Originally Posted by Vickie B.
About the brake controller: does that mean all we need to do is purchase the controller, attach it to the dash and plug in the connector, or is there more wiring involved? Sure would be nice if there was something we could do ourselves
The one we did was in 2007, but everything would still be about the same. I haven't done it on mine yet.
Good idea to disconnect the black cable from the battery before starting this proceedure.
Look in the glove box and retrieve the plastic bag containing the "pigtail", instructions, and a yellow
fuse. Don't loose the fuse when opening the bag.
One end of the pigtail will have 4 loose wires and the other end will have a gray female connector with 4 pins inside.
Under the dash on the driver's side, and probably to the left of the steering column, there is a male connector. It most likely will be tapped to another cable with BLUE
tape. The tape may be wrapped around the connector itself, making it hard or impossible
When you find it, unwrap the blue tape, so you can work with it.
Plug it into the female connector on the pigtail.
From this point on, follow the instructions that came with the pigtail, which will also tell you where to plug in that yellow fuse. The controller will also have instructions, referencing which wire to connect to which.
We got the "Prodigy" brand controller from eBay to save a few bucks. It is supposed to be one of the better ones. But, most places that sell utility or camping trailers, also sell controllers.
You will need:
> a crimping tool and some splices, to properly connect the pigtail to the controller.
>a drill and bits to make holes for mounting the controller
>a screwdriver or two
> a 10mm wrench or adjustable wrench to disconnect the battery
We found a place on the bottom of the dash just to the right of the steering column, to mount the controller. There was nothing we could accidently drill into that would cause a problem. It is out of the way from our knees and can still be gotten to for hand operation if necessary.
Once we found the connector under the dash we were finished in about an hour.
If you should decide to have a mechanic do the job, be sure to tell them about how the connector under the dash may be hidden with that blue
tape! That will save a lot of searching time.