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

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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 - GM
part number: 3025-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:

  • Adapter is wired for GM trucks and SUVs from 1999 to 2002
  • Wiring adapter eases installation of your electric brake controller
  • Custom connector end plugs into the electric junction box 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

Junction BoxBrake-Control Adapter Port

This adapter plugs into the port that is built into the electric junction box beneath your vehicle's dash. The black box is located to the left of the steering column, just above the carpet. To plug in the adapter, first remove the cover on the box. The adapter plugs into the second slot from the left, on the top row.


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.



3025-P Tekonsha Brake Control Wiring Adapter with 2 Plugs



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

Tekonsha Plug-In Wiring Adapter for Electric Brake Controllers - GM - 3025-P

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (501 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: 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: 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: 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: 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
$23.29
. 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: 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: Scott11/05/2018

Works great easy to install with adapter harness! 580159



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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: 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: 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: 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
$9.95
. 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
$52.47
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
$51.42
and a 4 flat connector to hardwire in a 7-way connection.

-- Heather A - 01/14/2019

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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: 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: Brian10/17/2018

amazing product works great simple easy plug and play . 575237



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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: Sherry R12/31/2012

Thank you so much Cristy for the exceptional guidance and friendly help while choosing the correct brake controller for my boyfriend's truck.....thanks for all the correct and helpful information everything went smoothly.....seamless....unusual this day and age.....Delivery was very prompt and product certainly lived up to all the reviews I had read before calling e Trailer......I would, without hesitation recommend this company for any mechanical needs......appreciate the follow up too...... 62269


Comments

Fantastic track record....absolutely no problems with the brake controller.....extremely happy with its performance and I stand by my original comments....thank you for contacting me once again and checking our satisfaction with the purchase.....refreshing to have someone contact us one year from date of purchase.....my appreciation for your concern and I will definitely call if we have further needs...Happy July 4Th

Sherry R - 07/01/2014

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by: Guy M.06/14/2015
2010 Chevrolet Suburban

Bought a new Primus IQ brake controller but it only came with a pigtail wiring that had to be spliced into my '01 Suburban. Ordered the direct fit wiring pigtail from etrailer.com and couldn't be more pleased! It literally took me less than 10 minutes to plug in the wiring and mount the brake controller. Excellent customer service and very fast shipping! The kind of shopping experience that causes repeat business. Thank you etrailer.com and customer rep Lexus for making everything so simple! 203301


Comments

Excellent. No problems at all!

Guy M - 06/13/2016

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by: Sean L01/07/2014
1999 Chevrolet Suburban

etrailer's instructions and videos are awesome. installation was a breeze UNTIL I needed to locate the brake signal wire (cold side of brake switch) on my 1999 suburban. What a pain. the switch is not very accessible let alone there are a ton of white wires under the dash --along with an alarm. Long story short, I found this in a GMC forum and it saved me big time: "Under the dash, next to the emergency brake is a black convenience box. At the bottom of the box is the letters GRN, next to that is the letters NAT with a small recessed box with two male spade connectors. The spade on the right goes to the brake switch. The wire from the brake controller is terminated there." Using the supplied probe tester I was able to verify this and finished up my installation. The Tekonsha Prodigy P3 controller works great. 112192


Comments

The Tekonsha Prodigy P3 controller is still working great. I cant believe i didnt get one sooner. Easy to adjust on the fly and no issues at all.

Sean L - 01/07/2015

8449

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by: Justin C09/17/2019

Excellent value. Works as described. Meets needs. Would recommend. Easy install with adapter. 704817



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by: Greg09/05/2019
2000 Chevrolet Silverado

Made installation quick and easy on 2000 Silverado. 697916



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by: Ed G.09/01/2019

Installed in a 2018 Mercedes GLS 450. Easy to install and works perfectly. 696547



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by: John08/18/2019

Best brake controller on the market 690852



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by: James07/24/2019

fast shipping and great prices. have purchased other things from etrailer in the past, and have always gotten great service, and excellent prices. 674808



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by: Michael07/19/2019

installation as simple as it gets 672434



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by: John C.07/10/2019

Purchased the Draw-tite brake controller and wiring adapter. Installation was simple after watching the video. Havent tested it pulling a trailer yet. Thanx again etrailer!! 668494



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by: Andrew06/29/2019

Installation was plug and play. 664583



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by: Steven06/26/2019

Just what I wanted. Great service. Thank you 663092



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by: Deborah06/24/2019
2000 Chevrolet Silverado

Wasn't quite as easy to install as expected. Needed an experienced mechanical eye hooked to a limber body to find the right plug in spot under the dash. Some debate on where on the dash to hang the brake box, but I went with where the holes already were. Those teeny screws are tricky to get in and really did require a 1/4" ratchet, my fingers couldn't do it. Simple procedure, but did need the right tools. Took about 25 minutes, but some of that was going for tools... YES I'D BUY IT AGAIN ! One detail I learned about after installation, NO FUSE in the truck for it to work off. Needs a 40 amp fuse, and I didn't have one. Something to consider if yer new brake ain't working... sorry I do not have photo ability, if someone comes along, I'll ask them to take a pic. 662374



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by: Jason06/24/2019

Great product, fast shipping super easy to install!! 662052



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by: Blaise06/22/2019

I got my parts and they worked perfectly. Thank you 661385



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by: Ron06/20/2019

Works great. Ideal size 660811



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by: Devin M.06/16/2019

Made installing my prodigy p3 super easy. Highly recommend! 658794



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by: David06/15/2019

Great, well made , wiring harness! Much higher quality than what you see in most retail stores! 658627



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by: Matthew06/15/2019

Straight forward plug in and you're good to go. 658502



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by: Ed06/11/2019
Chevrolet Silverado

Fit into the chevy silverado like it was designed to. Will say could be 8inches longer. 656472



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by: Scott06/10/2019
2002 GMC Sierra

Fit perfect on my 2002 GMC Sierra. Installed in a snap. Cable is long enough to place brake controller anywhere under the dash below the steering wheel. I appreciate the protection sheath around the cable, less chance of wearing out the insulation if it rubs on anything sharp under the dash. 656256



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by: Relio06/09/2019

Great product. Started using same day as delivered. Install was a breeze. 656576



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by: Relio06/09/2019

Quick install after watching video. 655510



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by: Adam06/07/2019

Product was plug and play, plenty long enough for what I needed. Zero issues with this product 654907



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by: James06/01/2019

2nd purchase for a 2nd truck - works great & easy install 651144



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by: Stan05/30/2019

Thank you product was easy to install and works very well. 650018



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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: Brian R05/22/2019
2000 Chevrolet Silverado

Works great, easy to install plug n pla y. 644742



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by: Jake05/22/2019

Easy install and expected functionality. 644633



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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: 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: Glen05/04/2019
GMC

Plug did not work on my 99 GMC K1500 Classic. Only alternative was to cut plug off and hardwire. GM made two models in 99. The classic was the early model like the 98. The instructions were somewhat misleading. 638187


Comments

1999 was indeed a split model year. GM produced both the C/K series and the Silverado. The C/K series was mechanically unchanged from the 1998 model. GM did not have the under the dash plug for a plug and play brake controller until the 1999 Silverado. The 1999 C/K series would need to be hardwired like the 1998 model. In our fitguide, we show both models.

-- Mike L - 05/07/2019

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by: Michael04/22/2019

Great plug n play product. Makes installation of trailer brake simple. 634168



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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: Jeff P.04/06/2019

Still works perfect after 1 year with zero issues! 618040


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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Not Getting Full Voltage at Trailer Brake Magnets After Installing New and Larger Brakes
  • Usually on tandem axle trailers the brake magnet wiring is jumped from the front to the rear axle. You can try it other ways to see if that helps. I recommend grounding the brake magnets near the brake assemblies to avoid any voltage drop off. Make sure the ground locations are clean and free of corrosion. You didn't mention the wire gauge being used but for electric trailer brakes we recommend 10 gauge such as # 10-1-1 sold by the foot. You can also check the trailer and vehicle
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  • How to Install a Draw Tite Activator IV Brake Controller in a 2001 Ford F-250 Super Duty
  • All you would need to install your Draw Tite Activator IV part # 5504 in your 2001 Ford F250 is the Tekonsha Plug-In Wiring Adapter # 3035-P. This harness will plug into the back of your brake controller and then into the port underneath your dash. If there is a harness already plugged into that port on your vehicle with the colors you listed you would just need to match the wires from the # 5504 to those wires color by color. I attached an install video for the wiring adapter for you
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  • Troubleshooting Trailer Wiring on Trailer Pulled by 2000 GMC 1500
  • Is it the marker lights on the truck or on the trailer that aren't working? I believe the corrosion in your 7-way to 4-pole adapter caused something to short out, which probably damaged your trailer connector. I'd recommend a replacement like part # HM40975. If the malfunctioning running lights are on the truck, check the fuse box under the hood next to the battery. The lid of the fuse box will have a diagram showing which fuse protects which circuit. If it's the trailer running
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  • Where Is Brake Controller Install Harness for 2001 Chevy Silverado 3500
  • While it looks like you are pretty close to finding the correct port for installing a brake controller in your 2001 Chevy Silverado I attached a picture of where the install harness does plug in using a harness like the part # 3025-P. For a brake controller I would recommend the Prodigy P3 Brake Controller part # 90195. This is our best selling brake controller because of how well it works and how easy it is to setup. This is a proportional brake controller that senses the amount of
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  • Can Factory Brake Controller of 2007 GMC Sierra 2500HD be Bypassed without Dash Codes
  • If you bypass the factory brake controller in your 2007 GMC Sierra 2500HD properly you would not have any error codes appear on the dash display. You also would not have to have the computer of the truck reprogrammed in any way which means you don't have to make a special trip to a dealer. To see exactly how to do this check out the help article I linked on this page. It will walk you through the entire process. It's basically a few wiring connections that need to be made under the dash
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  • Will a Brake Controller Work with a Factory Installed 6-Way Trailer Connector on a Chevy Silverado
  • A factory 6-Way is certainly not all that common but it will have a brake output circuit and plugging in a brake controller will work. But there may be some connections that you will need to make under the hood to make everything fully functional. I have included a link to our FAQ article that covers the under hood connections that you will need to perform if they are not completed already. Please note that on a 6-Way trailer connector there are 2 ways that it could be wired. The center
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  • Brake Controller and Wiring Adapter for a 2002 Chevy Suburban
  • Although your friends Suburban might be equipped with the factory tow package, the package did not include a brake controller like it sometimes does in later models. A controller will need to be installed. Not to worry, though. Installing a controller will be simple. If he does not already have a controller, I would recommend the Tekonsha Prodigy P2, part # 90885. The wiring adapter, part # 3025-P will also be needed. One end of the adapter would plug into the rear of the P2, the other
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  • Brake Controller Installation on a 1999 Chevy C3500 Pickup Truck
  • On a 1999 Chevy C3500 there will NOT be a brake controller port to plug in a brake controller. The brake controller has to be hardwired into the truck. Chevy did not start putting in a port until they switched the trucks from C or K to Silverado. Prior to that Silverado was just a trim option. I have included a link to a video that will help. It shows installation on a 1996 C/K series truck. Installation will be basically identical on your 1999 model. If your truck already has a 7-Way
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  • Installing a Brake Controller on a 2000 Chevy Silverado
  • There are some connections under the hood that will need to be made to complete the installation of the Tekonsha P2 Brake Controller # 90885 with Wiring Harness, # 3025-P. Once you have plugged in the # 3025-P harness into the port to the left of the brake pedal, you can make the connections under the hood. Locate the power distribution box. There will be a bracket on the driver side near the windshield that will need to be removed. Remove the bracket and power distribution box cover.
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  • Installing an Electric Trailer Brake Controller on a 2001 Chevy Silverado
  • On the 2001 Chevy Silverado, there should be a port, located in the electrical junction box on the driver side to the left of the brake pedal. Inside, you will need the port second from the left on the top row. You would use brake controller wiring harness # 3025-P. One end plugs into the Tekonsha Prodigy P2, # 90885, and the other end plugs into that port. There may also be some connections that will need to be made to make the brake controller and 7-Way trailer connector fully functional.
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  • Installing a Brake Controller on a 2001 GMC Sierra 1500 with Factory 7-Way Trailer Connector
  • Since your 2001 GMC Sierra came with a factory installed 7-way trailer connector, GM should have already completed the connections under the hood at the fuse box. However, we have found that GM did not complete the wiring on all trucks, even if they came with the factory trailer wiring. If you plug in your brake controller using a plug-in style wiring harness, like part # 3025-P for Tekonsha brake controllers, and the brake controller does not power on, then the wiring under the hood
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  • Recommended Brake Controller and Wiring Adapter for a 2001 Chevy Tahoe
  • If the trailer has electric brakes, you will need a brake controller to actuate them. GM didn't start offering a factory brake controller until a few years later. I would recommend the Tekonsha Prodigy P2, part # 90885. The Prodigy P2 is one of our best selling brake controllers, because it is very easy to operate. You will also need the Brake Controller Wiring Adapter, part # 3025-P that would allow the controller to plug into the port located in the junction box under the dash. We
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  • How to Disable OEM Brake Controller When Installing Aftermarket Controller
  • You can easily install an aftermarket controller in your 2013 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 that is compatible with your trailer's electric-over-hydraulic (EOH) brakes. The linked article illustrates the process of wiring in a EOH-compatible controller like the Prodigy P3 # 90195. If you follow these instructions you will disable the OEM controller and this change will not generate any trailer brake display messages on the driver information center. The article includes photos and a wiring guide. You
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  • Brake Controller Port Location for a 2000 GMC Sierra Pickup
  • If your 2000 GMC Sierra is a Classic model, then it will not have a brake controller port. You will need to hardwire in the brake controller and run the wires back to the 7-Way. You would need a part # ETBC7 and some sort of a 4-Way connector. Then you would wire the brake controller to the 7-Way. If your truck is not a Classic model the port should be located underneath a black cover behind and to the left of the brake pedal. I have included a link to a video of a brake controller
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  • Availability of Brake Controller Adapter for 1997 Chevy Silverado
  • GM did not start equipping their trucks with the under-dash brake controller connector until the 1999 model year. That being said, you can still wire your pickup for a brake controller. If your pickup has no trailer connector at the rear bumper, you can get a T-one wiring harness, part 118315. That will give you the 4-pole plug. You will also need the ETBC7, which is a kit that gives you 7-pole plug and has wiring which is run to the front of your vehicle for the brake controller. We
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  • Plug-In Adaptor for Installing Draw-Tite Activator II Brake Controller in 2001 Chevrolet Suburban
  • As long as your 2001 Chevy Suburban has the factory 7-Way connector installed, the Tekonsha Plug-In Wiring Adapter # 3025-P is the correct harness for installing your Draw-Tite Activator II Trailer Brake Controller. This is a simple plug and play harness for easy installation. One end of the adapter will plug into the Activator II unit and the other end will connect to the built-in port beneath the vehicle's dash. I have attached the written installation details that you can also check out.
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  • How to Determine if a 2002 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD has Factory Installed 7-Way Wiring
  • On your 2002 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD, you will need to look above the spare tire for a round plug with a cap on it. I have included a picture below that shows what the plug looks like. If your truck has this plug, then it has the wiring for a 7-Way. To add a 7-Way trailer connector at the rear of the truck, you can use Pollak Replacement 7-Pole, RV-Style Trailer Connector Socket - Vehicle End, # PK11893. The factory harness from under the spare tire will plug into the back of this connector.
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  • Brake Controller Connection for 2000 Chevy Silverado 2500HD
  • If you are adding a brake controller to your 2000 Chevy Silverado 2500HD like the Tekonsha PowerTrac Electronic Brake Controller # 39523 the necessary wires will be above the spare tire like in the accompanying photo, which is from a help article I linked that explains brake controller installation in your generation of Chevy truck which I strongly recommend reading. You will then be able to use the Plug-In Wiring Adapter for Electric Brake Controllers # 3025-P to install the PowerTrac. I
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  • Wiring a Brake Controller on a 1999 Chevrolet Suburban
  • Your 1999 Chevrolet Suburban does not have a port under the dash to connect a brake controller harness. You will need to hardwire the Prodigy controller with brake controller 7 and 4-way installation kit, item # ETBC7, or a 6 and 4-way installation kit, item # ETBC6, depending on the connector you need for your trailer. These kits come with everything needed to install the brake controller and wiring from scratch as long as you have a 4-way connector installed on your Suburban. If you
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  • Brake Controller Not Working with Brake Pedal on a 2004 Chevy Silverado 2500
  • On your 2004 Chevy Silverado 2500 you will need to make sure that the red wire in the connector, # 3015-P, is in the correct place. If you are not using harness # 3015-P then that could be the problem. Make sure the end of your harness that plugs into the truck matches the picture I have included. You can also check the stop light and CHMSL fuses. A blown fuse can cause this issue. I have also included a link to a help article that could help because there are some under hood connections
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  • Tekonsha Trailer Brake Wire Harness, # 3025-P, Recommendation for 2000 Chevy Truck
  • The difference between the 3025-P and the 3015-P is the pin locations of the wires on the orange connector. The reason for this is because the orange connector on 3025-P is wired to work on most GM vehicles from 1999-2002, such as your 2000 Chevy Pickup. The 3015-P is wired to work on most GM vehicles from 2003-2006. The orange connector on both harnesses are the same, but the pin locations for the different wires are different. It sounds like you have 3015-P and the wires are not making
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