Draw-Tite I-Command Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

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How to Install the Draw-Tite I-Command Trailer Brake Controller on a 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500


Today on our 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, we're going to be installing Draw-Tite's I-Command Trailer Brake Controller, and with this, we'll be using the Plug-In Wiring Adapter.This is an entry-level proportional trailer brake controller, and what that means is that there's an inertia sensor inside. So when you hit your brakes in the vehicle, that inertia sensor's going to detect the vehicle stopping and proportionally apply the brakes on your trailer to help mimic that stopping motion. There are adjustments on top. The left is your gain, which adjusts the maximum output to your brakes. The higher the voltage here, the harder your brakes are going to be applied.The boost setting here on the right has four settings from off to boost 1, 2, and 3. Boost 1 is for when you have a trailer that is slightly less than the weight of your vehicle.

Boost 2 is when you have a trailer that's roughly the same weight as your vehicle. Boost 3 is when you have a trailer that weighs more than your vehicle, and that'll just help the inertia sensor inside know the weight of your trailer to properly apply the brakes proportionally.The manual slider in front can be used for several different scenarios. If you're sitting on a steep hill and you're just stuck there, you can go ahead and pull this over to apply the brakes on your trailer, so you don't have the weight of the trailer pushing on the back of your vehicle. You could also use it for testing purposes and for bringing your trailer back straight if it starts to sway when going down the road.We'll begin our installation by plugging in our wiring adapter. You'll need to access the fuse panel in the lower left kick panel on the driver side.

You'll need to release the lock tabs here on each side to pull your cover off. I find doing the left side first a little bit easier because it's harder to get to. So you can get your screwdriver in there to release this tab, and that makes it easier to reach over and pull these tabs off.We can now plug our harness into the fuse box here. We're going to plug it into this spot here just above this large connector opening into the small one right there. Now we can route wiring over where we will be mounting our brake controller.

We can now reinstall our cover. The wiring can poke out the top with all of the other wires. So we just tuck that back and then slide our cover back on.Now we'll find a place for our bracket. Once you've found where you wanted it, we'll go ahead and put one screw in. That'll hold it in place, and then we can install our other screw on the other side.

We can now install our brake controller into our bracket. So we're just going to line up the holes with our bracket with the hole on the side of the controller. We'll start one on one side, and then we'll install the one on the opposite side. We can then tighten those down with a 1/4" socket. We want to try and make this one as level as possible. We're not going to be able to achieve full level due to the shape of our dash, but we want to try to ensure we stay within a 90-degree range. Next, we'll plug in our brake controller into our wiring, and then we can tuck this up under the dash and secure it with zip ties. If you need some zip ties, you can pick some up here at etrailer.com.Now we can test out our brake controller. You can go ahead and plug it into your trailer. You'll get a C showing that you're connected. You'll have an NC if you're not. Another way you'll know is when you push the slider, you'll just get that NC, whereas we're getting voltage here showing that we're connected. Additionally, if you press the slider, if you we're not connected, you would just show NC on the display. But since we're getting voltage here, you can see that it's apply that back to our trailer brakes. That completes our installation of Draw-Tite's I-Command Trailer Brake Controller on our 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500.


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