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Recommended Trailer Wiring Harness for 2005 Ford Escape


How can you tell if 2005 Ford Escape is wired for trailer lights? Mine has a connector behind the rear bumper at the left side for lights, but I suspect its not hooked up. Where can I find if its connected or not? Probably not, as my multi meter doesnt show anything hot...


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It sounds like your 2005 Ford Escape features the factory towing package that simply needs to be activated. For a vehicle wiring harness that is confirmed to fit your vehicle that has the tow package, I recommend the Hopkins Plug-N-Tow # 40455. If the connector you found on the vehicle looks like the one in the picture I have attached, you can be sure that this is the correct harness.

In order to then activate the tow package wiring circuit, you may need to simply visit a local Ford dealer to obtain the needed relay.

I have attached an installation video on this harness that you can also use for reference.

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