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Parts Needed to Wire a 2012 Volkswagen Routan with a 7-way Socket for Trailer Brake Operation

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I need a 7 pin wiring harness kit for a 2012 Volkswagen Routan. I found the 4 pin, but I need the 7 pin so I can use the popups trailer brakes and charge the battery. Do you have a solution?

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If you already have a 4-pole flat trailer connector on your 2012 Volkswagen Routan, such as the plug-and-play Tow Ready # 118490, then to install a trailer brake controller you'll just need to add
our trailer brake controller installation kit # ETBC7.

The ETBC7 includes all the related parts you'll need to install a trailer brake controller such as the reliable and popular Tekonsha Prodigy P2 # 90885. I have linked both a video and article that cover the process of installing the ETBC7.

Do note that a 12V feed in a 7-way carries enough current to maintain a trailer battery, but not enough to charge a depleted one. Depleted batteries will require shore power and a charger like the CTEK # CTEK56353.

I included an article on brake controllers that explains the types available and their advantages.

Before towing with your Routan I suggest a check of your owner's manual to verify it has the required capacity to tow your pop-up.

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