Will Curt Echo Wireless Trailer Brake Controller Work on 2019 Toyota Highlander

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Ive reviewed the information on the website regarding the Echo controller and have some questions: - Id like to buy a 2019 Toyota Highlander LE plus AWD V6. Its my understanding that this has a tow prep package and is rated to tow 5000 lbs. Listed under towing equipment is a harness which I believe does not include a 4 pin connector. I would like to add a brake controller and 4 and 7 pin connector to the vehicle to tow a small camper. I understand there have been some issues connecting a brake controller in the 2018 and 2019 Highlanders due to some sort of electrical interference with the electronics safety sense system? on the vehicles. I understand there is some work around on that but dont know what it is. Will this controller have a similar issue? - I notice that there is a video showing installation of the Echo on the 2019 Highlander but when looking at the item itself it indicates that it is not confirmed to fit a 2019 Highlander. Please explain. Are the 2018 and 2019 Highlanders identical in their wiring? - I need both a 4 pin and a 7 pin connector on the vehicle. Is there a part compatible with the Echo and the 2019 Highlander that would provide this connection? -I understand that you do not need to have the brake wire on a 7 pin connection connected to the vehicle for the device to work. Is that correct? Thank you for your help!

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Trailer brake controllers are universal parts and will fit any vehicle, including a 2019 Toyota Highlander. As for your first question, the issue with installing some brake controllers on some Toyota's is disconnecting the brake light switch can set off a code in the computer that limits the vehicle's motion. That is not a concern with the Echo because it will mount directly in your Highlander's 7-way.

The Curt Echo Brake Controller # C51180 does not need the brake wire, it only needs 12 volt, ground, and turn signals connected to the 7-way socket.

In regards to your 2019 Toyota Highlander, to use the Echo if you do get the factory tow package you will need a 4-way, the Hopkins Plug-In Simple Wiring Harness for Factory Tow Package # HM11141825 and then the 7-Way RV Upgrade Kit for Trailer Brake Controller Installation # ETBC7L which will give you the necessary wiring and 7-way to plug in your Echo Brake Controller.

I have added a link to the Hopkins 4-way as well as the Curt Echo being installed in a 2019 Toyota Highlander for you to check out as well.

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I notice in the echo installation instructions that the unit requires a 30 amp fuse in the power line. Does the 2019 Pilot with dealer installed 7 pin harness have a 30 amp fuse suitable for this unit?

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I took a look at an online copy of the owner's manual for a 2019 Honda Pilot and the "Trailer Charge" fuse in the fuse box is 20 amps.

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