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Adding a 7-Way Trailer Connector to a 2020 Ford Explorer Without Factory Tow Package


I already have the drawtite 76320 hitch on my 2020 Explorer for a bike rack but now but I want to add a 7 pin trailer connector for towing. I don't have a factory tow package (obviously) What do you have that will work for me?


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To add a 7-Way to your 2020 Ford Explorer you first need the T-One # 118599 to add the basic trailer light functions. This tees in behind your tail lights and then draws power directly from your vehicle battery. Then for the 7-Way you also need the Universal Wiring Kit # ETBC7 which connects to the T-One and then has some wiring that is routed to the front of your Explorer.

Since you have the Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch # 76320 installed on your Explorer you'll need to use the Curt Mounting Bracket # C58000 to hold the 4-Way and 7-Way connectors next to the receiver.

Typically when a 7-Way is being added to a vehicle it's because the trailer has brakes that need to be activated by a brake controller. If this is the case then I actually recommend installing the Wiring Kit # ETBC7L instead (which doesn't come with wiring for a standard brake controller that installs in your cab) and using the Curt Echo # C51180 because it simply plugs in at the 7-Way and has settings that you adjust via Apple or Android smart device app. When you aren't towing, the Echo can easily be removed and stored inside the vehicle.

Attached are some review videos that you can reference.

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