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Review of Tekonsha Custom Fit Vehicle Wiring - Trailer Hitch Wiring - TE54FR

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Ellen: Hey everyone. I'm Ellen here at Etrailer.com. Today we're taking a quick look at the T-One vehicle wiring harness with 4-pole flat trailer connector. So this wiring harness is going to get us our 4-pole connections from our vehicle side to our tow side or our trailer for our vehicle. In this case, this is going to be a custom fit for our 2020 or current Ford Escape. So it's going to be a custom fit for our wiring.

We don't have to worry about any cutting or splicing into our factory wiring on our Ford. The connectors here that you see are going to plug directly in line with our factory wiring. So to get that installed, you open the back hatch, find the trim panels on either side, remove the threshold. It's just a lot of taking the panels out, maybe removing some fasteners, popping those side panels out, and then finding the wiring that goes into your tail lights.The yellow and brown wire goes on your driver's side, the red and green goes on your passenger side, so should just plug right in and match right up and then it'll do the same for your passenger side. This little box is going to be our module box, or our control box, so this is going to be kind of the brains of the system.

It's also going to prevent any kind of shorts from one end to the other, so we don't have to worry about our trailer causing any issues with our vehicle wiring. It's also going to have a hardware kit. This is going to come with a lot of nice stuff for us, including a fuse holder and a fuse, so it's also going to be protected from any overloads and things like that, so we'll be dual-protected. The thing that I really like about Tekonsha's wiring is that the circuits in here are going to be completely filled with this potting material.It's almost an epoxy that fills all the space in there so it makes it very durable. When you're out on the road and you hit bumps and things like that, it can jar things loose, so by having that epoxy in there, we don't have to worry about anything like that.

It's also going to keep it sealed up from any water, dirt, or debris, if we have to mount this outside the vehicle. Sometimes you might have to do that kind of depending on your vehicle. With this, since our wire's going to be have to installed behind those trim panels on either side of our Escape, you'll probably be able to mount this somewhere inside, but still it's also nice to just know that this is going to be sealed up and protected. Our 4-pole is going to go down to our hitch.You can sometimes find an existing grommet in your vehicle to run this through, but you can also run it out of the back hatch of your Ford Escape. There's weatherstripping on the hatch for all vehicles that keeps out dirt and debris and water, but that's also going to be thick enough that you can pass this wire through.

As you can see, it has a flat design so it can pass over that threshold without being damaged just as long as you stay away from the striker, and you shouldn't have any issues with that, so it's going to give us that wiring connection. It's fairly easy to do. We'll also have to connect our ground connection, run our bulk power wire from our module box to the positive side on our battery, also get some hardware to make those connections, and a bunch of zip ties to also tie everything up together.That little white piece is going to be some double-sided foam tape to secure the module box in a nice safe area. So it should be everything that you need to get this installed. Definitely something that you can probably do yourself in your garage or your driveway in an afternoon. As far as the amperage, this is rated for our stop and turn lights, it's going to have a five amp output per circuit and our tail lights' going to be 7.5 amps per circuit. Since it does have standalone power or it's going directly to our battery through that fuse holder, we shouldn't have to worry about it drawing on our electrical system, since it's going to have its power directly from the battery. All in all, I really like Tekonsha's wiring. It works really well. We rarely have issues with a here at Etrailer and they give you all the stuff that you need.The only thing that you could maybe add to this would be a bracket for your wiring. If you're going to have this mounted outside the vehicle at all times, you can get a bracket to come off your hitch. Sometimes they'll have a little welded bracket on there, so you just need to add the little 4-pole bracket to it. If it doesn't, the ones from Draw-Tite typically do, but if you have a hitch from someone else, you can get a bracket to wrap around. It'll have a band clamp that'll wrap around your hitch, and then you can add that 4-pole bracket to it. All those accessories are available here at Etrailer.com, so you can find those if you want them or as I mentioned before, just run that line out your back hatch over the weatherstripping whenever you need it. Bundle it up whenever you don't. But hope this video has been helpful in deciding if this is going to be the right wiring for you. And that's going to do it for our look at the T-One vehicle wiring harness for the 2020 Ford Escape.


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