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Recommended Equipment to Tow a Trailer with Brakes with a 2006 Mazda Tribute V6


Hello I have a 2006 Mazda Tribute with a v6 engine. It does not have a trailer hitch or any wiring as it is now. I am buying a 5x10 enclosed trailer to convert to a mini RV. The trailer comes with electric breaks and a 7 pin plug for electricity. Could you give me a list of what I would need to have my vehicle trailer ready. Thank You,


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To get your 2006 Mazda Tribute V6 ready to tow your mini RV you'll need a trailer hitch, wiring for both the trailer lights and brake system (with a brake controller), and most likely a weight distribution system. From what I could find in the owner's manual it looks like your vehicle has a max trailer weight rating of 3,500 lbs but you'll want to confirm that in your copy of the owner's manual.

Below is a list of the parts that I recommend for towing with your Tribute:

Trailer Hitch - Draw-Tite # 75751
Wiring for Lights - T-One # 118426
Wiring for Brakes - Upgrade Kit # ETBC7L (use bracket # 18140 to mount)
Brake Controller - Curt Echo # C51180
Weight Distribution - Reese Strait-Line # RP66082 (2" # A-90 or 2-5/16" # 19286 hitch ball is required as well)

The Draw-Tite hitch and T-One wiring combination are very reliable and top competitors when it comes to everyday towing. The upgrade kit for wiring is something we put together specifically for the Curt Echo which is unique controller that plugs straight into the 7-Way socket and you make adjustments right from your Apple/Android. The Echo is small enough that you can simply store it in your glove box when not in use.

Weight distribution systems are used to help ensure that your towing setup is level and also to cut down on sway that is the result of crosswinds and bigger vehicles passing by on the highway. The Strait-Line is one of the best options on the market as it works to fight sway before it starts instead of correcting it after the fact.

I am attaching some installation and review videos as well as some helpful articles that you can check out on towing.

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