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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.

Find your custom fit brake controller wiring adapter for a plug-in application by selecting the year of your vehicle to the left. We offer custom fit plug in adapters for many of the most popular vehicles, including Ford, Chevrolet, Dodge, GMC, Nissan, and Toyota.





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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 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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




Brake Controller Videos


Best 2012 Ram 3500 Trailer Brake Controller Options

Speaker 1: Today we're gonna be taking a look at the best brake controllers available for the 2012 Ram 1500, 2500, and 3500. Now these brake controllers we're selected for several reasons one being ease of use, the second reason is kind of our feeling about them here in shop which ones we like and had success with, which ones we don't so much, and thirdly all of our customer feedback, all of the reviews that we get on it. We went through, kind of selected the best of the best, the ones that give us kind of all of those features wrapped into one.Now all of the brake controllers that we're gonna look at today are proportional controllers. It's a newer technology available and it really is just a lot better than what the time delayed systems used to be. Basically with a time delayed system it was pre programmed when your brakes would engage so you'd hit the brake in your vehicle there might be a pause before the brakes on your trailer actually engage.With the proportional controller we don't have to worry about that, if we hit our brakes on our truck our brakes are gonna start being applied and they're gonna be applied in proportion to how we're braking in our truck. When we hit the brakes hard they're gonna apply the brakes more heavily, if we hit the brakes lightly it's gonna sense that and it's gonna apply the brakes more lightly.


Best 2011 Ram 3500 Trailer Brake Controller Options

Speaker 1: Today we're going to be taking a look at the best brake controllers available for the 2011 Ram 1500, 2500, and 3500. Now these brake controllers we're selected for several reasons, one being ease of use. The second reason is kind of our feeling about them here in the shop, which ones we like and have success with, which ones we don't so much. And thirdly, all of our customer feedback, all of the reviews that we get on it. We went through, kind of selected the best of the best, the ones that give us kind of all of those features wrapped into one.Now all the brake controller is that we're going to look at today are proportional controllers. It's a newer technology available, and it really is just a lot better than what the time delayed systems used to be.


Best 2010 Ram 3500 Trailer Brake Controller Options

Speaker 1: Today we're going to be taking a look at the best brake controllers available for the 2010 Ram 1500, 2500, and 3500. Now these brake controllers we're selected for several reasons, one being ease of use. The second reason is kind of our feeling about them here in the shop, which ones we like and have success with, which ones we don't so much. Thirdly, all of our customer feedback, all of the reviews that we get on it. We went through kind of selected the best of the best, the ones that give us kind of all of those features wrapped into one. Now all the brake controllers that we're going to look at today are proportional controllers.


Best 2012 Ram 2500 Trailer Brake Controller Options

Speaker 1: Today we're going to be taking a look at the best brake controllers available for the 2012 RAM 1500, 2500, and 3500. Now these brake controllers we're selected for several reasons, one being ease of use. The second reason is kind of our feeling about them here in the shop. Which ones we like and have success with, which ones we don't so much. And thirdly, all of our customers feedback, all the reviews that we get on it. We went through kind of selected the best of the best, the ones that give us kind of all of the features wrapped into one.Now all the brake controllers that we're going to look at today are proportional controllers.


Best 2011 Ram 2500 Trailer Brake Controller Options

Speaker 1: Today we're going to be taking a look at the best brake controllers available for the 2011 Ram 1500, 2500, and 3500.Now these brake controllers we're selected for several reasons, one being ease of use. The second reason is our feeling about them here in the shop, which ones we like and have success with, which ones we don't so much. Thirdly, all of our customer feedback, all of the reviews that we get on it. We went through, selected the best of the best, the ones that give us all of those features wrapped into one.Now all of the brake controllers that we're going to look at today are proportional controllers. It's a newer technology available and it really is just a lot better than what the time-delayed systems used to be. Basically, with the time-delayed system it was preprogrammed when your brakes would engage.


Best 2012 Ram 1500 Trailer Brake Controller Options

Speaker 1: Today we're going to be taking a look at the best brake controllers available for the 2012 Ram 1500, 2500, and 3500.Now these brake controllers we're selected for several reasons, one being ease of use. The second reason is our feeling about them here in the shop, which ones we like and have success with, which ones we don't so much. Thirdly, all of our customer feedback, all of the reviews that we get on it. We went through, selected the best of the best, the ones that give us all of those features wrapped into one.Now all of the brake controllers that we're going to look at today are proportional controllers. It's a newer technology available and it really is just a lot better than what the time-delayed systems used to be. Basically, with the time-delayed system it was preprogrammed when your brakes would engage.


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