Adding electric brakes...bought wrong parts?

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  1. barrientosbunch

    barrientosbunch Member

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    What else do I need to buy? We need to add something to our TV to allow the brakes on the pop up work when the TV slows and stops. We ordered this: Universal Installation Kit for Trailer Brake Controller - 7-Way RV and 4-Way Flat - 10 Gauge Wires through etrailer. My husband says I ordered the wrong thing. Can someone keep me out of the doghouse?

    We have a 4-way flat, but the Starcraft has a 7 pin. Husband is an electrician by trade and wants to do this himself. He said we need a "controller". Which one do we get?

    Thanks for ANY help!

     
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    PopUpSteve Administrator

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    Yup, you need a break controller.
     
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    Where do I get one? Any suggestions? We are newbies to this adventure.
     
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    tombiasi Well-Known Member

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    Same place you got the other stuff.
     
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    PopUpSteve Administrator

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    Etrailer! They have a lot of info to help you pick the correct unit for your TV & Camper.
     
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    kcsa75 Well-Known Member

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    I would suggest you call eTrailer. They should be able to get you lined out with everything you need. [:)C]
     
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    jmkay1 2004 Fleetwood/Coleman Utah

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    Just throwing this out there in case I misread your message, but if your car has the 4 flat pin this will need to be changed to a 7 pin in order for the breaks to work also. The 4 pin connector will not have the break line wire needed. I’m not sure what will be needed to change it to the 7 pin I believe there were extra wires that would need to be run all the way back. Then once you get your. Tow vehicle connector changed then you will need a break controller in order for the breaks to operate when you apply yours.
     
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    A breakaway switch and a battery for the pup is a good idea also.
     
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    I got the P2 on recommendation of my boss. They have different ones in various work trucks and he said he liked the ease of use of the P2 best and it works great.
     
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    What is the different between Tekonsha P2 and P3 Electronic Brake Controllers?
     
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    Toedtoes Well-Known Member

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    From what I can tell, the p3 offers five saved settings so you can tow different trailers. And it offers different customized boosts - the p2 only has electric over hydraulic. That was just a quick read so I may have missed something.
     
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    theseus Centerville, OH

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    The only difference between the P2 and P3 is the screen and the P3 can store different settings for different trailers.

    I have had P2 for over 10 years and love it. What ever you get, DO NOT get a time-based controller. Proportional only please...
     
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    Grandpa Don Well-Known Member

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    I got this controller for my truck. It is a little involved to install it, but if your husband is an electrician he can do it. It taps into you Stop light switch in your car and also taps into you battery. I installed mine on my 2007 Ford Ranger without any problems. There is even a video to watch how to do it step by step. The 7-wire receptacle mounts on the rear of your car and your 4 wire flat connector plugs right into it. So there is no need to do anything with your TV wiring. The blue wire in the connector is for your trailer brake system. Some vehicles have a place to plug in an adapter right into the vehicle wiring harness. The best thing for you to do is as they stated above. Call eTrailer at 800-298-8924. Tell them what you have and what you want to do. Then do as they say.
     

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