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Hopkins Multi-Tow Trailer Connector Installation - 2015 Chevrolet Colorado

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How to Install the Hopkins Multi-Tow Trailer Connector on a 2015 Chevrolet Colorado

Rob: Rob here at and today you're going to be taking a look at the Hopkins Multi-Tow Trailer Connector on our 2015 Chevrolet Colorado. Now our plugins here provide us with a four way flat trailer connector as well as a seven way RV style trailer connector. Those are really the most two common connectors that you'll find on trailers and the nice thing is if you do have a different connector, our seven way is going to accept all sorts of adapters so even a five or six way round. We're going to adapt it for use with that as well.Now our four ways going to provide us with our taillights, our turn signals and our stoplights so we get all the lighting functions to get down the road safely. Now our seven way are can provide us those as well, but it's also going to give us a 12 volt power source here at the back, our reverse lights, and we're going to be able to hook up a brake controller later on down the road and be able to control the brakes on the trailer.And like most trailer connectors, it's going to have a built-in dust cover. The door is going to be spring loaded to keep all the dirt and debris out and if we look inside, we're also going to have this gasket that's going to seal everything up really nice and prevent any kind of water from leaking in.

What I really like about this plug, besides the fact that we have two connectors on it, it is going to be the factory equivalent to the plug that goes back here. Our Hopkins Plug is just going to replace the dummy plug that's in the bumper and then we'll just have to make a few connections at the back to wire everything up.As far as the installation goes, it is going to be extremely straightforward. We're only going to need a few tools, some wire strippers and some wire crimpers. I do suggest picking up some heat shrink butt connectors. That way our wires will be a little bit more protected, but you do want to double check underneath the truck before you begin your installation to see if this is the right kit and you do have those wires underneath.But now that we've seen what it looks like and gone over some of the features, let's get it installed together.

To begin our installation, we'll come to the back of our Colorado and other bumper right by the license plate, we should have this dummy plug and we move underneath the bumper and behind it we can get access to it. Now, this is just going to take place so we don't have a hole in the bumper, but we need to pull this out. inaudible 00:02:08 and these two metal clips, I'm going to squeeze in on those and we should be able to push it slightly forward, grab it from the other side, and we'll pull it out. We can grab our new plug and this is going to fit the exact same way perfectly inside. So we're just going to line it up, then push it until it locks in place.Now that we have the plug in place, we need to get the wiring finished up.

Now we come over to the driver's side of the frame, we should have a few wires, a wiring harnesses attached. One of them is just going to have a blunt cut ends and it is going to be attached to the frame. So I'm going to take a flat blade screwdriver, pop it out of that clip that way we have a little bit more room to work with the wires. You're going to want to remove this protective tape so we can get access to our wires and we can work with one individually.It'll also make it easier to see the color of the wires so we can make all of our connections and once you have all seven wires exposed, you want to cut the protective coating off of each one, then we're going to strip back the end of our wires. Now, you do want to be careful.

You don't want to touch any of these wires to bare metal because one of them is hot. It is our 12 volt power source so you just don't want it to cause any kind of arcing or blow the fuse for our towing package. And once you have all the wires stripped on the vehicle, we're going to want to grab our harness and we're going to strip back the end of our wires on here as well.Now that all the wires are strapped on both ends of the harness and the vehicle, we're going to attach these using butt connectors. Now for the most part, most of these are going to match up color for color. Blue is going to go to blue, brown is going to go to brown. Green is going to go green. And yellow is going to go to yellow. However, the purple wire is going to go to the gray wire on our truck and the red wire is going to go to the orange wire on our truck. Our harness is going to be a white wire with a ring terminal. That's going to be our ground wire. We have two different options of how we can hook it up. We can get a self tapping screw and attach it to the frame directly or we can cut our wire strip back and we can attach it to the black wire in our truck because that's going to be the ground wire going to the chassis anyway.So whatever's going to be easiest for you. We do provide you with enough butt connectors in your kit to get everything hooked up. The blue ones are going to be for the thinner gauge wire and the yellow ones are going to be for the thicker gauge wire. However, I'm going to be replacing the connectors they give you in your kit with some heat shrink butt connectors because they're just going to provide a little bit better protection. And that way I don't have to worry about any kind of corrosion buildup in inside. So anytime you see me use one of these blue ones, it's going to be replacing the blue connector and the yellow heat shrinks going to be for replacing the yellow connectors.Once you have all your connections made, if you are using heat shrink butt connectors, you want to shrink them down using a heat source. I'm going to use a heat gun. That way I don't have to worry about burning or charring them, but if you are going to be using an open flame, going to be extra careful at the burn or char the wires or the connectorsOnce all of your connections are made, I like to wrap everything with some electrical tape, just kind of hide the wires, protect them a little bit, just makes it a little bit easier. I don't have to worry about routing everything or getting stuck in between the wires. Then in your kit, we'll grab the dielectric grease. I want to make sure you put some on the inside of the harness, just a good amount and this is just going to make sure that any moisture gets inside, it's not going to stay in there and will prevent from any kind of corrosion buildup or anything like that.Now we can just come up to our plug. We'll have the tab here on our harness, make sure we line it up with that, plug it in, make sure it locks in place with a quick tug. Now we make sure that it's working properly. I have my seven way tester hooked up so we'll make sure all the circuits are working properly. And already look at the top and seeing, we're getting voltage, which is good. So we know we have our 12 volt power source at the back. Now, turn on my tail lights. You can see the clearance lights are working, the left turn, my right turn and my brakes. And we're even going to have reverse lights. So if our trailer has reverse lights, those are going to come on as well. So now that we know everything is working properly, all we have left to do is hook up to our trailer and hit the road.And again, I'm Rob here at and that'll finish up your look at the Hopkins Multi-Tow Trailer Connector on our 2015 Chevrolet Colorado.

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