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Old 10-23-2017, 07:39 PM   #1
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brake controller electric

if I plan to pull a tow dolly with my Honda civic and my tow dolly has a electric brake, do I have to install a brake controller on my class c

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Old 10-23-2017, 07:45 PM   #2
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Yes. The controller is what controls the amount of application of the brakes.

On a gentle stop it will supply less voltage to the dolly brakes, then during a hard stop.

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Old 10-24-2017, 06:23 AM   #3
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Interesting. Your profile says you have a 2017 Thor Freedom Elite. Some etrailer posts (here's a link to one) indicate that Thor may have altered the Ford dashboard and it wiring such that a plug-an-play controller will not work.

I like plug-and-play. It's fast, allows for replacement without rewiring, and is easier for the next owner to use. I recommend not cutting into the Ford wiring until you've absolutely determined it's necessary.

Ordinarily you would find the trailer electric brake controller connector (for your 2016/7 E-series cutawaychassis) attached to the rear of the coin tray in the dash. See these posts for details:

Electric brake control harness in E-450
Electric brake control harness in E-450

Look behind that tray and let us know what you find.

If the Ford connector is there, you may have the choice to use the Ford factory-built controller. If you want to use a non-Ford controller, the Prodigy P3 is a popular model.
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