Draw-Tite Activator IV Trailer Brake Controller - 1 to 4 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 IV Trailer Brake Controller - 1 to 4 Axles - Time Delayed
part number: 5504

Palm-size brake controller activates trailer brakes with preset intensity when you apply the brakes in your vehicle. Adjust power output and braking aggressiveness with easily accessible, up-front buttons. Digital display and manual override.

Features:

  • Brake controller activates trailer brakes with preset intensity
    • Signal is sent to trailer brakes when tow vehicle's brakes are activated
  • Adjustable power output lets you determine the amount of power sent to the trailer's brakes
    • Set to higher output when towing in hilly terrain or with a fully loaded trailer
    • Back off power when towing a lightweight or empty trailer
  • Sync setting lets you adjust the aggressiveness with which the brakes are activated
    • Increasing activation speed gives you full power output faster
    • Supplying power more gradually gives you smoother braking
  • Easy-to-read digital display communicates brake power output, sync setting, and error codes
    • Shows diagnostic codes for overloads and open grounds
  • Short circuit protected
  • Slide-bar manual override
  • Quick and easy installation
    • Can be mounted at any angle in any plane, and in any direction
    • Mounting bracket with hardware included
    • Plug-in, vehicle-specific brake-controller adapter (sold separately) can be used for certain applications to reduce installation time


Specs:

  • Application: trailers with up to 4 axles (8 brake assemblies)
    • Designed for use with electric brakes only
  • Dimensions: 4-3/16" long x 2-3/4" wide x 1" tall
  • Harness length: 8"
  • Limited lifetime warranty


Time-Delayed Braking

The Activator IV 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 the set 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 user-set delay, no matter the braking situation. Although this delay always exists, it can be adjusted by changing the sync setting. The controller will continue to send out power to the trailer brakes as long as your foot is on the brake pedal, even when your truck and trailer have come to a stop.


Built-In Controls on the Activator IV


Built-In Controls on the Activator IV

The diagram above shows the controls and components of the Activator IV electric trailer brake controller.


Power Output Control

The power output control lets you set the maximum amount of power that will be applied to your trailer's brakes. Typically, the power output is only readjusted if you switch from a heavy, loaded trailer to a much lighter, empty trailer - or vice versa. During the initial setup process, use the plus and minus adjustment buttons on the top left of the Activator IV to adjust the output.


Sync Control

The sync setting represents the elapsed time from the point that the brakes are first applied to the point that the set power output reaches its maximum. This setting is responsible for determining the aggressiveness of the braking action.


To adjust the sync, use the plus and minus buttons on the top of the unit. If you want to reach maximum power output faster, press the plus button. To get smoother braking action by supplying power to the trailer brakes more gradually, press the minus button. You can alter the sync setting to suit your driving preferences or to improve handling based on changing road conditions or varied trailer loads.


Digital Display

The Activator IV brake controller features an easy-to-read LED window that displays the power settings as you adjust them. The power output is shown as a number, with 0 indicating minimum output and 10 indicating maximum output. The sync setting is shown as a number followed by the letter "o" to differentiate it from the output reading. The least aggressive sync setting is 0o and the most aggressive is 9o.


While braking, the unit displays the power output. To see or adjust the sync setting, step on your brake pedal and press either the plus or minus button at the same time.


The display will also show trouble codes to alert you to any potential problems, such as short circuits or overloads, or if there is an internal problem with the controller.


Slide-Bar Manual Override

The manual slide lever overrides the preset power output and allows the operator to engage the trailer brakes without using the vehicle's brakes. In addition to being a necessary safety feature, this option helps to control trailer sway by slowing the trailer to put it back solidly behind the tow vehicle.


You can also engage the manual override to help you move a sliding 5th-wheel hitch closer to your truck's tailgate for tight maneuvering during slow speed turns. Just apply the manual override to hold the trailer in place while slowly moving the tow vehicle forward.


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 or position it in any particular direction. As a result, mounting options are limitless, so long as you can still easily access the manual override.


Installation of the Activator IV 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 controller, you must remove the plug at the end of the integrated wiring harness.


Installation Accessories

A vehicle-specific, dual-mated wiring adapter is available for most newer trucks and SUVs with tow packages. One end of the custom adapter plugs into your vehicle's brake controller port, and the other end plugs into the controller - no hardwiring required.


A universal wiring harness (20127 - sold separately) that plugs into any Draw-Tite brake controller is also available. The 4 leads on the universal harness can then be hardwired into your vehicle. By splicing the universal adapter into your wiring instead of directly connecting the brake controller to your wiring, you gain the ability to unplug and remove the controller from your vehicle should the need arise.


Note: If a custom brake-control wiring adapter is not available for your vehicle, one of the following will be required:

20-Amp circuit breaker (9506P - sold separately) for 2- to 4-brake applications

30-Amp circuit breaker (38630 - sold separately) for 6- to 8-brake applications


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.



5504 Draw-Tite Act IV Electric Trailer Brake Controller - Time Based

Replaces 5500





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





Video of Draw-Tite Activator IV Trailer Brake Controller - 1 to 4 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 5504 Review

Today we're going to review part number 5504. This is is Draw-Tite Activator IV Time Delayed Trailer Brake Controller. This is designed for trailers from using one to four axles. This brake controller will activate your trailer brakes with a pre-set intensity. The signal is sent to your trailer brakes when your tow vehicle's brakes are activated. This time delayed brake controller is so-named that because there is a delay between the time that you initially apply the brakes on your tow vehicle and the time that the controller reaches the set maximum power output.

Although this delay will already exist, it can be adjusted by just changing your sync setting, right over here. What I am going to do, just so can go through these, is I have an example of a plug here. I'm going to plug this in, so we have power to it. Now that I got it plugged in, turn the power on and I just want to show you, initially if you do not have your trailer connected, when you try to apply the brakes all you will see is that red dot. That just means the trailer is not connected. I'm going to connect the wire to the trailer.

With that wire connected, you'll see, when we apply the brakes, it'll give you the readings. So, what we're going to do now is we're going to talk about it. The sync setting that I had mentioned, you can change that sync setting. This will let you adjust the aggressiveness in which the brakes are activated. Right here it says sync.

These buttons right up here at the top, the plus and minus button, what you'll do is you can increase your activations speed. It will give you full power output a lot faster, just by pushing the plus. Basically, if I go plus, you can see it raises it 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. Nine is the highest. You go minus, you can see it brings it all the way down to 1, whoop it will go all the way down to 0, I'm sorry.

Zero up to nine, so that will . Now, if you decrease that activation speed . In other words, if you have it 5, let's say, and you put minus and go down to 4 or 3, when you're decreasing that activation speed, this will supply the power more gradually and give you a lot smoother braking. Over here is the gain, the power output control, which is also know as the gain. This part will let you determine the amount of power sent to your trailer and brakes. So, the same way as a plus and a minus. If you set it to a higher, you can see it goes up to 8. It goes up by half, all the way up to 10, 9.5, 9. So, if you go higher output, when tow . You'll use that when you're towing in like a hilly terrain or with a fully loaded trailer. If you go minus or back off the power, you'll do that when you're towing a light weight or an empty trailer, so it's going to control the amount of power sent to your trailer's brakes. The manual control slide lever right here, as you can see, this will override the preset power output and allows the operator to engage your trailer brakes without using your vehicles brakes. This will, if you'll notice, when you push this all the way, goes up to 7.5. Seven and a half you'll notice is what the gain setting was, so the gain is what you'll be . Whenever you push this slide lever, it's only going to go up to the maximum gain that you have set on it. It does have this nice, easy to read LED digital display. This will give you your brake power output, the sync setting. It'll also give you air codes. It'll show diagnostic codes for any overloads or open ground and it is short circuit protected. This is a very quick and easy installation, as I'm mentioned, it's a plug and play installation. What we do recommend . This can be mounted at any angle, at any plane, in any direction. Because it's not like a proportional brake controller, it doesn't rely on any inertia or the accelerometer in here. It doesn't rely on any of that, so it can be mounted in any direction. The mounting bracket, right here, and the hardware is included. As you can see, the bracket would just slide in there. You mount it up to the side and then to your vehicle. We do recommend when you do install this, it's possible to use a plug in vehicle specific brake controller adapter, which we do sell separately. Some vehicles will have this adapter plug that you can buy with the end that'll slide into the brake control. The other end can be either wired to your vehicle or it can have a plug that would match the brake controller port in your vehicle. Again, a few specs on this, the application . This is for trailers with up to 4 axles or 8 brake assemblies. It is designed for use with electric brakes only. The harness length off the controller is about 8" and this does come with a limited lifetime warranty. Again, just to show you, you're going to set the sync. You can go high or you can go minus and if you're going to set the gain, you can go up by half inch increments, all the way up to 10 or all the way down to 0. Then again, we have the gain set at 2, when you go apply your manual override, you'll see that it'll only go up to the maximum gain setting. That should do it for the review on part number 5504, the Draw-Tite Activator IV Time Delayed Trailer Brake Controller designed for one to four axles. .



Customer Reviews

Draw-Tite Activator IV Trailer Brake Controller - 1 to 4 Axles - Time Delayed - 5504

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   (473 Customer Reviews)

Palm-size brake controller activates trailer brakes with preset intensity when you apply the brakes in your vehicle. Adjust power output and braking aggressiveness with easily accessible, up-front buttons. Digital display and manual override.

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by: Dean E.10/08/2017


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

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by: Brian10/17/2018


amazing product works great simple easy plug and play . 575237



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by: William10/04/2018


Had fast shipping because my time was limited they did everything they said they would an quality product 571591



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by: Alpo5609/21/2018


The electric brake controller was exactly what I needed. Installation was simple & easy. I also ordered the plug & go adapter cord so the wiring was quick & easy. I am totally pleased with my choice. 567437



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by: Walter09/30/2018


A little confusing hooking up, but works great. 570381



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by: Jeremiah09/15/2018

1978 Ford F-100, F-150, F-250, F-350


No issues with this product. I bought and had it wired in so I can move my brake controller from one truck to another. 565458



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by: John09/18/2018


Easy to install and works fine on my Tr ailblazer. 566246



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by: Ron09/16/2018


a perfect match for the controller 565765



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by: Rick E.01/16/2017


My son just bought a Popup camper. So we bought a draw-tite class lll frame hitch receiver pn75073, a draw-tite brake controller pn5504, a universal brake control wiring kit pnETBC7, and a custom fit wire harness pn118329 for his truck. It took us a couple of hours to install. The instructions were spot on. He hooked up the camper to his truck, and drove off. Worked as advertised. (hope I get to see him soon!!) 335704



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by: Arthur B.09/19/2016


Not a real exciting purchase here, but it was what I needed. I sold a vehicle and kept the brake controller, but left all of the wiring intact for the next owner. This plug fit my DirecLink brake controller by Tuson. My new truck provided a wire bundle with no connector, hence the purchase. It was an exact fit with the proper sized wires. No troubles, it works. 296527



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by: Josh08/29/2018


Perfect. fits my controller so i can move it from vehicle to vehicle 559411



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by: Kory05/18/2012


My 2004 Chevy was equipped with trailer towing, so I ordered this controller with the harness made for my pickup. I could not believe how simple it was to install! I put it to use with my camper and it works flawlessly. 40899



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by: NHpro09/14/2016


I installed in 1 day on 2012 Subaru Forester. The install went very well and I was able to feed the wire through the frame rail right up to the front and then up into the engine compartment. This made for an 80% hidden install under the car. The rear part of the frame rail has a plastic plug that pops off and gives you entry for your wire. Just notch the plug when finished and pop it back in for a professional look. The firewall also has a plug that pops off for the wire to go into the car for the brake controller connection. Notch this plug as well when finished and pop it back in for a tight seal, just like the frame rail. I have been pleased with the performance so far. 295441



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by: James08/30/2018


Quick easy install. Works great. 559658



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by: Norbert05/29/2016


A good product at a good price, delivered QUICKLY! Install was a cinch with a youtube video assist. Placement was a head scratcher. Imagine that with a truck so big. The clear and easy to read display is a real plus. Don't forget the extra harness. 253010



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by: del allen11/07/2016


the product i bought was good and easy to mount. The delivery service was awesome i think i got it in 2 or 3 days, i was very impressed. My order qualified for free shipping and the equipment i got was very compeditivley priced. Very happy with your company and i would definately reffer your company to anyone. 314441


Comments

I have had good luck with everything you guys sent me!!

del a - 11/15/2017

30865

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by: RICHARD G HOULE12/19/2013


WE AT HOULE MOTOR SPORTS RACING LOOK FOR GOOD PRODUCTS AND FAST HOOK UP, WE HAVE FOUND BOTH AT ETRAILER, WE HOPE TO DO MORE BECAUSE OF THE VERY FAST SERVICE AND GOOD COST OF PRODUCTS AND EASY INSTALLATION, I LOVE THE WIRING KIT, EVERY THING THAT IS NEEDED AND MORE, NO TRIPS TO THE STORE , THANK YOU DICK HOULE OF HOULE MOTOR SPORTS RACING 110602



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by: Bobby02/25/2017


I receive the item exactly when I was expecting it and fit my 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland with very little effort. It was 4 screws and connecting to push in connectors. The cable that came with the breaking system fit perfectly. I saved money on the braking system and with not need a mechanic to put it in. I would recommend this to anyone. 345803



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by: Rodger G01/30/2016


The draw tite brake controller arrived very quick. I installed it very easy on my 2015. Ram. I called Tekonsa and made sure what plug in wiring adapter need it was the 3024 p. I was told by service tech Tekconsa that they maiddraw tite. Also the guy from etrailer I order from new all the questions, very good at his job. I installed it in about an hour and that was finding the best place. The adapter plug is above the gas peddle. Will from etrailer again. Good Luck you will be satisfied. 236610



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by: Joseph R.02/12/2012


Easy installation; easy to use and understand; works great with my Chevy Tahoe and Fleetwood Mallard Trailer...I would highly recommend this product and etrailer.com for quick, easy shipment at a fair price. 31657



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by: MelF10/15/2015


Installation was very easy in my Tahoe thanks to the information available on your website. While I didn't need to call for assistance from your team, reading other reviews gave me confidence to place my order. Add to this that your price was very competitive, the quick shipping, and you can count me as a very satisfied customer! 230063


Comments

Still the handiest controller I have. I pull it out of the console and plug it up when needed and store it when I dont. Stays out of the way except when needed. Functions beautifully with my car hauler or my camper. I would definitely make the same choice again today.

MelF - 10/14/2016

21509

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by: Tom O06/11/2016


Working with Ashley was very helpful to get the proper parts ordered for towing with my Silverado. I haven't had a chance to install the ordered brake controller which by the way came promptly to my house, but looks pretty straight forward. Thanks 260410



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by: Tommy G.04/02/2017


I have just recently received this brake controller and have not used it yet but it looks like a very nice unit. The quality looks very good, size is nice and handy and controls feel of good quality. 361675



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by: Dan09/10/2014


Great products. Fit great in my truck. Very far delivery!! 150562


Comments

Working great. No complaints

Dan - 09/10/2015

14846

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by: ed j07/20/2014


Install on my 2014 Frontier could not have been easier. I just plugged in the NIssan wiring adapter and it was working. Only challenge was finding good location for mounting. My solution was to use a couple of strips of stick on velcro to attach it to the console side. Picture attached. 142287



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by: Royal D.11/08/2013


A high quality brake controller. I like the simplicity of a time delay controller. 106802



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by: Maribeth R.10/16/2014


This brake controller was remarkably easy to install and worked well right out of the box. I followed the recommendation of etrailer for my make and model of truck, a 2000 Chevy Suburban, and everything was exactly as depicted in the video. After viewing the video I felt as if I had done it before when I went to install my device. I was surprised that it really was as easy as it had appeared in the video. Great job, etrailer! I will definitely be back! 156382



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by: Keith P01/13/2013


Easy to install, works great 62851


Comments

fine..

Keith P - 07/14/2014

5603

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by: Simon H.02/06/2012


This hand break is exactly what I was looking for. I had one on an old truck that I had sold and wanted to put one in one of my newer trucks. I kind of knew what to expect - what I didn't expect was the exceptional customer service I received from etrailer. I placed my order and the people at etrailer kept me informed on every step of the delivery process up to and including delivery (even what door it was delivered to at my house) Now that's what I call service!! Will definitely use etrailer again!! Thank you 31219



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by: Gary S.06/06/2016


Purchased a trailer electric brake setup. Received promptly and everything in order. A little difficult to install but otherwise A-OK. The brake works great and I would certainly recommend you guys to anyone who needs a brake switch like this. Thanks for your service. 258327



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by: Ron04/15/2013


Great brake controller. Bought the adapter plug and had it installed and ready to go in the truck in less than 30 mins. Easy to set and adjust. Customer service was great. Needed it shipped to me fast. Called and the lady in customer service made sure it was shipped that day and arrived to me in 2 days. She sent me emails making sure I knew when it shipped. Great company to deal with. Would definitely order from them again. 76020



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by: Rick08/09/2014


This break controller and harness installs in a 2014 Silverado with factory wires already installed. If you want to install in the dash where the factory break controller should be ,it fits with some modifications. First be careful when cutting the back of dash board. The factory wires are connected to the back of the plastic that you will cut out. The wires are located top right of the panel. Stay away from this area. You will also need to cut out the back bottom to feed the plug from break controller to drivers side fuse panel and run down under the dash board on top of parking break. Remove the black cover next to break pedal and plug in the wire harness. You will need to cut out a piece of plastic on the side of the cover box next to the plug insert, because the harness is not long enough to route thru the top. The break controller will stick out of the dash about 2 inches. This gives access to top control buttons. I mounted it this way because I like it at eye level and not down by my knee. Also did not want to drill holes in my leather appointed dash. 145442


Comments

Control works great no problems

Rick - 08/09/2015

14071

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by: Patrick09/03/2014


everything was exactly as described. fit perfectly on my truck. 149899


Comments

Brake controller is working great!! No complaints.

Patrick - 09/03/2015

14744

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by: Dan M.04/29/2013


Product is simple and strait forward to install. Controls are simple and doesn't take a lot of messing around with to get the hang of. My only gripe is that I wish instead of having self tapping screws to mount to the car, it came with bolts/nuts. That way you don't have a pointy screw protruding out the back of a panel and possibly running through what's behind the panel or rubbing on other wires. 78265



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by: Jerry08/11/2018


Great product & exactly what I need. Very easy installation. 552702



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by: Paul08/09/2018


Very easy to install , etrailer has very easy instructions big help. 551668



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by: Tracy08/17/2018


Products are always high quality 554795



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by: Allen R.08/26/2014


I had an Activator 3, which I really liked, until it quit on me a few months ago. The controller would recognize that you were connected to a trailer, but would display all 0'set and you couldn't adjust it up. Then I swaped it for my brother's Activator 3 and it did the exact same thing, which is sad because I rarely tow, and my brothers hadn't even been hooked up yet. Both were about 3 years old. Anyway, I was going on a camping trip in the mountains pulling a 5th wheel camper, so I needed a replacement. I like the looks of this unit, it's narrower than the Activator 3, and it's black, which I like because it doesn't stand out in my tan interior, which is something I hated about the Activator 3, it was silver and was gaudy in a tan truck. I like that the manual brake switch is actually a potentiometer, and will vary the braking power depending on how far you move the lever. The Activator 3 is just a switch. I did like the gain adjuster wheel on the Activator 3, over the buttons, but it's no big deal. You usually only adjust by half points anyway, but if you wand to go from 9 to 3 for an example, it's kind of a pain where I have my controller tucked up in. Overall I am happy with it. The only concern I have is that the internals are probably the same as the Activator 3, so hopefully theyou got that fixed and this one doesn't quit on me in 3 years. I know the have a lifetime warranty, but I didn't have time to do a warranty claim on my last unit. 148609



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by: Rob Rod05/13/2014


Exactly what I needed! 130328


Comments

Great.

Rob R - 05/13/2015

11647

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by: Mike M.10/07/2013

GMC


This is the perfect solution to splice wire a Tekonsha controller into a vehicle that had already been wired for another controller ...a '98 GMC pickup that did not have the factory "plug and play" capability of the newer models. The original controller does not have a connector and is hard-wired into the truck. To swap in the Tekonsha the old controller wiring must be cut, the old controller removed and this "pigtail" harness spliced in place. Fortunately the color coding is the same and the task is relatively simple. 102783



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by: Stephen08/19/2018


Worked great 555279



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by: Chris C10/09/2016


If your truck comes with the tow haul package.... this item is literally plug and play. I had it wired up and all mounted inside of thirty minutes. It's literally 4 wires and the stock system wires are labeled along with the brake contoller. I haven't tested it yet but so far I am thoroughly impressed! 304865



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by: Barb Ottawa Canada07/18/2018

2013 Dodge Journey


A must have product when purchasing a brake controller. Very satisfied with it, it made the job of installing the brake controller go much faster and less splicing was done. 543084



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by: Mark H07/13/2017


As always, correct part, delivered 1 day early, quality part with any needed pieces, love doing business with etrailer! 405386


Comments

Excellent! No issues.

Mark H - 07/13/2018

40871

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by: RJ06/29/2017


Took off 1 star because shipping took 9 days to receive, other than that everything arrived in good shape packaging was perfect everything went together flawlessly after watching a couple of the very helpful videos. now all that is left is test it out on a trailer. I will definitely pick up all my trailer needs from etrailer, Thanks guys 400231


Comments

1 year and still working like day 1

Ron E - 06/29/2018

40392

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by: Deborah10/22/2018

2013 Chevrolet Silverado


I've ordered several items from them and always get good products with fast service. 576577



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by: Mike07/08/2018


Easy install. Works great pulling our pop up camper. 539770



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by: Dallas E Johnson07/10/2018

Nissan Frontier


Works as intended for my Frontier. 539900



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by: Larry07/15/2018


pigtail works great 542009



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by: Parts06/22/2017

2008 Chevrolet Silverado


I have purchased from them before. They are quick to ship and great prices. Keep up the stellar service! 397694


Comments

Great products fair prices. I recommend you to all my friends. Thank you for all the great things you carry and customer service.

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  • OEM Electric Brake Controller Not Working when Brake Pedal is Pressed on a 2006 Ford F250
  • From your testing and description of the problem it sounds as if your OEM brake controller is not functioning properly. Many of the 2005 and 2006 Ford OEM brake controllers had internal issues that cause owners to replace them with an aftermarket brake controller. The best way to test this is to sever the output wire that exits the OEM controller and test it for power when the brake pedal is pressed. If no voltage increase is detected on the output wire when the brake pedal is pressed,
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  • Display of the Draw-Tite Activator II Brake Controller When Not Connected to a Trailer
  • The Draw-Tite Activator II Brake Controller, # 5500, will not display numbers under any function when the trailer is not connected. You should only see a single decimal on the display. Check out the video that I made showing you how the brake controller should function without a trailer connected. If you do not have any signal on the display, then there could be an electrical issue that is preventing power from reaching the brake controller. If this is the case, I would recommend using
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  • Wiring a Brake Controller on a 1995 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 LS
  • Yes, you will be able to install the Draw-Tite Activator IV Brake Controller, item # 5504, on your 1995 Chevrolet 2500 Silverado LS. You will not need the Universal Brake Control Wiring Adapter 1999-02 Chevrolet, GMC, Cadillac, item # 3025-S, on the 1995 model because there is no factory port under the dash to plug the adapter in to. Chevrolet did not start putting the brake controller wiring port under the dash until 1999 so you will need to hard wire the brake controller on your 1995
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  • What Does The Code OL Mean on Draw-Tite Activator Brake Controller # 5504
  • If the display on your Draw-Tite Activator Brake Controller, part # 5504, shows the letters OL,or Overload Code, that is an indication that there is a short in the Blue wire circuit. The Blue wire supplies power from the controller back to the trailer connector and to the brakes. You will want to inspect the Blue wire connection at the brake controller and at the back of the 7-way on the back of your vehicle. You will also want to inspect the inside of the vehicle side connector and
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  • Gain Control And Sync Settings On Draw-Tite Brake Controller
  • According to the instructions for the Draw-Tite Brake Controller, part # 5504, you will need to adjust the Sync and Gain controls when you have the trailer loaded. There is no scale available that tells you what the best number is for a particular weight as the road conditions and loads will vary. The Sync Control adjusts the brake aggressiveness and should be changed to the driver preference. The Gain Control should be set up during the initial setup and it controls the amount
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  • Troubleshooting OL Code on the Draw-Tite Activator IV Brake Controller
  • The OL code on the Draw-Tite Activator IV Brake Controller, # 5504, indicates a short on the brake controller output circuit somewhere between the brake controller and the brake assemblies on the trailer. This is the blue wire coming from the brake controller. A common situation that causes this is a damaged or corroded trailer connector. Carefully examine the metal pins on the trailer plug and vehicle socket for corrosion. It is possible that the corrosion might have spread to the
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  • What Color is the Brake Switch Wire to Use to Install a Draw Tite Activator Brake Controller
  • The wire you will want to use on your 1999 Ford Explorer should be a solid green wire. I would double-check with a circuit tester like the # 3808 to be sure. The 12 volt power source that runs to the 7-way is for auxiliary circuits like a winch or lights like you mentioned. In order for your brake controller to activate the brakes on your trailer you will not need to have this circuit wired up.
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  • Troubleshooting Reese Brake Controller Digital Display With No Trailer Connected
  • I believe the Reese Brakeman Brake Controller you mention is the same controller as the Activator IV Brake Controller, part # 5504. You will want to make sure your controller is wired correctly. If you take a look at the attached instructions for the # 5520, you will see that it states that you will have the dot displayed when the trailer is not connected. When you hook the trailer up you will see the digital displays. Under the CONTROLS section it states that the Output setting
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  • Why is my Brake Controller Reading Overload and How Can I Find Where the Problem is?
  • If your controller, item # 5504, is reading overload without the trailer connected then that means there is a short in the blue trailer feed wire on the vehicle. If the controller is reading overload only when the trailer is connected then there is a short or overload in the trailer wiring or breaks. Use a circuit tester, item # 3808 if you need one, to test the wiring to find out where the short is. If it is on the trailer end and you cannot find a wiring problem then the problem
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  • Electric Brakes Pulsating On Travel Trailer When Stopping
  • There could be many possibilities that are causing the pulsating of your brakes on your 2008 Ford E350. A few possibilities to start with would be to use a circuit tester like the Quickee Tester, part # 40376, and check the connection of your stoplight wire from the brake controller to your stoplight switch. This wire needs to be connected to the cold side of the stoplight switch, which will only show power when the brake pedal is applied. You will also want to check all the connections
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  • Troubleshooting OL Error Code On a Draw-Tite Activator IV Brake Controller # 5504
  • On the Draw-Tite Activator III Brake Controller, part # 5504, the OL designation on the display will mean overload. The cause of this is most likely a bad ground or a short to the blue brake out put wire. I am including a link to the instructions on the Draw-Tite brake controller. The first thing I would check is the connector on the back of your vehicle. Any dirt or corrosion can be causing a bad ground or a short to the brake output pin. The solution is to clean out the connector and
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  • Which is Best Digital Brake Controller at the Lowest Cost for a 2000 Chevrolet C1500
  • Brake controllers are divided into two categories, time delayed like the Draw-Tite Activator IV Electric Trailer Brake Controller, item # 5504, that you mentioned, and proportional like the Tekonsha PRIMUS IQ Electronic Brake Controller, item # TK90160, which has a digital display. These are the two lowest cost digital readout controllers in each category. A time delayed brake controller sends a predetermined amount of braking power to the trailer and then there is a delay as the unit
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  • Which Plug Under The Dash Is The Factory Brake Controller Plug On A 2001 Ford F250 Super Duty
  • On your 2001 Ford F250 Super Duty with the towing package the brake controller plug connector is located under the dash, near the steering column. You will be looking for a 6 prong rectangular plug. The location for the plug should be under the steering column toward the left. If you have the factory brake controller adapter it will plug into the plug under the dash and the bare wires will be attached to the brake controller color to color. If you need a brake controller wiring adapter
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  • Troubleshooting ER Code on a Draw-Tite Activator IV Brake Controller
  • I wish I had better news for you, but the ER code means the controller is broken and needs to be replaced. If you check out the installation instructions I attached you will see that in the troubleshooting chart the ER code means internal problem and the only solution is to replace the controller. Before you replace the controller I would go over the wiring of your trailer and trailer connectors looking for anything that could have caused a short such as corrosion or exposed wire and
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  • Troubleshooting No Power to Wire Harness for Trailer Brakes
  • There are a few things you will need to do under the hood of your 2004 Chevy Silverado before you will have power at the wiring harness. You will need to remove the bracket in the corner closest to the driver (see pic step A on the link below that I attached). Next, you will need to remove the top cover of the Accessory Fuse Block. Next, remove the lower cover to the fuses. Next, you will want to locate the blue and red wires that are normally located next to the fuse block on the
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  • Installing a Brake Controller on a 2012 Harley Davidson Motorcycle for Towing a Aspen Sentry Trailer
  • I spoke with Aspen trailer to get some details for you, they recommend a time delayed brake controller for their trailers with electric brakes. The representative there said that many of their customers have excellent performance from the Activator IV electric trailer brake controller by Draw-Tite, # 5504. The advantage of a time delayed brake controller on a motorcycle is that it can be positioned in any way, so you can easily find a mounting location that is out of the way but still
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  • Er or E1 Error Message on Trailer Brake Controller
  • If you have the Activator brake controller 5500 then the error you are seeing should be Er (though on the display it might look like E1). This indicates an internal problem with the controller and it will likely need to be replaced. It would have to be sent back to Draw-Tite to determine what is even causing that particular message. When a brake controller shows that a trailer is connected even though there is no trailer connected it is almost always caused by a short. And the short
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  • Draw Tite Activator IV Displays Decimal or Dot and Does Nothing When Manual Switch is Activated
  • According to the instructions, when you have a decimal or dot displayed, it signals that there is no trailer connected. Without a trailer connected, there is no complete brake circuit so pressing the manual switch will do nothing. Try connecting a trailer first and following the setup portion of the instructions. In case you do not have your instructions, I have included a link to them below. I attached an FAQ page on brake controllers that you might find informative to the right.
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  • Installing A Brake Controller In A 2016 Infinity QX80
  • If you have a factory 7-way on your 2016 Infinity QX80, then you will only need the Tekonsha Plug-In Wiring Adapter for Electric Brake Controllers - Nissan and Infiniti # 3050-P to get your Draw-Tite Activator IV Trailer Brake Controller - 1 to 4 Axles - Time Delayed brake controller # 5504 to function correctly. If you do not have the factory 7-way, then you will need to start with a 4 way connection. If you don't already have one, I recommend using the ZCI Circuit Protected Vehicle
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  • Brake Controller Not Working on 2006 Dodge Ram 3500 When Trailer Is Connected
  • If your 2006 Dodge Ram was not equipped with a factory 7-way connector, the brake output and 12-volt accessory circuits are not ran to the rear of the truck. You will need to run a length of 10 gauge wire, like the part # 10-1-1, from the blue lead of the 7-Way connector, under the vehicle, to the engine compartment. Make sure to avoid any moving parts like the suspension and steering components and anything hot like the exhaust. In the engine compartment behind the drivers side wheel
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • Tekonsha Prodigy Blowing the IG Meter Fuse on a 2007 Honda Ridgeline RT
  • You can test your Prodigy brake controller without plugging the brake controller into your 2007 Honda Ridgeline RT. You will need a 12 volt power source, a vehicle battery will work, and I recommend using the replacement Brake Control Plug-In Harness, # 20127, so you do not have to cut into your wiring harness. You will connect the white wire from the harness to the negative battery terminal and the black wire to the positive terminal. This should provide power to the brake controller
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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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  • Parts Needed to Install a Brake Controller in a 2013 Ford Edge
  • You will need to hardwire in a brake controller on your 2013 Ford Edge. First you will need to convert the 4-way to a 7-way. For that you will need an Brake Controller Installation Kit # ETBC7. This comes with everything you will need to install a fully functional 7-way and brake controller in your vehicle. I attached installation instructions and an install video for this product for you to check out. If you do not have a brake controller picked out yet check out the Prodigy P2
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • How to Find the Brake Switch Wire to Install a Brake Controller in a 2013 Ford Edge
  • Traditionally (at least from 2004 to 2007) Ford has used a green wire on the brake switch to attach to the red wire on a brake controller. However, the only way to know for sure is to test the wires using a circuit tester like # ALL640595. Manufacturers can use any wire they want and if they run out of the normal color they use, they grab whatever is available to keep the assembly line moving. To test the wire use the circuit tester to probe the wires. You need the one that only shows
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  • Installing Tekonsha Brake Controller on 1992 Ford F-150
  • To install a Tekonsha brake controller, such as the PowerTrac Time Delayed Brake Controller # 39523, you would want a wiring harness. The Tekonsha and Draw-Tite Brake Controller harness # 20127 is designed to work with Tekonsha brake controllers. If you do not have a 4-way flat or a 7-way connector at the rear of your 1992 Ford F-150, you will want to install a wiring harness with a 4-way flat. I recommend the Tow Ready T-One Wiring Harness # 118316. This wiring harness will plug into
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  • Parts Needed to Install a Trailer Brake Controller In a 1995 Chevy K Series Z71 Pickup
  • The replacement brake controller cable # 20127 plugs into the back of a Tekonsha brake controller. The blunt cut wire ends get hardwired to a vehicle, so it would work with your 1995 Chevy K Series pickup truck. To install a brake controller you will need 3 items. First you will need a 4-Way trailer wiring harness unless the truck already has a 4-Way. You can use # 118315 to add a 4-Way. I have linked the installation instructions for you. Next you will need a 4 and 7 way installation
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  • How to Install a Brake Controller on 2008 Ford Edge with Aftermarket 7-Way
  • Since you have a 7-Way you will only need a few more components to complete a brake controller install on your vehicle. You already have a brake controller so that is one less thing you would need to get. Next, 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
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