Originally Posted by Hawkeye
Will the ox base plates work from my 2013 silverado 1500?
What happens if you do not disconnect the battery, does the steering not work? I never disconnected the battery on my 2013.
What is the simplest way for tow wiring? I have always drilled in the extra tail light bulbs in, is there a better way? Thanks
The first thing I'd do is, go online and look at etrailer.com and find what I think you're referring to as "Blue Ox" base plates for both trucks. See if the part number is the same for both trucks. If not, there's quite possibly some sort of change in the configuration of them from model year to model year.
Second, there's a reason GM want's you to disconnect the battery. I'm not schooled enough to tell you why but, it's been discussed on here a few dozen times and, to date, that I know of, no one's disallowed those instructions. It's been talked about that the reason has to do with the electronic power steering. But again, the best thing you can do is go talk to a REAL tech at your local GM dealer and see what they have to say about the REAL reason. A few have thought about making some sort of electronic or manual disconnect to make things more at ease when prepping for tow or driving.
Third, as for lights, I've done the lighting the same way, in 13 toads, over a 35 year period and have not had one issue what so ever. I utilize the stock tail light bulbs as toad lights. It's always worked flawlessly without issue.
There is no EASY way on this subject. You need lights back there for folks following you to be able to tell your intentions. Magnetic, Light bar, additional light bulbs added to existing housings, tying into the existing wiring (as I and a few zillion others do) are the various ways of setting up lighting. Your choice.