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01 Tacoma Trailers Hook up

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by RCYWR2001, Apr 5, 2016.

  1. Apr 5, 2016 at 3:29 PM
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    RCYWR2001

    RCYWR2001 [OP] 1989 Mitsubishi Mighty Max 5spd

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    Hello,

    I have an 01 Tacoma SR5 and I need to hook up a small trailer to it but I do not see any connection for the lights from the trailer.

    Am I missing something or is this something I need to add to my truck?

    I see different wiring kits online but I want to be sure before I go buy that I need it.

    Thanks!!!
     
  2. Apr 5, 2016 at 3:33 PM
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    Sometimes the wiring plug is attached to underside of bumper.

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  3. Apr 5, 2016 at 3:36 PM
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    RCYWR2001

    RCYWR2001 [OP] 1989 Mitsubishi Mighty Max 5spd

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    I will look again when I get home.
    Thanks!!
     
  4. Apr 9, 2016 at 8:45 PM
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    RCYWR2001

    RCYWR2001 [OP] 1989 Mitsubishi Mighty Max 5spd

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    I looked and it is blank. I see within coming from the front to my rear taillights but that is it.

    Koditten,
    Does your truck have a specific fuse for the trailer lights?
     
  5. Apr 10, 2016 at 5:09 AM
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    I'll have to check.
     
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  6. Apr 10, 2016 at 6:22 AM
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    I had to wire my 04 for trailer lights, nothing was there.
     
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  7. Apr 10, 2016 at 6:27 AM
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    IM thinking your truck doesn't have the plug.

    The easiest thing to do is drop off the truck at a U haul franchise. Those guys have all wire harnesses to wire up your truck.
     
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  8. Apr 10, 2016 at 7:33 AM
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    Dont think any 1st gens came wired from factory?


    Edit: some came with hitch, 4 pin connector, and fan blades that draw more air.
     
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  9. Apr 11, 2016 at 10:19 AM
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    surprisingly i think there were a few rare ones. the more I read on here the more I see some came with the separate box in the cab that had the wiring setup (possibly dealer done?).

    @RCYWR2001 the easiest is to get a trailer wire harness like this:

    http://www.amazon.com/Hopkins-43315...1&keywords=2001+tacoma+trailer+wiring+harness

    easy enough to hook up if you can use a screwdriver and zip-ties :D
     
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  10. Apr 21, 2016 at 9:04 AM
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    Tekonsha #118379 T connector should be what you need. It goes to 4 wire trailer plug-included, easy connect set up.
     
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  11. Apr 24, 2016 at 10:33 AM
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    UHAUL sounds like a great idea.

    I have looked at the wiring harness kits and my only issue is your running them off your taillights and now your running trailer and brake/signals off of the one fuse meant just for your truck. I am scared it won't carry that many volts

    Any ideas?
     
  12. Apr 24, 2016 at 10:41 AM
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    I had the same kit, it was a Reese. Something quit working on it so I bought one from etrailer.com, works perfectly fine.
     
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  13. Apr 24, 2016 at 2:48 PM
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    Snowman I have a problem for your solutionÂ…

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    I have that one from Amazon. Works great and was way cheaper than anything else.

    I wouldnt trust uHaul with changing wiper blades.
     
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  14. Apr 24, 2016 at 5:49 PM
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    U-Haul wired up my 7 pin with trailer brake box and did a great job. 2 hours and done.
     
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  15. Apr 24, 2016 at 6:24 PM
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    There were trucks that came with the tow package, they even came with a higher amp alternator.

    And OP dont worry about the tail light circuit not being able to handle the extra draw. It'll be perfectly fine. Thousands of trucks out there running the aftermarket setup for trailer lights.
     
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  16. Apr 25, 2016 at 1:10 AM
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    For what it is worth these 4 wire trailer plugs with converter boxes over the years gave me nothing but grief .

    Every thing gets switched over to 7 conductor plugs
     
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  17. Apr 25, 2016 at 5:11 AM
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    I run a 4-wire harness (to each tail light) and I cut the end off. then ran separate wires for the rest of the 7 pin functions. walla, custom 7-pin that i'll probably never use but it's there if I need it. I've had to replace the original one but that was due to age, it came off my grandfather's truck and was 8 years old. I have one that's rated for LEDs now and works good. Just make sure to seal the back of the housing so no water gets in, mine got corroded (can't succeed without failure right :) )
     
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  18. Apr 25, 2016 at 3:36 PM
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    There is a plug-in adapter. You unplug the wire harness behind the drivers side rear tail light and plug in the adapter (access it from underneath the truck). The adapter then gives you a plug to plug in the trailer lights. My 99' came with one, there was a recall because they burned out (mine did) but I ended up buying my own replacement in the aftermarket before I knew about the recall. I think it was like $30 or something, and it has been in there for more than 10 years now and works great. That's the easiest way to go. Takes about 10-20 minutes to plug it in, then neatly run the wire down to your tow hitch and zip the wires to the frame.
     
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