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#298 of 306 Re: Install wiring for trailer towing??? [spike99]
Sep 28, 2008 (9:35 am)
Instead of "left or right" which is always confusing to everyone.
Perhaps you could tell us more clearly if you used the following... DRIVERSIDE or PASSENGERSIDE.
I've looked at the photos and they appear to be passengerside rear bumper area if the tire placement and laying under the car are taken into account.
However, looking under MY rendezvous I see a pigtail just hanging loose under the DRIVER side back of the wheel well area. The other part of this continues up into the back and I assume eventually the rear driverside light.
Please help us to konw what we are looking at in the photos... were they driver or passenger side shots?
I also am unable to tell exactly what you did with the four wire plug that you purchased.
Let me restate it, I'm looking ofr a simple way to plug in and have lights to a four pin camper plug. I'd rather just connect one plug if thats possible.
#299 of 306 Re: Install wiring for trailer towing??? [spike99]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Sep 28, 2008 (10:12 am)
Works perfectly - thanks!
#300 of 306 Re: Install wiring for trailer towing??? [spike99]
Sep 28, 2008 (11:56 am)
ok - simple terms...
The V92 outlet is under the rear bumper area - driver's side.
To connect a utility trailer that does NOT have its own onboard electric brakes, simply install a Class III hitch (as shown in the video). Then, buy the V92 to 4-pin Flat connector (which is approx 2.5 ft long). Connect the V92 plug into the vehicle's V92 outlet. Plug the other end of the wire (which is a 4 flat end) to your utility trailer.
If you pull a tent trailer or utility trailer that has its own onboard electric brakes, then install a 7-pin connector instead. Install a Brake Controller in your RDV. And if your trailer has onboard battery (like tent trailers), then install a 12V "live" wire as well.
If only pulling a light weight utility trailer that has Surge Brakes or NO onboard electric brakes, simply purchase the V92 to 4-pin wire.
For video - to install the Class III hitch: http://www.sutree.com/game.aspx?s=38711
For factory V92 to 4 pin Wire connector on RDV vehicle, puchase: http://www.autoaccessconnect.com/re2020trwiki.html
Note: Factory V92 plug under the rear right bumper area. Simply remove its blue plug and "plug in" the new V92 trailer wiring adaptor cable. Surf above URL for a picture. If wondering, I connected the "brown - running / clearance" and "white - ground" wires from this bundle to my customized rear ID bar (3 lights).
Forgot to mention... I do NOT tow anything with my RDV. My mechanic tells me that my 2003 RDV FWD isn't made for towing. Yes. I have a Class II trailer hitch for my RDV (which is hanging in my shed) but did NOT install it. For towing (even light weight utility trailers), I use my other vehicle - which is made for towing. My RDV's V92 to 4-pin 2.5 long wire harness was modified to connect into my vehicle's custom ID "light bar" instead. For this, I simply cut its 4-pin flat connector off and spliced its brown (running lights) and white (ground) wire into its ID light bar. Its green and yellow wire in this wire harness 2.5 long bundle were left "as is".
Hope this helps as well...
#301 of 306 Re: Install wiring for trailer towing??? [spike99]
Apr 19, 2009 (3:09 am)
Hello Spike99. Regarding about what you mentioned on your last paragraph, it made me second thought if I'm going to put a trailer hitch Class III on my 2005 RDV AWD (3.4L V6). According to my research it as only 185hp and 210 lb-ft torque maximum, I'm planning to buy utility trailer which has 1700 lbs gross wt. Do you think its appropriate/safe to go on with the plan or it's not good idea at all?
#302 of 306 Re: Install wiring for trailer towing??? [cruzak]
Apr 20, 2009 (9:19 pm)
For a "light weight" utility trailer of say "1700 lbs gross wt.", your 2005 AWD RDV should easily pull it. And pull it without too much stress. If wondering, my one utility trailer has a 3,200 lbs axle and my other vehicle has a 3,600 lbs axle. Thus, I use a differt vehicle (my non - RDV vehicle) to pull either of my utility trailers. Thus, allowing my RDV to remain a "run about" vehicle. For your 2005 RDV, pulling a utility trailer of "1700 lbs gross wt." is very little stress on it.
If you pull a "loaded" utility trailer WITH rear cargo and/or WITH lots of passengers, I'd recommend installing an Aux Transmission Cooler as well. Thus, keeping its tranmission oil "cool". Cool = longer transmission life. For example: http://www.makcotransmissionparts.com/OC-1678.html
And if the rear of your vehicle has too much rear sag, you might want to investigate Timbrens or Air Bag suspension upgrade as well. re: http://www.timbren.com/timbren-application-guides/application-pdfs/GMRREN.pdf
As long as you pull a light weight utility trailer and don't over "push it" during stop/go traffic, against strong head wind and/or up the steep hills, your 2005 RDV should easily pull a max loaded 1,700 lbs utility trailer.
#303 of 306 How do you disable the navigation system?
Apr 26, 2009 (3:52 pm)
I want the passenger to be able to key in directions so I was wondering if anyone knew how to over ride the system in a 2006? We also have a lexus and had no problem over riding it. Thanks for any help.
#304 of 306 04 rendezvous
Jan 20, 2010 (10:43 am)
any advice?- I wan't to use e3 spark plugs.I was told by a mech that they'er no good. I wan't to improve mileage is there any other sugestions. bob
#306 of 306 Re: Some Mods [03whitecxl]
Feb 06, 2010 (4:00 pm)
Hi' just wondering where you purchased your running boards from.You did a real good job.