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Draw-Tite is the leading manufacturer of custom-fit trailer hitches. Currently, Draw-Tite manufactures over 750 different trailer hitches and over 600 accessories and parts covering approximately 3850 vehicle applications. This means that it is easy to find the application that will fit your vehicle perfectly. Draw-Tite's hitches are a one piece, welded design that are easy to install.

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  • Troubleshooting No Running Lights on Trailer but Turn Signals and Brake Lights Work
  • I would start by checking the truck out with a circuit tester, item # 3808 if needed, first. You should get left turn and brake signals on the yellow wire, right turn and brake signals on the green wire, and running lights on the brown wire. The white wire is the ground wire. If the vehicle signals are all functioning properly at the trailer connector then you will need to figure out which wires go to the correct circuits on the trailer. Trailers with 5-Way connectors usually have surge...
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  • Should I Use 2-Wheel Drive or 4-Wheel Drive While Towing in the Mountains
  • You should not tow your trailer on dry pavement with the vehicle in 4-wheel drive. For normal towing you should always use 2-wheel drive. The exceptions to this are extreme conditions such as snow covered or muddy roads that would normally require 4 wheel drive. Just remember that if you would use 4-wheel drive without the trailer then you should use it with the trailer. In the mountains, if you are descending on a 4-wheel drive trail then 4-wheel drive low would be recommended to save...
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  • Working Running Lights, But No Turn Signals or Brake Lights On Trailer
  • You will first want to check the fuses on your tow vehicle. Some vehicles could have fuses for operating the turn signals and brake lights of a towing package. You will want to check if they are installed and working properly. The next thing is to make sure the wires on the trailer plug is wired properly to the trailer. If you have a 4-Way connector on the trailer the white wire is for ground, the green wire for right turn and brake, yellow wire for left turn and brake, and the brown...
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  • SC Error Code on Draw-Tite # 5500 Activator II Trailer Brake Controller
  • On the 2-8 Electric Brake Controller, item # 5500, the code SC indicates that the brake controller output circuit is short circuited at some point between the point where the blue wire exits the rear of the controller and where it ultimately ends at each brake assembly at the brake magnet. The most common situation that causes this is a damaged or corroded trailer connector, either the socket on the vehicle or the plug on the trailer. Carefully examine the metal pins on the plug and...
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  • How to Troubleshoot a Trailer Blowing the Running/Taillight Fuse Only
  • Since 6 of your trailers are not having problems with the 7-Way connector on your vehicle, the problem must be in the 7th trailers wiring. I would start with making sure all of the ground connections are securely attached to clean, rust and corrosion free surfaces, just to be sure, although it sounds like a short circuit issue. Then, I would check the 7-Way trailer connector. Take it apart and check inside to be sure that the wire connections are not shorted somehow to the taillight...
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  • What Does E2 Error Code Indicate on Reliance Electric Brake Controller
  • I contacted our representative at Hopkins about the E2 code that is showing on the Reliance Brake Controller. The representative informed me that this code is an indication of a short on the Blue brake controller wire. What he will need to do is inspect the Blue wire from the brake controller back for any cut, frayed or exposed wiring. A way to check whether the short is on the tow vehicle or the trailer is to stop and disconnect the trailer wiring. If the E2 code still shows on the...
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  • Troubleshooting Draw-Tite Activator II Trailer Brake Controller Blue Wire has Constant 12V Power
  • Your instinct about how there should not be 12 volt power all the time on the blue wire of the Activator II, # 5500, is correct. I have included a link to the installation details below for reference. You will need to test the brake controller wiring using a multimeter (something that can measure a minimal amount of volts), like # BTMT15. Check the red wire connection. It should be attached to the wire on the stop light switch that only has voltage when the brake pedal is pressed. If...
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  • Trailer Running Light Fuse Location on a 2012 Dodge Ram 3500
  • There is most likely a separate fuse and/or relay for the running light circuit on your 2012 Dodge Ram 3500. The easiest way to find any fuses or relays is to use the owners manual and/or legend on the power distribution box lid for the locations of items related to the tow package wiring. From what I could find in the online version of the owners manual, the trailer tow lamps/park lamps fuse is in cavity J14 and requires a blue 20 amp cartridge fuse.
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  • All Trailer Lights Work Except Running Lights on New 4 Wire Light Kit
  • You can check the wiring with a multimeter, but usually a basic circuit tester is enough to diagnose the problem. The first step we recommend is isolating the source of the problem to either the vehicle or the the trailer by checking the vehicle side connector. Disconnect the trailer from the vehicle. Using a circuit tester, like part # 3808, or multimeter, check the 3 pins on the vehicle connector while using the 4th pin as the ground. Yellow should be left turn and brake, green should...
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  • Left Turn Signals Not Working When Hooking Up Utility Trailer To Truck
  • Sounds like it is a ground problem. I would start with checking the ground of the left tail light of your utility trailer to make sure it is making a good ground. The tail light assembly is grounded to the trailer by either a separate ground wire to the frame or by the bolts of the tail light assembly being attached to the frame of the trailer. You will want to make sure the tail light assembly is fastened to the metal trailer frame securely and making a good ground. If it has the ground...
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  • Identifying the Wire Functions and Colors on a Gooseneck Trailer
  • It sounds like you have a 6-Way connector on the gooseneck trailer. However, there is no set color/function combination for trailer wiring and any color wire that was laying around could be used for any function. We use the following colors/functions which seems to be the most common: Black - 12 volt Power White - Ground Brown - Tail Lights Red - Could Be Trailer Brake Feed (if equipped) or Auxiliary Power Green - Right Turn and Brake Yellow - Left turn and Brake It sounds as...
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  • Electric Brakes Pulsating On Travel Trailer When Stopping
  • There could be many possibilities that are causing the pulsating of your brakes on your 2008 Ford E350. A few possibilities to start with would be to use a circuit tester like the Quickee Tester, part # 3808, and check the connection of your stoplight wire from the brake controller to your stoplight switch. This wire needs to be connected to the cold side of the stoplight switch, which will only show power when the brake pedal is applied. You will also want to check all the connections...
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  • Both Trailer Turn Signals Blink when Running Lights Are on and Turn Signals Engaged
  • This does sound like a ground problem. If it only happens when the running lights are in it indicates a ground issue because ground problems normally show up when there is more of a load on the system. First, make sure that the main ground from the trailer plug is attached to a clean and corrosion free bare metal surface. Next, go back to the lights. Most trailer lights ground through the mounting studs if there is not an obvious ground wire. In either case, the grounds have to be attached...
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  • Turn Signals and Brake Lights Do Not Work on Trailer Towed with Ford F-350
  • The best way to determine if the issue is indeed on the truck is to use a circuit tester like part # 3808 and test each individual pin on the connector as its function is activated. First you will want to clean the connector and make sure there is no corrosion on the pins. You may also need to remove the wires from the connector as corrosion can build up in the connector. If all of the connection points are corrosion free, then begin testing the pins or the wires themselves. If you...
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  • Does the Tekonsha P3 Trailer Brake Controller Turn Off or Stay On All the Time
  • The P3 brake controller, # 90195, will go into a sort of sleep mode after it detects no movement for 15 minutes. While it is on it does not draw very much power. What you can do to make sure it goes to sleep is exit the truck after turning it off, walk away for 15 minutes or so, then come back and peek in through the window to see if it has turned off. Of course you could always unplug the controller if you wanted. If it has not, there may be a wiring issue or something causing the controller...
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  • What Does the OC Error Code Mean on a Valley Journey Trailer Brake Controller
  • On the Valley Journey brake controller, the OC code indicates that the manual override lever is being applied and there is no trailer connected. If this is happening any other time, there are some things you can do to fix it. Start by fully applying the manual override and letting it snap back into place. Do this several times to clean the contacts inside the brake controller. Next, with the trailer disconnected, check the trailer connector on the vehicle and clean out any dirt and corrosion....
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  • Gooseneck Extension for 2005 Dodge Ram Truck with 6 ft Bed
  • You can measure from the center of your existing gooseneck ball to the back of the cab on the Dodge and then measure the width of the trailer loft and divide that by two. If the measurement from the center of the hitch ball to the cab is 4 inches greater than one half the width of the trailer you should have room for clearance. If not you will need to purchase an offset gooseneck ball that is long enough to provide the 4 inches clearance needed to accommodate pitch and roll of the trailer...
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  • Wiring Codes AUX and CHMSL During Brake Controller Install on 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer
  • The code AUX refers to auxiliary which is auxiliary power, which should be the Dark Blue wire on your 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer. This wire will connect to the Dark Blue wire on the brake controller and should be connected to the 7-way as the brake output wire. The code CHMSL refers to Center High Mounted Stop Light, which is your third brake light circuit. This is the brake signal wire and will be connected to the red wire on the brake controller. This wire should only get signal when...
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  • Brakes Lock Up On Horse Trailer When Connected To 2005 Ford F250 With Valley Brake Controller
  • It sounds like you are going to need to check the wiring on your whole towing setup. You will need to use a circuit tester like the Quickee Circuit Tester, # 3808, and want to start by checking the brake controller wires to make sure they are connected properly. You should have power in to the controller on the black wire and power leaving the controller on the blue wire when the brake pedal is pressed or the manual slide knob is activated. The red wire should have power on it only...
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  • What Does the Sync Control on the Draw-Tite Activator Do
  • The front slide does not adjust brake pressure. The front slide is a manual over-ride button. There is a little dial or slide above the red LED that adjusts the brake pressure. The sync dial on the side adjusts the time it takes for the brake controller reach the brake power setting. The sync control adjusts if the power ramps up quickly or slowly. The Draw-Tite Activator is a time-delayed controller. You use the output control to set how much power the brake controller puts out. It...
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  • Trailer Brake Lights and Running Lights Work but Turn Signals Do Not
  • On a trailer that uses a 4-Way wiring harness, the brake lights and turn signals are on the same circuit. So it is strange that the signals are not working when the brake lights are. First, with the trailer not connected, check the connector on the tow vehicle using a circuit tester like # 3808. This is to make sure that a signal is coming through to the vehicle side trailer connector. If a turn signal is not coming through there must be a problem with the vehicle wiring. Depending...
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  • Troubleshooting No Power to Wire Harness for Trailer Brakes
  • There are a few things you will need to do under the hood of your 2004 Chevy Silverado before you will have power at the wiring harness. You will need to remove the bracket in the corner closest to the driver (see pic step A on the link below that I attached). Next, you will need to remove the top cover of the Accessory Fuse Block. Next, remove the lower cover to the fuses. Next, you will want to locate the blue and red wires that are normally located next to the fuse block on the...
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  • Can a 2010 Honda Element EX 4WD be Flat Towed Behind an RV/Motorhome
  • According to my research, the 2010 Honda Element is flat towable as is. You will still want to consult the vehicle owners manual for any additional specific information on towing the vehicle. Roadmaster does offer a set of base plates for the 2010 Element, except for SC models. The base plate kit I would recommend is the Roadmaster XL Style Kit, part # 1541-3. Roadmaster has a large offering of tow bars as well. I have added a link to the options compatible with XL style base plates. You...
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  • Compatability of Receiver Hitch with Eagle Lift Gate on 1989 Ford F-250 4 x 4
  • I contacted Draw-Tite about the Class III Max-E-Loader Trailer Hitch, item # 41004. Draw-Tite informed me that the measurement they have is 5-3/4 inches from the mounting location to the top of the receiver tube that the drawbar slides into. I do have the following hitches in stock for your truck and measured the distance from the top of the receiver tube to where it mounts to the frame and got the following dimensions. Class III Max-Frame Trailer Hitch, item # 75038 is 5-1/4 inches...
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  • Why is my Brake Controller Reading Overload and How Can I Find Where the Problem is?
  • If your controller, item # 5500, is reading overload without the trailer connected then that means there is a short in the blue trailer feed wire on the vehicle. If the controller is reading overload only when the trailer is connected then there is a short or overload in the trailer wiring or breaks. Use a circuit tester, item # 3808 if you need one, to test the wiring to find out where the short is. If it is on the trailer end and you cannot find a wiring problem then the problem...
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  • What Does The Code OL Mean on Draw-Tite Activator Brake Controller # 5500
  • If the display on your Draw-Tite Activator Brake Controller, part # 5500, shows the letters OL,or Overload Code, that is an indication that there is a short in the Blue wire circuit. The Blue wire supplies power from the controller back to the trailer connector and to the brakes. You will want to inspect the Blue wire connection at the brake controller and at the back of the 7-way on the back of your vehicle. You will also want to inspect the inside of the vehicle side connector and...
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  • Draw Tite Activator 2 Displays Decimal or Dot and Does Nothing When Manual Switch is Activated
  • According to the instructions, when you have a decimal or dot displayed, it signals that there is no trailer connected. Without a trailer connected, there is no complete brake circuit so pressing the manual switch will do nothing. Try connecting a trailer first and following the setup portion of the instructions. In case you do not have your instructions, I have included a link to them below. I attached an FAQ page on brake controllers that you might find informative to the right.
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  • Brake Controller Quit Working On 2005 GMC Sierra 2500HD
  • I would check the power distribution box under the hood of your 2005 GMC Sierra 2500HD . The box is located under the hood and on the inside of the drivers side fender. Remove the cover, and locate the two auxiliary power posts on the inboard side of the box. The post closest to the rear of the vehicle should have a red wire attached to it. Next to this post in the fuse box there should be a green 30 amp fuse installed. If the fuse is not installed or is blown, or this red wire is not...
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  • Troubleshooting OL Error Code On a Draw-Tite Activator III Brake Controller # 5520
  • On the Draw-Tite Activator III Brake Controller, part # 5520, the OL designation on the display will mean overload. The cause of this is most likely a bad ground or a short to the blue brake out put wire. I am including a link to the instructions on the Draw-Tite brake controller. The first thing I would check is the connector on the back of your vehicle. Any dirt or corrosion can be causing a bad ground or a short to the brake output pin. The solution is to clean out the connector and...
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  • Trailer Taillights Not Working on a 1998 Chevy Tahoe Everything Else Works Except Running Lights
  • It sounds like the tow package running light fuse is blown. There is a power distribution panel under the hood. When you remove the cover there will be a legend on the underside indication where the tow package fuses are located. The running light fuse for this circuit should be located in this panel also. If a tow package fuse is blown check the trailer wiring for a short on the taillight circuit before reconnecting it to the vehicle. If you find that the fuses are good, the next...
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