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Parts Needed To Add A 7-Way To The Chevy Traverse

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Can you add a tow package to a 2012 Chevy Traverse

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Yes, I will be happy to help add a tow package to your 2012 Chevrolet Traverse. First, you will need 4-way Flat Trailer Connector # 118450. The purpose of this item is to control and allow the basic hookup of the three lighting functions (running, turn, and brake lights) plus one pin is provided for a ground wire. Most standard light duty trailers will use a 4-pole flat connector. This custom-fit T-One connector plugs into your Chevrolet Traverse's wiring harness, which is located behind the driver's-side and passenger's-side tail lights. You will have to remove the tail light assemblies to access this harness. Once installation is complete, the 4-way flat connector will be stowed beneath your Chevrolet Traverse, near the trailer hitch. A mounting bracket # 18144 is recommended to keep the connector secure.

If you don't already have a trailer hitch, The Draw-Tite Class III Max Frame Round Tube Receiver Hitch # 75528 fits your Traverse. There is no drilling required for installation. The Fascia door panel must be removed for hitch installation and may not be able to be reattached. I have a step-by-step install video that show how to install this hitch on a 2012 Chevrolet Traverse.

The etrailer.com Ball Mount Kit for 2" Hitches - 7,500 lbs # 989900 is a excellent product to consider. It includes two ball mounts, two hitch balls and pin & clips. If your hitch or trailer has a different towing capacity, if you contact me back, I can make tailored recommendations according to those specifications. Rise and drop will be the important factor when choosing a ball mount though capacity is revenant as well.

If you are towing a trailer with electric brakes, the Universal Installation Kit for Trailer Brake Controller 7-Way # ETBC7 will with your Chevrolet Traverse. This kit includes everything you need to install an electric trailer brake controller and 7-way connector.

If you need a brake controller, Tekonsha Prodigy P3 Trailer Brake Controller # 90195 is one most popular items. This proportional brake controller will activate your trailer brakes in a proportion to your vehicle's braking action. It'll automatically adjust your trailer's braking based on the deceleration of the tow vehicle and it activates immediately so there's no pausing like with your time delay brake controllers. It does have an automatic leveling ability because there's an internal sensor on the inside which will detect deceleration even if the controller is not mounted flat.

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