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Old 09-17-2012, 06:29 PM   #21
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If that is the Activator II, then that is a time delay brake controller. No wonder there are problems backing.

Someone, including myself, should have asked the obvious question that Road-King asked.

Lonewolf, is this the unit ?? Draw-Tite Activator Electronic Brake Control 1-2 Axle Trailers (2-4 Brake Trailers)

If so, you should easily be able to adjust the output control to 0 while backing, then put it back to your regular settings when leaving the campsite.

Better yet, consider a proportional controller.
Yep that is the one I have.
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Old 09-17-2012, 06:43 PM   #22
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That BC will send a electric charge to the brakes, even if your barely touching the brake pedal. It will do it using whatever strength you have set and at whatever delay you have set. Not saying that's what your doing, but when you get a chance, try backing up, making sure your not touching the brake pedal until needed... If it still does it then try the other trouble shooting ideas given. That's what I would do anyway.
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Same one I got.
But as I said earlier I turn mine to zero when pulling into cg. Or home
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I have a question now that I know where to look, if I change to one Brake Controller for 2012 Traverse by Chevrolet | etrailer.com like this do I have to change out anything or just plug and play under the dash??
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It looks like that wiring kit is used for both the Activator II and the Prodigies. If you already have a plug and play wiring harness with your current setup, that might just work for the Prodigies without buying another. Call tech support at Etrailer and see what they say.
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Cool thanks I will.
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It may not be your BC. I not saying to not replace the one you have, if you want too, but you still need to do some trouble shooting.

That Activator II, if your brake lights are on, it's sending a charge to the TT brakes.
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It may not be your BC. I not saying to not replace the one you have, if you want too, but you still need to do some trouble shooting.

That Activator II, if your brake lights are on, it's sending a charge to the TT brakes.
I will do some trouble shooting for sure, but when I am backing up my foot is not on the brake pedal. Like I said before I can unplug the trailer not a problem, just when it is plugged in and in reverse. I still think I have a short somewhere in the wiring and will check it after the rain.
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I will do some trouble shooting for sure, but when I am backing up my foot is not on the brake pedal. Like I said before I can unplug the trailer not a problem, just when it is plugged in and in reverse. I still think I have a short somewhere in the wiring and will check it after the rain.
I never saw in previous posts that the brake pedal was not used when the brakes come on in reverse....maybe I gotta start reading slower.

The trailer brakes should only be activated when the brake pedal is pushed. If the brakes are not activated while going forward, then that should narrow the search to:

A short resulting somehow between your reverse lights and the brake circuit.

An internal brake problem with 1 (probably not 2 or more) of your trailer brakes. Maybe you can narrow the problem down with someone listening to the brakes as you back up. Or go to a large parking lot, let the brakes cool, then back up a bunch to see which drum gets hot. If it is mechanical, I can't think that all brakes would acting up......probably just 1.
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