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Brake controllers are an essential part of a towing system with electric trailer brakes, and they offer a much-needed emergency braking feature. We offer high quality controllers from manufacturers such as Draw-Tite, Tekonsha, Valley, Hidden Hitch and Hopkins. Featuring both time-delay and proportional models, we have the right controller for any application. Brake controller wiring adapters are available for many vehicles, allowing for simple plug-and-play installation. Hardwire kits are also available to make any installation hassle-free.

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Trailer Brake Controller Wire Testing

Today we are going to cover a few notes on testing an electronic brake controller. What we are going to cover here is going to apply to virtually all brake controllers. Basically, if you run into a problem where you think your brake controller is not working, well, it could be a the brake controller or it could be something in the truck itself, in the connector or c it actually could be problems in the trailer. What we are going to show you today is how to look for problems that will either rule out the brake controller or make sure that it is the brake controllers fault. Just like any electronic devices, they seem to have a limited lifespan some will work for years and some will not. But this way you can also verify that it is working good.


Trailer Brake Controller Reverse Light Lead Installation

All right what we are going to do on this install is the reverse light lead to our electrical connector. For instance on a 5-pole you can use this on a boat trailer that has a reverse lock out for hydraulic brakes on it. Also you can use on a 7-pole application the trailer may have reverse lights on the back of it. Some RVs have a reverse light hook up on the back of it. I will show you the basic generic steps of how it is installed. 00:22


Trailer Brake Controller Comparison Review

Today we are going to talk about the two main kinds of brake controllers, the proportional and the time delay. The two we have here are the Journey HD and the Draw-Tite Activator II. These are what you call the time delay brake controllers. Basically what happens is that when you hit the brakes, they come on at a certain speed that you set on the brake controller. Like on this one here, we have a sync switch here that controls how fast it comes on and then this knob here controls how much power it takes to stop the trailer. Basically you hit your foot brake and it comes on at the rate you determine and at how much power you have set aside for it, and then it stays there until you completely let off the brake.


Trailer Brake Controller Wiring Colors

Today we are going to cover a frequently asked question. It really turns up a lot. And actually it is easier than you think. Basically, if you have a pickup and you got a tow package with it and you got one of these wire harnesses that plug underneath the dash and plugs into your brake controller, you might have five or sometimes even more wires coming off of it. And you notice that your brake controller only uses four. We have got one over here, we will show you, that has just the four wires and what do you do with the extra wires? The short answer is do not worry about it, because the brake controller has all that it needs from these four wires.


Trailer Brake Controller Installation Wiring Kit Review

Today we will show you part number ETBC7 brake controller installation kit. What this kit does is it fills in the blanks between your 4 pole connector and the brake controller. Basically on the instructions of your brake controller, it will show you a link between the foot brake and stop light switch, a battery, and then a line going out to the connector out back. This kit here fills in those missing pieces. We will cover each individual part. First we will start from the rear of the vehicle and work our way forward. This part here is 7 and 4 pole to 4 pole adapter. This will plug into your existing 4 pole that you have on your vehicle. It just plugs in like normal while this white wire gets grounded to the body of the vehicle. You will have a couple extra wires. The black wire will be ran to the battery. This blue wire here gets run to the blue wire on the brake controller.


Removing and Replacing Trailer Brake Shoes Review

Today we are going to show how to remove the break shoes on a typical electric break axle, this one in particular is a twelve inch drum. We are using that one because it is large and easy to see. This applies to virtually all electric brakes from this size on up and down to the smaller sizes. We will go over how it comes apart and the tools you will need to do it with.


Diagnosing a Brake Controller Problem

Alright, today on this 2009 Ford F-150 we are going to diagnose a brake controller problem. Now we can use these steps on any brake controller that is on the market to verify if it is working or not. Now our brake controller is already telling us that it has an error message. It is flashing an Er on top. Usually it means an internal problem. We tested our trailer so we know it is good. So, it is not that. So first off we will make sure we have a constant 12 volt power supply. We will check the black wire first. OK, we are good there. Now we will try our red wire for our brake signal. OK, that is good there. Now we will try our blue wire and that will be our output. So we should have output on this wire whenever we hit the foot brake or the manual override. OK, we get nothing on the foot brake and nothing on the manual override. So definitely the error is internal and this brake controller does have to be replaced.




Brake Controller Videos

Tekonsha Prodigy P2 Brake Controller Installation - 2013 Ford Van

inaudible 00:00:01 on our 2013 Ford E-350 van. And you're going to be taking a look at, I'm going to show how to install, the Tekonsha Prodigy P2 Trailer Brake Controller. So, let's get this installed.We're going to be installing etrailer's ETBC7. You can see where it has a C on the screen there. That's showing that we're connected. Simulates being connected to a trailer.


Tekonsha Prodigy P2 Brake Controller Installation - 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Today on our 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee, we're going to be taking a look at and showing you how to install the Tekonsha Prodigy P2 trailer brake controller. And to help us with our installation, we're going to be using the Tekonsha plug in wire adaptor for electric brake controllers.Whether we're towing a trailer for fun, or we're towing it for work, we want to know that when we're pulling it, that our trailer is going to stop. As our brake controller is going to make sure that the brakes on the trailer are working properly. Well, the P2 is going to be a proportional brake controller. What that means is whenever we apply the brakes in our Jeep, they're going to be applied at the same time and intensity on our trailer. So if we come to a stop at a stop light, easing in, our trailer brakes are going to start and engage softly.


Tekonsha Prodigy P2 Brake Controller Installation - 2016 Ford Transit T350

Ryan: Hey everybody, Ryan here etrailer.com. Today on our 2016 Ford Transit 350 we're going to be taking a look at and showing you how to install the Tekonsha Prodigy P2 Trailer Brake Controller. We're going to be installing that in conjunction with the ETBC7 wiring kit.This is what our brake controller looks like installed. You can see it sits up nice and tight against our dash using the provided mounting bracket that it comes with. The reason you're going to want a brake controller for your vehicle is if you're planning on towing a trailer that has electric brakes, you're going to need to have a way to operate them in this brake controller will do just that.Now this is a proportional brake controller. What that means is that if you're applying your brakes gently in your vehicle, it'll apply the brakes gently on the trailer, to match, so you have a smooth and safe stop.


Tekonsha Primus IQ Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2016 GMC Sierra 1500

Today on our 2016 GMC Sierra 1500 we're going to be installing Tekonsha's Primus IQ trailer brake controller. And with this we'll be using Tekonsha's plug-in wiring adapter. You can adjust the output voltage with the slider located here just to the left of the LCD display. Higher number is more power. Lower number is less. The button located on top allows you to change your boost settings, on/off and to one of the three boost modes.Boost one is for a trailer that is less than what your vehicle weighs.


Draw-Tite I-Command Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2016 GMC Sierra 1500

Today on our 2016 GMC Sierra 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 one, two, and three.


Tekonsha Voyager Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2016 GMC Sierra 1500

Today on our 2016 GMC Sierra 1500, we're going to be installing Tekonsha's Voyager Brake Controller. With this, we'll be using Tekonsha's plug-in wiring adapter. This trailer brake controller is going to be good for up to four axles and offers proportional braking. What this means is that there's an inertia sensor inside that will detect how quickly you're stopping in your tow vehicle. To properly apply the brakes on your trailer behind it, to match your towed vehicle.The sensor inside must be level. There's a level adjustment knob located here, on the left, and that adjusts your sensor, so that way the inertia sensor is applying the brakes appropriately.


Tekonsha Prodigy P3 Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2016 GMC Sierra 1500

Today on our 2016 GMC Sierra 1500, we're gonna be installing Tekonsha's Prodigy P3 Trailer Brake Controller, and with this we'll be using Tekonsha's plug-in wiring adapter.This is a premium trailer brake controller. It's gonna allow you to proportionally apply the brakes on your trailer depending on how quickly you're stopping here in the vehicle. It uses an inertia sensor inside, so the harder you stop inside, that inertia sensor detects it and applies the brakes appropriately to match that on your trailer.Your output can be adjusted here on the left, and you can select through various boost settings with the button on the top right. The boost settings are for adjusting for the weight of your trailer. If your trailer is a little bit less than the weight of your vehicle, you'll wanna use the boost one setting. If it's roughly the same weight as your vehicle, you use boost two.


Tekonsha Prodigy P2 Brake Controller Installation - 2016 GMC Sierra 1500

Today on our 2016 GMC Sierra 1500, we're gonna be installing Tekonsha's Prodigy P2 Trailer Brake Controller, and with this we'll be using Tekonsha's plug-in wiring adapter.This is a proportional trailer brake controller that works up to four axles. What's really nice about it being proportional is that the harder you brake here in the vehicle, the inertia sensor inside the brake controller's gonna detect that and appropriately apply the brakes on your trailer behind you to ensure that it's stopping the same as your vehicle.The output for the trailer brakes can be adjusted here, so if you need to fine tune it for your specific trailer, you can do that. There's a boost button located on the top on the right, and this is for the various boost settings that are available. There's off, one, two, and three.Boost setting one is for when you have a trailer that's slightly less than the weight of your vehicle. Boost two is for when you have a trailer that weighs roughly the same as your vehicle. And boost three is when you have a trailer that weighs more than your vehicle.


Tekonsha PowerTrac Electronic Brake Controller Installation - 2016 GMC Sierra 1500

Today on our 2016 GMC Sierra 1500, we're going to be installing Tekonsha's PowerTrac electronic trailer brake controller. With this we'll be using Tekonsha's plug in wiring adapter. This is an entry level, time delay, trailer brake controller. It's going to provide a trailer brake signal, back to the trailer brakes on your trailer, to allow them to stop.There is an adjustment knob here that will allow you to adjust how harsh the brakes apply, and you can see that here on the LED display if you push over the manual slider. You'll see with the manual slider all the way over, if I have it fully down, it's red, which is the most apply, and if I back it off, we go from orange to green, which is middle to no apply.The manual slider can also be used for a few scenarios, for example if you're stuck in traffic on a steep hill, you can push the slider over to apply the brakes on your trailer and hold it there, so the brakes on your vehicle aren't holding the weight of your trailer. Additionally you can use it for testing purposes, when testing out your seven volt connector, as well as for straightening out your trailer if it starts to sway when driving down the road.We begin our installation by plugging in our wiring adaptor.


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