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  • Recommended Backup Camera For Use On Truck And/Or 38 Foot Fifth Wheel?
  • I have a few options I recommend for use on an RV or Truck application. I recommend the Rear View Safety Backup Camera System with Trailer Tow Quick Connect Kit - 2 Cameras, # RVS-776614-213. This is a completely wired system with a 7 inch monitor with grid lines. It will automatically switch between the camera on your truck to the camera on your trailer when connected and has infrared on the trailer camera. It has a simple wiring connection between vehicles when towing. This is...
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  • Trailer Wiring for 2018 Mid-Year Jeep Grand Cherokee Without Tow Package
  • For a 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee without the factory tow package we offer a 4-pole trailer wiring harness from Tekonsha, part # 118727, that installs at your tail light connectors. This provides a completely independent wiring setup that does not require any factory tow package components. The harness installs by plugging in at your two tail light assemblies along with connection of one single power wire that delivers 12V operating power from the vehicle battery. Installation is shown...
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  • Recommended Wiring to Flat Tow a 2014 Jeep Wrangler 2-Door with 2005 Bounder
  • I'm glad no one was hurt in the loss of your Liberty's brave fit against the cement truck, but don't worry, I can help you equip your Wrangler with the proper products to get it flat tow ready. First, I would recommend the Hopkins wiring harness # HM56200 because we've had better luck with them not having issues after installation. This wiring harness has diodes to prevent back-feeding built in but if you wanted to install more we offer # RM-790 or # RM-690. To wire up the 4-way, that...
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  • Recommended Trailer Wiring Harness for 2017 Toyota Tacoma
  • The Plug-N-Tow (R) Short Proof Powered Taillight Converter - Heavy Duty # 46365 can be used on your 2017 Toyota Tacoma and will work fine. However, I recommend a wiring harness that makes installation easier and doesn't require splicing that also draws power from the battery to protect your vehicle's electrical components. I recommend the Tekonsha T-One # 118685. This harness plugs into your factory wiring already present behind the tail lights with quick connects and then a hot lead...
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  • Trailer Hitch Receiver and Wiring Harness for a 2017 Nissan Titan with No Tow Package
  • Even though your 2017 Nissan Titan doesn't have the tow package it should still have the standard round connector to install trailer wiring behind the rear bumper. Part # N40975 includes the 7-way and 4-way connector that plugs right into your truck, as well as the relays to installto activate the wiring. I've linked a video that shows the install on a 2010 Titan for you. The process is the same. With a trailer that large it's likely to hve brakes so you need a brake controller. ...
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  • 7-Way and Brake Controller Install Recommendation for 2018 Ford F-150
  • The T-one 7-Way part # 118283 is a confirmed fit for your 2018 Ford F-150 and will give you a 7-way that wires into the factory harness of your truck. Then for an install harness for a brake controller that plugs into the port under your dash you'd then need the part # 22292 and you'd be ready to install a brake controller. The brake controller I recommend is the Prodigy P3 part # 90195 because this brake controller senses the amount of braking your tow vehicle is applying and puts a...
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  • Parts Needed to Install a 7-Way on a 2017 Ford Transit T250
  • Your 2017 Ford Transit T250 will have a round connector at the rear of it that the part # HM40975 would connect directly to since your vehicle has the tow package. If it didn't have the tow package you'd need to start with a 4-way like part # 118643. Now if your trailer does not have brakes all you would need is the part # 37185 as an adapter to convert the 4-way to a 7-way. If you do have trailer brakes you would need the # ETBC7 instead of the # 37185 and a brake controller....
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  • Difference Between 4-Pole to 7-way Wiring Adapters 47180 and 37185
  • Hopkins part # HM47180 is a 4-pole-to-7-way wiring adapter that is equivalent to the similar # 37185. The only real functional difference between them is that on part # 37185 the 4-pole trailer connector is located to the side of the 7-way, rather than under it as with # HM47180. Both adapters plug in at an existing 4-pole vehicle connector and re-format those lighting signals to the 7-way configuration. The 7-way can be wired, if desired, to add new functions by using the included pigtail...
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  • Trailer Wiring Harness for a 2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited JL
  • You are correct, they are different shapes. The JL is the newest generation of the Jeep Wrangler. But there are also some 2018 JK models. Luckily we have them separated out in our fit guide. For your 2018 JL model you will need wiring harness # 118786. This is a brand new harness designed especially for the JL models. I can assure you that this will have the correct connectors for your Jeep.
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  • 4-Pole/7-Way Trailer Wiring Setup for 2018 Nissan Titan Without Factory 7-Way
  • Hopkins 7-way/4-Pole Vehicle Connector kit # HM40975 consists of the 4-and-7-way connector, a mounting bracket and hardware. No relays are included since this kit is intended for use on vehicles equipped with a factory 7-way tow package. The similar kit # N40975 includes relays. On a Titan without any factory wiring you can add trailer harness (that is completely independent of any included or missing factory components) by installing 4-pole powered harness kit # 119147KIT which plugs...
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  • 2018 Ford Explorer XLT 4 and 7-Way Recommendation
  • For your 2018 Ford Explorer the Hopkins 7 and 4-Way kit you'd need is the part # 118272. This will plug right into the square connector you have at the rear of the vehicle and will give you a 7-way you need. To convert it to a 4 and 7-way then you'd need the part # HM40975. I attached an install video for this connector on a 2018 Ford Explorer just like yours for you to check out as well. You will need to install a brake controller too to activate the trailer brakes. For a brake controller...
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  • 7-Way Trailer Wiring Harness for a 2018 Toyota Highlander with Factory Installed Tow Package
  • The custom trailer wiring harness for your 2018 Toyota Highlander with the tow package is part # HM11141825; however, it's only a 4-way connector. To get a 7-way on your Highlander start with the # HM11141825 4-way and then use our # ETBC7 kit to convert it to a 7-way. The kit plugs into the already installed 4-way for the lighting funtions and includes all of the wiring needed for the additional functions. I've linked a video from when we installed the # ETBC7 kit on a 2014 Highlander...
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  • Adding 5-Way Harness to 2018 Toyota Highlander With 4-Flat
  • I'm a bit confused by your question; the Highlander you are getting has just a 4-pin flat, is that correct? And you are looking to tow a trailer with a 5-flat?
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  • Recommended 7-Way Trailer Connector and Brake Controller for a 2017 Ford Expedition
  • In order to install a 7-way trailer connector on your 2017 Ford Expedition with a factory 4-way trailer connector, you are going to need a 4 to 7-way adapter. If your trailer has a 7-way trailer connector but does not have brakes then you can just use part # 37185. However, if you trailer has a 7-way trailer connector and does have brakes then you will want to use part # ETBC7 instead. This kit comes with the rest of the wires and circuit breakers you will need to setup a brake controller. If...
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  • 7-Way Recommendation for 2016 Ford F-150
  • That's interesting that Ford installed a brake controller in your 2016 Ford F-150 but did not give you a 7-way to go with it as well. What you would need is the part # C56307. This will plug in line with the 4-way harness you have at the rear of your vehicle and will give you a fully functional 7-way.
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  • What is the Correct Wiring Kit to Flat Tow a 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee
  • The Hopkins Custom Tail Light Wiring Kit for Towed Vehicles # HM56208 that you referenced will fit a 2017 Jeep Cherokee, but is not compatible with your 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee. A similar wiring kit that is confirmed to fit your Grand Cherokee is the Tow Ready # TR118821. This will operate in much the same way as the Hopkins # HM56208. To complete your flat towing setup you will also need a base plate kit, a tow bar, safety cables, a supplemental braking system, and most likely a...
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  • Making a 6-Way Square Adapter for an Artic Fox Camper
  • We do have 6-Pole Square Trailer Wiring Connector Kit (Car and Trailer Ends) # 37995 that you can use for your Arctic Fox camper. This is both the male and female ends. But the wires on them are 18 gauge. You could replace the ground and power wires with 10 gauge wire if you wanted to though it make take a little persuasion to get the 10 gauge wire to mate up to the pins in the connectors. We sell 10 gauge wire # 10-1-1 by the foot or you can get # 10-2-1, also sold by the foot, which is...
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  • Converting a Semi 7-Way Trailer Connector to an RV 7-Way Trailer Connector
  • There are a number of factors involved when converting a semi 7-way to an RV 7-way. Semis generally use a 7-pin round pin socket, similar to # PK11720. And RV style 7-way uses blades, like # PK12706. We do not offer any pre-made adapters to make this conversion that will carry all of the electrical functions required by the RV. Another thing to be aware of is fifth wheel trailers use a combined wiring system where the brake lights and turn signals are on circuit. Your semi connector...
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  • Recommended Custom Tow Bar Wiring Kit for 2019 Jeep Cherokee
  • I do have an option for you, however the Hopkins Custom Tail Light Wiring Kit # HM56208 referenced in your question is not compatible with the new 2019 model Jeep Cherokee. For tow bar wiring I instead recommend the Roadmaster Diode 7-Wire to 6-Wire Flexo-Coil Wiring Kit # RM-15267. This diode kit lets you wire the Jeep so that it accepts the basic signal lights from your RV while it's being towed. It includes a 6-Way connector that you will mount to the front of the vehicle and enough...
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  • Truck Bed 7-Way Wiring Recommendation for 2018 Chevy Silverado 1500 for Slide In Camper
  • For a 7-way to install in the bed of your truck to make connecting your camper lights easier you would want the part # 41157. Most 7-ways will be at the rear of the truck near the bumper which doesn't work well with campers. This kit installs in line with the 7-way at the rear of your truck and gives you a second one to install in the bed. This is a confirmed fit for your 2018 Chevy Silverado 1500 too.
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  • Adding a 4- and 7-Way Trailer Connector to a 2015 GMC Savana Van 2500
  • If your 2015 GMC Savana came with the factory tow package then # HM40975 would plug into a factory harness already present under the van. It is usually tucked up above the spare tire or in that generally area. If that harness is not present on your van then you will need to hardwire in a trailer connector starting with # 118392 for the 4-Way. Then to add a 7-Way and retain the 4-Way I recommend # ETBC7. It also comes with the wiring and accessories to wire in a brake controller. I have...
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  • Recommendation for Adding 7-Way Trailer Connector to Hyundai Santa Fe Sport with 4-Way Connection
  • For your adapter from the 4-way to a 7-way, I recommend the Hopkins Adapter 4-Pole to 7-Pole and 4-Pole # 37185. This will give you the option of adding the 12V power, the brake controller output, and the reverse lights. Even if you don't add those functions, you still need to install the white ground wire for proper function. If you want to add those features, I recommend the wiring kit # 5506. The trailer side 7-way will work well with this adapter on your Hyundai Santa Fe Sport....
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  • Trailer Breakaway Kit Recommendation with 9 amp Hour Battery
  • We don't have a 9 amp hour battery to swap into the battery box of the Engager but I do have a great solution for you. The Dexter Breakaway Kit part # 34-285 is a kit that comes with a 9 amp hour batter and a box large enough to fit the battery size.
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  • How to Convert a 4-Way to a 7-Way on a 2017 Ford F-150
  • If you are just needing a 7-Way to activate the lights on your trailer then you will simply need to use the Hopkins # 37185 that you referenced along with a No-Drill Mount Bracket # 18140 as depicted at the start of the attached installation video on a 2011 Ford F-150. For a fully functioning 7-Way that has power to the Brake Controller and 12V Power you will simply need some Deka Jacketed 2 Wire # 10-2-1 and Butt Connectors # DW05745-5. You will want to splice the Blue wire from the...
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  • Trailer Wiring Harness to Fit 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee
  • We have a harness that'll work on your 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee but the Hopkins part you referenced, part # HM42545, is not a fit. It's for the previous generation Grand Cherokee on the 2005 and 2006 models. The connectors the harness plugs into behind the tail lights is not the same on the two Jeeps. Instead the harness for your 2019 is part # 118727. It's the only harness we have for the last few model years of the Grand Cherokee if they're not equipped with the tow package. I've...
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  • Trailer Wiring Harness for a 2005 Ford Escape
  • Your 2005 Ford Escape has what is called a separate or 3-wire system. This means that it has turn signals and brake lights that are on different circuits. Trailers have what is called a combined or 2-wire system which means the brake lights and turn signals are on the same circuit. In order to have the proper functions from a vehicle side 4-Way you will need a wiring harness that has a converter. The converter takes the separate signals from the vehicle and combines them so that the 4-Way...
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  • How to Install the Hopkins Endurance Multi-Tow 4-Way Flat to 7-Way RV Trailer Adapter # HM47180
  • If you are just needing to make the 4-Way on your 2004 Jeep Liberty compatible with the 7-Way on your trailer (without brakes) then the Hopkins Endurance Multi-Tow 4-Way Flat to 7-Way RV Trailer Adapter # HM47180 is exactly what you need. To install this just simply connect it to your existing 4-Way and then ground the white wire. This gives you the basic lighting functions for your trailer. Should you want to utilize a brake controller or the 12V Power on the 7-Way in the future then...
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  • Comparing Hopkins Trailer Wiring Connectors with 7-Way and 4-Way Functions
  • The 7-Pole and 4-Pole Trailer Connector Sockets w/ Mounting Bracket and Wiring - Vehicle End # HM40975-11998 comes with a mounting bracket so it can be installed in a number of different locations including the factory bumper location of some vehicles and 4 feet length of wire. You can use the no drill bracket # 18140 to give more mounting options. The Hopkins Multi-Tow 7-Way Blade and 4-Way Flat Trailer Connector - Chevrolet/GMC # HM11141144 connects to your vehicle's bare factory...
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  • Recommended Trailer Wiring Harness for 2017 Honda Pilot
  • For your 2017 Honda Pilot, I recommend the Tekonsha 7-Way Trailer Connector # 118286 if your trailer has a 7-Way connector. If your Pilot has the factory tow package, then it should already have a 7-Way connector mounted beneath the rear bumper, which this would do a great job of replacing. Otherwise, even if your Pilot does not have the factory tow package, this is still a confirmed fit and will simply plug into the existing ports behind the driver side trim panel. I confirmed this with...
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  • Can the Hopkins # HM47425 and Bargman # 50-67-210 be Used to Replace Adapter Cable
  • Although we do not carry that exact cable, as you mentioned, the parts that you mentioned would be a great way to replace your cable. The Hopkins Trailer Connector Adapter # HM47425 would change the 7-Way round connection on your truck to a 7-Way blade style. You can then use the Bargman 7-Way Molded Trailer Wire Connector # 50-67-210 to connect the Hopkins adapter to your trailer. Since both ends will be the female, or plug, ends then this combination will work.
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