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Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2014 Chevrolet Express Van

Today on our 2014 Chevrolet Express we're going to take a look at and show you how to install that the Tekonsha Primus IQ trailer brake controller. This proportional controller works great for one of the three axles. Its part number is TK90160. To test out of brake controller will either hook it to our trailer or a simulated trailer and slowly operate our manual override lever. As we do, we should see the amperage and voltage boosting up in our tester. That's going to indicate to us that our brake controller is sending the signal to the rear.



Trailer Connector Socket Installation - 2014 Chevrolet Express Van

Today in our 2014 Chevrolet Express, we're going to take a look at and show you how to install the Hopkins 7- and 4-Pole Trailer Connector Socket with mounting bracket for factory tow package vehicles, part number HM40975. To start our test, we can turn on our headlights. That should show us the running light light come on. Shut those off. We can do the left blinker, do our right blinker, our brakes and also our backup light. Now, if it was equipped with a brake controller, to test that, you'd simply slide the manual override lever and see if you get a reading.



Hopkings Plug In Wiring Kit Installation - 2014 Chevrolet Express Van

Today, on our 2014 Chevrolet Express, we're going to take a look at and show you how to install the Hopkins plug-in simple wiring kit with the 4-pole flat trailer connector. Part number is 41155. To the run the test on the plug, all we need is a standard test light. To test our ground, we can connect our ground clamp right to that. The first wire over from that ground wire should be a brown wire. What we're looking for is a constant signal with our running lights turned on.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2014 Chevrolet Express Van

Today on our 2014 Chevrolet Express. We've got out the Thule Roadway here and we're test fitting it just to see what kind of room we got between it and the rear of the van. The Roadway's a two bike hanging style rack. It's been designed to tilt and fold. Part number on it is TH912XTR. The Roadway uses three cradle and straps to hold our bike in place.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2014 Chevrolet Express Van

Today on our 2014 Chevrolet Express we're test fitting the Thule T2. This is a platform style 2 bike rack. It's designed for use in 2 inch hitches. Part number on it is TH9044. The T2 is going to use a couple of 1 wheel hook and 1 cradle to hold our bike in place, never making contact with our frame. Really nice, especially for the more delicate frames. Our front wheel hook's going to be positioned just in front of our front brake caliper.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2014 Chevrolet Express Van

Today on our 2014 Chevrolet Express, we got out the Thule Vertex here and we're test fitting it to see what kind of room we've got between it and the vehicle. The Vortex was a 4 bike hanging style rack. It's been designed for use with inch and a quarter or with 2 inch hedges. Part number on it is TH9029XT. Nice feature, the rack's going to be the incorporated cable rod, built right into the mast. This is going to come back, goes in the slot here. Then there's a Thule one-key locking tumbler here.



Swagman Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2014 Chevrolet Express Van

Today on our 2014 Chevrolet Express we're got out the Swagman Dispatch and we're test fitting it. Now, the Dispatch is a platform style tube bike rack. It's been designed for use in two inch hitches, and it's also RV approved. Part number is S64684. Now, the Dispatch is going to use a single frame hook, you can see there fully adjustable up the length of our mast here, just simply by pressing that button. It's going to use a front wheel cradle with strap and also a rear wheel cradle with strap to keep our bike secure as we're heading down the road. The top frame hook, here, has a pretty nice, slightly pliable, rubber coating on it.



Swagman Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2014 Chevrolet Express Van

Today on our 2014 Chevrolet Express, we're test fitting this Swagman XC2. This is a platform style, two bike rack. They've designed it so we can use it with the inch and a quarter or with two inch hitches. Part number is: S64650. Now, there's not a lot of hassle or mess to get bikes on and off this rack, something I like about it a lot. We got a front wheel hoop, rear wheel hoop, and then a frame hook that's going to hold our bike right down into those positions.



Swagman Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2014 Chevrolet Express Van

Today on our 2014 Chevrolet Express, we're testing the inSwagman 00:00:06 Trailhead. The Trailhead's a four bike hanging style rack. It will fold and also tilt. Part number on it is S63380. This rack works great with inch and a quarter or with two inch hitches. It uses four straps.



MaxxTow Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2014 Chevrolet Express Van

Today on our 2014 Chevrolet Express we are text fitting the Max Tow 21x48 cargo carrier. Now this will carry up to 500lbs and it has been designed for use in 2 inch hitches. Part number on it is MT70422. This is an aluminum constructed platform here, it is really light weight, easy to handle, really sets it apart from some of the other carriers. You can see it is a slatted floor, that is going to give us good support also allow for dirt/debris and things like that to fall down and out. You will see the small raised edge around the outside, it is about 2 inches high. This provides us with 4 good attachment points for straps if we want to secure our gear.



Stromberg Carlson Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2014 Chevrolet Express Van

Today on our 2014 Chevrolet Express, we've got out the Stromberg Carlson 23 by 60 Cargo Carrier. We're doing a test fit on it to see the room that we've got between it and the vehicle. Now, this carrier is designed for use with up to 500 pounds, and also for use in 2 inch hitches. Part number on it is going to be CC-100. This has the larger size, expanded steel floor, so even if you've got larger chunks of dirt and mud and stuff, it should'nt be any issues with that falling down through. I like the platform style. Looks like we're going to have about 2 and 3/4 of an inch of a raised rail all the way around the outside.



Curt Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2014 Chevrolet Express Van

Today on our 2014 Chevrolet Express we're test fitting the Curt 20x60 Folding Cargo Carrier. This cargo carrier is designed for use with up to 500 pounds and also for use with 2" hitches. The part number on it is C18151. This carrier is going to offer the medium size expanded steel floor. We're going to have good support for even smaller items, but still plenty of room for dirt, debris, moisture and stuff like that to fall down and out. The raised rail all the way around the outside is going to be about 5-1/2" tall. This gives us good stability for our gear but it's also going to offer us some nice connection points so we can get that gear secured once it's on.



Curt Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2014 Chevrolet Express Van

Today on our 2014 Chevrolet Express we've got out the Curt 20x60 cargo carrier. We're test fitting it to see what kind of spacing we have between it and the back of the van. Now this cargo carrier is going to carry up to 500 pounds. It's been designed for use in two inch hitches. Part number on it is C18150. Now the flooring in this carrier is going to be a medium-sized expanded steel, plenty of room for dirt, debris, and moisture to fall down and through so we don't get corrosion on top but not so big that if we put some smaller items on here we'd have to worry about them falling down and through.



Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2012 Chevrolet Express Van

Today on our 2012 Chevrolet Express Van we're going to take a look at and show you how to install the Hopkins Plug-N-Tow Vehicle Wiring Harness, this is part number 31345. Here's what your wiring kit's going to look like once you get it out of the box. The main heart of it's going to be our box here in the middle. What this is going to do is it's going to take the factory signal from the vehicle and it's going to transmit it or change it into a readable signal that our trailer will be able to pick-up. We're going to have our four-pole plug here so this is going to take care of our running lights, left turn signal, right turn signal and brakes. The white wire, we're going to ground off to the body or frame of the vehicle, that's going to complete our circuit.



Best 2014 Chevrolet Express Van Hitch Options

Today on this 2014 Chevrolet Express Van we're going to show you the top four hitches that are available for this van. The part numbers we're working with today will be our CURT, part number 13040; also from CURT, 14090; our last one from CURT, C15320; and one from Draw-Tite, part number 41946. Now the shape of the hitch is going to be pretty much the same. You're going to have this straight crossbar and then the arms that go up to the frame. All these hitches are a no-drill application. These holes will line up with preexisting holes in the frame of the van.



Best 2013 Chevrolet Express Van Hitch Options

Today on this 2013 Chevrolet Express Van we're going to show you the top four hitches that are available for this van. The part numbers we're working with today will be our CURT, part number 13040; also from CURT, 14090; our last one from CURT, C15320; and one from Draw-Tite, part number 41946. Now the shape of the hitch is going to be pretty much the same. You're going to have this straight crossbar and then the arms that go up to the frame. All these hitches are a no-drill application. These holes will line up with preexisting holes in the frame of the van.



Best 2012 Chevrolet Express Van Hitch Options

Today on this 2012 Chevrolet Express Van we're going to show you the top four hitches that are available for this van. The part numbers we're working with today will be our CURT, part number 13040; also from CURT, 14090; our last one from CURT, C15320; and one from Draw-Tite, part number 41946. Now the shape of the hitch is going to be pretty much the same. You're going to have this straight crossbar and then the arms that go up to the frame. All these hitches are a no-drill application. These holes will line up with preexisting holes in the frame of the van.



Best 2011 Chevrolet Express Van Hitch Options

Today on this 2011 Chevrolet Express Van we're going to show you the top four hitches that are available for this van. The part numbers we're working with today will be our CURT, part number 13040; also from CURT, 14090; our last one from CURT, C15320; and one from Draw-Tite, part number 41946. Now the shape of the hitch is going to be pretty much the same. You're going to have this straight crossbar and then the arms that go up to the frame. All these hitches are a no-drill application. These holes will line up with preexisting holes in the frame of the van.



Best 2010 Chevrolet Express Van Hitch Options

Today on this 2010 Chevrolet Express Van we're going to show you the top four hitches that are available for this van. The part numbers we're working with today will be our CURT, part number 13040; also from CURT, 14090; our last one from CURT, C15320; and one from Draw-Tite, part number 41946. Now the shape of the hitch is going to be pretty much the same. You're going to have this straight crossbar and then the arms that go up to the frame. All these hitches are a no-drill application. These holes will line up with preexisting holes in the frame of the van.



Best 2009 Chevrolet Express Van Hitch Options

Today on this 2009 Chevrolet Express Van we're going to show you the top four hitches that are available for this van. The part numbers we're working with today will be our CURT, part number 13040; also from CURT, 14090; our last one from CURT, C15320; and one from Draw-Tite, part number 41946. Now the shape of the hitch is going to be pretty much the same. You're going to have this straight crossbar and then the arms that go up to the frame. All these hitches are a no-drill application. These holes will line up with preexisting holes in the frame of the van.





Chevrolet Express Van Questions

  • 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....
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  • If your 2008 Chevy Express Van were already set up for trailer lights and a brake controller, it would have a factory installed 7-Way trailer connector at the rear of the vehicle or a wiring harness located inside the driver side frame rail near the rear of the vehicle. Look for a round plug with a cap. If you find this plug, you will need part # 30955. Scroll down on the product page to see what the plug on the vehicle will look like. If you cannot find this plug on your vehicle,...
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  • I spoke with my contact at Roadmaster and he informed me that the Roadmaster Reflex Steering Stabilizer # RM-RBK17-RSSC that you referenced would definitely help with the death wobble you are experiencing on your 2006 Chevy Express Van 2500. He recommended that you install a stiffer rear sway bar also.
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  • I can help you to get your Roadtrek up and ready to tow your trailer with a brake controller and wiring. First lets start with the brake controller. I highly recommend the Tekonsha P3 # 90195, because it is a proportional brake controller which means it senses how the tow vehicle is slowing or stopping and applies the trailer's brakes with the same intensity. It also has a full display screen instead of codes that need deciphering. The P2 # 90885 is like the P3's little brother,...
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  • I did a little research and as long as the body that is on the cutaway version of your 2000 Chevy Express Van is no lower than the rear bumper would be on standard models you can use any of the same trailer hitches. One of the most popular options and what I recommend is # 13040. Wiring on the other hand is a little trickier because the body that is on the van may use different connectors than the regular van models. The only thing that I can say will work for sure would be...
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  • According to my contact at Putco their light output is 250 lumens. Their color temperature is 9500K. The Putco Plasma 3157 LED Multifunction Tail Light # P243157W-360 is a set of two replacements for the 3157 type bulb. I confirmed with Putco their application on your 2007 Chevrolet Express van. Please note that if used as turn signal bulbs these will require addition of a load resistor # P230004A-2. This kit includes two resistors and connectors for installing a pair of...
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  • For your Swagman XTC-2 # S64670 you could use the Swagman Anti-Rattle Locking Hitch Pin and Cable # S64031 that you referenced. If you wanted it without the cable you could get a Swagman Locking Anti-Rattle Device # S64029.
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  • Full size vans, especially heavy duty models like your 3500, are going to ride a little rough when not loaded because of the size of the vehicle and the travel of the suspension (not being compressed by weight means a lot of possible movement). Think of it like riding at the back of a school bus. The good news is there are some things you can do to get a better ride. Suspension enhancement will help. Air bags will help but # F2173 that you referenced is intended for vehicles...
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  • The good news is that you are well on your way to completing the installation on your 2008 Chevy Express Van. What you will want to do to complete the installation is to first locate the output wire for the electric brakes. It is located under the dash near the emergency brake pedal and it will connect to the brake controller blue wire. The wire you found that goes hot when you step on the brake connects to the red wire on the brake controller. That will just leave the 12 volt...
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  • What a cool trailer! There is nothing like a vintage Airstream. Even if you are not experiencing major weight distribution issues with your 2006 Chevrolet Express van, such as headlights pointing up rather than straight ahead when the trailer is hitched, adding a system can still enhance your overall trailer handling by pushing more trailer tongue weight forward onto the van's front axle. This will give you better steering and braking performance. Plus, if you use a system...
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  • You can use a circuit tester like part # 3808, to find out what all of the functions are on the connector you have on your 2014 Chevrolet Express Van. If you find it does not have the functions that a trailer would use, we do have other options that will work for you. If the plug you found at the rear of your van look like they would match the photo I have attached, then you can use the Hopkins Custom Fit Vehicle Wiring, part # HM40975. Using this will give you both a 4-way...
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  • If your 2010 Chevy Express has tow package wiring already run under the dash, the wires should be labeled with a white tag that holds them together that tells you what each wire does. If, not, you will need to use a circuit tester, # 3808, to test the wires for function. From what we have found on GM vehicles in the past, 2008 and up, the tow package red wire connects to the brake controller black wire for 12 volt power. The dark blue tow package wire connects to the controller...
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  • I would recommend the CHMSL circuit for tapping into just the brake light signal of your 2014 Chevy Express Van to install a Prodigy P3 Brake Controller part # 90195 in your 2014 Chevy Express Van. This circuit will only see voltage when the brake are applied and should work very well as this is an often used circuit for brake controller installations. I also attached an FAQ on installing a brake controller from scratch for you to check out.
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  • The Dexter Trailer Axle, part # 35545E-ST-EZ-89, is similar to the Lippert LC135-SB-85.0-68.5 axle, but it is not a direct replacement. Both axles are 3,500 lb leaf spring tubular axles, but they are different lengths. The Dexter axle is slightly longer, which means the wheels would stick out further and the spring center is wider. Your axle has a hub face measurement of 85 inches and the Dexter axle has a hub face measurement of 89 inches (see photo). The wheels will stick out...
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  • If your 2004 Chevy Express Van came with a factory installed 7-Way trailer connector then the blue output brake wire will already ran from the back to the front. It is located under the dash near the emergency brake pedal. It will connect to the broke controller blue wire. The white wire will go through the firewall and attach to the negative battery terminal. The black wire will go through the firewall, attach to a circuit breaker and then go from the circuit breaker to the...
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  • Depending on how many springs you are able to add, you may still experience some sag or, on the other side, a very stiff ride. The Timbren Rear Suspension Enhancement System, # TGMRG25C, will prevent sag at the rear of the vehicle just as well if not better than additional leaf springs. This system will also not affect the unloaded ride of the van as additional leaf springs could. When installed, this system has a 6,000 pound capacity. They are made out of durable rubber and...
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  • To determine what kind of transmission cooler you will need depends on how much weight you will be towing and where you will be towing. Also, you will also want to measure the area in front of the AC condenser to see what size cooler will fit on your 2007 Chevy. I am sending a link to a FAQ page that will give you information on transmission coolers. The GTW rating is the Gross Towing Weight capacity. This is the weight of the trailer, including the load in the trailer. This...
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  • The final authority on whether or not a vehicle has a tow package will be a Chevy dealer. If you give them your VIN they will be able to tell you. However, if you do not have trailer wiring on your 2009 Chevy Express there is a very strong chance you do not have the tow package. So then for wiring you would want the # 55540. Also, this will fit models of the Express that do have the tow package as well so either way it will work for you.
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  • For the 2003 Chevrolet Express Van 3500 there are two options for a VanTred Custom Floor Mat. Part # VTRG96X, is for the Extended version or MaxiVan and part # VTRG96 is for the standard length van. This floor liner provides a non-skid, heavy-duty rubber work surface in your van. There is also the option of the VanRug Custom Floor Mat for your vehicle. If you have the Extended, MaxiVan, version you would use part # VRG96X, and if you have the standard length van you will need...
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  • First, in order to determine what hiring harness you will need, you will need to know what type of connector the trailer has and if it has electric brakes. Most trailer use either a 4-Way flat, or a 7-Way blade style RV connector. I recommend installing what is called a multi-tow system that includes both. You will first need to install a 4-Way wiring harness, 118392. This is a simple T-one connector that plugs in line with the vehicle tail lights. I have included a link to...
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