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Is a Brake Controller Necessary for Electric Trailer Brakes

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I'm converting over from hydraulic. Do I need to purchase and install a brake control box in my vehicle too?

Expert Reply:

Yes, a brake controller mounted in the cab is necessary to operate electric brakes. Hyrdraulic brakes are typically operated by an actuator in the trailer coupler. The Tekonsha Prodigy, part # 90885 is one of our best and most popular brake controllers. I will add a link to it below. Depending on your vehicle, we may have custom wiring kit for it that will plug directly into your truck or SUV and not require splicing any connections.

Please note that electric brakes should not be used on boat trailers.

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