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Old 03-19-2016, 12:01 AM   #1
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Auxiliary Tow Light Hookup?

When I was towing a small Hyundai I was happy using just the tow dolly brake/turn lights - there was plenty of clearance to see them from behind the tow'd. Now I'll be towing a Ford Edge and it's considerably longer and wider, possibly cutting down the lights' visibility.

Legally, in Nevada, I'm not required to use auxiliary tow lights, but I figure the more the merrier... especially towing the Edge. I saw these tow lights and figured they'd be just fine, except I'm wondering what's the best way to connect them?

Ideally, I'd light to keep the dolly lights on as well and have these auxiliary lights split off from some kind of Y-connector on the rig. I couldn't find anything like that, but I think it's because I'm not exactly sure of what to look for so I'm probably not using the best search terms.

Any ideas? What should I be searching for, or... is there a better / faster / easier way to connect the auxiliary lights?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 03-19-2016, 06:34 PM   #2
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splice in a 4 by 4 plug onto your current 4 wire setup.. color for color...


if you do not do wiring and soldering... any trailer shop can do it for a small fee.


and many use the magnet type setups.
but use felt between magnets and the paint.
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We use the Harbor Freight one's. They stay in place fairly well. I just plug them into the 4 pin flat connector next to the 7 pin round one.

When you string the wire route it under the hood back to the door pillar so you do not have it laying on paint in the wind. Trapped road grit is great sand paper. ;-) We route the wires through the vehicle and out the edge of the tailgate so there is only about a foot outside in the back in case a light gets knocked off. In front I use a bit of duck tape to keep the wire stable. I also lengthened the stock cable to make everything fit the way I like it.
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Another option is to install a harness on your Ford with a plug at the front and a plug at the rear.

Then plug your lights into the rear, and use a short patch cable to connect the front.
makes connections a snap.

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Just be sure the model Edge you are towing can be towed in the fashion you are intending.
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splice in a 4 by 4 plug onto your current 4 wire setup.. color for color...
Yeah, I'm imagining this is exactly what I'll have to end up doing because I cannot find a pre-wired Y-connector anywhere. I don't get it... I can't be the first one trying something like this But, I'll make it work.
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We use the Harbor Freight one's. They stay in place fairly well. I just plug them into the 4 pin flat connector next to the 7 pin round one.
Interesting... I don't think I have a 4-pin connector next to my 7-pin connector, but then again I guess I've never really looked that hard. I really HOPE I have both... that would make things so much easier.

And yes, the Harbor Freight lights will work fine, but I'm planning on buying red and amber to separate the stop from the turn signals. Not 100% certain how I'm going to mount them yet, but that's the easy part.
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Another option is to install a harness on your Ford with a plug at the front and a plug at the rear.
Installing the lights on the car isn't the issue. The problem is having the lights on the car AND the dolly working at the same time. The dolly plugs into the 7-pin connector so I don't have anywhere to plug in the 4-pin connector for the aux lights on the back of the car.

But I do like the harness idea
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Just be sure the model Edge you are towing can be towed in the fashion you are intending.
Well, it's a FWD and I'm towing it on a dolly... pretty sure it'll be ok In fact, I know it will since we confirmed it in Ford's own 2013 towing guide before we bought it.
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A splitter like this

I temporarily used lights like this but found the magnets were not enough to hold the lights. I had to Velcro them to the luggage rack of the Equinox.
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To follow up on the Bruss' post, here's a link to a Google search for a four-flat trailer wiring splitter, which turned up additional products, such as this one.
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We added deck mounted magnetic lights when we towed our Buick LeSabre on a dolly. Rather than splice into the wiring harness with a 4 connector plug we used a 6 connector plug and socket assembly. We didn't need all 6 pins, but the socket came with a mounting bracket that could be permanently attached to the tongue of the dolly. We mounted the plug end to the light harness so the lights could be easily connected and disconnected.


Our lights came with plastic disks to place on the deck lid before attaching the lights. This helps prevent the magnets from scratching the painted surface. If yours don't come with something similar I suggest you find or make something. Also before putting down the barriers wipe the area with a damp cloth. Any dirt or dust caught between the barrier and the deck lid will act as sandpaper and scratch the deck lid
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A splitter like this
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Or this "Y splitter":
RV camper Trailer 7WAY Plug "Y" Adapter 1 MA to 2 FM | eBay

AND one of these "adapters":
http://www.amazon.com/Anytime-Tools-.../dp/B0088JR9X6
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When I was towing a small Hyundai I was happy using just the tow dolly brake/turn lights - there was plenty of clearance to see them from behind the tow'd. Now I'll be towing a Ford Edge and it's considerably longer and wider, possibly cutting down the lights' visibility.

Legally, in Nevada, I'm not required to use auxiliary tow lights, but I figure the more the merrier... especially towing the Edge. I saw these tow lights and figured they'd be just fine, except I'm wondering what's the best way to connect them?

Ideally, I'd light to keep the dolly lights on as well and have these auxiliary lights split off from some kind of Y-connector on the rig. I couldn't find anything like that, but I think it's because I'm not exactly sure of what to look for so I'm probably not using the best search terms.

Any ideas? What should I be searching for, or... is there a better / faster / easier way to connect the auxiliary lights?

Thanks in advance!
I had a 4 prong plug wired into the dolly's light system, Then I could plug aux lights into the dolly whenever I needed to.
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