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Old 06-30-2014, 02:06 PM   #1
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Extreme Newbie with brake controller question

Hi! We have a 1995 Damon Challenger (new to us) and just purchased a Steihl tow dolly and need to install a brake controller. We can't seem to find out whether or not we have to "wire" the motorhome for a Tekonsha P3 Electronic Brake Controller. The MH does have a reese hitch so I am thinking there may be connection already set up for towing. I hope this makes sense! Thanks!!!
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My '99 didn't have a harness...had to run 3 wires up front & a very long heavy gauge wire all the way back...works great.
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Are you sure your dolly doesn't have a surge brake? My Stehl dolly did.
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No not a surge brake. Definitely electric brake system.
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What chassis is your Damon built on? If it's a Ford chassis it's possible the wiring is already there. I had a 1995 Ford truck that was wired from the factory for a brake controller. Our 2001 Winnebago Adventurer on the Ford F53 chassis was wired for a controller. There was a plug under the dash and wires run to the rear of the Ford supplied chassis. The wires ran down the drivers side frame rail. All of them except the brake wire (#10 light blue wire) were terminated in the trailer socket at the rear of the coach. For some reason Winnebago chose not to extend the brake wire to the socket. I found it taped off inside the wiring harness at the rear of the original Ford supplied frame. I had to add about 4' of wire to extend it to the trailer socket.

The plug under the dash may be different than the socket in the rear of the controller. Tekonsha makes a chassis specific jumper harness for Dodge, Workhorse/Chevrolet, Ford and other brand chassis. They cost about $15.00 and are available from most retailers or online from Tekonsha.
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Sorry, should have provided that information. It is a Chevy 454 Workhorse chassis. We were quoted 500.00 to install the brake controller. Does that sound reasonable? I thought it a little steep. Donnie is very handy but intimidated by all the wires and not quite sure where to begin. Thank you!!
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Totally UNREASONABLE.

Brake controller comes with easy step by step instructions.

Do it yourself.
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