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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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Brake Controller Information Videos

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

Redarc Tow-Pro Elite Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

Speaker 1: Today on this 2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited we will be having a look at and showing you how to install the Redarc Tow-Pro Elite Trailer Brake Controller, part number 331-EBRH-ACCV2. In conjunction with the etrailer ETBC7 kit in order to ease our installation, part number ETBC7.Here's what our Redarc Tow-Pro Elite Brake Controller looks like installed. Once we have it installed it will need to calibrate itself initially and that'll happen with about 20 applications of the brake pedal while the vehicle is in motion. You'll know once it's calibrate when you hook it up to your trailer and you'll have a solid green LED light.Now what's great about this brake controller compared to other proportional brake controllers on the market is that we can mount this virtually anywhere. The Redarc Tow-Pro Elite is also proportional but you can also use it in a user control mode as well. What the user control mode is going to it is going to allow you to have the brakes being applied at all times whenever your foot is on the brake pedal, this will be great for off road applications such as if you're towing an overlaying camper or driving over rough terrain and hills this will allow you to have full control over your brakes without having false activations if you're only putting light pressure on your brake pedal.Another great feature about it is that it's super easy to use.


Redarc Tow-Pro Classic Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

Speaker 1: Today on this 2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, we'll be having a look at and showing you how to install the Redarc Tow Pro classic trailer brake controller. Part number 331-EBRHV2, in conjunction with the etrailer ETBC7 kit in order to ease our installation, part number ETBC7.Here's what our Redarc Tow Pro classic looks like installed. As you'll notice, what's great about this brake controller compared to other options on the market, is this will allow us to control our electric trailer brakes without having a big bulky brake controller mounted underneath our dash, which takes up valuable leg room. Especially in vehicles that have limited space in front of the driver's seat. This is also a great solution for vehicles that have knee airbags underneath the dash because you can't mount a brake controller over the airbag. That would cause a problem if the airbag was ever to deploy.Now what sets this brake controller part from others on the market too, is that this is a completely user controlled brake controller.


Redarc Tow-Pro Classic Trailer Brake Controller Review

Speaker 1: Today we'll be having a look at the Redarc Towpro classic trailer brake controller, part number 331-EBRHV2. Here's where our Redarc Towpro classic looks like installed. As you'll notice, what's great about this brake controller, compared to other options on the market, is this will allow us to control our electric trailer brakes without having a big bulky brake controller mounted underneath our dash which takes up valuable leg room. Especially in vehicles that have limited space in front of the drivers seat. This is also a great solution for vehicles that have knee airbags underneath the dash because you can't mount a brake controller over the airbag. That would cause a problem if the airbag was ever to deploy.Now what sets this brake controller apart from others on the market too is that this is a completely user controlled brake controller.


Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2014 Ram 1500

Speaker 1: Today on our 2014 Ram 1500, we're going to be taking a look at and showing you how to install the Tekonsha Prodigy P2 Proportional Trailer Brake Controller for one to four axles, part number 90885. Now, to help us in our installation, we're going to be using the Tekonsha Custom Wiring Adaptor for trailer brake controllers, part number 3023-P.Here's our Prodigy P2 installed and what it looks like. Now, our Prodigy P2 is a proportional brake controller, which means it's going to apply the brakes in the same intensity at the same time that it senses our vehicle slowing down. That's because it has an internal inertia sensor that's going to detect the deceleration of our vehicle. Opposed to time delay brake controllers, which are just going to have a slight time delay, and they're going to slowly ramp up the power going to your brakes until it reaches the maximum.Now, the one thing that I really like about the Prodigy P2 is that since it is proportional, if we're at a stoplight, we don't want to brake to the maximum power because we're not moving. We don't need that much power going to our brakes.


Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2010 Toyota Highlander

Speaker 1: Today on our 2010 Toyota Highlander we're going to be taking a look and showing you how to install the Tekonsha Primus IQ trailer brake controller, part number TK90160. To help us with our installation we're going to be using the universal installation kit for brake controllers, part number ETBC7. Here's what our brake controller looks like fully installed. We chose to mount ours here on the kick panel right underneath our dash. Now this is a proportional brake controller, and what that means is it's going to activate our trailer brakes based on thee deceleration of our vehicle. It's going to activate immediately without any timed delay.Our brake controller is going to feature a nice easy to read display.


Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2009 Toyota Matrix

Speaker 1: Today on our 2009 Toyota Matrix we'll be having a look at and installing the Tekonsha Powertrac Electronic Brake Controller, part number 39523. All right, here's what our brake controller looks like installed. We have a trailer hooked up to it right now so you can see our LED indicator light. When you're hooked up, you have a green indicator. When you're not hooked up to your trailer there is no light, so you don't have to worry about it distracting you when you're driving your car normally.We have two key features on it. We have our manual override right here and our adjustment knob here for our gain.


Redarc Tow-Pro Elite Trailer Brake Controller Review

Speaker 1: Today we'll be having a look at the Red Arc Tow Pro Elite electric trailer brake controller, part number 331-EBRH-ACCV2.The Red Arc trailer brake controller is a great solution for those looking for a brake controller that is not only proportional, but can be put into a user controlled mode. User controlled settings are great for people that take their trailers off-road, especially if you have an overland camping trailer that you may tow behind a Jeep or other off-road vehicle.This brake controller works with not only electric brakes, but it also works with electric over hydraulic brakes without having to do any adjustment inside your vehicle at all. It'll automatically detect and work properly for both types.Now we'll show you how effective it is while we're driving. One of the great features about the Red Arc brake controller is the fact that it's a very small and compact unit that can be mounted anywhere. As you can see here inside of our Jeep, the only visible part that you're going to see is the actual control knob itself. This control knob is what you use to adjust your power.


Tekonsha Prodigy RF Wireless Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2014 Ford Edge

Speaker 1: Today on our 2014 Ford Edge, we're going to be taking a look at and showing you how to install the Tekonsha Prodigy RF wireless trailer brake controller, part number 90250. Unlike most brake controllers, our Prodigy RF is going to give us a handheld unit that's going to stay inside of our car that's going to be permanently paired to our trailer, rather than having a controller mounted to our dash itself.Here's the unit that's going to pair with that handheld unit inside the car. This is what actually is going to give us all of our braking source and everything. It is a proportional brake controller, which means it's going to apply the brakes to our trailer at the same intensity and at the same time that our car does, opposed to time-delayed brake controllers.What you're really going to like about the fact that it mounts to the trailer instead of inside the car is that, opposed to traditional brake controllers where you have to run your seven way and your wires up to the battery inside, tap into your brake switch and all of that, all we're going to have to provide back at the seven way is a 12-volt power source. So we're not going to have to worry about tapping into our vehicle's braking system because it is wireless.Inside of our box, there's going to be an inertia sensor that's going to determine how much we're slowing down by the deceleration of our trailer. There's also a level in there that's going to compensate for going up and down hills so no matter what angle we're at, we're going to get nice proportional braking.Like most brake controllers, it's going to have the same type of settings.


Redarc Tow-Pro Elite Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Speaker 1: Today on our 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee we'll be having a look at and installing the Redarc Tow-Pro Elite Trailer Brake Controller, part number 331-EBRH-ACCV2.Here's what our brake controller looks like installed. The only part that we're gonna have visible on our vehicle at all is our actual push button here with our control knob. As you can see how small and compact it is this makes it an ideal solution for vehicles that don't have a lot of room in order to mount a conventional brake controller. Also if you don't want to have a brake controller mounted in the conventional spot on the lower right hand portion of your dash board because it interferes with your legs while you're driving this is a great solution for you too. Not only that but you can mount the control knob in a location where it's easy for you to reach and see while you're driving so you don't have to take your eyes off the road.As you can see with the location here of our gear shifter and our knob it is in a great location of where our hand will be resting while we're driving when our hand's not on the steering wheel. If we need to shift gears or adjust our brake controller we can easily do it without moving our arm very far.Now our brake controller has an LED that's built into it which shows you where your currently positioned on your knob, anywhere from zero all the way up to ten.


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