Trailer wiring for your van.

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Re: Trailer wiring for your van.

Post by Smiliesafari » Wed Aug 05, 2009 12:08 pm

Drill a hole near the steering column. Use a grommet to protect the wiring. A piece of fuel hose makes a good substitute. I did this when I installed the strobe lights in my van. \:D/
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Re: Trailer wiring for your van.

Post by Rileysowner » Wed Aug 05, 2009 1:43 pm

I will have to have a look and see around there for a spot.
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Re: Trailer wiring for your van.

Post by Rileysowner » Tue Sep 15, 2009 8:00 pm

Smiliesafari wrote:Drill a hole near the steering column. Use a grommet to protect the wiring. A piece of fuel hose makes a good substitute. I did this when I installed the strobe lights in my van. \:D/
I need a smaller drill. I was going to drill a hole today, but I can't find my gromets (I think my boy moved them on me). I tried to fit the drill with a small pilot bit and so far little success. I'm not sure if I am happy with the location either. Gotta keep looking.
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Re: Trailer wiring for your van.

Post by Rileysowner » Tue Sep 15, 2009 9:29 pm

Finally found a point where I could fit my drill to drill through. Drilled, installed grommet, and got wires through. I still need to solder them, but I can't find my heat shrink tubing, so that will have to wait another day.
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Re: Trailer wiring for your van.

Post by California » Mon Nov 16, 2009 3:48 pm

If you have a factory tow package, the factory wires will be bundled in the right rear of the van in the jack storage area.
Man I just can't find it, is there some sort of hidden door or something? I removed the jack and the hand vac yet I don't see anything. My van came with a tow bar..

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Re: Trailer wiring for your van.

Post by LiftedAWDAstro » Mon Nov 16, 2009 6:56 pm

Yes, it could be behind the left side panel. My 95 conversion was.
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Re: Trailer wiring for your van.

Post by California » Mon Nov 16, 2009 7:11 pm

Cool I'll go check it now.

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Re: Trailer wiring for your van.

Post by California » Mon Nov 16, 2009 11:00 pm

Mystery solved

After searching I had a look under the van and the bracket that held the loom/connector at some point either broke or rusted away and was tucked up and around the tow bar out of site. I'll get a new bracket for it next week and remount.
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Re: Trailer wiring for your van.

Post by astronewbie » Thu Jul 01, 2010 2:30 am

First time on this forum. I am in the process of wiring a 7 pin connector for may travel trailer. This post is very helpful. My van has the tow package so there is the bundle of wires in the jack stowage area. The thing is, I can't seem to find the black wire for the 12 volt power in the bundle. Am I missing something or do I need to run a separate wire for the 12v power? It seems like it would be with the other wires????

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Re: Trailer wiring for your van.

Post by Kidhauler » Thu Jul 01, 2010 3:52 am

I believe that the 12v power wire is red. It should have a label on it with about a 15amp or 30 amp rating.
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Re: Trailer wiring for your van.

Post by JumboJet » Tue Jan 19, 2016 4:22 am

Does anyone still have the pic (line 11) referred to in v8famvan's first post in this thread? Thank you!

"The other ends of the orange & dark blue wires will be tucked under the carpet in the left front of the vehicle. Like in this pic."

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Re: Trailer wiring for your van.

Post by Snowgeek » Fri May 25, 2018 2:57 am

Ok so I see the orange wire for the 12v in the left front of the van but not seeing where that plugs in. Do i need to take the fuse block off and plug it in behind or does it go somewhere else?

I had a 7 pin harness that has been there since i got the van but with my new trailer it all seems messed up. It is weird that although the 7 pin was there that the orwnge 12v was never connected.

Any help would be great!

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Re: Trailer wiring for your van.

Post by Snowgeek » Fri May 25, 2018 3:37 am

Update.... I kept looking at that fuse block and seeing colors listed and thought none said orange (the color of the wire) but really it is listing the color of the connector.... thus it was sitting right in front of my face. All done now and my wiring works.

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