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I already have the SSR hitch I bought from Jim P on this board on the SSR, along with a 2"ball, - just need to add the wiring connection for the trailer.

So, I made an appointment with my loal U-Haul, where the gals have installed multiple hitches for me over the past 2 to 3 years, to get the wiring done for the SSR hitch. With help from you guys on the board, I found the bundled wiring on the side of the SSR framerail.

Surprise, surprise!

The gal at U-Haul went to her trusty computer screen to get the right harness number to use, and the screen said to call "U-Haul Hitch Central", who told her that they have no harness that can be used on it, and that she is not to try to do this wiring! They told her it needs to be done by a Chev dealer!

I quickly went back to Capital Chevrolet, and the service manager (who personally owns an SSR himself) personally joined me for some quality time on our backs under the vehicle in their service driveway (got lots of funny looks, if you can picture the scene . . .). He examined the wire bundle, and said that the only hitch wiring THEY (the Chev dealer service dept) are allowed to do is the simple snap-in coinnector type found on all other Chev pickups except the SSR! They "don't do custom wiring"!!

So, summarizing this stupid situation, the local U=Haul gal says she can't do it because headoffice prohibits it for liability reasons, and sends me to the Chev dealer, who says he doesn't do custom wiring!! She DID tell me that she knows how she would do it, and it would take her 20 minutes, if she was allowed to do so!

How did the rest of you who have added the hitch (not bought it as a factory option) gotten the wiring done??

I need to get this done asap as I may be driving the SSR to a new job as early as the weekend after this one, and I am out of town (via airline) a good chunk of this next week!

Jim G
 

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Hi, Jim

I haven't tried to wire mine yet, but it's really not a tough project. I seem to spend a lot of time on my back wiring customer vehicles when they pick up a new boat.

I don't understand why everyone is backing away from the job, unless it's because it involves more than pushing on a connector, and no one wants to actually connect wires.

First of all - is the trailer harness a 4 pin flat?

If so, the standard wiring on all boat and manufactured utility trailers (hopefully your trailer has the standard hookup) uses the white as ground, brown as park (running) lights, green is right signal, yellow is left signal.

You can use either a wired 12 volt bulb, a 12 volt test probe, or a multitester to check your SSR harness. Turn the ignition on, and check which wire does what. On most trucks, the wiring colors are the same as on the trailer. Once you've isolated which one does what, start hooking up.

Best is soldered connections with shrinkwrap tubing. Second choice is waterproof butt connectors. Least quality is standard blue butt connectors, with tape around them. Even the cheap butt connectors should be good for several years, unless you do a lot of driving in salt.

Send me a PM if you need more info, or reply on this thread - I'll be in the office all weekend.
 

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Flassh: Thank-you! I don't even OWN a soldering iron myself, but I'll show your post to the local custom trailer place about 12 miles away, and see if they will do it today for me!

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On our 04 the wire colors of the harness on the truck matched exactly what Flassh said above. I did ours in about 20 minutes, solder, shrink wrap and done.

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I already have the SSR hitch I bought from Jim P on this board on the SSR, along with a 2"ball, - just need to add the wiring connection for the trailer.

So, I made an appointment with my loal U-Haul, where the gals have installed multiple hitches for me over the past 2 to 3 years, to get the wiring done for the SSR hitch. With help from you guys on the board, I found the bundled wiring on the side of the SSR framerail.

Surprise, surprise!

The gal at U-Haul went to her trusty computer screen to get the right harness number to use, and the screen said to call "U-Haul Hitch Central", who told her that they have no harness that can be used on it, and that she is not to try to do this wiring! They told her it needs to be done by a Chev dealer!

I quickly went back to Capital Chevrolet, and the service manager (who personally owns an SSR himself) personally joined me for some quality time on our backs under the vehicle in their service driveway (got lots of funny looks, if you can picture the scene . . .). He examined the wire bundle, and said that the only hitch wiring THEY (the Chev dealer service dept) are allowed to do is the simple snap-in coinnector type found on all other Chev pickups except the SSR! They "don't do custom wiring"!!

So, summarizing this stupid situation, the local U=Haul gal says she can't do it because headoffice prohibits it for liability reasons, and sends me to the Chev dealer, who says he doesn't do custom wiring!! She DID tell me that she knows how she would do it, and it would take her 20 minutes, if she was allowed to do so!

How did the rest of you who have added the hitch (not bought it as a factory option) gotten the wiring done??

I need to get this done asap as I may be driving the SSR to a new job as early as the weekend after this one, and I am out of town (via airline) a good chunk of this next week!

Jim G


Here is a page from my 2005 service manual:
 

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Hardoc: Thank-you!!!

I will show this to Gary at Magnum Trailers Monday 8am (he set up an appointment for me). I'm sure that will reassure both him and his technician who actually does the work. :)

Thanks again!

Jim G
 
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Jim;
We manufacture No Crimp Connectors sold in most stores- AutoZone, Wal-Mart etc..

You can also get them on line at www.posi-products.com

The Posi-Tap will tap wires without cutting them and not voiding the warrantee.
We also make a Posi-Tite which is a no crimp butt splice that is completely waterproof.

I don't have a hitch on my 2005 SSR, but, this will be your answer.

Good Luck
 

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My local traiuler shop did thw wiring harness for me this morning. Very simple and very sanitary.

They verified that there is NO way of adjusting the ball height via any add-ons or alternative drawbars. The owner of the shop HAS an SSR, so they KNOW.

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JimGnitecki said:
My local traiuler shop did thw wiring harness for me this morning. Very simple and very sanitary.

They verified that there is NO way of adjusting the ball height via any add-ons or alternative drawbars. The owner of the shop HAS an SSR, so they KNOW.

Jim G

Hey Jim G,

I saw a trailer ball similar to the one below (that I created in Photoshop) that had a longer shaft to raise the trailer tongue up about 3 inches. Although I tried to show you what it looked like here, the actual extended shaft part was as big as where the base contacts the hitch.

Did a quick search on Google, and didn't find anything (so far)

I'll keep looking!
 

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We actually would need the OPPOSITE effect: we need to LOWER the ball.

Jim G

DANG! I feel so silly! I went back and reread you thread on trailer height, and dogged gone if you aren't right!

Let me go crawl over here into the corner and cry......
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Lower tongue height

I found a way to lower the height of the front of the trailer.















Lowering Springs from Ground Force. :jester

Seriously, I will be ordering a set soon.

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You are of course correct. That's serious medicine to address a trailer hitch height problem, but it WOULD help!!

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JimGnitecki said:
I already have the SSR hitch I bought from Jim P on this board on the SSR, along with a 2"ball, - just need to add the wiring connection for the trailer.

So, I made an appointment with my loal U-Haul, where the gals have installed multiple hitches for me over the past 2 to 3 years, to get the wiring done for the SSR hitch. With help from you guys on the board, I found the bundled wiring on the side of the SSR framerail.

Surprise, surprise!

The gal at U-Haul went to her trusty computer screen to get the right harness number to use, and the screen said to call "U-Haul Hitch Central", who told her that they have no harness that can be used on it, and that she is not to try to do this wiring! They told her it needs to be done by a Chev dealer!

I quickly went back to Capital Chevrolet, and the service manager (who personally owns an SSR himself) personally joined me for some quality time on our backs under the vehicle in their service driveway (got lots of funny looks, if you can picture the scene . . .). He examined the wire bundle, and said that the only hitch wiring THEY (the Chev dealer service dept) are allowed to do is the simple snap-in coinnector type found on all other Chev pickups except the SSR! They "don't do custom wiring"!!

So, summarizing this stupid situation, the local U=Haul gal says she can't do it because headoffice prohibits it for liability reasons, and sends me to the Chev dealer, who says he doesn't do custom wiring!! She DID tell me that she knows how she would do it, and it would take her 20 minutes, if she was allowed to do so!

How did the rest of you who have added the hitch (not bought it as a factory option) gotten the wiring done??

I need to get this done asap as I may be driving the SSR to a new job as early as the weekend after this one, and I am out of town (via airline) a good chunk of this next week!

Jim G
I did it my self in about 10 min. A standard cheap Connector:
http://www.partsamerica.com/PartDet...de=REE&MfrPartNumber=74123&CategoryCode=3208T

$4.00

Untape the wires under the divers side and match the color code. It really is very easy. Match black to black, green to green, etc.
 

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I told the dealer I couldn't find the hitch wires. He dug them out, volunteered to run a pigtail, and hook up the connector. 15 minutes and 20 Bucks later, it was done. Got home and put the wire & connector in a zip-lock bag, and tie-strapped it to the frame rail.

P/P

Peace :flag
 

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The local nearby trailer manufacturer and retailer did the wiring work for me yesterday and charged very little!

Jim G
 
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