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New Tacoma With Towing Package - No Wires

Discussion in 'Towing' started by G23od, Feb 15, 2013.

  1. Feb 15, 2013 at 12:17 PM
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    G23od

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    I just got a 2005 Tacoma with the towing package. It has the OEM socket built in next to the hitch but did not come with the wires/adapter that goes from the tow socket to the trailer. Where can I pick one up aftermarket? The dealership tried to sell me the whole kit and kaboodle for $250.00 including an OEM socket even though I explained I just needed the wires/adapter.

    My apologies if the terminology isn't correct. Be gentle it's my first post.
     
  2. Feb 15, 2013 at 12:18 PM
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    Pugga

    Pugga Pasti-Dip Free Since 1983

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    The wires that go from the socket on the truck to the trailer are part of the trailer's wiring harness. The truck's wiring ends at the socket and any wires from there would be part of the trailer. The only exception i can think of is if you have a 4-pin trailer. That would require a plug-in adapter to step down the truck's 7-pin socket to a 4-pin plug. That adapter can be found at any auto parts store or possibly Uhaul location.
     
  3. Feb 15, 2013 at 12:22 PM
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    So when I buy or rent a trailer it will come with the wires that plug in? For some reason I thought there was some wires or an adapter that came with the OEM socket...

    Nice looking truck by the way.
     
  4. Feb 15, 2013 at 12:26 PM
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    Yes, the truck's wiring ends at the plug and anything beyond that is part of the trailer's wiring.

    If you rent a trailer, it will likely be a flat 4 connector and you will need an adapter to connect to it. Your truck, having the factory tow package, has a 7-pin round socket so the adapter would be a 7 round to flat 4 adapter and will look similar to this:
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    That would plug into your truck's round socket and the flat 4 connector from the trailer would plug into the part you see above. If you tow a trailer with a 7 round connector, no adapter is required. There are other wiring configurations but the 7 round and flat 4 are by far the most common.
     
  5. Feb 15, 2013 at 12:30 PM
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    Yep, what he said. The adapter is very inexpensive as well might as well just get one to have if you're going to be towing. My boat trailer is only a 4 pin so I need one.
     
  6. Feb 15, 2013 at 12:31 PM
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    Genius, glad I signed up here. Thanks for schooling me up. I guess I will pick up a 7 to 4 adapter to have just in case so I can work with any trailer.
     
  7. Feb 15, 2013 at 12:32 PM
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    Pugga

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    :thumbsup:

    Welcome to TW by the way!
     
  8. Feb 15, 2013 at 5:41 PM
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    the plug that you may or may not have is the one that plugs in for the electric brake controller. if you trailer has electric brakes, you will need a controller and the small harness that goes between the truck's wiring harness and the controller.

    and that's if your trailer has electric brakes.

    edit, here the info you need if you are using trailer brakes.
    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/towing/4031-tacoma-towing-bible.html#post35022
     
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