Installing a brake controller

So in my last post, I put electric brakes on my trailer (along with the new axle). Those won't do much good unless I have some way of telling them to brake when I want them to while I'm driving. Hence, I installed a brake controller in my truck over the past two days. 

2000 Tacomas didn't come with a factory tow package, so I had to dig around under the dash to get all the right wires to the controller and to the plug in the back. 

While I was at it, got all the wiring in place for the trailer-mounted backup cam, with a switch in the dash so I can manually switch between the truck and the trailer backup cam. 

Brake controller

Brake controller

Backup cam and switches. Makes hitching up to the trailer by myself super easy.

Backup cam and switches. Makes hitching up to the trailer by myself super easy.

Grounding bar connected to my battery terminal. No more flickering cam!

Grounding bar connected to my battery terminal. No more flickering cam!

I also got fed up with all the slapdash chassis grounds I had going on at the rear of my truck, so I ran a 10awg wire directly from my battery to a marine-grade bus bar, and grounded everything to that. My cam no longer flickers when I have turn indicators on.

 

I tested the brakes today and they seem to be doing a fine job of stopping the trailer. Probably a bit more tweaking I need to do but for now, I feel good that my trailer isn't going to push my little truck through an intersection.