A circuit tester that plugs into the 7-way trailer connector on the vehicle and emulates a trailer. The lights let you know what functions (brake, turn, tail, stop, reverse and 12V) are working properly and what functions are not. Lowest Prices for the best wiring from Tow Ready. 7 Way Trailer Connector Vehicle Tester part number TR20117 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-8924 for expert service.
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A circuit tester that plugs into the 7-way trailer connector on the vehicle and emulates a trailer. The lights let you know what functions (brake, turn, tail, stop, reverse and 12V) are working properly and what functions are not.


  • 7-way circuit tester
  • 12V power
  • Function Codes:
    • BU: back up or reverse circuit center pole
    • RT: right turn/brake
    • TM: taillights
    • LT: left turn/brake
    • BK: Brake controller output
    • 12V: 12-volt power feed

Note: Designed for use with Tekonsha and Draw-Tite aftermarket brake controllers and Ford OEM brake controllers. May or May not work with other manufacturers brake controllers.

20117 Tow Ready 7 Way Trailer Connector Vehicle Tester

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Today we're going to show you the 7-way trailer connector vehicle tester, part number TR20117 from Tow Ready. All right, this is a handy device to keep with your vehicle. You can use this to test your vehicle any time. For instance, you have a problem with your trailer, you're not too sure where to start. Go ahead and use this tool in your 7-pole connector in your truck to verify your truck is working fine, then you know it's on the trailer side. Now the indicators are going to be these LEDs right here.

They have their own markings. TM for the running light circuit or trailer marker lights. LT for left turn, twelve volt power supply, so something in your trailer may require twelve volts like the interior lights or something like that. BK for the output from your brake controller. BU for your backup lights, reverse lights, and RT for your right turn signal.

And bye the way, with the brake controller this test was actually designed for use with Draw-Tite or Tekonsha brake controllers, and also the Ford OEM brake controller as well. This may or may not work with other brands of brake controllers out there. Let's go ahead and plug it into our truck here and show how it works. Just like any other 7-pole connector, you just push it in place. Make sure it's fully installed. You can see where I already have a couple of lights showing up.

One's going to be four a twelve volt power supply, and one's going to be for a brake controller outlet. All right, in this case our brake controller sends out a small trace current to look for a completed circuit, so that's why we have it lit up already and we're not even using our controller. That's perfectly normal. Okay Let's go ahead and try the running light circuit next. All right, that's our indication for the running lights.

Let's try our left turn signal. Okay. Now let's try our right turn signal. Okay. Let's look for our brake signal, which would be indication on our left turn and right turn signals. Okay. All right, and now we'll go ahead and try our back up lights, which we will put the vehicle in reverse. That will finish it for part number TR20117, the 7-way trailer connector vehicle tester from Tow Ready.

Customer Reviews

7 Way Trailer Connector Vehicle Tester - TR20117

Average Customer Rating:  4.7 out of 5 stars   (107 Customer Reviews)

A circuit tester that plugs into the 7-way trailer connector on the vehicle and emulates a trailer. The lights let you know what functions (brake, turn, tail, stop, reverse and 12V) are working properly and what functions are not.
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by: Rick M.05/20/2017

I am very happy with the 7 way tester, TR20117, and used it to determine that the add on extender the RV dealer instakked on my 4Runner they hitch was changed had a loose a connection. I was able to use the tester to easily determine that the missing running lights were due to the 7way connector extension. I disconnected the extender and was able to stretch the original line to the new hitch. All is working well. I originally ordered a Brake line and connector for my trailer and that was a UPS fiasco of no fault of etrailer.com. I live in the country and gave them my street address thinking UPS would deliver there. They dropped the package at the wrong post office and of course my address was not deliverable. After giving my PO box number as the delivery address UPS again dropped it at the Post office to get it to me. This appears to be a new delivery method for those of us with PO boxes. Needless to say I ordered the second part because etrailer did so well in locating the problem change with UPS delivery. 383113

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by: Bill_OldGuy08/10/2013

The product wasn’t very useful for my application. I have an OME installed trailer kit which has an isolation box between the vehicle and the trailer connector. I could tell the turn signals worked and that the electric break controller was working but everything else caused the LEDs to glow with what looks like high impedance semiconductor leakage regardless of whether the light was off or on. There just not enough load in the tester to bleed off stray voltage. I went old school with two clip leads, a 12 v bulb and an ice pick to verify that the vehicle was functioning properly. I have no confidence in what the tester indicates when the LED glow and whether the trailer connector is working or not. This will probable work if you only have copper between your vehicle lights and your trailer connector. 94367

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by: Roadkill07/09/2013

This 7 Way Trailer Connector Tester does Exactly what I was hoping it would do. It clearly indicates which electrical function is working on the Vehicle. I rated this "Very Good" rather than "Excellent" for ONLY one reason. When looking at the indicator lights on the tester they DO show which function is operating. What "might" be a little confusing to some is the fact that the indicator lights to not match exactly to the location of each tab inside the plug mounted on the Vehicle. Had the indicator lights on this tester match each location inside the plug I would absolutely have given this an "Excellent" rating. I still feel this is a Very Good tool for testing the wiring to insure each function is working properly. 88545

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by: John E.09/10/2015

Great function and fit. I'll keep this in the glove box in case there are any issues. 224842


Everything is working fine, although we dont get out to use it as much as wed like :

John E - 09/14/2016

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by: Thomas DiBartolomeo11/05/2013

The product is good with the STANDERD trailer hook up, But it does NOT work on my 2013 chevrolet 2500 inergrated braking towing controller ( IBTC ) When you hook the tester to the plug and apply the trailer brakes all you see is one Blink on the tester and then it goes back out. Now I took my New 2013 truck to the dealer and they checked the braking system and found Nothing wrong and said it was OK . Please test this on the 2013 chevrolet 2500 ( IBTC) and you will see what I mean and please if there is anything that I have done wrong please contact me because this tester does NOT work on my NEW truck .....Please respond ! 106348

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by: Billy C.06/09/2015

works well was satisfied with Item and on time delivery. 202044


Works Great, use it often

Billy C - 06/16/2016

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by: Michele G.02/04/2015

This item was extremely helpful in my recent purchase of a tow vehicle. I had been looking at used trucks and brought this to determine if the wiring in the tow package was in working order - come to find out the 12v light wasn't coming on so I was able to tell the dealership I'd buy the truck if they'd be sure to fix it. Turns out it was only a fuse so an easy fix. I believe this will come in handy from time to time if I find anything not working on my trailer (will know if it's on the truck end or on the trailer). Thanks eTrailer for a FAST delivery and great product. 172361

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by: John G.10/24/2013

Great tester 105004


This tester is fantastic!

John G - 10/24/2014

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by: OK04/30/2015

At first I was very disappointed in this product. I put it in my 7-way plug and the LEDs were facing my vehicle so I couldn't see them at all. Turns out you can loosen a set screw and rotate the LEDs to point in a different direction. Once the happened it was better. I found the LEDs were hard to read in the sunlight but it did its job. Also the pulls tabs on each side are so big that it makes putting the tester into the plug difficult in certain situations where there is not very much space like on my minivan. 188960

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by: Mike s Lawn Service02/10/2014

With this product I was able to narrow down my electrical problem to my truck and not the trailer, and by knowing that the problem was the truck I was able to narrow down the problem down to a 1 foot long piece of wire behind the tail lights but before the outlet. I did all this by simply looking at the tester and following the wires with my eyes. This tester saved me several hours of time, money in parts I didn't need and not to mention the immeasurable frustration caused by trying to find electrical wiring problems. 116192

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by: Bill K.10/03/2016

This very simple device makes it easy to verify if your vehicle wiring is doing what it is supposed to be doing with the trailer lights and electrical needs. If your vehicle isn't providing the right power, stop looking at the trailer wiring! This narrows down the search for that loose wire or fuse instantly. Verifies everything is okay instantly. It's simples, rugged, and easy to stow in the vehicle to help you or others with trailer wiring issues. Highly recommend this to others. 302755

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by: PatM06/23/2015

This product (TR20117) helps with verifying that vehicle outputs are correct. If the vehicle is good you are ready to troubleshoot the trailer. I use a small 12 volt battery and two leads with alligator clips to test each function on the trailer. Etrailer has excellent wiring diagrams and diagnostic information - in addition to excellent pricing, great service and delivery. Hope this helps.... Pat 206576

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by: Henry S10/01/2016

This is the 3rd time I have ordered from etrailer. Very satisfied with the products I have purchased, the timeliness of the order being processed and the follow-up on the order. As I am looking to purchase a couple of more trailers to rebuild, I strongly suspect I will be using them very frequently---ESPECIALLY when I save nearly 50% as compared to local dealers! 302349

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by: Leon C.05/13/2014

I received my 7 way tester fast , and it was packaged well. it came in handy to test my trucks plug to find out it wasn`t getting any power. when I found out what the problem was it was real easy to look at the lights on the tester to see they were all working rather than hooking the trailer up and keep running back to the trailer to check if they were working. 130500

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by: James Norton12/27/2012

I had used the product before. While performing the testying of my camper/truck lights several family members were amazed at how easy this product was to use for trouble shooting problems. As a result, they asked me if I would get them that for Christmas. Personaly, I couldn't have been more pleased with the product. 62060

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by: Kenneth R01/12/2011

Great Service My order was filledfast, with great followup and tracking. I'd have no problems ordering from you again. I used the truck, trailer plug tester at a local RV dealer and just had to have one. TThis way I can test all my lights, brakes before pulling the trailer from the shed.Thanks K.R. 5398

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by: Alex02/12/2015

Works as expected. Would like more clear marking as to what circuit is energised. Used it to check vehicle connections that mechanic said were working. Guess what they were not, no signals no brake lights and no running lights. Going to take it with to show him when i return. 173485

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by: joel b09/15/2013

Great product. Figured out the problem I was having in minutes instead of going back and forth with the trailer. I do think the lights could be more obvious. Just show one light if working. Instruction sheet wasn't included. Support got it to me immediately though. 99986

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by: Speedy05/12/2011

This 7 way vehicle connection tester works great. I'm able to trace any poor or bad connections associated with my truck's trailer harness quickly. Low cost and quality design makes it a great tool to leave in the trucks toolbox in case I have future connection issues. 13733

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by: Dusty R.01/14/2011

Fast and what I needed The product arrived super fast and was exactly what I needed to fix lighting issues on my trailer. No longer did I have to wire and rewire the connector to find the right places for the wire. Cut the working time down drastically. 5471

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by: Rider09/18/2012

The tester works fine, but the LED lights on the tester are arranged in a confusing manner, the lettering indicating which LED light is on are very small, but overall, it will be a good tool to help test the towing vehicle electrical trailer circuits. 55071

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by: David03/05/2013

Tester made all the differents in the world, my wireing harness had been cannibilized, so I needed to make a good water tight connection under my truck. The juction boxes were the ticket, making a professional job oit of it. Thanks etrailer 68853

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by: Ed B.05/11/2011

I have only used my tester twice, it worked great! My connector on my truck was hooked up right. My bosses was not. It was nice to be able to just plug it in w/out having to hook up a trailer. It is a great compliment to anyones toolbox. 13556

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by: Doubletake Trailer Sales06/12/2016

It would seem the product is exactly what it is advertised to be. It will be handy for us when customers pick up trailers to be sure it is the tow vehicle and not the trailer. Hopefully it will last a long time. Easy to read and use 260642

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by: Ron01/04/2017

The 7 way trailer connector tester works great. No guessing about the wiring because you just plug it in and the lights will light up showing the connection corresponding with the light on the connector tester. Saves a lot of time. 329830

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by: TopDown Bruce09/05/2016

A great tool to check your truck's trailer linkage. It provides LEDs for lights and the brake function, thus confirming proper truck-trailer plug configuration in a compact tool. The item is as shown in the dealer provided photo. 291511

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by: J-E12/14/2013

This vehicle wiring 7-way tester arrived in three days and works perfectly. The circuits are clearly marked and the LEDs are easy to see in the bright sunlight. Thanks Patrick! Excellent product and service! J-E 110125

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by: PAMike06/28/2012

Helpful. However, it does not put a load on the signals, so if you have a weak 12-volt or ground connection to your trailer-light signal converter, it will still indicate that the system is working properly. 45992

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by: SCDuck12/15/2015

If you are not 100% comfortable wiring a connector to your tow vehical, get one of these when you order your connector parts. It is dead simple to use and seems to be made of excellent materials. 233839

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by: Larry05/28/2017

Product works well but as others have mentioned, the red LED lights are hard to see in bright sunlight without cupping your hands to block out the sun. Otherwise this good product would be great! 386043

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by: Richard A04/03/2014

Used for monitoring five church vans to insure proper working order before leaving on youth trips and mission trips. Really appreciate the the item when having no second person to assist. 123524

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by: Phil07/22/2015

This thing is easy to use and works well. The only problem is that the LED indicators draw much less current than my trade Lights which has made diagnosing my specific problem difficult. 213620

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by: charles hill12/21/2010

tester this is a dreat product to check your ride to see if everything is working right. it checkes every funtion,you do have to have two people to check or do a lot of walking, 4409

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by: rodneyb06/01/2016

Product worked as designed. It was nice to have a series of trouble lights to see when you didn't have the actual trailer that would be connecting to the receptacle handy. 255364

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by: Roland M.07/10/2016

A real time saver when troubleshooting light system. Checks vehicle side so you don't waste time checking circuits and can concentrate on the finding the failed light. 270306

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by: MAX02/04/2013


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by: Todd R11/05/2013

Works good. I have a brake controller though and it wouldn't like up. I suspect its a problem with the type of controller I have. Everything else works great. 106388

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by: David B06/23/2012

Great tester. Great price. Unfortunately, now I have to find the problem......Well worth the price just to relieve the aggravation of my old tester. 45366

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by: Helen10/30/2015

We haven't tried the tester yet, probably this weekend. But, we have had excellent success with every product we've purchased through e-trailer. 231107

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by: Bob02/04/2012

Thank You for the Fast service and Great Deal THis is a real time saver as I had a problem and the plug helped me fix it "GREAT PRODUCT" Thanks 31076

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by: James D. Rogers11/17/2015

This was exactly what I was looking for and at a price less than one fourth of competitors. I will look to e-trailer for future products. 232149

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by: Bud M.03/20/2017

Fast shipping after order was placed. Item works as described in the info about product. Will use etrailer again for future purchases. 355939

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by: JMH11/08/2016

Product is working well, and if we need to purchase other items for the trailer, we will not hesitate to do business with etrailer.com 314868

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by: John C.08/30/2015

Nice product! I was able to check the lights on my truck without any helper, I have a problem with my left turn signal. Now I know! 222849

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by: CRAME10/22/2013

Item was shipped and arrived in minimum time and works as advertised, I'm very happy with quality and functionality of this tester. 104747

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by: Robert04/06/2013

Just what the doctor order, work's great and easy to use. Thanks for your help and your tect's help. Best regards; Robert Brown 74507

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by: SA11/01/2012

Works well. Brake light is dim when brakes are applied, but I assume that is due to the controller. No directions are included! 58613

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by: machart5501/27/2017

It has help me solve some wiring issues on my truck. I have also let others borrow it with success. I highly recommend it. 335898

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by: Jerry H10/16/2016

Bought a new brake controller and updated all the lights to LEDs , all parts are good quality. Would recommend etrailer 308816

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by: Joey12/04/2014

Cheap easy way to test the wiring of the truck plug. Must have for any business which has a fleet of trucks. 163377

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  • Trailer Lights Stay on Once Vehicle Ignition is Shut Off
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  • Tow Package Trailer Wiring Fuse and Relay Locations for a 2008 Ford F-350 Diesel
  • There is a relay for the 12 volt circuit on the 7-Way in your 2008 Ford F-350. There are 2 fuses and 1 relay related to this circuit. The relay is in location 56 in the power distribution box under the hood. As you said there is one fuse in the cab in location 33 and one in the power distribution box in location 44. The following are the other relay/fuse locations for the tow packaging wiring on your truck: Under the hood Location 5 - fuse for brake controller Locations 20 and 21...
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  • Comparison of the Tekonsha 7-Way Trailer Emulator # 6562 and the Tow Ready 7 Way Tester TR20117
  • Yes, both the Tekonsha 7-Way Trailer Emulator, item # 6562, and the Tow Ready 7 Way Tester, item # TR20117, will test the function of the left turn and stop, right turn and stop, tail/marker lights, 12 volt power, electric brake, and the backup circuit in the 7-Way vehicle side connector. With both testers, the electric brake test will tell you that the circuit is supplying power for the trailer brakes at the plug, but will not check for actual, or correct, voltage. A multi-meter, item...
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  • How to Pair Tekonsha # 90250 RF Wireless Brake Controller to 2011 Mercedes Benz GL450
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  • Difficulty Pairing Tekonsha Prodigy RF # 90250 Brake Controller with 2012 BMW X5
  • The manufacturer of the Prodigy RF, Tekonsha, tells us that many European SUVs (including your X5) will throw a wrench into the works during the pairing process. These vehicles have a system that senses if a bulb on the vehicle or the trailer is burned out. This sensor works by sending a test pulse of voltage through the trailer connector every so often. During the pairing process, this can confuse the RF unit into thinking that the brake pedal is being pressed at the wrong time, which...
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  • 2006 Ford F350 With OEM Brake Controller Not Reading Trailer
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  • No 12 Volt Power on 7-Way on a 2012 GMC Sierra Denali
  • Most likely you need to make some connections under the hood of your truck to make the 7-Way fully functional. Under the hood, driver side, near the windshield you will find the power distribution box, There should be wires attached to the 2 studs on the forward most studs. If there are not you will need to locate them and attach them. The battery charge wire should be located under the master cylinder/brake booster assembly. Attach it to the smaller stud on the front of the power distribution...
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  • Will Tow Ready 7 Way Connector Vehicle Tester # TR20117 Test If a Brake Controller is Working
  • The Tow Ready 7 Way Trailer Connector Vehicle Tester, part # TR20117, will test the 7-Way connector on your 2008 Ford Super Duty to make sure all the functions are working and the terminals are wired properly. It will tell you if you have 12 volt power and brake lights at the 7-Way which is needed for a brake controller. It does not test to tell if your brake controller is working or not. You will need to test your brake controller separately. I am including a link to a video that will...
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  • Will 2016 Ram 1500 Need to Be Flashed By Dealer After Installing Aftermarket Brake Controller
  • After installing the Tekonsha Prodigy P3 # 90195 and Custom Wiring Harness # 3024-P on your 2016 Ram 1500, you will not need to take your truck to the dealer to have it flashed. The reason to take it to the dealer to get flashed is if you had to uninstall a factory integrated brake controller to install the aftermarket controller, like the P3. It is normal for the brake controller to stay on for 15 minutes or so after the truck has been started, even if no trailer is connected. Once...
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  • Using Tow Ready Trailer Connector Tester Part # TR20117 to Diagnose OEM Brake Controller Problem
  • The Tow Ready 7-Way Connector Tester will draw enough power to simulate a trailer. Another option would be to try a different trailer on your truck. If the same problems appear, you will have eliminated the trailer as being the problem. I would also recommend you check the trailer connector on the vehicle and the trailer, making sure neither is damaged or corroded. If you can see any white or green corrosion on the pins or sockets of the connectors, there is a chance that the corrosion...
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  • Troubleshooting Left Turn Signal Staying Hot on a 2013 GMC 3500HD Towing a Trailer
  • If you used a 7-way circuit tester like our 7 Way Trailer Connector Vehicle Tester # TR20117 and the LT circuit stayed lit that would indicate that there is voltage on this circuit at all times which means something is shorting out onto this circuit. Due to the fact that it is hot all the time it would seem that it is the 12 volt power circuit that is shorting to the left turn/brake circuit. I suspect you have a 7-way round connector since on these style connector the left turn and 12...
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  • Constant Voltage on 12V and Brake Controller Output Wire with Curt TriFlex Trailer Brake Controller
  • When testing the wire functions after installing the Curt TriFlex Trailer Brake Controller # C51140 and Wiring Harness # C51515 in your 2014 Toyota Sienna, it is normal for both the 12V and brake lights on a tester like # TR20117 to light up without actually activating the brakes. This is because the brake controller sends out a small trace current to look for a completed circuit. I have attached a demonstration video on a similar 7 Way Trailer Connector Vehicle Tester # TR20117 that shows...
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  • Troubleshooting 12 Volt Power Circuit not Functioning on 7-Way After Re-Wire
  • There could be corrosion or dirt inside your 7-way that needs to be cleaned out before all of the circuits of the 7-way will activate. That's the most common reason circuits on a 7-way won't function properly. You can test this easily by using a circuit tester like our part # 3808 to test the wires that feed into the 7-way on the circuits that aren't functioning. If the wires have voltage but not the pins the problem is corrosion or dirt on the inside or outside of the connector. Also,...
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  • Location of Fuse for 12-Volt Feed to 7-Way Trailer Connector on 2002 Chevy Yukon
  • The fuse you're looking for is located in the fuse box under the hood. It's a 40 amp fuse labeled 'stud 1', I've provided a photo showing where the fuse is located. Once the fuse is replaced, you'll want to locate the short that caused the fuse to blow and repair it, or you'll continue blowing fuses. Check the connector on the trailer and on the vehicle, and make sure they're not damaged or corroded. Repair or replace as needed. Make sure the circuit from the connector on the trailer...
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  • Trouble Shooting a Primus Brake Controller on a 2003 Chevrolet 2500 HD
  • Often times if break-away kits are not wired properly, they will cause problems with a brake controller. The first thing to do would be to make sure there is not a problem on the vehicle. Disconnect the trailer and turn on the truck. You should see one dot on the display, in the center, indicating that the brake control has power and is active, but there is no trailer connected. When you apply the manual lever with no trailer connected the display should read n.c.. If all this works...
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  • Troubleshooting 7-way On 2004 Ford F150 Not Showing Left Turn Signal
  • If you've tested the 7-way on the vehicle, and have determined that you have no signal on the left turn signal pin, closely examine the trailer connector. Make sure it's not damaged or excessively corroded and clean/replace if necessary. If the trailer connector checks out okay, take a look at the wiring harness that feeds the 7-way, right behind the connector. Find the yellow wire in the harness and use a circuit tester like part # 40376 to test the wire as a helper activates the left...
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  • No Power to 7-Way Trailer Connector on a 2004 Ford F-150
  • It sounds like a possible tow package fuse has blown on your 2004 Ford F-150. You will want to use the truck owners manual to find the locations of all fuses/relays associated with the tow package wiring to check them. The 12 volt pin on a 7-Way does not affect the regular trailer lights and the fact that everything stopped working with the interior lights is what makes me think the issue is related to the tow package fuses (specifically the one that controls the 12 volt circuit on the...
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  • Will 7-Way Trailer Connector Tester Work With 2011 Chevrolet 2500 HD Factory Brake Controller
  • The TowReady 7 Way Trailer Connector Vehicle Tester you referenced, # TR20117, is not compatible with all factory brake controllers. I don't believe it is compatible with your 2011 Chevrolet 2500 HD. A similar design that is compatible is the Pollak 7-Way to RV Socket LED Circuit Tester, # PK12741. This will work with your vehicle's factory controller and will be bright enough for outside use. You may need to shield direct sunlight from interfering with your reading.
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  • Brake Controller for 2015 Ram 3500 and Trailer Light Issues Including Fuses
  • Your 2015 Ram 3500 with factory tow prep comes ready for a Brake Controller to be installed with a simple wiring harness connector. It is plug and play. For instance, if you were to install the Tekonsha Prodigy P3, # 90195, then the wiring harness for your truck would be part # 3024-P. I've attached an install video for you. This install will make the 7-way operational for a trailer with brakes. You may have some missing or blown tow package fuses, but these would be separate from...
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  • No Power On 12 Volt Circuit on 7-Way Trailer Connector on a 2006 GMC Sierra 2500HD
  • On some GM trucks, even those with factory tow package, the wiring is not always complete. You may need to manually run a wire from the front of the truck to the back of the 7-Way. I have included a link to the right that should help. It talks about the under the hood connections that might need to be made when installing a brake controller but also mentions the 12 volt power wire. Presumably, if the wire is attached directly the positive terminal, it would have power all the time. But...
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  • 7-Way Trailer Connector 12 Volt Circuit has Power All the Time
  • The 12 volt circuit on a 7-Way that was hardwired into a vehicle is going to have power all the time. Provided nothing is plugged into the 7-Way that draws power from the 12 volt circuit then it would not be a problem. The little LED light would take months to drain a vehicle battery if you were to let it sit all that time and never start the vehicle. But there is a way that you can shut off power to the 12 volt circuit when the vehicle is off. You would need battery isolation solenoid...
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  • Trouble Shooting Inoperable Electric Brakes on a 10K Trailer
  • Since you have fresh parts in the hubs and provided they are installed properly, I suspect there is a problem somewhere in the wiring or with the brake controller installation and set up. You will need to check the whole system, step by step, to find out where the problem is. If you have used your truck successfully with other trailer brake equipped trailers, then the brake controller and vehicle wiring should be fine and you can skip the first 2 steps. If you tried it on different vehicles...
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  • 7-Way Tester Recommendation for 2016 Chevy Silverado 1500
  • The 7-way tester part # TR20117 would work on your 2016 Chevy Silverado 1500 for all circuits unless you have an integrated brake controller. That's pretty much the only circuit we have found that doesn't like to work with this tester on the newer Chevy trucks.
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  • Troubleshooting Trailer Brakes Locking Up When Lights are On and no 12 Volt Circuit Voltage
  • It sounds like somehow the running light circuit got wired to the brake output circuit of the 7-way at the rear of your vehicle, and that is why when the lights are on the brakes lock up. I would check the wiring of the brake output circuit of your 7-way, I would be willing to bet there are two wires run to it and one of them is the running light circuit that should be run to the correct terminal of your 7-way. Check out the FAQ article I attached on trailer wiring.
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  • Fuse and Relay Locations for 7-Way Connector 12 Volt Circuit on a 2002 Ford F-350
  • The fuse used for the 12 volt circuit on a 7-Way trailer connector on a 2002 Ford F-350 is the battery charge or trailer battery charge fuse. On your truck it is location 115. There is also a relay for this circuit in location 305.
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  • Tips on Finding the Fuse for 12 Volt Circuit on a 2007 Winnebago Trailer Connector
  • The hard way to find a fuse is to trace a wire. This is nearly impossible if the wire disappears into the vehicle where you can't follow it. The manual may not call it something that is obvious. Trailer tow, auxiliary power, or any number of phrases could be used. It could also be located in the cab or under the hood. If the manual is no help most power distribution box lids and panel lids have a legend on them that might be more helpful. If you just cannot find it at all you can bypass...
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  • 7-Way Trailer Connector Vehicle Tester Does Not Light Up with Primus IQ Brake Controller
  • The LED lights on the 7-Way trailer connector vehicle tester # TR20117 might not draw enough power for the brake controller to detect it. There is another way to test for voltage on the 7-Way. You can use a circuit tester such as # ALL640595. Have someone apply the manual override lever on the brake controller while using the tester on the pin in the 5 o'clock position on the 7-Way. When performing this test the circuit tester should indicate voltage getting to the 7-Way. If not then...
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  • Troubleshooting a Brake Controller that Only Activates with Manual Override Lever
  • If a brake controller only activates with the manual override lever one of two things are going on. Either the controller is not properly attached to the right stop light circuit, or the controller itself is bad. You will want to use a circuit tester like part # 3808 to test the circuit that the red wire of the controller is attached to on your 2009 Ford F450. It will need to have voltage when the brakes are applied and none when released. If you verify that the controller is attached...
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