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Reese Trailer Connector Adapter w/ LED Circuit Tester and Dust Cover - 7-Pole to 4-Pole or 5-Pole

Reese Trailer Connector Adapter w/ LED Circuit Tester and Dust Cover - 7-Pole to 4-Pole or 5-Pole

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This adapter lets you quickly convert your 7-way connector for use with a 4-way or 5-way flat trailer-end plug. It includes a circuit tester with red LEDs and a built-in dust cover that protects the terminals when you aren't towing. Lowest Prices for the best wiring from Reese. Reese Trailer Connector Adapter w/ LED Circuit Tester and Dust Cover - 7-Pole to 4-Pole or 5-Pole part number 78118 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-8924 for expert service.
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This adapter lets you quickly convert your 7-way connector for use with a 4-way or 5-way flat trailer-end plug. It includes a circuit tester with red LEDs and a built-in dust cover that protects the terminals when you aren't towing.


Features:

  • Easy-to-use, plastic adapter converts your vehicle's 7-blade, RV-style, vehicle-end connector for use with a 4-wire or 5-wire flat, trailer-end connector
  • Circuit tester with highly visible, red LEDs
    • Lets you check the connectivity of your electrical circuits at a glance
  • Built-in cover protects terminals from dust and grime when you're not towing a trailer
    • If you use dielectric grease, the cover keeps the plug clean for storage
  • 1-Year limited warranty


78118 Reese Trailer Connector Adapter w/ LED Circuit Tester and Dust Cover - 7-Blade to 4-Pole or 5-Pole




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Video Transcript for Reese Trailer Connector Adapter with LED Circuit Tester Review

Hey guys, it's Randy here at etrailer.com. Now a common question that we get here is how do I adapt my seven pole on my vehicle to work with a trailer that has maybe a different connector on it As you can see here we're going to take a look at the Reese Towpower adapter. Now this adapter is going to take care of a lot of different things for it. I really liked the way this deal works. Basically this is going to plug into your seven pole. It's going to give us a working five pole, a working four pole, but also if you can see those little red LEDs in there.

This is going to diagnose a trailer connection problem that we might have. So with this plugged into our vehicle, we'll turn on our headlights, make sure that the tail light bulb comes on, left blinker, verify that. Right blinker, verify that.Then hit her brakes and make sure they both come on. This is going to ensure that we don't have any problems with our vehicle, so we're going to know from that point the issue we're looking for is in our trailer. It eliminates half the equation just by plugging it in.

I think that is really neat. Now where this one differs from a lot of the other seven to four and five adapters that we offered, that his one actually has a four pole slot and the five pole slot. The five pole slot is going to give us our ground running lights, our left turn and brake, our right turn and brake, and our reverse signal.Now that fifth pole is for our reverse signal. We're going to use that reverse signal most of the time in a marine trailer application that has an electric lockout for its surge brake. As you back up, you put pressure on that.

That can apply the brakes in the trailer. It's kind of a situation if you can't back your trailer up. So by sending that circuit to that lockout, that fluid isn't transferred, we can easily back up. A lot of customers also ask if you can run backup lights on your trailer off of that circuit, and you absolutely can mount a couple of lights back there. When you hit reverse they're going to come on.

They'll illuminate the ground behind you.Now on the four pole side it's going to have all of those same signals with the exception of the reverse. Now most adapters like this are just going to have the five pole, your left to stick the four pole in. The reason I like this being this way, with the shrouded four pole connector it's going to have a black shroud that goes all the way around here where these are kind of down inside it comes up to about here. If you're trying to connect that onto a five pole, that shroud gets in the way right there and it won't allow you to connect it properly. So this completely eliminates that issue. Any four pole, it's going to sit right in there. You'll see the accommodation going around the outside here for that sleeve to fit into. I think they really thought this out really well to ensure that we're going to have good long lasting life out of this for one, but also that it's going to work in the application where we need it.You can also see it's got a dust cover here. We don't see that on all the other ones that are out there. That's going to sit down and over whichever one we're not using. So if we're using our four pole side, we'll cover our five pole side. If we're using our five pole side, we can cover our four pole side, so this is gonna work out in all weather conditions. You'll see that in the reviews. Customer say regardless of the weather, regardless of the situation, this thing works out really well. The installation's going to be just like a regular seven pole. Lifting up our cover here you can see the tab on top. That needs to go behind the tab on our door, place it in. Wiggle that into place. Let that come down and capture it. Then it's just a matter of getting our four pole plugged in there. At that point, just check our lights really quickly, but you'll be ready to head down the road knowing that you've got the signals you need heading out where you need them.Now, let's take a quick look at the diagnostic function and see if we can turn on those headlights. It's going to show us that those are in fact coming on. And we can check our left blinker, our right blinker, and our brakes. That's going to help us ensure that everything on our truck sides working, so we should look at our trailer if we're having any problems. Now there's several other options out there as far as adapters go. I really like the way this one's built. They put a lot of thought into it and I like that it has the tester included. In other situations if you need something with an extension, those are out there and available to give you a little bit more of links on your plug. But all in all, I think it's a really nicely made product. It seems like they put a lot of consideration into how it's going to be used and it's one I would definitely own if I had the need.


Customer Reviews

Reese Trailer Connector Adapter w/ LED Circuit Tester and Dust Cover - 7-Pole to 4-Pole or 5-Pole - 78118

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (33 Customer Reviews)

This adapter lets you quickly convert your 7-way connector for use with a 4-way or 5-way flat trailer-end plug. It includes a circuit tester with red LEDs and a built-in dust cover that protects the terminals when you aren't towing.

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Item worked as stated fit good and stayed in place. shipping is fast and easy, item came a day early. Etrailer has great pricing an a great selection. 223273


Comments
Product works as it did on day 1. Holds up in all types of weather. Hats off to Etrailer for a product that works as advertised
Frank D - 08/31/2016

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Great product, well made and the test feature is a wonderful added bonus. 779719



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See my other long review.. AWESOME AWE SOME!!! 782685



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Great product, takes the guess work out of it. 764089



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Fast N free shipping ! 763642



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Fast shipping, product delivered. Great travels now! 726403



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got what I wanted and fast. 717953



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A time saver when checking lights. 707795



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Seems to be well made. Happy with purch ase. 698684



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Comes with test LEDs, it'd be nice if Reese documented what each one means... 694659



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Exactly what I needed. Shipped on time. Very pleased with order. 676714



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Works perfectly! 674926



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Easy to install. Prompt delivery. Great customer support and service. 672027



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Product works as advertised. LED lights work great to check for faults in trailer or vehicle circuits. 650224



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Perfect, just what I needed, fast deliv ery. 649398



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Works great for the basic checking of turn, brake and running lights. Overall fit and design is great. 611277


Comments
Excellent adapter makes checking the harness easy.
David - 03/14/2020

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Fits perfectly and seems to work although I haven’t actually hooked the trailer wiring to it yet. But the leds light as expected. 599580



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awesome 474235



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Just what I needed for the two trailers I have, one with 4 pins and one with 5. Nice dust cover for the one not in use as well. 443272



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Well built outstanding adapter. Indicator lights make quick check of lighting systems. 434452



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Seems well made. Needed for my 2015 Chevy Surburban since it only has 7 way plug and I needed 4 way also. The test lights should come in handy in the future. 405049



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Great products and pricing 389193



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Great adapter with the tattle tale LEDs to indicate what lights are energized for trouble shooting circuit problems. 302209



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Works great, good value, looks like it will hold up well 155885


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Working as it should
Mike M - 10/15/2015

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Good choice! 155350


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Ask the Experts about this Reese Wiring

  • Will Reese 78118 7-Way to 5-Way Adapter Work Well Towing Boat Trailer with 5-Way
    Yes, the Reese Trailer Connector Adapter w/ LED Circuit Tester and Dust Cover # 78118 that you referenced would be exactly what you'd want. This will plug into the 7-way of your Tundra and give you a functional 5-way to use with your trailer that has surge brakes. In case you were curious the 5th pin of a 5-way carries the reverse light circuit which is what activates the reverse lock out solenoid on your trailer that will allow it to back up without applying the brakes.
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  • Troubleshooting 2 Lights Blinking on the Reese Trailer Connector Adapter # 78118
    The only reason two of the lights would be blinking under normal circumstances would be if the circuits that were blinking where the left and right stop/turn signals and it was because you had the emergency flashers of your vehicle on. Otherwise that indicates you have some kind of short and I would recommend you check the back of your vehicle connector for corrosion or any other obvious problem such as exposed wire and fix as necessary.
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  • How do the LED Lights Work on Reese Trailer Connector Adapter w/ LED Circuit Tester 78118
    The LED lights on the Reese trailer connector adapter # 78118 will tell you if the corresponding circuit is working. The light on the far left will tell you if the running light circuit has power. There is a T next to it for Tail Lights. In the middle is the light for the left turn/brake light circuit. And the far right is for right turn/brake lights. If you turn on the vehicle head lights then the T light will be on. If you step on the brakes, the other two will light up. Or if you...
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  • Adapting a Semi Truck 7-Way to RV Style 7-Way to Use Wireless Light Kit to Flat Tow a Van
    There isn't an adapter to go from a semi truck 7-Way to an RV style 7-Way but you could hardwire in a separate RV style 7-Way on the semi truck. You can use a circuit tester such as # 40376 to test the wires at the back of the semi 7-Way. It should have separate circuits for each turn signal and brake lights. If so then you will need to combine the separate circuits using a converter # RM-732 because an RV style 7-Way has combined turn signal/brake light circuits. On the converter...
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  • Only Left Trailer Light Shows Power with 1999 Chevy Tahoe
    There are several things you can check to determine why a trailer wiring circuit is not working. First, you will want to test the vehicle side trailer connector using a circuit tester such as # 40376. Have someone sit in the vehicle and go through the light functions while testing. If everything works on the vehicle you can move on. If a circuit is not working on the vehicle then make sure the trailer connector is clean and free of corrosion inside and out and inspect the wiring, fuses,...
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  • Adapter for 4-Flat on Truck and 7-Way on Trailer
    We do have a solution for you, though the Reese Trailer Connector Adapter # 78118 will not work for you. Instead I recommend the Hopkins Endurance Quick-Install Trailer Connector Adapter # HM47200 which will plug into your truck's 4-way and allow you to connect your trailer's 7-way.
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  • Running Lights Not Working With Reese Trailer Connector Adapter w/ LED Circuit Tester # 78118
    Since you mention that the LED light on the Reese Trailer Connector Adapter, # 78118, isn't illuminating for the tail lights, it sounds like the issue is with the truck but this could be something as simple as dirt or corrosion in the 2013 Ford F-150's 7-way connector. If the pin looks clean then the issue may very likely be a blown fuse or faulty relay. If everything checks out to be fine and the running lights on your trailer still aren't functioning properly, please feel free to...
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  • Can the 4-Way and 5-Way of the Reese Trailer Connector Adapter # 78118 be Used at Same Time
    Yes, both the 5-way and the 4-ways of the Reese Trailer Connector Adapter # 78118 could be used at the same time. Since a 4-way can plug into the 5-way you could use both of your 4-way connectors. You would need to also be sure not to overdraw the taillight circuits of the vehicle's wiring. Powering two sets of trailer lights may be too much for the adapter.
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  • Comparing Reese and Hopkins 7-Way to 5-Way Adapters
    I'd recommend the Reese # 78118 7-way to 5-way adapter over the Hopkins part # HM47675 that you also mentioned because the Reese comes with a circuit tester which for most people would be more useful than what the Hopkins has instead which is a 12 volt power circuit. There are quite a bit more situations where people are in need of a circuit tester than a 12 volt power supply so I believe it would be much more useful to you. I attached a review video for the Reese for you to check out...
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  • Availability of 7-Way to 4-Way Adapter that Fits 2003 Toyota 4Runner
    Yes, the 7-way adapter part # 37385 and # 78118 will both fit the factory 7-way you have on your 2003 Toyota 4Runner. They will simply plug into the 7-way on your vehicle and be ready to go.
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  • Looking for Adapter to Convert 7-Way on Vehicle to 5-Pole Connector on Trailer
    I'm assuming you're needing the adapter for a boat trailer that has a surge or hydraulic coupler. The 'brake' wire doesn't carry power to the trailer brakes, it merely 'locks out' the hydraulic coupler when the vehicle transmission is shifted into reverse so the trailer can be backed up without the trailer brakes coming on. If this is the case, I'd recommend the Reese # 78118 adapter, that's compatible with either 4-pole or 5-pole trailer connectors.
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