The closer we get to finding our "perfect" Airstream trailer, the more I start finetuning the TV.
Todays project is removing the OEM receiver hitch & previous owners wiring and starting over with all new goodies!
I started off ordering a new Curt class IV receiver p/n 14029 , rated for 10K GTW & 1K tounge (12.5K & 1.5K w/ weight dist.) , a new Tekonsha Primus IQ Electronic Brake Control, p/n 90160, new Curt round 7 blade RV connector, and a "T-Connector" wiring adapter. ( which looks like I may not have needed!)
I must include in here that I bought these on-line through
Largo, FL Trailer Hitch - 5th Wheel Hitch - Trailer Parts
Great website, easy ordering & 1 day later I had my new brake controller, and the day after that everything else! All delivered via FedEx with no extra shipping charges. A VERY nice transaction I must say!
Last night after I got home from work I figured I'd get a head start on todays project & attempt to get the old receiver off. Sprayed the nuts & bolts with some Zep & let 'em soak for 30 mins. Hit them with the impact gun & they zipped right off, 6 nuts & it came right out. Right about then I'm thinking to myself, "this was FAR too easy"
I guess I just figured being that the TV ( '99 GMC Suburban 2500 )
being "old" & raised in the North (MN & WI ) that the removal of such an item as a hitch would not have gone so smooth. I'm sure I'll pay for it today during the install of it's replacement.
The '99 Suburban, from everything I've read, did'nt come with any "real" factory tow wiring. (even though there was a factory tow package) it seems most use a "t-connector" wiring adapter, which you insert in-line at a lighting junction under the rear of the truck, and it provides you with a straight 4 pin connector, which you then wire to another adapter to convert that to a standard 7 blade round RV connector ( you also have to find the factory brake controller wiring loom & add in the additional wires for the trailer brake function part of the deal)
In the process of the removal of the old hitch & making some sence of the old wiring last night, I found what I think is basicly all the wiring one would need to wire up a complete 7 pin RV plug. The posts I've been reading all have stated that GM ran a wire loom that carried two heavy gauge wires (orange & blue) from under the main fuse box in the engine compartment, to an area under the rear of the truck (drivers side) These wires you needed to wire into your 7 pin harness in the rear and also to power up front in the engine compartment.
What I found in the wire loom was indeed the heavy gauge blue & orange wires, but also a heavy gauge white, and 4 lighter gauge wires coded brown, yellow, dark green & light green.
I'm guessing with a little investigative homework, I'm gonna find that these wires are all I needed to completely wire up my 7way plug. Granted, I've already got the adapter, and it's pretty much "plug & play" with that thing, I would have rather had wired everything in direct & not messed with an adapter. (they always fail eventually at some point)
During my process today, I'll try to take a few pics & see if I can manage to get a few to post for anyone interested to see.