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Old 09-24-2010, 03:01 PM   #1
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Is that the price for installing...

I just got off the horn with a RV dealer north of town, and this fellow ...I don't know at all. BUt he quoted me four hundred dollars to install a brake control box in the truck. Does that price sound about right? Or is he baiting his hook?
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Old 09-24-2010, 03:11 PM   #2
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I just got off the horn with a RV dealer north of town, and this fellow ...I don't know at all. BUt he quoted me four hundred dollars to install a brake control box in the truck. Does that price sound about right? Or is he baiting his hook?
It takes about 1 hour and at worst, 1 1/2 hours for the installation.

Brake controllers prices are all over the place, but you can probably count on $100.00 to $150.00, for something decent.

That price quote tells me that either they don't want to do the work, or that they don't know how to do the work.

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Too much....The price of the controller + the price of the
cord that exactly matches your vehicle. Labor to install is maybe
30 minutes
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Old 09-24-2010, 03:23 PM   #4
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You can buy a brake controller on amazon.com for $40-$250, a wiring harness for $10, and with the clear and easy instructions, you can install it yourself in 30-60 minutes.
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Old 09-24-2010, 03:38 PM   #5
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what vehicle ??

hold on, guys....

I don't think that a 1984 Ford F150, if that's the vehicle the brake controller is going into, came from the factory with a 7-pin towing harness ?? or, did it ??

what vehicle are we talking about, Billy? and what, if any towing related equipment & wiring is already in place?

though I'd still agree that $400 is on the high side.

and fwiw, and some will disagree, we like our Tekonsha P3 brake controller.


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It is possible that your vehicle was not prewired for a brake controller from the factory. If it was, it probably just has a loose blue wire under the dash somewhere rather than a plug. It is also possible that, even if it was prewired, the existing wiring has been damaged, removed, or repurposed over the vehicle's 25+ year life.

To install, properly, a brake controller and 7 way connector in a vehicle that doesn't have a usable prewire setup is a big job.

To do it right you have to loom, fish, and secure a wiring assembly from the rear of the truck to the cab, drilling and grometting the firewall in the process, you have to install, loom, fuse, and secure power and ground wires from a suitable location in the engine compartment. You have to locate the brake wire and splice into it. Then you have to mount the brake controller and the 7 way.

I did this on my '97 K2500 earlier this year, because the previous owner had carved up the trailer wiring to the point where it was no longer serviceable, and because I wanted to add a heavier gauge charge wire. It took half a day.`
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Go over to the RV shop in Lawton. they installed mine, it cost next to nothing.
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Jammer, that is exactly what my local trailer and hitch store did for me with my old 93 F-350 because the brake controller wire had been "re=purposed" by the PO.

They charged me $270 for the controller, wiring, installation, and replacing the 7-pin connector with a new one.
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I have a Chevy Silverado 2500 - which unlike the Ford F-250's does not have an integrated brake controller. Now I do know what a wire nut is, I can solder, and I know how to use shrinkable insulation. Generally however, I pay others to do the work. I can afford to have the work done, so I DO have it done.

In this case, I bought my controller and installed it myself. It did take ONE wire and one nut under the hood, the rest was under the dash and was as hard as "connect the yellow wire to the yellow wire, the green to the green.

Not exactly rocket science. If you can read and aren't color blind, and have enough manual dexterity to wedge yourself into position, it's merely a matter of following directions carefully.

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I just talked to the former owner of the truck and he said he took the brake controller out because he did not use it or need it. And there is a blue wire under there where someone said was the wire.
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I figure right now, if any one out there that would be familiar with my type truck 1984 Ford F150 1/2 ton. Would be able to tell me what kind of brake controller box / kit to buy for it. The plug coming from the Airstream is a round seven plug. and the existing wire (s) that are under the trucks rear end right now is called a flat four plug. Got any leads or places as in sites to go?
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I've had good experiences working with RJay's -- Welcome to RJay's Speed Shop & Performance Center! Good Prices & Good Service with a Smile!

Yeah, your best bet would be with newer models with simple pigtail plug-ins. But they might have some ideas for older trucks ... really? An '84?

My GM dealer could go to their computer and tell me exactly where the wiring harness was located for hooking up.
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Yes --REALLY, with a v-8 engine...
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Here is the installation video. You think this could be done at home with the lit like he is installing?

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