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Describe number/color sequence for vehicle towing trailer connection

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When you buy a trailer connection plug the number/color is in the packet , if you go to an auto accessories shop you might be able to have a look at a trailer plug there & write all the imformation you need down & do it that way.....hope this helps.....cheers

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Trailer lighting is notoriously unreliable, especially on commercially manufactured and wired trailers where the manufacturer tries to save money by using a chassis or body earth return instead of a fully wired system and the better quality lamps such a system would require.

In my experience eight out of ten trailer lighting problems are related to a ground or earthing fault or poor quality wire and poor quality terminals being used.
The other two out of ten related to problems with the plug and socket connection (car to trailer).

This is assuming the towing vehicle had the tow socket wired to a high standard in the first place and didn't use the notorious Scotchloc.
The Scotchloc device was adequate for some of the wiring to older vehicles that used thickly insulated thick wiring but they are totally unsuitable for wiring connections that are exposed to movement, dirt and moisture and the thin wiring of the modern vehicle. There are in addition to the blue coloured ones, also red and white more suited to thinner wiring and also a brown one for larger cables but blue seems to be the ones supplied most often and so these are the ones used most often and consequently are responsible for quite a lot of faults where a supply doesn't even reach the tow socket.

When searching for a fault it is best to check the towing vehicle electrics and the trailer separately. Plugging in a known good trailer or lighting board is the best way to check the car socket. I have made a box of tricks for checking both the car and trailer separately, including the grounds and supplies for fridge, battery charging, etc. It will also, with the aid of a lighting board, provide lighting to a towed vehicle that would otherwise have to be trailered.

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2014 triton mn. How can I connect 7-pin trailer socket into existing wiring harness?


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it is a simple action of pulling a harness plug apart and inserting a piggy back plug in the connection
the wires for the trailer are properly installed and all you have to do is wire the plug connection according to the wiring diagram that came with the plug

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Instructions for wiring a moving trailer connector


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Trailer Wiring Diagrams 4 Way Systems

4 way flat molded connectors allow basic hookup for three lighting functions; right turn signal / stop light (green), left turn signal / stop light (yellow), taillight / license / side marker (brown) and a ground (white).

4%20way%20wiring.jpg 4way_vehicle.jpg 4 way tow vehicle side.
4way_trailer.jpg 4 way trailer side.
5 Way Systems

Same as 4 way system listed above but adds a extra blue wire for brake signal or auxiliary power. Used on pop up camper trailers or utility / boat trailers.
5way_vehicle.jpg 5 way tow vehicle side.
5way_trailer.jpg 5 way trailer side.
6 Way System, Rectangle Plug 3/4 inch by 1 inch 6 way rectangle connectors right turn signal (green), left turn signal (yellow), taillight (brown), ground (white). The red and blue wire can be used for brake control or auxiliary. Use on a small motorcycle trailer, snowmobile trailer or utility trailer. Can also be used as custom wiring on trailers with 3 light/wire systems. See "Tow Vehicle Taillight Wiring" below.
6way_rectangle_1.jpg 6 way tow vehicle side.
6way_rectangle_2.jpg 6 way trailer side.
6 Way Systems, Round Plug

Round 1 1/4" diameter metal connector allows 1 or 2 additional wiring and lighting functions such as back up lights, auxiliary 12v power or electric brakes. Note: The black (sometimes red) 12v and blue electric brakes wire may need to be reversed to suit the trailer. Check with a test light or VOM. Uses: horse trailer, travel trailers, landscaping trailer, car trailer, etc.


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6way_trailer.jpg 6 way trailer side.
7 Way Systems

Round 2" diameter connector allows additional pin for auxiliary 12 volt power or backup lights. Uses: heavy duty landscaping trailer, car trailer, boat trailers, horse trailer, travel trailer, construction trailer, etc. Check with a test light or VOM.


7way_vehicle.jpg 7 way RV flat blade tow vehicle side.
7way_trailer.jpg 7 way RV flat blade trailer side.

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Trailer wiring problem. Tow vehicle is a 2008 Grand Caravan with 4 wire plug. Double checked, plug function works fine. When trailer is plugged to tow vehicle with tow vehicle lights OFF the trailer...


Most likely the brown wire from the trailer connector is connected to a constant battery voltage source, and it should be connected to the vehicle running light circuit, however someone might have wired the trailer connector up that way on purpose so that the trailer does not draw power from the vehicle running lights and possibly damage the vehicle running light circuit. (Dodge/Chrysler vehicles do have delicate lighting systems) Here are some images to help assist you, and the 4 way connector is the same as the 5 way connector just without the blue wire for the trailer brakes.


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Hi,
Late 2007 and up Raiders have the tow harness turned off in the FCM (front control module) configuration from the factory. For this reason, you will have tail lights, but brake/turns (require module to activate) will be disabled.

In order to crrect this, you need a factory scantool, so a trip to the dealer is required. The good news is they should NOT charge you anything for this service.

There is even a bulletin out to address this situation, the contents follow:

PURPOSE
On some affected vehicles, trailer tow lights may not function due to an improperly configured Front Control
Module (FCM).
This Technical Service Bulletin advises dealers to reconfigure the FCM to enable the left and right trailer
tow relay outputs. Dealers should apply these instructions to affected vehicles in their inventory. Dealers
should also address any sold vehicles when they return to the dealership for routine service or repairs.
PARTS INFORMATION
No parts are required.
WARRANTY INFORMATION
Dealers should apply this Technical Service Bulletin to affected vehicles in their new and used vehicle inventories.
If an affected vehicle is observed with the described condition, confirm that this procedure has
not previously been performed, repair as described and submit a normal warranty claim using the following
information.
Configure Trailer Tow Relay Outputs in FCM
Nature Code: 59Z Cause Code: 605
Labor Operation No.: 08H20182 Time Allowance: 0.2 hr.
Warranty Coverage: Basic Coverage - Refer to the Superscreen.
Special Warranty Information: Normal warranty procedures apply.

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It looks like there could be a service bulletin to fix this.

TO: ALL TOYOTA DEALER PRINCIPALS,
SERVICE MANAGERS, PARTS MANAGERS
SUBJECT: SPECIAL SERVICE CAMPAIGN 10H
(2000 TUNDRA AND 1999 - 2000 TACOMA TRAILER TOWING WIRE HARNESS
CONVERTER REPLACEMENT)
Toyota will initiate a Special Service Campaign to replace the Toyota Trailer Towing Wire Harness
Converter (converter) on certain 2000 model year Tundra and 1999 - 2000 model year Tacoma
vehicles equipped with a genuine Toyota Trailer Towing Hitch or Bumper Hitch. This accessory
is included in the Towing Hitch Kit installed at ports (PIO) and by dealers (***); it is also sold by
dealers as an over-the-counter or service part.
An electrical short or open circuit can cause a fault in the genuine Toyota Trailer Towing Wire Harness
Converter (converter). This can cause a failure of the converter, and if a trailer is being towed at the time,
non-operation of the trailer lights. In limited cases, the converter housing could become heat-deformed.
In the case of the Tundra, the circuitry utilized in the converter was inadequate to properly manage
vehicle and/or trailer-side voltage spikes. If the converter is exposed to a voltage spike it may cause an
electrical short or open circuit within the converter.
As for the Tacoma, due to deficient waterproofing and improper installation location of the converter,
which is mounted in the lower portion of the taillight cavity of the vehicle, an electrical short circuit will
occur if water enters the converter housing.
The following vital information is provided to inform you and your staff of the campaign notification
schedule and your degree of involvement.
1. Owner Notification Letter Mailing Date
The owner notification will be conducted in two phases:
• The first phase will be launched in late August and involve vehicles equipped with port
installed (PIO) genuine Toyota Towing Hitch Kits.
• The remaining vehicle owners, whose vehicles may be equipped with a dealer installed (***)
genuine Toyota Trailer Towing Wire Harness Converter, will be notified in the second phase
to be launched in early September.
We have attached copies of the owner notification letters for your reference.
If you are contacted by an owner of an involved vehicle, who has not yet received a notification,
please verify eligibility through TDN or TIS, inspect the vehicle to assure it is equipped with the
affected part, and perform repairs as outlined in the attached Technical Instructions.

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