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phoneguy44 10-14-2012 01:49 PM

Lights for camper, plug wont hold
 
Where can I get one of these online (dont knowwhat its called)? I've never needed it till now. Mine was broke when I got the truck and it wont hold my pig tail from camper, keeps falling off. Looks like all I have to do is take two screws out and unplug and repeat process to put a new one on.
Thanks guys

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wildjerseyfirefighter 10-14-2012 01:59 PM

You can find them on this here site also

NHCrewcab2008 10-14-2012 07:10 PM

walmart, $20.

http://forums.exploringnh.com/pictur...pictureid=5410

DoorDing 10-14-2012 08:20 PM

The Hopkins (Hoppy) Endurance line is quite nice. I put one of their 4/5/7 receptacles on my old truck. They're widely available.

48470 Endurance™ Multi-Tow® 7 RV Blade, 5 & 4 Wire Flat

http://www.hopkinstowingsolutions.co.../l/48470.3.jpg

brianv3ntura 10-14-2012 09:02 PM

Pep Boys sells a bigger variety than Walmart

maineah 10-15-2012 04:45 AM

Check Toyota the factory set up is a lot better built and water proof it's also plug and play.

dexterdog 10-15-2012 04:55 AM

Yeah, you need the lid. The lid helps hold your trailer plug. You can find a new pretty much anywhere.

DoorDing 10-15-2012 05:51 AM

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Originally Posted by maineah (Post 5837713)
Check Toyota the factory set up is a lot better built and water proof it's also plug and play.

"A lot better built" than what? I've owned the OEM and Hopkins Endurance parts; there's no discernable difference in quality. Both feature a fairly rugged, water resistant receptacle, complete with seals on the self-closing cover. The Hopkins 4/5/7 part offers superior compatibility with different trailer wiring, too.

I agree that it'd be better to have a PnP replacement part, but if it's priced like a lot of OEM parts, I'd skip it. At least on my truck, there's enough wire available to remove the OEM plug and wire the towing harness into an aftermarket plug.

Taco Dan 10-15-2012 05:59 AM

i only have the 4 pin harness. is there such think as a converter from 4 to 7? i like that hopkins one

DoorDing 10-15-2012 06:09 AM

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Originally Posted by Taco Dan (Post 5837862)
i only have the 4 pin harness. is there such think as a converter from 4 to 7? i like that hopkins one

I don't think you can buy one, but you could make one yourself. That still may not be a good idea, though.

There wouldn't be any electric brake control wiring (just brake lights) for the trailer, which is the main reason for using more than a flat-4 system. That's also probably the reason that adapter isn't available. No manufacturer wants to be responsible for someone plugging a trailer with electric brakes (round-7) into a tow vehicle with flat-4 and believing they have trailer brakes, when they don't.

Pugga 10-15-2012 06:13 AM

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Originally Posted by Taco Dan (Post 5837862)
i only have the 4 pin harness. is there such think as a converter from 4 to 7? i like that hopkins one

I've never seen a 4-7 pin harness and probably for the same reasons DoorDing already mentioned.

oldstick 10-15-2012 06:39 AM

I had a 4 to 7 adapter some years ago. But I do not remember where I got it. I think it was probably Walmart or one of the chain parts stores.

In fact I need to look for it, it might still be around somewhere. I used it for a small boat trailer with 4 pins, where my truck and pop-up camper were using the 7 pin.

Pugga 10-15-2012 06:44 AM

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Originally Posted by oldstick (Post 5837961)
I had a 4 to 7 adapter some years ago. But I do not remember where I got it. I think it was probably Walmart or one of the chain parts stores.

In fact I need to look for it, it might still be around somewhere. I used it for a small boat trailer with 4 pins, where my truck and pop-up camper were using the 7 pin.

Sounds like you had a 7 - 4 pin adapter, not a 4 to 7 pin. The 7 to 4 is easy to find and is available at any auto parts store, Uhaul or Walmart. I don't believe the 4 to 7 exists because it would allow the owner to tow a trailer without the proper connections. As DoorDing said, most trailers with 7 pin connectors have them because they require brakes. A connector that has 4 pins on the truck side and 7 on the trailer side would bypass the brakes.

phoneguy44 10-15-2012 06:45 AM

Thanks guys ! Much appreciated.

DoorDing 10-15-2012 07:02 AM

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Originally Posted by Pugga (Post 5837980)
Sounds like you had a 7 - 4 pin adapter, not a 4 to 7 pin. The 7 to 4 is easy to find and is available at any auto parts store, Uhaul or Walmart. I don't believe the 4 to 7 exists because it would allow the owner to tow a trailer without the proper connections. As DoorDing said, most trailers with 7 pin connectors have them because they require brakes. A connector that has 4 pins on the truck side and 7 on the trailer side would bypass the brakes.

Something like these allows for flat-4 truck / round-7 trailer, but it's not really an adapter.

I used this one when I wired a brake controller for my old truck. I had to start from scratch with all the tow wiring. I added a flat-4 PnP kit to the truck, plugged that flat-4 into the back side of the 4/7 receptacle, and wired the brake controller to the individual leads coming from the receptacle. Someone could skip connecting the brake controller wiring and have flat-4 functionality at the round-7 receptacle, but again, that's probably not a good idea. Every trailer I've seen with a round-7 had trailer brakes, and needed them.

phoneguy44 10-15-2012 11:50 AM

hmm, anyone have the OEM part number by chance ?

DoorDing 10-15-2012 12:19 PM

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Originally Posted by phoneguy44 (Post 5839325)
hmm, anyone have the OEM part number by chance ?

I believe this is what you need, but you should check with them to see if it'll fit your year. I think they also sell the short harness between that receptacle and the main harness, if you need that, too.

$26 is much better than I thought it'd be!

phoneguy44 10-15-2012 02:22 PM

Just went by the dealer, $224.95 OUCH

maineah 10-15-2012 04:32 PM

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Originally Posted by phoneguy44 (Post 5840140)
Just went by the dealer, $224.95 OUCH

For that price buy an aftermarket and replace it every other year.

Round II 10-15-2012 04:43 PM

If you have a Tractor supply in your area they have a ton of towing supplies.

http://www.tractorsupply.com/webapp/...FQWe4AodL0sANA


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