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Speaker 1: Today taking a lot at the Curt Spectrum Trailer Brake Controller. The Spectrum Trailer Brake Controller gives you powerful precise braking operations in an extremely simple design inside your vehicle.The main module which is this part here. This can be mounted anywhere at any orientation. It can even be mounted behind the dash of the vehicle for a completely out of sight design.The interface is a single rotary knob with a push button in the center. This unit allows the driver to easily adjust the brake power output. So, rotating the knob clockwise increases the brake output.

Rotating the knob counter clockwise decreases the braking output. It features ten tri color LED's to show the automated power output of the control and the brightness can be adjusted as needed.Now, the main module, again this part here. This has a triple access motion sensing accelerometer that's able to detect the inertia of the vehicle and trailer no matter what. So, whatever speed and whatever grade your traveling on, up or downhill. The spectrum produces the exact amount of power needed for a smooth safe stop every single time.It also features automatic leveling and calibration so that eliminates set up requirements.

This is a fully compatible unit so it's able to operate up to eight trailer brakes at a time. So, anywhere from one to four axle trailers. It can be used on vehicles with ABS brakes and cruise control. It works with low voltage and PWM systems.Installation is quick and easy. Two installation options are included.

You'll notice that is has the pre-drilled holes here so you can actually drill this in so you can mount it using screws. This as well comes with a base and hardware so you can actually mount this to your dash and give it that OEM look, like it looks like it's from the factory that way. The design of the unit's going to match the design of the interior of your vehicle. So, really nice, again two installation options are included. Drill mount or surface adhesive mount and it does come with adhesive pads.It comes with a quick plug for easy plug and play installation.

This is designed to connect to vehicle specific harness plug and then plugged directly into your vehicle. It can be hardwired as well if there is not a plug available for your specific vehicle.The unit features four modes and three indicators. So, I'm going to spend some time going over those real quick. When it comes to the four modes that it offers. It offers manual, which is indicated by red LED's, brightness, which is indicated by white LED's, output which is green and red and sensitivity which is blue and red.Then, when it comes to the indicators, it's calibration, which it will ramp up so it will be like a dotted line going up. Overload, which will be flashing and then disconnected which is also flashing.Now, it does come with a quick reference guide so it shows you right here all the indicators. So, here's your four modes, again, manual, brightness, output, sensitivity, and it shows you the colors that go with it. Red, white, green and red, blue and red. Then you have calibration which is green, that'd be ramp up, so each line will appear individually and then you have overloaded which would be flashing red and yellow. Disconnected would be flashing blue.You definitely want to keep that quick reference guide handy. It's just a small card you can put in your wallet, in your glove compartment, anything like that. But, calibration simple indicates when the brake control is self calibrating it occurs when power is applied to the brake control and the trailer is connected.The overload indicator indicates when the brake control is in an overload or short circuit condition and then the disconnected indicators indicates when the trailer has been disconnected or if the brakes are pressed with no trailer connected at all.The manual override can be engaged by pushing the middle button and holding it down. So, pressing and holding the button during any mode activates the manual brake output. It functions as time based and ramps up over time. The red LED's light up in a sequence proportionally to the brake output. You can adjust the gain and active process by rotating the knob clockwise to increase and counter clockwise to decrease the gain while holding the button down.Then, releasing the button returns to the previous mode every time. The manual control can be set up to allow 100% of the units power to the trailer brakes or to limit power to the output control setting. This feature is set up at installation using the small switch at the rear of the unit.Also, brake light activation with the manual control is an optional setting as well. Some tow vehicles circuits do not allow power for brake lights from a second source so in these applications the brake light feature can be switch off using a second small switch at the rear of the unit.Then it also features sensitivity control so you can adjust the trailer brake aggressiveness simply by using the knob to increase or decrease the sensitivity. That's great because that can be adjusted for individual driver preference, trailer load changes, or changing road conditions.The product is a very clean system. It's very easy to get connected. I do want to point out that I already made my connections here but this can be disconnected really easily and then if you want to feed the wires through your dash, like through this mount here and through you dash for that nice OEM look, mounted to your dash. Each individual wire actually feeds into this plug right here. So, I already did the connecting but when it comes to you this will not be connected. The install guide walks you through how to do it. Very easy, only took me about, really just a few seconds, maybe up to a minute to get all those connected. Then once you have the wires connected and you have the wire routed where you want it simply just plugs in right there. That's all there is too it.So, nice, small, compact unit. Put it in the palm of my hand. You can see how it fits. How small it is. Same right here, just a nice small design. Compact, very clean, very easy to use.That's going to do it for today's look at the Curt Spectrum Trailer Brake Controller.


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William J Klein 01/19/2019

Great vidio very helpful 48705

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