Hopkins Endurance 7 Way Trailer Connector Socket Review

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Review of the Hopkins Endurance 7 Way Trailer Connector Socket


Today in our motor home we're going to be taking a look at and changing the connector. We're going to be using the Hopkins endurance connector, part number HM48480. As you can see its got a rather substantial pivot point at the top. It's going to make it real strong and it's going to last a long time. We're going to start with our power wire and we're going to touch that to the auxiliary side of the wiring. It's going to loosen up, then we take our wire and slip it in between, then we'll tighten it back down. You want to pay attention not to have any stray wires sticking out that can come in contact with another connector. Now we'll do our tail lights, the brown wire, twist it, slip it into place. You want to be sure to test all your wiring to make sure they are the same colors as we're using here because some vehicles are wired differently. So it's best to take your test light and just test all the wires. Do our left turn, then we'll do our ground, then we'll do our right turn. Now there is a provision for a trailer brake which our vehicle does not have so once you have those attached. We're going to take some of the supplied Dielectric Grease and we're going to apply some to the inside here.

Just to cut down on corrosion. Then we'll take our cover, you want to place the screw side down, snap it into place and you'll hear it lock. We'll take our wires, push them back up there and we'll tighten up our set screw, it's going to hold the wiring in place. You just need a little bit of tension on it, you don't have to get to crazy and tighten it up. I'm going to take a little bit of electrical tape and go around the outside to keep it all sealed up. Now you take some of your Dielectric also and put it on the inside of your connections to help any kind of corrosion on the inside. Now we have the wiring done we're going to mount the supplied bracket. It does come with two supply holes in the bracket.

We've decided to mount ours to an existing bracket so we simply drilled another hole and we're going to use the two, the one we drilled and one of the original ones and attach it to that. There is a split in the middle of the bracket here so you close it little bit and you can stick your wiring right through it. Then we'll put our supplied bolts, as you can see the bolt fits into that piling, and we're going to put a flat washer or a lock washer and a nut, and we'll install them in all four of the holes. Now we can take our wrench and tighten them up. Then we'll tie up our loose wires and we'll test our plug. These are our tail lights, left turn, right turn and our brake signal. They are solid on both sides. There we go, and it all works. We're ready to plug in our trailer and hit the road. That's going to do it for our hook up and install of the Hopkins Endurance professional grade trailer connector.

Part number HM48480. .

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Video by:
Joshua S
Installed by:
Cole B
Video Edited:
Chris R
Installed by:
Andrew S
Test Fit:
Brent H

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