Draw-Tite Activator IV Trailer Brake Controller - 1 to 4 Axles - Time Delayed
Tekonsha Plug-In Wiring Adapter for Electric Brake Controllers - Dodge

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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



Tekonsha Plug-In Wiring Adapter for Electric Brake Controllers - Dodge
part number: 3021-P

Install your electric brake controller quickly and easily with this custom wiring adapter. Simply plug one end of the adapter into your brake controller and then plug the other end into the built-in harness beneath your vehicle's dash.

Features:

  • Wiring adapter eases installation of your electric brake controller
  • Custom connector end plugs into the built-in port beneath the dash of your vehicle
  • Other end plugs into the back of your electric brake controller
    • Compatible time-delayed brake controllers: Draw-Tite Activator I (5100), Draw-Tite Activator II (5500), Draw-Tite Activator III (5520) and Tekonsha PowerTrac (39523)
    • Compatible proportional brake controllers: Tekonsha Prodigy (90185), Tekonsha P2 (90885), Tekonsha P3 (90195), Tekonsha Primus IQ (TK90160) and Tekonsha Voyager (39510)
  • Limited 1-year warranty


Installation of Tekonsha Brake Controller Adapter

This adapter plugs into the 4-pin connector on your vehicle's built-in brake control wiring harness. The harness is located underneath the dash, to the left of the steering column, taped to another harness near the emergency brake pedal.


To install your electric brake controller you need to connect the wiring of the controller to your vehicle. Certain manufacturers offer pre-wired options, typically known as tow packages, wherein these wires are run for you from the dash to the trailer connector on the back of your vehicle. Often, a brake controller wiring harness is included with your tow package. This harness plugs into a port beneath your dash and connects to the four wires of the brake controller. If, however, you have a brake controller with a plug in place of the four loose wires, you can use the Tekonsha adapter.


This adapter requires no hardwiring. It is designed to plug directly into your electric brake controller for the simplest installation possible. Because there are no wires to connect, installation is not permanent. You can unplug and remove your brake controller at any time and securely stow it away.



3021-P Tekonsha Brake Control Wiring Adapter with 2 Plugs

California residents: click here





Customer Reviews

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

Tekonsha Plug-In Wiring Adapter for Electric Brake Controllers - Dodge - 3021-P

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (390 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. Install your electric brake controller quickly and easily with this custom wiring adapter. Simply plug one end of the adapter into your brake controller and then plug the other end into the built-in harness beneath your vehicle's dash.

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by: 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: 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
$35.57
. 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: Roy06/05/2018
2012 Ram 1500

fit perfect to connect my brake 517974



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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Kerry09/12/2017

Well, I have not installed the product as of today, so this review is more on etrailer's service, or the lack thereof. This product took 2 weeks to be delivered, and that was with it being in stock! I notified etrailer of this issue after checking a couple of times on when it would be delivered, and the original shipping listed it as 3-4 days, and basically the checks in the mail sort of thing. Now this wasn't the "free" shipping, I actually had to pay for this type of "service". I didn't want to even have to write a review, and that is what I responded to them in an email... but their response to me stating that I thought it was poor service, was... we "value our customers opinion". No apology, no here is 10% of your next order.... nothing! so I told them in that case I would change my mind and go ahead and write the review. So, for the couple of bucks I saved going thru them this time I will just use Amazon and my Prime membership where they at least truly "value" their customers opinions, and reports of poor service. Also, if you are in any kind of a hurry for your product you order, forget it! Might as well just grab it off the shelf at the local store, or better yet, find an online retailer who values their customers time and money and guarantees to get it there on time, and makes up for it if it isn't, regardless of who's fault it is. Just my 2 cents... 431434



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by: Kevin B03/04/2011
2011 Dodge Ram Pickup

Order this adapter cable early afternoon on a Tuesday and it shipped same day. I paid for standard shipping and they upgraded the shipping at no cost. I received the cable on Thursday. The cable is well made. I installed it Thursday after work and I am very happy with the quality. It is listed for 2010 Dodge Ram 1500 but I have a 2011. It is the same connector though. Once connected everything looks correct from and operations perspective. It recognized that the trailer was not connected so first test complete. I have not tested it with the trailer yet because my truck is not broken in enough with only 150 miles. Will be testing it out hopefully in a few weeks. 8424



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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

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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
$16.65
. 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
$79.13
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
$107.39
and a 4 flat connector to hardwire in a 7-way connection.
-- Heather A - 01/14/2019

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by: Lee E.07/08/2017
2015 Dodge Ram Pickup

I bought this controller with the adapter harness to fit my 2012 Ram. I installed it in the location the factory controller would go into in about 15 minutes. Plugged right in and worked great. I couldn't be happier with it. 403288



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by: Edward06/28/2020

I ordered a new trailer brake controller from etrailer and it came in less than 24 hours! Exactly what I needed, these guys never fail to get the right products sent off in a highly expedient manner. Great job! 824388



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by: G M06/25/2020

The brake controller has worked great the whole time. No problem to install. Thanks 821843



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by: Giles06/18/2020

Ordered several products from etrailer and watched the easy to install videos. Great company and will recommend to all my friends. Shipping is prompt, you have to blame ups or FedEx for any delays. 821501



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by: Chuck06/18/2020

Works great 821479



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by: Bruce06/18/2020

Easy install 20 minutes 817300



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by: Bruce06/17/2020

It was easy, had installed in 30 minutes.every thing worked great. 817008



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by: Steven06/13/2020

This morning's project, etrailer.com, delivered in three days, perfect fit, one recommendation, secure the hitch with the two factory bolts on each side, then fish the remaining four bolts into place 817689



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by: Mr06/07/2020

Works perfectly I used it for a 31’ cam per. 809352



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by: Walter06/07/2020

Fit perfect and installed easy. Great product 815517


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Ask the Experts about this Trailer Brake Controller


  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Brake Controller Installation on 2014 GMC Terrain Denali
  • I do not have any vehicle specific instructions, because the part can be used on just about any vehicle. I'd be happy to walk you through the process. You'll need the brake controller, like the # 5504 you were looking at, or a proportional controller like the Primus # TK90160. A proportional controller has an internal sensor that can determine how quickly the tow vehicle is braking. It will then send the appropriate amount of voltage to the trailer brakes so the vehicle and trailer
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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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  • 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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  • Finding the Brake Light Signal to Install a Brake Controller on a 2014 GMC Terrain
  • The GMC Terrain is the GMC equivalent of the Chevy Equinox. The Equinox has a known issue regarding the brake switch input that you are describing. Basically, it is not present at the brake switch wiring. You will have to get the signal from the body control module (BCM). I have included a picture that should help. However, you will want to check with a GM tech to make sure the correct signal is in the same place on the 2014 models. The purpose of the brake signal is to tell the controller
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  • Does 2012 Ram 1500 With Factory Brake Controller Need to be Flashed to use Aftermarket Controller
  • With one exception, you will need to see your local Ram dealer to reconfigure the TIPM (Totally Integrated Power Module) on your 2012 Ram 1500 to install an aftermarket brake controller. The exception is the Curt Echo Mobile Trailer Brake Controller # C51180, which will override the factory controller so you can just plug it right in without any other necessary steps. Otherwise, if you were to use the Tekonsha Prodigy P3 Trailer Brake Controller # 90195 or Tekonsha Primus IQ Trailer Brake
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  • Plug-In Brake Controller Adapter Recommendation for a 2002 Dodge Ram
  • For your 2002 Dodge Ram you would want a Tekonsha Adapter # 3020-P. The # 3021-P that you referenced is designed for 2010-2012 Dodge Rams and would not be the correct product for you. I attached a video of the # 3020-P being installed on a vehicle for you to check out also.
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  • Brake Controller Installation on 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan
  • The # 3021-P is a fit for 2010-2012 Dodge Ram trucks. Your Grand Caravan wasn't equipped with the plug under the dash for installing a brake controller, so you'll need to hardwire your controller. Have no fear, we have the resources to help you complete the installation, including a how-to article and an install video that will walk you through the process. First, you'll want to choose a brake controller. I'd recommend the Tekonsha Prodigy P2, part # 90885. The P2 is extremely easy to
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  • Comparing Tekonsha P2 # 90885 and P3 # 90195 Trailer Brake Controllers
  • You win on this one either way! Both the Tekonsha Prodigy P2 # 90885 and P3 # 90195 versions are superb proportional brake controllers that are among the highest-rated of all such items we sell. Both offer compatibility with either electric or electric-over-hydraulic brakes, both allow a 360-degree vertical plane operating range and both provide proportional braking to minimize wear and tear on your vehicle and trailer brakes. The main difference between them is the display, which
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  • Can the Factory Integrated Trailer Brake Controller be Bypassed on a 2011 Dodge Ram
  • You can bypass the factory brake controller on a 2011 Dodge Ram. To install an aftermarket controller you will need to disconnect the integrated trailer brake module (ITBM). Doing so will turn on a warning lamp in the dash. In order to disconnect the ITBM and not get the warning lamp, your local Dodge dealer will have to reconfigure the TIPM (Totally Integrated Power Module), of the truck. Once the TIPM has been reconfigured, and the ITBM has been unplugged, you can use a vehicle specific
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  • Installing an Aftermarket Trailer Brake Controller on a 2010 Dodge Ram 2500 with Factory Controller
  • To install an aftermarket brake controller like the Tekonsha Prodigy, you will have to disconnect the Integrated Trailer Brake Module. Doing so will turn on a warning lamp on the instrument cluster. In order to disconnect the ITBM and not get the warning lamp, your local Dodge dealer will have to reconfigure the TIPM (Totally Integrated Power Module), of the truck. Once the TIPM has been reconfigured, and the ITBM has been unplugged, you can use a vehicle specific brake control harness. To
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  • Installation of Tekonsha P3 Brake Controller on a 2011 Dodge Ram Pickup
  • It sounds like your Ram pickup is in the 4th generation which is from 2010 to present so I would think that the 2013 video would be closer related than the 2008, which is part of the 3rd generation. I also linked a snapshot from the directions of the adapter plug # 3021-P which shows where the corresponding plug on your vehicle will be. I wish we had more vehicle installs but are limited by what customers vehicles come into our shop. Where to mount the Tekonsha P3 # 90195 is generally
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  • Factory Brake Controller Connector Location for a 2007 Dodge Ram
  • The connector on the 2007 Dodge Ram is blue but is not like the one you have found. Instead, take a look at the picture I added that shows its location and what it looks like. Also take a look at the video I have linked which will help to locate and identify the correct connector. The one you are looking for will have 4 pins. If your truck did not come with a factory 7-Way trailer connector then the truck will not have the connector for a brake controller. A brake controller will need
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  • Installing Brake Controller on 2008 Dodge Ram 1500 4x4
  • Thank you for sending the photo, it really makes things easier! The connector you show in your photo is not the connector for installing a brake controller. If you look on the firewall behind the emergency brake, you will see a white wiring junction box. The blue female connector that accepts the # 3020-P brake control wiring adapter is located alongside or on top of this junction box, as you can see in the photo I have edited for you. I have also linked you to an install video that
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  • Troubleshooting Brake Controller that Doesn't Power On
  • If your Tekonsha P3 Trailer Brake Controller # 90195 isn't powering on when connected to your vehicle the problem is either that the black wire isn't securely attached to a 12 volt power source or the white wire isn't grounding properly due to a bad ground source chosen or that the wire isn't making good contact. If it isn't grounding to the vehicle battery I would try that as well. For more information on troubleshooting brake controller installs check out the link I attached.
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  • How to Install Aftermarket Brake Controller in 2011 Ram 3500 w Integrated Factory Brake Controller
  • Yes, there is a way to install an aftermarket brake controller on your 2011 Ram 3500 that has an integrated controller in it already. To install an aftermarket brake control you will have to disconnect the ITBM. This will turn on a warning lamp on the instrument cluster. In order to disconnect the ITBM and not get the warning lamp, your local Dodge dealer will have to reconfigure the TIPM (Totally Integrated Power Module), of the truck. Once the TIPM has been reconfigured, and the ITBM
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  • Brake Controller Wiring Recommendation for a 2012 Dodge Ram 1500
  • The Tekonsha Plug-In Wiring Adapter # 3021-P that you referenced would be the correct harness to use to install a Tekonsha brake controller in your 2012 Dodge Ram 1500. If you have not picked out a brake controller yet I would recommend you check out the Tekonsha Prodigy P2 Trailer Brake Controller # 90885. This is one of our best selling controllers because of how well it works and how easy it is to setup. I attached a review video and installation instructions for this product for
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  • Can Tekonsha Prodigy P2 Be Installed on 2011 Dodge Ram With Factory Integrated Brake Controller
  • In order to replace your OEM brake controller with the Tekonsha Prodigy P2 # 90885 while using Tekonsha Adapter # 3021-P, there are a couple of steps that are required. The picture that you sent of the two plugs are your factory brake controller connections. Your aftermarket Tekonsha brake controller will use one of these plugs and the other plug will need to be disconnected through your Dodge dealer. To disconnect your ITBM and not get the warning lamp your local Dodge dealer will
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  • Brake Controller for a 2012 Ram 2500 to Replace Factory Brake Controller
  • Yes, the new brake controller will work whether or not you have the ITBM reprogrammed on your 2012 Ram 2500. I recommend the P2 # 90885. It will require harness # 3021-P which will plug into a connector located under the dash near the emergency brake pedal. I have linked the instructions for this harness for you.
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  • Prodigy P3 Brake Controller Installation in 2010 Dodge Ram 1500
  • The excellent Tekonsha Prodigy P3 Brake Controller # 90195 is intended for mounting with its included bracket as shown in the linked installation video. This unit's size and shape will prevent it from fitting properly in the small recess in your dash where the OEM brake controller goes. So long as your Ram has a factory 7-way at the back bumper all you need to wire in the P3 is harness # 3021-P, which connects between the controller and the under-dash ports. Dodge did move this connector
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  • 2015 Ram 2500 Brake Controller and Install Harness Recommendation
  • All you would need to install a brake controller in your 2015 Ram 2500 would be a brake controller and the correct install harness. For a brake controller 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 applies a proportionate amount to the trailer brakes. The correct
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  • How To Reset Computer On 2010 Dodge 3500 After Replacing Factory Brake Controller With Prodigy P3
  • What you might do is disconnect the vehicle battery for a minimum of 3 minutes with the Prodigy P3 brake controller still plugged in and that should allow the computer to reset and not be looking for the factory brake controller. If that does not work, then you will want to take your vehicle to the Dodge dealer so they can re-flash the computer to get rid of the fault code and keep it from returning. Let me know if that works or if you need any more help.
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  • Brake Controller Install Port Location on a 2010 Dodge Ram 1500
  • For a 2010 Dodge Ram 1500 with a 7-way there is a port under the dash that will be used for the install of a brake controller. The install harness part # 3021-P is the harness to use. The plug you are looking for is a white, square connector above the brake pedal. I attached a picture that points it out. For a brake controller 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.
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