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Old 03-30-2011, 05:54 PM   #29
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The person who did mine had the parts but you might want to check with the person you are hiring as to what they plan on charging you for them.
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Old 03-30-2011, 06:10 PM   #30
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One hopefully final question - it seems that the wiring kit (Brake Controller 7 & 4 Way Installation Kit - 10 Gauge etrailer Brake Controller ETBC7 ) is designed for someone who is going to do it themselves and that a professional who would install a brake controller would have these parts. Does anyone know if that is correct? I don't mind buying the kit, but it might save some money (or not!) not to.
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You are correct, the kit is for the DIY'er. Any good professional would have all the necessary parts required to do the job.
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Old 03-30-2011, 06:23 PM   #31
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One hopefully final question - it seems that the wiring kit (Brake Controller 7 & 4 Way Installation Kit - 10 Gauge etrailer Brake Controller ETBC7 ) is designed for someone who is going to do it themselves and that a professional who would install a brake controller would have these parts. Does anyone know if that is correct? I don't mind buying the kit, but it might save some money (or not!) not to.
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That is the exact same kit i purchased to install myself in a newer ford van that did not have the plug and play setup for a seven pin plug...... the double 10 gauge wire is a must. The person that is doing the installation may have all these parts already and have no need for yours so just print out that page with the supplies and ask if they would like you to purchase it. Like the previous poster it took me all weekend to install and run the wiring and i knew also what i was doing.... it's definitely a good kit for the installation.
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Old 03-30-2011, 09:12 PM   #32
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Thank you all! I've ordered the Tekonsha Prodigy P3 (I would have been fine with the P2, but the P3 was on special for $101 - $114 wish shipping to CA if anyone is interested from rvpartsoutlet.com).
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Old 03-30-2011, 09:49 PM   #33
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Hi Jane,
I paid just $38 for mine at Amazon.com and it doesn't need to be installed horizontally -- any postion is fine. I've been very happy with it, but then I've never had a brake controller before. I'll look at it tomorrow for brand & model. I think there are optional plug-n-play pigtails for it as well, but neither of my vehicles were designed for plug-n-play so I had to wire it myself.
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Old 03-31-2011, 06:42 PM   #34
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Hello All,
We've found our TV - a 2000 Toyota Tundra V8 with the tow package and so we now need an electric brake controller.
Hi Jane,
I'd sugest the P3. More than you need for an egg - but for the few extra $ it will cover anything you may ever want to tow or tow with. I got a good deal from Mantelli Trailers that sold it with an extra mounting bracket and wiring kit.

Keep in mind, that you may change TV's or trailers in the future and this one covers just about everthing. Even though it may be overkill for your current needs, it suits mine quite nicely both now and in the future.
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Old 04-09-2011, 10:48 AM   #35
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Thank you all! I've ordered the Tekonsha Prodigy P3 (I would have been fine with the P2, but the P3 was on special for $101 - $114 wish shipping to CA if anyone is interested from rvpartsoutlet.com).
Hi, Jane!

Maybe you already know about this, but in case you don't...
When putting in the wiring you might think about installing a battery isolator under the hood of your tow vehicle. It's an inexpensive addition, and it shuts down (only) the T.V. charge line power connection to the trailer when your ignition is off. (Trailer battery still works).
No dead T.V. battery if parked with trailer hooked up!

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Old 04-09-2011, 01:56 PM   #36
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Good point Francesca! I installed one, friend did not. I've never had a dead battery due to trailer hooked up while sitting, he has.
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Old 04-09-2011, 03:42 PM   #37
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I'd be nervous about installing it myself! Hopefully it's not expensive to have it installed.
Jane,

After a closer look...
You may have other issues with your vehicle wiring.
Did you get a manual with your Casita? If not, you can download one for free (personal use only-no sharing!) at http://www.casitaforum.com/invboard/...h__1#entry3643
You have to join their forum to see the posts, docs, etc.
The manual shows your Casita plug as equipped with both charging and backup light pins in addition to those for brakes and taillights.
The 4-flat plug you describe as part of the "factory tow package" on your Tundra suggests to me that your vehicle lacks not just a brakepower line, it also needs a charging line and a backup light connection. These (and isolator) should be installed at the same time as your brake controller wiring if you expect the above functions.
My recommendation is to have this work done professionally as wiring problems can emerge very mysteriously once you start fooling around with the systems, and you'll have a go-back-to if something malfunctions down the road.
Or, heaven forbid, ON the road!

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Old 04-09-2011, 10:11 PM   #38
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I don't even think 4 pins support a brake setup.
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Old 04-09-2011, 11:00 PM   #39
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I don't even think 4 pins support a brake setup.
Good catch, Greg!

I meant to make that point- I went back to the post and tried to make it clearer.


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Old 04-10-2011, 08:08 AM   #40
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4 pin controls blinkers/hazards, running lights, brake lights and a ground wire....that's it
It (the 4 pin) lacks a brake control wire and positive charging wire and optional back-up (acc) wire.
Two twelve gauge wires will have to be run from the front of the vehicle to the rear plug (7 pin) for the brakes and positive (+) charge wire. The extra (7th) center pin is for backup lights or whatever you may want (most don't use it)
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The extra (7th) center pin is for backup lights or whatever you may want (most don't use it)
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Since you probably won't have the trailer at the installer's shop (how can you tow it there without a light connection?) they may not know your Casita has backup lights, a valuable safety feature given the blind spots behind a travel trailer. Make sure to tell them that you want that circuit wired since as Joe points out it isn't something that's an automatic part of the procedure. That connection can probably be made at the rear of the tow vehicle.

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Old 04-10-2011, 11:32 AM   #42
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Thank you all! I appreciate the information! I'm going to take the TV to the auto place this week and I'm going to take the Casita manual with me and point out what you all have and ask for a battery isolator. I don't know where I'd be without you!
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