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offroadfun 09-08-2021 09:43 PM

Trailer brake controller
 
So for my next project I'm wanting to add a trailer brake controller. I noticed that there is a blue wire at the trailer plug in the back, but looking under the dash, I can't seem to find any blue wires to connect a controller to. Has anyone else wired in a controller and how did you do it? 2004 Dolphin LX 6342.

chboone 09-09-2021 01:59 AM

If you have the Ford F53 chassis the trailer connector is normally tie wrapped to a wire bundle up high on the right side of the steering column, not easy to find. Mine was covered with a plastic bag and had a label with the wire identification on it. I bought the plug-n-play pigtail for the controller.

offroadfun 09-09-2021 05:27 PM

Mine is the Chevy workhorse chassis.

chboone 09-09-2021 05:36 PM

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Originally Posted by offroadfun (Post 5907920)
Mine is the Chevy workhorse chassis.

If you haven't already asked in the Chevy/Workhorse forum you might try asking there.
https://www.irv2.com/forums/f22/
Probably best to ask the moderators to move your thread there because your not supposed to double post. Ask me how I know that.

offroadfun 09-17-2021 02:16 PM

So nobody here has a brake controller on their coach? Seems odd.

George Schweikle 09-19-2021 06:39 AM

I installed one on our previous MH, and want to put one on the new-to-us 2005 but, like you, can't find the blue wire. This is either so obvious that no one wants or needs to comment, or we need to run a completely new wire, or are just waiting for a response :whistling:

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Originally Posted by offroadfun (Post 5917496)
So nobody here has a brake controller on their coach? Seems odd.


offroadfun 09-20-2021 05:06 AM

Guess Iím going to have to crawl under it and try and chase the wire to see where it goes.

mdka99 09-20-2021 05:33 AM

I use this wireless controller. It works great and I can move it between vehicles.

https://www.curtmfg.com/dm/echo-mobile-brake-controller

offroadfun 09-20-2021 02:28 PM

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Originally Posted by mdka99 (Post 5920485)
I use this wireless controller. It works great and I can move it between vehicles.

https://www.curtmfg.com/dm/echo-mobile-brake-controller

Thank you for that idea!! That is going to make life soooo much easier. Found one on sale for $200. :dance:

David 70 09-26-2021 07:55 PM

My 2000 P-32 the PO had run a wire back already. It seemed it came with a 6 wire plug but it had been changed before I got it. I would look under the hood on the right hand side facing the front and see if there is a bunch of that blue wire tied to something there. Is yours in a bundle with the oem wires or is it a separate wire.

offroadfun 09-27-2021 08:47 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by David 70 (Post 5929173)
My 2000 P-32 the PO had run a wire back already. It seemed it came with a 6 wire plug but it had been changed before I got it. I would look under the hood on the right hand side facing the front and see if there is a bunch of that blue wire tied to something there. Is yours in a bundle with the oem wires or is it a separate wire.

Itís in the factory harness bundle back at the trailer plug.

whalepirot 09-27-2021 09:29 AM

trailer mounted; FANTASTIC SUPPORT
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by mdka99 (Post 5920485)
I use this wireless controller. I can move it between vehicles.

https://www.curtmfg.com/dm/echo-mobile-brake-controller

I bought tried and returned the Curt for four reasons. 1) would not pair to either of my phones (neither, location enabled, as required per Curt), 2)road hazard exposure as it hangs down too low from the angled tow vehicle plug, PLUS the trailer cord, 4) it is secured solely by friction and a thin Velcro strap, 4a) trailer mount (link above) is secure plus, protected from road debris, 4b) USA made, 4c) obvious high quality built, 4c) plug and go with any vehicle with 7 pin connector, 4d) I experienced support (2 cell numbers) from knowledgeable, patient guys, darn near 24/7; also reported in their feedback.

The unit is smart, having internal sensors for decel and only needs power and a brakes-applied signal (blue wire not needed). The degree of braking and any required emergency braking/sway control can be user-altered by a key-fob-sized remote. Most never need to change the former, once the excellent unit is easily calibrated and fine tuned.

I don't need a phone constantly displaying a particular app if my trailer starts to wobble; requiring a dicey, immediate action response.

Yes, it's more expensive but IMO, WELL worth the cost.

offroadfun 09-29-2021 06:27 AM

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Originally Posted by whalepirot (Post 5929737)
I bought tried and returned the Curt for four reasons. 1) would not pair to either of my phones (neither, location enabled, as required per Curt), 2)road hazard exposure as it hangs down too low from the angled tow vehicle plug, PLUS the trailer cord, 4) it is secured solely by friction and a thin Velcro strap, 4a) trailer mount (link above) is secure plus, protected from road debris, 4b) USA made, 4c) obvious high quality built, 4c) plug and go with any vehicle with 7 pin connector, 4d) I experienced support (2 cell numbers) from knowledgeable, patient guys, darn near 24/7; also reported in their feedback.

The unit is smart, having internal sensors for decel and only needs power and a brakes-applied signal (blue wire not needed). The degree of braking and any required emergency braking/sway control can be user-altered by a key-fob-sized remote. Most never need to change the former, once the excellent unit is easily calibrated and fine tuned.
I don't need a phone constantly displaying a particular app if my trailer starts to wobble; requiring a dicey, immediate action response.

Yes, it's more expensive but IMO, WELL worth the cost.

I'm confused by your post. Are you saying the Curt is good, not good? Are you recommending a different unit? :confused:

LETMGROW 09-29-2021 06:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by offroadfun (Post 5932129)
I'm confused by your post. Are you saying the Curt is good, not good? Are you recommending a different unit? :confused:

I thought it was just me. ????????


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