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Off Subject.....Wiring trailer brakes on my truck!

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JDM

08-24-2001 17:37:12




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Gots a 98 K-1500,Z-71.Need to get it wired up for trailer brakes.Book says the wires are there and just need to be hooked up.Have all but one fiqured out,the wire for the brakes on the trailer.If I hook it up where the book says,its like stright wiring the brakes and they stay locked,so I know that aint right.(Seems as though a remember the guy at the Chevrolet place saying something when I got it about something like that).Anyways,where does this wire need to go?(For those of you who have already done this,and its the same on most of the Chevy trucks,WHERE DOES THE BLUE WIRE GO?)

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rexxon

08-26-2001 04:51:51




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 Re: Off Subject.....Wiring trailer brakes on my truck! in reply to JDM, 08-24-2001 17:37:12  
just hooked mine up two days ago ran in to same problem, so we returned to old way of hooking blue wire. find your stop light switch tap into cold(should be white was on my 97 k-1500) side,check with light should only be hot with pedal depressed



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David A. Laughead Jr.

08-24-2001 18:37:24




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 Re: Off Subject.....Wiring trailer brakes on my truck! in reply to JDM, 08-24-2001 17:37:12  
Hi there, When I got my '98 Z71 I bought one of those T adapters to plug into the vehicle wireing to get turns signals and tail lights. That comes out in a 4 way flat plug. I think it was around $15. Then I got a 4 way flat to 6 way round adapter that you just plug in the other wires for electric brakes. and constant power. They run around 20 bucks. (somehow I got mine for about $14) I didn't use any factory wireing for the brakes of constant power. I ran a wire up into the dash to the electric brake controller. and then another to the battery(fused) for constant power) You should be able to pick up a decent electric brake controller for around $60. Maybe look on ebay for one. From your description you have just hooked up your blue(elec brakes) wire staright to the battery which would cuase the brakes to be on at full power all the time. the other posibility is that you have the electric brakes and the constant power pins reversed. Some manufactures do reverse those 2 pins. Email me if you need more help.

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JDM

08-25-2001 01:36:45




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 Re: Re: Off Subject.....Wiring trailer brakes on my truck! in reply to David A. Laughead Jr., 08-24-2001 18:37:24  
According to the book,the blue wire attaches on a fused post under the hood with the orange wire beside it for constant power.But I know the blue connection isnt right.Checked with a volt meter and 12 volt power to both post.I do have the orange wire attached to the post and coupler for my camper,so that one is fine.Im getting really ticked off that nothing is matching up right.One book says this,one book says that..........ARGHHH!

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Farmer Bob

08-24-2001 18:17:56




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 Re: Off Subject.....Wiring trailer brakes on my truck! in reply to JDM, 08-24-2001 17:37:12  
JDM, Bigdog is correct. Visit your local autoparts store or trailer outlet and they should be able to fix you up. The Trailer outlet may even hook it up for you for next to nothing. They do it all the time for customers. Who knows, maybe if you leave with a warm fuzzy feeling, they will remember you the next time you go trailer shopping.

I'd like to also recommend that you buy an extra set of magnets for the trailer brakes and carry them with you when you pull the trailer. They can go bad and it saves a big headache to have a spare with you.//FB

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Bigdog

08-24-2001 18:01:07




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 Re: Off Subject.....Wiring trailer brakes on my truck! in reply to JDM, 08-24-2001 17:37:12  
Have you installed a brake controller? Sounds like you have the type that needs a controller that operates from your vehicle brakes.



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JDM

08-25-2001 01:19:30




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 Re: Re: Off Subject.....Wiring trailer brakes on my truck! in reply to Bigdog, 08-24-2001 18:01:07  
On my truck,according to he book,there is a box under the dash for the controller to plug into.Truck came with all of the plug ins to attach to the controller,so that if I want to have it on a tempory moubnt situation,all I have to do is unplug it.Which becuase Im pretty tall anyway,I fiqured would be good.Last truck I had,I kept hitting my knee on the controller.All the wires are connected right for the trailer as far as lightd go and I have the aux. power wire for my camper hooked up as well which up to now has been fine.I have attached the wire to the brakes in the conecter on my truck and when I made the last connection under the hood and went to pull off,the trailer wheels were locked up so had to disconnect that wire for the time being.Guess Ill have to start from scratch on this one.

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David A. Laughead Jr.

08-25-2001 10:59:44




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 Re: Re: Re: Off Subject.....Wiring trailer brakes on my truck! in reply to JDM, 08-25-2001 01:19:30  
Maybe then your AUX power wire and brake wire are reversed on the trailer side of things. What kind of connector are you useing? 7 way RV or 6 way pin? Please email me at daljr@voyager.net and I can send you a diagram of what the pins should be.



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Kenny Christopherson

08-24-2001 17:51:05




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 Re: Off Subject.....Wiring trailer brakes on my truck! in reply to JDM, 08-24-2001 17:37:12  
We just stuck with surge brakes. They work just as good, if not better... When you step on the brakes, the hitch coupler has a sensor, and it automatically turns on the trailer brakes.. pretty nifty little deal if you ask me!



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JDM

08-24-2001 17:56:22




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 Re: Re: Off Subject.....Wiring trailer brakes on my truck! in reply to Kenny Christopherson, 08-24-2001 17:51:05  
Trailer was equiped with electric brakes when I got it.Not going to spend a small fortune to change it.



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