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Best 2017 Dodge Journey Trailer Wiring Options

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Best 2017 Dodge Journey Trailer Wiring Options

Today on our 2017 Dodge Journey, we'll be having a look at the best trailer wiring options. Okay, we have two wiring options here today. Both of these options are for Dodge Journey's that have LED taillights. Over here to our right we have the Tekonsha T-One, part number 118536. Over here to the left we have the CURT T-connector, part number C56154. Now if you're curious is your vehicle has LED taillights, we have a look over at our Dodge Journey here we can show you what those look like.

They have these rings with multiple lights going around the outside edge. That's when you know you have an LED taillight. If you just have a normal glass bulb inside, one here and one here, those are incandescent taillights. We'll talk more about those later if you need to get a wiring option for that. Now, our wiring harnesses have two main differences between them. Number one is our power output between them.

Our CURT T-connector here has three amps for the stop and the turn signals, and six amps for the taillights. Now the taillight circuit on your trailer also controls your running lights too. If you have a trailer that has a lot of running lights or marker lights on it, you may want to step over here to our Tekonsha T-One because this one offers seven and a half amps for the taillight circuit, so you get an extra amp and a half. If you have five or six more lights on a trailer than you typically would see, this would be a good option for you. It has two point one amps for the stop and turn signals, but that extra amp and a half you get over the CURT is a nice feature for those extra running lights. Another main difference that we have is our connection for our passenger side turn signal is a lot longer on our Tekonsha wiring harness here than our CURT.

Now, the reason the length of this wire is important is when you go to make your connection from your module over on the drivers side of the vehicle where it's installed and run the wire over. I found from experience installing the CURT's that it's almost too short. You don't have much room to get the taillight back into place and it makes where you mount the box a very interesting situation because if you have it too high you won't be able to get the wire over to the passenger side. If you have it too low you won't be able to get the drivers side taillight back in. The Tekonsha being about six inches longer makes it a lot easier, it makes your box placement inside the bumper cover where it goes, a lot less critical and makes your install easier. One final difference that our Tekonsha wiring harness has over the CURT is the Tekonsha has a dust cover built in, whereas on the CURT it's separate and you have to install it.

I like it being built in so you don't have to worry about it falling off. Both of our wiring harnesses will connect in the same way. They'll just tap into the vehicles wiring, no cutting, no splicing. Just unplug your taillight housing, plug one end into the vehicle wiring harness and the other end into your taillight. Same goes for your LED connection here for your taillights and the brake light. Just unplug from the taillight assembly, plugin to there, and plugin the harness. Now both of these wiring harness will work just fine for you and they'll both connect to your battery with included wire here and fuse holders. We have all the installation hardware we need to get it installed, the fuse is included too. From personal preference here, I'd be leaning towards the Tekonsha myself just because it has a higher power output for the taillights and running lights on the trailer. If I had a trailer with a lot more lights on it, I won't have to worry about putting a strain on the system and the extra length in wire here makes for much easier install. Now, on all of our lighting options for the Journey whether it has LED bulbs or incandescent bulbs, the wiring is designed to be stored outside the vehicle. It has an adequate length on it, we actually had to secure some of the excess up underneath the vehicle here. Right now we have the CURT installed, you can see you can secure it up to your hitch here around the safety chain loop so it's easily accessible when you need it. All of our wiring options will look about the same as this once you're underneath the vehicle. Now if your Dodge Journey doesn't have LED taillights, we have two more options here for you. Over here to the right we have the CURT T-connector, part number C56109, and over here to the left we have the Tekonsha T-One, part number 118567. Okay, there's one significant difference here between our two. Our CURT just plugs into our existing wiring on our vehicle where you ground it with a self tapping screw. We got our right side connector here, we have our left side connector here. This controls our taillights, our turn signals, and our brakes for the trailer. There's no connection to the battery at all, just these two wires here. Our Tekonsha T-One however, we have our two connectors that do that as well. Four pole flat here, but we have this module here which isolates our vehicles lighting system from the trailer. If our trailer we're to have a short, we don't have to worry about it damaging the expensive lighting circuitry inside of our vehicle. This modules power direct to the battery, hooks up with this length of wire and fuse holder and all of our installation hardware in here including our fuse. Our CURT is a quick and easy connection, it'll work great if you're only planning on towing a rental trailer once or twice and you're looking for something that's easy to install. Our Tekonsha's a lightly more involved install since we have to run a power wire to our battery, but it does offer us a safer wiring package for our vehicle because it isolates the vehicles lights from the trailer, we won't have to worry about damage happening to our vehicle. Also, because this module's powered, it does increase the power output to the trailer. If we have a trailer that has a lot of lights on it, we can power them easier because the CURT, it just has the same power output of whatever our vehicles taillights and turn signals are. You're putting a strain on those by hooking a trailer up to it. The Tekonsha will give us two point one amps of power for the stop and turn signals, and five point six amps of power for the taillights. That'll be plenty to tow most trailers with the Dodge Journey no matter how many lights you have on them. Both the CURT and Tekonsha hook into our vehicle with no cutting or splicing of any of the factory wiring. We have these connectors here, one will plug into the vehicles wiring harness that goes to the factory taillight, and the other side will plug in place to where that wiring harness went on the taillight. You'll have your vehicle wiring harness here and your taillight here, and this would go in between the two and that's what gives the signal to our trailer wiring. To wrap up our look at the wiring for our Dodge Journey's with incandescent lights, if you're looking for something that's quick and easy and you're only going to be towing a trailer once or twice, the CURT's a great option for you. If you're going to be towing frequently or towing a lot of different trailers out there with lights on them and you want to have that added security of your lighting circuitry on your vehicle being isolated, the Tekonsha's definitely the way to go for that. That completes our look at the best trailer wiring options for the Dodge Journey.

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