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05-14-2007, 09:57 PM
are brake controllers easy to hook up for trailers. i have a 7 x 14 dump trailer and want to put in a brake controller. are they simple or should i go to a trailer shop?

05-14-2007, 10:01 PM
I depends if your truck is wire for a controller or not. It was a simple plug in install on mine.

05-14-2007, 10:07 PM
If it's for your 04 ford then yes. There is an adapter you buy about 16" long that wires to the controller and plugs into a block under the drivers side dash. Plug in a few fuses that are under the hood and your in business. Although the fuses and such are in different places for differernt ford models. If you already have the 7-way plug on the back of the truck then the wiring is already there.

05-15-2007, 07:24 AM
yea i have the towing package on the truck. i also have to wire adapter kit in the dash that the trailer shop ask me if i had for the install

05-15-2007, 08:38 AM
Should be easy then.

05-15-2007, 11:34 AM
Main thing will be picking a spot where you can see and operate the controller without excessive contortion while you're driving. And where you won't hit your knee on it when you climb or drive.

05-15-2007, 09:53 PM
I hope that you are not paying much for the install. It took me a matter of minute to due. It was the first one I did. It is a no brainer

05-16-2007, 09:07 PM
they said 200 with the control and install. what kind of controller are you guys using?

05-16-2007, 10:09 PM
Get a good brand name controller like Tekonsha. I have a Tekonsha Voyager which isn't the top of the line but works very well. I have used cheaper ones in the past and they suck (drawtite). I got my current Tekonsha on ebay for $30 and free shipping used. Look on etrailer.com for brands.

05-16-2007, 10:30 PM
Oh, and don't get one that is time delayed. Make sure it is a proportional controller. Time delayed is no good when you really have to step on the brakes and stop quick as it has no way of sensing how hard you are braking where as the proportional controllers work on inertia and sense how hard you are braking.

05-16-2007, 10:36 PM

05-17-2007, 10:04 PM
seems pretty easy. thanks for the info

05-17-2007, 10:06 PM
No problem. Good luck!

05-18-2007, 09:01 AM
tekonsha PRODIGY is the best one on the market imho. you can get them for about $90ish new and about $10 for the factory harness to plug into your truck without splicing the existing harness.


05-18-2007, 09:00 PM
yea im hearing alot about the prodigy controllers.

05-23-2007, 07:34 AM
i ordered the prodigy. so we will see when it comes in