Best 2012 Nissan NV 1500 Trailer Wiring Options

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Best 2012 Nissan NV 1500 Trailer Wiring Options


Ryan: Hey, everybody. Ryan here at etrailer. Today, we're going to be taking a look at our best trailer wiring options, if you're a 2012 Nissan NV1500.So today we're going to be talking about three different wiring kits. Over here, we're going to have the Hopkins, here in the center we're going to have the Tekonsha, and to my left here, we have the Curt. Now, before we get too carried away talking about the differences between each kit, I'd like to tell you which one I would personally choose for my own NV1500.I would definitely go with the Tekonsha and really for one huge reason and that is the quality of construction. With the Tekonsha kit, everything is put together very nice and definitely has an advantage over the other two kits available, in my opinion.And that construction quality is really the biggest difference between all the kits.

The Tekonsha is very nice. The module box is nice and small. It's easy to mount and that's kind of important, especially on the NV1500s. You don't have a ton of space, so that smaller size makes life a little easier. And it's also filled with a type of silicone, more or less, in here and what that's going to do is prevent the parts inside of your module box from kind of getting jarred around and coming loose.

So we know this is going to be reliable and last a long time.Even down to little things, the wiring on our four way connector is bonded and all the wires for that matter have a really nice, almost finish. The installation feels like it's really high quality and you shouldn't have to worry about it kind of dry rotting or kind of fraying apart like some of the other wiring does.It's going to come with a real nice thick power wire, which is always nice, especially since this gets routed outside. You want something that's very durable and that is the case with this bundle here. And even just down to the little things, the kit comes with heat shrink style butt connectors. May not seem like a huge deal, but these really do make the kit much more reliable.

The connection points here, where you use these, over the years, sometimes they can start to corrode and you break your connection. The heat shrink really does a great job of protecting that and prevent it from happening. So definitely, the Tekonsha has an advantage, at least in my opinion.Now, the Curt kit is a very close second and they keep getting better and better over the years. Has a relatively small module box, which it is nice and sealed. So I think reliability, I think this will do all right, for sure.

It does have a bonded four way wire, which is good and a somewhat similar coating on the rest of the wiring compared to the Tekonsha. I do like that Curt gives you, again, a really nice bundle of power wire. So shouldn't have to worry about anything there and it would've been nice to have seen them give you some heat shrink style butt connectors, like the Tekonsha, but with that being said, I mean, these will work just fine. They're just not as reliable as those heat shrinks.As far as the Hopkins kit goes, the box is a lot larger and you can kind of just tell the wires here, just a lot thinner and I don't feel like they're as high as quality as the other two kits. Even the four way connector wiring here, it doesn't have bonded wires. So they're all separate. They do tape the last couple of feet up for you so that's at least decent, but I still think the bonded wiring has an advantage over this one. They do give you a heat shrink butt connector, which is nice for your fuse holder there, but they didn't do that for the power wire coming right out of the box. So usually this one's a little more difficult to get to so I would have preferred to have seen the heat shrink connector on this end, rather than the fuse holder, but it will work either way. Power wire is a lot thinner and especially compared to the other two kits. Not saying that this won't work just fine, it will. But again, I like the thicker wire. I feel like it'll just keep it protected better.And today on our Nissan, we actually have that Tekonsha kid installed and all three kits can be stored inside of the vehicle and you would simply just run it down and close the doors on it and that's perfectly fine, not going to hurt anything. Just want to avoid the latch area when you do that.Now, if you would rather have these mounted outside permanently next to your hitch, that can be done with all three kits as well. However, I took a pretty good look back here when I was installing this Tekonsha and I was trying to find a grommet or something that we could go through to actually mount this outside and I really didn't find one that would work all that great. So if you want to put this outside, chances are good. You're probably going to have to drill a hole somewhere and pick up a grommet that we can run this down through and mount it up to your hitch.Another difference I've found, which is relatively minor, but I thought worth mentioning is the power output. So the Tekonsha and the Hopkins are going to share the same power output. They're going to have 4.2 amps per circuit, for your stop and turn, and 7.5 amps per circuit for your taillights. However, the Curt's going to be a little bit less. Going to have three amps per circuit for your stop and turn and six for your taillights. So more or less what that means is they're all going to provide us with plenty of power to illuminate all of the lights on your trailer. But with that being said, that's exactly what they're all going to do. They're going to provide us with those necessary lighting functions, not only to remain safe, but legal as well. So we'll get our turn signals, our taillights and our brake lines.So at the end of the day, they're all going to get the job done. They're all going to power up your trailer lights. They're going to come with everything you need to get them installed. But kind of just to summarize, I think out of these three options, the Tekonsha would be the best. Just that construction quality, I think it's going to make it a lot more reliable and just those little extra bits that they give you to make your life easier in the long run.Now, as far as the installation goes, they're all three going to be very similar. You're all going to have to run a power wire up to the front and everything's going to get hooked up pretty much the same way. They're all going to have the quick connects here at the end so there's no splicing into your factory wiring or anything like that. And when it comes down to it, it's really just going to be your personal preference. Whichever wiring kit you want to go with, it's entirely up to you.And that'll finish up our look at our best trailer wiring options for your Nissan NV1500. I hope you find this information useful and it helps you decide which wiring kit will work best for your Nissan.


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