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Old 06-30-2016, 01:20 PM   #1
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2012 4Runner (5th Gen) Factory Trailer Plug

We are looking forward to picking up a new to us 17B in a few weeks! We are all excited to take it on the first road trip this summer and for all the extended season camping opportunities.

Our tow vehicle will be a 2012 4Runner. Has anyone had any issues with the trailer wiring reaching the factory connection on the 5th gens? The connector is located up and "out of the way" on the drivers side of the spare tire for off-roading ground clearance. The seller has measured the wire and it extends about 2' beyond the ball receptacle on the hitch. It looks like it should work but I want to make sure I am prepared when I arrive to pick it up. I had to MacGyver a 2' extension for my boat trailer the first time I towed it.

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Old 06-30-2016, 01:59 PM   #2
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Our 05 has it up and under. No problem other then bending over to do it well!
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Old 06-30-2016, 03:01 PM   #3
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Another user that I conversed with before my father picked up our trailer was towing a 19' which he bought new. Has a 5th gen 4Runner and Escape had to extend the harness. We tow with a 4th gen (2007) 4Runner and although the connector is tucked up and over to the driver's side we did not have an issue. I cannot say though if the harness was extended at the factory for the first owner.

To be safe I would pick up a 7 pin extension from a trailer shop and have it with you. If it is long it can always be looped and zipped tied to the trailer frame. If you don't need it, return it. That's what we did.

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Old 06-30-2016, 04:28 PM   #4
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A just-in-case extension seems like a good idea.

The amount of cord length needed depends on hitch hardware. Some WD and adjustable-height hitches are pretty bulky, and move the trailer back; with just a short fixed ball mount, the distance to the 4Runner's socket would be shorter.
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Old 06-30-2016, 04:48 PM   #5
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To be safe I would pick up a 7 pin extension from a trailer shop and have it with you. If it is long it can always be looped and zipped tied to the trailer frame. If you don't need it, return it. That's what we did.
I loop the extra length (of my built-in cord) around the tongue jack.

That extension works, but it's designed to reach from the bumper of a pickup to near a fifth-wheel hitch, so it's much longer than could be needed to provide a conventional trailer cord with a bit more reach. Also, it has the usual 14-gauge wires for the lighting circuits (that's fine) but only 12-gauge for battery charge and ground - some cables have 10-gauge.

I don't know of a good source of a short heavy-gauge extension (although they exist: Conntek 7-Pin 5Th Wheel Trailer Extension Cord (4-Feet)), but a 7-Way Molded Trailer Wire Connector, 4' Long H20043 plus a socket on the end would work (although it would not be returnable). There are much shorter ready-made extensions - I would just want to check the wire gauge.
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Old 06-30-2016, 08:05 PM   #6
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Our tow vehicle will be a 2012 4Runner. Has anyone had any issues with the trailer wiring reaching the factory connection on the 5th gens? The connector is located up and "out of the way" on the drivers side of the spare tire for off-roading ground clearance. The seller has measured the wire and it extends about 2' beyond the ball receptacle on the hitch. It looks like it should work but I want to make sure I am prepared when I arrive to pick it up. I had to MacGyver a 2' extension for my boat trailer the first time I towed it.

Thanks!
I have a 2008 17B and a 2011 4-runner. I had to pull most of the slack out of the wire between the hitch and the trailer body, and it works - though there is not much slack left in a tight right turn (but enough). I just measured 2'4" of wire extension beyond the ball receptacle on my trailer. "Out of the way" describes it well - a real PITA to connect, especially when your joints are old and creaky. Great trailer/TV combo though! Hope this helps…Glenn. ( Ps, no WDH )
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Old 06-30-2016, 08:24 PM   #7
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hi msweet: I have a 2010 Toyota 4 Runner and purchased a 19 Escape, and when we went to pick it up- there was no way the connection would reach. We went and made a 2 foot 7pin extension and it now works. I agree, the location of the connection is a PITA on my 4 runner and is one of the few issues with the vehicle. I do have a WDH, which I wouldn't be without, and it contributes to the need of the extension. If you don't use a WDH you might be able to manage without an extension, but if you needed it for your boat...

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Great trailer/TV combo though!
Great to hear that feedback! We bought the 4Runner a few months ago in preparation for buying a camper. Though at that time we were considering tent trailers more seriously and weren't really thinking of the hard side units.
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We went and made a 2 foot 7pin extension
Thanks for all the great feedback... this forum is awesome! The unit comes with a WDH so I will likely have the same problem as others. I will make up an extension just in case and then use the wire to extend the trailer wiring if needed when I get the trailer home. If not it never hurts to have a spare wire and plugs in the garage.
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The amount of cord length needed depends on hitch hardware. Some WD and adjustable-height hitches are pretty bulky, and move the trailer back; with just a short fixed ball mount, the distance to the 4Runner's socket would be shorter.
Very good point. The other user I conversed with that needed an extension did indeed run with a WDH. We are running a short fixed ball mount and that explains why we didn't need an extension. It had crossed my mind, but I didn't realize that the WD setup moves the trailer back as much as it apparently does.
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