Curt TriFlex Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

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How to Install the Curt TriFlex Trailer Brake Controller on a 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500


Shane: Hi. I'm Shane with etrailer.com. Today we're going to be taking a look at and walking you through the installation of the Curt Triflex Trailer Brake Controller on our 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. This brake controller is going to be great for one to four axles. That's kind of what's going to separate it from others out there that may only go up to three axles. Again, this is going to handle up to four.

It's going to be a very simple design, very thin design. Some of the other ones may be a little bit bigger. So you can see it fits nicely here on the dash.We're going to have nine sensitivity control settings. That way we can go from .6 up to 9.9. What it's going to do as you go up higher in numbers for a larger trailer, it's going to make the aggressiveness of the braking more powerful.

This is our output thumb wheel, as you turn it you'll notice the numbers are going up. This is the sensitivity setting, or how much power that our brakes are receiving when we apply the brakes in the truck. So we can set it up, or down, depending on the size. Our manual override, this is going to be used.. Say we have a trailer, we're pulling a larger trailer, and it starts to sway a little bit, maybe you get a cross-wind.

You can actually use this to apply the brakes on the trailer without applying the brakes in the truck, to get that trailer back centered behind your vehicle.As far as the installation goes on this, it's very simple as long as you have the factory tow-package, it's going to plug into an existing port underneath the dash. Again, you will need the extra extension to go from that port to the wiring coming off the back of the brake controller. Now that we've gone over some of the features, let's show you how to get it installed. With our truck it's going to be pre-wired for towing, it's going to have a tow-package. So to install this brake controller, you're going to need this wire adapter, it can be found here at etrailer.com.

Right underneath the dash left of the steering column, you're going to see this large black box, and you're going to have some clips on each side. We're going to pop it off, you're going to have a clip right on the inside here. It's going to be a little bit hard to get to, it might be easier if you have a screwdriver. Pop that off, you're going to see an empty slot right here. We're going to take our plug, plug it right in like that, and we can reinstall our cover. And if you notice the top sides are going to be open, so we're going to run our wire out of the top of it. Slide the cover back on and snap it back into place.You're going to make sure when routing your wire, stay away from the movement of the brake pedal or the fuel pedal. I like to route mine, just find some existing wiring under there and wrap it through there. And we're going to take our brake controller, plug it in. There's a metal bracket right here, if you go over the top of it with your wire that will keep all your wiring up over here by the fuel pedal. Now we just need to mount our controller to the dash. Now when mounting your brake controller, it's going to come with one bracket. You're going to make sure that you're high enough that if you move the seat or if somebody else is driving the vehicle, it's not going to interfere with their knees or their driving. I'm going to mount mine a little bit higher up. You're going to get screws in your kit, two for each side that mount to the brake controller, and two screws to go into the dash. We're going to sure that we mount it level, we're going to make sure it's not turned or it's not leaning sideways like this. Then we're just going to match the holes on each side with the brake controller. Once you have it adjusted, tighten your screws down.Again, I'm Shane with etrailer.com. I hope this video has helped you, whether you're still deciding, or installing the Curt TriFlex Trailer Brake Controller on your '18 Chevrolet Silverado 1500.


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