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Hopkins Towing Solution Adapter

Part No. 47185 Warranty Details  
Multi-Tow® 7:4 adapter

Product Features:
  • Prewired and Plug-In Simple
  • Weather-tight fit
  • Fits standard 7-way bracket
  • 4-wire flat towing
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Hopkins Towing SolutionAdapter
 
4.5

(based on 4 reviews)

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Pros

  • Versatile (4)
  • Can withstand use (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Truck (4)
  • RV (3)
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    • Casual driver (4)

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

good harness, not vehicle specific

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from North Providence, RI

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Pros

  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • RV
    • Truck

    Comments about Hopkins Towing Solution Adapter:

    Good harness for the money, does the job. I wanted a plug and play unit for my f150 with factory 4 flat, but I had to wait for delivery and i didnt have time for that as i was expecting to tow a travel trailer/rv the next day with the rv plug and i needed it done. You will have to splice your own positive (battery +) trailer brake and reverse lights. On the f150 the wires are all there and i didn't want to cut them but I had no choice. This is also about $50 cheaper than the direct fit unit.
    I had to buy some 14 guage wire though to extend the wires coming from the harness as they were short.

    Is fairly easy to install, the directions only tell you the colors on the wires from the harness not your vehicle, so a little Google search might be necessary. Not a huge deal. I also added a ton of dilectric greese (just a tip) add is somewhat permanent and exposed to the elements, helps prevent corrosion.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great product

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    from Hamilton, OH

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    Pros

    • Can Withstand Use
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • RV
      • Truck

      Comments about Hopkins Towing Solution Adapter:

      Great product. Plugged my 4 flat pin connector from my Durrango into this adaptor and plugged the 7 pin connector from the trailer into the adaptor and all the lights worked on the trailer.

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      (5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      P/N: 47185 4-flat & 7-way w/brake wiring

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      from Ontario, NY

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      Pros

      • Can Withstand Use
      • Comes W Mounting Bracket
      • Great Universal Adapter
      • Reasonably Priced
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Need More Wire For Brakes

      Best Uses

      • Any Pickup Truck
      • RV
      • Truck

      Comments about Hopkins Towing Solution Adapter:

      This P/N: 47185 "Multi-Tow" ADAPTER, as Hoppy (Hopkins Manufacturing) now calls it, is a wonderful upgrade or add-on to ANY vehicle that will be towing multiple types of light and heavier-duty trailers. The 4-flat is commonly used for light duty trailers, for lights only, and no brakes on the trailer. The 7-way flat-pin, round-body connector is typically used on trailers with electric brakes, most commonly with "landscape, car-hauler, & equipment-hauler" trailers. Just install this "multi-tow" plug at the rear of your truck, as NEAR to your receiver hitch tube as possible. I personally like mounting it so that the plug(s) face the receiver tube, (just like the 2nd generation '94-'02 Dodge Ram trucks had their OEM plugs mounted). This allows for the least amount of pulling and tugging on the plug connection when the trailer's wire lead and plug are easily routed along the hitch ball's pivot point and over to the Multi-Tow plug connector when hooking up your trailer. Once mounted in the included bracket, you can wire this Multi-Tow Adapter into your vehicle's tail light wiring harness with ease. It's best to use a vehicle specific wiring kit that is also offered by Hoppy, Reese, and many others, for tapping into the rear lights wiring harnees at the weather-pack connectors, and a 4-flat connector at the Multi-Tow end. If you are installing the electrical brake wiring and controller for your 7-way connector, get some heavier gauge wires (at least 12ga, or even 10ga wire is very best), run them up the frame to the battery and to the brake controller in the cab. I'd also recommend an in-line fuse to be installed in the power (+) wire that goes to the battery. Then, splice those wires into the included wiring on this Multi-Tow adapter for the trailer brakes at the rear of the truck. The 3 wires that you will run are for the power (+), ground (-), and blue sending wire for your brake controller that will be mounted in the cab, below the dash. With limited electrical experience, you should be able to install a Multi-Tow Adapter Plug unit into your truck, RV, or car in a professional manner in around an hour or two. Most recently, I personally installed a Multi-Tow Adapter on a 1998 Chevy K1500 pickup in under 1/2 hour, WITHOUT connecting any of the trailer brake controller wiring (I just zip-tied up the 3 electric brake controller wires until I have time to install my brake controller in the cab and the additional wiring needed along the frame rail for the trailer brakes). Be certain to use heat shrink tubing on all crimped or soldered wiring connections, and/or use liquid electrical sealant (like tape, but wayyy better). Also be sure to use dielectric grease in the plug ends to keep out moisture and corrosion. If you need trailer brakes, be sure to purchase an electric brake controller also, if your vehicle doesn't already have one. They are fairly easy to install, but, if you don't know how to do it, or are not confident in your ablities, most experienced mechanics will do a brake controller install along with this universal Multi-Tow Adapter and any other harnesses needed for a fair price. You may also need an additional wiring harness that is vehicle specific for under the dash of your truck for hooking up the trailer brake controller. Most pickup trucks built since the 1990's have wiring harnesses available either aftermarket or at the dealership to keep from "hacking into" your factory wiring harness in the cab.

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      5.0

      Great plug!

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      from milton

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      Pros

      • Can Withstand Use
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Truck

        Comments about Hopkins Towing Solution Adapter:

        Great plug for the uses. The four way plug is very easy to connect but if you are not a mechanic the rest is better to get a mechanic to do because of the brake part needing to be hooked up.

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        • Q:

          will this work on a 2003 ford explorer
          Asked on 10/22/2012 by dav

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            A:

            This Hopkins Adapter with part# 47185 is universal and not a direct fit for your 2003 Ford Explorer . This adapter allows you to create a custom wiring system appropriate for any towing situation. The simple plug-in design requires no cutting or splicing so installation is easy. Pre-wired to fit flat connections. Center pin can be switched to auxiliary/electric brake. For any further assistance, please visit your nearest Advance Auto store or call us directly at 1-877-ADVANCE (238-2623) and one of our representatives there would be more than happy to assist you.

            Answered on 10/22/2012 by Vincent from AAP
        • Q:

          will this work on a 1999 dodge durago .
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          Asked on 3/25/2012 by Anonymous

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            A:

            This Hopkins Adapter with part# 47185 is universal and not a direct fit for your Dodge Durango. This adapter allows you to create a custom wiring system appropriate for any towing situation. The simple plug-in design requires no cutting or splicing so installation is easy. Pre-wired to fit flat connections. Center pin can be switched to auxiliary/electric brake.

            Answered on 3/26/2012 by Vincent from AAP
        • Q:

          Will this adapter work on a Land Rover Discovery II Series 2000 model?
          Asked on 3/23/2012 by Anonymous

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            A:

            This Hopkins Adapter with part# 47185 is universal and not a direct fit for your Land Rover Discovery II Series. This adapter allows you to create a custom wiring system appropriate for any towing situation. The simple plug-in design requires no cutting or splicing so installation is easy. Pre-wired to fit flat connections. Center pin can be switched to auxiliary/electric brake.

            Answered on 3/24/2012 by Vincent from AAP
        • Q:

          will this direct wire to a 2000 dodge 3500 maxi van?
          Asked on 12/10/2011 by woodgood from northern michigan

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            A:

            It should fit your vehicle. However, this product is universal and not a direct fit some modifications may be required for proper installation.

            Answered on 12/11/2011 by Vincent from AAP
        • Q:

          will this kit work on a dodge 1500
          Asked on 7/21/2011 by Twain from east palatka florida

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            A:

            We also need Year of manufacture to confirm the fitment.

            Answered on 7/22/2011 by DIY Daniel from AAP
        • Q:

          what is the diagram for the wireing to b able to know what one goes were
          Asked on 12/30/2010 by chris from conklin

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            A:

            The kit comes with a wiring diagram, if further assistance is needed please call: 1-800-835-0129 for the tech support line. Hope this helps

            Answered on 1/19/2011 by Brandon
        • Q:

          what colored wire goes were it dont tell me what they go to
          Asked on 12/30/2010 by chris from conklin

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            A:

            refer to previous answer

            Answered on 1/19/2011 by Anonymous
        • Q:

          Does this fit right into the factory wiring?
          Asked on 11/3/2010 by chuck from 6082

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            A:

            Yes, this should fit into the factory wiring. Keep in mind this is universal and may require some slight modifications.

            Answered on 11/14/2010 by Ron the Auto Parts Rebel from AAP
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