to be operating as wanted, no complaints, glad I got it. Installation was pretty simple, first time always takes longer because some of us like to double check the connections, and there is always a little hesitation about placement. But any real problems are solved by a simple contact with someone at etrailer anxious to help and put your mind at ease. I have not had any problems with the several etrailer purchases I have made. My Vehicle is a 2014 KIA Sedona and I pull a Casita with it. I bought the receiver hitch, brake controller, air suspension enhancement, and maybe 1 or 2 other things. All good. Great people to deal with. 696717



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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: 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: Jeremy10/06/2018

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



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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: 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

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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



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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: 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: 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

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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



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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: 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


Comments
Perfect
B . - 09/30/2016

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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: 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: 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: 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: Preston05/30/2020

Perfect fit, easy install 805204



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by: A.p.d.05/22/2020

Works fine, as well as or better than expected. I did have it installed by my local garage, rather than doing it myself. I thought this particular unit was an exceptional value. 801715



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by: Mike K05/21/2020

Easy hook up and easy to adjust. 801100



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by: Dave J05/19/2020

I've been using this model brake controller since the 1990's....It's simple to install, and operate. It is very slender, so it doesn't take up much room. I currently have 3 vehicles with this unit installed, and they easily handle the 2 and 3 axle trailers I own. 800244



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by: Jacob Clark05/17/2020

I received the brake controller and harness. The harness was supposed to be a direct plug and play, but it never worked. I’ve had the brake controller hooked up in my truck for a year now hoping that it would just magically start working. It never did, I don’t know why I never contacted etrailer. I guess I just resorted to the fact that it was just a shitty product. 799418



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by: Russell05/16/2020

Perfect fit! Needed a little help from e trailer to figure out factory wiring leaves an unused female connector on the male plug... Otherwise it was plug and play. Highly recommend etrailer as a comprehensive, fair priced and fast access source for trailer parts and accessories. 798666



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by: John05/13/2020

Brake controller works great! Superb customer support and service.!!! 797061



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by: Vicky05/06/2020

Works great! I used Velcro to attach it to the panel below my steering wheel so I wouldn't have holes drilled in it. That way, I can take it out if I sell my truck. 793156


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  • Brake Controller Plug Location on 2018 Nissan Titan
  • To install the Draw-Tite Activator Brake Controller # 5100 that you referenced on your 2018 Nissan Titan you will need the Plug-In Wiring Adapter # 3050-P. One end of the adapter plugs into the brake controller itself and the other end will connect right to the factory port that's located behind the dash, on the left hand side by the emergency brake pedal. There is a dash panel there that needs to be removed to gain access to the plug, which should be white in color and labeled "Electric
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  • Factory Brake Controller Port Location on 2017 Nissan Titan
  • 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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  • Troubleshooting Surface Rust on Trailer Brake Rotors
  • Theoretically if you just have some surface rust on your rotors it would be knocked off after a drive that included a couple solid braking events. If you still notice rust on the rotors after towing the trailer then this could indeed be an indication that there's an issue with the brakes or simply that the rust you found is a bit deeper than surface level. If the rotors are badly rusted then your best option is just to replace them completely. I have attached a link that will take you
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  • Solution for Preventing Brake Controller From Pulsing with Hazard Lights
  • What you need to prevent your hazard lights from activating your trailer brakes is a pulse preventer part # 5501. This installs like the diagram I attached shows and allows your brake controller to know the difference from when the hazards are on and when the brake pedal is pressed.
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  • How to Install Brake Controller in 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
  • We can help you with installation of your Draw-Tite Activator Trailer Brake Controller # 5100 in your 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport. Since your car currently has no trailer wiring you'll need a couple of items to complete the install. You will need a basic 4-pole wiring harness # 118571 along with Draw-Tite wiring pigtail # 20127. The only other part you need is our install kit # ETBC7 which includes all other components. You will not need anything beyond these three items. The 4-pole
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  • Recommended Brake Controller Wiring Harness and Installation Location on 2018 Nissan Titan XD
  • If your 2018 Nissan Titan XD has the factory 7-way trailer connector then there is a custom wiring harness for your brake controller. If you will be using a Draw-Tite, Tekonsha, or Reese brake controller you will use # 3050-P. For Curt use # C51382 and for Hopkins use # HM47635, and for Hayes use # HA81786-HBC. The factory harness you connect to will be located underneath and to the left of the steering column taped to another harness near the emergency brake pedal. It will be a 6 pin
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  • Replacement for Malfunctioning Draw-Tite Activator II Trailer Brake Controller
  • Based on your description of the problem with your Draw-Tite brake controller I suspect an internal fault within the controller itself. There is a chance that the red input signal wire could be loose, and this would cause the unit to stop generating output, but it would not explain the varying power level displayed. That specific issue makes me think that the internal circuitry has finally given up the ghost and the controller needs to be replaced. If your towed trailer has one or
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  • Installing Prodigy P3 Brake Controller in 2016 Silverado 2500HD with OEM Controller
  • You can install a Prodigy P3 Trailer Brake Controller # 90195 in your 2016 Silverado 2500 with OEM controller but you will not use wiring adapter part # 3016. The necessary wiring for an aftermarket controller is present under the dash. Four or five blunt-cut wires are under the left side of the instrument panel. These wires are located above your left shin as you are seated in the driver's seat. The wires can be identified by a white label and the color of the wires. The wire colors
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  • Parts Needed To Use Brake Controller With 2002 Cadillac Escalade To Tow Trailer
  • 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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  • Installing a 7-Way Trailer Connector and Brake Controller on a 2006 Nissan Pathfinder
  • We do have a wiring harness that would be a great fit for your 2006 Nissan Pathfinder. You will need a 4 and 7 Way Installation Kit, # ETBC7. Your existing 4-Way will plug into the back of the ETBC7. There will then be 4 wires left to hardwire. The white wire gets connected to the vehicle frame. The black and blue wires get connected to the duplex cable and routed under the vehicle, avoiding areas that may pinch or burn the wires, into the engine compartment. The last wire is for reverse
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  • How to Wire a Draw-Tite Brake Controller to a 2003 Ford F350
  • The easiest way to install your Draw-Tite 2-4 Brake Electronic Brake Controller # 5100 in your 2003 Ford F-350 would be to use a Tekonsha Wire Replacement # 3035-P. This product will plug into the back of your # 5100 and then plug directly into the plug underneath the dash of your vehicle. I attached installation instructions and an installation video for you to check out. Your other choice is to hard-wire it in by first cutting the plug under your dash off and then wire it by function
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  • Troubleshooting Draw-Tite Activator II Trailer Brake Controller 5100
  • On the Draw-Tite Activator II trailer brake controller # 5100 the red dot on the front panel indicates that the unit is sending out brake power, either from you pressing the manual override lever or from applying the brake pedal. If the controller is sending out 6-7 volts WITHOUT you doing either of those things then either the controller is wired incorrectly or it is malfunctioning internally. The red wire on the controller is the input signal wire that tells it to send out power.
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  • Availability of Universal Tekonsha Brake Controller Pigtail Wiring Harness
  • The TM75127 brake controller Pigtail for Tekonsha and TrailerMate brake controllers has been discontinued, but Tekonsha makes a version with a 12 inch wiring harness, part # 20127 or # 7894 with a 34 inch long wiring harness that' are identical. Either would work great for you.
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  • Brake Controller Installation Instructions And Wire Colors for a 2005 Toyota 4Runner
  • The wire colors for the brake controller are white ground wire, black power wire, red brake switch wire and blue brake feed wire that goes to the trailer brakes, see video links. Your 2005 Toyota 4Runner should have a connection point under the dash near the emergency brake pedal that the 20265, wiring harness will plug into, if your vehicle was set up with the factory tow package wiring. If this connector was removed for some reason and you need to splice the Draw-Tite Brake Controller,
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  • Installing a Draw-Tite Activator Electric Brake Controller in a 2002 Acura MDX
  • I've linked the insallation details of the Draw-Tite Activator Brake Controller, part # 5100, on this page for you. We don't have specific details, or a video, of a 2002 Acura MDX but the process is basically the same on all vehicles. The controller's black wire connects to the positive side of the vehicle's battery through a circuit breaker and white wire connects to the negative side of the battery. The blue wire runs to the 7-way trailer connector at the rear of the Acura and the
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  • How Does Brake Controller Install in 2002 Workhorse Chassia RV
  • There isn't a brake controller wiring harness for the 2002 Chevy Workhorse RV chassis. It is possible that the RV came with one. Sometimes they plug in under the driver's seat but would otherwise be located under the dash. It is also possible that it does not have a place to plug a brake controller into and could just have tow package wires under the dash. To check this look for a bundle of wires up under dash with a white tag on them. If you cannot locate a wire bundle or place that
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  • Troubleshooting Trailer Brake Controller on 2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
  • I do have a possible solution for you, however the wire colors you mentioned coming from the OEM harness in your 2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 don't match up to the GM OEM harness I am familiar with. Typically the wires on a GM OEM harness are as follows: Dark blue = brake out Red = 12V power Light blue = brake light switch Black = ground Since the colors don't seem to be the same on your harness, we can also try to connect the brake controller by using the wire locations on your
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  • Installing a Brake Controller on a 2009 Hyundai Santa Fe with Factory 4-Way Trailer Connector
  • 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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  • Adding Electric Brake Wiring To Second Axle On Tandem Trailer
  • 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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  • Brake Controller Install Harness Recommendation for Reese Controller in 2007 Ford F-150
  • The correct brake controller install harness to use with a 2007 Ford F-150 and a Reese brake controller is the # 3035-P. I attached an install video that shows this harness used to install a brake controller in a similar 2005 Ford F-150
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  • Recommended Brake Controller and Wiring for 2017 Ford Expedition with 4-Way
  • We have everything you need to install a fully functional 7-Way connector and a trailer brake controller on your 2017 Ford Expedition. Since your Expedition is already equipped with a 4-Way connector, you will just need the Universal Wiring Kit # ETBC7. This kit includes everything needed to install a 7-Way connector from your existing 4-Way, along with the needed wiring and circuit breakers for installing a brake controller. The connector that is included features both a 7-Way and
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  • Brake Controller Wiring Adapter Location on 2017 Ford F-150
  • If you take a look at the accompanying photo you can see exactly where the location is on a 2017 Ford F-150 to plug in the Plug-In Wiring Adapter for Electric Brake Controllers # 22292; additionally I have added a link to a video which shows not only where the location is, but how to find the plug-in port. The plug will be on the right-hand side behind the console. Adapter # 22292 is the correct one for a '17 F-150 and works with the following brake controllers: - Prodigy P3 Trailer
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  • Installing a Brake Controller in a 2013 Ford F-150
  • In order to install a brake controller on a 2013 Ford F-150 that already has a 4 flat you need to use the Universal In adapter # 37185 that you referred to. You'll need to plug in the brake controller with a separate harness such as # 22292 for Tekonsha controllers like the Prodigy P3 # 90195. I strongly recommend this controller as it is the most popular model we carry due to its effectiveness and ease of use. It will activate your trailer's brakes immediately in proportion to your F-150's
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  • Parts Needed for 2014 Ford F-150 to Tow Trailer with Electric Brakes
  • We have everything needed to equip your 2014 Ford F-150 so that it can tow your utility trailer and power its electric brakes. The exact parts you need will depend a bit on what is already installed on your truck. Starting at the rear bumper, if you just have a 4-Way connector (and not a 7-Way round connector), I recommend using the Universal Installation Kit # ETBC7 to install a fully functional 7-Way. This kit also includes the additional wiring needed to install a trailer brake controller.
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  • How to Install the Prodigy P2 on a 2015 Ford F-150 with Factory 7-Way
  • Yes, the Tekonsha Plug-In Wiring Adapter for Electric Brake Controllers part # 22292 will make the Tekonsha Prodigy P2 Trailer Brake Controller part # 90885 completely plug and play. There will be no other parts needed or required to install this brake controller on your 2015 Ford F-150. I have attached an install video which shows the entire process.
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  • Brake Controller Recommendation for 2017 Ford Expedition
  • We can help you easily install an aftermarket brake controller in your 2017 Ford Expedition, but we do not have a way to program a factory brake controller. Only a Ford dealer would in theory be able to do that. All you need for a brake controller install harness will be the part # 22292 and then a Tekonsha brake controller. For a brake controller I would recommend the Prodigy P3 Brake Controller part # 90195. This is our best selling brake controller because of how well it works
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  • Brake Controller Install Harness Recommendation for 2017 Ford F-350
  • The correct brake controller install harness for a Prodigy brake controller similar to the P2 part # 90885 is the part # 22292. 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
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  • Installing the Prodigy P3 Brake Controller on a 2016 Ford F-150
  • The Prodigy P3 Brake Controller, # 90195, will go into a sleep mode after 15 minutes of inactivity. The controller will never completely turn off. While in sleep mode the P3 will only draw a few milliamps of power, so battery drain will be minimal. As for installing a 7-way connector of your 2016 Ford F-150, the Universal Installation Kit for Trailer Brake Controller, # ETBC7. The kit will include a 7-way connector, wiring, and components needed to connect the P3 to your 7-way. Using
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  • Installing the Tekonsha Prodigy P2 # 90885 on a 2010 Ford F-150 with a 4-Way Flat Connector
  • From what I can tell from the pictures you sent in it does look like your 2010 Ford F-150 has the factory tow package. There is an option for the tow package to come with a 7-Way or a 4-Way (which is what it looks like you have). Also, the "dummy" plug that you are talking about looks like it has the correct wiring needed to install part # 22292 so that you can use the Prodigy P2 # 90885 on your F-150. To complete your towing setup so that you can utilize a 7-Way you will simply need
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  • Brake Controller Install Harness Location for 2017 Ford F-350
  • The harness for installing a brake controller in your 2017 Ford F-350 is find behind the instrument panel of your 2017 Ford F-350. If you check out the picture I attached you'll see how it is accessed. I also attached an install video that shows the process of finding it on a similar 2018 Ford truck as well. The part number for the harness is # 22292. For a brake controller I would recommend the Prodigy P3 Brake Controller part # 90195. This is our best selling brake controller because
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  • 2018 Ford E-450 Super Duty Brake Connector Install Harness Location
  • The correct brake controller install harness for your 2018 Ford F-450 is the part # 22292 and there is two possible locations for where to find the connector on your truck. Most of the time it's below the dash behind the steering column. The other spot is behind the panel of the dash just to the left of the truck stereo. For a brake controller I would recommend the Prodigy P3 Brake Controller part # 90195. This is our best selling brake controller because of how well it works and how
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  • Installation Harness for Prodigy P2 Brake Controller in 2009 Ford F-150 XLT
  • Thank you for the photo of the connector on your 2009 Ford F-150 XLT. This does appear to be the brake controller connection port for your Prodigy P2 brake controller # 90885. The port will be present on trucks that came with the factory 7-way and it will mate with connector on the wiring adapter you'll use, part # 22292. The photo I linked for you shows the matching connector on that adapter. You can refer to the linked video for installation guidance. It shows a 2009 F-150 like yours.
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  • Where to Find Brake Controller Install Port on 2014 Ford F-150
  • Brake controller wiring harness # 22292 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 your dash, near the driver's side. Carefully pry the panel out and undo the locking tabs to remove the panel. Plug the adapter into the mating connector in the large gray housing behind the panel. I have included pictures that should help you with the location of the factory connection point. I
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  • How To Install The Tekonsha Plug-In Wiring Adapter Part # 22292 On A 2014 Ford F-150
  • The Tekonsha Plug-In Wiring Adapter for Electric Brake Controllers part # 22292 (3036-P) is the correct adapter to install a Tekonsha brake controller on your 2014 Ford F-150. In many cases, the wire locations on the vehicle connector will not be the same as the wire locations on the brake controller adapter. Therefore, the colors may or may not be the same color on each end of the connector. At the 3:20 mark in the attached video, you will see the correct plug that the wiring harness
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  • Brake Controller Install Harness Recommendation for 2015 Ford Flex with Tow Package
  • For your 2015 Ford Flex with a factory tow package the correct brake controller install harness is the # 22292 for use with a Tekonsha brake controller like the P3 part # 90195 like you mentioned having.
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  • Parts Needed to Install Brake Controller in 2017 Ford F-150 with 4-Way
  • To install a brake controller on your 2017 Ford F-150 w/ factory tow package and 4-way connector, you will need to install Adapter 4 Pole to 7 Pole, part # 37185. You will need to run 2 wires, to the front of the truck, the Black wire for 12 volt power, and the Blue wire, which supplies power to the brakes. The Blue and Black wire will connect to the Ford wires that terminate along the frame of the F-150 near the spare tire (see FAQ). Then, you will need to use the vehicle specific adapter
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  • Are Brake Controller Wiring Harnesses 22292 and 3036-P the Same for a 2010 Ford F-150
  • Yes, brake controller wiring harness # 22292 and 3036-P are the same wiring harness. No matter which number it has on it the harness will fit the following vehicles: 2009 - 2016 Ford F-150 with factory 4-Flat or 7-Way 2012 - 2016 Ford Flex with factory 7-Way 2012 - 2016 Lincoln MKT with factory 7-Way 2015 - 2015 Lincoln Navigator with factory 4-Flat or 7-Way For a brake controller I recommend the P2 # 90885 because it is easy to set up, easy to use, and it is reliable. I have linked
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