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Parts Needed To Install Brake Controller and 7 Pin Trailer Connector On Dodge Durango

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have a 2003 dodge Durango, need to install electric brake controller and 7 pin trailer connector. what parts do I need?

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Since you plan on towing a trailer with electric brakes, the Universal Installation Kit for Trailer Brake Controller 7-Way # ETBC7 will work with your 2003 Dodge Durango. This kit includes everything you need to install an electric trailer brake controller and 7-way connector.

Before installing the # ETBC7 you first need a 4-way trailer connector if you don't already have one. If your Durango has the factory tow package, you will need 4-way Flat Trailer Connector # 118381 in order to use the 7-way. The purpose of this item is to control and allow the basic hookup of the three lighting functions (running, turn, and brake lights) plus one pin is provided for a ground wire. Most standard light duty trailers will use a 4-pole flat connector. This custom-fit T-One connector plugs into your Dodge Durango's wiring harness, which is located behind the rear bumper, on the driver's side. Once installation is complete, the 4-way flat connector will be stowed beneath your Dodge Durango, near the trailer hitch. A mounting bracket # 18144 is recommended to keep the connector secure.

If you don't have the factory tow package you will need, # 118334. This product plugs into your Dodge Durango's wiring harness, which is located behind the driver's-side and passenger's-side tail lights. You will have to remove the tail light assemblies to access this harness. Once installation is complete, the 4-way flat connector will be stowed either in the jack storage compartment of your rear cargo area or beneath your Dodge Durango, near the trailer hitch. A mounting bracket # 18144 is still recommended to keep the connector secure if you are mounting it near the hitch.

For a brake controller, Tekonsha Prodigy P3 Trailer Brake Controller # 90195 is one of our most popular items. This proportional brake controller will activate your trailer brakes in a proportion to your vehicle's braking action. It'll automatically adjust your trailer's braking based on the deceleration of the tow vehicle and it activates immediately so there's no pausing like with your time delay brake controllers. It does have an automatic leveling ability because there's an internal sensor on the inside which will detect deceleration even if the controller is not mounted flat.

The etrailer.com Ball Mount Kit for 2" Hitches - 7,500 lbs # 989900 is a excellent product to consider. It includes two ball mounts, two hitch balls and pin & clips. If your hitch or trailer has a different towing capacity, if you contact me back, I can make tailored recommendations according to those specifications.

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