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The Plan: Borrow a tent-trailer and go camping The Problem: No hitch and no electrical connection on my pickup The Process: Install a hitch and an electrical connection ...
The 2003 Chevy S-10 bumper is completely adequate for hauling a tent-trailer, at least the one I borrowed from a friend. The bumper is labeled with two weight ...
The Chevy S-10 pickup uses a snap connector to join the rear lights wiring with the electrical system. This location is a good place to splice in the ...
Unwrap the wiring on the bumper-side of the connection, allowing you to see each individual wire.
Use a sharp-tipped electrical probe to identify which wire activates which light. The red clip of the probe connects to the ground or common connection of the system, ...
Use a couple feet of four-wire flat ribbon wiring harness, with snap-fit splicing connectors. Splice the brown wire of the trailer ribbon to the solid brown wire of ...
Probe each wire of the connected trailer harness while an assistant activates the turn signals and taillights. Taillights are activated by turning on the vehicle's parking lights. The ...
A good way to secure the wiring is to enclose the trailer harness in protective cable covers. Add zip ties to secure the wiring to the frame. The ...
With the connector secured inside and out, and the hitch bolted down, you're ready to hook up to the trailer and travel on down the road!
Images provided by the author, Milt Reynolds, Creative Commons License
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