Hopkins Trailer Brake Control HM47297 Review

Hopkins Trailer Brake Control

Today we’re going to review part number hm47297 this is the hopkins insight flex

mount trailer brake controller this brake controller will activate your

trailer brakes in proportion to your vehicle’s braking action it will

automatically adjust your trailers braking based on the deceleration of the

tow vehicle and it does activate immediately so there’s no pausing like

with some of the time delayed brake controllers the flex mount system here

includes three separate pieces each of which can be mounted in different

locations the Flex display which is this one right here this will mount on the

dash or anywhere in line of sight does come with a cord that plugs into the

smart box it’s about a six foot long cord so you still have to make sure you

place it to where that cord can plug into the smart box has a digital display

which will show braking percentage and diagnostics the flex control which is

this one right here this will also attach to the smart box it has about a

four foot long cords and it you want to have that in an easy to reach area and

it does have this manual override and see right here on this side there’s an S

button which is standing for it stands for sensitivity button and on the other

side there are two buttons that show plus and minus or up-and-down and those

are your power adjustment buttons now the smart box this is actually the brain

of the unit this will mount on to the your kick panel or the side of your

center console it is a inertia base control which must be pointed in the

direction of travel so if your vehicle is moving this way you want this to be

mounted on the kick panel or on your center console either way now when you

do mount it it does need to be you can mount at 360 degree vertical plane it

has a 360 degree vertical plane operating range but as far as the

horizontal range which is side-to-side you don’t want to go really much more

than 10 degrees either way now it doesn’t have this flex control does have

seven sensitivity levels which lets you adjust the initial braking power and the

aggressiveness this whole system has an integrated short-circuit protection as

you can see it has the on the Flex control as the built-in


slide style manual override comes with the mounting hardware does also come

with this pigtail universal wiring harness now we also do sell and I would

recommend to check the fit guide on our website for your vehicle but we do sell

vehicle specific brake control adapters that you can just plug this into the

smart box and then plug it into the factory brake controller on your vehicle

for this case I’m going to demonstrate the brake controller we’re going to use

this Universal one that just has the pigtail wires and then we do have a

power supply then we’re gonna hook it up to so we can get some power and just

show you how the brake controller will work

okay once we have those all connected now we’ll just go ahead you can see here

it just plugs into the smart box this would be mounted on your kick panel and

then what you want to do is find a place for your flex control and basically when

you plug these in there’s two different holes so you cannot plug them into the

wrong port so this one would basically plug into here and the display itself

will actually plug into the middle one okay so now that we got that all wired

up when I turn on the power you’ll be able to see this one will actually the

Flex control will have a red light and you’ll see on the display itself when it

shows the trailers connected it will just show a single red dot if there was

no single red dot like if I turn this off that means the trailers not

connected so once you turn it on or connect it you’ll see the number will

come up and it will just go to a single red dot now when you move this manual

slide you’ll be able to see as you push this down you can see the percentage

that’s applied to your brakes and you do set that amount the first thing you’ll

do on the Flex control is set your power output so if you push that down and then

you can push Plus you can see it’ll change it a percentage that’s a

percentage so each time you push this up or down it’ll change at 5% and then

you’ll go to the other side and then you’ll see as you push the sensitivity

button that’s two three four five six seven there’s seven different levels so

depending on the load you’ll be towing if it’s a heavier load you’ll go up to a

higher sensitivity level and then basically this will be in reach so if

you have to have a situation where you have to apply the brakes immediately

you’ll just push this manual and as you can see it’ll whatever you had it set

it’ll give you the maximum output to your brakes and again the application for the sprite

controller is for trailers with up to four axles or eight brake assemblies it

is designed for use with electric or electric over hydraulic trailer brakes

and it does come with a limited lifetime warranty that should do it for the

review on part number hm47297 the hopkins insight flex mount trailer brake controller.


Source : Demo Hopkins Brake Controller HM47297

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