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Old 07-25-2007, 11:48 AM
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My new rig has electric brakes and the standard round 6 prong RV connector.

I need to get a controller as all I currently have on my Yukon is the flat 4 prong plug for the lights. Any advice on what to get to make this easy. Looks like if I get any controller and them hook into something like this at the end I should be all set...right? Do I need anything else (My 96 Yukon has no prewiring or connectors for the brakes).

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Old 07-25-2007, 01:56 PM
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Grunt,
Is this for your boat trailer??
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Old 07-25-2007, 02:03 PM
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Old 07-25-2007, 02:11 PM
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Does the trailer end use a 6 pole connector? Most use a 7 way round and the connectors (don't know the term) are flat and not round like the pole connectors.
I have electric over hydraulic brakes and would recommend a prodigy brake controller. I went with a cheap controller because I don't use my jeep to tow the vehicle, just to dunk her in the water via the ramp at the marina and wanted to make sure I did not get pulled in backwards.

I went with the 7 way which connected to the 4 pin flat and then I had to splice in connections for a couple of other wires, one of which was to provide power to the battery on the trailer. I bet if you shoot an email to Steve Quincy at East Coast Trailer's (former THT vendor) he'd probably help you out.

On a side note, this weekend I connected the trailer to my wife's BMW SUV to test the lights on the trailer and sure enough the BMW controlled the brakes without the need for a brake controller. Basic but still pretty cool.
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Old 07-25-2007, 02:24 PM
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Yep

Sorry - It is the standard RV type connector - 6 flat spade type pins around the edge and one round in the middle.

My son has a Brake Force ($60.) that seems to be working fine so far. I'll report back over time on the durablilty of the straight electric (no hydraulic) system, since, as we all know water and electricity don't mix... Our vehicles seem to be able to handle the trailer without brakes but it is over 3,000 and we needed them to get registered (here in CT) and in an emergency I think its good to have.

Thanks for the advice!!!

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Old 07-25-2007, 02:39 PM
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Should work just fine. I have the 7 round and the 7th wire is for an aux connection but I don't think it could handle the juice required by my power winch so in essence I am using only 6 out of the 7.

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Grunt, May I ask why you would want electric brakes for a boat trailer?? I see a lot of trouble on the horizon. Unless, maybe if you disconnect when at the ramp, it won't matter much.
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Old 07-27-2007, 09:16 AM
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It just has electric brakes. About 20% of boat trailers now have them. It would probably not be my first choice. Yes we do disconnect at the ramp as we don't really need them except for emergencies and to be legal. Supposedly they are specifically designed with materials and connections for a marine environment. Time will tell!
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