brake controller install question

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by ant, Apr 20, 2011.

  1. ant

    ant LawnSite Silver Member
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    i may look into a open Dual Axel trailer. i would need to reto-fit my truck with a controller due to the trailer having brakes. are they easy to install? i could remember years ago they where a pain but i think the technology has changed.
     
  2. rreyn1812

    rreyn1812 LawnSite Senior Member
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    If you buy the appropriate cable with the controller, it's a snap; just plug everything in. If you use the cable that comes with the truck, then you have to physically wire it up (solder, etc.). I ordered my cable through Amazon.com and plugged it into the controller, and the other end into the truck's pre-wired connector. Job done!
     
  3. Big C

    Big C LawnSite Bronze Member
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    It depends on the year/make/model of your truck. I did a full wired up on my 95 Chevy and it was a pain in the azz....I got it done but I did not save that much money verses letting my trailer dealer wire it up. I bought the controller (Prodgy P2) and installation kit from http://etrailer.com
     
  4. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
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    My C3500HD didn't have the factory tow package so I had to do the wiring to install a controller.

    I just picked a rain-day and did it. Took me 5 hours. The original builder had already installed the brake controller wire to the rear, but I had to install the primary power wire to the back to get constant power to my break-away system.

    I looked on-line for some how-to videos and made sure I did it correctly. It was a PITA, but got it done in 5 hours as I double checked my splices and used heat-shrink connections.

    If you've got the tow package on your truck, then hopefully it's just a simple harness to plug in and go. The only other thing is that you might have the control and power wires bundled in also, but you'll need to find the ends and hook them up on the cab side and bumper side.

    What kind of plug do you have on the bumper now? Just a 4-flat, or is it a 6-7 round plug?
     
    Last edited: Apr 21, 2011

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