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Trailer brake controller install help
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So I've been putting off on the trailer brake controller for awhile, which I know isn't smart, since I'm pulling about 2800lbs.

Was about to pull the trigger on one yesterday while at camping world. There was one about $69, and on the package it says quick connect easy install. So I asked a guy working there real quick about how simple it was and if I would need a certain adapter harness.

He said, I had to do all kinds of wiring into my system, that it would take about two hours, its not very fun, and immediately when to how that particular control wasn't very good, and they could do an install for $200 and he recommends a more expensive controller.

Right about it sounded like nothing more than him trying to sell me more than I need and get an additional $200 out of me. 

Does it sound like a bunch of crap from camping world? Or are there brake controllers that are easy and quick to install??
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depends on what you are trying to install it on. some vehicles come prewired for them some don't. some you need an adapter harness(vehicle specific) some don't. so in other words, it depends. do you have a 7way plug already installed? how many wires come out of it? highdesertranger
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Only think I know is it came with a Tow package, Its a ford 2000 E150
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if it has the factory 7waytrailer connector then it's prewired. be careful with the Ford wiring. read the instructions carefully and follow them exactly, there are 2 types of Ford factory wiring. highdesertranger
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My 2017 Ram 1500 came prewired. Only had to by a Y adapter got the 7 pin plug cuz we added a connector over the wheel well for the 5th wheel. Under the dash was also just plug and play. Get a prodigy controller. I think mine is a P3 and it works excellent.

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Well lucky for me the wife knows more about wiring than I do, so hopefully it won't be too much of a headache.
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Your Ford E-150 MIGHT (emphasis) have the connector under the dash, and either a 4 pin or 7 pin connector...and if so, you might only need an adapter and brake controller that plugs in under the dash, and then you might also need to have a separate brake cable run to the rear trailer connector.

Here is a place to look for info:

https://www.etrailer.com/bc-2000_Ford_Va...ory+4-Flat
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(12-20-2017, 10:32 AM)tx2sturgis Wrote: Your Ford E-150 MIGHT (emphasis) have the connector under the dash, and either a 4 pin or 7 pin connector...and if so, you might only need an adapter and brake controller that plugs in under the dash, and then you might also need to have a separate brake cable run to the rear trailer connector.

Here is a place to look for info:

https://www.etrailer.com/bc-2000_Ford_Va...ory+4-Flat

That was the impression I was under, because I've seen where some just plug into the connector under the dash. Whether its the proper connector I'm not sure. Right now trying to pinch pennies so trying to avoid buying a controller and paying $200 for it to be installed. lol
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I looked til I was Blue in the face for the junction that my friend said was most likely there to make the installation plug n play. Couldn't find it, so off to UHaul I went. I asked the tech there what the difference was between the cheapest and most expensive. He said just fancier on the more money units, but they all did basically the same thing. Come to find out my 03 B2500 Dodge was not pre-wired, and the unit had to be hard wired in. I think all total was less than $150. BTW, I had a 7 pin commercial style plug installed with the class 3 hitch, and was done in Vegas for an additional cost, so I wont have any problem connecting to most trailers. My trucker friend recommended that.
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