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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

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.


Redarc Brake Controller 331-EBRH-ACCV2 Review

Speaker 1: Today we're taking a look at the Redarc Tow-Pro Elite Trailer Brake Controller. This brake controller is easy to install and operate. It delivers smooth, safe trailer braking no matter the situation. It offers two modes of braking, allowing you to select the best fit for your current road conditions, vehicle type, or driver preference.What you actually get in the box is what I have laid out here on the table. This right here is just a demo model for demonstration purposes today. Again it does offer two modes of braking.


Tekonsha Prodigy P2 Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Speaker 1: Today on our 2017 Chevrolet Silverado we're gonna be taking a look at and also showing you how to install the Tekonsha Prodigy P2 Trailer Brake Controller for one to four axles and that's gonna be part number 90885. To help us with our installation we're gonna be using the Tekonsha plug in wiring adapter, part number 3016.Here's what our brake controller's gonna look like once we have it installed. The blue light's gonna let us know that it's getting power, however if we apply the brakes it's gonna tell us NC letting us know that our trailer is not connected. Once I hook up my trailer we're gonna have a C letting us know that the trailer is connected. At a quick glance you can already tell if your trailer's hooked up or not.Our Prodigy P2 is gonna be a proportional brake controller and what that means is it's gonna have an internal sensor that's gonna realize how much we're slowing down so when we apply the brakes on our truck it's gonna apply the same amount and at the same time to our trailer. Opposed to time delay brake controllers which are just gonna apply the brakes as soon as you hit the brakes there's gonna be a small pause and then they're just gonna ramp up and apply the brakes to the maximum power.


Tekonsha Prodigy P2 Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Speaker 1: Today on our 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, we're gonna be having a look at and installing the Tekonsha Prodigy P2 Trailer Brake Controller, part number: 90885, in conjunction with our Tekonsha Plug-In Wiring Adapter for Electric Brake Controllers, part number: 3016. Here's what our brake controller looks like installed. We already have a trailer plugged into our truck, so we have a "C" right here, which shows that we have a working electrical connection between the two. If we're trailer we're to ever become unhooked from the back of our truck, or we have an electrical fault, "NC" will be displayed here on the screen to let us know that we have a problem and our brakes on the trailer aren't working.Now, what I really like about this brake controller is that it gives us the functionality in order for us to tow a trailer that has up to four axles, so we can have up to eight electric brakes on our trailer. Also, we have the ability to tow a trailer that has electric over hydraulic brakes with no input required from us at all on the brake controller in order to make the setting change for that to work. It'll happen automatically.


Tekonsha Primus IQ Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Speaker 1: Today in our 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, we'll be having a look at and installing the and installing the Tekonsha Primus IQ Trailer Brake controller, part number TK90160.To ease our install, we'll be also be using the Tekonsha plug in wiring adapter for electric brake controllers, part number 3016.Okay. Here's what our brake controller looks like installed. As you can see, it's easily accessible for us as we're driving, and it's not gonna be in the way of our feet either. We're already connected to our trailer, and when we're connected to our trailer, we have a C, which means we have a proper electrical connection between our truck and our trailer, which means everything's gonna be working properly. If there's a problem, NC will be displayed which means no connection. It either means you have a fault in your wiring on your trailer, or there's something wrong with your truck.Now what sets this brake controller apart from others in the market is its ease of use.


Tekonsha Prodigy P3 Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Speaker 1: Today on our 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, we'll be having a look at and installing the Tekonsha Prodigy P3 Trailer Brake Controller, part number 90195, and to ease our installation, we will be using the Tekonsha Plug-In Wiring Adapter for electric brake controllers, part number 3016.Here's what our brake controller looks like installed. We have ours hooked up to a trailer right now, and when you're hooked up, you see you get an icon of a truck towing a trailer and it shows your current power output going towards your brakes. Since this is a proportional brake controller and we're in park right now, when I step on my brake pedal, we don't get any power being applied because we're not actually moving. There is no false application of the brakes. You have to be moving in a forward direction with your brakes applied.This brake controller will allow you to tow a trailer up to four axles controlling four sets of electric trailer brakes. This break controller will also allow you to control electric-over-hydraulic brakes without any modifications required to the trailer or your brake controller.


Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2012 GMC Acadia

Speaker 1: Today on our 2012 GMC Acadia we're gonna be taking a look at and showing you how to install the Tekonsha Prodigy P2 Trailer Brake Controller for one to four axles, part number 90885. In order to help us get it installed we're gonna be using the universal installation kit for trailer brake controllers, part number ETBC7.Here's what our brake controller looks like fully installed. It's a proportional brake controller, which mean's it's gonna apply the brakes to our trailer in the same amount and intensity as we're applying the brakes to our car. Because there's an internal inertia sensor we're not gonna have to worry about the angle that we mounted in the vertical plane, but we are gonna have to mount it nice and level and in the direction of travel.Now the C on our controller's gonna let us know that our trailer is connected. The blue dial on the left here is gonna be for our power. Our power level's gonna go all the way from zero if I hit the manual override button so we can see it it's gonna go all the way up to 13.


Hayes Brake Controller HA100400C Review

Speaker 1: Today we're taking a look at the Hayes air-actuated trailer brake controller. The brake controller activates your trailer brakes in proportion to your vehicle's braking action. It activates immediately so there's no pausing, like with time-delayed brake controllers. The air-activated controller ties in to your vehicle's air brakes to sense the amount of pressure that you apply to the brakes, so thus, you don't automatically adjust the trailer's braking based on how you depress the brake pedal in your tow vehicle. The rate of brake application can be increased or decreased by turning the controller handle. Also, right here, there's a red LED indicator on the front of the unit that shows when the trailer's brakes are applied, and the light will glow brighter as trailer output increases.


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