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  • Whats happens if i don't put controller on electric brakes on camper trailer
  • When did they first start putting electric brakes on horse trailers

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    12-05-2011, 10:55 AM
  #11
mls
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Originally Posted by Speed Racer    

My F150 already had the wiring in place, but you still need to mount the controller and connect it to the harness. Not something I'd let just someone without training do, or try to do myself. A lot depends on my truck and trailer brakes working properly, so I leave it to the professionals.

I'd especially leave it to the professionals if the truck didn't come with the tow package already installed.
Yes. Then if there is a problem, you have the professionals to place the issue with instead of trying to get money out of your insurance company.
     
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    12-05-2011, 10:56 AM
  #12
Green Broke
$40 dollars is still to much, but I guess that's what keeps the world going. People seem to get somekinda mental block and refuse to try to figure out anything for themselves. "Hooking up the harness" consists of taking a plug and plugging it into the ONLY thing under the dash that it could possibly plug into. Like I said if you let someone start cutting wires to hook up a generic harness you have seriously messed up. Use the plug and play harness. Taht way when you buy a truck of the same make , most liekly you can use the same harness like I did, unplugged from my 2004 and plugged it in to my 2007. Did it in the dealership parking lot, probably took me 30 seconds to cut the zipties I had holding the wires up, and another 30 seconds to switch it over.
     
    12-05-2011, 11:03 AM
  #13
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I don't need to 'figure it out' when it comes to electrical issues. I don't mess with them on my truck or in my house. Electricity isn't all that well understood even by the people who work with it, so why should I start mucking about with something I know less about than the professionals?

You go right ahead and flark up your own machinery. There's something called 'invalidating your warranty' if you do your own work. But I guess if you have an older vehicle that's not under warranty, it's not an issue.
     
    12-05-2011, 11:05 AM
  #14
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
It cost me $40.00 to have the local trailer place install my digital brake controller. Took about an hour. I don't know where you live, but if someone's charging you $100.00 to install a brake controller, you're being ripped off.

My F150 already had the wiring in place, but you still need to mount the controller and connect it to the harness. Not something I'd let just someone without training do, or try to do myself. A lot depends on my truck and trailer brakes working properly, so I leave it to the professionals.

I'd especially leave it to the professionals if the truck didn't come with the tow package already installed.
This falls into the realm I run into all the time. People don't know what to do so they go pay a professional to do it. The truth is, it's a simple job anyone with even a little bit of know how and ability to read instructions can do. All that holds you back is fear of the unknown.

As already mentioned, most controllers plug straight into a plug that was put there for that purpose or T into an existing plug. All you have to do is buy the right harness for your vehicle, find the plug, plug in your new wiring harness and mount the controller and RV plug.

If you actually have to run your own wires and splice into existing wires and you don't know what you are doing then you should have someone with experience do the job.
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    12-05-2011, 11:10 AM
  #15
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Darrin, what exactly does FEAR have to do with anything?

I didn't have any particular reason to want to do my own install, and I didn't have the desire to invalidate my warranty just so I could say, 'Welp, I did it mahself. Don't need no dang perfessionals tryin' to rip me off!'

Does it make you and Joe feel like big men to call other people cowards and fools just because they don't WANT to do something?
     
    12-05-2011, 11:22 AM
  #16
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Trained
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Originally Posted by Darrin    

As already mentioned, most controllers plug straight into a plug that was put there for that purpose or T into an existing plug. All you have to do is buy the right harness for your vehicle, find the plug, plug in your new wiring harness and mount the controller and RV plug.
Two key phrases in your lecture.

Most - what happens if you are on the outside of that MOST?

All you have to do - MY BIL is a former big shop mechanic - he heard that phrase a lot from the at home garage mechanics who brought in messed up rigs. "It was supposed to be easy . . . "

If a person isn't sure, there is NO HARM in paying to have it done correctly the first time.
     
    12-05-2011, 11:34 AM
  #17
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One day I was putting tile down in my kitchen and my brother called. He asked me what I was doing and when I told him he asked how I learned to do things like that. I explained that I talk to people and read books, etc.

When I asked him what he does when he needs something done, he said "I get estimates".

Some people have the skill set and inclination and others don't - so what.
     
    12-05-2011, 11:38 AM
  #18
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
Darrin, what exactly does FEAR have to do with anything?

I didn't have any particular reason to want to do my own install, and I didn't have the desire to invalidate my warranty just so I could say, 'Welp, I did it mahself. Don't need no dang perfessionals tryin' to rip me off!'

Does it make you and Joe feel like big men to call other people cowards and fools just because they don't WANT to do something?
You got some serious issues, Looks like you are the one that can't handle the truth.
But sure to post an add on craigslist and pay someone $100 bucks the next time you need a toaster plugged in since electricity is so mysterious. People are free to do whatever they like.
The OP asked about help with a specific vehicle. I gave them parts and pictures and a specific place to get detailed instructions for the exact vehicle she has. I also offered encouragement that it is a pretty simple task that can be done at home. Information and advice that was actually much more helpful than your "stick head in sand hand money to shop" response. Obviously the op was looking for help in doing it herself. If she wanted to just pay a shop she wouldnt have been here seaking info. Plenty of people earn a living helping others with tasks they don't or wont undertake themselves. But if someone asks me how to do a very simple easy task that takes less than a few minutes. I am going to tell them how and encourage them to do it. Sorry if that ruffles your feathers. Obviously "You can't handle the truth."
     
    12-05-2011, 11:45 AM
  #19
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Originally Posted by Joe4d    
You got some serious issues, Looks like you are the one that can't handle the truth.

Obviously "You can't handle the truth."
Hmm. Sounds like someone spends too much time watching TV.

Perhaps you could spend some of that time reading. The OP asked if it was possible or should she take it to a mechanic. Folks answered. Just because you don't like a side of the argument does not mean the person offering that side has issues.
     
    12-05-2011, 11:52 AM
  #20
Showing
Joe, you're the one who appears to have a HUGE chip on your shoulder, regardless of the topic. Your answers are always snide, and you seem to enjoy taking potshots at others who don't fall down and worship at the questionable pearls of wisdom you spew.

If the OP isn't familiar with or doesn't want to bother trying to install it herself, she should be able to get opinions from people who don't agree with the 'just do it yourself' crowd, without being insulted.

I hardly think I'm the one with issues. You're a nasty little blighter all the way around. Nothing you've ever posted has been less than rude.
     

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