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Trailer Wiring Parts for a 2006 Ford Escape

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My Ford escape already has a connector in left rear signal compartment, but there is no power to it, can you help? Is it okay to hook trailer directly to rear light wiring?

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Trailers, in essence, directly connect to the vehicle wiring. If your Escape was not built with a tow package from the factory, it will not have the necessary converter that combines brake light and turn signal lights on the same circuit. The 2006 Escape has amber turn signals and red brake light, whereas a trailer will have one red light that does both.

If your Escape does have a tow package, you would use connector part # 40455. The converter is wired into the vehicle. If you do not have a tow package equipped model, you would need part # 118426. It will utilize the connectors behind the tail lights and will also have a wire run to the battery to supply enough electrical power to power all the lights on a trailer.

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