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  • Will the Hopkins Tailgate EasyLift Fit a 2005 Toyota Tundra Double Cab
  • Yes, the Tailgate EasyLift # 74211 will fit all models of the 2005 Toyota Tundra included the Double Cab. I have included a link to a video review of the EasyLift for you.
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  • Towing Capacity of 2001 Chevy Silverado for Towing 9000lb Travel Trailer
  • Finding the actual towing capacity of a truck sight unseen can be difficult. The towing capacity can vary wildly from model to model. The engine size, transmission and gear ratio of the rear end will all have an influence on the towing capacity of the vehicle. The most definitive way of determining the towing capacity of your truck would be to check the identification plate installed in the door jamb of the driver's door. The plate will list the GCWR, or Gross Combined Weight Rating,...
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  • 5 Foot Long 4-Way Flat to 7-Way Flat Adapter
  • Not exactly, but I can come up with a 5 foot long adapter that has a 7-way male on one end and a 4-way female on the other. Basically you would need the # 18045 and then to plug in the # PK12716 into the corresponding end and you would be good to go.
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  • Should a Trailer Breakaway Battery Be Brought inside When Trailer is Winterized
  • It would be a good idea to bring your breakaway battery inside and put it on a trickle charger if it's going to be parked for a while in the bitter cold. An inactive battery will slowly lose it's charge over time, especially in the cold. For a charger with pulse maintenance that would do an excellent job keeping your battery in good condition for the winter you would want the CTEK Multi US 4.3 # CTEK56864. For the man door you have you could use the # SL716SS installed on the inside...
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  • Wiring Harness Recommendation For 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited
  • We do have a wiring harness that will work for your 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The factory wiring harness will be terminated behind the rear bumper and may have a plug or cap. You can simply uncap the harness and plug an adapter like the Pollak 7- and 4-Pole Trailer Connector, part # HM40975. This will give you a 7-way and a 4-way connector at the rear of your Grand Cherokee. If you do not have enough wire harness length with the Jeep connector you may want to take a look at the Tow...
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  • Towing Trailer with 7-way RV Connector Using Semi Tractor with 7-way Round Pin Connector
  • I found the article you referenced and attached the text of it below. I also attached the installation instructions and diagram to this message as well. To tow a trailer that uses a RV style 7-way blade-style trailer connector with semi that has a 7-pin connector, you will need to construct an adapter that also combines the brake signal into the right and left directional signal pins. This can be done by using a female 7-pin socket # PK11720 to accept the plug from the semi, a...
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  • Towing Trailer with 7-way RV Connector Using Semi Tractor with 7-way Round Pin Connector
  • I found the article you referenced and attached the text of it below. I also attached the installation instructions and diagram to this message as well. To tow a trailer that uses a RV style 7-way blade-style trailer connector with semi that has a 7-pin connector, you will need to construct an adapter that also combines the brake signal into the right and left directional signal pins. This can be done by using a female 7-pin socket # PK11720 to accept the plug from the semi, a...
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  • How to Install a 7-Way and a P3 Brake Controller in a 2007 Ford Expedition
  • Actually instead of the # HM40975 you would want the # 37185. This will allow you to plug your current 4-way directly into it and then attach your brake controller wire to the blue wire. Check out the install video I attached for more info. This would go great with your P3 Brake Controller # 90195 that would install with the # 3035-P.
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  • Can a Trailer Breakaway System be Run off of Existing Trailer Battery
  • A breakaway kit can be wired in one of two ways to the trailer brake system. The first way would be to use the Engager Trailer BreakAway Kit with Charger and Tester, item # 20099 , and splice off of the power wire that maintains the trailer's battery on the trailer to charge the battery included in the kit (see instructions). This is the recommended method of installing a breakaway kit since many states require that a breakaway kit with separate power supply be used. The second option,...
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  • Brake Controller Recommendation for a 2006 Chevy Silverado Towing Trailer with EOH Brakes
  • Since you have electric over hydraulic brakes on your travel trailer you will need to use a brake controller that is compatible with this style of brakes. I would recommend the Prodigy P2 Brake Controller part # 90885. This is our best selling brake controller because of how well it works and how easy it is to setup. To install the brake controller all you would need is the install harness # 3015-P. I attached an install video to the right that shows a brake controller being installed...
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  • 2010 Nissan Frontier King Cab 7-Way Trailer Connector Not Functioning Properly
  • What it sounds like to me is the relay could be blown. Since you know where the relays are located, check your relays by replacing with a new relay. This is the best way to tell if you have a bad relay somewhere. I would still recommend looking at your owners manual to locate other potential relays and fuses related to the tow package wiring. Since your 7-way vehicle end connector is cracked, you could always replace it with # N40975. It also includes the 3 relays required to activate...
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  • Trailer Right Turn and Brake Light Circuit Stopped Working on a 2004 Nissan Armada
  • On some Nissan vehicles like your 2004 Armada there are also relays and/or fuses inside the in-cab fuse panel so you will want to check those as well. Use the vehicle owners manual to find all locations of the fuses and relays related to the tow package wiring. I agree that it does sound like a fuse or relay. Checking fuses is easy but relays are trickier. Basically the easiest way to test a relay is to use a known good relay in place of a potential bad one. The turn signal functions...
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  • Best Place to Mount Hopkins Graduated RV Levels on Trailer
  • There is no specific location where you mount the Hopkins Graduated RV Levels, # HM08525. Personally I would consider where I would be standing as I worked to make the RV or trailer level and I would place the levels in the most convenient place for that process.
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  • Brake Controller and Transmission Cooler for a 2010 Infiniti QX56
  • I will be happy to help. Starting with a brake controller we have many options but one controller stands out as my personal favorite, the P2, # 90885. This is our best selling controller of all time because it is easy to set up and use and it is reliable. Installing it depends on how your 2010 Infiniti QX56 is set up. If your QX56 came with a factory installed 7-Way trailer connector at the back you can use wiring harness # 3050-P with the brake controller. If it does not have a trailer...
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  • Adding a 4-Way Trailer Wiring Harness to a 2007 Chevy Monte Carlo LT
  • To add a trailer connector to the back of your 2007 Chevy Monte Carlo LT you will need to hardwire in a harness using # 18252. This harness comes with a circuit tester which you will use to determine the functions of the vehicle tail light wiring to install the 4-Way. On the 4-Way, the white wire is ground and will attach to a clean bare metal surface. The yellow wire will connect to the vehicle's left turn and brake light wire. Brown will connect to the vehicle's running light/tail...
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  • Hopkins Brake Controllers and Wiring Harnesses that Fit a 2015 Honda Pilot
  • We have a couple of different Hopkins brake controllers available. We have the InSIGHT, # HM47297, which has a wide range of mounting options, and we have the Agility # HM47294 which is a more traditional controller in terms or appearance. I would go with the InSIGHT because of the versatile mounting options. For a 2015 Honda Pilot that came with a factory 7-Way, or one that didn't but still has the functioning brake controller port you would need harness # HM47935. We do not currently...
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  • Winch Recommendation for Moving Building Supplies Up a Hill
  • I agree that a battery powered winch wouldn't be the way to go. The Superwinch # 1723 is the most powerful AC winch we offer. The winch has a 2000 lb capacity, and includes 100 feet of cable. From your description, I'm not sure if the load will be hoisted straight up into the air or dragged up an incline. If it's an incline, you can rig up some sort of track system, maybe using an extension ladder like roofers do. This would make the load a rolling load, which takes less capacity to...
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  • Travel Trailer Not Stopping Even After Installing New Brakes and Making Adjustments
  • Since you mention that you experience the same problems even after switching tow vehicles, I think it is safe to assume that the issue is with the trailer. The first thing that I recommend is to put some miles on your new brakes. Manufacturers state that it can take up to 200 miles for the brakes to be fully seated and function to their fullest potential. You may also be experiencing a ground issue which would not allow full power to the brakes on the trailer. I would begin by checking...
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  • Trailer Wiring Extension to Allow Utility Trailer Plug to Reach Truck Bed Connector
  • We can definitely help you! If your trailer and truck connectors are RV-style 7-way blade types we offer extensions in various lengths. For example, if you need several feet of additional length we offer the Curt Universal 5th Wheel/Gooseneck 7-Way Extension # C56080 which is 7-feet long. If a shorter extension will suffice you might use the 28-inch TorkLift # TLW6028, 36-inch # TLW6036 or 48-inch # TLW6048. If either your truck or trailer use different connectors (the linked...
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  • How to Install a Brake Controller in a 2011 Nissan Pathfinder
  • The easiest way to install your Hopkins Agility Brake Controller part # HM47294 would be to get the correct harness that would plug into the back of the brake controller and the other end would plug into the port under your dash that you have found. The part you need is # HM47635. It would simply plug into the harness you have. To see how to match the colors up check out the picture I attached that shows the back of the connector.
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  • Difference Between Roadmaster # HM56300 and TrailerMate # TM783106 Flat Towing Wiring for 2010 CRV
  • Both the TrailerMate # TM783106 and the Hopkins # HM56300 serve the same purpose. They're both plug-and-play harnesses that would allow the lights on your flat towed vehicle to operate in tandem with those of the the RV. I prefer the TrailerMate harness, as they include wire loom to protect the wire and make for a neater appearing installation, but either harness would work just fine for you. Because this harness wires your Honda CR-V as a combined system, a brake light relay (RM-88400...
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  • Brake Controller Harness Location for 2006 Toyota V8 Sport Edition 4Runner
  • Since your 2006 Toyota 4Runner Sport Edition came from the factory with a 7-way installed there will be a port underneath the dash board to accept the brake controller installation adapter # HM47815. The port will be located to the left of the emergency brake pedal, just above the trim panel. At right you will find a link to a video showing this port and demonstrating the brake controller installation process. Please refer to the :30-second mark in the video.
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  • Unable To Get Reverse Light Power to a Hopkins Replacement Multi-Tow 7-Way and 4-Way Connector
  • You will need to check the owners manual to see where the fuses and relays are located. If there isn't any blown fuses or relays, I would run a reverse light wire to the backup circuit of your 2004 Dodge Ram wiring harness. It is recommended that a circuit tester such as # 3808 be used on the tow vehicle's wiring harness to verify that the correct wire has been located for the proper function. I have included an FAQ and installation video for you too.
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  • Replacement Cable And Pin For Hopkins Engager Break-Away System
  • I spoke with my contact at Hopkins about your Engager Break-Away system. They told me that there was a change to the pin about 3 or 4 years ago and the pin on the newer systems is actually shorter than the previous switches. If your break-away system is one of the newer models then part # HM20051 would work well for you. This is the 48 inch cable with the pin that attached to the break-away switch. If you have an older model with the longer pin, then part # HM20010 would be...
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  • Troubleshooting Cruise Control Not Working on 1998 Chevy 1500 Truck After Brake Controller Install
  • There isn't a brake controller install harness or set of wires in a 1998 Chevy C/K 1500 truck. They had to have hardwired the controller to your truck. The issue is the wire they used for the stop light switch for the brake controller is the wrong one. Sounds like they grabbed the one that is used for the cruise control. They (or you), needs to test the wires coming from the brake pedal switch to find the one that has voltage only when the brakes are applied and use that one. I attached...
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  • Is It Possible to Improve Trailer Breakaway Battery Charging, Towed by 2012 Ford F-150
  • I would make sure that the 12 volt accessory circuit of your trailer's wiring is using 10 gauge wire. Basically the thicker gauge the wire the more current it can carry to your battery charger. Also, I would make sure the ground of the battery is using a thick gauge wire and is attached to a clean metal surface. If you need wire we sell 10 gauge wire # 10-1-1 by the foot. It could also be that you have a weak breakaway battery that just doesn't want to hold a charge. I attached...
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  • Trailer Wiring Recommendation for a 2008 Chevy Express Van
  • Both the trailer wiring harnesses # 31345 and the # 55540 that you referenced have been confirmed to fit your 2008 Chevy Express Van. Both have their pros and cons. The # 31345 only uses the taillight circuits of your vehicle as signal wires and draws all of the power to illuminate your trailer taillights from the vehicle battery. This is a better setup overall that will reduce the risk of over drawing your vehicle's taillight circuits at the cost of a more in-depth install and a little...
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  • Troubleshooting Hopkins Trailer Breakaway System Not Charging Battery
  • First you will want to check the wiring of the Hopking Breakaway # 20099. If the black wire from the breakaway box is not receiving 12 volts from the 7-way on your tow vehicle it will charge the battery. You will want to use a circuit tester like part # 3808 to test this wire for 12 volts when the vehicle is connected and running. If there is no voltage there then you will need to trace this wire back to where it connects to your vehicle wiring and make sure it is connected securely...
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  • Trailer Wiring Recommendation for a 2003 Mazda Tribute
  • We have several trailer wiring options that are confirmed to fit your 2003 Mazda Tribute, but the part # HM48895 that you referenced is not one of them. Instead you would want the part # 118343 if you don't have the tow package and part # C55255 if you do have it.
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  • Trailer Wiring Recommendation for a 2003 Mazda Tribute
  • We have several trailer wiring options that are confirmed to fit your 2003 Mazda Tribute, but the part # HM48895 that you referenced is not one of them. Instead you would want the part # 118343 if you don't have the tow package and part # C55255 if you do have it.
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