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Trailer Brake Controller

Discussion in 'Towing' started by sn49750, Jul 15, 2020.

  1. Jul 15, 2020 at 3:39 PM
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    sn49750

    sn49750 [OP] New Member

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    I just bought a new Tacoma and was disappointed that they no longer come with a brake controller connection like my 2015 Tacoma had. (The brochure said that the Tow Package is standard on the V6 but apparently not the exact same specs as the optional Tow Package for the 2015)

    The dealership wants to charge $500 to add the controller saying that they would need to wire it in to the trailer electrical connector.

    Does anyone have a better way or can I do this myself? I believe the Tundra has this built-in and I wish they did that on the Tacoma...
     
  2. Jul 15, 2020 at 3:45 PM
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    VirusCage

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    I would double check that. I know many models including my 17 sport just need the short pigtail to connect the controller. Check etrailer
     
  3. Jul 15, 2020 at 3:49 PM
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    VirusCage

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  4. Jul 16, 2020 at 1:09 PM
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    fredgoodsell

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    Your truck has a plug for a brake controller for sure. It is tucked up in a bunch of other wiring under the driver side kick panel.
     
  5. Jul 16, 2020 at 3:56 PM
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    EastCountyTaco

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    Don't give up! I have the towing package and could not for the life of me find it. I was convinced mine was missing, but sure enough it was deep behind all the wiring. It is there!
     
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  6. Jul 16, 2020 at 10:07 PM
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    brtnstrns

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    Same. 2020 and I started freaking out trying to find my window sticker to make sure I wasn't crazy about the truck coming with a trailer package. Finally found the thing tucked way up towards the firewall completely hidden behind the other harnesses.

    The install videos and pictures made it seem to easy to find but I totally thought it was missing when I first went searching for it.
     
  7. Jul 17, 2020 at 4:54 AM
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    Gfunk123

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  8. Jul 19, 2020 at 11:19 AM
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    Armed in Utah

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    Good info.....I'm looking to install one in my '14

    I know where to buy it.....just looking for suggestions on brand/features etc

    TIA !
     
  9. Jul 19, 2020 at 11:50 AM
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    EastCountyTaco

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    I couldn’t be happier with my redarc elite. The box hides behind the dash and leaves you with just a knob on your dash. The only solution that looks factory
     
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  10. Jul 19, 2020 at 11:55 AM
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    Armed in Utah

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    Thx.....

    looks like the P3 Tekonsha gets good reviews too......

    Along with being $150......need to buy 2 units
     

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