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Hopkins Custom Tail Light Wiring Kit for Towed Vehicles

Hopkins Custom Tail Light Wiring Kit for Towed Vehicles

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Wire your vehicle and get the signal lights required for flat towing without having to splice into your wiring with this custom, plug-in harness. Integrated diodes prevent feedback from RV for safe operation. Wires as combined lighting system. Lowest Prices for the best tow bar wiring from Hopkins. Hopkins Custom Tail Light Wiring Kit for Towed Vehicles part number HM56204 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-8924 for expert service.
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Hopkins Tow Bar Wiring - HM56204

  • Wiring Harness
  • Plugs into Vehicle Wiring
  • Hopkins
  • Custom
  • Tail Light Mount

Wire your vehicle and get the signal lights required for flat towing without having to splice into your wiring with this custom, plug-in harness. Integrated diodes prevent feedback from RV for safe operation. Wires as combined lighting system.


  • Lets you wire your vehicle to accept your RV's tail, brake, and turn signal lights for flat towing
    • Wires towed car as combined system so that brake and turn signals travel along same wire
    • Provides 4-way flat plug at front of towed car to connect to motor home
  • Plugs in quickly and easily - no cutting or splicing of wires
    • Connection points are located behind your vehicle's tail lights
  • Prevents electrical feedback to safeguard towed car's electrical system
    • Weatherproof box keeps built-in diodes protected
  • Won't interfere with electrical system when towed car is not hooked up to RV
  • Custom designed for your vehicle
  • Includes wiring harness, mounting bracket, and installation hardware
    • Extension loop for connecting towed car to RV is sold separately
    • Brake light relay (RM-88400 - sold separately) may be required if used with supplemental braking system
  • 90-Day warranty

Wiring Your Towed Car with Hopkins

Wiring your car for flat towing has never been easier. No more testing wires or splicing into your electrical system. No need to painstakingly position multiple diodes beneath your vehicle. No worries about voiding your warranty. With this custom-fit towed vehicle wiring kit from Hopkins, all you have to do is plug the harness into your vehicle's existing wiring, which is located behind your car's tail light assemblies. No cutting, tapping, or splicing is required.

After plugging in the wiring harness, use the included bracket to mount the 4-way flat connector at the front of your towed car. An extension loop (sold separately) is required to connect your towed car to your RV.

Changing from a Separate to a Combined Lighting System

Your vehicle ordinarily operates on a 3-wire system, wherein the brake signal and the turn signals travel along different wires to illuminate different lights. (Typically, this means that your vehicle will have amber turn signals.) This is referred to as a "separate lighting system." When you hook up for flat towing using this harness, however, your towed car's lighting system will operate in a combined fashion. This means that the brake and turn signals sent by your RV to your towed car will be carried on a single wire. As a result, your car's brake lights will do the flashing for the turn signals. Your vehicle will still function as designed - with separate lighting - when not hooked up to your RV.

Do You Need a Brake Light Relay?

Because this harness wires your vehicle as a combined system, a brake light relay (RM-88400 - sold separately) may be required if you use a supplemental braking system with your towing setup. A supplemental braking system depresses the brake pedal in your towed car every time you apply the brakes in your RV. So, if your towed car's brake lights illuminate when the brake pedal is pressed and the engine is off - as is the case when towing - then you need to install a relay to ensure that the lights on your towed car always act in accordance with the signals sent by your RV via the wiring harness. Without a relay, the brake signal from your towed car will override the turn signal sent by your RV when you slow down to make turns, creating a potential hazard.

11156204 Hopkins Plug-In Simple Dinghy Towing Harness

Replaces Tow Daddy 3008 and Hopkins 56204

This Product Fits The Following Vehicles

2008 - 2012 Jeep Liberty

California residents: click here

Video of Hopkins Custom Tail Light Wiring Kit for Towed Vehicles

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

Video Transcript for Hopkins Tail Light Wiring Kit Installation - 2012 Jeep Liberty

Today on our 2012 Jeep Liberty we'll be installing the Hopkins 4-Pole Wiring For Towed Vehicles part number HM56204. First step of our install will be to open up the rear cargo door. This will allow us to access the fasteners behind the tail light housings that will need to be removed. Starting on the driver side, we'll go ahead and remove the two bolts, set them aside and then pop the tail light assembly out of its position. Note this can be done easily by using a flat blade screwdriver or in this case, we'll be using a plastic pry bar to dislodge the tail light assembly from its location. Note: Be careful when doing this that you don't break the alignment tabs underneath. Now we'll go ahead and disconnect the wiring running to the back of the tail light. We'll press on the locking tab and remove the socket.

Then we'll set the tail light assembly aside. Now we'll go ahead and repeat the same process on the passenger side. Now with both tail light assemblies removed, we'll go ahead and start installing the wiring harness. Starting with the driver side, finding the yellow wire connector, or the shorter of the two connectors coming from the converter box, we'll plug into the wiring behind the tail light assembly. Next we'll go ahead take the other end of our harness and route it over to the passenger side. We'll feed it down between the bumper cover and the body of the vehicle. Next we'll go ahead and take the 4-pole end of our wiring harness and follow the same process feeding it down underneath the vehicle and pulling out the excess wire.

Note: When routing your wires, you want to be especially mindful of excessive heat such as exhaust, or moving components such as steering or suspension. On the passenger side, we can go ahead and start making our connections. We'll take the Hopkins wiring harness, plug it into the wiring behind the tail light assembly and then into the back of the tail light assembly. Now we can go ahead and re-install the tail light assembly. Now we'll get underneath the vehicle and secure the wiring as it goes across using some black zip ties provided with our install kit. Quick tech tip: for this application, we've gone ahead and added some wire loom where the wire routes over the exhaust for additional protection. Next we'll go ahead and mount the converter box.

To mount the converter box, we're looking for a clean flat surface to adhere to. We'll use the two way adhesive provided with our install kit. We'll peel off one side of the two way adhesive and attach it to the converter box and then the other side of the two way adhesive, and mount the converter box just below the tail light housing to the flat sheet metal. We can go ahead and re-install the driver side tail light assembly. We'll start routing the 4-pole connector up to the front of the vehicle. Following the frame and/or manufacturer's wiring as much as possible, we'll secure it with the black zip ties provided with the install kit as we go along.

Now here we've come to an area where we can no longer route our wire and stay away from the exhaust properly so we'll run our wire through a metal loom clamp, part number A0250, and secure it with a self-tapping screw. Now with that secured, we'll go ahead and continue routing the wire utilizing metal loom clamps that have been previously installed. Now that we're at the front of the vehicle, we'll go ahead and secure the wiring to the bracket provided. Next we'll take the white wire with a pre-attached ring terminal and attach it to the body of the vehicle using the self-tapping screw provided with our install kit. Go ahead and secure the remaining excess wire up underneath the core support. Now with that done, we'll go ahead and cut off the excess from our zip ties to clean up our install look. That'll complete the install of the Hopkins 4-Pole Wiring Harness For Towed Vehicles part number HM56204 on our 2012 Jeep Liberty. .

Customer Reviews

Hopkins Custom Tail Light Wiring Kit for Towed Vehicles - HM56204

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (7 Customer Reviews)

Wire your vehicle and get the signal lights required for flat towing without having to splice into your wiring with this custom, plug-in harness. Integrated diodes prevent feedback from RV for safe operation. Wires as combined lighting system.

- HM56204
2012 Jeep Liberty

I purchased this harness for our 2012 Jeep Liberty so we could tow it behind our motorhome using the jeeps own tail lights for brake and turn signals. The harness works perfect and was a easy plug and play install with the exception of having to install one self-tapping screw for the ground (included). It also comes with a plastic bracket to in install the 4 flat connector on the front of the jeep which also works well! My only dislike is the wires of the harness are not incased in any form of wire loom to protect them from the elements or rubbing on other parts of the jeep which could easily damage the wires so I purchased some 3/8 and 1/2" wire loom and installed it my self but other than that it seems to be a great harness! 428726

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Very well made, so easy to install. Thank You 477177

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2012 Jeep Liberty

order called in at 3:20 one day, and received order by 5:00 pm the next day . Wow that was fast. Keep up the good work. I will use you guys every time I need anything. as a matter of fact I am working on another order as of today. Thank you all. Jerry A in NE MO. 420142

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Great Product 338786

Thank You for the follow up that means a lot about you company in how youcare, another reason why I like to deal with your company. GREATCUSTOMER SERVICE! ! ! ! Still love them all working GREAT!!!
Frankie - 02/05/2018


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easy to install and looks great... 320958

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Exactly what I needed. Very fast shippi ng! 304291

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Jeep Liberty

I recently purchased a Blue Ox tow bar, towed vehicle brake system and three wiring harnesses for towing my Jeep Liberty with our motorhome. etrailer.com was my first choice for the purchase for these items worth almost two thousand dollars. Even though these prices were set by the manufacturer, I knew I could trust these folks. Their salesmen, (in this case Wayne H.), are more than just order-takers. They know what they are selling and are a good source of information on a variety of related products. When Wayne wasn't available for follow-up discussions, the operator took my cell number. Surprisingly, Wayne got back with me right away and supplied me with his direct line in case I had any questions. I've had experience with others dealers who don't get back for hours if at all. Bottom line: etrailer.com will continue to be my first choice for RV and other related items. 178124


Ask the Experts about this Hopkins Tow Bar Wiring

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    The 2010 Jeep Liberty could have came in either a four wheel drive or two wheel drive configuration. The four wheel drive models can be flat towed with all four wheels down whereas the two wheel drive models cannot. If you have a Renegade then you have four wheel drive so it can be flat-towed. If you take a look at page 406 of your owner's manual, this is explained for you. In order to flat tow the vehicle you are going to need a tow bar, base plate kit, safety cables, tail light wiring...
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  • Tow Bar Wiring Recommendation for a 2007 Jeep Liberty
    For your 2007 Jeep Liberty the tow bar wiring harness is the # HM56203, the # HM56204 is for the newer generation Liberty that starts in 2008. To determine if you would also need the brake light relay part # RM-88400 (price at link below) you will need to answer the following questions: Are you using a supplemental braking system that depresses the brake pedal in your towed car? No - You do not need a brake light relay. Yes - You may need a brake light relay. Continue on to...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2012 Jeep Liberty Behind a Motor Home
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  • Recommended Custom Tail Light Wiring Kit for Flat Towing 2011 Jeep Liberty
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  • Recommended Taillight Wiring Harness for Flat Towing 2012 Jeep Liberty Behind Motorhome
    The Hopkins # HM56204 is a plug-and-play wiring harness that contain diodes to prevent feedback into the tow vehicle's wiring system. The harness would use the taillights of your Liberty like a combined system. When the vehicle's being flat towed, the red taillights will act as the stop, turn and brake lamps. When the Liberty is unplugged from the RV and driven normally, the taillight system will operate as usual.
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  • Can Tow Wiring Harness And 4-Way T-One Harness Both Be Installed At The Same Time
    You should have no problem installing both the Hopkins Custom Tail Light Wiring Kit, part # HM56204, and the T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness, part # 118554 at the same time. It should make no difference which one is installed first, but you will want to make sure you have plenty of room behind the tail light for both harness connectors, and make sure you test the first installation with a circuit tester like part # 40376 before wiring the second harness. This way you will know all of the...
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  • Parts Recommendations For Flat Towing 2012 Jeep Liberty Sport Behind A Motorhome
    You will want to check with your local DOT to make sure you can tow a vehicle with a scooter carrier and scooter attached to the rear of your 2012 Jeep Liberty Sport. I recommend the Blue Ox Base Plates, part # BX1131. This bolts to the chassis and requires no welding for installation. The tabs are easily removed for a more inconspicuous look, and includes all the necessary hardware for installation. I have attached an installation video for these base plates on a 2012 Liberty you can...
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  • Can Tow Bar Wiring Harness be Bypassed on a 2012 Jeep Liberty
    Do you want to bypass the converter because the RV uses separate turn signals and brakes lights like the 2012 Jeep Liberty or for some other purpose? The converter box in a tow bar wiring harness such as # HM56204 takes the separate turn signals and brake lights used by the Jeep and combines them. It also offers circuit protection so bypassing it would not be a good idea. If you want the Jeep turn signals and brake lights to be separate you would need to use the 6 diode kit # 154-792-118158.
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  • Recommended Best Parts for Flat Towing a 2012 Jeep Liberty
    For your 2012 Jeep Liberty, I recommend starting with the Roadmaster EZ Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms # 521434-1 because the system is almost invisible when not in use. It will provide a solid connection to your vehicle for the Roadmaster Sterling All Terrain Tow Bar # RM-576. This tow bar will give you the safety cables and the wiring connection you need in a really nice integrated part. For your vehicle wiring I recommend the Hopkins Custom Tail Light Wiring Kit for Towed Vehicles...
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  • Roadmaster Base Plates for a 2012 Jeep Liberty and BlackHawk Tow Bar
    Yes, you can use either # 521433-1 (if the Liberty does not have a rockguard or skid plate) or # 521434-1 (if it does have a rockguard or skidplate). Either set is compatible with your BlackHawk tow bar. You will also need safety cables like # RM-643. Next you will need a lighting solution. I recommend the plug and play Hopkins harness # HM56204 for the easiest installation. You will also need a supplemental braking system on the Jeep as required by law in most states. The easiest...
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