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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.

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 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 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

Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2008 Toyota Tacoma

Today in our 2008 Toyota Tacoma, we're going to be taking a look at and installing the Tekonsha Primus IQ Trailer Brake Controller, part number TK90160. Now, it is a proportional brake controller, which means it's going to automatically activate our trailer brakes with the same amount of pressure that our vehicle is slowing down. Since it is a proportional it's going to activate immediately and there's not going to be any pause like with time delayed brake controllers. It's going to feature three different boost settings if we push this button right here. We're going to have boost one, boost two and boost three. Each letting you adjust the initial braking power and aggressiveness. When we are at a stop light as well our brake controller's actually going to prevent the trailer brakes from overheating by reducing the power output to them during prolonged stops. It has this slider bar here, that's for the main override.

Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 1996 Fleetwood Southwind

Today in our 1996 Fleetwood Southwind Motorhome, we'll be having a look at and installing the Tekonsha Prodigy P3 Trailer Brake Controller, part number 90195, in conjunction with the ETBC7 kit, to make our installation easier, part number ETBC7. This brake controller is proportional unit, which can control up to one to four axles of trailer brakes. This is an ideal solution for towing small trailers, all the way up to large trailers. Being a proportional brake controller, it'll give us the braking power relative to the braking power that's being applied in our motorhome, or our car that's doing the towing, so our trailer stops evenly and smoothly behind us. Now, this is equipped with three boost level settings, which gradually step-up the amount of power and initial force of the brakes being applied. So if we have a trailer that we've applied a bunch of weight to, when we pick up some supplies or added cargo to it, we find ourselves not being able to stop as quickly. We can press this button over here to the top right, and gradually increase the power. This brake controller is completely customizable. The bottom right here's or settings button, we press that. We can select our brake type, press okay.

Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2015 Buick Enclave

Today on our 2015 Buick Enclave, we're going to take a look at and show you how to install the Tekonsha Prodigy Pe Proportional Trailer Brake Controller, part number is 90195. To aid in the installation, we're also going to be using part number 3026-P. Now the P3 from Tekonsha is one of the best brake controllers out there on the market right now. It does an excellent job of providing all the braking power you're going to need without overdoing it. The proportional system helps to save wear and tear on your trailer and on your truck by giving us the braking force we need when we need it. In an emergency stop situations where we really stand on our brake very hard, we're going to get that braking force sent to our trailer. The proportional aspect of the controller allows it to do that.

Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2015 Toyota Highlander

Today on our 2015 Toyota Highlander, we're going to take a look at and show you how to install the Tekonsha Prodigy P2 proportional trailer brake controller. This works great for one up to four axles. The part number is 90885. To help us complete the installation, we're also going to be using the electronic brake controller installation kit, part number ETBC7. Now the P2's an excellent solution for providing braking power to your trailer while you're traveling. This is a proportional brake controller, so unlike the time delayed systems we don't have to wait on a preset ramp mode. We don't have to wait for it to engage.

Draw-Tite I-Command Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 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.

Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2016 Ford Transit T250

Today on our 2016 Ford Transit T250, we're going to be showing you how to install the Tekonsha Primus IQ. This is a proportional brake controller designed to work for one up to three axles. It's part number is TK90160. Now this is what the Primus IQ's going to look like installed. This a proportional brake controller, this is going to deliver braking power to your trailer in relation to how your vehicle is braking. What this essentially means is, instead of waiting for brake power to go to our trailer like we typically have to with the time delayed system.

Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2017 Ram 2500

Today on our 2017 Ram 2500 we're going to be taking a look at, and installing the Tekonsha Prodigy P3 trailer brake controller, part number 90195. Now we're going to be installing this in conjunction with 3024-P, which is a Tekonsha plug in wiring adapter for electric brake controllers. So here's what our brake controller looks like fully installed. Now this is a proportional brake controller, which means that it's going to apply the same amount of pressure and force to our trailer brakes at the same time that we're applying our brakes to our vehicle. What's really nice about it being a proportional brake controller is that when we're not moving, and we're not slowing down, say if we're at a stoplight, it's not going to apply any brakes to our trailer, saving our brakes on our trailer from wearing out prematurely. It's only going to apply our brakes when the internal sensor inside of our brake controller senses that we're slowing down. Now if we come to our arrow buttons over here, this is going to be for our gain control and our max power.

Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2016 Chevrolet Express Van

Today on our 2016 Chevrolet Express van, we're going to be taking a look at installing the Draw-Tite Activator IV trailer brake controller, part number 5504. Now we're also going to be using part number ETBC7 and part number 20127 to help us with our installation. Here's what our brake controller looks like fully installed. Now this is a time delayed brake controller, so we have the option of mounting this in any spot or in any direction that we want underneath our dash or above our dash if we'd like. Now it's going to feature an LED display, and it's going to have a red light with a black background. Now over here on the left where it says gain, this is going to be the control that established the maximum power available to our trailer brakes. Now it starts out as low as 0.0, and it's going to go up by 0.5 all the way up to 10. Now over here where it says sync, this is going to control how aggressive our brakes are powered.

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