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Hello everyone. I am new to this website. I have a 2007 Nissan Titan SE. I am trying to install trailer brakes so I can pull a fifth wheel camper that I just bought. It's a pain and expensive to buy a fifth wheel hitch for my short bed. Anyway, I was wondering, How do I install trailer brakes if it already has the towing package? Do I need to hook it up to the relays? What are the relays for? I know these are a lot of questions, but I was just wondering if it was an easy enough task to take on myself. I went to a local trailer store and they said it was going to be around two hundred dollars to install. I say to heck with that...I am going to try and install myself so I can use the extra money I saved to go camping and buy me some beer.

I found the electric brake jumper in the glove box. There is five wires to the white and a trailer brake control only has four wires. Which wire shouldn't I use?

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Re: Electronic Brakes Issues

Well, first off do you have the low gears (1:3.357) ? If not, I would say stop right there. If you have the factory big tow package, the truck should have the hitch, relays, big mirrors etc.

Installing the brake controller is easy, there is a harness/plug under the left dash, next to the parking brake pedal, taped up. Many brake controllers are available that have pre-made harnesses that plug into the trucks harness.

Do a search on here for 'Prodigy' and you should get some results from people that have installed their own, takes 10-20 minutes.

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Hello everyone. I am new to this website. I have a 2007 Nissan Titan SE. I am trying to install trailer brakes so I can pull a fifth wheel camper that I just bought. It's a pain and expensive to buy a fifth wheel hitch for my short bed. Anyway, I was wondering, How do I install trailer brakes if it already has the towing package? Do I need to hook it up to the relays? What are the relays for? I know these are a lot of questions, but I was just wondering if it was an easy enough task to take on myself. I went to a local trailer store and they said it was going to be around two hundred dollars to install. I say to heck with that...I am going to try and install myself so I can use the extra money I saved to go camping and buy me some beer.
If you already have the towing package, all necessary relays should already be there. You should have a trailer-brake sub harness in the glove box. That get hook up to your trailer-brake module and plug into the pigtail label "trailer-brake or e-brake" something like that. under the driver's side dash.

The other thing you need to do is somehow be able to plug your trailer's harness to the trucks harness. Either a long extension or move the trailer plug from the OEM hitch to where the 5th wheel hitch is.


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Re: Electronic Brakes Issues

Put your plug connection in the bed. IIf you want to spend the money get the Pullright Supperglide 5th wheel you can make 90* turns without getting out of the truck

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Re: Electronic Brakes Issues

You need an electric brake controller in order for your electric trailer brakes to work. They're very easy to install yourself, especially if you purchase a direct plug-in harness. I purchased my Tekonsha Primus (supposedly a slightly dumbed-down Prodigy) from Southwest Wheel and the price was very good and included 2nd day FedEx shipping and a direct plug-in harness for my truck. With the direct plug-in harness you just mount the controller mounting bracket to the truck, plug one end of the harness in under the dash, plug the other end into the back of the brake controller, and snap the brake controller into the mounting bracket. It took longer to type how to do it than it does to actually install it.

As for plugging the trailer into the truck--if it were me I would want a connector in the bed like the one below the bumper, and I would consult a trailer dealer about adding a plug to the bed. Not that you couldn't do it yourself if you're handy.
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Re: Electronic Brakes Issues

just bought a 2010 titan 4x4. It came with the tow package, and has the electric brake jumper to install. My question is, after you plug it in to the connector above the parking brake, where do you wire the other end to, or do i have to purchase another jumper...owners manual isn't to clear on this matter
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Re: Electronic Brakes Issues

If you are referring to the wiring pigtail, that is for your brake controller. If you want to pull a trailer with electric brakes you will need to buy an electric trailer brake controller for your truck. One end of that harness plugs into the port under the dash and the other end can be spliced to the universal harness that comes with the brake controller. The other, simpler, option is to purchase a direct plug-in harness for your truck when you purchase a brake controller. That way you just plug 1 end into the port under the dash and the other end plugs into the back of the brake controller. No wire splicing necessary. I purchased mine from Brake Controller . They have a great selection, fair prices, great customer service when I needed it, and their prices include free FedEx 2nd day shipping and a direct plug-in harness for your truck.

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just bought a 2010 titan 4x4. It came with the tow package, and has the electric brake jumper to install. My question is, after you plug it in to the connector above the parking brake, where do you wire the other end to, or do i have to purchase another jumper...owners manual isn't to clear on this matter
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thanks for the help. First time I have had to do this on a titan truck, but it is also the first 4x4 i have bought.
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