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Draw-Tite I-Command Trailer Brake Controller - 1 to 4 Axles - Proportional

Draw-Tite I-Command Trailer Brake Controller - 1 to 4 Axles - Proportional

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Product Expert Kathleen M

Is this right For you? Product Expert Kathleen M says:

Yes, if you:

  • Have a nice trailer or fifth wheel with new brakes that you don’t want to ruin
  • Want to avoid spending a bundle on a brake controller
  • Like having a number to keep in mind for the brake output rather than having to guess with a dial

No, if you:

  • Haul a trailer with hydraulic brakes
Brake controller activates trailer brakes in proportion to deceleration. LED screen shows settings and diagnostics. Features 3 boost levels. Automatically levels when mounted within 90-degrees in the vertical plane. Lowest Prices for the best trailer brake controller from Draw-Tite. Draw-Tite I-Command Trailer Brake Controller - 1 to 4 Axles - Proportional part number 5535 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 1-800-940-8924 for expert service.
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Draw-Tite Trailer Brake Controller - 5535

  • Electric
  • Proportional Controller
  • Draw-Tite
  • Under-Dash Box
  • Up to 4 Axles
  • Dash Mount
  • LED Display

Brake controller activates trailer brakes in proportion to deceleration. LED screen shows settings and diagnostics. Features 3 boost levels. Automatically levels when mounted within 90-degrees in the vertical plane.


Features:

  • Brake controller activates trailer brakes in proportion to your vehicle's braking action
    • Automatically adjusts trailer's braking based on deceleration of tow vehicle
    • Activates immediately - no pausing like with time-delayed brake controllers
  • Automatically levels - internal sensor detects deceleration even if controller is not mounted level
  • Boost setting lets you adjust the aggressiveness with which the brakes are activated
    • Get full power output faster by pressing the plus button to increase activation speed
    • Achieve smoother braking by pressing the minus button to supply power gradually
  • Easy-to-read LED display shows controller activity
  • Short circuit protected
  • Built-in, slide-bar manual override
  • Quick and easy installation
    • Mounting bracket and hardware included
    • Plug-in, vehicle-specific brake-control adapter (sold separately) can be used for certain applications to reduce installation time


Specs:

  • Application: trailers with up to 4 axles (8 brake assemblies)
    • Designed for use with electric brakes only
  • Mounting angle: between -20 degrees and 70 degrees in the vertical plane
  • Limited lifetime warranty


Proportional Braking

With a proportional brake controller, you can get heavy-duty emergency braking, general braking, or slow-to-an-idle braking for your trailer automatically. The intensity with which your trailer brakes are activated and the rate at which they are applied are dependent on the deceleration of your tow vehicle. This means that, unlike time-delay controllers - which send the same amount of preset power to your trailer brakes every time - proportional controllers are able to adapt to every braking situation differently.


So, if you slam on the brakes in your truck, your trailer brakes will activate with that same extreme intensity. And if you merely slow down as you approach a red light, your trailer will gradually brake in the same manner.


As long as the I-Command is properly mounted according to the included instructions, the controller will automatically level, sense the tow vehicle's deceleration, and adjust the trailer's braking accordingly. The result is uniform braking across your towing setup. No push-pull action - just smooth, proportional braking every time.


Power Boost for Heavy-Duty Towing

The I-Command offers a boost feature that gives you more initial braking power for times when you're towing heavy loads. You can switch boost levels so that the power output to your trailer brakes automatically starts out at either 14 percent or 28 percent of the predetermined power setting.


So, if you boost the initial power so that your trailer brakes activate with 25 percent of the overall intensity at the start, the brakes will reach maximum braking faster. This is particularly beneficial if you are towing a heavy load because the intensity required to stop that load may be far greater than that needed to halt your vehicle. Therefore, sending out more initial power to the trailer brakes - and causing them to reach maximum braking faster - allows you to better control the trailer so that it doesn't push your tow vehicle before coming to a complete stop.


If your trailer weighs less than your tow vehicle, no boost is needed. But if you wish to set the boost so that your trailer leads the braking of your towing setup, you can select level B1. The following table gives an indication of when you might use the different boost levels and the power increases that they offer.


Approximate Gross Trailer WeightBoost LevelIncrease in Initial Power Output
Less than tow vehicle GVWB114%
Equal to tow vehicle GVWB1 or B214% or 28%
Up to 25% more than tow vehicle GVWB1, B2, or B3* 28%
Up to 40% more than tow vehicle GVWB2 or B3* 28%


* Both B2 and B3 offer a 25-percent boost in initial power. But the braking curve for B3 is more aggressive than that of B2. This means that, even though you will start out with the same intensity when using these boost levels, you will get an overall more aggressive braking experience with the higher level. So if you use B3, you will reach maximum braking sooner than if you use B2.


Safety Features

The I-Command offers advanced safety features to prevent damage to various components of your towing setup. Integrated reverse battery protection shields the brake controller and your trailer's breakaway system from shorts.


If ever there is a time that you need to brake your trailer separately from your tow vehicle - when traveling down a steep incline, for example - the manual override lever is easily accessible. Pushing this lever engages the brakes on your trailer with full power.


LED Display

The I-Command has a digital LED display to keep you informed of your trailer's braking. The display shows the gain setting when the control is activated. It can also be used to check for connectivity with your trailer, to determine your boost setting, and to troubleshoot.


Automatic Leveling and Simple Installation

Because this controller operates with an internal inertia sensor, it must be mounted between -20 degrees and 70 degrees in the vertical plane. The I-Command must be mounted on a level horizontal (side-to-side) plane and must be lined up with the direction of travel for the internal sensor to function properly.


The automatic leveling feature of the I-Command ensures that the brake controller continues to function even as you drive up steep hills or through the mountains. Mount the controller at a vertical angle that is between 0 degrees (level) and 70 degrees, and the controller with level itself automatically.


Installation of the I-Command requires that you either purchase a custom wiring adapter designed to plug into the controller or that you hardwire the controller directly into your vehicle. To hardwire the controller, you must remove the plug at the end of the integrated wiring harness.


Installation Accessories

For easier installation, a vehicle-specific wiring adapter (sold separately) is available for most newer trucks and SUVs. One end of the custom adapter plugs into your vehicle, and the other end plugs into the controller - no hardwiring required.


For even easier installation, a vehicle-specific wiring adapter (sold separately) is available for most newer trucks and SUVs. One end of the custom adapter plugs into your vehicle, and the other end plugs into the controller - no hardwiring required.


Note: If a custom brake-control wiring adapter is not available for your vehicle, one of the following will be required:

20-Amp circuit breaker (9506P - sold separately) for 2- to 4-brake applications

30-Amp circuit breaker (38630 - sold separately) for 6- to 8-brake applications


See also etrailer.com's exclusive 7- and 4-way brake-control installation kit (ETBC7 - sold separately) if you don't already have a 7-way plug at the back of your vehicle.



5535 Draw-Tite iCommand Proportional Trailer Brake Control

Installation Details 5535 Installation instructions


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Customer Reviews

Draw-Tite I-Command Trailer Brake Controller - 1 to 4 Axles - Proportional - 5535

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (805 Customer Reviews)

Brake controller activates trailer brakes in proportion to deceleration. LED screen shows settings and diagnostics. Features 3 boost levels. Automatically levels when mounted within 90-degrees in the vertical plane.

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Never knew there was a difference... Timed Delay is what I had, with this new Progressional trailer brake controller, my tow vehicle brakes smooth and the trailer does as well. Mounting was extremely easy using a portion of one of the "cubby Holes"



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Thanks to etrailer The brake controller installation was a breeze, really just a plug and play. Once installed, the I command trailer brake controller worked as advertised. The video on etrailer made the setup and operation pretty straight forward and painless.



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Great brake controller works like it is supposed to bought because it senses how much you brake and the boost settings make it better for different trailer weights. Recommend to anyone buying a aftermarket one


Comments
Still works like new after a year, would highly recommend
Slim - 10/18/2021

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Brake controller installation in my 2015 Ram 1500 quad cab Tradesman was extremely easy with the factory harness adapter.



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Universal Installation Kit for Trailer Brake Controller - 7-Way RV and 4-Way Flat, Item # ETBC7
I installed this 7-pin plug kit on my 2008 Jeep JKU to add power and trailer brake control.
I also purchased :
Draw-Tite I-Command Trailer Brake Controller Item # 5535
and
Curt No-Drill Bracket Item # C57202
along with a little extra wire, just in case.

The kit quality was great. It shipped with everything I needed, sans the controller and bracket above. I used a cordless drill, a quarter inch drive socket set, screwdrivers, wire cutter/crimper, pliers, black electrical tape, half inch loom (plastic flexible conduit) and quite a few extra zip-ties I had laying around. I needed the Curt bracket to mount the 7-pin plug farther away from the muffler that runs parallel to the bumper in Wranglers.

I first ran the grey jacketed wire from the rear bumper all the way to the engine compartment. This was the hard part for me since I'm old and a little more round than I'd like. I didn't need to raise the jeep since it already has a 2 1/2 inch lift. I zip-tied the jacketed wire to the frame and brake lines until I found a spot in the frame I could run it through. I ran it out of the frame at the rear of the left front wheel well and up into the engine compartment. There is a (very handy) rubber plug in the firewall just to the left (outboard) side of the brake vacuum booster. I made a small slit in the rubber plug. I removed the outer jacket from the wire at that spot and fed the white (future brake controller wire) into the cabin of the jeep. I ran the black wire, in a wire loom/conduit across the top of the firewall to the battery. I had enough extra wire to run the brake controller power and ground wire from the battery, across the top of the firewall in the same conduit, and into the cabin through the same rubber plug/grommet. I drilled small pilot holes to mount the two circuit breakers. I then connected the wires at the 7-pin plug at the rear bumper. I again made a pilot hole and then mounted the ground wire with the self-tapping screw provided in the kit.

Here I'd like to mention, I would have been happier with heat-shrink connectors. I could have gone to town and bought some, or I could have soldered the connections. Instead, I just used the provided connectors and a LOT of black tape. If I have any corrosion issues later I will replace the connectors provided in the kit.

I wired and mounted the brake controller. This would have been super easy if I could fit under the dash. I dislike using the little blue inline wire connectors (self stripping connectors) but it was a godsend when working one-handed under the dash. I mounted the controller bracket and covered most of the exposed wiring with black tape for aesthetics.

If I was 20 or 30 years younger, I would have had this whole kit installed in about 1 1/2 hours. I am very happy with the quality of the materials. Many others have already noted the bracket is not quite perfect where it is designed for the four wire plug to slip in. The four wire plug had moved slightly on my 20 minute drive to work and would likely have fallen out if I went much further. I may put a wrap of electrical tape around the plug to tighten up the fit. Otherwise I will see if a zip-tie or a drop of superglue will hold the four wire plug in place. I was a wee bit skeptical about the sturdiness of the no-drill bracket as it's held in place by what looks like a hose clamp. I am happy to report, the clamp is heavy duty and well made. The no-drill bracket with the 7-pin and 4-pin receptacles are very sturdy and secure. The instructional videos on etrailer's website made the job easy to understand.

If I had this job to do over again, I would definitely use the same products from etrailer.



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5th gen 4runner. I pulled the center dash unit out in about 5 minute after watching a YouTube video. Cut a hole in the back of the small cubby next to the USB outlet and this unit fit perfectly in there. Secured with double sided tape to the bottom of the cubby. The adapter cable reached right up to the back of this unit. Plugged in and it's ready to go.



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The controller seems very nice, and the instructions that came with it were perfectly good.
It was a bit of confusion in that the four wires coming off the back of the controller go into a 4-pin connector, but since my vehicle did not have trailer brake capacity from the factory, there's nothing to connect that to. And the universal trailer brakes kit I got from etrailer (which was great!) gave instructions for butts placing to those various wires. no real big deal, I just had to cut the wires and get rid of that connector but it would have been kind of nice to have the matching connector to terminate my universal kit wiring into so I could unplug the controller if I ever want to.

The controller's instructions did appear to make reference to a supplied pigtail connector, which is maybe the part that I'm expecting to have in the kit, but it wasn't supplied.


Comments
Thank you for your review! I believe the pigtail piece that you are referring to is the part 20127 on our site. This plugs into the black connector on the brake controller wiring and gives you a quick and easy way to disconnect your brake controller.
-- Etrailer Expert Jon G - 03/29/2021

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Unparalleled excellence, etrailer’s continued customer support after the sale is why they should be everyone’s go to source for trailer parts and accessories.


Comments
Flawless like the day it was installed.
Henry - 03/17/2022

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Super easy to install. I did have to reference two different videos while installing everything, but went in easy enough. I installed this with the ETBC7 wiring kit as well, and it all looks great. I haven’t tested it on a trailer yet, but so far everything looks to be in working order. Here are links to the two videos I watched. One video shows installing the brake controller with factory 4 pin connector and wiring in the cab by the emergency brake, and the other shows the install without the factory wiring.

https://www.etrailer.com/tv-brake-controller-2009-toyota-tacoma.aspx

https://www.etrailer.com/tv-brake-controller-install-2008-Toyota-tacoma.aspx



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Works great with my truck (2002 ram 1500) I just plugged it in to the factory connector with the harness and mounted it up and it works amazing.



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I replaced my much older, time delay brake unit with this proportional brake controller. The Drawtite I Command unit was easy to install and set up. If you have an “older” time delay brake controller, do yourself a favour and get this (or similar) proportional brake control unit. The braking is so much smoother and can be easily adjusted to suit the weight of the load you’re pulling, and also if you need more brake power for better control on steep hills. When you first set the unit up and turn it on, don’t make the mistake I made, and think it’s not working when “00” shows up on the screen when you apply the brakes and the vehicle isn’t moving. Because the controller is a proportional unit, the vehicle had to be moving in order to work.
I received fantastic customer service from Joshua at etrailer, who was happy to answer stupid questions I had (why isn’t my unit working lol), and he matched my vehicle set up perfectly with this unit when I told him what I was towing. He didn’t oversell me on a unit I didn’t need. etrailer has always been fantastic in the past, and I’ll continue to get my related products through them, on this alone.
Thanks again for helping me out Joshua.



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Unfortunately I was unable to install it on my 2021 Ford F150, given that it has now a proprietary module that is 3 times more expensive.


Comments
You mentioned that you were unable to install the controller and I wanted to ask you a follow up question. I know that the trucks built before August of 2021 needed to have the brake controller hardwired in. Is this what happened with your truck. I was not sure what you meant by proprietary module.
-- Etrailer Expert Jenny N - 03/17/2022
Comments
Hi Jenny, the module in question is not any that you can find in the open market - at least that was the case when I wrote - it is specially designed to fit a small enclosure in the dashboard and is integrated with the electronic controls of the car. Since I did have to have it installed for my yearly trip to the west, I bit the trap and paid for the installation, which instead of $XX.0 to XXX.00 came to over $XXX.00 Not happy to have to pay for it, but it works great.
-- comment by: Hector - 03/17/2022
Comments
It sounds like Ford installed the factory brake controller into the truck. The Drawtite controller would still have worked however it needed to be hardwired in.
-- Etrailer Expert Jenny N - 03/17/2022

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Perfectly matched item for my truck/trailer connections. It was very easy to install and arrived in just a few days. I haven't had any problems with the wiring harness.



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I installed the Curt gooseneck on my 1993 GMC 2 Wheel Dr. 2500 truck. All the components have tight tolerances. It took me eight hours. With a socket and the wrench. Laying on my back. I did have to cut the wheel well lip about 3/8 of an inch off because I could not get that front angle bar to slide in without hitting it, no way around it unless you lift the bed up and I wasn’t going to do that!!. You have to cut it.instructions do not state that. I’m very happy with the Hitch, it is definitely stout! I did have to make a notch on the outside brackets to go over my airbag bolt. I also had to remove the support bracket on the inside of the frame for the airbag and the crossmember for the spare tire to get the front angled bar in.



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2nd time we've ordered a brake controller through etrailer.com and works as advertised and the harness included helps make the process go smoothly



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Excellent product....easy installation and operation....in 2013 Chevy Silverado 1500 4x4....



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No complaints. Everything was plug and play.



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Real easy install. this time i put my controller up on the dash so i could reach it easier. In the past I've had it below my steering wheel to one side. It was too cumbersome and in that position and I always hit my knee on it when getting in and out of the vehicle.
I didn't need to adjust it, it worked great after installation.



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This is my 3rd controller. I used them in all 3 of my trucks, so far never a problem, easy to adjust on the fly if needed



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Hooked up the brake control with a vehicle specific adapter eliminating the chance for incorrect wiring or shorting of wires. Tried it out immediately after install & worked as designed. Using this to control the electric brakes on my popup camper pulled by a Tacoma.


Comments
Works great
JOHN P - 06/03/2017


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Installation pix (3) as installed in 2020 Subaru Ascent... as you requested.

Final assembly.. controller mounted and harness wrapped in white tape

Bracket mounted in Subaru Ascent dash. Must drill hole in pretty leather but solid plastic base underneath is sufficient for solid mounting.

Trial installation ....Harness wired into Subaru pigtail for testing and adjusting the brake controller. Initial wiring used wire nuts before final installation where I used "butt connectors"

For info:
1. Dealer clueless on need for brake controller but offer a $600 tow (hitch) package that includes hitch (2" receiver) and 7 pin and 4 pin connectors. Those connectors are wired properly to provide alternator charging to trailer battery, brake lights, turn signals and trailer lights...just does not activate electric trailer brakes which they claim
2. Subaru hitch installation also includes brake controller pigtail (in plastic bag in glove box)
3. Subaru brake controller wiring plug under the dash, hidden behind a wiring bundle that was taped with pink tape. I understand the 2 high end Ascent models have this wiring connector included but dealer unaware. Google posts provide good, generic information on this wiring location but they recommend a larger brake controller which I felt was too big for he location I selected... thus I selected a smaller controller.

If this was your profession, this kit from etrailer and the Subaru connector and pigtail would allow for installation in less than an hour.



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Bought the supplemental wire harness that they showed would fit my truck and had it hooked up in 15 minutes.



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Install was really easy. Haven't had a trailer to hookup yet soni can't provide more info. But the controls are within reach and are easy to maneuver



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Brake controller works better than most I’ve used in the past , the adjustments are incredible . HIGHLY recommended , you won’t be sorry for buying one .



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Awesome product good price. Loved install videos. The only suggestion would be a recommend page at check out. My trailer brake controller need a pig tail wiring harness.


Comments
Still works great, I tow a trailer quite a lot it is fantastic.
Tim - 06/22/2021
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  • Two Dots Show On Draw-Tite I-Command After Sitting In Vehicle for Over 15 Minutes
    The Draw-Tite I-Command Trailer Brake Controller part # 5535 as you alluded to will go into a sleep mode after 15 minutes of inactivity. That said, the only way to really check this is to peek though the window to see if the display is still shown. The reason for this is that if you were to open the door to check the controller that could then wake the unit back up, making you think it has been on the whole time which is not the case.
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  • Will LED Light on Display of Draw Tite I-Command part # 5535 Drain Vehicle Battery
    After about 15 minutes the Draw Tite I-Command part # 5535 goes into sleep mode which turns off the LED light that you are seeing. That said, it would take several weeks for the amperage draw of that small LED to drain a vehicle battery so even if it didn't turn off automatically you'd still be fine.
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  • One Dot Vs Two Dots On the Draw-Tite I-Command Trailer Brake Controller
    In regards to the Draw-Tite I-Command Trailer Brake Controller part # 5535, the controller will show a single dot while the vehicle is A) powered on, B) there is no trailer connected, and C) there are no boost settings equipped. The controller will show two dots while the vehicle is A) powered on, B) there is no trailer connected, and C) there are boost settings equipped.
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  • Recommended Trailer Brake Controller Settings for Travel Trailer
    The Draw-Tite I-Command Trailer Brake Controller - 1 to 4 Axles - Proportional # 5535 should have the gain set at 8 or 9 since your trailer is so large compared to the truck. I'd start there and adjust up if you need more braking for comfort. When a trailer is over 2/3 the weight of the tow vehicle we also recommend using a weight distribution system if you don't already have one. I'd also set the boost to 2 because the trailer is really close in weight to the truck. You can always...
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  • How Does Brake Controller Install in 2011 Chevy Silverado
    Your 2011 Chevy Silverado has brake controller wiring under the dash of the truck already but it's four blunt cut wires instead of a port that a connector can plug into. So what that means is you don't need anything else to install your controller but you'll have to do some hardwiring. I attached an install video for a similar brake controller installed on a 2011 Silverado for you to check out and see the entire process.
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