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Old 02-03-2014, 11:56 PM   #11
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the prevailing wisdom here seems to be leaning towards airbags over a wdh for a minivan towing a pup. Maybe I'll go that route and see where the first tow ride gets me. It's certainly cheaper than going the wdh route I was going, which was $450 for the Andersen.

where's a good place to look for airbags? Searching is only showing me airbags for the dashboard.
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Old 02-04-2014, 01:02 AM   #12
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Old 03-10-2014, 03:34 PM   #13
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Just thought I'd do a follow-up and a thank you.

I went with airbags, got a hitch riser to accommodate for the low rear-end of the van, and bought a 4 pin to 7 pin adapter and successfully installed.

I bought the popup two weeks ago and had no problems towing it half way across the state. Unfortunately it's been sitting in the driveway unused with temperatures below zero preventing me from using. But soon!

So, thanks for the help!
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Old 03-10-2014, 03:53 PM   #14
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I went with airbags, got a hitch riser to accommodate for the low rear-end of the van, and bought a 4 pin to 7 pin adapter and successfully installed.
I don't know much, but isn't the 4-pin connector missing the brake controls? i.e. the 4 pin to 7 pin adapter will never tell the trailer brakes that they need to engage. I think you need a brake controller and real 7-pin connector in your van.

I could be wrong, though.
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I don't know much, but isn't the 4-pin connector missing the brake controls? i.e. the 4 pin to 7 pin adapter will never tell the trailer brakes that they need to engage. I think you need a brake controller and real 7-pin connector in your van.

I could be wrong, though.
I think you're right, but I don't think my pup has breaks? I didn't see it in the literature and the previous owner said it did not.

With my adapter I have lines I can run for the other pins in the connector but I didn't see a need to as the lights all function and I assumed that was the only thing I needed.
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If the trailer is 1600 dry I would wanting brakes, not sure the minivan brakes are way over designed.
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Old 03-10-2014, 06:17 PM   #17
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I think you're right, but I don't think my pup has breaks? I didn't see it in the literature and the previous owner said it did not.

With my adapter I have lines I can run for the other pins in the connector but I didn't see a need to as the lights all function and I assumed that was the only thing I needed.

Ahh, it may not. I wonder why it has a 7-pin connector. Like I said- I really don't know much about this stuff.
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should be easy enough to see if it has electric brakes. look inside the axle.
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According to this website, your model has electric brakes.
2008 Forest River Rockwood Freedom / LTD 2318G Trailer : Reviews, Prices and Specs : RV Guide

If it has a standard 7 pin plug, it must have electric brakes.

You'd be best to use the trailer's brakes.
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According to this website, your model has electric brakes.
2008 Forest River Rockwood Freedom / LTD 2318G Trailer : Reviews, Prices and Specs : RV Guide

If it has a standard 7 pin plug, it must have electric brakes.

You'd be best to use the trailer's brakes.
I would agree, I would like to use them. I thought perhaps my model did, but the previous owner said it didn't and he seemed to know the pup well. I'll confirm and if so, run the wiring for it.

On that topic, one of the other connectors in the 7-pin must be for charging the battery while hooked up? Is that the intent, to charge while driving?
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