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Setting Up the Drawtite Activator Brake Controller Instructions


I have this unit in my 1999 Dodge 2500 turbo diesel. I am towing a 27foot 5th wheel with a gvrw of 10,000 lbs. Can you give me some hints as to the proper way to set the braking up for me? Thanks


Expert Reply:

For your Draw Tite Activator brake controller like # 5504 I found the setup instructions and they are below for you to check out.

1. With a trailer connected, set the sync control half
way between + and -. Starting with the output
control in the lowest position (all the way right) roll
forward slowly and stop. If no trailer braking is felt
adjust the output control slightly to the left. Repeat
this process until firm trailer brakes are felt. If the
trailer brakes lock-up or jerk adjust the output
back to the right slightly.

2. Move the sync control back (toward the driver) to
about 1/4 of the distance between + and -.

3. Test drive making several stops. Adjust the sync
control until stops are smooth and firm. Slight
adjustment of the output control may also be
Setting the brake control too aggressively
could cause brake pulsing when towing
with hazard flashers on. If such settings
are necessary, a pulse preventor can be

4. Have someone watch the stoplights while the
manual control is activated to make sure the stoplights
on both the tow vehicle and trailer are working.
Note: If any problems occur during set up refer to
the Trouble shooting section of these instructions.

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Jameson C

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