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Is My 2016 Honda Pilot Trailer Wiring 7-way or Only 4-way?

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Can you tell me how I can tell if the wiring connection at the rear of my Pilot near jack is set up as 7 way from the factory or only 4 way from the factory?

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Your 2016 Honda Pilot will have a trailer wiring plug behind the driver's side at the rear by your tail lights. I've attached a video of the Curt # C56291 harness to assist. The Curt wiring harness # CU86FR is the 7-way wiring harness that connects to the same location. Each kit activates the tow package already available in your vehicle, so I recommend installing the 7-way unless you know you will only ever use the 4-way. It is a little more work on the installation side but gives you options for other accessories.

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Thanks Jason.....appreciate the info and suggested part. One f/u question. Even if my 2016 Pilot is a FWD vehicle, the existing wiring connection near the jack will support a 7 pin connector that will have power to the battery and operate the electric brakes? Thanks again!

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On your 2016 Honda Pilot the FWD has nothing to do with the trailer wiring. The plug for trailer wiring will only give you the 4 way or possibly 5 way functions(which would include reverse lights). The 12V Power and the brake controller output would need separate wiring. If you use the 7-way then you would need # 5506 for the wiring along with a brake controller. If you use the 4-way then you will use kit # ETBC7 for the wiring and adapter.

I've linked the page to your brake controller options. You will need a brake controller to use electric trailer brakes.

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