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Old 04-01-2019, 09:17 PM   #1
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Low Brake Controller - Kia Sorento

Anyone experience a brake controller installed so low it scraps? We have a VERY steep driveway, and I find when I have my 2 dogs or roughly 200lb in the very back of the car the brake controller scraps the bottom of my driveway.

Not sure what the solution is, doesn't appear like the controller can be moved. Would stiffer shocks or raising the car a few inches be an option (I know nothing about cars)?
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Old 04-01-2019, 10:16 PM   #2
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First, that's not the controller, it's just the receptacle for the cable to the trailer.

That is unusually low. It looks like the Curt hitch receiver, with an inappropriate receptacle mounting bracket on it. The similar Draw-Tite receiver has a tab on it to mount a better-placed bracket.

There are alternate brackets which might work better. You might consider this one:
6 and 7-Way Trailer Connector Mounting Box, 2-1/2" (Draw-Tite 18156) / 118156 at Draw-Tite.
That one's for a square receiver tube, but might work okay for the round tube... so maybe a better fit would be
6 and 7-Way Trailer Connector Mounting Box for Round or Square Tube Hitches
(eTrailer Item #18159)
/ Draw-Tite 118159.

The cable is also hanging very low to the left of the receptacle - that should be tied up out of the way.
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Old 04-01-2019, 10:24 PM   #3
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Five pin connector

Obviously you are referring to the five pin connector, and yes it needs to be moved. If I understand correctly is scraps even without a trailer, even if it will somehow survive your dogs it will probably will not survive once a trailer is connected. Also the hanging wire (at the left of the second picture) needs to be secured.
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Old 04-01-2019, 10:27 PM   #4
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Obviously you are referring to the five pin connector, and yes it needs to be moved.
7-pin (not 5)... but yes. When looking for brackets, the receptacle it has to fit is the 7-way blade-type or "RV" connector.
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Old 04-01-2019, 10:28 PM   #5
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Another U-Haul install?
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Thanks, this was installed by Trademasters a couple weeks ago. I'll follow up with them in the morning. I assumed they did it correctly at the time, after reading both of your comments I'm reconsidering.
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factory hitch on my F250...

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I'm assuming by the pictures that the 7 pin is like an L bracket and has a flat plate that is currently mounted to the bottom of the Curtis tow bar. If that's the case I would think easiest fix is unbolt the tow bar and then screw mount that on top instead of bottom.
Plus yes when it comes to anything with trailer hitches avoid Uhaul at all cost, I can speak from experience.

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Thanks for the suggestions. I called Trademasters this morning and they're going find a new place for it. I'll be sure to mention the hanging wires when I'm there.
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Plus yes when it comes to anything with trailer hitches avoid Uhaul at all cost, I can speak from experience.
Why are they so bad I wonder? Ordering and installing the right towing equipment is not rocket science. Low paid and low skilled employees that just want to rent vehicles and not work on them?
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