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Draw-Tite Activator IV Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

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How to Install the Draw-Tite Activator IV Trailer Brake Controller on a 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 15


Today on our 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, we're going to be installing Draw-Tite's Activator IV trailer brake controller. With this we'll be using the plug-in, wiring adaptor. This trailer brake controller is a time delay brake controller. It's going to provide braking at your trailer based on the settings that you've preset here on our controller. You've to two different settings that you can adjust. You have your gain and your sync.

Your gain is your maximum output to your brakes. And we can see that here changing on our display if we have our brakes applied. And the sync adjusts that time delay. So if it feels like they're applying a little bit too late or a little too soon, you can adjust that with the sync here.The manual slider can also be used to hold your trailer brakes if you're sitting on a steep hill for a while. You could use it for testing purposes, as well as help bring your trailer back straight if it starts to sway when going down the road.We'll begin our installation by plugging in our wire adaptor.

You'll need to access the fuse panel in the lower left kick panel on the driver's side. You'll need to release the lock tabs here on each side to pull your cover off. I find doing the left side first a little bit easier, 'cause it's harder to get to, so you can get your screw driver in there to release this tab. And then it makes it easier to reach over and pull these tabs off.We can now plug our harness into the fuse box here. We're going to plug into this spot here just above this large connector opening into the small one right there.

And now we can route that wiring over to where we'll be mounting our brake controller. We can now reinstall our cover. The wiring can poke out the top with all of the other wires. So we just tuck that back, and then slide our cover back on.Now well find a place for our bracket. Once you've found where you've wanted it, we'll go ahead and put one screw in that'll hold it in place.

And then we can install our other screw on the other side. We can now take our brake controller, slide it up onto our bracket here, thread the screws through the bracket into the controller. We'll get one started on each side, and then we'll tighten them down with a quarter-inch socket. We can then bring our wiring over and plug it into our brake controller. And then this wiring can be stuck back up behind the dash, and you can secure it in place with some zip ties. If you need some zip ties, you can pick some up here at etrailer.com.Now we can plug in our trailer and test it out. If you've got it plugged in and you moved your slider over, you should get a voltage readout, and you should hear your trailer brakes applying. And that completes our installation of Draw-Tite's Activator IV trailer brake controller on our 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500.