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Old 03-30-2009, 06:11 PM   #1
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Brake Controller

OK Guys. I am going to attempt to put a brake controller in my 2002 Brave. The factory plug is a six pin. My question is where to run the blue wire for trailer brakes. Should I use the "back up lights" pin on the original plug since the trailer does not have back up lights. I usually pay some one to do this, but decided to to this myself. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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Old 03-30-2009, 07:21 PM   #2
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Brake control

Short answer is: A round 6 way plug has no provision for reverse lights. The center pin is sometimes used for brakes but not always.

Long answer is: Too long to type. I sent you a PM.
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Old 03-30-2009, 07:25 PM   #3
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I got your pm. Might take you up on that. When I looked at the wiring diagram for the plug, it stated that it had reverse lights. I have had towing vehicles for the last 25 years and never put a controller in myself. This cannot be too difficult
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Old 03-30-2009, 07:28 PM   #4
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Electric trailer brakes can draw high current. If using existing wiring not originally intended for brakes, make sure it is heavy enough gauge for the maximum current the brakes will likely draw.
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I always oversize any wiring I do. Better to be safe than sorry!!
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Ralph, I just looked at the plug diagram in my owner's manual, It says the center pin in the back up lights
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I think I need to find out what slot on the horse trailer plug is the electric brake. That will determine what I have to do. ( I think)
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Is your 6 way plug round (5 small pins around the same size pin in the middle)? Usually the middle pin is 12V constant power. Many times on stock or horse trailers this is the electric brake pin. You usually don't see reverse light pins until you get into 7 way plugs as on the following. http://www.marksrv.com/wiring.htm

Here is a 6 way plug. http://www.rvupgradestore.com/browse...ble-Guard.html
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Old 03-31-2009, 02:56 PM   #9
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Ralph, The plug on my motorhome is as follows:

Start at top and go clockwise:

1. tail lights
2. ground
3. Left turn
4. Right turn
5. Brake lights
center pin--Backup lights
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I'd go with the Pollock/Bargman 7-pin flat connector that's the de facto standard on current trucks and SUVs that come with the trailer tow package. That should give you the most "plug and play" flexibility to tow most trailers. Wire the pins by function - color coding probably won't match what's shown below.



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What toad brake system will you be using? Some have TWO wires that need to go between MH and toad. US Gear has blue wire for controller and a "hot wire" to toad battery for charging purposes.
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What toad brake system will you be using? Some have TWO wires that need to go between MH and toad. US Gear has blue wire for controller and a "hot wire" to toad battery for charging purposes.
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I think he wants to tow a trailer, not a car.
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