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  • Tow Bar Wiring Recommendation for a 2014 Ford F-150
  • We have exactly what you will need. First you will want the Hopkins Tow Bar Wiring part # HM56000. This will plug in line with your trucks taillights circuits to control them while being flat towed. This harness has a 4-way connector that can easily be converted to a 7-way with a # 47345. You will just need to plug the adapter into the 7-way socket on your tow vehicle and then plug the # HM56000 into it.
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  • Will the Hopkins Collapsible Vehicle Cargo Organizer # HM4113 a 2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid
  • The Hopkins Collapsible Vehicle Cargo Organizer # HM4113 is a multi-vehicle fit item, so I don't have any fit information for specific vehicles. However, you can see the dimensions of the organizer in the photo I've edited for you. Simply take a tape measure, and measure to see if you have the proper amount of space in your cargo area. If your cargo area is at least 37 inches wide, and 16-3/4 inches front-to-back, the carrier should work great for you.
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  • Cargo Organizer Recommendation for the Bed of a Truck
  • I have a great solution for you, but the # HM74113 isn't designed for use in a truck bed so it wouldn't be an ideal product for you. Instead check out the TruXedo Truck Luggage Expedition Truck Bed Cargo Management System # TX1705211. This is a very similar product as the # HM74113 except it is designed to be used in the bed of a truck so it would be perfect for you.
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  • Does It Matter Which Wire From a Trailer Breakaway System Switch Gets Used
  • Yes, a breakaway switch only completes a circuit when the plunger is pulled. You can wire either of your trailer wires to either of the wires of the # HM20014 and it would work great. I attached an FAQ article on breakaway systems for you to check out as well.
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  • Will the Hopkins Collapsible Vehicle Cargo Organizer # HM4113 fit a 2011 Ford Escape
  • The Hopkins Collapsible Vehicle Cargo Organizer # HM4113 is a multi-vehicle fit item, so I don't have any fit information for specific vehicles. However, you can see the dimensions of the organizer in the photo I've edited for you. Simply take a tape measure, and measure to see if you have the proper amount of space in your cargo area. If your cargo area is at least 37 inches wide, and 16-3/4 inches front-to-back, the carrier should work great for you.
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  • Mounting Bracket Recommendation for Use with 4-Way to 7-Way Adapter part # 37185
  • The correct bracket to use for the 7-Way Adapter part # 37185 is the Mounting Bracket part # 18138. This comes with the bracket and the mounting screws.
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  • 7-Way Trailer Connector for a Truck that has a 4-Way Flat Connector
  • Are you sure it is a 6-Way and not a 7-Way blade style such as # 37185? The center counts as a pin. I have not heard of a 6-Way blade style connector, not to say that it doesn't exist but I haven't seen one myself. There might also be a way to add a 7-Way to the truck without having to cut or splice anything. If you can tell me the year, make, and model of the truck I can determine if there is a 7-Way that will work other than a hardwire option.
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  • Can a Trailer Mounted Battery be Charged Up Using a Breakaway Battery Charger
  • A charger such as # 20011 will not be able to charge up a regular battery, only small breakaway batteries. The issue is that the wiring on the trailer and vehicle is not large enough and the alternator is not strong enough (on most vehicles) to push back the amperage required to charge up a battery. At best it can only maintain the charge level of the battery. Also, you will want to disconnect the breakaway battery from the larger battery. Otherwise it will just drain it and also shorten...
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  • Low Beam Headlight Not Working But High Beam Does Work
  • It sounds like there could be a fuse blown or damage or corrosion in the bulb socket. Bulbs that have both high and low beam functions have 2 filaments in them so it is also possible that the low beam filament has burned out. If you can tell me the year, make, and model of the vehicle I can recommend some replacement bulbs.
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  • Brake Controller and Install Harness Recommendation for a 2015 Nissan Frontier
  • Since your 2015 Nissan Frontier has the tow package all you need to install the Hopkins InSIGHT Brake Controller part # HM47297 is the correct harness which you also referenced part # HM47635. No other parts or wire splicing would be needed.
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  • Hopkins Back Up Camera Recommendation to Replace Damaged One
  • Most likely not, the Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera # HM50002 that you referenced uses connectors that are specific to the monitor and the camera. They aren't universal connectors so it would be highly unlikely you would be able to connect the camera up to a different monitor. You would want to either install and use all of the # HM50002 or find a new camera for your current setup.
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  • Hopkins Back Up Camera Recommendation to Replace Damaged One
  • Most likely not, the Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera # HM50002 that you referenced uses connectors that are specific to the monitor and the camera. They aren't universal connectors so it would be highly unlikely you would be able to connect the camera up to a different monitor. You would want to either install and use all of the # HM50002 or find a new camera for your current setup.
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  • Troubleshooting Trailer Passenger Side Stop Turn Circuit Not Functioning
  • First thing I would do is ask your buddy what all he messed with, if you can get him to undo the damage he did to your trailer you will be in better shape. It sounds like the original problem you had was just a bad ground on the passenger stop/tail light. Typically light assemblies ground through their mounting hardware so ensuring this light is attached to a clean metal surface would be a great place to start and would most likely fix the problem. I attached a trailer wiring diagram...
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  • Trailer Connector Adapter To Convert 4-Pole on Vehicle to Tow 7-Way Equipped Trailer
  • We do indeed have an adapter that would work for you, the part # 37185 you referenced. This adapter would plug into the 4-pole on your truck. There are four loose wires as well, but if you don't need the 12-volt power or brake output circuit active, you'll just need to ground the white wire to the truck frame. You can bundle up the remaining wires and tuck them up out of the way. The adapter will also provide you a functioning 4-pole. To see a product demonstration video featuring the...
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  • How to Pick Out Tow Bar Wiring for Flat Towing
  • What you are looking for is called tow bar wiring. Wiring your towed vehicle (or dinghy) can be a complicated process. Depending on the wiring method you've chosen, you may have to splice into your car's wiring, drill into your tail light housings or run wiring beneath your car. Because each towed vehicle is different, and each RV (or tow vehicle) is different, it can be somewhat difficult to determine what all you may need for your towing setup. For that reason we created an FAQ article...
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  • Troubleshooting Brake Light/Left Turn Signal on a Trailer Towed by 1999 Chevrolet Silverado
  • The first thing I would test is the trailer connector on your 1999 Chevrolet Silverado using a circuit tester like part # 3808 to see if the problem lies in the trailer or in your vehicle. See the linked video to see how to do this. You will be testing for brake/stop light functionality of the circuit and this will tell you if the problem is on the truck or the trailer. Also to ensure that your trailer connector is wired properly, we recommend using the circuit tester to match pins by function....
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  • Part Recommendations For Flat-Towing A 2006 Hummer H3
  • In order to be able to flat-tow your 2006 Hummer H3, there are 5 items needed. You will need base plates for the Hummer, a tow bar, safety cables, lighting for the H3, and most states now require a supplemental brake system. The base plates I recommend are the Roadmaster Base Plates, part # 2505-3. When the front arms are removed the system is virtually invisible. The tow bar I recommend is the Roadmaster Falcon 2 Tow Bar, part # RM-520. This tow bar has a weight capacity of 6,000...
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  • Will the Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera Interfere with a Valentine One Radar Detector
  • I have great news! Using a wired back up-camera like the Hopkins # HM50002 won't interfere with your Valentine One radar detector since the V1 plugs into your lighter socket or using the optional direct-wire power adapter. Keep in mind that any other wireless device that operates on 2.4 GHz (like a Bluetooth or in-car internet) can interfere with the reception quality of a wireless backup camera. I included a helpful video review on the Hopkins backup camera for you as well.
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  • Will the Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera Interfere with a Valentine One Radar Detector
  • I have great news! Using a wired back up-camera like the Hopkins # HM50002 won't interfere with your Valentine One radar detector since the V1 plugs into your lighter socket or using the optional direct-wire power adapter. Keep in mind that any other wireless device that operates on 2.4 GHz (like a Bluetooth or in-car internet) can interfere with the reception quality of a wireless backup camera. I included a helpful video review on the Hopkins backup camera for you as well.
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  • Routing Wire from License Plate Bracket Inside Vehicle to Install Hopkins HM60100VA
  • To get the wire from the license plate bracket through the lift gate of your 2014 Chevy Equinox you can look for a hole possibly on the underside of the lift gate handle area, or most likely you will have to drill a hole to route the wire. If you can I would recommend you drill through a plastic area possibly around a light fixture or the handle instead of through the painted portion. Drilling through a painted portion wouldn't be that big of a deal, but anytime you can minimize modifying...
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  • Routing Wire from License Plate Bracket Inside Vehicle to Install Hopkins HM60100VA
  • To get the wire from the license plate bracket through the lift gate of your 2014 Chevy Equinox you can look for a hole possibly on the underside of the lift gate handle area, or most likely you will have to drill a hole to route the wire. If you can I would recommend you drill through a plastic area possibly around a light fixture or the handle instead of through the painted portion. Drilling through a painted portion wouldn't be that big of a deal, but anytime you can minimize modifying...
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  • Having Trouble Lining Up 2014 Ford F-350 and Gooseneck Trailer
  • For a gooseneck hitch and trailer I think the best solution would be to use the Swift Hitch camera # 04928. You can mount this camera pretty much anywhere and turn it on when needed (it doesn't tap into the vehicle wiring). The base is magnetic so you could attach the camera to the gooseneck coupler to line up the truck and trailer perfectly.
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  • Having Trouble Lining Up 2014 Ford F-350 and Gooseneck Trailer
  • For a gooseneck hitch and trailer I think the best solution would be to use the Swift Hitch camera # 04928. You can mount this camera pretty much anywhere and turn it on when needed (it doesn't tap into the vehicle wiring). The base is magnetic so you could attach the camera to the gooseneck coupler to line up the truck and trailer perfectly.
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  • Recommendation for Towing a Trailer with 4-Way with a 2013 Toyota Tundra with 7-Way
  • For your 2013 Toyota Tundra I would recommend you replace your current 7-way with a part # HM11143395. This will plug into the factory wiring of your truck and will give you both a 7-way and a 4-way trailer wiring connector at the rear of your vehicle so that you could tow a trailer with either style connector. I attached an install video for this product for you to check out as well.
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  • Availability of Extension Cables for Hopkins Smart Hitch Back-Up Camera
  • There are indeed extension cables available in 5 foot increments as part # HM3100504060 or 25 foot lengths as part # HM3100504061. You can see current pricing by clicking the links I've provided for you.
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  • Availability of Extension Cables for Hopkins Smart Hitch Back-Up Camera
  • There are indeed extension cables available in 5 foot increments as part # HM3100504060 or 25 foot lengths as part # HM3100504061. You can see current pricing by clicking the links I've provided for you.
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  • How to Convert a 4-Way on a 2006 Ford Expedition to a 7-Way to Install Brake Controller
  • You will want the Brake Controller Install Kit and 7-Way Adapter part # ETBC7. This will convert your 4-way to a 7-way and comes with everything needed to install a brake controller. I attached installation instructions and an install video for this product as well. For a brake controller I would recommend the Prodigy Brake Controller part # 90185 that you already have. This is our best selling brake controller because of how well it works and how easy it is to setup.
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  • Can the Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera # HM50002 Be Activated While Driving
  • You can hardwire the Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera # HM50002 to your vehicle battery through a switch to let you turn it on whenever you wanted. The red wire of the harness would need to get run to the positive side of your battery while the black wire would get run to the negative side of the battery. On either of these circuit you would need to wire a switch in. For a switch you could use the Derale Switch part # D16740.
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  • Can the Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera # HM50002 Be Activated While Driving
  • You can hardwire the Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera # HM50002 to your vehicle battery through a switch to let you turn it on whenever you wanted. The red wire of the harness would need to get run to the positive side of your battery while the black wire would get run to the negative side of the battery. On either of these circuit you would need to wire a switch in. For a switch you could use the Derale Switch part # D16740.
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  • How Does the Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera # HM50002 Install in a 2007 GMC Sierra New Body
  • We had the chance to install the Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera # HM50002 in a truck just like your 2007 GMC Sierra. Check out the video I attached that will detail exactly how it would install in your vehicle.
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