Tow Package Wiring Harness with 4 Pole Trailer Connector

Tow Package Wiring Harness with 4 Pole Trailer Connector

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Please Note: This wiring harness will not work on vehicles with backup sensors!
If your vehicle has the tow package and backup sensors, use Modulite wiring harness 118551. Another option is to turn off the backup sensor with the switch in the car, and hardwire a standard 4-pole connector to the tow package plug in the back of the vehicle.


Tow Ready Tow Package Replacement Vehicle Wiring Harness by Draw-Tite, Hidden Hitch and Reese

  • Provides a 4-pole flat trailer connector for the vehicle
  • Quick and Easy
  • No Cutting, Splicing or Taping
  • Just Plug in the Connector and You're Ready to Tow
  • Solid One Piece Construction
  • 16 Gauge Bonded Wire w/ 4-Flat Plug
  • "Factory" Appearance
  • Simple Do-It-Yourself Instructions on Every Package

Can be used with 5-pole, 6-pole or 7-pole adapters.

Installation: The connection point is located underneath the vehicle, behind the rear bumper on the driver's side. Connector will have a protective cap that will need to be removed. The 4-pole trailer connector will be stowed under the vehicle close to the trailer hitch. A mounting bracket is recommended.

Tech Tip: It is always a good idea to apply a small amount of grease to all electrical connections to help prevent corrosion.

Warning:
Overloading circuit can cause fires. Do not exceed lower of towing manufacturer rating or:
  • Max. stop/turn light: (7.5 amps)
  • Max. tail lights: (7.5 amps)
Read vehicle's owners manual and instruction sheet for additional information.

Note: If your vehicle does not have the factory tow prep package, you will need 3 relays (TR38665 - sold separately) to be able to install this wiring harness.



118251 Tow Package Wiring Harness with 4 Pole Trailer Connector



118251 Installation InstructionsInstallation Details 118251 Installation instructions

This Product Fits The Following Vehicles

2008 - 2012 Ford Escape with factory Tow Package

2008 - 2011 Mercury Mariner with factory Tow Package

2008 - 2011 Mazda Tribute with factory Tow Package



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Video of Tow Package Wiring Harness with 4 Pole Trailer Connector


Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information.




Video Transcript for Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2009 Ford Escape

Today on our 2009 Ford Escape, we're going to be taking a look at the Draw-Tite two package wiring harness. This is part number 118251. As you can see, a really basic kit here. We're going to have a plug. This is going to go right into the factory plug under the rear of our Escape. That's going to give us the signal we need to power a trailer or maybe a cargo carrier or something along those lines.

Now, we're here at the back driver's side corner of the Escape, and you're going to see our plug right here. If this does not exist on your vehicle, you don't have a tow package. If you do have this, you do. What we're going to do is just press down this tab on the outside. Then we're going to wiggle it to get it separated here.

Going to wiggle and pull at the same time. There you see that connector's going to come out. Might be a little dust in there. It's a good idea to get any of that out. We're going to use a little bit of dielectric grease or a little bit of contact grease here. Just going to put it in there.

If you don't have this a home, it's part number 11755. It just helps to keep moisture, dirt, debris, and things like that out. We'll bring our new wiring harness. It's just as easy as plugging it in. From this point, it's up to you how you want to run your wires.

Of course, we want to get it over by our hitch. On the backside of the bumper here, there's actually going to be two braces. I think those would be a perfect spot to run our wiring in and behind. That gives us some good support and keep it up out of the way. Now, I'm going to use a couple of zip ties. These are a little longer than what come in our kit, and I want to go around this brace. Just to get my wire nice and secure. Now to trim off those tag ends, so they're not hanging out. Depending on our trailer connector, you'll see we've got a good length here. This will allow us to come out and make a connection, but you can also tuck some of this up and away, zip tie it off, and trim it to length, or have it stored to length. However far you need it. In our case, we're just going to around the end, because I really don't know how far the customer needs it or how far their trailer is, or their connector is from the back of the car. Just store it like that for now, and if we need to, we can zip tie a little bit up and out of the way. To test out our wiring, we're going to plug in just a simple 4 pole tester here. This is part number I26. We'll start by turning on our headlights, and our left blinker, our right blinker, and our brakes. With everything working as it should, that's going to complete our installation of the Draw-Tite tow package wiring harness with 4 pole flat trailer connector. Part number 118251, on our 2009 Ford Escape.


Customer Reviews

Tow Package Wiring Harness with 4 Pole Trailer Connector - 118251

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (146 Customer Reviews)


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2008 Ford Escape

Great product good quality 565316



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Great product 476674


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Its all fine and still working good

Kevens - 02/17/2019

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Great product, works well. Fast service, I will order other products when needed. Thank you!! 558933



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2008 Ford Escape

fit great, plug and go. Nice 528203



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2008 Ford Escape

The product was easy to install; exactly as shown in the video. Until I looked on your site I was not aware that the 2008 Ford Escape was tow-ready. I plugged in the wiring harness, installed the three relays under the hood and I was ready to go. 79075


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I do not use the hitch all that often, but when I do, it is great. The original reason I purchased it was to help move my son from Cincinnati, Ohio to Atlanta, Georgia. We rented a trailer, hooked it up, loaded up his stuff, and finished the move. I have no regrets purchasing these items.

Herb M - 06/06/2014

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2009 Ford Escape

This item, and shipping costs, were well priced, very well packaged and everything worked perfectly. Even more so, the product was had to find locally and was not only available with etrailer, but was so easy to find though the website. This was for a 2009 Ford Escape and other reviews suggestions to look in the fuse box to see if it contained the three relays required to power the trailer harness was a good tip. Mine did not have the relays but it did have the female connectors in the sockets meaning that fuse box was wired for them. The relays (x3) can be purchased from etrailer # TR38665 and work perfectly. 129072



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2009 Ford Escape

After going to every shop in town (including the dealer), e trailer came through with the part I needed and quick shipping, when no one else even knew what I was talking about. Their product video made it easy to install the part, too! I love this solution and the fact that I didn't have to splice into any break lights. Note of caution: The pre-wiring in the 2009 Escape is not powered, so you have to buy 3 relays (Ford part # 5L3Z-14N089-AA or package for all 3: 8L8T-15A416-AB). Make sure the relays have connection in your fuse panel first, though (locations 31C, D, and E). My Ford did not come with the OEM tow package, but the relays and this part worked great! 11116


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OK, here is my experience. I have a 2009 Ford Escape that did not have a factory hitch, but had the factory wiring. I looked in the fuse box under the hood and there were not relays in locations 31C, D, and E. I went to two Ford dealers looking for the OE relays and thank goodness they did not have any. I looked further on e trailers website and saw a Relay-4 Terminal 12v TR38665 listed. I ordered three and just plugged them in. Yes, you do need to check to see if you have the corresponding fuses in place - see owners manual. Very happy got three relays for $21 instead of $90 from Ford and I am able to use the factory wiring with the $15 Draw-Tite kit.

-- comment by: Larrry M - 01/09/2013

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- 118251
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2009 Ford Escape

Clicked right in and worked fine once the additional relays were added to the under-hood fuse box of our Escape. If you didn't order your car with a hitch the required relays may not be installed and power won't flow to this harness. You can get the relays from auto stores, your auto maker, or [on-line]. 548462


Comments

The 3 relays you will need to activate the tow package on the 2009 Ford Escape is part # TR38665
Relay - 4 Terminal 12 Volt
$11.76
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-- Heather A - 08/01/2018

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- 118251
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2008 Ford Escape

Caution!! Check your Fusebox!! Be very careful with this product, unless your fuse box has the recievers for the relays (which you have to buy extra from FORD!!), it will not work!! Even tho my 2008 Ford Escape had the wiring harness in back, I had to buy fuses and relays ($23/ea and you need 3 of them), my fusebox was NOT equiped with the recepticles for the relays OR fuses. I have to now go back and buy a different harness. I just wasted $15 and 2 weeks messing with this one. 2041


Comments

This harness is intended only for Escapes that have the factory tow prep package. Though most Escapes have the port, if they do not have the prep package, the rest of the electrical system may not support the rear port.

-- Patrick B - 11/29/2012

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Overall the product was delivered in a timely manner and in good condition. The only that was wrong was the box was all damaged. There were holes throughout the box, the box was crushed in certain spots, and the box was taped all over with the product sticking out of the box. When I received the package I expected the box to be in good shape not torn and damage-just lucky the hitch part that was sticking out was not bent I plan on giving it to my husband as a Christmas gift so he can put a hitch on his vehicle. Colleen 456151



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Overall a good experience, it should list some where that the tow package is required from the factory in order for this harness to work. As all escapes and tributes are wired from the factory, but they don't necessarily have the left turn, right turn and break light relays in the fuse box for towing (fuses 31c,d, and e). E-trailer has a good website, customer service and products though, and I would buy from them again. 16613


Comments

What fuse amps did you put in your fuse box to make the plug work?

-- comment by: Judi - 06/11/2014

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Comments

It was a while ago, but Im pretty sure they were 5 amp fuses.

-- comment by: Matt C - 06/16/2014

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Perfect fit. Installed in minutes. 697437



- 118251
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2008 Ford Escape

Easy to put on my 2008 Ford Escape, no drilling required! Dealer said putting on a trailer hitch would cost $700, electrical wiring and all.. Did it for under 2 with 75751 trailer hitch and this handy dandy electrical kit. 683830



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2009 Ford Escape

Great product perfect fit. Highly recom mend 683096



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Product was as described, worked perfectly, and included everything needed! Can't ask for any better than that! Happy customer! 682301



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Kia

So simple, wish it was that simple when I put the lights on the Kia. The price was just right. 678161



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2008 Ford Escape

Easy to install, 2 people and a hoist took 45 minutes for hitch, light plug 5 minutes. thank you 677678



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2008 Ford Escape

Easy to install, light plug installed in 5 minutes. 677676



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Works perfectly and shipped very fast plus $70 less than the auto parts store 673241



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Shipping was extremely fast . Product was east to install. Only issue was with Hitch Directions were hard to see/read due to being copied version, but I managed. Also appreciate the response and care the company shows. Thank You 670847



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Everything came in a timely manner and worked as it should 667842



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Plug & play work great received on time would definitely recommend again 662676



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Ford Escape

Purchased this product and a few others to get my non-tow package '08 Escape trailer capable. Good prices at etrailer, and the product-specific install vid got me past a perplexing roadblock. Thanks guys!! 660497



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this product did not meet my needs, it was falsely advertised and did not match my vehicle as claimed. I was forced to purchase a second adapter to complete my installation. 658662


Comments

This particular harness will only work on your 2011 Ford Escape if its equipped with the factory tow package. If it doesnt have the tow package, youll need 118551 instead.

-- Mike L - 06/17/2019

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2008 Mercury Mariner

Excellent product and delivered in a fast timely manner!! Thanks guys and gals well appreciated 649797



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works and looks great 641780



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2008 Ford Escape

just 5 minutes to install on prewired Escape xlt. no splicing, just plug in and strap to frame. 603055



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2008 Ford Escape

I installed the wire harness today and it worked as it should have. I'm very satisfied with my purchase. 578810



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2008 Mercury Mariner

Perfect, quick, easy. 575917



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2008 Mercury Mariner

Product worked perfectly. Less than 2 minute install. Very informative video. Will definitely get more parts through etrailer.com 557057



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The item was exactly what I needed and was shipped and arrived as stated in the order. Will shop here again. 556717



- 118251
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It worked perfectly just as u said 545336



- 118251
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2009 Ford Escape

Easy install. Plug n go. 543851



- 118251
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2008 Ford Escape

Like everything else I purchased from e trailer it works great. I love this company for their speedy shipping. Their how to videos are very helpful. You won't go wrong with this company. Thank You. 524379



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2009 Ford Escape

Fits perfectly ! Thanks 521697



- 118251
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2009 Ford Escape

Works great thank you. 516437



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2008 Mercury Mariner

Great item, great price, perfect fit, and a customer service that is unmatched. Customer for life. 488985



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2009 Ford Escape

Item just as described, super fast shipping, very helpful staff... thank you !! 476618



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Was to install, clear instructions, works flawlessly. Great to buy a product that out of the package, delivers the service it was designed and advertised to do. Thanks so much. 474926



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Awesome in every way. Katrina was excel lent. 462528



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Can't say enough. Got my shipment on time and installed the hitch the same day, I have bought a hitch from etrailer before and liked it so I came back. Good price, good info and good products. Thanks a lot Dave 454288



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yes tanks i m very happy 451810



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2010 Mercury Mariner

awesome fit and quality. no problems to date. easy install for someone with their own tools. I would order again from this company. 442995



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2009 Ford Escape

I got what I was looking for pictures on=line were very good. They have video links to show you how to do the install. Best thing was it was priced cheaper than the local parts store. Even with shipping. 440868



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2008 Ford Escape

excellent product. easy to assemble 438053



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2008 Ford Escape

As always the service, product and delivery was the very best. 432720



- 118251
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2009 Ford Escape

Worked as written . Easy install and on my way. Thanks again! 420877



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2009 Ford Escape

easiest hook up ever!!!! great product quick service thanks!! 397171



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2010 Ford Escape

It's great. Does just what is was intended to do. 393070



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Just want you to know that I am very satisfied with the product I ordered from your company. It was received in a timely manner and after reviewing the video on how to install it I was able to install it on my car very easily. I have used the lighting kit on a trailer today and it worked very well. Sorry I do not have the means to send you a picture of it on my car. 391150


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  • How to Determine If a 2010 Ford Escape Has the Factory Tow Package
  • The easiest way to determine if your 2010 Ford Escape has the factory tow package would be to contact the dealer with your VIN as they would be able to tell you exactly whether or not your vehicle has the factory tow package. Another option for you would be to look for a black square connector which if present will be located underneath the drivers side of the vehicle near the spare tire. I recommend using the Tekonsha Trailer Wiring Harness part # 118551 for vehicles without the factory...
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  • Trailer Wiring Harness for a 2012 Ford Escape that Does Not have the Factory Tow Package
  • It sounds like your 2012 Ford Escape did not come with the factory tow package. So instead of using harness 118251 you will need to use # 118551. This is the version for models that did not come with the factory tow package. I have linked a video showing an example installation. The video is on a different vehicle but the installation process is the same.
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  • Trailer Wiring Harness for a 2008 Mazda Tribute without Factory Tow Package
  • If your 2008 Mazda Tribute did not come with the factory tow package then adding the relays would not activate the # 118251 wiring harness. You would need to replace it with # 118551. The ways each of these install is fundamentally different so there isn't a way to transform a 118251 into a 118551. The 118551 harness plugs in line with the vehicle tail lights. I have linked a video showing how it installs.
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  • Can the Tekonsha Wiring Harness # 118251 be Installed on a 2008 Ford Escape without Tow Package
  • You can most certainly install the Tekonsha Tow Package Wiring Harness with 4 Pole Trailer Connector # 118251. Since you do not have the factory tow package you will simply need to order 3 Tow Ready Relays # TR38665 (this part comes in quantity of 1) and install them to activate the 4-Pole trailer connector. You will want to make sure that the spots where you install the relays (located under the hood - see attached video) have the metal pins. Please note that the Tekonsha # 118251 is not...
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  • Cana 4-Way Trailer Connector be Hardwired into a 2011 Ford Escape
  • There isn't a standard for wire color/function, even from one manufacturer between their different models, so you will have to test the tail light wiring on your 2011 Ford Escape using a circuit tester such as # 40376. You can have someone sit in the cab of the vehicle and run through the lighting functions while you test with the circuit tester (a volt meter works too if you have one). Then you can splice in the wires from the 4-Way you have. But I have to warn you that all of the...
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  • Trailer Wiring Harness for 2011 Ford Escape XLT
  • I did some online research, even checking the Ford OEM trailer converter part, and was unable to locate a wiring harness or adapter of any kind that would utilize the 10 pin connector you mentioned. Are you certain that connector is for a towing harness? Everything I saw online offered a harness like the # 118251 that would plug into a 4 pin connector behind the bumper on the driver's side or a harness like # 118551 that plugs inline with the harnesses feeding the tail light assemblies.
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  • Hitch, Wiring, Ball Mount and Hitch Ball for 2012 Ford Escape Without Factory Tow Package
  • Curt 2-inch Class III hitch # 13650 is a USA-made hitch that fits the hybrid and standard versions of the 2012 Ford Escape. This hitch offers no-drill installation on the Escape without a factory hitch. An install video is linked for you along with the written instructions from Curt. For a 4-pole wiring harness for the Escape without the factory tow package use part # 118251 if you do NOT have the backup sensors. Models WITH backup sensors can use # 118551. For a ball mount for towing...
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  • Troubleshooting Factory Trailer Wiring Harness on 2012 Ford Escape
  • If you're getting no power at the trailer connector and you've checked all of the fuses the you'll want to test the pins where the wiring harness plugs into the Ford Escape's wiring. This will be under the rear bumper on the driver's side. Follow the wiring from the trailer connector. Once you find this connection unplug it and test the vehicle side. Test and inspect the pins and make sure none are bent or corroded. You'll also want to check the pins on the harness. If everything...
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  • No Power to Trailer Wiring Harness After Installation on a 2009 Ford Escape
  • Tow Ready trailer wiring harness # 118251 is designed to fit a 2009 Ford Escape that came with the factory tow package. It is possible that if yours did not come with the factory tow package the wiring or something else may not be present or fully functional. In addition to the relays though you can check to see if all of the fuses are good and in place. In the event that you cannot get the harness to work then I recommend installing harness # 118551 which was designed for models that...
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  • Which Trailer Wiring Harness Will Fit a 2011 Ford Escape Limited
  • Since your Escape has the back-up sensors, you will need to use the # 118551 modulite, as the # 118251 you referenced is not compatible with models that have the back-up sensors.
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  • Correct 4-Way Trailer Wiring For My 2012 Ford Escape
  • Lets start by making sure you are looking at the right connector. The connector is located between the rear bumper and the rear of the drivers side frame member, as you can see in the photo I have provided. The connector has a protective cover, which is actually pinned to the vehicle as shown in the photo. The connector will only be active if your Escape is equipped with the factory tow prep package. If you are unsure if your Escape has the prep package, you can call your Ford dealer,...
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  • Installing Trailer Wiring Harness in 2009 Mercury Mariner Without Factory Tow Package Wiring
  • The trailer wiring harness you reference, Draw-Tite # 118251, is intended for the Mercury Mariner that is equipped with the factory tow package (but will not fit vehicles with backup sensors built into the rear bumper). For your 2009 Mercury Mariner without factory-installed tow package the correct wiring harness is Tow Ready # 118551. This part uses a powered converter that draws its power directly from the vehicle battery. It plugs into your Mariner tail light wiring and requires no...
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  • Is Any Bumper/Fascia Trimming Required to Install Curt Trailer Hitch # 12060 on a 2011 Ford Escape
  • According to the installation instructions for the Curt Trailer, # 12060, which I have linked for reference, you will not need to perform any rear fascia or bumper trimming to install the trailer hitch. There are only a few tech notes for this hitch: Drilling required only to enlarge existing access holes Fits Hybrid models as well Hitch will fit on models with a vibration dampener on the exhaust This trailer hitch comes with the recommended ball mount which should be used in the...
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  • How to Determine Which Trailer Wiring Harness is Needed for a 2011 Ford Escape
  • There are 2 ways you can check to see if your 2011 Ford Escape has the towing package. First, the definitive way to know most everything about your vehicle is to have the dealer run the VIN number. They will then be able to tell you what equipment your specific Escape has installed. If you determine that you do indeed have the tow package, use the # 118251 harness that plugs into the connector behind the rear bumper at the drivers side frame member. If you do not have the tow package,...
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  • Trailer Wiring Harness for 2012 Ford Escape
  • The 10 pin connector you mentioned isn't involved with the trailer wiring functions, according to my sources at Tow Ready/Tekonsha. If you do not have the 4 pin connector located behind the bumper fascia on the left side of the vehicle (see video), then you'll need to use the # 118551 wiring harness, which works on vehicles regardless of whether it has the tow package. If you click the provided link, you can see a video showing this harness being installed on a 2012 Ford Escape.
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  • Will 4 Terminal Relay, # TR38665 Fit a 2008 Ford Escape
  • The 4 Terminal Relay, # TR38665, will fit the 2008 and Newer Ford Escape. We have had customers state that these relays are good replacements for the ones offered from the dealer. They are designed to complete the factory tow package on several vehicles, including your Escape. However, before purchasing the relays, open the fuse box and take a close look at the sockets or landings that the relays would insert into. If the landings have the metal contacts in them, inserting the relays...
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  • Does Draw Tite Hitch part # 75270 Fit a 2016 Honda Odyssey SE
  • Yes, the Draw Tite hitch part # 75270 is a confirmed fit for your 2016 Honda Odyssey SE and would be a great option. I attached an install video for the hitch for you to check out as well. If you wanted to do some towing you might be interested in etrailer ball mount kit # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts; one with a 3/4 inch rise or 2 inch drop and one with a 2-3/4 inch rise or 4 inch drop. It also includes a 1-7/8 inch ball, 2 inch ball, hitch pin with clip, and a storage bag. If...
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  • Best Way to Check if a 2011 Ford Escape Limited Came with a Factory Towing Package
  • The way to check if your 2011 Ford Escape came equipped with the factory tow package is call your local dealership and provide them the VIN number. The relays # TR38665 should work fine in conjunction with the Draw-Tite wiring harness, part # 118251 and would complete the tow package wiring on your Escape. I always recommend using dielectric grease such as # 11755 as it combats corrosion from water damage. I have included a couple installation videos and an FAQ for you too.
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  • 2012 Ford Explorer XLT Brake Controller Installation Instructions
  • Yes, it sounds like you have the Hopkins 7-Way Adapter part # 37185 and are looking for a way to install it in your 2012 Ford Explorer that you recently installed a 4-way into. I attached an instructions link that will detail exactly what you will need to do and use to install the # 37185 in your vehicle and make your Draw-Tite Activator Trailer Brake Controller # 5100 fully functional. I also attached a video that shows a similar installation for you to check out.
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  • Trailer Wiring Harness for 2011 Ford Escape With Factory Wiring
  • We offer trailer wiring for the 2011 Ford Escape, both for vehicle's with the factory tow package (in this case part # 118251) and for those without, for which several options are offered; please see the link provided. The no-tow-package harnesses specified are available in both hard-wire types and custom-fit plug-and-play types, all of which install at the Escape tail light assemblies. All provide a 4-pole flat trailer connector. The custom harness # 118251 works on vehicles without...
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  • How To Determine If My 2010 Ford Escape Has Towing Package and Extra Relays and Fuses
  • Your 2010 Ford Escape will have the extra fuses and relays in the fuse box if it came equipped with a factory tow package. The presence of the connector behind the bumper does not necessarily mean that you have the tow package. The connector might be there, but without the relays in the fuse box, the plug will not be active. If the relays are indeed in place, you can use the # 118251 harness that you referenced. If they are missing, take a look at the sockets where they would insert....
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  • Trailer Wiring Harness Recommendation for a 2009 Ford Escape
  • Since you do not have the OE trailer hitch, the connector you found behind the bumper is not active. In some cases, the wiring can be activated by adding 3 of the # TR38665 relays to the fuse box under the hood, but you need to carefully examine the sockets that the relays would insert into. If the sockets do NOT have metal connection points or contacts in them, then the tow wiring circuits are incomplete and adding the relays will not activate the tow package wiring, in which case you...
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  • Recommendations for Tow Package for 2008 Ford Escape
  • A factory tow package can vary with different manufacturers. Based on the information you provided we would need to start by testing the connector you mentioned in the back. You will need a circuit tester like part # 40376. You indicated that there are fuses in the 31C, 31D, and 31E positions on your fuse panel. You might check your owners manual and verify that these are fuses for the left turn, right turn, and park / running lights. You will need to have someone sit in the front of...
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  • Will The Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch # 75751 Fit 2012 Ford Escape XLT w/ Factory 1-1/4 Hitch
  • The item you referenced, Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch, part # 75751, will fit the 2012 Ford Escape models with factory 1-1/4 inch hitch. You will not need to remove the factory hitch to install the # 75751 hitch. To complete your towing setup, you may need the following: Ball Mount, part # 2923 2 Inch Hitch Ball, part # 19258 Pin and Clip, part # PC3 For wiring, if your Escape has backup sensors you will need to use T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness, part # 118551. If your Escape is equipped...
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  • How to Install Trailer Connector on a 2010 Ford Escape with Tow Package
  • You will not need to remove the brake light. Underneath the Escape, you should see the plug attached to the bumper. Remove the cap, and plug in the harness. This connector will only be active on models equipped with the factory tow prep package. In some cases, it is possible to install the 3 of the # TR38665 relays in the fuse box under the hood to activate the tow package wiring, but before purchasing the relays or the 118251, you should closely examine the socket in the fuse box where...
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  • Adding a 4-Way or 7-Way Trailer Wiring Harness to a 2012 Ford Explorer with No Tow Package
  • You are correct, harness # 118251 is designed for those vehicles that came with a factory tow package. For a 2012 Ford Escape without a Tow Package, you will need to use Tow Ready Wiring Harness, # 118551. This converter plugs in line with the tail light wiring and requires a direct connection to the vehicle battery via the fuse and fuse holder included with the kit. I have included a link to the installation details for you. If you wanted to add a 7-Way trailer connector to the...
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  • Hopkins 4-Way Trailer Side Connector Fits Tow Ready Vehicle Side 4-Way Connector on 2008 Ford Escape
  • I went out to the warehouse and pulled trailer wiring harness # 118251 and Hopkins harness # HM48240 to see if they are compatible. They do fit together just fine and will work great together. I also made a video which will appear on this page showing the 2 being used together.
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation for a 2009 Ford Escape Hybrid
  • The Draw-Tite Class III Hitch, # 75751, will fit your 2009 Ford Escape Hybrid. This is a Class III 2 inch trailer hitch that has been confirmed to fit the hybrid models. If you plan on doing some towing, then you may also be interested in a trailer wiring harness and a ball mount kit. For a ball mount kit, you can use part # 989900. For a wiring harness, you can use part # 118251, if your Escape does not have backup sensors, or part # 118551, if you do have backup sensors. I have...
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  • Factory Trailer Wiring Harness Does Not Work on a 2008 Ford Escape
  • If your 2008 came with the factory tow package but not the relays then the dealer should furnish those and maybe just charge labor to install them. But that is up to the dealer. Using a replacement harness # 118251 would not help because you would still need the relays and any fuses to make it active, just like on the factory harness. The other option is to install a wiring harness for models that do not have the factory tow package, # 118551. It plugs in line with the vehicle tail...
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  • Where to Find Connector to Install Trailer Wiring for 2012 Ford Escape
  • If your 2012 Ford Escape had the factory tow package the correct trailer wiring harness would be the # 118251. The connection point is behind the rear bumper on the driver's side of the vehicle. I attached a picture I took from the install instructions for this kit for you to check out as well.
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