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Electronic technology for safer, easier towing

by Kent Sundling
Brighton, Colo.
Kent SundlingDummy plugs keep dirt and water out of the EZ-Connector.

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If you’re new to towing you may not relate to how wonderful the EZ Connector is. But if you are a veteran trailer dude or dudette and have spent time with that little screwdriver re-doing your trailer plugs after they’ve pulled apart, you’ll relate in a better way.

Trailer brakes need monitoring and maintenance more than any other part of your trailer for safety reasons. EZ-Connector will make the wire connection issue one less thing to worry about. This is an ideal electrical connection for snow plows and farm machinery. I remember my big round balers and the guidance electrical system wiring exposed to all the dust. Corn planters have sophisticated monitors that could use a weatherproof electronic connection like the EZ.

EZ is a magnetic connection, using powerful magnets. Just get the male end near the female plug and “pop!” it sucks together. A tab slot aligns the socket and plug to match the right connections. The male end has two silicone O-rings, and the cables have sealant injected inside, all to make the system waterproof. If you can keep the water out, you can keep the mud and all the corrosive chemicals used to dissolve ice on the highway out as well.

According to Joe Cardoza, (the big cheese at EZ), the cable is crimped three times inside the truck socket. It is also reinforced with a stainless steel hog-ring on the inside to take any strain. Every unit is 100 percent tested; not just a sample testing, as is common in the electronic industry.

I tow dozens of new trailers each year for reviews and have adaptors for 7 blade to 6 pin, and 7 RV blade to 4 pin. When EZ-Connector brings out the plug adaptors this spring, I’ll go back and do the butt connectors and heat shrink wrap and cut off the old RV 7 blade plug. Semi truck connectors will also be out later.

With the T-connector I used, it only took 15 minutes to install on my truck. EZ-Connector also has a hard-wired version if you don’t have a factory tow package on your truck or SUV. They sent me the kit for GM/Ford. I cut out the V in the wiring harness connector with a hacksaw blade and needle nose pliers. Hopefully in the future, they will get Delphi to make a plug just for Ford connection.

Here’s the bottom line: yes, it’s expensive, but you buy more expensive aluminum trailers for a reason. Quality is never cheap. Being a farmer for decades means I’m naturally frugal. But I’d have no problem shelling out $100 for this trailer wiring system. Peace of mind and safety have value. For more information, visit their website: http://ezconnector.com/

Pro Plug

I’ve had trailers for a long time. I’ve spent my share of nights with a flashlight in my mouth in the rain as I tried to work on trailer lights. Fuel injection and electronics make our trucks more trouble-free these days, and now trailer wiring and electronics make tracing trailer wire problems a breeze.

Pro Plug is a 7-pin female plug with a twist. It has a circuit board that makes wiring easy with self-test lights and wire terminals which are much easier than taking a plug apart and running wires in a hole. You can mount the Pro Plug flat or on a bracket. It uses 3M VHB (Very High Bond) tape for quick placement that is rated to hold 1,500 pounds. 3M tape is used in many horse and cargo trailers to hold the sheet metal to the frame. Using 3M tape makes installing RV Pro Plug inside your truck bed simple. There are three rubber plugs on the side of the Pro Plug, and two on the back, so finding a good place to run your wires into Pro Plug is convenient.

Now you can test your tow vehicle’s trailer wires with the LED lighted barrier strip and connect other wires to a power source such as a snow plow, slide-in camper or for 12-volt power in the bed. When connected, the LEDs in Pro Plug will light up when electrical power is at the Pro Plug terminals. Actually I think I’ll get another Pro Plug and use it to build a circuit board for my trailer so I can add accessories to the trailer in an organized manner. It would also make wiring in a second trailer easy, for instance, when towing a boat behind a fifth wheel. ProPlug is made in the USA – Patent Pending. For more info, visit http://rvproplug.com.

Max Brake Wireless

Trailer Light Tester

What do you do when you don’t have someone to check your trailer lights while you run the blinkers and light switch? I know trailer dealers need this or anyone who tows a lot. Imagine walking to the rear of your trailer with a remote and just pushing buttons to check your trailer lights by yourself.

When I was at the NATDA convention in Texas this summer, Chuck McDaniel with MaxBrake trailer brake controllers, installed on my truck their Wireless Trailer Light Tester. It’s an easy install, which involves only the control box plugged into the truck’s wire harness in front of the female trailer plug. It comes with two remotes, has a range of 100 feet, installs fast and easy, and is one of my favorite accessories.

For more info, please visit: http://maxbrake.com/

Kent Sundling (alias “Mr. Truck”) spent 20 years wearing out pickup trucks as only a farmer could. With over 1 million miles pulling trailers, Mr. Truck has a unique collection of truck and farm stories that will educate and entertain. Mr.Truck gave up his bib overalls and John Deeres in his quest to save the farm and moved to the big city to sell trucks. After selling trucks for 10 years, this farmer now writes for eight magazines and owns over two dozen Web sites, helping folks find the “Right Truck.” If you have a question for Mr. Truck, you may contact him at his Web site, http://www.mrtruck.net.

If you’re new to towing you may not relate to how wonderful the EZ Connector is. But if you are a veteran trailer dude or dudette and have spent time with that little screwdriver re-doing your trailer plugs after they’ve pulled apart, you’ll relate in a better way.

Trailer brakes need monitoring and maintenance more than any other part of your trailer for safety reasons. EZ-Connector will make the wire connection issue one less thing to worry about. This is an ideal electrical connection for snow plows and farm machinery. I remember my big round balers and the guidance electrical system wiring exposed to all the dust. Corn planters have sophisticated monitors that could use a weatherproof electronic connection like the EZ.

EZ is a magnetic connection, using powerful magnets. Just get the male end near the female plug and “pop!” it sucks together. A tab slot aligns the socket and plug to match the right connections. The male end has two silicone O-rings, and the cables have sealant injected inside, all to make the system waterproof. If you can keep the water out, you can keep the mud and all the corrosive chemicals used to dissolve ice on the highway out as well.

According to Joe Cardoza, (the big cheese at EZ), the cable is crimped three times inside the truck socket. It is also reinforced with a stainless steel hog-ring on the inside to take any strain. Every unit is 100 percent tested; not just a sample testing, as is common in the electronic industry.

I tow dozens of new trailers each year for reviews and have adaptors for 7 blade to 6 pin, and 7 RV blade to 4 pin. When EZ-Connector brings out the plug adaptors this spring, I’ll go back and do the butt connectors and heat shrink wrap and cut off the old RV 7 blade plug. Semi truck connectors will also be out later.

With the T-connector I used, it only took 15 minutes to install on my truck. EZ-Connector also has a hard-wired version if you don’t have a factory tow package on your truck or SUV. They sent me the kit for GM/Ford. I cut out the V in the wiring harness connector with a hacksaw blade and needle nose pliers. Hopefully in the future, they will get Delphi to make a plug just for Ford connection.

Here’s the bottom line: yes, it’s expensive, but you buy more expensive aluminum trailers for a reason. Quality is never cheap. Being a farmer for decades means I’m naturally frugal. But I’d have no problem shelling out $100 for this trailer wiring system. Peace of mind and safety have value. For more information, visit their website: http://ezconnector.com/

Pro Plug

I’ve had trailers for a long time. I’ve spent my share of nights with a flashlight in my mouth in the rain as I tried to work on trailer lights. Fuel injection and electronics make our trucks more trouble-free these days, and now trailer wiring and electronics make tracing trailer wire problems a breeze.

Pro Plug is a 7-pin female plug with a twist. It has a circuit board that makes wiring easy with self-test lights and wire terminals which are much easier than taking a plug apart and running wires in a hole. You can mount the Pro Plug flat or on a bracket. It uses 3M VHB (Very High Bond) tape for quick placement that is rated to hold 1,500 pounds. 3M tape is used in many horse and cargo trailers to hold the sheet metal to the frame. Using 3M tape makes installing RV Pro Plug inside your truck bed simple. There are three rubber plugs on the side of the Pro Plug, and two on the back, so finding a good place to run your wires into Pro Plug is convenient.

Now you can test your tow vehicle’s trailer wires with the LED lighted barrier strip and connect other wires to a power source such as a snow plow, slide-in camper or for 12-volt power in the bed. When connected, the LEDs in Pro Plug will light up when electrical power is at the Pro Plug terminals. Actually I think I’ll get another Pro Plug and use it to build a circuit board for my trailer so I can add accessories to the trailer in an organized manner. It would also make wiring in a second trailer easy, for instance, when towing a boat behind a fifth wheel. ProPlug is made in the USA – Patent Pending. For more info, visit http://rvproplug.com.

Max Brake Wireless

Trailer Light Tester

What do you do when you don’t have someone to check your trailer lights while you run the blinkers and light switch? I know trailer dealers need this or anyone who tows a lot. Imagine walking to the rear of your trailer with a remote and just pushing buttons to check your trailer lights by yourself.

When I was at the NATDA convention in Texas this summer, Chuck McDaniel with MaxBrake trailer brake controllers, installed on my truck their Wireless Trailer Light Tester. It’s an easy install, which involves only the control box plugged into the truck’s wire harness in front of the female trailer plug. It comes with two remotes, has a range of 100 feet, installs fast and easy, and is one of my favorite accessories.

For more info, please visit: http://maxbrake.com/

Kent Sundling (alias “Mr. Truck”) spent 20 years wearing out pickup trucks as only a farmer could. With over 1 million miles pulling trailers, Mr. Truck has a unique collection of truck and farm stories that will educate and entertain. Mr.Truck gave up his bib overalls and John Deeres in his quest to save the farm and moved to the big city to sell trucks. After selling trucks for 10 years, this farmer now writes for eight magazines and owns over two dozen Web sites, helping folks find the “Right Truck.” If you have a question for Mr. Truck, you may contact him at his Web site, http://www.mrtruck.net.


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