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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 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 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 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

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

Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2010 Chevrolet Traverse

Speaker 1: Today on this 2010 Chevrolet Traverse, we'll be having a look at and showing you how to install the Curt trailer brake controller, part number C51110. To ease our installation, we'll also be using the universal wiring adapter for Curt trailer brake controllers, part number C51515, as well as the etrailer.com universal installation kit for electric trailer brake controllers, part number ETBC7. Here's what our brake controller looks like installed. Now the reason you're gonna want to brake controller is this will allow you to use electric trailer brakes on your trailer. Now this is a time delayed brake controller. So what this is gonna do is give you a very affordable solution to control your trailer brakes, as opposed to inaudible 00:00:49 ones, which are more expensive.

Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2015 Ford Transit T250

Speaker 1: Today in this 2015 Ford Transit 250 we'll be having a look at and showing you how to install the Tekonsha Prodigy p2 trailer brake controller, part number 90885 in conjunction with the Etrailer electric trailer brake controller kit, part number ETBC7.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 pocket that it comes with. This is a proportional brake controller and 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. If you're applying more pressure and slowing down more aggressively, it'll apply more power to your trailer brakes quicker as well so you can have a smooth, safe stop there as well.This brake controller will allow you to control up to for axles of trailer brakes, so if you're towing a small trailer or a large trailer it doesn't matter. It'll work great for either one. Also, if you're using an electric over-hydrolic setup on say a boat trailer or a fifth-wheel trailer, this one can still control those.The reason you're gonna want a brake controller for your vehicle is if you're planning on towing a trailer that has electric brakes, you need to have a way to operate them and this brake controller will do just that.

Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon

Speaker 1: Today on our 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon, we're gonna be looking at the Tekonsha Prodigy P3 Trailer Brake Controller, part number 90195. Now to help us get it installed, we're going to be using the universal installation kit for trailer brake controllers with a 7-Way RV and 4-Way Flat Connector, part number ETBC7.So here's what our brake controller's going to look like, once we have it installed. Now the thing I really like about this one, is the fact that it's going to be proportional, which means that our brake controller is going to apply the brakes the same time and intensity to our trailer as we push on them in our car. Now it's going to do that, because it's going to have an internal inertia sensor that's going to detect the slowing down, or the deceleration, and apply the brakes accordingly.It's also going to have a really nice big display. It's going to be easy to read, but also not blinding when we're driving down the road. If we come over to the side here and hit the button, can actually go through and change the display as well as the brake type.

Tuson DirecLink Network Enhanced Trailer Brake Controller Review

Speaker 1: Today we're going to be taking a look at the Tuson DirecLink line of proportional brake controllers. Whenever we're towing a trailer or a camper like we have here, it's important that the brakes are going to be working properly. Whenever we slow down with our tow vehicle, we don't want to rely purely on that to slow our trailer down because we're adding so much extra weight. That's where our brake controller is going to come into play. Whenever we hit the brakes in a tow vehicle, our trailer brake controller is going to take that signal, and transfer it to our trailers, and have it apply the brakes.Now there are either going to be a couple different kinds of brake controllers. We're going to have a time delayed and a proportional brake controller.

Tuson DirecLink Network Enhanced Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2015 Ford F-250 Super Duty

Speaker 1: Today, on our 2015 Ford F250, we're gonna be taking a look at and showing you how to install the Direclink 00:00:05 network-enhanced proportional trailer brake controller, part number 335DL-200NE. To help us with our installation, we're also gonna be using the Tekonsha 00:00:16 plug-in wiring adaptor for electric brake controllers, part number 3034-P.Our Direclink brake controller is gonna be a truly proportional brake controller. It's gonna be plugged directly into our vehicle's computer system, and it's gonna monitor the braking system from our truck and apply them to our trailer.On the main home screen here, we're gonna have our brake scale, and we're gonna be able to adjust it from zero all the way to 20, one being very light, and 20 being very aggressive and heavy brakes. Now, the nice thing about this is that a lot of times, when we're driving down the road, we have a trailer. Going down the highway, you may want a little more brakes, but as soon as you get off the highway, the brakes may tend to lock up. So you're stuck with choosing a setting that'll be kind of good for both, but it's really not what you need.

Tuson DirecLink Network Enhanced Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2009 Dodge Ram Pickup

Speaker 1: Today on our 2009 Dodge Ram pickup, we're gonna be taking a look at the Tuson DirecLink Network Enhanced Trailer Brake Controller for one to four axles. It'll be part number 335DL-200NE. The big benefits of a brake controller communicating with the computer on our vehicle is that it's gonna give us a truly proportional braking. It's gonna be a lot better than the old time-delayed ones, because this is gonna be in real-time, and be a programmed amount of braking. It's not just gonna have a time and then shoot the brakes up. 'Cause if we ease into a stop, we don't want our brakes to mash on our trailer.

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Brake Controller Questions and Answers

  • Brake Controller Recommendation for 2016 Isuzu NPR
  • You can install a brake controller basically in any vehicle but since we don't have a quick-install connector that fits a 2016 Isuzu N-Series like your NPR you'll have to hardwire it. You'll need to start with a 4-way connector like the part # 119190KIT and then convert it to a 7-way so that you can install the brake controller. For that you will want the Brake Controller Install Kit and 7-Way Adapter part # ETBC7. I attached installation instructions and an install video for this product...
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