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Old 03-03-2009, 11:11 AM
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Question anyone install an electronic brake controller?

When my '09 1500 is delivered I'll need to have an electronic brake controller installed to tow my camper. Just wondering if anyone has had one installed and if so what's involved? Is there a wiring harness already available in the truck from the factory to plug the brake controller into or will there be some wiring involved ???

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I am currently installing a brake controller in my ’09 2500. I installed one in my old Ford 350 years ago and it appears to be much the same.

Mine (the controller) has four wires which are color coded. The truck came with a plug and pigtail (found in the glove box with instructions). The female plug is located just above the parking brake pedal. This links to the rear trailer plug so all the hard stuff is already done.

Finding a place to locate the controller was my problem. I’m short ( 5’6”), so by the time I get the seat up where I’m comfortable there is little knee room for the traditional mounting place (under the dash in front of one or the other knee). What I will be doing is just pushing the controller into that little cubby hole just above the radio. I have tried this and it is a snug enough fit that I think it will work out OK. I thought about pulling the dash and running the wiring up through the dash to this location. But, this would entail more dismantling than I wanted to do plus it would mean drilling holes and giving up that space.

I have made up a harness to route the wiring from the plug under the dash, down the channel by the left door sill, and under the driver’s seat. There it will come out through the hole in the carpet for the seat wiring and end in a plug. I am in the process of completing the harness from the controller that will plug into this harness when I am using the trailer.

Yes, when I am using the controller the harness will drape down in front of the radio to the floor. That would not be “clean” enough for some. It could also interfere with a passenger who was sitting in the middle front seat. For me, the pluses out weigh the minuses so I am choosing this option but it might not be acceptable for others. When I am not using the controller it will get unplugged and stored out of the way with only the plug from the front harness showing under the driver’s seat. I only offer it as one option.

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The truck came with a plug and pigtail (found in the glove box with instructions).
Anyone know if this is included in the Ram 1500's or is it part of a package on the 2500? If not anyone have a part# ?
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On the instruction sheet that was in the plastic bag with my plug and pig tail was this Electric Brake Kit (PN 56045795AB REV: A1)

I don’t know if this is specific to the 2500 or not.

This may be part of the towing package, I don’t know for sure.

Hope this helps,

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Anyone else have any experience installing a brake controller on an '09 1500 ?
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That same stuff came with my '07, but I did have the towing package on it so I'm not sure if that was part of the package. My new trailer has hydraulic brakes, so no need for a controller on this truck.
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Anyone else have any experience installing a brake controller on an '09 1500 ?
I installed mine today. It took less than 10 minutes. Buy the wire harness/plug from your dealer's parts department. connect the 4 wires using the instructions from your brake controller and the instructions from your wire harness.

I mounted mine under the dash using the one existing screw just to the right of the E-brake release handle and zip tied the wires to an existing harness to hold them out of the way.

It's pretty simple and straight forward.

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I installed mine today. It took less than 10 minutes. Buy the wire harness/plug from your dealer's parts department. connect the 4 wires using the instructions from your brake controller and the instructions from your wire harness.

I mounted mine under the dash using the one existing screw just to the right of the E-brake release handle and zip tied the wires to an existing harness to hold them out of the way.

It's pretty simple and straight forward.

Corey
That's good news...would it be too much to ask you to post a picture of the install and harness connection?

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That's good news...would it be too much to ask you to post a picture of the install and harness connection?

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If you can throw up a picture that would be great! I would like to see how it looks too!
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Are you asking for a picture of the wiring plug up under the dash or of the controller mounting?

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Why not wait until the 2010 Ram 2500 and 3500 are available? They have the optional built in controller. Looking at the pictures it should mount in the 1500 and wiring shouldn't be any more difficult than an aftermarket controller. Just a thought.
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Are you asking for a picture of the wiring plug up under the dash or of the controller mounting?

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Controller mounted. Pictures are always fun...
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Pictures of my rather unorthodox brake controller mounting here:
http://artshobbyprojects.com/dodgepage1.htm
Go to the bottom of the page. Not necessarily for every one but it works for me.
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That's good news...would it be too much to ask you to post a picture of the install and harness connection?

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I will try to post a picture tomorrow. I've been grading my yard and laying sod for 3 days, and I have at least 2 or 3 more days of work to go! Put the truck and the brake controller to good use though!
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I will try to post a picture tomorrow. I've been grading my yard and laying sod for 3 days, and I have at least 2 or 3 more days of work to go! Put the truck and the brake controller to good use though!
bump...still looking for pictures of brake controllers installed. Post em up if you've got em !!! I got my Tekonsha P3 and wiring harness and just looking for ideas where to mount it.

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I kept the harness out of my '04 Dak and used it in my Ram. mounted it under the ignition down toward me right knee. seems to fit just fine. When I get some pics I'll post.
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Heres pictures of mine...any questions let me know. Trucks dirty...dont judge.



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Did you have to drill a hole in the back for the harness?
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This is where I mounted my controller. It's not the best controller on the market but it works very well and I already had it so I didn't want to buy a new one. There are two screws arleady on the bottom of the dash so I used the one on the left because I could not find a way to mount the controller after mounting the bracket with the screw on the right.

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Did you have to drill a hole in the back for the harness?
The cubby hole is designed in such a way that I had to take my dremel and cut off both sides about 1.5" from the front and almost the hole top. It squeezes in there perfectly. I like the look of it...nice and clean. And if I ever sell the truck the piece shouldnt be too much $$ to replace.
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