Hopkins 7- and 4-Pole Trailer Connector Socket Installation - 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

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How to Install the Hopkins 7- and 4-Pole Trailer Connector Socket on a 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 150

Hey everybody. Rob here at etrailer.com, and today we're going to be taking a look at the Hopkins seven way and four way trailer connector on the back of our 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. So our four way is going to give us all of our lighting functions that we need to get down the road safely and securely. It's going to give us our taillight function, our turn signals, and our stoplights. Now our seven way is going to give us all those functions as well, but it's also going to give us a 12 volt power source back here. It's going to give us a reverse signal, and we're going to be able to add in a brake controller so we can have our output signal going to our trailer.Our Hopkins wiring connector is actually going to replace the factory plug that's inside of our bumper here.

So once we have everything installed, it really looks like it's meant to be here and it's from the factory. And just like the name suggests, our connector is going to give us a seven way connector and a four way connector, which is a really nice thing because it's going to prevent us from having to have adapters, find somewhere to keep them or potentially lose them, and that way we have both of the two most common connectors that are on trailers. So if we have a heavier one, we use a seven way, if we have brakes on it, maybe, or maybe we have a smaller trailer that just needs our lights, most likely it's going to have a four way connector on it.It's a lot nicer to have both of these there available for us working rather than having just one and then have to worry about that adapter. And honestly, one of my favorite things about this wiring is the fact that it is made for our truck. So not only is it going to give us that really clean look when we're done, but I know a lot of people, they really don't want to cut or splice any kind of wires, especially on a new vehicle.Well, this is just going to be a simple plug and play installation.

There's no cutting, there's nothing at all. Simply pull out the old dummy plug, plug in the new one and we're ready to roll. In fact, let's go and show you how easy is to get it installed and I'll show you how to test everything, make sure everything's working as well. To begin our installation we want to come to the very back of our Silverado, now if we come to the back bumper, right where our license plate is, towards the driver's side, we should have this oval dummy plug - it's just going to be a plastic cover that's in place. If we move underneath our Silverado and come to the back of this plug, we'll find a connector.So if we come to the back, here's the connector that we're going to be looking for.

There's going to be a small gray tab. That's slid in towards the driver's side here. Want to grab that, pull that outward, just slide it out. If that comes out, that's perfectly fine. You just want to hold onto this, but then we'll squeeze the tab that's in the center of that notch, and we can slide the connector back.

If you want to disconnect it and then we'll look and you'll see there's two little tabs on that plug itself you want to squeeze those tabs and just gently kind of push through, be able to reach around up top and pull the plug out. Sort of make sure you squeeze on these tabs to release it so you have enough tension. So it does slide out.So we're going to grab our new plug now, and coming from the back of the bumper, we're just going to slide it and place. Now you'll notice that on the plug itself we'll have this little squared off section that kind of gets larger and round towards the bottom. It's very important that we put it in that way cause it's not going to lock in place if we have it upside down. We'll come from the back of the bumper, make sure that large end is on the bottom. Slide it in, give it a quick tug, make sure it locked in place. Then we can just simply take our connector, line it up, push it in place you can hear that little click, make sure it's locked in, and then we just want to make sure we put this tab back in place. So we're just going to slide it back into the connector and that's going to keep it locked in so it can't come undone or disconnected. Just make sure that tab can't get pressed and it won't get on done.Now the final step of our installation is going to be making sure that all the circuits are working properly. So if I turn on my headlights, we can see that my clearance lights are working, as well as the left turn signal. My right turn signal, my brakes, and if I we're to start up my truck, we're even going to get a reverse signal as well.Now if we look at the top gauges, we'll see we're also going to have that 12 volt power source, which is going to be really nice if we have any extra batteries on our trailer or any accessories that need that 12 volt power source to work. Not to mention if later on down the road we want to add a brake controller, we can easily to add it in there. That way we can control the brakes on our trailer. But now that we know everything's working, all we have to do is hook up and hit the road. We're going to go ahead and put our spare tire back. Now, it's not necessary to take your spare tire down to get the wiring installed, just makes it a lot easier for us so you can see, and we have a little bit of head room underneath. But once you know that all your wiring's working, that'll finish up your installation and your look at the Hopkins seven way and four way trailer connector on the back of our 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500.

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