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Old 12-15-2013, 12:38 PM   #1
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Need Equinox help

I bought an '11 Equinox this summer and I am getting it ready to tow it to Florida after Christmas. I've installed the baseplate and aux. lights. I use a Brake Buddy, and that's where I need a little help.Since neither of the power outlets in the forward area of the Equinox are "live" when the ignition is off, I would like to install an outlet fed directly from the battery. Also, I need to get the wiring for the breakaway into the cab. Have any of you folks found a good path through the firewall to pass this wiring? I'm a little hesitant to just pick a spot and drill a hole. Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 12-15-2013, 05:29 PM   #2
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On my 2012 Equinox I removed the cover from the rocker panel on the driverís side, itíll exposes several holes to fish your wires through. Route your wires to the front of your vehicle tying the wire down often and youíll be good to go without drilling any holes. I use a Schumacher Charger/Maintainer to plug in my Brake Buddy, this was the easiest method for me since I was on the road at the time. Iím told the rear plug in the cargo bay is always hot, Iíve never checked this out yet, one of these days I will.
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Old 12-15-2013, 05:57 PM   #3
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had a similar problem connecting my 2012 GMC Terrain up for the Brake Buddy. I'm told the Equinox and Terrain are very similar. I was all ready to run new wires and then found the rear cargo 12V plug is always hot, yea. Very easy fix with a 12V extension cord from Radio Shack, $14 and no sweat.
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Old 12-16-2013, 07:09 AM   #4
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Thanks for your help everyone. I have checked my rear 12V outlet out and it does stay hot all the time, so I may use that with the extension. I still need to get my breakaway wiring back to the interior though, so thanks for the rocker cover tip.
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Old 12-16-2013, 11:54 AM   #5
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Kevin, I just did my 2013 Equinox and the rocker panel is the only way to go. Since you are running wires through there anyway I would suggest running a couple more for your brake (fused of course). Coming up through the the rocker panel puts the wires near the drivers seat and handy to plug into your brake. If you install a "toad charger" using the hot wire and ground from your motor home you will have a safe way to keep you toad battery charged. Use a six way plug (seven to six adapter on the MH) and a six pin coiled cord from the MH to the toad. Four for lights and two for "toad charger". You will now have one cable to plug in the lights and charger and a cable for your "brake-away". This will free up the rear 12v plug for other accessories like a 12v cooler, never know when extra cold beer or wine is needed.
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