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 10-03-1999, 00:00 Post: 8487
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Just bought a trailer for my new compact tractor. I thought the electric breaks were hooked up but upon checking they are not. Does anybody know the hookup proceedure. Thanks mike






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 10-03-1999, 00:00 Post: 8489
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It has been many years since I worked on electric brakes. I need more information and maybe newer brakes are totally different. Years ago the towing vehicle had a unit connected to the brake line that varied the amount of current to the trailer brakes. The trailer brakes were essentially electromagnets. Does your towing vehicle have a unit installed to the brake line?






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Thanks for the response.Right now I only have two wires comming out of the break housing. I guess this means I have to buy a break control unit. Any hints. Does this unit go in the vehicle or on the trailer? Thanks MIKE






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The brake control unit goes in the towing vehicle. The one I remember hooked into the vehicle hydraulic brake line and mounted under the steering wheel. The unit also required +12 volts and output a variable voltage depending on how much you pressed the vehicle brakes. The output voltage and ground are the two lines that you hook to your trailer. You should also hook up the tail lights. If you don't know what you are doing, I strongly suggest that you hire someone who does. As I said before, things may have changed a lot since the last time I looked at electric brakes. It was probably 25 years ago. Maybe someone else on the board can give you more recent advice.






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 10-03-1999, 00:00 Post: 8507
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Mike,Any reputable trailer hitch installer can wire up your brakes. You can also do it yourself. will need a controller (which includes the wiring diagram), wire, and 6 or 7 pin connectors for the tow vehicle and trailer. Hope you have a Class III/IV rated receiver hitch on your tow vehicle. If not, have one installed (or do-it-yourself). E-mail me if you have any questions.Steve






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Mike, I've installed a couple of different types of controllers in years past for travel trailers. The older models tapped into the tow car's hydraulic brake system by putting a "T" at the master cylinder, but you shouldn't use that type on some of the newer vehicles with anti-lock brakes. The newer model controllers I've used worked strictly off the electrical power with a pendulum and rheostat. I don't know what part of the country you are in, but if there's a Camping World store near you, they do a lot of these. And, as someone else said, any competent trailer hitch place sells and installs these.






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Mike, I just did the same thing for the trailer I just got to hual my Kubota. I got the brake control unit from Central Tractor for $45.00. There are 4 wires to it and it hooks up to the brake lite switch on the petal. the other wires are power, ground and to the trailer brakes. It took me about one hour to do a neat clean job to install in my Jeep GC. I have a 16ft. with two axles and it works great with the tractor w/loader on it. You can set the trailer brakes for empty or loaded and for hard or soft braking. It is not hard to hook up just follow the insructions and you should be fine. Von






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We did a hook-up for electric trailer brakes about 5yrs ago on an F250 w/ the factory tow package installed. In that case all that was needed was a controler unit (about $90) that plugged into a pre-existing plug under the dash. That was it. There were also mounting holes already under the dash, again from the factory. This may not apply to your tow vehicle, but it may. Check on whether or not the vehicle has the tow package installed (this assumes you bought the vehicle used and were previously unaware that it may have already been wired for electric brakes). I realize you're probably way ahead of me on this so please disregard the post if not applicable to you.






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