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  • Trailer Brake Controller Wiring Harness for 2013 Ford F150
  • According to Trailer Mate, the # TM76292 wiring adapter is indeed the correct item to install a brake controller on your 2013 Ford F150. Keep in mind that if your truck was not equipped with the factory tow package, including the OEM 7-way, you might be missing some fuses or relays in the fuse box to fully activate the tow package. You would need to see your Ford dealer for the appropriate relays. If you have the OEM 7-way, the installation should be a plug-and-play proposition. The...
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  • Wiring Recommendation to Flat Tow a 2013 Honda CR-V Behind a Motor Home
  • For the 2013 Honda CR-V getting the correct wiring harness for flat towing depends on a few factors. If you are going to be towing the vehicle often then using a custom harness like # TM783120 would be a good choice. But if you are using a supplemental braking system (which is required by law in most states) then you will also need a brake light relay # RM-88400. If you will not be towing often then I recommend a magnetic kit like # C-ATL20A. This bypasses the vehicle wiring so a brake...
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  • Where to Splice Brake Light Wire From Brake Controller To Stoplight Wire
  • Since your vehicle does not have a brake controller port, you will want to use a universal wiring pigtail. For example, if you have a Tekonsha brake controller, you could use a universal harness like the TrailerMate # TM75127 that is designed to fit Tekonsha, Draw-Tite, and TrailerMate brake controllers. You will want to use a circuit tester, like # 40376, to test the wires at the stoplight switch at the back of your brake pedal to find the wire that only has signal when the brake pedal...
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  • Installing Diodes To Prevent Backfeeding From Towed 2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport To Motorhome
  • You are getting backfeed from the Jeep through the wiring harness back to the motorhome. I spoke to my contact at TrailerMate and they told me the diodes included with this system are not designed to prevent backfeed. We have a solution that will take care of that. You will need to install diodes like part # RM-690 on the yellow left turn wire at the back of the connector on the harness that plugs into the left tail light assembly, and also on the green right turn wire at the back of...
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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 over the TrailerMate # TM781124, 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 #...
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  • Can TrailerMate Tow Bar Wiring # TM781124 and Trailer Wiring Harness #118416 be Used Together
  • The TrailerMate # TM781124 and the Tow Ready # 118416 can indeed be used together. However, if you are using a supplemental braking system in your Wrangler Unlimited, you will need to install diodes inline with the TrailerMate harness to prevent backfeeding into the RV wiring. In most cases, you will need two diodes like part # RM-690, one on the right turn/brake and one on the left turn/brake circuit, unless you are using a supplemental braking system that requires the RV running lights...
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  • Installing the Roadmaster Brake-Lite Relay # RM-88400 on a 2013 Honda CR-V
  • Yes, we have a video showing the installation of the Brake-Lite Relay, # RM-88400, on a Honda CR-V. Check out the video that I attached. Since your CR-V has separate tail light wiring and you are using the TrailerMate wiring harness, there is one more check you will want to do to determine if you need the brake light relay. With the vehicle turned off, step on the brakes. If your brake lights come on with the vehicle off, then you will need the Brake-Lite Relay. The Brake-Lite Relay...
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  • Which Accessories are Needed to Flat Tow 2013 Chevy Sonic
  • To safely flat tow your Sonic, you will need the following items: a tow bar, base plates, safety cables, a wiring solution and a supplemental braking system. I would recommend the Roadmaster Falcon 2 tow bar, part # RM-520. The Flacon 2 features quick disconnects and auto-locking arms that allow you to couple to the RV even if the car is not perfectly lined up behind the RV. To provide an attachment point on the vehicle to connect the tow bar, you will need to install a base plate...
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  • Recommendation for Towing a 2012 Toyota Prius V
  • I do have a solution for your situation, however, at this time there are no custom fit wiring harnesses available for the 2012 Toyota Prius V or a substitute kit. After doing some research on your vehicle, I found that it is not recommended to flat tow the Prius V and a tow dolly must be used. This is most likely why a custom wiring harness is not available. To tow your Prius V, I recommend using the Roadmaster Tow Dolly, part # RM-2000-1. This dolly comes with tail lights, wheel nets...
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  • Compatibility of the TrailerMate 4-Pole Connector TM85330 and Wiring Kit TM781124 on a 2015 Wrangler
  • Yes, the TrailerMate 4-pole flat trailer connector # TM85330 will provide a connection point with the Trailer Mate TrailerMate custom tail light wiring kit # TM781124 you referenced. It will connect easily as no cutting or splicing is necessary. I included a installation video for the tail light wiring kit and a couple informative articles for you too.
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  • Will the TrailerMate Custom Tail Light Wiring Kit # TM781124 fit a 2013 Jeep Wrangler
  • Yes, the TrailerMate Custom Tail Light Wiring Kit # TM781124 will work on your 2013 Jeep Wrangler Sahara. Check out the installation video I attached that shows this product being installed on a 2013 Jeep Wrangler very similar to yours.
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  • Installing TrailerMate # TM783120 Taillight Wiring Harness for Towed Vehicles on 2013 Honda CR-V
  • Installation of the TrailerMate Wiring Kit is pretty straightforward. You'll need to access the rear of the taillight assemblies by removing them, and locate where the vehicle wiring harness plugs into the taillight assembly. The TrailerMate harness would plug inline with that connection, with the connectors with the YELLOW wire being used on the driver's side. The white wire with the ring terminal would ground to the vehicle body. The remainder of the harness would pass to the underside...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow 2013 GMC Terrain Behind Motorhome
  • Yes, our flat towing recommendations are going to be the same for 2013 GMC Terrain as those for the 2012 model. In order to flat tow your Terrain, you will need the 5 basic components. I recommend going with the following: Tow Bar - RoadMaster Sterling All Terrain Tow Bar # RM-576 Base Plate Kit - Roadmaster EZ Base Plate Kit # 523163-1 Safety Cable Set - Included with Tow Bar # RM-576 Tow Bar Wiring - Also included with the Tow Bar Supplemental Braking System - Roadmaster...
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  • Using 7-Way to 4-Way Extension when Flat Towing 2012 Jeep Wrangler with TrailerMate Tow Bar Wiring
  • If your RV has a 7-Way blade style trailer connector then you would use # RM-164-7 or # BX88254. But you would need to use the included 4-Way round socket to replace the 4-Way flat on the TrailerMate harness.
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  • 12 Volt Accessory Outlet Needed to Power the Roadmaster Even Brake on a 2013 Honda CR-V
  • I recommend installing a separate 12 volt accessory outlet. For this, you can use the Roadmaster 12 Volt Outlet Kit, # RM-9332. This kit works great for vehicles that require fuses to be pulled. The 5ft cord should provide plenty of length to route the outlet into the cab of the vehicle. The outlet can be connected directly to the vehicle battery or to a powered fuse using a fuse tap.
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  • Tow Bar Lighting Recommendation for a 2012 Ram 1500
  • Actually the Trailermate harness part # TM781028 that you referenced will plug inline with the factory taillight harness of your 2012 Ram 1500 but it would not actually splice into the wiring. Here is how you would know if you would need the brake light relay part # RM-88400: To determine if a brake light relay is needed to properly wire your vehicle to be towed, answer the following questions. Are you using a supplemental braking system that depresses the brake pedal in your...
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  • Which Extension is Needed for 7-Way on RV to the 4-Way Flat on TrailerMate Tow Bar Wiring Harnesses
  • If your RV has a 7-Way blade style trailer connector then you would use # RM-164-7 or # BX88254. But you would need to use the included 4-Way round socket to replace the 4-Way flat on the TrailerMate harness.
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  • Tow Bar Wiring Harness to Flat Tow a 2013 Chevy Sonic Sedan
  • The S and C at the ends of the part numbers indicates separate or combined lighting system on the vehicle. A separate system is one that has turn signals on a separate circuit from the brake lights. A combined system has the brake lights and tun signals on the same circuit (same bulb). Regardless of that you still need the proper harness for any given vehicle if available. For a 2013 Chevy Sonic we list # TM780098 as the correct harness. I have also included a link to all of the tow...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2002 Honda Odyssey Behind a Motor Home
  • In this case the tow bar wiring options for other Honda models are not interchangeable with your 2002 Honda Odyssey. There are still options that are easy to use. If you are looking for something that is easy to install then I recommend a magnetic kit such as # C-ATL20A. If you are looking for a more permanent installation then it is going to require splicing into the vehicle wiring and installing diodes using 6-diode kit # 154-792-118158. I have included a link to the installation...
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  • How to Route Tow Bar Wiring from the Back to the Front of a 2009 Chevy HHR
  • There are different ways you can route the wiring from the rear to the front of the vehicle. I have included a link to an FAQ I wrote that should help. The FAQ deals with routing a power wire but the principles are the same for routing tow bar wiring. The easiest and quickest method is to route it under the vehicle and wire tie it to existing wiring under the vehicle.
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  • Isolating Diode Location on TrailerMate Custom Tail Light Wiring Kit # TM783104 For 2012 Honda Fit
  • I spoke with my contact at TrailerMate and he informed me the isolating diodes you are referring to are beneath the black conduit protectors. I have attached a video showing the conduit he is referring to.
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  • Installing a Charge Line from a Motor Home to a Honda Civic
  • It sounds like you are trying to install a battery charge wire from your motor home to your Honda Civic. This is a fairly simple process if you are familiar with trailer wiring. You can simply run a wire, preferably 10 gauge wire like part # 10-1-1, from the positive terminal on your motor home battery to the positive terminal on your Civic. To give the setup a more professional look, I recommend running the power wire from your motor home battery to the trailer connector on your motor...
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  • Troubleshooting a Trailermate X10 Brake Controller that Locks Up Trailer Brakes
  • My cousin had a very similar issue with his TrailerMate X10 Trailer Brake Controller # TM75813 as what you described. He went through a few different X10 models until he ended up just going with a P2 # 90885 and hasn't had an issue since. Is your truck a mid-2000's GM truck by chance? We have seen this issue only a couple times and it was on Chevy trucks every time.
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  • What Color is the TrailerMate X10 Brake Controller # TM75813
  • The TrailerMate X10 Brake Controller, # TM75813, used to be light grey. Last year TrailerMate changed the color to black. The light grey photos you see are from an installation that we did before they made the color change. If you purchase this brake controller, you will receive a black controller.
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  • Are Isolation Diodes Needed for TrailerMate Custom Tail Light Wiring for Towed Vehicles TM781123
  • Thank you for your many purchases from etrailer including the Custom Tail Light Wiring Kit for Towed Vehicles # TM781123. You will need two of the Roadmaster Single Park Light Diode # RM-690 to prevent electrical feedback between the toad and the motorhome's lights.
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  • How to Correct Dimmed Lights on 2009 Honda CRV Towed by 1998 Bounder When Using # TM783106
  • I spoke to my technical contact at Trailer Mate regarding your concern about the brightness of your CR-V lights when towed using their Custom Tail Light Wiring Kit, part # TM783106. Trailer Mate indicates that there is typically a very small voltage drop when using this harness that results simply from the overall length of wiring in their kit, but that this is only about 0.5 volts. In a 12V system this should not be enough to account for any noticeable dimming of the lights when the CR-V...
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  • Installation of the TrailerMate Tail Light Wiring Kit on a 2008 Chevrolet HHR
  • To install the TrailerMate Custom Tail Light Wiring Kit, # TM780039, on your 2008 Chevrolet HHR you will unplug the factory wiring from the tail light assembly. On the TrailerMate harness that are two ends with a male and a female connector. The male end will plug into the tail light assembly where the factory wiring used to sit and the factory tail light wiring will plug into the female end. You will notice that one end of the TrailerMate harness has a yellow wire and the other end...
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  • Are Diodes Needed with TrailerMate Tow Bar Lighting Solution for 2015 Jeep Cherokee w Invisibrake
  • The Trailermate tow bar harness part # TM781118 is a confirmed fit for your 2015 Jeep Cherokee. We have found that the diodes of the Trailer mate kits don't alway work like they should so we recommend installing additional diodes with part # RM-690. These diodes will need to be installed between the taillights and where the InvisiBrake taps into the wiring harness. The Roadmaster diodes are a higher quality diode than what is integrated into the wiring harness so they will work better...
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  • Recommended Hitch and Wiring to Tow and Recommended Wiring to Flat Tow on 2013 Honda Fit
  • The TrailerMate Custom Tail Light Wiring Kit for Towed Vehicles, # TM783104, will use the factory turn and tail lights within your 2013 Honda Fit. This kit plugs right into the factory plugs and requires no splicing to install. You simply run the wires from the front of your Fit to behind the rear lights in the cargo area and plug them in. There is also a 4 way connector from this wiring harness for you to tow that small landscaping trailer but you will need the converter # TM85340....
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  • Will the TrailerMate Wiring Harness # TM780072 Work with the Roadmaster Add-A-Brake System
  • The TrailerMate Custom Tail Light Wiring Kit, # TM780072, will work with the Roadmaster Add-a-Brake braking system. It is important to keep in mind that the TrailerMate harness uses combined tail light wiring meaning the turn signal and brake light signal are combined on the same wire for the right and the left side. The brake signal wire coming from your Add-a-Brake system will connect to a diode that connects to the green and yellow wire from the TrailerMate harness. I have attached a...
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