2020 Hyundai Palisade Trailer Hitch, Wiring and Brake Controller Recommendation


Greetings! I have a new 2020 Hyundai Palisade that I want to use to tow an antique car 1927 Ford Model T Roadster Pickup. The enclosed trailer when loaded with car will weigh just under 4,000 lbs. The Palisade has adjustable shocks and is rated for 5,000, which I realize is pushing things with this. Im thinking of putting a CURT C13427 hitch on my Palisade instead of the Hyundai factory hitch, and I dont know which controller to use nor what wiring harnesses to get. The CURT ECHO C51180 looks like an interesting way to get the brakes wired without having to run more wires. What do you think would be my best way to outfit and equip my Palisade? Thank you very much.


Expert Reply:

You are the right rack for towing components for your 2020 Hyundai Palisade! The Curt hitch part # C13427 is a mostly hidden option that has plenty of towing capacity and will work great. For trailer wiring you'd then want to first install the 4-way part # 118784 which is our easiest and most reliable option and then convert it to a 7-way.

So the easiest to install brake controller that also works really well is the Curt Echo Mobile part # C51180 that you referenced. Basically this just plugs into an active 7-way and once you sync it to your phone it's ready to go. This brake controller is proportional which means it senses the amount of deceleration your tow vehicle is applying and applies the trailer brakes in a relative way.

To convert the 4-way to a 7-way so that you can install the brake controller only requires the 7-way adapter kit part # ETBC7L. The 4-way of this plugs into the 4-way of your vehicle and once you run the included wiring and breaker up to the vehicle's positive battery post it's active enough to allow the Echo to function. This saves you from having to hardwire in a brake controller which requires tapping into the brake signal of your vehicle and running a few other wires too.

Since you wanted to do some towing you might be interested in etrailer ball mount kit # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts; one with a 3/4 inch rise or 2 inch drop and one with a 2-3/4 inch rise or 4 inch drop. It also includes a 1-7/8 inch ball, 2 inch ball, hitch pin with clip, and a storage bag.

If the ball mount kit does not include a ball mount with the right rise or drop to tow the trailer level, check out the link I have included that explains how to measure to choose a ball mount to tow the trailer level.

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