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Old 10-04-2015, 07:47 AM   #1
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Toad wiring system

I'm in the process of procuring everything I need to convert my car into a toad.

I'm pretty sure of the brand and model tow bar and base plate I will get. My question concerning accessories.

Blue Ox sells an accessory kit that includes wiring, bulbs, diodes, tow bar cover, and locks. Their wiring system appears to bypass the toads lighting system. I'm interested in your thoughts about that. My current set up uses the toad's system. Is there advantage to either method?
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Old 10-04-2015, 08:30 AM   #2
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I just completed ours (SRX) last month, Blue Ox Baseplate & Tow Bar and Air Force One system. I did not want to drill holes in the tail light assembly for a separate bulb so I used a Roadmaster wiring kit that had the diodes and spliced into the cars harness.
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What make, model and year of car?

I have no experience with the add-a-bulb design. I've read enough threads to know it works well for some cars, while for other cars there are drawbacks.

There are non-splice wiring harnesses available for popular toads (e.g., Honda CRV):

Hopkins Tow Bar Wiring for Honda CR-V 2011 - HM56300

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Old 10-04-2015, 02:05 PM   #4
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Old 10-04-2015, 04:57 PM   #5
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Just bought a Demco wiring harness that is plug and play. No diodes. We just bought a Fiat 500 stickshift. Neutral, parking brake off, no key in the ignition, lights work.


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You've already know all the stuff below, I expect.

I looked on etrailer, and found no non-splice alternatives for the Taurus, and one bulb alternative:

Tow Bar Wiring for 2012 Ford Taurus - Roadmaster RM-155

I found this iRV2 thread, but no mention of the towing harnesses used:

Taurus SHO Towing

You may want to contact "dennis45," as he towed a Taurus for some time.

I guess we'll have to wait to hear from the folks who've got add-a-bulb systems in service.

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Plug and Play towing harness for your 2012 Taurus. T connector Wiring Harness - By Curt Manufacturing | HitchSource.com
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I believe that Curt Manufacturing harness is for adding lights so that the Taurus can tow a trailer, rather than a harness that will allow the Taurus to be wired as a toad. Could be incorrect, though.

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Old 10-04-2015, 06:26 PM   #9
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There are basically three different "Towed Lighting" systems

One is "Tow lights" they may be magnetic or they may be mounted, wired or not.. These (if portable) are good if you tow a different vehicle every time (And that is why tow trucks use them).

The next is the diode kit, this uses the towed's original tail lights. SOME do not like this kit for assorted reasons.. I'm mixed.

The final is the Add-A_Lamp type system, I believe that name is trade marked by Blue Ox but am not sure, there are others.

This one you drill a hole in the tail light fixture and snap in the additional lamp.. Great system, does not affect the original factory wiring on the towed at all.. ONE CAUTION.

Make sure the chassis ground at the motor home end of the cable is good and solid.. When they put mine in I had issues with my turn signals and such.. I improved the ground at the rear of the motor home (The connector) and problems went POOF as I hoped they would.

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Not sure if this thread is still alive, but does anyone have a diode size or number that would be sufficient to carry the the flow and provide sufficient back flow protection required for taillight and using a brake and signal combo. I have a 2015 Cadillac SRX. tail and brake are LED and for some reason they used a filament bulb for the turn signal. I plan on putting a diode on each line(from coach and from car). Any help would be greatly appreciated
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I had a 2007 Saturn and had the kit that had its own bulbs and holes had to be drilled in the tail light receptacle . I had it installed by professionals and the 4 years I towed it I never had a problem.

I now have a 2013 Lincoln MKX and it has the diode system. It has been two years towing and I have never had a problem.

In my opinion you have a 50/50 selection process - or what ever fits your pocketbook.
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My process has been narrowed to diodes. No room for bulbs and BCW does not want those ugly tow lights on her car. So I need to know what diodes to use other than a kit.
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Call etrailer (www.etrailer.com),

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I just completed setting up our 2011 Honda Fit to be towed. I went with a Blue Ox base plate and a separate tow light bulb system. I've used a separate tow light system in the last 3 tow vehicles I set up and had great success. I personally am not a fan of cutting into factory wire systems and run the risk of diode failure that could cause damage to the onboard computer or other electrical components that may not be covered by factory or extended warrantee's. That's just my opinion .....plus its less expensive.
A buddy of mine had no room in the tail light assembly for an extra bulb set up....so he purchased a pair of magnetic brake/signal lights and wired in a 4 wire flat plug to plug in the 2 magnetic lights. I thought that was a great idea also.


Good luck in what ever way you decide to go.......and happy camping
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