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Trailer lights Is there an adapter that will let me wire a standard trailer light plug to my 98 explorer

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    Michael Fisher May 11, 2010

    Does It Have Any Trailer Electrical Hook Up At All?

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Get the one from Wal Mart. It also comes with Directions on how to Install and is Cheaper than a Trailer Supply Shop!

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