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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

Part Numbers: 5504,20127

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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



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

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

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


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



California residents: click here



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 - Time Delayed 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   (500 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: 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: Barry01/15/2019

I am still trying to install your product on my 2018 Chevrolet Silverado. I was under the impression I simply had to mount the bracket, mount the device, plug it in, and adjust it. Unfortunately, it does not plug into anything under my dash. I need to cut and splice some wiring...I need to discern which wires to cut and splice first. 597754


Comments

No need to cut or splice anything. Youll need a brake controller wiring harness adapter, which we offer as part # 3016
Tekonsha Plug-In Wiring Adapter for Electric Brake Controllers
$12.95
. The harness plugs into the junction panel under the dash on the firewall behind the emergency brake pedal, as shown in the video Ive linked for you. One end of the harness plugs into the connector in the junction panel, the other plugs into the connector coming off of the back of the brake controller.

-- Mike L - 01/15/2019

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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Hugo efrain01/11/2019

You guys never aware me that I would need an extra connector for the break controller or maybe I missed that in some point, so now I have everything but I’m missing that connector in order for me to connect the controller, I need to order it!?????? 596725


Comments

The brake controller adapter that plugs into the draw-tite activator and under the dash in your 2001 Ford F-150 is part # 3035-P
Tekonsha Plug-In Wiring Adapter for Electric Brake Controllers - Ford, Lincoln, Mercury
$8.95
. This brake controller adapter is the only part you will need if the truck came equipped with a factory 7-way. If the truck has a factory 4-flat connector you will need part # 118242
Ford Replacement OEM Tow Package Wiring Harness, 7-Way
$51.95
to give you a 7-way connection. If your truck did not come equipped with either connector you will need part # ETBC7
Universal Installation Kit for Trailer Brake Controller - 7-Way RV and 4-Way Flat - 10 Gauge Wires
$78.35
and a 4 flat connector to hardwire in a 7-way connection.

-- Heather A - 01/14/2019

48542

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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: Henry06/09/2018

I used the trailer brake for only one trip and it performed just fine. I did have some issues "tweaking" the sensitivity....couldn't quite dial it in so braking was smooth near the stop. Otherwise, good product. 519807


Comments

A time-delayed controller like the Activator IV can be a little tricky to adjust for the smoothest braking. Use the gain control to adjust the amount of power delivered to the trailer brakes. Ideally, you want them set right before they would lock up. The synch control determines how quickly the power is delivered to the brakes. Its best to start in the middle of the range, and incrementally adjust it higher then lower until you find the setting that gives you the smoothest braking.

-- Mike L - 06/11/2018

39624

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by: Brian10/17/2018

amazing product works great simple easy plug and play . 575237



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

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


Comments

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

Dean E - 10/08/2018

44399

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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: Keith P01/13/2013

Easy to install, works great 62851


Comments

fine..

Keith P - 07/14/2014

5603

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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: 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

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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: 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: Rob Rod05/13/2014

Exactly what I needed! 130328


Comments

Great.

Rob R - 05/13/2015

11647

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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: Matt05/25/2019

I will be able to use it and tell beginning of July but it was easy to put together and mount look forward to using it. 646802



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by: Jake05/22/2019

Easy install and expected functionality. 644633



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by: Andrew05/17/2019

Excellent . Worked perfectly. Only thing I would change is make all the wires the same gauge. Seem like 2 were 10g and 2 were 8g. 643311



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by: Robert05/17/2019

Excellent service and quick on time delivery!!! Sales staff is always polite, helpful and easy to talk with! 643213



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by: Truston05/14/2019

Excellent. Did exactly as described! Perfect OEM replacement 641903



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by: Darin F05/14/2019

Made wiring easy 641828



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by: Michael05/10/2019

Product worked as advertised. 640396



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by: Justin05/09/2019

Easy install, easy use. Installed this on my 2003 Tahoe and proceeded to haul 7k lbs from west coast to east coast. Sometimes there was heavy traffic, sometimes there were mountains, sometimes people drive like they don't understand that theres other people on the road. Any situation it was easily adjustable and did its job perfectly! 639940



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by: Michael05/08/2019

This worked as described. 639637



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by: Tom Q05/06/2019

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



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by: Brian04/19/2019

As advertised perfect works great Thanks 633396



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by: Doug04/18/2019

Have not installed yet but review of all parts seem quality 632017



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by: Doug b04/10/2019

Works as good as advertised. Install took about 45 minutes. Used small storage space in the center console of our 2018 4Runner 620263



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by: Lawrence03/09/2019

Very good. No issues at all 610993



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by: John02/27/2019

This is the third vehicle I have used this in and have been very pleased with it. Easy to install and high quality for the price. 608742



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by: Charles02/21/2019
2008 Jeep Commander

Fast shipping. Well packed. Will work with again 607016



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by: Peter02/19/2019

etrailer product specialist I spoke with on the phone was extremely knowledgable and reinforced my order decision, based on the information I found on their website. Product arrived on the earliest date they gave me for the delivery window and installation was straightforward (less than 1 hour). Product worked flawlessly on a 2,000 + mile trip I took 3 days after receiving the product. They had the best pricing and availability on the products I needed compared to local vendors. 606181



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by: Kendall02/17/2019

Product was as advertised and delivery was quicker than expected. 605915



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by: Michael02/17/2019

It was easy to install and has performed flawlessly since. 605815



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by: John02/16/2019

Great product. Allows me to use on the brake controller across many cars. Easy to install. The prive was very good. Delivery was very quick. 605698



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by: Terry01/22/2019

Controller was easy to install and exceptional quality for a great price. Received controller much quicker than expected. Would certainly recommend controller and etrailer.com to friends and family. Thanks for such great service. 599553



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by: Hugo efrain01/11/2019

You guys never aware me that I would need an extra connector for the break controller or maybe I missed that in some point, so now I have everything but I’m missing that connector in order for me to connect the controller, I need to order it!????? 596724



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by: Joe01/08/2019

Perfect fit and great price !!! 595768



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by: Marc01/02/2019
1993 Ford F-150

Perfecto 594394



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by: Kirk12/19/2018

Very clean install. Works as advertised and has a clean appearance in the cab just as depicted. This was the easiest site to order from and the product arrived on time as advertised! Thank you for making the entire process very easy and straight forward 591863


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Ask the Experts about this Brake Controller


  • 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 and Wiring for a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee
  • We offer exactly what you need to set your Jeep Grand Cherokee up with electric brakes and a 7-way trailer connector. First you will need to install a T-1 Vehicle Wiring Harness, part # 118369 which plugs into the Jeep and provides a flat four pole wiring harness. Next you will need to upgrade that four pole to the needed 7-way with our Brake Controller Installation Kit with 7-Way Connector, part # ETBC7. That installation kit includes wires that will need to be run up to the front of the
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  • How to Install a Brake Controller on my 1999 Ford F-150 with Factory 4-Way
  • Since your 1999 Ford F-150 has a factory 4-way, and have the correct plug-in wiring adapter # 3035-P (plug one end of adapter into your brake controller # 5504 and other end into the built-in harness beneath your dash). Based on what you referenced you probably have this already, but go through the help articles and videos showing typical installations. Once you mount the brake controller and plug it in, installation is complete. I also included a few informative articles, installation
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  • Draw-Tite 5504 Trailer Brake Controller Showing OL Error Message
  • The OL or Overload error code is displayed when the brake circuit is drawing too much current, possibly caused by a short on the brake wire or a poor ground connection at the brake magnets. I recommend examining the brake output wire on your trailer. Look for a pinched brake output wire, or any worn or cracked insulation that would allow the copper conductor to short to the trailer frame or other metal. Also check the grounding points for the brake magnets to ensure that one lead from
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  • Installing the Draw-Tite Activator IV # 5504 on a 1998 Chevy Tahoe
  • You certainly can install the Draw-Tite Activator IV # 5504 in your 1998 Chevrolet Tahoe. We do have all of the products that you will need to install the brake controller as well as 7-Way and 4-Way flat connectors for your trailer. The first place to start would be installing a 4-Way flat connector for the trailer light functions. I recommend using the Tekonsha T-One # 118319 which will install in-line with the wiring on the rear driver side of your Tahoe. If you check out the installation
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  • How to Test Brake Controller that Had Stoplight Circuit Short Out
  • It is possible that the controller is damaged but it's fairly simple to test the controller to know for sure. Testing the brake controller is fairly easy. Sever the blue brake output wire near the brake controller leaving enough room to reconnect it and then apply the manual slide. Using a circuit tester like the Quickee Tester, part # ALL640595, you should get output to the controller side of the wire you severed. If the manual slide activates the trailer brake output wire properly,
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  • Troubleshooting OL Code on a Draw-Tite Activator IV Brake Controller
  • What you are experiencing is an overload or short somewhere in the brake circuit connected to the Draw-Tite Activator IV Brake Controller, part # 5504. The problem is not that it needs calibration. Closely examine the brake output wire (usually blue). Make sure all connections are tight, and that the wire is not pinched or the insulation is not worn or nicked, allowing the conductor to short out on the trailer frame. Check the trailer and vehicle side connectors for dirt or corrosion
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  • Recommended Brake Controller For 2015 Honda Odyssey
  • It sounds like you have a great plan for travel with your new 2015 Honda Odyssey. The draw-Tite Activator lV Brake Controller, part # 5504 that you referenced is a time-delayed brake controller that uses a preset intensity for applying the brakes. To be honest, I would recommend a proportional brake controller like the Tekonsha Primus IQ, part # TK90160. This applies the brakes on your camper in direct proportion to the amount of intensity you apply to the brake pedal in your towing
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  • Troubleshooting Poor Brake Performance and Low Brake Output Voltage
  • First thing I would check is the blue wire that is at the rear of your vehicle for voltage when you apply the brakes and when you slide the manual override of this controller. You could also try sliding the manual override a few times and adjusting the gain knob up and down to help clear the contact points. I attached a link to the manufacturers instructions for your Draw-Tite Brake Controller, part # 5504, below for you to check out also. If all this checks out it sounds like the
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  • Recommended Brake Controller for 2010 Ford F-150
  • The brake controller I recommend is the Tekonsha Prodigy P2 Trailer Brake Controller # 90885 and the # 22292 wiring harness. It is a proportional brake controller, and the wiring adapter allows easier connection and disconnection of this item from your vehicle. It is the easiest brake controller to use and once you have set up the controller you will not have to change with the settings again. I have provided a link to a video showing the installation of this item on a similar truck.
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  • Wiring and Display of the Draw-Tight Activator 2 on a Nissan Titan
  • To attach the Draw-Tite Activator IV, item # 5504, electronic brake controller to your vehicles factory connector you will need a Universal Brake Control Wiring Adapter, Nissan, item # 3050-S. This adapter has four wires that attach color for color to the wires on the brake controller. If you have an adapter that plugs into your vehicle that has five wires then you will have to use a circuit tester, item # 3808 if you need one, and verify the function of each wire once it is plugged in. Attach
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  • Where to Get the Stoplight Circuit on a 2015 GMC Terrain for Brake Controller Install
  • Yes, it should be the number 11 position of the BCM you have on your 2015 GMC Terrain for the stoplight switch of the vehicle for brake controller installation. I attached a picture that shows a diagram for the BCM with the correct pin pointed out.
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  • Wiring Adapter to Install a Reese Brakeman Brake Controller in a 2014 Ford F150
  • I believe the Reese Brakeman Brake Controller you mention is the same controller as the Activator IV Brake Controller, part # 5504. And the correct harness to install this controller in your 2014 Ford F-150 if it has a factory 7-way would be the Tow Ready Plug-In Wiring Adapter # 22292. If you have a 4-way connection you would need the # 22292 as well as a 7-way part # 37185. Check out the FAQ article I attached that shows how to connect the # 37185 to you factory wiring. I attached
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  • Troubleshooting the Draw-Tite Activator II With Red Dot Code and No Trailer Brakes
  • Per your request, I will start with the simplest solution first. Since your controller is briefly flashing the 1.5, it sounds like it is making a connection for a second and then fails. So, I would start by checking both sides of your 7-way connector for corrosion or dirt and grime. You can clean light corrosion and dirt from your connectors using a pipe cleaner dipped in white vinegar. Then you can rub the connections with a wedge-shaped slip-on pencil eraser (like us old folks used in
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  • Weak Braking with Factory Brake Controller on a 2014 Ram 5500
  • I know that on any aftermarket brake controller the max output is around 12 volts. I assume that on your brake controller you are testing with the truck not moving, or at least I hope you are! If you are testing without the truck moving use the manual override with the controller set to maximum output, and not the brake pedal. On some proportional brake controllers, the vehicle has to be moving to apply the full voltage back to the trailer brakes. If you are testing with the manual override
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  • Troubleshooting Trailer Brake Controller on 2003 GMC 2500HD Sierra 4x4
  • When troubleshooting the brake controller on your 2003 GMC 2500HD 4x4, I would first start out by using a circuit tester like part # 40376, to ensure that the red wire coming from the brake controller has power when the brake pedal is pressed. If the red wire does not have power, a problem most likely exists with the wiring harness or somewhere on the truck. If the red wire does have power, then you most likely have a faulty brake controller and it will need to be replaced. In this case
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  • Troubleshooting a Draw Tite Activator Brake Controller That is Not Sending Brake Output
  • Testing the brake controller is fairly easy. Sever the blue brake output wire near the brake controller leaving enough room to reconnect it and then apply the manual slide. Using a circuit tester like part # PTW2993, you should get output to the controller side of the wire you severed. If the manual slide activates the trailer brake output wire properly, try the brake pedal. If the brake pedal activates the brake output properly also then the problem is farther back either in the vehicle
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  • How Long is the Time Delay on the Draw-Tite Activator IV Brake Controller # 5504
  • The time delay on the Draw-Tite Activator IV Brake Controller, # 5504, is not limited to one specific time setting, but can be adjusted from about half a second to a couple seconds. There is a sync switch on the side of the brake controller that allows you to adjust the time delay on a scale from 0 to 10. The time delay will activate once you apply the brakes in your vehicle. You can override the time delay, if needed, by using the manual override lever. I have attached a video that
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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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  • 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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  • Parts Needed to Install an Electric Brake Controller in a 2016 Toyota Highlander with Tow Package
  • To install your Prodigy P3 Electric Brake Controller # 90195 into a 2016 Toyota Highlander you can use the wiring harness # 20127. This will plug into the P3 and then hardwire under your dashboard. If the Highlander needs a 4-way trailer connector the Curt Wiring Harness # 56042 will provide one for you. Then you can use the install kit # ETBC7 to add a 7-way and all of wiring to power your trailer's brakes. If you already have a 4-way then just add the # ETBC7. If you already have
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  • Stop Light Switch Location On A 2015 Jeep Cherokee
  • The stop light switch that you will need to connect the red wire to on the Brake Control Plug-In Harness for Tekonsha part # 20127 may be pre ran to a set of wires taped to the underside of the drivers side vehicle dash. If the wires are not present in this location, I recommend installing a stop light switch such as the Roadmaster Stop Light Switch Kit part # RM-751471 to wire the brake controller stop light switch to because of the difficulty and risk of error that is involved when splicing
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  • 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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  • 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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  • Brake Controller Wiring Functions to Install on a 1990 Dodge D250 Pickup
  • The red wire that disappears under the dash of your 1990 dodge D250 pickup is input from the brake switch and will go to the red wire on the brake controller. Blue is output to the trailer brakes and connects to the blue wire on the brake controller. White is ground as you know and connects to the controller white wire and the fused red wire is for power which connects to the black brake controller wire. If you had switched the other red wire and the blue wire nothing would have happened
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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Installing Brake Controller on 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan with FactoryTow Package
  • It sounds like your Grand Caravan is wired like the Jeep Grand Cherokee. I have confirmed this by speaking with my contact at Tekonsha. He tells me that the wire you located is indeed the brake control output circuit. This wire would be ran through the firewall and would connect to the blue wire on the brake controller. To complete the installation, you will connect the white wire of the controller pigtail # 20127 to the negative battery terminal, the black controller wire to the positive
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  • Installing a Brake Controller on 2013 Mazda CX-5 with 7-Way Installed
  • Since you have a 7-Way you will only need a few more components to complete a brake controller install on your vehicle. For a wiring kit to install the brake controller and the 7-way adapter you would want the Wiring Kit for 2 and 4 Brake Electric Brake Controllers # 5506. This will provide the power source and ground for the wiring for the brake controller. You will need to test the wires from the brake pedal switch of your vehicle to find a circuit that has voltage when the brakes
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  • 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 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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  • 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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  • Finalizing Final Under Hood Wiring Connections for Brake Controller on 2009 GMC Sierra
  • It sounds as if the final power connection needs to be made under the hood. If you take a look at the Brake Controller Installation FAQ article I have linked you to, and scroll to the bottom of the page, you can see the procedure for finalizing the connections under the hood. The wire that provides power to the brake controller is located to the right of the power distribution box, between the box and the fender. Cut the electrical tape and free the red wire with the ring terminal on
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  • Troubleshooting Prodigy Trailer Brake Controller Causing Dash Light Errors
  • Sounds like it could be the way your brake controller was installed. I would first check the connection of the red wire, this should be connected to the brake light switch wire that is only active (hot) when the brakes are pressed. Since you have a 2008 this newer body style has been known to need to be hardwired when installing the brake controller to function properly. I have linked a step by step Help Article for you to look at. I would also recommend to clean out any corrosion
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  • Do the Tow Ready and Tekonsha Brake Controller Harnesses use the Same Guage Wire
  • The Tow-Ready part, part # 20127, and the Tekonsha part, part # 7894, use the same size wires. The blue and black wires are 12 gauge and the red and white are 16 gauge. They are the same part other than wire length.
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  • 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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  • Will Tekonsha Prodigy P3 Brake Controller Work on Triple Axle Trailers
  • You can use the Tekonsha Prodigy P3 Trailer Brake Controller # 90195 on a triple axle trailer with no worries about the wiring getting fried; the P3 is actually able to work with up to four axles and eight brake assemblies. If you are hardwiring the controller in you will need to make sure you use 30-amp circuit breaker # 38630 with your six brake assemblies. The low amperage on the red brake light switch is because it only needs enough amps to light the signals; it will not fry the
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