Thanks for mentioning that about the brake light test pin discrepancy - I was just about to call you on that! That whole post is an amazingly thorough story of the installation - you'd make a great technical writer of instructions!Folks, I did receive some PMs with questions about the trailer wiring document. I was unable to reply to them as the forum doesn't allow PMs until I've reached 15 posts??
Any ways, here are the answers (late in some cases, but I hope it helps):
1) there was a mistake in the document regarding which pins to test for the brakes. Testing for the brake should be Pins 0 and 2 AND Pins 0 and 3. Now fixed and posted to the link.
2) there are two sets of brake signals; one set lights up the hatch lights and the other, the bumper lights. The bumper brake lights only work if the hatch is open. So, to locate the right one comes down to guessing and testing between the two sets of White/Yellow-stripe cables.
3) exiting the cable: I just put it out the back of the hatch. it's long enough to get to trailer.
Hope this helps. Happy towing and Canadian Thanksgiving everyone!
ah, you rock redpoint. i just installed the torklift ecohitch onto my bolt. if you can do that w a prius i can for sure pull a few hundred lbs on a 4x6 trailer.Don't be a wimp!
My Prius is rated to tow nothing, and I pulled a yard of dirt (I'm told 1800 lbs). I regularly tow a jetski weighing a couple hundred pounds; probably 400 with trailer. I've got a Torklift hitch, which I prefer due to the square receiver being the only part visible.
Use good judgement when towing and you'll be fine.
Harbor Freight folding trailer. Repacked bearing grease, but other than that stock.
If you're able-bodied, I'd say it's easy enough to do yourself. Hitch receivers usually are 4 bolts, but probably requires cutting some plastic or removing it. Wiring is generally fairly easy too if you don't have to run the power cable all the way up to the battery. In my Mazda, there is a cigarette lighter in the hatch area I used to plug in the light kit, so I have no permanent power line run. Easy peasy.Anybody know any companies installing hitches and wiring kits? U-Haul isn't very confidence inspiring and won't do the wiring.
The power for the controller is provided via the cigarette lighter outlet. I had an extra cigarette plug, so all I had to do is splice it in to the controller to supply it with power. The brake and turn signal lights are as usual, plugging into the controller via Y harness.With this setup, how do you control the turn signals and brake lights on the trailer?