Best 2016 Acura MDX Trailer Wiring Options

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Best 2016 Acura MDX Trailer Wiring Options


Hey everybody, Ryan here at etrailer. Today, we're going to be taking a look at our best trailer wiring options for your 2016 Acura MDX. Today we're going to be talking about four different wiring kits. These three here, are all going to have a four way flat connector. This one over here, is going to have a seven way connector. With that being said, over here, we're going to have the Tekonsha, four way wiring.

Right here, we're going to have the Curt, four way wiring. This is going to be the Hopkins, four way wiring. As far as our seven way goes, this is also made by Tekonsha. Now, before we kind of get too carried away, I would like to just say what wiring I would choose, if I was putting it on my own MDX. If I needed a seven way, I would really only have one choice, and that's the Tekonsha over here.

Which is a great choice. I actually really like the kit. We'll talk about this setup a little bit later.For now, let's focus more on the four way connectors. If I had to choose one of these for my own Acura, I think I'd definitely go with the Tekonsha. That's really because the quality of construction.

Once you get your hands on it, you can tell right away, that it's going to have a slight advantage over the other two kits. With that being said, the biggest difference that I found, is indeed the quality of construction. Let's go ahead and just start with the Tekonsha. Once you get your hands on it, you're able to tell that the wires have very nice coatings, and they're nice, and thick. More importantly, our module box here, it's nice and small, so it can be easily mounted, and it's going to have this potting material inside.What that does, is fills up this box, and prevents everything inside from rattling around, as you're driving down the road.

You shouldn't have to worry about any broken connections inside, or anything like that. Even all the way down to our actual four-way wiring, it's all bonded. It's together, very thick, and durable. Feels like it will last, and hold up for a very long time. Same thing with the connector, really high quality. The rubber cap is nice, and thick, and should do a great job of protecting those terminals.Now let's go ahead and move on to the Curt. Curt has came a long way, in the years prior. They've really done a great job of upgrading, and updating their wiring. This is still really good quality. It's not bad quality by any means. They use that thick bonded wire. They give you a nice dust cap, to keep those terminals protected. Everything is put together pretty well. The module is sealed up, but lacks that potting material. This could potentially rattle around a little bit more, and possibly end up failing inside, over time. With that being said, though, still a really nice wiring harness. Honestly, I wouldn't hesitate to put it on my own car as well.Now we can move over to the Hopkins. The Hopkins, in my opinion, isn't as high of quality as the Curt, nor the Tekonsha. Once you get it in your hands, you can tell, the wires feel a lot thinner. Our box here is a lot larger, and just doesn't feel as thick, don't feel, as well-built. Even our four way connector here, the wiring, it's either relatively thin, and they're not bonded. They do tape them up for you at least, that's pretty nice. Personally, I would still prefer those bonded wires, they're just a little bit better in my opinion.Now, another minor difference I found, has to do with the power output. Not really a huge deal, cause all three kits are going to provide your trailer with enough power to light up all the lights that you would typically use.However, if you're anything like me, you prefer to have more power there, and not need it then the other way around. Or if you happen to have a trailer that has a bunch of lights, the Tekonsha will work out best for you. That's because it does have a higher power output. As far as the output goes for your stop and turn signals, it's going to be 4.2 amps. For your taillights, it's going to be 7.5 amps. The Curt, and the Hopkins are going to share the same power outputs. For your stop and turn, they're both going to be three amps per circuit. For your taillights, they're both going to have six amps per circuit. The wiring is essentially going to be the same. They're all going to come included with everything you need to get them installed. I do wish the Hopkins gave you some two-sided sticky tape, like the Curt, and the Tekonsha, just gives you another mounting option, not really a huge deal, not the end of the world there.I do like the fact that the Hopkins gives you a little dielectric grease. That way you can apply it to your terminals, to help keep them protected. That would have been nice to see included with these two kits, but again, not really a huge deal. Other than that, they're all going to provide you with those lighting functions that you need, your turn signals, your taillights, and your brakes. They're all going to give you plenty of length, as far as your four way connector goes. That way you won't have any issues hooking it up to your trailer, or maybe that light up accessory. They're also all going to keep your factory wiring protected. That's because they do all have module boxes. Put your mind at ease there, regardless of which one that you choose. At the end of the day, they're all going to get the job done, and should work out.Today, on our MDX, we have the Curt wiring installed. To give you an idea, all three kits are going to live inside of the vehicle. They will be protected from the elements. Not to mention, they're all going to install pretty much the exact same way, really easy. There's a factory connector plug just behind this panel here. Super easy to get to, and very straightforward. These essentially just plug into a factory connector, you ground out your wire, pop a couple of fuses in, and you're good to go. You would use all three of those kits the same way as well. When you take them out of storage, you can close up your four covering, and drape it over your threshold. Anywhere is fine, other than the latch, you want to keep it away from that. You'd simply just close your hatch on it.That way you can plug into your trailer. Now, you might think it might be bad for any wiring to get pinched inside of here. In all honesty, you can still move it around. The wiring is actually designed to be like this. Don't have to worry about hurting anything, and have no issues at all, when you're ready to hook up. Now that we covered our four way flat connectors, let's focus on our seven way kit. It's the only kit available, and it's a good one, actually. It'd be great choice to use. If you need the seven way connector, it's going to be a really convenient setup. Again, just like the Tekonsha four way, very well-built, already comes with some wire loom, and everything on there. At the same module box, that potting material inside, and even goes so far to include a pre fit grommet.This will get installed the same way as the four way. You just will have to route your wiring outside, which isn't a big deal on this MDX. There's actually a grommet, and they open extremely easy to get to. You pop it out, and you'd simply push your wires down through there, to get them to the outside, so don't really take any more time, than your four way. I will say, one thing I did wish they included, was a bracket for your seven way plug. You will need to pick up a bracket separately, to mount this to your hitch. You can find those here at etrailer. There's a ton of different choices that'll work out best for you, and the hitch that's on your vehicle. It's also going to come with everything you need to get it installed. You got quite a few zip ties, to secure everything, two sided sticky tape, all your fuses, and things of that nature. You'll be good to go, as far as that goes.If your trailer has a seven way connector, this kit is going to work out real well for you. Providing you with all those signals that you need to not only remain safe, but legal as well. In summary, it's really going to depend on your application. If you need a seven way plug, we've got you covered here with the Tekonsha kit, and if you need a four way, you have a few options. Again, I like the Tekonsha. I think the quality of construction, and the power output, really sells me, over the other two kits. Again, installation is all going to be very similar, and it's really just going to boil down to your personal preference. That'll finish up our look at our best trailer wiring options, for your Acura MDX. I hope you found this information useful, and it helps you decide which trailer wiring will work out best for you.


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