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Old 08-02-2016, 11:55 PM   #21
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We also had our hitch cut a little shorter so the pin would go in the 2nd slot. We had this done down the road from Escape trailer at Trademasters. They had it done in minutes.
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Old 08-03-2016, 12:10 AM   #22
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We also had our hitch cut a little shorter so the pin would go in the 2nd slot. We had this done down the road from Escape trailer at Trademasters. They had it done in minutes.
I think I will drill an additional hole and trim the shank to move the ball closer to the rear axle. I'll call Trademasters and get a quote. Thanks!

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We had the same issue with our 5th Gen 4runner and 19 ft trailer, I went around a corner and lost connectivity!! We had ETI replace the original cord for us (I think they extended it about a foot). Seems to work fine now, and I don't recall that it was very expensive to get this done.
That sucks! I think I am going to need to extend the wires using a 10' wiring kit even if I trim the shank. Unfortunately the standard length is 8' and the longer lengths are difficult to find.
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Old 08-03-2016, 12:32 AM   #23
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Yes, we only had to cut about half an inch, so made no difference in our case to the cord length requirements (We have the equilizer hitch sold by ETI in 2010, not sure they still carry this).
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I think I will drill an additional hole and trim the shank to move the ball closer to the rear axle. I'll call Trademasters and get a quote. Thanks!



That sucks! I think I am going to need to extend the wires using a 10' wiring kit even if I trim the shank. Unfortunately the standard length is 8' and the longer lengths are difficult to find.
Don't know where we got ours but plenty of places have them and I think etrailer might be one.
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Old 08-03-2016, 01:09 AM   #25
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Don't know where we got ours but plenty of places have them and I think etrailer might be one.
I found one at etrailer (7-Way Molded Connector w/ 10' Cable) but they want $35 for it plus $40 for shipping it up to Canada. Add the 30% exchange on top of all that and it is one expensive cord!

We do have the option of shipping to a receiving company just south of the border in Blaine. I might have to do that if I can't find it locally.
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Phone etrailer and ask if the item can be shipped from their Ontario facility. It will arrive by Canada Post without customs clearance charges etc.
I've bought several items by phone.
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Old 08-03-2016, 01:24 AM   #27
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Phone etrailer and ask if the item can be shipped from their Ontario facility. It will arrive by Canada Post without customs clearance charges etc.
I've bought several items by phone.
Great advice! Thanks!
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Old 08-03-2016, 01:39 AM   #28
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Also, don't know how such a change affects the rest of the WDH working together.
With the ball a bit closer to the rear axle, the reduction of front axle load will be a little bit less, so the WD springs will need a little less force to reach the right setting... but we're only talking about a couple percent change, so it should be a moderate tweak in setting.
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I found one at etrailer (7-Way Molded Connector w/ 10' Cable) but they want $35 for it plus $40 for shipping it up to Canada. Add the 30% exchange on top of all that and it is one expensive cord!

We do have the option of shipping to a receiving company just south of the border in Blaine. I might have to do that if I can't find it locally.
That IS a bad price. It certainly makes a difference when going from the US to Canada, unfortunately. Same problem many of us had when shipping items to ETI. Dropped the idea for a certain sink becuase of that.

Probably a number of places in Canada have them for less but you would have to find one.
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Old 08-03-2016, 02:44 PM   #30
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Paying more for shipping than for the product is certainly annoying, but this is a substantial chunk of heavy cable with a connector already on the end - the cost doesn't seem that bad to me.

From a recent discussion, some notes on buying this cable:
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... This type of cable is available as an assembly with the 7-pin plug already on the end, to avoid making the seven connections at that end. If you do buy the cable separately:
  • get the right kind - the 7-conductor cable used to connect commercial trucks to their trailers doesn't have the heavy-gauge conductors that you want for the ground and battery power, so you want cable specifically for the RV-type (or "blade" style) connection; and,
  • connect it in the right direction - the electricity doesn't care which end is which, but the cable has the colour-coded wires arranged the same way as the plug for easy connecting... but if you use the wrong end the wires will all be in a mirror image of where they should be.

Typical appropriate cable includes
  • 14 ga: red, brown, yellow, green (lighting)
  • 12 ga: blue (brakes)
  • 10 ga: black, white (battery charge and ground)
The commercial trailer cable is usually all just 14 or maybe 12 gauge, or at best all 12 gauge except one 10 gauge for ground.
I did a quick online search of likely local (or nationwide Canadian) sources, and I didn't find a good and inexpensive source of the cable or cable assemblies with connector. Any RV parts store will have suitable cable assemblies... for about CA$75.
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