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





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   (574 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: 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: 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
$14.21
. 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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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: 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: 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: Scott11/05/2018

Works great easy to install with adapter harness! 580159



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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: 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: 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: Michael04/22/2019

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



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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


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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

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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: 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: Marc09/19/2020

Quick arrival. No issues whatsoever. Will use again 883740



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by: Tim M09/14/2020

Easy to install plug and play 880698



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by: Scot09/03/2020

Works good 873714



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by: Gary09/01/2020

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by: James09/01/2020

Prompt service. 882401



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by: Rob08/29/2020
2002 GMC Sierra

Exactly what I needed!! 871119



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by: David08/26/2020

works great satisfied with operation 869221



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by: Ken08/25/2020

Easy install and works very well. 868112



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by: David08/24/2020

Arrived sooner than I expected. Watched one helpful installation video (not exactly the same vehicle nor same brake controller but still useful). Took me about an hour and half (with heat breaks) to figure it all out and install. Works great. My only regret is that I waited so long to get to it. Saved over $250 compared to RV repair shop installation. 876132



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by: 08/24/2020

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by: Daniel08/22/2020

Just got it installed. Pretty easy to d o. 875378


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  • What Does the Er Code On the Draw-Tite Activator IV Trailer Brake Controller Mean
  • The "Er" error code on the Draw-Tite Activator IV Trailer Brake Controller part # 5504 means there is an internal problem with the brake controller therefore it will need to be replaced. That said, this will be a great time to upgrade to a proportional brake controller which will outperform the time-delayed one you have now tenfold. For this, the Draw-Tite I-Command Trailer Brake Controller part # 5535 is a great cost effective option and it will use the same plug as the Activator IV which
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  • Er Error Code on the Draw-Tite Activator IV Trailer Brake Controller
  • There is no "E1" error code on the Draw-Tite Activator IV Trailer Brake Controller part # 5504 but there is however an "Er" error code. If this is what you have then the brake controller would need to be replaced as there is an internal short. There is a troubleshooting chart in the manual which I have attached for you that shows what all the codes mean for future reference. For replacement, I recommend using the Tekonsha Primus IQ Trailer Brake Controller part # TK90160 which is a proportional
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  • Troubleshooting Brake Controller that Has Voltage on Brake Output Circuit all the Time
  • The blue wire should not have power on it all the time. This would indicate that either there is a short on this circuit and it's showing voltage from contact with another circuit that does have voltage all the time like the 12 volt accessory circuit of the 7-way. Or most likely the issue is that the box has an internal problem and needs to be replaced. You can cut the blue wire, leaving enough room to reconnect it, and test both sides of the wires that you cut. If the wire on the controller
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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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  • Draw-Tite Brake Controller # 5504 Shows Output of 0.0 When Brakes Are Applied
  • On the Draw-Tite Brake Controller, part # 5504, a periodic adjustment of the Sync and Output controls may be necessary to correct for changing road conditions, trailer loading, brake wear, and/or driver preference. The Draw-Tite # 5504 is a time delayed brake controller and needs to be adjusted for braking power and delay. In an open area, such as a large parking lot, drive forward and apply the trailer brakes using the manual control. If the trailer brakes are weak adjust the Output
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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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  • 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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  • 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 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 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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  • Wiring a Brake Controller on a 1995 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 LS
  • Yes, you will be able to install the Draw-Tite Activator IV Brake Controller, item # 5504, on your 1995 Chevrolet 2500 Silverado LS. You will not need the Universal Brake Control Wiring Adapter 1999-02 Chevrolet, GMC, Cadillac, item # 3025-S, on the 1995 model because there is no factory port under the dash to plug the adapter in to. Chevrolet did not start putting the brake controller wiring port under the dash until 1999 so you will need to hard wire the brake controller on your 1995
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  • Where do the Wires of a Draw Tite Activator Run to Install in a Vehicle
  • There are 4 wires coming out of the back of the Draw-Tite Activator IV Brake Controller part 5504. You are correct in that the red wire runs to the positive side of the vehicle battery through a circuit breaker. The white wire runs to the negative side of the battery. The blue wire runs to the brake output circuit of the trailer connector at the rear of your vehicle and the red wire runs to the brake light switch on your brake pedal that only sees voltage when the brakes are applied.
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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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  • LEDs On Draw-Tite Activator IV Trailer Brake Controller Stay Lit With Vehicle Off
  • The Draw-Tite Activator IV Trailer Brake Controller part # 5504 will not turn off as soon as the vehicle is turned off. The Draw-Tite Activator IV like most trailer brake controllers will go into a sleep mode after about 15 minutes of inactivity. The controller will never lose power completely but after the set time has expired the display will go blank. That said, if you open the door that would trigger the system to awake so if you want to check you simply need to peek in through the window.
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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Parts Needed to Add 7 Way and Brake Controller to 1998 Chevrolet Truck
  • To add a brake controller to your truck and swap out the connector with a 7 way you'll need a few parts. You'll need a working 4 pole flat trailer connector (which you said is currently on the truck), the Universal Installation Kit for Trailer Brake Controller # ETBC7 and a brake controller. The ETBC7 kit comes with all the connectors, breakers, and wires to get a brake controller installed and a 7 way at the back of your truck. The 4 pole wiring will plug into the ETBC7 and then wires
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Installation of Brake Controller on a 2000 Chevrolet Suburban 1500 Series
  • You can install any brake controller on your 2000 Suburban, with factory 7-way connector, by using the Universal Brake Control Wiring Adapter 1999-02 Chevrolet, GMC, Cadillac, item # 3025-S. I would recommend the Tekonsha Prodigy P2, item # 90885 and adapter # 3025-P, one of our best selling brake controllers. If your 7-way connector was not factory installed then you may need the Replacement Multi-Tow 7-Way and 4-Way Trailer Connectors for Ford, GM Trucks with Factory 7 Way, item
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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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  • Troubleshooting Open Ground Error Code for Brake Controller Install
  • The "open ground" error code of a brake controller indicates that the controller is losing the ground connection to the vehicle battery which is the white wire. I'd double check you have the # 3025-P seated totally in the junction box as well as make sure there's not damage to the connector or the pins of it. Also check for corrosion and fix as needed. As far as tracking down the ground circuit on the truck wiring that might be challenging. An easier solution would be to run a jumper wire
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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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  • 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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  • Troubleshooting Trailer Brake Wiring Issues on a 2002 Chevy Silverado
  • Thank you for being very detailed with your question! The first step I would take is to make sure everything on the truck and trailer is wired properly. Your Prodigy brake controller should have the wiring adapter # 3025-P which is custom for your 2002 Chevy Silverado. I recommend verifying you have the correct adapter because # 3015-P will also fit but it was pinned differently for the 2003-2006 Chevy Silverado's. The next thing I would check is the wiring for the 7-way connector
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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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  • What Connections are Needed Under the Hood of a 2000 Chevy Silverado to Power a Brake Controller
  • There are a couple of connections that need to be made under the hood of your 2000 Chevy Silverado in order to make the brake controller and 7-Way trailer connector functional. I have included a link to our FAQ article that explains how to make the connections and I will also outline them here. Under the hood, you will need to remove the rearward bracket in the corner closest to the driver. You will then remove the upper and lower covers of the accessory fuse block. Next to the fuse
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  • Where to Look for Factory Wiring on 2002 Chevy Silverado
  • You are in the right spot in looking for the wiring on your 2002 Chevy Silverado. If you take a look at the accompanying cutout I added you can see that the wires - if present - will be found above the spare tire. The cutout I added is from a link to a help article on installing a brake controller in 1999-2006 Chevy/GMC pickups.
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  • No Power on Red Brake Controller Wire when Brake Pedal Pressed on a 2013 Toyota Tundra
  • The wiring harness you should be using on your 2013 Toyota Tundra is # 3040-P. While it is unlikely it is wired incorrectly it is possible. You can use your test light to test the connector on the vehicle (where 3040-P plugs into) and see if it has power when you step on the brake pedal. If it does then check to see if the red wire is connected in the corresponding location in the harness. If not you can move it. If there is no power then there is something amiss on the vehicle side
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  • Install Harness Recommendation for 2002 Chevy Suburban with 7-Way
  • All you need to install a Prodigy P2 # 90885 in your 2002 Chevy Suburban is the correct install harness. For that you would need the part # 3025-P. This will work great with the RV style 7-way trailer connector you have and does not require you to install a 4-way.
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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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