Hopkins Multi-Tow Trailer Connector Installation - 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

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How to Install a Hopkins Multi-Tow Trailer Connector on a 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Hi there Chevrolet owners. Today in your 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, we're going to be taking a look at and showing you how to install Hopkins Multi-Tow 7-Way Blade and 4-Way Flat Trailer Connector. And this is what our replacement connector's going to look like when it's installed. It replaces your factory connector or dummy plug that may be present and provide you with a 7-pole connector on top and a 4-pole connector on bottom, which really opens up your vehicle to being able to tow just about any type of trailer. You've got your 7-Way for your larger trailers that may have brakes, and you've got your 4-Way for your smaller trailers that just need lighting. I also like that the doors are spring loaded that snap shut, and there are rubber gaskets found on the inside of each one to keep out any dirt, debris and moisture to ensure long lasting connection and operation of both the 4- and 7-Way.And what I like even more is that on the front of our covers here, we have a diagram with a pin out of each circuit in our connector.

So if we ever need to do any tests or if we're doing any repairs or anything like that, we have our diagrams right here for easy access. This is a direct replacement for your factory connector or dummy plug. So it's custom designed for your Silverado and just clips directly into place where your old one would be. It gives it a very factory-look since it very much matches your original, but gives you the same functionality with both a 7- and 4-Way. Now, if you had a damaged connector and maybe you damaged the connector where it plugs into that, it does come with a new pigtail harness here, so you can make those repairs.

Or if you had a dummy plug back here, you may not have the actual 7-Way connector, just the wires that have the ends capped off and this will allow you to easily wire that in and get everything up and running.Again, you can refer to the diagrams here to assist you when wiring everything up. We'll begin our installation by removing your factory connector or dummy plug if you have one here. On our vehicle here, there was an incident and our customer damaged his, so we've got our connector pulled through where it did plug into his factory connector here and we can just take your new one and plug it in. Now your factory one, if you do have one there, or if you just have a dummy plug to remove it, it will look exactly like our new connector here on the backside and there's just these two metal tabs. You'll just simply squeeze those and then you can pull the connector right out the back here.

Now, if you have a damaged connector here and you're not able to use this, you'll also receive a new connector in your kit, so you can make those repairs as well.Then you want to keep in mind though is that the wire colors on our new connector here may not match up with your factory wiring. So you just want to make sure you're matching things up pin for pin. So you can just simply hold these up together. This is where it clicks together, right there. You can see the two release tabs and just make sure that all those are going to be lining up properly when you're splicing in the new harness.

Now, if you are going to be splicing in a new harness, I do recommend that you use heat shrink butt connectors when making your connections, because that'll keep out any dirt, debris and moisture, ensuring a long lasting repair. We have heat shrink butt connectors available here at etrailer.com. I also want to point out the ground wire here. You can use a self-tapping screw to run this into the frame to get a good ground.You may also just cut this off and connect it to the factory ground wire, if you so desire. Now that we know our wiring is okay here in everything, we have no damage to this, we can take our new connector and we're just simply going to plug it in. So just lining up the tabs, click them together until you feel the tab click there. And I always give it a little pull just to make sure it's not going to come out. And then we simply just push it right back into place. It'll clip in just like that. And we are now ready to plug in a tester and make sure everything's working properly.We'll now take our tester and we can plug it in here and verify everything's working properly. If you need a tester, you can get one here at etrailer.com and you will notice that one's lighting up right away and that's normal. That's our charge line circuit for our trailer. And we can already tell that's lit up and we're going to go ahead and operate the lights and everything to make sure all the rest of our circuits are working properly.In addition to your 12-volt charge line, you want to make sure you have your tail lights, your left turn signal, right turn signal, and brake lamps. Now, if you have a brake controller, you can use the manual slider to slide that over and verify if it's working. Our truck here doesn't have a brake controller, so we won't be able to show that operating. And lastly is your reverse light circuit for your Silverado here, in order for that to work, you do need to start the truck and have it running when you place it in reverse for it to work. It doesn't work when it's just with the key on. So I'm going to go ahead and start the truck nowAnd here you can see our reverse lights circuits working properly. Now, if you're really only planning on using this with a trailer that has a 4-pole connector, you can just check those. We do have 4-pole testers available here at etrailer.com. With these you're only going to get your lighting, so you want to make sure you have your tail lights, left turn signal, right turn signal and brake lights. With everything working properly on all of our circuits, we're ready to hook up our trailer and hit the road. And that completes our installation of Hopkins Multi-Tow 7-Way Blade and 4-Way Flat Trailer Connector on our 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500.

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