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Old 02-22-2016, 03:49 PM   #1
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Electric Brake Controller

I recently bought a used 2003 Sun Valley Roadrunner M130. The gross weight for this TT is 2,910 lbs. The vehicle I have right now is a 2004 Dodge Dakota v6 2.6 Liter 2wd. Being a newbie I did not know that I needed and electric brake controller in my truck. My question is this TT light enough to get by without using the electric brakes? if I do need to get a controller which one should I get? I do plan on getting a new truck, But I would like to take this trailer out this spring before buying a new truck.

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You have electric brakes, an excellent SAFETY feature for you, your passengers, and others on the road, and you want to avoid using it? Why?
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If your trailer has electric brakes- Yes- get a controller

I don't think brand matters. I have a Takonsha that came with my used trailer. Easy to wire into your electrical system. Mine works good & adjusts easily

Good luck with your new rig-hope you enjoy the adventure.
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Thanks for the reply & advice.
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Well I found the blue plug under the dash of my 2004 Dodge Dakota that the controller would connect too. Would the controller at this link be OK?
Reese Brakeman Compact Brake Control for 1 to 2 Axles 74642: Advance Auto Parts

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I do not know about the 04 Dakota wiring.

I would suggest finding info at You Tube, or from the controller manufacturer.

I found a good you Tube video for my 09 GMC- made it very easy.

Just don't hook wires until you know for sure- you don't want to see any smoke!
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I believe the blue plug in the attached picture is for the controller.
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Try this:
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Well I found the blue plug under the dash of my 2004 Dodge Dakota that the controller would connect too. Would the controller at this link be OK?
If you mean will the brake controller work if you plug it into that plug, then it probably will, provided that wiring harness and plug has been properly wired into the fuse block/power supply with the correct fuse/relay.

I towed an 8,000-pound 5er for over 11 years and 100,000 miles with that exact controller, except it was the sister brand DrawTite instead of Reese. Works fine after properly installing it and setting up the controller with the appropriate gain and response time. That's a "cheap" controller, but it works fine if you practice with it and understand the time delay involved.
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For most new pickups produced in the last 10 years or so, an OEM brake controller was optional. Very few pickups included a brake controller as standard equipment.

For example, the F-150 integrated trailer brake controller (ITBC) is included with the Maximum Tow Package, but is optional with the regular tow package, and not available unless the pickup has at least the regular tow package (receiver hitch, wiring harness for trailer plug, tranny oil cooler, etc.).

Savy owners insisted on the OEM ITBC being on their pickup, so a good percentage of F-150s since about the 2008 model year will have the ITBC. If it didn't come from the assembly line with the ITBC installed, a Ford dealer's shop could add it to the truck, provided the truck has at least the regular tow package from the factory.
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My truck had a timed brake control on it when I bought it. I replaced it with a P3, best money I spent. It might have been that my timed control was a cheap one, but I never got it to adjust the way I wanted. I either had a lot or a little brake. Just my 2 cents, get a good one and you won't have to upgrade later.
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