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Tow Ready 4 Pole to 5 Pole Trailer Wiring Adapter

Tow Ready 4 Pole to 5 Pole Trailer Wiring Adapter

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Trailer wiring adapter changes the 4 pole flat on your vehicle into a 5 pole flat. Lowest Prices for the best wiring from Tow Ready. Tow Ready 4 Pole to 5 Pole Trailer Wiring Adapter part number 20036 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-8924 for expert service.
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Tow Ready Wiring - 20036

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Trailer wiring adapter changes the 4 pole flat on your vehicle into a 5 pole flat.


Features:

  • Length of harness: 20"
  • Length of blue wire: 60"


The blue wire gets spliced into the reverse light wire on the vehicle which is easily done with the included quick splice wire connector.



20136 Tow Ready 4 Pole to 5 Pole Trailer Wiring Harness




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Video of Tow Ready 4 Pole to 5 Pole Trailer Wiring Adapter

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




Video Transcript for Tow Ready Wiring - Wiring Adapters - 20036 Review

Today we're going to be reviewing part number 20036. This is the Tow Ready 4-pole to 5-pole trailer wiring adapter. This wiring adapter is going to change the 4-pole flat on your vehicle into a 5-pole flat. The length of the actual harness is going to measure 20 inches from end to end, and then the length of the blue wire that it comes with to make the connection into the reverse light function is going to be 60 inches. This unit is rated for 7.5 amps per circuit. It's going to come with some zip ties to help secure the access wire up and out of the way.

The 60-inch blue wire is going to get spliced into the reverse light wire on the vehicle. It's very easy to do because they include this quick splice wire connector. Then the connector on the blue wire, the plug in one, is going to connect to the blue wire coming from the harness. So those will go in together, which is then going to supply power over to the new, 5-way flat, and then you're going to have all the power you need. Once everything is connected, you're all set and ready to go. Again, this one right here is going to measure 20 inches.

And then the length of the blue wire is going to measure 60 inches. And it's a very easy system to install and get connected. That's going to do it for our review of part number 20036. This is the Tow Ready 4-Pole to 5-Pole trailer wiring adapter. .


Customer Reviews

Tow Ready 4 Pole to 5 Pole Trailer Wiring Adapter - 20036

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (183 Customer Reviews)

Trailer wiring adapter changes the 4 pole flat on your vehicle into a 5 pole flat.

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Great product and easy to to connect. I could not find this trailer connection at any of our usual local auto parts store 420820


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It’s working out great been able to pull my boat in the early morning with no issues
Albert S - 08/17/2018

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The 4 to 5 wire connector harness is exactly what I needed to covert my vehicle for towing surge brake trailers. It was easy to install and works great. Fast shipment and easy to use website. Good follow up and tracking updates. A+ buying experience. 36798



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This seems to be a good option for an adapter to get a 5 wire trailer connection. The single wire for the back up light connection is odd to secure to wire harness so it don't get damaged from dirt. The socket could have a cap to cover so dirt can not get in it when not in use. 475524



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The product is excellent and I had no problem wiring up the pig tail. easy to use and so far, after about 4K miles of towing, I have Zero complaints. 513790



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This was exactly what I needed. Our Nissan Pathfinder came with a 4 prong plug already installed, but our new boat trailer has a 5 prong plug. This fit perfectly, works great (already used it this past weekend) and the installation was easy, thanks in part to the instructional video included on the product page. Would definitely recommend to anyone that needs to go from a 4 prong to 5 prong for your trailer. 18183


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Which wire did u crimp on to for your Pathfinder? Could u tell me the colour pls. Thanks.
-- comment by: Rich S - 06/08/2014

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We've sent Chris an email to let him know about your question. Remember to always double check a wire with a circuit tester before connecting. Wire colors can change on the same model, even in the same year so the colors may not be the same. Just check before splicing.

-- Patrick B - 6/10/2014


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Had to purchase the part for a boat trailer hook-up. etrailer was the only place and first place we looked. Our local trailer dealer did not stock the part, so having purchased an item from etrailer before, we chose the company to purchase what we needed. The online videos were very helpful and installation was very easy. Shipping was fast and we are completely satisfied with the product and the company. 564587



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Adapter 4-pole To 5-pole Flat - works as described. Installed on 2013 Chrysler Town & Country. Connected blue wire to left rear light harness. Strongly recommend using a 12v tester for this install, as visual diagnosis can be wrong. Deduct one star because 5-plug has no cover and is susceptible to road grime. My solution is to leave original 4way plug with cover underneath the vehicle and connect 5plug adaptor only when towing boat. 125129



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Everything is as described. All of the tutorial videos are Excellent. Unfortunately, There is no install video for my make and mode. However, i have reached out to eTrailer and am waiting on their reply now. 862596



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The install was extremely easy on my 2017 Jeep Wrangler. Just route the wire from the left backup light down to the trailer connector following the current wire bundle. I haven't tried it with the trailer but with the back up lights on there was voltage to the trailer connector, so it should work. Super fast shipping also. 853148



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The wiring harness works great even one year later, thanks etrailer. 824994



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With my 30 yrs experience of Installation this was pretty smooth , client hasn't had a chance to use. 827727



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I used this part to convert the four-pole wiring in my 2014 Toyota Sienna Van (previously installed using etrailer.com parts) to a five-pole so I can pull a boat trailer with hydraulic "surge" brakes. Everything worked well, but I had to get an extra length of wire and a butt connector at an auto parts store for my Toyota Sienna. The most time consuming part of the process was finding the reverse light wire in the bundle of wires going to the tail lights. A test light with the ability to pierce a wire (sharp point) is required for this. 815897



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Works great, as described on trailer site. Fast shipping, no issues. 809577



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Blown away by the communication and fast shipment from etrailer The video instructions made the installation simple. 807417



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Excellent product, fast delivery 805238



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I needed a wiring adapter for my new boat trailer. Etrailer had the solution at a very reasonable price and with prompt international delivery. Thanks guys! 803142



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Bought this item to convert four wire flat pin to five wire flat pin for use with a boat trailer with surge brakes. Kit worked as advertised. Only issue was they could have made the fifth wire two feet longer. Installation as per your video, which is very good, required splicing additional wiring to complete the connection To the backup circuitry. 800369



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Went in as shown on directions. Very explicit and accurate!! Trailer hitch frames went in exactly as shown on the instructions and video! 782695



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4 to 5 pin wiring plug is awesome bought the bracket that it fits in to secure to truck and it works very well was very secure until I backed into trailer hitch with it ..its still square and hold tight just need to rescrew it back on with bigger bolts and it will be good as new. I recommend this to everyone that needs 4 to 5 pin for there trailers its so easy to install takes 5 minutes. 770662



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Very happy with product. Worked well, achieved what l wanted. Thanks Noah for your help getting the correct device. 765554



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Hitch and light harness installed today. Every part fit perfectly as recommend on the website. Quality of the product is excellent. I had to message the company to verify the products needed, they responded timely and accurately with the part numbers etc. Product received on time undamaged and packed very well. I had a very good overall experience with this firm and highly recommend them. Ron 739519



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After a year it still works great. 738914



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After 1 year, still works great for my trailer. Highly recommend. 732519



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Awesome items great prices fast shipping good service 731030


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