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Old 04-22-2009, 06:36 PM   #21
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Re: Equalizer Hitch

A local trailer dealer quoted me $550 today for hidden hitch, ball, and wiring for the electric brakes.
Tomorrow when I go to the Toyota dealer I'll get specifics as to what a "Tow Package" actualy includes.
I did call Uhaul today, but the fellow told me they're currently not installing hidden hitches.
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Old 04-22-2009, 08:14 PM   #22
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Re: Equalizer Hitch

I had a look at my receipt and I paid about $610 for the hitch, wiring, ball and floor mats. It cost me $25 extra to upgrade the ground wire to 10 amp, which you would need to do if you have the smaller 3-way fridge. I got the larger 5 cu. ft. fridge and it's only 2-way ( no DC ) so it wasn't really necessary.

I think the Toyota tow package is a class II hitch and wiring and you need a class III and equalizer. I'm sure the transmission cooler is standard in Canada. RAV has a warning light if your transmission is getting overheated. I really should get around to reading the manual. You also don't need the ball and the chunk of metal that it is attached to. You'll get a ball and the rest as an equalizer. I keep the extra one I got from Toyota mounted on the hitch as a bumper to protect the spare tire and rear of the vehicle when I'm not towing.

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Old 04-23-2009, 12:47 PM   #23
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Hi Ron
thanks for the great info walt
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Old 04-23-2009, 07:28 PM   #24
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Me again with yet another question...What is a brake controller?
Also, the toyota dealer didn't think the TT battery would be charging off the RAV4 while driivng. Is that something i get with the hitch? And is there something in the hitch wiring that prevents the Escape from drawing on car battery when car is off?
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Deb, the brake controller is the device that sends the braking signal back to the trailer brakes. You may have seen them in tow vehicles, usually mounted under the dashboard. HERE is a link to Tekonsha, a company that sells good brake controllers. The Prodigy and P3 are both great ones. etrailer.com is a good company to buy them from. You mentioned previously that the quote you got included wiring in for the trailer brakes, did this not include the controller?

It is not necessary to supply 12V power to the trailer from the tow, but I would highly recommend it. It charges the trailer battery as you drive. You just need a fused wire from the charging system on the tow to the plug the trailer hooks in to.
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Hi Walt and Linda,

I just installed the Prodigy brake controller into my Tacoma 6-speed. Your's is probably as tight around the knees as mine so it is difficult to fit the controller in front of the driver. I installed mine in front of the stick shift and under the climate control. It filled most of the little cubby space but I can still keep pen and paper in there. I purchased the prodigy from e-trailer.com with the toyota cable option. Wiring was a breeze. Figuring out how to remove the center console was a little more challanging. But that was the only way to get the wiring routed under the dashboard.

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Old 04-24-2009, 05:38 AM   #27
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Hi Edgar
I order the same unit from the same place hasnt arrived yet. I will probably mount it in the same place. I have removed the center console once already when I installed my quick shift for the 6speed so should be quite easy to install. Was there plenty of length on the adapter harness to reach the fuse area where the plugin is located.
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The Toyota cable was just the right length. There was a white pigtail wire in the cable harness. Wasn't 100% clear what to do with it so I attached it to a metal frame bolt as a ground. Toyota mechanic confirmed that this was right. I still need to confirm that the rear plug will be wired correctly for the Escape. It didn't work for an old utility trailer I have at the shop. But the trailer may have the brake and power wires reversed.

Does anyone have the pin descriptions on the Escape plug?

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Here is the standard wiring 7 pole wiring configuration as viewed from the backside (termination side) of the plugs.
If you wish to test with a meter on the plug itself (looking into the plug) just use the opposite image.



I thought I would try attaching too, never done this before.
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Thanks Jim!

This is exactly what I need. See ya.

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