Draw-Tite I-Command Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

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How to Install the Draw-Tite I-Command Trailer Brake Controller on a 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Today on our 2017 Chevy Silverado, we're going to be taking a look at and showing you how to install the Draw-Tite I-Command Proportional Trailer Brake Controller, part number 5535. To help us with that installation, we're also going to be using the Tekonsha adapter, part number 3016. This is what our Draw-Tite I-Command Brake Controller looks like when it's installed. This is going to apply brakes to your trailer. It's also going to relieve the stress on your vehicle's brakes when you are pulling a trailer. This is going to be a proportional braking system, which means it's going to match the amount of pressure you're putting on your vehicle brakes.

It's going to match that to the trailer brakes. Now that we've hooked up our trailer, you can see on the screen here it has a C. That's showing that the trailer is connected. Over here on the left side of the screen, you're going to see gain. You're going to have a plus or minus button. What this is going to do is it's going to put ...

This is going to adjust the amount of force that is applied to your trailer brakes. Over here on the right side is your boost. It's going to have a blue plus and a blue minus button. What the boost is going to do, it's going to adjust how quickly the amount of braking is applied to the trailer brakes. What this button here is going to be, it's going to be a manual override.

What that's going to be for is if you have a sway in your trailer or any movement that you need to stop right away. You can apply this and it will apply the brakes to your trailer without applying the brakes to your vehicle. Now that we've gone over some of the features, let's show you how to get it installed. To begin the installation we're going to start with our adapter. Under the dash we're going to locate this black box here. It's going to be behind the emergency brake pedal.

Now, there's two lock clips on it, and you just take a screwdriver and pop it off like that, and we're looking for that spot right there. We're going to place that inside. Next what we want to do, you're going to make sure your wire runs out the top of the box, and then go ahead and put your cover back on. We're going to find a spot on the dash panel underneath here that doesn't have anything behind it, and you want to make sure that you're level from side to side. Next we're going to take our eighth-inch drill bit and we're going to drill us a inaudible 00:02:23. Once we have the controller mounted on our dash, we'll go ahead and plug it in, and then we'll take all of our extra wiring and we're going to find a place and we'll zip-tie it up back behind the dash. Now that we have our brake controller installed, you can see it says NC on the screen. That means you have no trailer connected to the back of your vehicle. However, it is telling you that you have it hooked up correctly. That'll do it for the Draw-Tite I-Command Proportional Trailer Brake Controller, part number 5535 on our 2017 Chevy Silverado.

Questions and Comments about this Video

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Will thes controller work on a 2017 GMC Canyon ? If so is my GMC Canyon come with a plug-in for this unit if it does I was told there would be one under the dash somewhere .I have not been able to locate the receptacle on this vehicle can you help thank you very much 75922

Reply from Chris R.

Yes, the Draw-Tite I-Command Brake Controller # 5535 will work great on your 2017 Canyon. If the truck is equipped with the factory 7-Way, there won't be an actual plug behind the dash, but there WILL be 4 blunt cut wires waiting there to be connected directly to the controller's pigtail wiring. They should be located behind the left side kick panel. 62031

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