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Old 07-27-2011, 12:08 PM   #1
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Default Trailer wiring on my Ford Ranger

So I need to wire up a 4-flat connector to tow my jet ski. Went to the local auto parts store and they wanted $60 for the "kit" that plugs right into the existing wiring harness. The plain 4-flat plug was only like $6. Now I figured it cant be that hard to splice into the wires myself (if its simply that easy, I dont see why it would not be)

I found a diagram that shows what wires to splice into
Plug - Truck
Green Right turn signal
Yellow Left turn signal
White Ground
Brown Taillight

If I can single out which wire is which under my truck I should just be able to splice the correct wire into the trucks wiring right

I am thinking it should be that easy, I know how to use a soldering iron or better yet splicing connectors so I just wanted to run it by a few more people before giving it a shot.

I hope that all made sence, thanks in advance guys
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Yes. Been there done that back in the stone ages before they had the fancy kits.

Truck + water toy, suggest busting out the soldering iron and some good shrink wrap. To avoid corrosion. Behind the wheels is a bad place even not counting backing into or around water. The wheels kick up a lot of rain, and possibly road salt depending on where ya live.
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The fancy kit would be nice, but thats a tankk of gas in the Jet Ski, so I would rather take an extra hour and wire it up myself, thats an extra day of playing on the water. I plan to solder the wires up good, then use a some of that liquid electrical tape to seal it all up good.

As long as just splicing in will work that is, I dont see why it wouldnt, since all I am doing is lights, no brakes or anything fancy.
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Suggest picking up some extra fuses just in case. It is adding current load to the circuits, I think generally it will be OK though, enough safety margin available. Least it always worked for me, I've done several trucks like that with various trailers, but all were many moons ago. I've heard of guys going to a larger fuse, not sure how smart that is. Be the same way even with the fancy kit I assume. Don't know if you get more wire and fuse with a built in from the factory trailer wiring harness???
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cool, I have some extra fuses, dont think its to wise to put in a bigger fuse, since the new kits are plug and play with no mention of additional fuses or changing out whats in the truck so I would think it should be good.
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Depending on your trailer lights it might be pretty much a non issue. I've got a 2005 Shorelander boat trailer, if I understood correctly they told me it has LED lights for reliability. If so I assume they don't draw much power. (Truck has built in harness, yeah!)
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Pick up a cheap test light just to make sure each wire is doing what it is supposed to before you solder it up.
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Pick up a cheap test light just to make sure each wire is doing what it is supposed to before you solder it up.
Had that same idea, either with my test light or using my voltmeter just to make sure before I go and f up my trucks wiring
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What model year is the Ranger ?
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I plan to solder the wires up good, then use a some of that liquid electrical tape to seal it all up good.
That will work best, and longest. If you slide a piece of soda straw over the gooped joint, it will look very clean.

As to fuses: Always use the smallest rating you find reliable. However, if you look at the wire sizes, you will find the factory uses the same gauge wire for 5A as they do for 20A. If you need to go up 5 more amps to power the added load (or even 10), don't sweat it.

Rule of thumb: never exceed the rating of the biggest fuse in the box, that uses the same gauge wire as you intend to add your load to.

I spent decades wiring vehicles, and fixing other people's mistakes... I always solder, and never violate the above. Never did manage to burn one down.

Edit: Also support the wire well at both sides of the joint. You have introduced a rigid point in a flexible (and flexed) system. If the joint is allowed to move during use, the wires will eventually break right where the solder (or any connector) meet the strands. If there is a span (no place to tie), re-enforce it with a few inches of something rigid.

If possible, don't T the connection. Y it, it will take much more abuse.

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Its a 96 thanks everyone for your responses
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what's on the ranger now? 7 plug RV connector? I would guess not being a smaller truck but maybe,,,,,7 plug to flat 4 adapter should only be 20-30 bucks and eliminates any hassle, plug an play. But again I'm guessing you don't have a RV plug on the truck..
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My .02c... Please do not use those scotch lock wire tap-in things. Solder once and be done with it.

Also.. Voltmeter > Test Light
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The ranger currently had nothing wired to it, if it was just an adapter I would just buy one. Still debating to do it myself or buy a kit (I found one on etrailers for $25) thinking for that price I may just order it up and save myself the time and hassel.
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Because the 96 Ford Ranger uses seperate turn signal and brake lights,
a converter must be used in the trucks trailer wiring. This sends the
proper signal to the trailer wiring , that only uses one wire for turn
signal and brake light to each trailer light. The green wire is for the
r/h trailer light t/s -brake light and the yellow is for the left.
The trailer lights will do all kinds of wild things if you try to connect
the four-flat wire up without the converter. Hit the brakes and
your t/s indicator lamps in the dash will both light up, use the t/s
and all of your t/s lamps will flash.
Here is a link to an adapter that comes with the converter.
http://www.etrailer.com/t1-1996_Ford_Ranger.htm
Click on the picture of the adapter, for a better description
and look of it.
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