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I have a 96 ford explorer xlt with a hidden hitch. the 7 pin rv connector is not working. i found where the wires from vehicle connect to 7 pin connector and one wire was caroded at the crimp black wire there is also white and green with yellow stripe and yellow. i soldered and shrink tubed and it still is not working but ther was also a white and a black wire connecting from the 7 pin rv connector to a bracking system witch i removed and did not reconnect do i need this for my ground and 12v or should it be working with just the 4 wire(black/white/yellow/green yellow stripe) fuse seem to be good everything on truck works fine and trailer lights are good.

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Yes, you need the other wires to provide the trailer with battery voltage. If the trailer has trailer brakes, you should have an RV mechanic wire up the connector so the brakes on the trailer operate from the Ford.

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