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

California residents: click here



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





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   (632 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: David J01/19/2020

I have used etrailer many years. This time like always very pleased. Great product ,great price. great service. 739629



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by: Rodger02/11/2020

Easy plug and play installation. Great products, great ,professional seller and quick shipment. Thanks! 749564



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by: David11/05/2019
2007 Ford Ranger

Purchased a Teckonsha Voyager brake controller and the ETBC7 install kit. The instruction an video were very clear and easy to follow. Installed on a 2007 Ford Ranger Sport. Tech support was also very helpful on the one question I did have. 722791



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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
$19.36
. 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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Comments
Update: thanks much guys! I was not aware of the wiring harness control adaptor. I purchased it and the process went swimmingly. Thanks guys!
Barry - 01/16/2020

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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: 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: David08/31/2019

I did not get any instructions on how to use this device. 696357


Comments
We do not have any instructions for this item either, but I do a help article that explains the details of how to install this item. This is a hard wire application for Draw-Tite or Tekonsha branded brake controllers, this is where the black plug end will install. The loose wires will then be connected to the corresponding functions on the vehicle: Blue: trailer brakes White: vehicle battery negative terminal Black: vehicle battery positive terminal Red: cold side of stoplight switch
-- Rachael H - 09/06/2019

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by: Scott11/05/2018

Works great easy to install with adapter harness! 580159



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by: Rmartin08/13/2019

I replaced a 20 year old one with this. It is used on a 40 foot motorhome. I have had no problems with it as long as I get good contact on the plug on the trailer. I simply cut the old wires and soldered it together. I would by another one like this if I had a need. 686651



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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: 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

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by: Rob Rod05/13/2014

Exactly what I needed! 130328


Comments
Great.
Rob R - 05/13/2015

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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

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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
$13.50
. 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
$67.85
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
$111.17
and a 4 flat connector to hardwire in a 7-way connection.
-- Heather A - 01/14/2019

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by: Jason08/03/2020

Probably the easiest thing that I have ever done in the automotive world. The online guide was perfect! Easy to read, follow, and explained very well. When I contacted customer service about what I needed, not only did they explain things to me, but the representative sent (via email) pictures, prices, and part no. for the items I needed. It took the hunting and surfing out of it. I figured with customer svc. like this, why try to search for something a dollar cheaper. I will probably always go here from now on. 855246



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by: Ben08/03/2020

So far so good, I can’t wait to hook it up! 855113



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by: Norman07/30/2020

Just what I ordered. Thank You 853495



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by: Mike E07/28/2020

Great controller. It is super easy to use. Give maximum braking when I need it. Easy to install. 851916



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by: Donald07/28/2020

Easy to install. 851862



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by: Ronald07/26/2020

Quick service, quality product. 851242



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by: Bob07/24/2020
2016 Cadillac SRX

Excellent service. Something that all companies should strive for. Really impressed. Thank you 850420



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by: Brad07/24/2020

It service me will 850157



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by: Woggs07/22/2020

Brteaks were easy to install and work p erfectly. 849254



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by: Jeremy07/22/2020
2007 GMC Sierra New Body

Excellent wiring harness exactly what I needed 849229


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  • What Does the Er Code On the Draw-Tite Activator IV Trailer Brake Controller Mean
  • The "Er" error code on the Draw-Tite Activator IV Trailer Brake Controller part # 5504 means there is an internal problem with the brake controller therefore it will need to be replaced. That said, this will be a great time to upgrade to a proportional brake controller which will outperform the time-delayed one you have now tenfold. For this, the Draw-Tite I-Command Trailer Brake Controller part # 5535 is a great cost effective option and it will use the same plug as the Activator IV which
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  • Er Error Code on the Draw-Tite Activator IV Trailer Brake Controller
  • There is no "E1" error code on the Draw-Tite Activator IV Trailer Brake Controller part # 5504 but there is however an "Er" error code. If this is what you have then the brake controller would need to be replaced as there is an internal short. There is a troubleshooting chart in the manual which I have attached for you that shows what all the codes mean for future reference. For replacement, I recommend using the Tekonsha Primus IQ Trailer Brake Controller part # TK90160 which is a proportional
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  • What is Needed to Install Activator IV Brake Controller on 2006 Toyota Tundra
  • I would be happy to help you with the parts needed to install the Draw-Tite Activator IV # 5504 on your 2006 Toyota Tundra. If you have the factory 7-Way then you just need the adapter # 3040-P. If you have the factory 4-Way then you need the adapter # 3040-P and the Universal Wiring Kit # ETBC7. If you don't have any wiring then you need the pigtail # 20127, 4-Way Wiring # 119147KIT, and the Universal Wiring Kit # ETBC7. I have attached an installation video of the ETBC7 kit on an
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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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  • How to Install Brake Controller Wiring on a 2004 Nissan Armada
  • You are looking for a 6 pin connector located near the emergency brake pedal. It is usually taped to another wiring harness. You will need a wiring adapter, part # 3050-S to complete the connection.
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  • Brake Controller Recommendation for a 1999 Dodge Ram 3500 Dually and 5th Wheel Trailer
  • For your 1999 Dodge Ram 3500 Dually and 5th wheel trailer I recommend using a proportional brake controller. A proportional controller will apply the trailer brakes in proportion to how much the truck is braking. This is the safest way to stop and it reduces wear and tear on the trailer and truck brakes. The proportional controller I recommend is the P2 # 90885 because its easy to set up and use and it is reliable. If your truck came with a factory installed 7-Way connector then you
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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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  • Troubleshooting a Draw-Tite Activator IV Trailer Brake Controller Only Works with Manual Override
  • So you have isolated the problem to the wiring of your 1999 Ford F250. If the manual lever works but the brake pedal does not that means the problem is in the stop light circuit. You will want to check to make sure the red wire of the controller is securely attached to a circuit that sees voltage when the brakes are applied and none when not applied. If that still does not fix the problem you will want to go over the rest of the wiring looking for anything not installed correctly. Most
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  • Where Is Factory Brake Controller Plug Located On 2010 Ford Explorer Sport Trac
  • On your 2010 Ford Explorer Sport Trac the factory plug for your brake controller will be located under the dash, on the left side of the steering wheel, just above your left leg. The wiring adapter you will need to connect the Draw-Tite Brake Controller # 5504 to your vehicle is the Draw-Tite Brake Control Wiring Adapter # 3035-S. This adapter will have a 6-pin plug that will connect to your factory brake controller plug and the 4 wires on the other end will be butt-connected to the
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  • Parts Needed for Brake Controller Installation on a 1990 Chevy 1500 and 2003 Chevy Silverado 1500
  • You can certainly use the Activator IV Brake Controller, # 5504, on both your 1990 Chevy and the 2003 model. For the 1990, you will need the brake controller, 4-Way wiring harness # 118312 (unless the truck already has it), and a 4 and 7 Way Installation Kit, # ETBC7. You will first install the 4-Way wiring harness. I have included a link to the installation instructions for you to view. You will then install the ETBC7. I have included a link to an FAQ article and video that explain
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  • LEDs On Draw-Tite Activator IV Trailer Brake Controller Stay Lit With Vehicle Off
  • The Draw-Tite Activator IV Trailer Brake Controller part # 5504 will not turn off as soon as the vehicle is turned off. The Draw-Tite Activator IV like most trailer brake controllers will go into a sleep mode after about 15 minutes of inactivity. The controller will never lose power completely but after the set time has expired the display will go blank. That said, if you open the door that would trigger the system to awake so if you want to check you simply need to peek in through the window.
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  • Trailer Brake Controller Shows 12 volts on Blue Wire All of the Time
  • Based on what you have said here the brake controller is faulty and it will need to be replaced. There should not be power output on the blue wire behind the controller all the time. This indicates a problem with the internal circuitry of the brake controller but there are no user-serviceable parts inside so you will need a new one. I recommend the Tekonsha P2, # 90885. This is a proportional brake controller and one of our top sellers because it is easy to set up and use. I have included
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  • What Does ER Error on an Activator Brake Controller Indicate
  • It sounds like you meant to type the ER code that would be on an Activator IV part # 5504. That indicates that there is an internal problem and the controller would need to be replaced. For a brake controller replacement I would recommend the Prodigy P2 Brake Controller part # 90885. This is our best selling brake controller because of how well it works and how easy it is to setup. This is a proportional brake controller that senses the amount of braking the tow vehicle is applying and
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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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  • Installation of Draw-Tite Activator IV Brake Controller # 5504 on 2005 Chevrolet Silverado
  • On your 2005 Chevrolet Silverado the factory brake controller wiring harness does not attach to the brake controller wires color for color. It would wire as follows: the red wire on the factory harness connects to the black wire on the controller, the light blue wire on the harness connects to the red wire on the controller, the dark blue harness wire connects to the blue wire on the controller and the black wire on the harness attaches to the white wire on the controller. If your factory
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  • Installing Brake Controller in 2009 Chevrolet Silverado
  • The Draw-Tite Activator IV # 5504 will work with a wiring harness adapter like part # 20127, for your 2009 Chevrolet Silverado. This means you will need to splice into the brake controller wiring under the driver's side dash in order to install the brake controller. There will be a bundle of wires tied together with white tape. These are the wires you will to connect your adapter to. You will want to connect the black brake controller adapter wire to the red factory brake controller wire,
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  • Troubleshooting Poor Brakes on a Triple Axle Trailer with One Wheel Locking Up
  • Wire size, brake shoes, hubs or magnets could be the problem here. You will need to inspect the trailer brakes to see what is causing your situation. We have a video (see link) that will help you to determine the problem and I will outline how to check things for you. If the brakes on one or more axles are worn significantly more than on other axles you may need to replace the brakes. In this situation I would replace all of the brake shoes at the same time to ensure even braking (see
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  • Does the Draw-Tite Activator IV Brake Controller Stay On with No Trailer Connected?
  • The Draw-Tite Activator IV, # 5504 will show a decimal point when there is no trailer connected. The display will go blank when the controller goes into power-saving mode, which occurs when there is no motion for 15 minutes. This will not cause a significant drain to your battery as the LED lights on the display draw very little power.
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Brake Controller Recommendation for 2013 Ford Edge
  • There is one other part you will need so you can install a brake controller to your 2013 Ford Edge, the Universal Installation Kit for Trailer Brake Controller # ETBC7. This will give you the 7-way connector, circuit breakers and rest of the hardware needed to install a brake controller, and work with your '13 Edge's hitch like the Draw-Tite # 75992 and 4-Way Wiring Harness # 118515. Once you have all of this installed the brake controller I recommend for your 2013 Ford Edge is the
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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 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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 # 40376. 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 power
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Which Brake Switch Wire to Use to Install a Brake Controller in a 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan
  • The brake switch wire you will need on your 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan to install the PowerTrac # 39523 is the white wire with a green stripe. It should only have power when the brake pedal is pressed and not at any other time. The vehicle tail light circuit cannot be used because the brake signal is not the only circuit on that wire. I have linked a video that will help.
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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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