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Old 02-13-2017, 04:19 PM   #1
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Jeep Wrangler toad wiring

Hello everyone,

I've seen a lot on here and elsewhere about how to wire the toad tail lights. i purchased the diodes and wire to do the job but then thought there has to be a plug and play harness so I don't have to cut my wires. If not, I'm going to put one together and make a lot of money. It doesn't look like I'm going to be making a bunch of money because there are a few out there but beware because they are all not plug and play like they say they are. Some still require you to cut the wires at the tail light.

Hopkins makes harnesses that don't require you to cut any wires at all. it is true plug and play like their trailering harnesses. For the jeep wrangler the part is 56200. Jeep

Hope this helps someone else that doesn't want to drill holes for extra light bulbs or cut wires to install Diodes. If you do want to cut wires, i have the wire and diodes I purchased when I was going to go down that road that i will sell you!
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Jeep makes a plug and play harness. Many have installed them. I installed a plug on the front of the JK to make it easier.

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2007 - 2016
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Hello everyone,

I've seen a lot on here and elsewhere about how to wire the toad tail lights. i purchased the diodes and wire to do the job but then thought there has to be a plug and play harness so I don't have to cut my wires. If not, I'm going to put one together and make a lot of money. It doesn't look like I'm going to be making a bunch of money because there are a few out there but beware because they are all not plug and play like they say they are. Some still require you to cut the wires at the tail light.

Hopkins makes harnesses that don't require you to cut any wires at all. it is true plug and play like their trailering harnesses. For the jeep wrangler the part is 56200. Jeep

Hope this helps someone else that doesn't want to drill holes for extra light bulbs or cut wires to install Diodes. If you do want to cut wires, i have the wire and diodes I purchased when I was going to go down that road that i will sell you!
Parda03,
We've towed 9 different Jeeps in our RVing time and, I've wired almost all of them the same exact way, by installing independent diodes that I purchased from Radio Shack. To me, that kind and style of wiring etc. was no big deal. I guess it all depends on ones capability, tools, confidence and all that. But, on this last and present Jeep, a 15 Jeep JKUR, I too purchased the Hopkins 56200, plug and play harness. Without a doubt, one of the easiest wiring jobs I've done. I paid $49.00 on Amazon but, there was a thread back a few months ago where someone found a whole bunch of the Hopkins 56200 harness assemblies with either damaged packages or something and, could get them for right at $18.00 each. I just missed that deal. Oh well.

Ever since I installed it, it's been working flawlessly.
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Jeep makes a plug and play harness. Many have installed them. I installed a plug on the front of the JK to make it easier.

Model(s):
Jeep Wrangler
Model Year(s):
2007 - 2016
Part Number(s):
82211156AB
- See more at: Jeep Wrangler Trailer Wiring Harness (Part No: 82211156AB)
I am aware of this but I have heard there are some issues with it. I have no personal experience with the Mopar harness so I cant directly speak to it outside of what I read!
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Shoot, i wish I would have seen that deal! I got mine from Amazon for $40. I have my baseplate installed and now doing the lights. I'm trying to decide what tow Bar and brake system. For the Tow Bar I'm looking at the Blue Ox Advanta LX but i saw 4 or 5 failures which makes me nervous. i like that it isn't aluminum but I'm wondering if i should just step up to the Blue Ox Avail
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We've towed 9 different Jeeps in our RVing time and, I've wired almost all of them the same exact way, by installing independent diodes that I purchased from Radio Shack. To me, that kind and style of wiring etc. was no big deal. I guess it all depends on ones capability, tools, confidence and all that. But, on this last and present Jeep, a 15 Jeep JKUR, I too purchased the Hopkins 56200, plug and play harness. Without a doubt, one of the easiest wiring jobs I've done. I paid $49.00 on Amazon but, there was a thread back a few months ago where someone found a whole bunch of the Hopkins 56200 harness assemblies with either damaged packages or something and, could get them for right at $18.00 each. I just missed that deal. Oh well.

Ever since I installed it, it's been working flawlessly.
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Thanks for the feedback! I am looking forward to getting this done. I installed a blue Ox base Plate and now I'm trying to decide on what tow Bar I should get. I was going to get the Aventa LX but I see there have been a number of failures which makes me nervous so I may go with the Avail. Any suggestions? Also looking for a Brake. Getting set up is costing me more than the vacation its self! LOL
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Thanks for the feedback! I am looking forward to getting this done. I installed a blue Ox base Plate and now I'm trying to decide on what tow Bar I should get. I was going to get the Aventa LX but I see there have been a number of failures which makes me nervous so I may go with the Avail. Any suggestions? Also looking for a Brake. Getting set up is costing me more than the vacation its self! LOL
We've had both the Aladdin 7500 lb. Aluminum model and the Aventa II 10,000 lb. Steel model. The aluminum is gone, sold it with the last Jeep. I sure liked how much lighter it was than this darn lead weight Aventa II. Man that thing is heavy. Anyway, I'd simply look around. Blue Ox is not the only manufacturer in the Game plan. There's Road master, Demco, and a few others. Some supposedly have this "off road" capability that means, they're supposed to be able to be un-coupled at any angle, even if there's severe tension on just one arm.

But, if and when my Aventa ever goes south, I'm gonna look around for sure. I've seen some really good deals on other brands at RV shows, Quartzsite, WIT Grand National Rally and more. I just wasn't in the need when those deals were there.
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Update- I went with the Blue Ox Avail. It's super easy to hook up even if the jeep isn't. Straight or on uneven ground. For a brake system I went with the AF1 (Air Force One) because I didn't like the idea of having to take a bulky brake in and out and it wasn't that much more. I installed it all my self on both the jeep side and RV. I went slow and checked everything I did twice before I did it. Even ran a charge line so jeep won't be dead when we stop.

Hooked it up and drove to Wyoming and everything was great except my rookie mistake of not completely taking the emergency brake off. Needless to say that wasn't good. LOL! Lucky for me it already needed adjusting so wasn't as bad as it could have been. Just need to get the steering wheel lock off (2008 Wrangler) so I don't have to pull fuses or leave the key on. I have the charge line but still don't want to leave the key on for no reason if I don't have too.

Thanks for all of the help!
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