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Tail Light Isolating Diode System with Wiring Harness

Hopkins Tow Bar Wiring

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Code:   38955

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Hopkins Tow Bar Wiring - 38955

Allows motorhome or R.V. to power the lights on the towed vehicle without power feedback.

Features:

  • Includes 4-pole flat trailer connector.
  • Max amperage per diode: 3 amps
  • Max voltage: 24 volts
  • Wire lead: 35' long
    • White ground wire measures 42" long.
  • Wire configuration:
    • Brown: Left side running lights
    • Small green wire: Right side running lights
    • Yellow: Left side turn and brake lights
    • Thick green wire: Right side turn and brake lights


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Please note - 3 wire system on towed vehicle: If the towing vehicle has a 3 wire system, where the brake signal is sent along a separate wire from the turn signals, then a wiring converter (118158) and 2 additional diodes are needed to retain separate amber turn signals. If you only use this diode kit (38955), then the vehicle brake lights will function as brake and turn lights.




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38955 Tail Light Isolating Diode System with Wiring Harness







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Video Transcript for Tail Light Isolating Diode System Demonstration

This part is for a vehicle to vehicle towing kit. What this basically does is, say you have an RV or motor home or pickup truck and youre going to towing another vehicle on all four wheels youre going to need this wiring harness to make the lights on the towed vehicle work with the towing vehicle. Well start by showing you the different components of this kit, its really pretty simple if you break it down. First the connection here is a traditional four pole flat. So you have your four basic signals, your ground, running lights, left turn and right turn. You also have plenty of harness to attach this on the towed vehicle. When you make your connections on the towed vehicle itself, you have to install these diodes here. At the point where you make your connections on your vehicle whether it be your left or right turn or the running light circuit you will have to install these diodes.

To give you a couple of quick notes about these, what happens is they do go in a specific direction in the wiring harness. to keep it simple basically the single prong here is listed as out, that goes onto the taillight itself out to the bulb. Then you get the two inputs here, one of the inputs is going to be the wire you just cut because youre going to splice this in between the two. It does not matter which one, the wire is going to come in one side and out the other. This other pin here is going to provide input from your trailer harness coming from the towing vehicle itself. So for instance you would take your green wire here and run it to the other open end and it will go out and power your taillight being towed down the road by the RV. As you can see theres 4 diodes and theres a reason for that. Theres going to be one for the left and right turns, and both turn signals are going to have there accompanying running lights. So youre going to need a diode for each of the running lights. Now weve opened up a small bag of parts which contains all the spade connectors needed to do the install. Basically what these are, you cut your wire that you need and you splice the wire back and expose about a quarter inch or so of it and these get crimped on. Be sure you have the right tool to do that with because it makes all the difference in the world with a tight connection and loose connection. Once you do that, it just slides onto the diode prong itself. You may also want to invest in some dielectric grease that will protect it and keep things out that would cause corrosion which would eventually cause an open circuit. As one final note you may want to take into account, if your towed vehicle has the same turn signal and brake light bulb, this kit is for you. If you have separate stop lights and turn signals, say for example your turn signals are amber that means theres going to be a different box to achieve that so you have your separate turn signals and stop lights still the same. That covers part # 38955.




Customer Reviews

Tail Light Isolating Diode System with Wiring Harness - 38955

Average Customer Rating:  ratingratingratingratingrating4.7 out of 5 stars   (69 Customer Reviews)

Allows motorhome or R.V. to power the lights on the towed vehicle without power feedback.


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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Charles S.07/09/2013


This is exactly what I needed to complete my tow package for the RV. I have seen for several years RVs towing a toad and always liked the idea of having the toad vehicle tail lights work from the RV. The diodes were easy to install and the spades fit tight. Instructions were clear even fo rthis old guy. Delivery was spot on with several emails communicating to me what was going on with the order. Thanks a bunch! :) 88444





Comments

It has been a year and after returning from vacation after the 4th I am very pleased to express my satisfaction with the diodes I installed on my Jeep wrangler. I get asked all the time how I was able to get the tail lights to come on while towing. I am always eager to tell and show everyone. What a great product. Still working GREAT!

Charles S. - 07/09/2014

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Bill Springer11/21/2012


Got the kit installed. Using on my toad (RAM Dakota) to be pulled behind my motorhome. My first one like this and easy and good quality product. Highly recommend. 59891





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All is doing fine thanks.

Bill Springer - 05/22/2014

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: linwood m08/28/2011


installed your isolating diode wiring harness 38955 also the blue ox base plate bx1126 . install was very easy with video on your site.was installed on my 2007 wangler to be towed with holiday rambler motor home. 22966






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Allan A.11/17/2011


The product arrived as expected & on time, with plenty of instructions and even a measure of product installation “Difficulty Rating”. I diffidently would use this measure to determine if I need help or could do it myself. Thanks for your excellent response time and “World Class Customer Service”. A.A. 27067






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Joe G11/22/2011


Installed the wiring kit on my 2008 Smart car. The Diode pack was exactly what I needed and made the installation simple and very clean. The kit was 100% complete in every way with more than enough wire to do the job. Thanks for a great product and at a price that made it practical. 27314






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Paul P11/04/2013


The delivery was prompt and the packaging was excellent. The product is exactly like the picture. I would recommend this site to all that are shopping for this product. The only reason that I gave the product a 4 star vs a 5 star is that the plug that hangs in front of your vehicle does not have a cover to protect it from corrosion. What you see is exactly what you get. I would buy from this dealer again. 106166






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: David B10/25/2013


Product contains everything a do-it-yourself handyman requires to completely wire a vehicle's existing lights for towing. The rate limiting part of this project is deciding how and where to run the wires from the front of the vehicle to the tail lights. The actual wiring of the lights requires about 15-20 minutes. Now I don't have to use the magnetic tow lights and string the wire through the vehicle. Thank you. 105205






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Terry02/24/2013


The product arrived as promised and all components seem of good quality. I was apparently shorted, I don't think I dropped or lost it, one spade lug which required an extra trip to the hardware store. It would be nice if a couple of extra lugs were included incase one gets lost or messed up during install. Other than that, all worked fine as promised after install. 67591






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Eldon02/28/2013


The product is now installed and works great. The instructions were sketchy (they were literally a sketch!) but I was able to muddle through it. Instructions did not call for the signal light wires to actually connect to the (separate) signal lights which I have on my Geo Tracker. When I rewired it this way everything worked fine. 67929






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Earl Cook01/24/2012


The product arrived in three days in very good condition. Installation went well, the video is a great help. I suggest that a longer ground wire be installed. I was required to add some length to it to make compatible with roadmaster tow bar to my motorhome. All in all a good product. Earl Cook 30239






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: John B06/13/2013


Everything I needed was included in the kit. An online video showed the installation steps very clearly. The wire provided was long enough for any vehicle. I had 6-8ft leftover after installation in my Dakota quad cab truck. Experience level: Above average (retired engineer) 84390






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: James B.06/11/2012


Delivery was prompt and product performs as advertised. The only difficulty was with the crimp-on spade terminals which are too large for the harness wire. It was necessary to solder the cable ends to make them slightly larger to get a tight crimped connection. 43688






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Glen01/16/2012


Good product. Fast shipping. Components were sent as described. A quick install guide shipped with the product would have been helpful. Had to go back and search online for install instructions. 29790






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Larry M.02/03/2014


Ordered this diode harness and was surprised how fast it was shipped. Instructions are easy to understand and should be installed without problems. It will solve my tow car lighting. 115552






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Doug S.07/08/2011


The ground wire is way too short. I had to add afew feet to it. This product is used by RV'ers and the towed car is going to be at least 5 feet behind the motorhome connection point. 18949






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Bernie K06/28/2014


Easy to order and quick shipment. Items received as specified in the online product description. Thank you for the detailed installation instruction that i got from your website. 138139






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Mark W.12/20/2013


My order was processed and in the mail with great speed,when it arrived it was just as pictured with good clear instructions.I am very pleased and would recommend them to everyone. 110727






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Eldon12/20/2013


I havn't installed or used the product but the service was EXCELLENT! It was shipped the day it was ordered and delivered two days later, great service for the Christmas season. 110688






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Gene F05/30/2011


Tow bar brakets were correct ones and in excellent condition. They were delivered on time. I have ordered from E Trailer three times; each time have been completely satisfied. 15686






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Ronj S10/07/2013


On-line instructions were perfect. Installation a breeze. Only suggestion I have is to include a couple of extra connectors in the package. Raise the price a buck if need be. 102860






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Gene T.02/29/2012


Product was exactly as advertised. Pictures were exact representative of the wiring system. Delivery was reasonably prompt. Will definitely be a returning customer. thanks 32800






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Dennis03/05/2013


The products were exactly what I needed and were of a very good quality. The service was fast and hassle free. I would recommend this business to anyone. 68899






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: chuck s10/29/2012


Easy install. Good instructions, plenty of wire length for my application (Mazda Miata). Worked perfectly first try and we are pleased with the result. 58349






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: chris04/23/2012


Excellent product - better than the product was the professional support and help. These people take support seriously. would recommend to anyone. 38130






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Tom G08/06/2013


Everything I ordered was received and packed extremely well. Great service and the product is what was advertised. Thai you so much! Tom G 93566






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: John C06/23/2012


The diodes and wiring harness that you sent me were just as discribe and just what I needed. Thank you very much for your promped service. 45378






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Gordo01/20/2011


Diodes Installed with minimal issues. I only needed 2 Diodes for my Jeep, but I'll hold on to the extras.. Seems to be a good product! 5741






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Don Clarke06/27/2012


Thank you for your service and quick shipment of the diodes and wiring.Your directions on line explain a great deal of detail. 45821






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Joe02/16/2013


Well pleased with service and wiring harness I ordered from your company. Great price, fast delivery, very easy to install. 66560






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: John B.05/10/2011


The harness arrived in a timely manor. It was straight forward to install and worked perfectly. I'm a satisfied customer. 13292






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Dave P05/13/2011


The diode wiring kit was fairly easy to install. The instructions were good and everything was delivered very quickly. 13813






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Dave Shannon08/01/2011


Nice and simple, good directions on the website. Fast order processing and shipping, very happy. Thanks again guys. 20745






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Dave H.03/31/2014


Arrived super quick, even with standard shipping. Product looks just like the pictures. Haven't installed yet. 122987






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Michael02/07/2012


The kit is complete with easy to follow instructions. I have purchased from etrailer before and will do so again. 31298






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Donald03/18/2013


Just finished installing. Haven't had a chance to towe with it yet but went in just like I expected. 71295






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Rod05/11/2011


Product worked as advertised. What was great was great was the detailed installation directions. 13353






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Bernie S09/30/2013


Seemed to be just what I need for vehicle. Ran a copy of instructions since none came with kit 101999






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Dustin W12/17/2010


diode kit Exactly what I needed at a great price. Product is as advertised and good quality. 4282






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Layne01/31/2013


Excellent value for the money. By using this kit and doing it myself I saved over $200. 64665






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Viento111/19/2013


Prompt delivery of my order. Instructions appear complete. Haven't installed it yet. 107853






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: John C Lane10/03/2011


Excellent service--excellent product---very easy install--- excellent in every way! 24990






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Ralph G.02/03/2012


I installed the wiring harness on my vehicle like the video showed it works great. 31019






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Herbert P04/04/2014


Great product, worked good and easy to install. Thanks for the fast service. 123723






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: charlie potter10/06/2011


wonderful product and I cant believe how fast you delivered the parts,charlie 25200






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Don F09/24/2013


Not yet installed, but looks to be of good quality and is just what I need. 101311






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Norm J.05/05/2011


Product was as expected. Wiring instructions in box would be a nice extra. 12918






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Leonard A03/21/2012


Excellent service from E Trailer ordered on Sunday received on Wednesday. 34649






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Cliff B.09/11/2012


Exactly what I was wanting, quick delivery. I will be a return customer 54367






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Blan Patterson05/10/2011


The Product itself was fine, but it took almost 3 weeks to get it... 13174






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Tim02/23/2012


The product went together very easily. It was delivered in two days. 32292




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  • If you go to the product description page for the Hopkins Tail Light Isolating Diode System, part # 38955 and scroll down to the bottom of the page (use the provided link) you will see 4 install diagrams. The wiring method used will depend on the way the tail light circuits on your RV are wired. The lights can be wired in one of two different ways. If your RV uses what we call a combined system, the brake light and turn signals are combined into a single circuit, using a singe bulb on...
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  • Base Plates, Light Kit, Safety Cables, and Braking System to Flat Tow a 2006 Toyota Tacoma
  • The Roadmaster XL Base Plates, # 1175-1, are compatible with your 2006 Toyota Tacoma as long as it is not an X-Runner. They will also fit the Roadmaster Stowmaster Tow Bar, # RM-501. I have included a link to the installation details and a video review of the tow bar for reference. To complete the towing set up for your truck, you will need safety cables, lighting, and a supplemental braking system as required by law. For safety cables, I recommend RoadMaster 64 inch Single Hook, Coiled...
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  • Can a 2011 Ford Fiesta Automatic be Flat Towed Behind a Motor Home
  • I did some checking and it looks like a 2011 Ford Fiesta with an automatic transmission is good to tow as is. However, you should check with the owners manual to check for any limitations or recommendations. You will need a few things to accomplish this, the first thing being a Roadmaster EZ2 Base Plate Kit, part # 524425-1. This will install onto your Fiesta and be the attachment point from the tow bars. Next, you will need a RoadMaster Sterling All Terrain Tow Bar, part # RM-576 and...
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  • Tow Bar Wiring to Flat Tow a 1996 Geo Tracker Behind a Motor Home
  • You can use a diode kit like # 38955 on your 1996 Geo Tracker but there are several things to consider. First, it looks like your Tracker has turn signals that are separate from the brake and running lights. If this is so then by using a 4 diode kit, all the functions will use the brake/running light bulb and the vehicle turn signals will not be used at all. If the towing vehicle (RV) has separate bulbs as well and no trailer connector, you would either need to use a tail light converter,...
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  • Tow Bar Wiring Recommendations for Flat Towing a 2011 Chevy Malibu 1LT with a 2010 Jayco Seneca
  • For tow bar wiring you basically have three options to choose from. You can use the magnetic lights like you are familiar with, like a RoadMaster Standard Magnetic Tow Lights, part # RM2120. You can use a diode kit like the Tail Light Isolating Diode System, part # 38955, that you referenced. If you are looking for the highest quality diode kit on your 2011 Chevy Malibu you would want the Roadmaster Universal Hy-Power Diode Wiring Kit, part # RM-154. Or you can use a bulb light...
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  • Base Plates, Tow Bar, Wiring, Safety Cables, Braking System to Flat Tow a 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee
  • The first thing you will need to flat tow your 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a set of base plates, # 1419-7 (fits models without brushguard). Next, you will need a compatible tow bar. You can use the RoadMaster Tracker Tow Bar, # RM-020, and add Roadmaster Tow Bar Quick Disconnect Kit, # RM-201, for removal of front base plate extensions. To complete the towing set up for your Jeep, you will need safety cables, lighting, and a supplemental braking system as required by law. For safety...
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