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Best 2012 Trailer Wiring Options


Today we're going to be taking a look at the best custom fit vehicle wiring harnesses available for the 2012 Chevrolet Traverse. Now all of the harnesses that we're going to take a look today all offer the four-pole flat trailer connector. Two are designed for vehicles without the factory tow package. One's designed for vehicles with the factory tow package. We'll start here. This is our CURT without tow package wiring harness. That part number is C56027.

We've got our Tekonsha here, again without the factory tow package. Part number is 118450. Then third, we have the with factory tow package option. This is part number 118384. Now it's going to be pretty easy to decide whether you want to do the factory tow package option or the non-factory-tow-package option. Right underneath the rear of your vehicle at the center of your hitch, right above it, there's going to be a plug.

It's going to look very similar to this with a cap on it. It's really easy to notice. Look right above the crosstube of the hitch. That's going to tell you whether you have it or whether you don't. If you do, this is going to be a direct plugin.

The cap you remove, you'll simply replace on the other side. That will give us a working four-pole trailer connector that we can use to power cargo carriers, small trailers, things like that. If you don't have that plug, then you're going to be looking at one of the four-pole options that we have here. Now these wiring harnesses are going to deliver our right turn and brake, our left turn and brake, our running light signal, and also a ground for our cargo carrier or for our trailer, whatever we might be connected to. That's going to be the same across the board. There's no difference in function. The main differences that you're really going to see ...

Since these are t-connector plugins, they plug right into our factory wiring harness, as you can see. Absolutely identical connectors one to another. The main difference is going to be the protective cap that we've got on our two four-pole wiring harnesses here. This one is a little snug here because it's new. See that one's going to stay attached, whereas with your CURT, that one's going to slide down and over just like that. See that cap's going to come over. That's really the biggest differences you're going to see between these two. I would make my decision based on if you we're leaning towards one way or the other with the cap or whichever one was going to be most cost-effective for you. Now all of our wiring harnesses are going to work great for trailer applications right up to whatever the vehicle's going to be rated at. It's about 3,500 to 4,000 pounds. Really in that size trailer we shouldn't have an overload situation. They're going to work out really well for your cargo carriers, your smaller utility trailers with incandescent lights, or maybe a little bit larger trailer if it has LED lights on it. That's going to complete our look at the best custom fit vehicle wiring options available for the Chevrolet Traverse.


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