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Question Is this the proper connector for Dauntless hitch?

I have one coming to me and am going to wire up a removable adapter (removable so I can still use 4 wire when towing trailer with car, etc.)

Is this pictured adapter in the attached image the proper "trailer" end to fit the 5 pin on the Dauntless hitch?

I know I could e-mail Dauntless but thought if I did it here it would be in the archives of knowledge for years to come

Thanks!
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Re: Is this the proper connector for Dauntless hitch?

Or is it perhaps this guy with the barrel providing the ground?
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Re: Is this the proper connector for Dauntless hitch?

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I have one coming to me and am going to wire up a removable adapter (removable so I can still use 4 wire when towing trailer with car, etc.)

Is this pictured adapter in the attached image the proper "trailer" end to fit the 5 pin on the Dauntless hitch?

I know I could e-mail Dauntless but thought if I did it here it would be in the archives of knowledge for years to come

Thanks!
This one came with mine when I purchased the hitch in 2012 and I still use it.
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Re: Is this the proper connector for Dauntless hitch?

Yes ...it is the correct one and you can buy them here:

https://www.etrailer.com/Wiring/Pollak/PK11501.html
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Re: Is this the proper connector for Dauntless hitch?

Appreciate the confirmation and have ordered up the proper one (Pollak 11501 5-Way Connector Plug)

Going to use this with a 5 to 4 converter box to create a custom converter so I can leave the trailer flat-4 and use it with our autos if needed.

The box I chose for this was the IIT 16690 Trailer Converter as I appreciated the clear labeling of each wire's function and it had good reviews on Amazon (though I am puzzled why one person with LEDs reported issues).

Jay from Dauntless had informed me while ordering that I'd need the 5 to 4 converter for my trailer or I would need to split the brake lights and turn signals (and I also found a number of threads on that here too.) He does not sell the converters though because they are all of Chinese origin and generally last only a year or so.

I thought about changing the brake lights but wanted to keep the trailer "universal" and also have the feeling that since they are newer LED ones it may be as easy as a simple wiring job.

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Re: Is this the proper connector for Dauntless hitch?

My hitch did indeed come with the shown connector so now I have an extra. I didn't realize that was the case

The hitch came with a single-relay harness (I took what he had in stock for immediate shipping) so I ordered up an array of relays and I am going to rebuild the harness with a beefier gauge feed/fuse off the battery and put all lights on relays with additional fuses before they leave the bike. Might be a little overkill but better safe than smoking.

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Re: Is this the proper connector for Dauntless hitch?

You are on the right track by building a multi relay harness. The LT used very small wire in the stock loom for lights and it is very easy to overload them.
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Re: Is this the proper connector for Dauntless hitch?

You should use a four relay idolator,

The wiring harness costs well over $1500

Additionally the LT has a five wire system, brake, tail, left, right, ground
cars and trucks use the turn signal filament for their brake lights,
with the LT you "must" have a separate brake light circuit, some have cobbled up a converter/adapter.

I never liked the 5 to 4 converter for the LT and all I did was install two LED red brake lights to the trailer. It is easy to do and a far safer solution with regards to visibility and system wiring protection.

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Re: Is this the proper connector for Dauntless hitch?

I finished building my four way isolator this evening. I used the DMC harness as a base but really I ended up just keeping the wire to the plug and the plug itself in the mix for the most part. I purchased a quantity of relays in interlocking sockets and set it to use the tail, brake, left, and right for as triggers to close each of those four that are powered straight off the battery. No load on any factory wiring other than what is added to cause the micro-relays' coils to magnetize.

I bench tested that and it all worked well as far as triggering, etc. so at least I knew that all my connections, etc. are golden.

I then took my five to four converter that I purchased (IIT 16690 Trailer Converter, see attached photo) and added it to the creation along with a set of Harbor Freight magnetic tow lights. Tail lit on power-up as I had tied it to positive (on bike it will be on tail light), triggering the brake relay increased brightness, and simulating blinkers for left/right by triggering the relay open and closed worked as expected.

I'm going to finish wiring my "adapter" by taking my spare 5-way connector and terminating the bare end of the pictured converter with it and than use some convoluted loom and heat shrink to make it a removable umbilical cord. Trailer will plug into that and then into bike. When I want to tow trailer with car, etc. I just don't use the adapter.

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Re: Is this the proper connector for Dauntless hitch?

All wrapped up and everything works wonderfully! Now for a nice long trip.

Jay at Dauntless said the little 5 to 4 converters seem to die after a year so I may make me an extra to keep in the trailer just in case. I have an extra trailer side plug and the converters are only $14 on Amazon. Small price to pay for insurance. My guess is that since the trailer is LED lighting it may hold out better than one hooked up to a trailer with incandescent bulbs, but we shall see.

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