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Hopkins Tail Light Wiring Harness Installation - 2008 Honda CR-V

Today on our 2008 Honda CRV we will be having a look at and installing the Hopkins custom taillight wiring kit for towed vehicles, part number HM56300. Here's what our Hopkins wiring looks like installed. It gives us a four-pole flat connector at the front of our CRV and plugs into our factory taillight connectors without having to do any cutting or splicing, and will utilize our factory light bulbs and the taillight assemblies to treat our vehicle as a trailer when it's being flat-towed behind our motor home. This way we don't have to deal with having magnetic tow lights on the roof of it or messing with the vehicle's factory wiring, potentially voiding our warranty or causing damage to it. Now this gives us our functions that are required by law in order to safely flat-tow our vehicle behind our motor home. That way we can let other drivers know behind us if we're going to be making a turn, or they can see us clearly at night with the taillights on. We have our taillights off of the brown wire. The yellow wire is our left turn signal and left brake light.


Tow Ready Tow Bar Wiring 73864 Review

Today, we're going to be taking a look at some magnetic tow lights. Now, this light kit is going allow you to bypass your vehicle's wiring to provide temporary lights for your towed vehicle. This kit can also be used as trailer lights, so it's going to be ideal for RVs, cars, boats, tow trucks, trailers, and agricultural as well as industrial equipment. With this you're going to get two red lights that act as brake, tail and turn signal lights. The lens simply snap into place and then each light's going to contain one incandescent bulb. The bulbs are replaceable.


Roadmaster Tow Bar Wiring RM-155-2 Review

Today, we're going to be taking a look at the Roadmaster Bulb and Socket Set for Tail Light Wiring Kits. This set includes two bulbs and two sockets, designed to work with Roadmaster's Tail Light Wiring Kit. Each socket has a three-wire design that would easily connect to the Roadmaster Wiring Kit. With these installed in your vehicle, along with a wiring kit from Roadmaster, it's going to allow you to use your towed vehicle signal lights without tapping into the towed vehicle's wiring system. This is going to be ideal for flat towing applications. When installing this, you will need a one inch diameter hole for the installation and around two and a half inches of available space inside the tail light assembly for these to install without harming any other components inside the assembly due to the heat that these will produce. If you ever need to replace a bulb, it uses a 1157 double filament bulb.


Hopkins Custom Tail Light Wiring Kit Installation - 2008 Chevrolet Silverado

Today on our 2008 Chevrolet Silverado we're going to be taking a look at and showing you how to install the Hopkins Custom Tail Light Wiring Kit for Towed Vehicles, part number HM56101. Here's what our wiring looks like fully installed. It's going to give us a four-pole flat bracket and wiring on the front of our vehicle. That way we can tow it and have all the required lights on the back end. Now, this is a custom kit. It's going to plug directly into your factory harness, so there's no cutting or splicing that you have to do. Now, it also has a convertor box to make sure that the lights on your motor home are going to match up with the ones on your vehicle.


Roadmaster Diode 7 to 6 Wire Coil Kit Installation - 2017 Toyota Corolla iM

Today in our 2017 Toyota Corolla IM, we'll be having a look at, and installing the Roadmaster Diode 7-Wire to 6-Wire Flexo-Coil Wiring Kit, part number RM-15267. Here's what our Diode kit looks like installed and functioning. As you can see, there's nothing visible on the outside of the vehicle as far as the wiring is concerned. We only have the six pole round connector on the front and what this does is eliminates the need for us to use magnetic tow lights on our vehicle or flat towing it behind our RV. It utilizes the factory lights already in the car. We don't have to do any drilling to add a secondary bulb and socket to our vehicle's taillight assembly.


Roadmaster FuseMaster Fuse Bypass Installation - 2006 Honda CR-V

Today, on a 2006 Honda CRV, we're going to review and install the Roadmaster Fusemaster fuse bypass, part number RM76511. This is what our switch looks like installed. It's nice and flat. You mount it in a variety of different places. They're unobtrusive. The switch shows, with a dot on the side to press, that's drive side. This will show when it's in tow mode. Now, this is a great accessory to add to your CRV.


Blue Ox Tow Bar Wiring BX8869 Review

Today we're going to be taking a look at the Blue Ox Tail Light Wiring Kit. This wiring kit allows you to get the signal lights needed for flat towing without tapping into your towed vehicle's electrical system. It provides brake signal, running, and signal lights, and it runs beneath the vehicle completely and connects to your RV so it bypasses the towed vehicle's electrical system all the way. The bulbs and sockets are going to mount inside your vehicle's tail lights. To get these mounted in the tail lights you will need to use a 1" diameter hole saw, that's indicated in the included instructions. It does come with detailed installation instructions to help walk you through the entire process step-by-step. Everything here on the table is what you're going to get.


Roadmaster Tail Light Wiring Kit Installation - 2014 Honda CR-V

Today on our 2014 Honda CR-V, we're going to be taking a look at and installing the Roadmaster tail light wiring kit for towed vehicles, part number RM-152-LED. Our Roadmaster LED light kit is going to allow us to have all the necessary lights when we're flat towing our car behind a motor home and still be able to signal the drivers behind us whether we're stopping or turning, making sure that we're safe. The nice thing about these lights is, is it completely bypasses your vehicle's original lights. As you can see in here, we have a separate light from our factory bulb. The reason why this is great is because we don't have to worry about overloading our vehicle's electrical system or any kind of warranty issues that may arise. The LED bulbs that we're going to use, they burn brighter, last longer, and activate faster than incandescent bulbs. We know that with these LEDs, they're going to last us a long time and they generate less heat than incandescent bulbs so we don't have to worry about any damage that might occur to our taillight housing.


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Tow Bar Wiring Questions and Answers

  • Can the Honda Fit Be Flat Towed Behind a Motorhome
  • The information that we have is that the Honda Fit Automatic is towable as is for the 2007 to 2011 model years. If you have a 2012 model or If you would like to let me know the year of your Honda Fit, I would be glad to check to see if it is towable or not, or you can check your vehicle owners manual to determine the towability and pre tow procedures for your specific vehicle. Honda vehicles have special procedures for towing so you should check your owners manual. The items needed to...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow 2017 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk with Factory Tow Package
  • The Hopkins Custom Tail Light Wiring Kit for Towed Vehicles # HM56208 mentioned in your question is compatible with your 2017 Jeep Cherokee that has the factory tow package installed. This is a custom, plug-in harness that will connect behind your vehicle's tail lights and provide a 4-way flat plug at the front of the Jeep to connect with your motor home. If your RV has a 7-way connector, then I recommend adding the Hopkins Adapter for 7-Way to 4-Wire Flat # HM47065. To complete your...
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  • Parts Recommendation for Flat Towing a 2014 Fiat 500L
  • I pulled up a copy of the owners manual for a 2014 Fiat 500L and found that the manual transmission vehicles are okay to flat tow as long as you put the vehicle in neutral. You need to check your owners manual to double check this. The first component you will need to flat tow your vehicle is a base plate kit. For that I would recommend the Roadmaster Base Plates # RM-522014-5. In addition to the base plates, you will also need a compatible tow bar, safety cables, lighting, and supplemental...
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  • Recommendation for Adding Taillights to Rear of Hitch Mounted Bicycle Rack
  • We don't offer anything purpose-built to install taillights on a hitch mounted bike rack, but you could effectively modify an existing system very easily. If your bike rack is steel, you could simply use a magnetic mount tow light like part # C-ATL20A. There would be some extra wire you'd need to bundle up and secure with zip ties, but the installation would be very simple. Another option would involve using a light kit designed for a cargo carrier. I'd recommend the # 59516 kit and...
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  • Can a 2013 Honda Fit Be Flat Towed
  • I have a copy of the 2013 Honda Fit Owners Manual that I found online, and it states that both manual and automatic transmission equipped Fit models can indeed be towed behind a motorhome IF the specific procedures shown are followed. You can find this information by doing a Google search on '2013 Honda Fit Owners Manual'. Be sure to read the instructions carefully and completely, as they're pretty specific and if they aren't followed to the letter, you can damage the drivetrain of your...
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  • Are Additional Lights Needed when Towing a Car on a Tow Dolly that Has Lights
  • Additional lights are not typically required when using a tow dolly but you would want to check the laws in the states you will be traveling in to be sure. A lot of people want to use them any way for more visibility of the vehicle, which isn't a bad idea. Since your trailer connector is already in use with the tow dolly lights, you would have to splice into the tow dolly wiring to power the additional lights. In that situation, a wireless system like # NV-5164 would not work. You would...
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  • Parts Needed to Replace All Wiring a Single Axle Cargo Trailer
  • To completely rewire your cargo trailer, I would recommend picking up a trailer light kit like the Standard Light Kit, # TL5RK, or # TLL9RK for LED lights. These kits include all necessary wiring and hardware needed to install the lights on your trailer. The LED light kit does not include clearance lights. To add clearance lights, I would recommend using # MCL31AB. The best option would be the LED lights because they only use a fraction of the power that the incandescent lights use....
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  • How Difficult is it to Install the Tow Ready Tail Light Isolating Diode System # TR118821
  • As long as you are used to doing your own work on your vehicle, most of the lighting systems that we have are fairly easy installs. The Tow Ready Tail Light Isolating Diode System # TR118821 will install on your 2017 Chevrolet Spark by splicing the current wiring which send the left brake and left turn, right brake and right turn, and tail lights into the diodes on the Tow Ready System. See attached photo for for illustration.
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  • Install Instructions for Tow Ready Tail Light Isolating Diode System TR118821
  • I attached the two sheets of the install instructions for the Tow Ready Kit part # TR118821 that you referenced.
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  • Can 2016 Ford Fiesta Be Flat Towed Behind a Motorhome
  • According to the information I found in the owner's manual for the 2016 Fiesta, the vehicle can indeed be flat towed. You'll want to look over the procedures outlined on page 152 of the owner's manual, and follow them exactly. The procedures vary according to the transmission that the vehicle is equipped with. I'll link you to some FAQ articles about flat towing, I hope you'll find them helpful.
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Behind a Motor Home
  • From what I have found the 2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited does NOT need to have fuses pulled to flat tow it. This means you will not need a fuse bypass. Consult the owners manual to confirm this and for other specific information on flat towing your Jeep. There are other items needed to flat tow your Jeep: base plates, tow bar, safety cables, lighting, and supplemental braking. For base plates I recommend the Roadmaster XL base plates # 1439-1. These base plates will fit without an...
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  • Magnetic Tow Bar Lighting Kit Recommendation with Magnetic Base
  • For a magnetic set of LED tow bar lighting the Blazer part # C6304 is a great option. But you should note that this is a wireless kit that requires batteries (lithiums to be specific). These have a stronger magnet and are LED.
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  • Flat-Towing Parts Needed for 2016 Honda Fit with Manual Transmission
  • We do offer base plates for the manual transmission 2016 Honda Fit such as Blue Ox # BX2261. In addition to base plates flat towing requires safety cables, a wiring or lighting kit, a tow bar and a supplementary braking system. Each of these components is reviewed in detail in the linked article. A popular tow bar compatible with those base plates is the Blue Ox Alpha # BX7365 that includes safety cables. For lighting you can use the diode kit, # RM-15267, and not have to worry...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2013 Honda Fit Sport Automatic Behind a Motor Home
  • The best place to check to see if a vehicle can be flat towed behind a motor home is the owners manual. I found one online for the 2013 Fit from Honda and it states that you can tow the vehicle behind a motor home. There are special instructions for the automatic transmission you will want to look at so be sure to check your owners manual. You will need 5 items to flat tow your fit. First you will need base plates, # BX2253. These provide a safe mounting location for a tow bar. For a...
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  • Fuse Bypass to Tow a 2014 Honda CR-V Behind a Motor Home
  • Actually, fuse bypass # RM76512 is not recommended for the 2014 Honda CR-V. The correct one is # RM76511. You should only have to pull that one fuse. But you can check your vehicle owners manual to be sure. I have included a link to a video to the right showing how the fuse bypass installs. Fuse bypass # RM76512 is listed for a 2012 - 2014 Chevy Cruze.
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  • Recommended Wiring to Flat Tow a 2014 Jeep Wrangler 2-Door with 2005 Bounder
  • I'm glad no one was hurt in the loss of your Liberty's brave fit against the cement truck, but don't worry, I can help you equip your Wrangler with the proper products to get it flat tow ready. First, I would recommend the Hopkins wiring harness # HM56200 over the TrailerMate # TM781124, because we've had better luck with them not having issues after installation. This wiring harness has diodes to prevent back-feeding built in but if you wanted to install more we offer # RM-790 or #...
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  • Can a 2011 Ford Fiesta Automatic be Flat Towed Behind a Motor Home
  • I did some checking and it looks like a 2011 Ford Fiesta with an automatic transmission is good to tow as is. However, you should check with the owners manual to check for any limitations or recommendations. You will need a few things to accomplish this, the first thing being a Roadmaster EZ2 Base Plate Kit, part # 524425-1. This will install onto your Fiesta and be the attachment point from the tow bars. Next, you will need a RoadMaster Sterling All Terrain Tow Bar, part # RM-576 and...
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  • Needed Items for Flat Towing 2012 Honda Fit
  • For starters, you will need a tow bar and base plates. The tow bar mounts into the receiver on your Winnebago, and would use the base plates that permanently attach to the Honda Fit as an attachment point. I would recommend the Roadmaster Falcon 2 Tow Bar, part # RM-520. The Falcon 2 is our best seller, and is easy to operate. The vehicle-specific base plate kit is part # 521190-1. I will link you to our video showing this kit being installed on a 2010 Honda Fit. Next, you will need...
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  • Are Diodes Needed with TrailerMate Tow Bar Lighting Solution for 2015 Jeep Cherokee w Invisibrake
  • The Trailermate tow bar harness part # TM781118 is a confirmed fit for your 2015 Jeep Cherokee. We have found that the diodes of the Trailer mate kits don't alway work like they should so we recommend installing additional diodes with part # RM-690. These diodes will need to be installed between the taillights and where the InvisiBrake taps into the wiring harness. The Roadmaster diodes are a higher quality diode than what is integrated into the wiring harness so they will work better...
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  • Using E-Z Mount Tow Light Kit, # EZT20B, with a Tow Dolly Already Connected to RV Trailer Connector
  • The Roadmaster Tow Dolly with electric brakes, # RM-2000-1, also already has lights on it which is why they did not provide an additional socket for lights. It also has a 4-Way flat trailer connector with extra blue wire for the electric brakes and not a 7-Way. Since your RV has a 7-Way, what I recommend is to change the connector on the tow dolly to a 7-Way, # PK12706, and then you can use the Hopkins mutli-tow adapter, # HM47570. This connector will allow you to plug in the 4-Way...
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