Towing light adapter??

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  1. mesuezee

    mesuezee New Member

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    We are getting our pop up next week. We have a tow hitch on our van but we need to get what looks like a circular 6 prong adapter for the lights on the camper. What is the name of it? I don't know where to get it or what to ask for....help :)
     
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    cruising usa New Member

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    Make sure the camper and TV match. The seven pin is probably the most common on newer campers. I made the mistake of installing a 6 pin connector based on what the PO told me. Turns out it has a seven pin. Post with the make,model and year and I am sure some one will know for sure what you need. One of the sponsors here is ETrailer.com They have a wealth of information on wiring.
    Happy Camping
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    Thank you- We are getting a 1999 Coleman Nevada if that helps :)
     
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    ok I think we need a 4way to 7 way adapter....I think...
     
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    hi , when i spoke to RV dealer when bought our new vehicle a month ago because the car dealership said you could get a adaptor to go from 4 pin to 7 pin which i thought was wrong and after speaking to the RV dealer they said you can not get adapter going from 4 pin to 7 but you can get adapter going from a 7 pin to 4. hope that helps
     
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    You can actually get a flat 4 to 7 pin adaptor, I have one! I puchased it in Canadian Tire. (not much use to those south of the border i understand!) But they DO exist! You have to remember though, that if your vehicle has just the flat 4 end and you purchace the adaptor, then the brakes on the trailer (if equipped) will not function. The flat 4 is solely for lights.
     
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    I too have several of these adaptors, came with GM PU'S. I use 1 for my atv trailer.
     
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    You definitely can get a flat 4 to a round 7 adapter, you can get the at an auto parts store or even wall mart. I hope this link works, this is from e trailer and they even have a video to show how to install them

    http://www.etrailer.com/Wiring/Hopkins/37185.html

    I bought one from Auto Zone (same part as above) for our previous TV. Hope some of this helps.
     
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    Someone told me that as well..."They don't make 'em" But they do, saw lots of 4 to 7 adapters online, but couldn't find one local and ran out of time. So....I cut the 7-way plug off the pup and installed a 4-way flat plug so I'd have lights. (No preaching about trailer brakes please :) )
     
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    I bought what I thought was the right adapter but turns out the flat 4 prong is the same that is on my van. So they can't connect- I need a male/female connection. I went to a local RV place and they told me it is NYS law that any tow vehicle over 1000lbs you have to have electric brakes on it. I know the PO did not use electric brakes. I am sooooo confused [?:~{]
     
  11. Srt4inliny

    Srt4inliny "It ain't campin if ya can't hear nature"

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    You are correct any trailer over 1000 lbs by law needs e-brakes. But. That doesnt mean you need to have them connected. What I don't see mentioned here is that the seven way plug also allows charging of your battery while in tow. The 4-way is just for tail lights. The 7-pin has a few extra wires that need to be connected. One would be a connection to the TV's battery. One would be an accessory wire(usually not needed unless you have backup light ). And the other lead ( blue in color) would be the brake sensing wire for if and when you get a brake controller to run the e-brakes on the trailer. Hope this helps. Btw. I am also a noobie here. But I did a heck of alot of homework before we brought our Pup home. I also installed our own hitch from uhaul on our Tv. I even wired up the 7-pin connector myself.
     

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