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When Do I Need An Electrical Adapter?

Written by Hitchweb Team
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 — 1 Comment

What is an electrical adapter?
Adapters are used to convert a plug (like a 6 or 7-way) on the vehicle to match the plug on the trailer (like a 4-prong plug).

How is an electrical adapter used?
For an adapter to work properly, the plug on the back of the vehicle must be of greater size in terms of number of pins  and blades than what is currently on the trailer, which ensures that there will be enough different wires to supply power from the vehicle to the trailer. Example: If an adapter is used on a tow vehicles current 4 prong plug to adapt to the 7-way trailer there would be 3 wires on his trailer that would not have any power going to them because there are actually only 4 powered wires coming out from the vehicle.

When considering the use of a plug adapter, be sure to know:

1.The plug currently on the vehicle
2.The plug on the trailer

We hope this article could be of great help to you. Follow the link to view our selection of Electrical Adapters. To have our team of towing experts find one for you, contact us via Live Support or call 1.800.300.4067

Posted in Towing 101


John Boyle
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
very helpful and explained well!
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