Best 2011 Mazda 5 Trailer Wiring Options

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Best 2011 Mazda 5 Trailer Wiring Options


Today on our 2011 Mazda 5 we'll be looking at our best trailer wiring options. We have two wiring options here today. Off to our right we have the Tekonsha T1, part number 118520. Off to our left we have the CURT T-Connector, part number 56016. Both of our wiring harnesses here will give us our industry-standard four-pole flat connector. These will give us the lighting functions required by law in order to for us to safely tow our trailer.

We have both of our turn signals, our brake lights, and our tail and running lights. Our wiring harnesses are very, very similar. There's really no real difference between them besides two different brands and the sizes of our converter boxes here. Now the one main difference that they have between them is the power output of them. On our Tekonsha T1 we have 2.1 amps of power provided for our turn signals and our brake lights on our trailer. As far as our taillights and running lights are concerned, we have 5.6 amps of power.

Now that's plenty of power. It's adequate enough to tow a small trailer. If you have a trailer with a lot of lights on it or more running lights than you typically would see on a small trailer, you might want to look at the CURT T-Connector because this one provides you with 3 amps of power for your stop lights and your turn signals, and 6 amps of power for the taillights and running lights. If you're running LED lights on your trailer, you could actually add a few more lights with the CURT and not have to worry about it causing a drain on your system. Now both of our wiring harnesses have a powered module. The Tekonsha one is a little bit smaller so it's a little bit easier to conceal than the CURT one here.

Both of these will isolate the vehicle's lighting system from the trailer. These will also help prevent any damage from occurring to our vehicle's lighting circuitry by being isolated. If there's a short in our trailer, we don't have to worry about that causing any problems with our lighting circuitry in our car. Now both of our wiring harnesses attach in exactly the same way. We'll take a look at our Tekonsha here first. As you see, we have these two connectors here.

They'll go inline with our vehicle wiring harness here and then our taillight connector here on both sides. This will provide our connections for our turn signals, our taillights, and our brake lights. We have the same thing on the CURT here, same type of plugs, just match with the factory. There's no cutting, no splicing, or any modification the vehicle will require at all. Now our Tekonsha wiring harness has a built-in dust cover to it right here to help protect from the elements and to keep dirt and debris out of it when it's not in use. Our CURT has a one that's separate. Just snaps on over here and then you can attach it to it like that. Just slightly different. Both of them have all the necessary hardware you need to install, several zip ties, some double-sided tape to mount our box to the vehicle, our fuse, and all the terminals and connectors we need to make our wire connections. Now both of these wiring harnesses are designed to be kept inside the vehicle, so when it's not in use, your four-pole flat will reside inside the vehicle. Where it's designed to be stored is inside your jack storage compartment off here on the driver side of the vehicle. Just pull that out and grab your wiring. Set it to the side of your trunk latch. Then you can close your hatch down on over it. They both have adequate length so that you can hook up to your trailer electrical connection very easily. When you're not using it, you can just put the dust cover back on, open your hatch back up, store it back inside your jack storage compartment, reinstall your cover. Now on conclusion, either one of these will work just fine for you, but if you we're needing to have more power output to run more lights, you might want to look at the CURT just because it has the higher power output. If you're only going to be towing a trailer occasionally, or if you are looking for something that's quick and easy to install, you might want to look at the Tekonsha just because it has a smaller box. It's easier to conceal. I like the fact that it's got the built-in dust cover. That completes our look at the best trailer wiring options for the Mazda 5.


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