Brake Controller Recommendation for a 2018 Toyota RAV4 XLE


I have a quicksilver pop up trailer with electric brakes and a 7 blade connector. I think the dealer installed trailer hitch and wiring connector is only 4 pin. They mentioned I will have to get a wireless break controller. Please recommend which brake controller and any adapters I will need. Will the car charge the trailer battery as I drive to the next camp site? Any recommendations to hitch, wiring harness, etc if I don’t get the dealer to do the install? Thanks


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Although a wireless brake controller like the Tekonsha Prodigy RF # 90250 is a great option to use for towing, since you will need to install the Universal Wiring Kit # ETBC7 anyways, I recommend going with a different brake controller.

If you were to tow a different trailer that has brakes and a 7-Way you will need to uninstall the RF from your trailer and install it on the other trailer. If you use a brake controller that installs in your 2018 Toyota RAV4, the only time that you will need to uninstall it is if you were to get a new vehicle.

I attached a sample installation video of the # ETBC7 Kit being installed on a 2011 Toyota RAV4 that you can use as a reference. Installing this kit will give you a fully functioning 7-Way that will send power to charge your trailer battery (granted the battery is connected to the 12V power pin on your trailer connector) and the RF if you choose to go that route. You will only need to run the single wire for the 12V power if you want to use the Prodigy RF.

Should you choose to go with a different brake controller then I recommend the Redarc Tow-Pro Elite # 331-EBRH-ACCV2. This will install just like the Prodigy P2 # 90885 that you see in the # ETBC7 installation video, except the Tow-Pro Elite will allow you to change from a proportional brake controller (activates trailer brakes at the same time and with the same intensity as the brakes in your RAV4) to a user-controlled brake controller. The user-control mode is like a time-delayed brake controller where it will brake with a predetermined amount of braking power when the brakes are applied in your RAV4.

The other great thing about the Tow-Pro Elite is that the only part of the controller that you see is the control knob. This is pretty small and can even be installed in your dash in an accessory slot (see attached photo).

If you are still needing a ball mount and hitch ball, I have attached a link to our selection of ball mounts and hitch balls that you can choose from as well as a helpful article on how to choose the correct one.

I have attached a sample installation video of the Tow-Pro Elite as well as a helpful article for you to check out.

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