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T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness with 4-Pole Flat Trailer Connector

T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness with 4-Pole Flat Trailer Connector

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2013 Ford Explorer - T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness with 4-Pole Flat Trailer Connector

  • Custom Fit
  • Trailer Hitch Wiring
  • 4 Flat
  • No Converter
  • Tekonsha

Quickly and easily install a 4-way trailer connector on your Ford Explorer with this custom wiring harness. T-One connector plugs directly into existing wiring - no cutting, splicing or tapping required.


Features:

  • Provides a 4-way flat trailer connector at the back of your vehicle to power your trailer's signal lights
    • Compatible with 5-pole, 6-pole and 7-pole adapters (sold separately)
  • Connects quickly and easily - no cutting or splicing of wires
    • Locate connection points at the rear, on the passenger's side
    • Plug in T-connector
  • Constructed of 16-gauge bonded wire
  • Comes with dust cap for 4-way flat connector


Specs:

  • Maximum amperage: 7.5 amps per circuit
  • 1-Year limited warranty


Installation

This custom-fit T-One connector plugs into your vehicle's wiring harness, which is located beneath the rear of your vehicle, on the passenger's side.


Once installation is complete, the 4-way flat connector will be stowed beneath your vehicle, near the trailer hitch. A mounting bracket (sold separately) is recommended to keep the connector secure.


It is recommended that you use a small amount of grease on all electrical connections - the plugs on your automobile and the 4-pole connector itself - to help prevent corrosion.



118540 Tow Ready T-1 T-Connector - 4 Wire

Installation Details 118540 Installation instructions

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Customer Reviews

T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness with 4-Pole Flat Trailer Connector - 118540

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (379 Customer Reviews)

Quickly and easily install a 4-way trailer connector on your vehicle with this custom wiring harness. T-One connector plugs directly into existing wiring - no cutting, splicing or tapping required.

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Product does exactly what it says. Shipment was quick and installation was a breeze thanks to the trailer videos!


Comments
Still going strong! Ive had exactly ZERO problems with the wiring harness.
Michael - 04/26/2022


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2011 Ford Explorer

Etrailer does a great job! Huge selection of products with great prices and fast delivery. I’m not sure what more I could ask for. I needed a trailer wiring harness for my 2011 Ford Explorer. The part was in stock. It arrived quickly and exactly as described. The installation was quick and easy. Perfect! Thanks.



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2011 Ford Explorer

I just bought a new 2011 Ford Explorer, I need to tow a small utility trailer. I was unsure how this harness would be plugged in, but it was so easy a 5 year old could do it. I found the Ford provided trailer harness behind the right rear tire above the muffler, this harness clipped right in, I used the original cap on the other end to cap the male end off. I have only one bad comment, the zip ties provided are not long enough to go around the trailer hitch pipe. So I doubled up or used ones I had. There is plenty of length to get me to the hook up. Make sure you keep it away from the hot pipes. See attached pics. I submitted a couple questions to etrailer.com and they were very responsive.



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2014 Ford Explorer

Perfect fit. I watched the video for installation and found that my 2014 Ford Explorer didn’t have the same connection pictured. Mine terminated with a cap instead of being connected in series like the video. Once I figured that out with the help of customer service (who was awesome by the way) I pulled it off and hooked it right up. Zero problems. These folks do a great job of knowing their product and providing great service. This is my third hitch install with etrailer.com.



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Easy to install, but same complaint as every other reviewer - just size up the zip ties already! Daisy chaining them to secure the cable is annoying and so easy to fix.



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Good quality harness. Easy to connect and run cable



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Products are excellent quality, the customer service is great and installation is simple with easy to follow instructions. I have purchased several items from etrailer and the videos and instructions are helpful and easy to follow.



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2017 Ford Explorer

Great product. Great customer service….Kudos to Quinn and Wayne! Great instructional material, especially the videos. I only had two minor issues. First, the rubber muffler hangers were buggers to remove; second, the instructions for the wiring harness indicate the 2017 explorer has two plugs which the Tekonsha T connector plugs into, problem was my explorer only has one plug? but in short order between Quinn and Wayne, I learned I only needed to plug one side of the Tekonsha T connector into my plug and cap the other side of the T with the cap I removed from my single plug. Long story longer, I took my vehicle to [moving company] who checked out the wiring with their test gizmo and all was perfect! Big thank you to the etailer team!!!



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Hitch and OE style trailer harness super easy to install and works great. Instructions and videos very good.



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2018 Ford Explorer

Great product! Have two existing connectors underneath my 2018 Ford Explorer XLT. Had to disconnect both to determine which one was correct - no big deal. Ran the wiring pretty much straight back to the bumper and over to the hitch. Had to use a couple longer zip ties.



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2014 Ford Explorer

The directions along with the installation video were great! I think it took me longer to lay down and stand back up than it did to put this on my 2014 Explorer XLT 4wd.



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As usual, etrailer.com provided me with exactly what I needed. As a military employee overseas, they always come through with the best way to get my purchase to me quickly! All of their customer service representatives are always very courteous and professional! The wiring harness was a snap to install with their easy to follow step-by-step instructions. It fit my vehicle exactly as an OEM solution.



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2018 Ford Explorer

Good product but it didn’t fit my 2019 Ford Explorer. Not sure which connector it will need


Comments
This wiring is a match for a 2019 Ford Explorer with a factory tow package. Be sure to take the plug cap off before plugging the connector in.
-- Etrailer Expert Sierra K - 05/05/2022


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Working great!


Comments
Good as ever, holding up well so far.
Connie - 04/30/2022


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2013 Ford Explorer

Only had it a few days, but already loving it. Some cold weather and non-ideal working angle(see photos) made for an extended install on my '13 explorer base, but install was smooth as can be. Build quality seems second to none. Only thing left is to hook it up and take it for a spin!! Only 1 thing regarding the matching T wiring harness: more zip ties please Thanks guys and gals at etrailer !!



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2015 Ford Explorer

This was a perfect fit, easy to install, and also sleeker than expected! I have used it since day one, putting the tongue weight to test, carrying an electric scooter. Not one issue!



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Very easy to assemble with great instructions as well.



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Recently purchased the wiring harness for my new vehicle. I called customer service and the lady was very helpful in getting the right harness for me. The harness was MUCH easier to install than expected. I had an electrical short on MY end of the trailer connection that I got fixed (had nothing to do with the harness product), and the harness worked perfectly. Very satisfied with the product and support from the company. The video showing the installation process was very helpful.


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Still very pleased with the harness. I have used it multiple times and it is still perfect. Would absolutely recommend both the product and the company because of the quality of product and customer service
Frank B - 07/10/2014


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It works great. It is just what was needed. I would recommend this harness and this company to anyone who needs one.



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They all went on nice and easy. Getting the old stuff off wasn't as easy, especially getting the wiring harness apart. It was a struggle on a 9 year old vehicle. Can't wait to use it.



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They shipped my order only hours after I placed the order. Great to deal with. Definitely recomend these folks.


Comments
Really well.
John B - 01/08/2022


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Easy to install



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Handled very quick and efficiently, people are helpful and friendly



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2018 Ford Explorer

I called on a Sunday afternoon regarding confusion of a part. To my surprise a "person" picked up and helped me thru the process. To top it off a tech, that was previously with another customer, called back 10 minutes later to confirm and help clarify the confusion. By Tuesday I received the correct part and the return label for the part to be sent back. I have used e trailer for multiple items, but this was the first time with an issue (My fault) and they did an excellent job of helping me rectify my mistake. This solidified my decision to only purchase from e trailer!



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Pricing was extremely competitive and product quality was above my expectations. Harness was easy to install and worked as expected without any issues. Customer service at time of order was very good as well.


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    On the 2011 Ford Explorer, the connection point for the T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness, # 118540, is located underneath the rear of the vehicle, on the passengers side. The connection point will be behind the rear tire and have connectors matching the T-Connector harness. I have included a link to the installation details that includes pictures that should also help.
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    I spoke with my contact at Tekonsha regarding the T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness # 118540 that you installed on your 2017 Ford Explorer. He said that on the rear driver side corner of your vehicle there are 2 factory connectors available, one is grey and the other is black. You just want to make sure you are connecting this harness into the black connector. Based on the issues you described in your question, it is likely that it has been connected to the grey port on your Explorer. If this...
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