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Any better places to get this done besides uhaul? I have a 2012 king cab v6 and will be hauling a pop up camper
 

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It's like 4 bolts and a couple clicks with a wiring harness. I'd be surprised if they don't splice into your brake lights directly. Go get the wiring harness from Nissan or buy it online, buy the hitch, spend 30 minutes installing it properly in your driveway. Having a hitch installed for you is the first step in surrendering your man card, unless of course you're physically incapable of doing this.
 

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No matter who does it make sure no splicing is done to the truck, Nissans are finicky when the wires are messed with and then you'll regret it. Plug and play is a great thing.
Your location isn't in your profile so if you needed help nobody would know if they could help you.

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No matter who does it make sure no splicing is done to the truck, Nissans are finicky when the wires are messed with and then you'll regret it. Plug and play is a great thing.
Your location isn't in your profile so if you needed help nobody would know if they could help you.

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In Pittsburgh pa . And that's why I asked . I swear I've read that that's how uhaul does it . They splice
 

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Definitely don't let anyone splice into the wiring, if you are only putting on a 4-way connector, Tow Ready (part #118525) makes it simple plug & play, and it comes with the necessary relays to install. The hitch is just bolt on, should take no more than 30mins for hitch and wiring.
 

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Just asking. Your truck doesn't have the trailer connector under the bumper? If it's not there you may want to look around up underneath and see if the harness is there but just not connected to anything. I'm probably wrong but it was my understanding that they all used the same wiring harness from the factory and just didn't use what they didn't need to for that particular truck. That might save you some hassles down to road and if it's in place you know it will work correctly. Just get the factory connector, mount it, and plug it in. Splicing is fine if done correctly. However, most places that install anything take shortcuts and use those little "quick splice" connectors. THEY WILL FAIL! Not today, maybe not for a few years but around here (yep, Pittsburgh also) with all of the crap they dump on the road every time they see a snowflake it will get into them and then their done. Just vibration can cause them to fail. I DO NOT USE THEM UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.
 

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It's like 4 bolts and a couple clicks with a wiring harness. I'd be surprised if they don't splice into your brake lights directly. Go get the wiring harness from Nissan or buy it online, buy the hitch, spend 30 minutes installing it properly in your driveway. Having a hitch installed for you is the first step in surrendering your man card, unless of course you're physically incapable of doing this.
Not necessarily. On my last truck I had the place I bought my hitch from install it (just the hitch, truck already had the trailer plug) because they offered to do it for free. No reason for me to lay under my truck when someone is offering to do it for free.
 

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Um, Nissan? Not only will they install a factory hitch, but they will install a factory wiring kit, and do it correctly. If I was having one installed aftermarket, I would inquire on this with hitch places first, and ask if they splice, if they say yes, go someplace else. Also, beware of these places that install the round tube hitches, they often are not rated as strong as a square tube, especially on a pickup. Our trucks are rated for a class IV receiver, most round tube are only class III rated.
 

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So correct me if I'm wrong , to pull the pop up camper I need the class 4 hitch receiver and wiring harness installed ? Is that it
 

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Just asking. Your truck doesn't have the trailer connector under the bumper? If it's not there you may want to look around up underneath and see if the harness is there but just not connected to anything. I'm probably wrong but it was my understanding that they all used the same wiring harness from the factory and just didn't use what they didn't need to for that particular truck. That might save you some hassles down to road and if it's in place you know it will work correctly. Just get the factory connector, mount it, and plug it in. Splicing is fine if done correctly. However, most places that install anything take shortcuts and use those little "quick splice" connectors. THEY WILL FAIL! Not today, maybe not for a few years but around here (yep, Pittsburgh also) with all of the crap they dump on the road every time they see a snowflake it will get into them and then their done. Just vibration can cause them to fail. I DO NOT USE THEM UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.
Nissans are so tempermental I won't add a remote start system to my wiring. Too many stories of Nissan owners getting electrical gremlins down the road.
Too bad they don't sell a plug and play remote setup.

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So correct me if I'm wrong , to pull the pop up camper I need the class 4 hitch receiver and wiring harness installed ? Is that it
Buy the heavy duty receiver and 7 pin wiring setup so you never have to revisit this again. Even buying it from Nissan it's not that bad but you definately better off that way. If you weren't so far from here I'd do it for you. Just always take the safest route and option in trailering.

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I agree with Clint. If your going to add something as safety important to your truck or most anything else go with the factory item. It's made to work with your vehicle and you know it will fit. Sometimes spending the extra is worth it. Just wondering if for some reason Nissan has a computer(s) monitoring the electrical system. Even if they don't and you splice into a circuit that uses a supply(+) and a ground, NOT A CHASSIS GROUND, and YOU use a chassis ground you are asking for trouble. That might be where people are having issues. There is always a reason something is wired without using a chassis ground. Normally because whatever it is needs a floating ground. If you don't then many BAD THINGS can happen. We added some LED fog/work lights under the rear bumper of my sons (Vaethund) truck as extra back-up lights and wired them directly into the trailer harness. We used the wire for the trailer back-up lights and the ground wire in the harness. Everything soldered and sealed with heat shrink nice and neat and have had no problems. We didn't need to use the ground wire as we were only adding some lights and a chassis ground would have worked fine but why not use whats there and not worry about the ground connection getting corroded and not working down the road.
 

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If the OP DID go with the OEM towing package, what's the best way to go from the 7pin set up to a 4 pin set up? Would it be best to buy an after market 7to4 pin connector for that?

(i'm also here trying to learn as much as i can about towing with a 2nd gen frontier)
 

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So correct me if I'm wrong , to pull the pop up camper I need the class 4 hitch receiver and wiring harness installed ? Is that it
Most hitches I see for the frontier are class 3.

Also beware that there are 2 types of " plug and play wringing harnesses. You might be tempted into getting this one which simply taps into the brake and turn signals. Don't get it. Due to the increased load of the trailer turn signals, the flashers will not flash properly or at all due to the thermal/mechanical/electrical flasher relay. Same principle as LED turn signals but opposite.

2006 Nissan Frontier Custom Fit Vehicle Wiring - Hopkins

Instead you need the more complicated harness that has the relays in it. This is the factory method of adding trailer wiring
2006 Nissan Frontier Custom Fit Vehicle Wiring - Tekonsha
 

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Instead you need the more complicated harness that has the relays in it. This is the factory method of adding trailer wiring
2006 Nissan Frontier Custom Fit Vehicle Wiring - Tekonsha
I just had trouble with the U-Haul installed spliced in 4 pin connection (wish I would have read about it before going that route first but that's a different story). I bought the 7 pin with relays from e-trailer and installed it in 15 mins no problem. Works like it's supposed to now, I would recommend going that route and being done with it.

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E trailer will hook you up with everything you need at a good price. Its who I went with for my Taco. I would install a complete 7 pin so you can charge your battery and power you trailer brakes.
 

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If the OP DID go with the OEM towing package, what's the best way to go from the 7pin set up to a 4 pin set up? Would it be best to buy an after market 7to4 pin connector for that?

(i'm also here trying to learn as much as i can about towing with a 2nd gen frontier)

Bought a 7 into 4 plug adaptor, think I paid $15.99 for it, works great.
 

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this thread was very helpful, Thanks Guys
 
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