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Old 04-25-2011, 03:37 PM   #1
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putting a tow ball on rear bumper mount

ok, so i was thinking about getting one just to have. we dont really tow anything but it'd be nice to have just in case. i dont have the tow package and its a reg cab soooo..... also is it illegal to tow if the lights on the trailer wouldnt work cuz i dont have the harness? sorry if this has been asked.
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it takes literaly 15 dollars and 15 minutes to wire in a 4pt connecting harness to the tail lights.

The 4pt harness is used on lighter trailers, which is what you would tow with a bumper ball and a std cab 5 lugger. They dont provide trailer brakes, but they will light up the break light, turn signals, reverse lights on a trailer with a 4pt recieving, which is what you should get so you dont get a ticket, or get into an accident.

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Towing with the bumper is a bad idea. It sits up too high to be useful and has a VERY limited capacity. Hitches are $100ish and can be done in 20min with two people, 45min by yourself with some cussing
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i wasnt really looking to spend much because i dont think im going to tow much. but i wanted to b ready in case.
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i think the 2 holes on the side of the mount is for chains. is this a good thing or should i just splice?
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i've used that b4. ill look at the wireing this weekend. thanks
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i think the 2 holes on the side of the mount is for chains. is this a good thing or should i just splice?
These things are about as quick and easy as it gets! I've got one for my truck. All you have to do is pull the tail lights, T-in and you're set.
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i looked under my bumper and couldnt find the plug. ill prolly go up to advanced auto and get some stuff
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i think the 2 holes on the side of the mount is for chains. is this a good thing or should i just splice?
Possibly for chains, but I've also read that the other 2 holes are actually for off-centered towing. This is for large farm equipment that wouldn't fit inside the lane of a road, so you can offset the load so that it partially hangs off the side of the road to ensure it clears the oncoming lane.
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oh. i read somewhere on the fourm to but i hooks or something like those and bolt the chain down. that good?
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i think the 2 holes on the side of the mount is for chains. is this a good thing or should i just splice?
Buy that one it installs in 10-15 minutes, very easy. Don't do the splicing, a pain in the ass. I have installed several of those over the years. You will be glad you git that instead of splicing.
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ok, so i was thinking about getting one just to have. we dont really tow anything but it'd be nice to have just in case. i dont have the tow package and its a reg cab soooo..... also is it illegal to tow if the lights on the trailer wouldnt work cuz i dont have the harness? sorry if this has been asked.
YES! You will get a ticket & possible worse if towing without a harness. If you are ever pulled over because the trailer lights aren't working. Act suprised & get out to check, then appoligize & say you will take care of it immediately. Most of the time this keeps you from getting a ticket.
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ill do the good old splice job and if i get more serious towing, ill get a biiger taco with tow pkg :P

is this the wireing diagram?

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I think that diagram is for the pre-existing harness provided with the stock towing package option...I assume you don't have the wiring harness already since you're thinking of splicing, so you'll have to splice off the tail light wires because the harness in your diagram does not exist on your vehicle.
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In other words... at least have a fake wire hooked up there somewhere and electric taped to some other bunch of wires. Make it *look* like its wired for a trailer.

Best option is, of course, to simply install the proper trailer wiring.

My choices in order from best to worst;

1) OEM trailer wiring harness.
2) Aftermarket T-connector wiring harness.
3) Aftermarket splice-connect brake light converter.
4) Random bunch of wires that almost work... i.e. tail+brake or tail+left+right(nobrake).
5) Totally fake.

The OEM harness costs about $90. The brains of it go up in the cab, a relay in the relay/fuse panel under the hood, a couple of fuses, and a wire that runs from the front to the back. The OEM harness has a few advantages; it provides considerably more current for trailer lights, it isolates the trailer lights from the truck lights (so an overload/short on the trailer won't take out your truck lights), and the important parts are sheltered from the elements.

I would *highly* recommend going with the OEM trailer wiring harness.
If the same cop pulls you over a 2nd time. A ticket you will get. Best not to fake it. At least try & get it to work.

The OEM harness isn't any better than the aftermarket one. I would buy the aftermarket one around $50. Then replace the lightbulbs in the trailer. A cheap fix & that may be all the trailer needs. Trailer bulbs $1.50.

Splicing can have issues later on. I'm not a fan of splicing if you don't have too.
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how would i know what to splice off? should i pull my tail lights off and look?
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how would i know what to splice off? should i pull my tail lights off and look?
For a 2007:
Red/White: Backup (Red on 2010)
Green: Tail
Blue: Brake
Blue/Black: Left Turn (Yellow on 2010)
Blue/Yellow: Right Turn (Blue/White on 2010)
White/Black: Ground
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thanks for the info. ill take a look and c what i hav.
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