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brake controller install

bobcatnj

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
flemington,NJ
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?
 

EMJ

LawnSite Member
Location
Space Coast, Fl
I depends if your truck is wire for a controller or not. It was a simple plug in install on mine.
 

Rizzo

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Iowa
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.
 
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bobcatnj

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
flemington,NJ
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
 

IA_James

LawnSite Silver Member
Location
Iowa
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.
 

EMJ

LawnSite Member
Location
Space Coast, Fl
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
 

Rizzo

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Iowa
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.
 

Rizzo

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Iowa
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.
 
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