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Honda Pilot Replacement OEM Tow Package Wiring (7-Way) w/ Circuit Protected ModuLite HD Module

Tow Ready Custom Fit Vehicle Wiring

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Tow Ready Custom Fit Vehicle Wiring - 118253


  • Replacement for damaged OEM wiring harness
  • Quick and easy installation
  • Upgrades vehicles from 4-flat to 7-way connector
  • Has circuit protected modulite
  • Rated for 4.2 amps for stop/turn
  • Rated for 7.5 amps for taillight
  • Mounting bracket sold separately


  • 2009-2010 Honda Pilot: To mount the 7-way plug, drill out holes or use a mounting bracket (18156; sold separately), which clamps to hitch
  • 2011 Honda Pilot: Not recommended for this vehicle. Connector size does not match up with the factory cut-out in the rear fascia

118253 Honda Pilot Replacement OEM Tow Package Wiring (7-Way) w/ Circuit Protected ModuLite HD Module

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Video Transcript for Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2010 Honda Pilot

Today on our 2010 Honda Pilot, we will be installing the tow ready; custom fit wiring with seven pole connector, part number 118253.For you 00:00:12 to install, weve first going to go ahead and show you the mounting options for our new seven pole connector. Our first option, take the seven pole connector, put it up to the rear bumper fascia at the knockout and then trace out the socket of the connector. Once we have it traced out with our yellow paint marker, we will then go head and take a rotary tool and cut out this section. Now with the cut out, we can the go ahead and take the seven pole connector and mount it directly to the rear bumper fascia without removing the manufacturers knockout.This can be done by simply using the self-tapping screws. Next we will go ahead and remove the seven pole connector and the self-tapping screw and show you how to remove the knockout and secure the seven pole connector in position using a seven pole bracket. Our first step will be to go ahead and cut out the manufacturers knockout.

Using a utility knife, we will go ahead and cut the tabs that secure it in place. Then we will cut the bracket and behind it.Two easily available options for mounting our seven pole connector using a seven pole bracket will be the Draw-Tite seven pole mounting bracket, part number 18138 or the Pollak seven pole universal mounting bracket with slotted attachment points, part number PK12711U in conjunction with the Pollak seven pole bracket hardware, part number PK11926.For our application we will be using the Draw-Tite mounting bracket along with self-tapping screws. Once we have it lined up, we will then go ahead and take our paint marker and mark out the attachment points where it lines up on the bracket. Then we can go ahead and remove the bracket and seven pole connector and using a couple of pliers or vise grips, secure the two together and use the self-tapping screws to mount the seven pole connector directly to the seven pole bracket.Once you have it secured, were then ready to go ahead and install the seven pole bracket and connector back into position and we will mark out the attachment points. Now that we have these attachments points, because its not a straight shot, I recommend, go ahead and make a couple of pilot holes.

Well now go ahead and remove the rear bumper fascia push-pin fasteners.To remove the fasteners, well pry out in the center and then remove the fastener completely. With both of them removed, we can then pull back on the fascia to gain a little easier access behind the fascia. Now well go ahead and make our pilot holes. Once our pilot holes are made, well go ahead and put the seven pole bracket and connector back in position and then secure it with the self-tapping screws.Now, though we have our bracket secured, were ready to go ahead and install the wiring for our seven pole connector. The wiring will route from the manufacturers tow port above the tail pipe on the drivers side over to our seven pole connector.

Before we can route the wiring, well need to first remove the weather protective cap on the manufacturers tow port connector.Then you can use a flat blade screwdriver to walk it off or a pair of pliers to pull off the cap. Note, over time these can build up with some debris and become very difficult to remove. Once removed, we can now go ahead and take the new wiring harness that was supplied with our tow ready custom install kit and plug the grey connector directly into the manufactures port. Then we will run the other end of our wiring harness to the back of the seven pole. There we can make the connection with the seven pole and lock the grey locking tab, securing our wire to our seven pole connector.Next we will go ahead and secure the wiring harness that we just routed.

We will feed it behind the fascia bracket and then secure it with the black zip tie provided with our install kit. Now with everything routed and run, we will go ahead and cut the access from our zip tie to clean up our install look and reinstall the push-pin fasteners. Next we will move inside the vehicle, then we can open up the interior access panel on the drivers side.Then we will remove the interior door to gain access to the manufacturers wiring behind the interior door. The grey plug and black electrical loom 00:04:24 with the blue tape around it is the manufacturers tow port that well connect our converter box to. Once we have the converter box connected and stored, well go ahead and reinstall the interior door and close the interior access panel on the drivers side.Next well need to locate the manufacturers auxiliary fuse port. It will be just forward of the rear cargo compartment and we can remove the fuse cover panel with a flat-bladed screwdriver. Once removed, well then need to remove the fuse panel cover. Well pry down on the lower locking tab, pull the cover up releasing the lock on the top, and then setting it aside. Next we will start installing the fuses.Our first two fuses will be the red 7.5 amp fuses. The third fuse will be a yellow 20 amp fuse. Next we will install the two relays provided with our install kit; making sure that we install the spade 00:05:22 terminals into the correct positions. Now with both relays installed, well go ahead and reinstall the fuse panel cover in the interior trim 00:05:30 panel. Next well go ahead and move to the engine compartment.Well locate the manufacturers fuse box next to the battery. To remove the fuse box cover we will press on the three locking tabs and pull directly up. Then well locate two fuse positions; one, for a 20 amp fuse and the second, for a square 30 amp fuse. Well go ahead and install our 20 amp fuse first and then our 30 amp fuse. Now with all our fuses installed, well go ahead and reinstall the cover and were ready to hit the road.That does it for the install of the tow ready, custom fit vehicle wiring harness with seven pole connector, part number 118353 on our 2010 Honda Pilot. .

Customer Reviews

Honda Pilot Replacement OEM Tow Package Wiring (7-Way) w/ Circuit Protected ModuLite HD Module - 118253

Average Customer Rating:  4.7 out of 5 stars   (62 Customer Reviews)

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by: Rob G12/04/2012

This product was fantastic! Everything went as expected when installing the wiring harness. All the plugs on the vehicle were exactly where the instructions said they would be, and everything fit good and tight just like an oem product should. The online install video was also a great help. I would highly recommend this to anyone! Make sure and pick up the mounting bracket while your at it, or you'll waste 3hrs of install time trying find one locally (like I did). Thanks for the great product!! On a side note, if you intend to use a brake controller with your setup, there is an extra fuse you must install to make the brake controller work. None of the instructions for this wiring harness, or the brake controller adapter, said anything about it. In the fuse box under the hood, there is a slot labeled "E. BRAKE 20amp" or something along those lines. The 7-pin hookup will work fine without it, but there has to be a fuse here for the brake controller to work!! 60589


Product is still working great after a year. Ive pulled a trailer several times in the past few months, and have had no problems whatsoever.

Rob G - 06/09/2014


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by: Dale10/05/2012

This was very easy to install. The hardest part is freeing the existing wiring from under the bumper. I knew that it was going to be hard from other reviews and that I was supposed to push the tab up to free it. I started poking around with a small screw driver and wasn't getting anywhere. I eventually got lucky by just using my finger/fingernail. The tab that you are trying to push up toward the sky is between the clip and the back of the bumper. I got out from under the truck and just came at it from the outside, reaching my pointer finger up under the bumper. Hope this helps. I took others recommendation and bought the additional mounting plate (PK12711U). For some reason I expected nuts and bots to come with either the wiring harness or the mounting plate but there were none. Luckily I had a box of 2.5" toggle bolts that made it really easy to secure the harness. 56358

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by: Ryan L.01/05/2014

Worked as advertised for me! Was way better than spending all the money at the dealership. Loved the installation video. I recommend buying the associated bracket, but don't forget to also buy the bracket hardware (separate part number). 111932



Ryan L - 01/06/2015


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by: Ken G.10/06/2011

Fantastic product; absolutely plug-and-play! Viewing the etrailer video and reading customer comments was a BIG help. Only downfall is fitting the connector in the factory cut-out in the 2009 Honda Pilot bumper. The flange needs to be about 1/4" wider on each side to avoid drilling holes on the extreme edge of the cut-out. The tolerance of the top holes was less than 1/8" and the bottom holes almost didn't need drilling as they fell on the lip of the cut-out. I "clamped" the bottom bolts by using an 1 1/4" fender washer on the backside. Highly recommend this product regardless of the bumper-fit situation. Saved me $100 compared to dealer parts and $175 in shop labor. 25197

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by: Joey B.08/17/2014

I was quoted $181 for this same equipment from several different Honda dealerships. Add in another $110 for the install they said for a total of $291. I am the farthest thing away from a "car guy" and installing stuff myself. I figured I would give this a try though on my own and am happy to say I saved myself over $200 by doing so. The video online via etrailer and the instructions were extremely helpful and I was able to install this no problem in about 20 minutes. Etrailer had this part to me quicker than I expected which was awesome as well!!! Will definitely buy from here again. 147093

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by: Ram Gov07/23/2012

I hooked this up to my 2010 Honda Pilot and worked out great!!!! I fit right in and it only took me about 10 minutes to do all the pluggin in of the fuses. The only thing that took me a bit longer (only 30 minutes) was unplugging my factory wire cover and then bolting the black wire box to the rear of my bumper. I used my own screws and bolts to bolt it to my rear bumper. Just remember to buy the plate (only costs about $4) as you do need it for bolting it to bumper. This is awesome and price is great!!! Definitely recommend it. Honda dealership wants over $160 for same set up. 49084

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by: Duane M06/10/2012

The unit was easy to install on my 2010 Honda Pilot and it worked. Would be nice if the kit included a mounting bracket specifically designed for the Pilot. The instruction brochure pictures are a little too dark for easy interpertation. There should be some discussion in the instructions on how to remove the protective cap on the factory wiring that the harness attaches to. A diagram showing that there are two tabs that need to be depressed to allow removal of the protective cap would be helpful. In fairness, the instructions do say tabs and not tab. Recommended. 43549

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by: Robert K.03/10/2011

Completed installation of the Pilot Wiring Kit 118253. I used the lower portion of the Blank to fill the open area. A mount (PK12711U) is used as a backing plate but not attached otherwise. To avoid potential interference assemble the two plug parts then slide as high as possible, then mark and drill two top holes first. Drill bottom holes after securing top bolts. 8970

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by: Troy04/15/2010

2010 Honda Pilot EX-L This product will work with 2009-2010 Honda Pilot's because they are pre-wired to accept this product. This product will cost you $180 if you buy at the dealer so great savings. The install is pretty easy until you get to the last step. You are supposed to remove the protective cap from the wiring assembly under the rear bumber. Important: the cap has a very small plastic tab on the top of the cap which is hard to see and hard to access. You need to pull the tab upward to release the cap and the assembly from the hanger. 2934

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by: Daryl05/11/2011

All this needs is a cheap bracket to make it perfect. You can just bolt it thru the plastic and a backing plate, but it has a lot of give when you plug it in, but probably ok. I spent half a day fashioning a metal plate and it is rock solid. Bottom line: the savings is great if you dont mind a loose fit. If you want it solid, weigh your time against the $120 you save over the Honda kit and make that decsion. Mine is now better than the Honda kit. 13609

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by: Wisconsin Del01/13/2014

View video...very helpful. Hardest part was getting plug off connector behind muffler. Be sure you remove the holding bracket of the connector from frame before you try to wiggle off the plug cap. There is only one 'catch' holding the plug cap on. Work a couple flat tip screwdrivers on each side to pry it out while still holding 'catch' down to allow cap to come off. 3 hands would be helpful! :-) 112691

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by: Review:02/06/2012

1st: Love paying less than 1/3 of Honda's price for this. 2nd: It works, but instructions could have been more specific with the fuse/circuit breaker installation. 3rd: They should include, even if extra price, an adapter to mount the plug into the Honda bumper panel, or alter the shape of the plug to fit into the Honda standard cutout for it. Altogether, I am satisfied with this purchase. 31138

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by: David07/25/2011

Product exactly as described. I'm not a "car guy" and the video made all the difference - showed exactly how to do it and gave me the confidence to buy the product. Also, the video pointed out what tools and additional parts were necessary to complete the installation - enabled me to get everything before starting installation. Total time to install (and I took my time): <30 min. 20198

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by: Leann04/10/2013

All electical went well.until I went to install the plug...Wrong size for 2010 pilot..didn't show on directions...plug and mounting needed some fabrication to make it work... thought OEM would have everything to install (IE mounting bolts and nuts) but it didn't and directions were lacking... 75224

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by: Happy Camper07/18/2013

This kit is awesome..!! All together took less than 30 mins. to install and that's because i couldn't get the cap off the factory plug under the bumper (big hands/ small space). Totally plug and play. Etrailer shipped it like lightning and were very helpful with other questions. 90277

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by: Mark A07/27/2012

We had a great experience with etrailer. We needed electrical tow package wiring for our SUV and decided to look at etrailer. We called for support to make sure that we had the right parts, and the support was great! Our order was on our porch right on time. 49504

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by: Terry W04/04/2012

Product was delivered quickly and was exactly what I needed. Install was easy and fairly quick. The only thing I had trouble with was getting the temporary plug out of the Pilot wiring harness. Other then that all is working great! Thanks so much. 36105

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by: John R.12/05/2011

Purchased the Honda Trailer Wiring Package 118253. Kit came right away. Had more parts than I thought were necessary, but I was wrong. The relays and fuses all plugged right in. The cable connector mated perfectly and VOILA' we were ready. Thanks 27732

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by: Nathan02/06/2011

Great product and shipped fast! Pay 1/3 the price than buying from Honda. Also, it doesn't come with a bracket but I just cut a little plastic, drilled a couple holes and it looks professionally done. Etrailer directions were also very simple. 6726

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by: Jody08/04/2011

This is a great setup. Was easy to plug everything in and get it going. The only thing that I was not sure of, was the plug part and where it goes on the bumper. It was not a exact fit for the factory hole, but I was still able to mount it. 21103

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by: Ken04/25/2014

Product was exactly as described and shipped immediately. I installed the wiring within a couple of hours of the package arriving and used it immediately for a two-week trip. The wiring worked exactly as it should. 127425

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by: Terry07/29/2013

Excellent instructions. I pulled my 16 year old son away from a video game and together we followed the instructions step by step. We were done within 30 minutes. E-trailer has made these instructions fool proof. 92068

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by: Chris V07/12/2013

Great product and easy to install with the video provided by etrailer. Once i received my order it to me 10-15 minutes to install everything. Very pleased with the whole process from ordering to receiving. 89194

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by: Jenny Y.01/06/2013

Though my original order arrived with a couple pieces missing, etrailer was great on getting me a replacement order quickly. Once I had my complete product, it was pretty easy to get the wiring installed. 62514

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by: Mike11/04/2014

The online video was fantastic, it made me feel very confident during the install process. Doing the job myself saved me over $300. Thanks Etrailer for your videos and telephone technical support. 159129

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by: Greg M.08/19/2015

Description was perfect and video that went with product information made installation simple/quick. I ordered in the early afternoon and was installing by lunch time the next day - THANK YOU 220325

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by: Ricky02/04/2011

I purchase this harness from etrailer and I'm glad I did.The price is very resonable...I will definitely purchase again from etrailer.Good costumer service.In terms of monitoring the shipment. 6641

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by: Steven03/29/2013

Requires customization of bumper. I used epoxy to glue the 7-pin receiver to the bumper cutout after drilling a 2" hole. Only took about 30 minutes to do once I had all of the materials. 73242

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by: Thomas M.05/19/2011

etrailer is awesome. Wiring kit was delivered very quickly. I was able to install in less then 30 minutes. Did have to use the mounting bracket PK12711U to correctly mount the unit. 14779

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by: SheltonGrn08/23/2010

Unbelievably Easy Great kit, 1/3 of the factory product, 15 min install. The only thing that could be better is the 7 way receiver could be matched better to he opening Honda provides 3375

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by: Duane R08/09/2010

Fantastic and easy Bought this kit for my 2011 Honda Pilot. Install was simple and it works great. MUCH cheaper than the dealer! Does need an additional connector mount though. 3336

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by: John Z07/11/2011

Outside of mounting to the bumper via self tap screws, install was quick, easy and does not require any modifications. Saved a ton of money over Honda Dealer. Highly Recommend!! 19152

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by: Domingo Castro06/11/2014

Great product. Easy to install and very helpful video. I'm looking forward to get more products from you. I had an awesome experience buying from thanks Renee! 135111

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by: Bill G.04/26/2010

Mounting plate not included Installed on 2011 Pilot. Had Honda instructions which are better than kit. Wiring kit is great and went well but need mounting plate included. 2970

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by: Eric G.06/24/2014

This is a great product. Basically a plug and play. Good instructions. Side note there are two fuse boxes in the 09 pilot it goes in the second one not the main. 137386

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by: kc08/19/2011

Great quality, awesome instruction video. Also bought PK12711U, since several said it was needed/helpful, but I did not need it, even on a 2011 Pilot. 22252

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by: James04/17/2013

Easy to install following video found on website and youtube. Removing the plug cover on the vehicle was the hardest part of the whole process. 76544

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by: Jarrod K.10/14/2013

Great product. Install was super easy and instructions were great! Not to mention shipping was super fast and everything was as described! 103748

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by: joe t09/03/2013

Product was just as it said. Instructions were perfect anyone can install in about 30 minutes and at one third the price of honda part. 98061

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by: J.T.02/27/2012

I love it when products work perfectly! Install was just as depicted on the video on you guys are doing a great job. 32694

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by: Paul S.12/29/2014

Easy installation and great price also! Quick shipping and great order follow-up for confirmation and ordering. 167188

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by: Chris W.08/21/2012

Worked great with my Pilot EXL 4WD everything you need for lights and a quarter of the price then the dealer. 52465

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by: Mike S04/22/2014

Perfect product at half the price of Honda. Install video was great. Hard to find aftermarket product. 126617

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by: Matt07/25/2011

Extremely fast shipping and easy to install. Completed install in less than 30 minute. Works perfectly! 20266

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by: Brian Anderson05/16/2011

Works exactly as the description and video explain. Helped me find a loose connection. 14419

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by: Danny T02/12/2012

Very good product at a fair price. Thats why I continue to order for Etrailer. 31628

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by: Todd W.05/23/2013

It was easy to install and seems like a high quality product. Thanks! 81734

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by: Happy04/18/2012

Wiring instructions and kit works as advertised M easier than thought 37554

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by: Jim03/07/2013

Fast delivery. Plug and play convenience. Good instructions. 69448

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by: Angel Reyes12/19/2013

great quality, and excellent price. pleasure doing business. 110581

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  • How to Tell if a 2010 Honda Pilot has a Factory Installed Tow Package
  • To find out if your 2010 Honda Pilot came with a tow package from the factory, the most certain way is to have a dealer run the VIN. There are some tell tale signs, however, that may lead you in the right direction. If the Pilot has a functioning 7-Way trailer connector, you probably have a tow package. If you do not have the 7-Way plug at the rear of the vehicle, you will need the Honda Pilot Replacement OEM Tow Package Wiring (7-Way) with Circuit Protected ModuLite HD Module, # 118253...
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  • 7-Way and Brake Controller Recommendation for a 2009 Honda Pilot
  • To replace the 4-way of your 2009 Honda Pilot with a 7-way you will need the part # 118253. There may be a few components that you already installed on your vehicle when you did the 4-way, but this is the only tow package style route for a 7-way for your vehicle that we offer. For a brake controller 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. This is a proportional...
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  • Options for Installing a Tow Ready Custom Wiring Harness # 118253 on a 2011 Honda Pilot
  • The reason we do not recommend that you use this product on a 2011 Honda Pilot is that factory cut-out in the rear fascia causes fit issues with the included mount. However, like you said there have been a number of people who have made this product work on their 2011 Pilots using different modifications and mounting brackets. One person was able to use a Mounting Bracket, part # PK12711U, and make it work for him. It sounds like he used it as a backing plate to attach the 7-way from...
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  • Installing an Electric Trailer Brake Controller on a 2011 Honda Pilot
  • From what I can find, if the 2011 Honda Pilot did not come with a trailer connector then you cannot use the Tekonsha harness # 3070-P as it is not connected all the way like on models that came with the completed factory tow package. This could also mean that the 7-Way you installed, # 118253 is not fully functional. What you will need to do to install the brake controller is hardwire it using brake controller installation kit # 5506. You will need to cut the blue wire off several...
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  • Installation of Honda Pilot Factory Tow Package Wiring # 118253 on 2010 Honda Pilot With Tow Package
  • The Honda Pilot Factory Tow Package Wiring, part # 118253, you have referenced will provide a 7-Way trailer connection at the rear of the vehicle, as long as your 2010 Honda Pilot has the Factory Tow Package. That means it is wired from the factory with the plug under the rear bumper which will accept a 7-Way trailer connector. It comes with the necessary fuses, relays, and converter box to add the 7-Way. I am including a link to the installation instructions on the # 118253 kit. The...
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  • Can Honda Pilot Wiring Harness 118253 Be Used to Release Trailer Brakes when Backing Up
  • Part # 118253 is only to be used with Pilots that have the OEM Tow Package. If you do not know if your Pilot has the OEM tow package, you can contact your dealer or Honda with your VIN and they should be able to tell you. If you does, you would then use adapter part # A75TB to come down to a 5-Way. If you do not have the tow package, you could use part # 118491 and then add a 4-Pole to 5-Pole adapter like part # 20036. You would run the loose blue wire to the tail light circuit on your...
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  • 7-Way Trailer Wiring Harness Recommendation for a 2011 Honda Pilot
  • We do not recommend 7-Way Tow Package Wiring # 118253 for the 2011 Honda Pilot models due to fit issues with the factory cut-out in the rear fascia. However, it can still be used but the 7-Way plug and housing will not fit as well as it does on a 2010 model. We also have Replacement Circuit Protected OEM Wiring Harness # 56097. This kit includes a mounting bracket for the 7-Way so it does not use the factory cut-out on the vehicle. I have included links to the installation details for...
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  • Trailer Wiring Adapter for a 2011 Honda Pilot with a 7-Way and a Boat Trailer
  • A lot of boat trailers have what is called a 5-Way flat trailer connector. It has the 4 basic lighting functions, a ground circuit, and a circuit to activate an electric reverse lockout on the trailer coupler. You would need to use an adapter like # HM47570. One end plugs into the 7-Way on your Honda Pilot, the other end can accept a 6-Way, 5-Way, or 4-Way. There are other adapters in case you have a different style connector on your trailer. I have included a link to the wiring adapter...
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  • Trailer Hitch and Wiring Harness for 2010 Honda Pilot
  • According to the information we have from our hitch manufacturers, 2009-2010 Honda Pilots are built with an integrated hitch from the factory. This being the case, our hitch manufacturers do not produce any hitches for the 2009-2010 Pilot, which is why we do not have any listed on our site. You would use part # 118491 for a trailer wiring harness. It is a simple plug-n-play unit that will provide a basic 4-Way trailer connector.
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  • How to Mount Replacement OEM Tow Package Wiring 118253 on a 2010 Honda Pilot with Factory Knockout
  • To secure the 7-Way connector part of the Replacement OEM Tow Package Wiring, # 118253, to your 2010 Honda Pilot, you can use the factory knockout and drill 4 holes to match the four mounting holes on the 7-Way. Use the 7-Way as a template to drill the holes. If you do not want to drill into the bumper, you can attach a bracket to the trailer hitch. You can use the Mounting Box, # 18156. This is a simple no-drill, universal application that includes a clamp to attach the bracket to the...
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  • How Does OEM Tow Package Wiring Install to a 2009 Honda Pilot and What Adapters are Need for 4-Way
  • Since your 2009 Honda Pilot has the tow package it will have a port or plug for this harness to plug into. There are 4 holes in the 7-Way connector so that you can mount it to the bumper. Some vehicles have knockouts in place that can be removed and provide a pre-drilled location for the 7-Way. Take a look at your bumper to see if a knock out is there. If there is no knock out, you can attach to the bumper using a bracket like part # 18138. There may also be a 4-Way already in place...
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  • Availability of a Trailer Wiring Harness for a 2010 Honda Pilot
  • The Honda Pilot Replacement OEM Tow Package Wiring (7-Way) w/ Circuit Protected ModuLite HD Module, item # 118253, will plug into the vehicles factory connection under the rear bumper. The harness comes complete with a modulite taillight converter that needs to be installed in the vehicles rear cargo area storage compartment and fuses and relays that will need to be installed in the cargo area fuse panel and the under hood fuse panel. The 7-Way connector will not install in the knockout...
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  • What Parts Are Needed To Tow a 2013 Pop-up with a 2010 Honda Pilot EX-L
  • In order to tow your 2013 Forest River Rockwood Freedom pop-up with your 2010 Honda Pilot EX-L, either the Curt Wiring Harness # 56097 you referenced or the Tow Ready # 118253 that you mentioned will work. The next piece you will need is a brake controller. I recommend the Tekonsha Prodigy P2 Brake Controller # 90885, which is highly popular due to its ease of installation and how well it works. The last piece is the Tekonsha Adapter for Honda # 3070-P - to install this, the connector...
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  • Why Does Tow Ready Custom Fit Vehicle Wiring # 118491 Include 1 Relay and Honda Wiring Has 2
  • The wiring kit you selected, Tow Ready Custom Fit Vehicle Wiring, part # 118491, would just give you a 4-way connector at the rear of your 2009 Honda Pilot, only requiring one relay. The other wiring kit that we offer, Honda Pilot Replacement OEM Tow Package Wiring # 118253, includes 2 relays as it is a replacement for the OEM tow package wiring. Part # 118253 would require 2 relays as it gives you a 7 way connector. The kit that you referenced from Honda is more than likely part # 118253. If...
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  • Will the Honda Pilot Wiring Harness Work On a 2010 Model
  • Yes, as long as your 2010 Honda Pilot has the Towing Package the Honda Pilot Replacement OEM Tow Package Wiring, item # 118253, will provide a 7-way trailer connection at the rear of the vehicle. The relays, fuses and hardware needed to install the Honda Pilot Replacement OEM Tow Package Wiring are included.
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  • Comparing Trailer Wiring Harnesses For a 2010 Honda Pilot
  • Since you have a tow package on your 2010 Honda Pilot, that means it is wired from the factory to accept a 7-Way trailer connector. The correct harness then would be # 118253. It comes with the necessary fuses, relays, and converter box to add the 7-Way, which is also included. I have included a link to the installation instructions for you. If the vehicle did not come with a factory tow package that means that it is not wired from the factory for a 7-Way, but you can add a 4-Way using...
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  • Will the Honda Pilot Replacement OEM Tow Package Wiring Work with the 2010 Honda Pilot
  • If your vehicle has the factory towing package installed then the Honda Pilot Replacement OEM Tow Package Wiring (7-Way) w/ Circuit Protected ModuLite HD Module, item # 118253, will work on your vehicle and then you will need to use a 7-Way to 4-Way connector adapter, # PK12716, to convert the 7-Way connector to a 4-Way connector on your trailer if applicable. If you do not have the factory tow package on your vehicle, or you only want to install a 4-Way connector, you can use the Upgraded...
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  • Are Fuses and Relays Needed to Use the Factory Tow Package Wiring on a 2009 Honda Pilot
  • If your 2009 Honda Pilot has the factory trailer towing receptacle at the rear bumper then all of the tow package fuses and relays should be installed. You should be able to just plug your trailer into the receptacle and have all of the functions working except for the electric trailer brake function. If you have a trailer with electric brakes you will need a brake controller and wiring adapter to attach the brake controller in the cab of the vehicle. I recommend the Tekonsha Prodigy...
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  • What Is the Part Number for a Trailer Wiring Harness for a 2010 Honda Pilot with No Trailer Wiring
  • If there was no wiring from the factory, then it is not a tow package equipped vehicle. For the 2010 model year, all Pilots are built with hitches, but the models with tow packages had a wiring harness included. The part you need is part # 118491. It is a 4-Pole connector and the kit includes the fuses, relays, and control modules needed to complete the wiring setup.
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  • Tow Ready Custom Fit Vehicle Wiring # 118491 Recommendation for the 2011 Honda Pilot
  • For your 2011 Honda Pilot I would recommend that you get a Tow Ready Custom Fit Vehicle Wiring, part # 118491. I attached installation instructions for this product below for you to check out also. The Honda Pilot Replacement OEM Tow Package Wiring, part # 118253, that you referenced would work, however we do not recommend it because the connector size does not match up with the factory cut-out in the rear fascia. Some people have made it work with a little modification, but if I...
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  • Is the Tow Ready Replacement Trailer Wiring Harness # 118253 Compatible with 2007 Honda Pilot
  • To install a 7-way trailer connector on your 2007 Pilot, you will need to start with a 4-pole, # 118336. You would then use an adapter like part # 37185, which would plug into the 4-pole. Once the adapter is plugged in, and the white ground lead is attached to the vehicle frame, all lighting functions are taken care of. If your trailer has electric brakes, you would need to install a brake controller using our Brake Controller Install Kit, # ETBC7. The kit includes the adapter I mentioned...
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  • How to Test Operation of TowReady Part # 118253 Honda Pilot Replacement OEM Tow Package Wiring
  • If it is not convenient to attach a properly functioning trailer to your vehicle to test the new wiring package, you can test each function (tail light, brake light, turn signal, etc) by using your test probe on each pin at the vehicle 7-way connector. A helper will make this process easier as you will need someone to activate the lights and brakes while you apply the test probe to the corresponding connector pins. I have attached a link to a help article concerning trailer wiring. This...
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  • Are Relays and Fuses Included with the 2009 Honda Pilot Tow Wire Harness
  • Yes, the relays and fuses and hardware needed to install the Honda Pilot Replacement OEM Tow Package Wiring, item # 118253, are included.
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  • Can Factory Brake Control Port Be Used on 2011 Honda Pilot When Using Tow Ready Harness #118253
  • The Tow Ready Vehicle Wiring Harness, part # 118253, can be used as a replacement for the factory wiring harness on your 2011 Honda Pilot with the factory tow package. The # 118253 wiring harness will plug into a connector under the rear bumper of your vehicle and give you a 7-way connector on the rear of your vehicle. The factory brake controller harness port is usually installed on vehicles with a factory tow package on the vehicle. I would recommend to look under your dash for the...
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  • Adding a 7-Way Trailer Connector to a 2011 Honda Pilot without Factory Tow Package
  • The easiest way to add a 7-Way to your 2011 Honda Pilot would be to use Tow Ready Custom Fit Vehicle Wiring, # 118253. Out of this kit, you would need to use just one of the large black relays and then replace the 4-Way you have with the 7-Way components in the kit. This is because the 4-Way kit you have installed, # 118491, already uses a lot of the same parts (see instructions). This will work fine if you are just looking for a connector that will provide the light functions, but if...
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  • 7-Way Wiring Recommendation for a 2009 Honda Pilot EX
  • You will need Tow Ready wiring harness # 118253 for your 2009 Honda Pilot EX. The # 118265 harness you referenced is a fit for the 2011 and 2012 Pilot models and will not work on the 2009 models. The # 18156 7-Way mounting box will give you an easy mounting option, as it just straps directly to the trailer hitch on the vehicle. I am including a link to the installation instructions for the # 118253 wiring for you to reference, as well as some general information on wiring for towing...
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  • Installing Brake Controller and 7-Way Trailer Connector on 2010 Honda Pilot
  • To swap out your existing 4-pole for a 7-way, you'll need part # 118253 which includes all the fuses and relays necessary to fully activate the tow package on your 2010 Pilot. If you previously installed the 4-pole using part # 118491, you've already installed all the needed fuses. You'll just need to add one additional relay in the fuse box located in the cargo area. The # 118253 will provide some fuses and a relay you won't need now, but it's always good to have spares. I've provided...
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  • Will Tow Ready 7-Way Wiring # 118253 Fit on 2011 Honda Pilot
  • We do not recommend the Tow Ready OEM 7-Way Tow Package Wiring # 118253 on the 2011 Honda Pilot due to issues with the factory cut out in the rear fascia. It can still be used, but the plug and the housing will not fit as well as it does on the 2010 Pilot. Another option is the OEM Wiring Harness # 56097. This product features a mounting bracket for the 7-way so it does not use the factory cut out on the vehicle. I have provided links to the installation instructions for both these items.
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  • Converting 4-Way Flat on a 2005 Honda Pilot to a 5-Way or 6-Way Round Trailer Connector
  • If the trailer does have a 6-Way round then you can use adapter # 30637. This will give you the basic light functions but unless you connector the other wires on the adapter and use a brake controller you will not be able to use the trailer brakes, if equipped, or provide 12 volt power to the trailer. The white wire on the adapter must be connected to the vehicle frame. The black wire on the adapter connects to the positive terminal of the vehicle battery via a 40 amp circuit breaker...
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  • Trailer Wiring Harness Not Working on 2011 Honda Pilot
  • Replacement 7-Way trailer connector # 118253 is not recommended for the 2011 Honda Pilot. We have it listed for a 2009 to 2010 Honda Pilot that came with the factory tow package. Though we have had some customers use it on a 2011. Since Tow Ready, the manufacturer, does not list it for 2011 we must also follow that recommendation. The 7-Way we have listed for the 2011 Pilot is # 56097. The harness that you have now might not be working if one of the fuses or relays is bad or is not...
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