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#1 OFFLINE   John Brock

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Posted 01 November 2013 - 12:03 PM

Hi:

I have a 2013 hybrid and have installed a towing hitch for a motorcycle trailer. I also purchased a powered taillight converter I need to install. It needs a 12v connection for power. Under the utility cover in the cargo area of the car, there is a battery connection. I can't figure out if this is the 12v battery connection I should use of if this is the high-voltage battery I should stay away from.

Nothing in the tutorials or on-line information seems to have this important information.

Does anyone know? I suppose I could put a multi-meter on it and see.

 

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#2 OFFLINE   fbov

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Posted 01 November 2013 - 12:42 PM

Under the cargo area cover is the HV battery. Stay away.

 

On the right side of the cargo area is an always-on 12V connection, if you're looking for unswitched power, as for a powered cooler.

 

HAve fun,

Frank


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#3 OFFLINE   John Brock

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Posted 01 November 2013 - 02:33 PM

Thanks Frank. That should do the trick.



#4 OFFLINE   hmatthews102

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Posted 22 April 2014 - 08:36 PM

John,  what is the info on the tail light converter?  Is it custom to the Cmax or universal?  I also have a hitch for pulling a small trailer and need to get my wiring hooked up.


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#5 OFFLINE   wab

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Posted 22 April 2014 - 10:51 PM

John,  what is the info on the tail light converter?  Is it custom to the Cmax or universal?  I also have a hitch for pulling a small trailer and need to get my wiring hooked up.

 

 

John hasn’t been here in a while.

This may be what he used.

http://www.etrailer....icleid=20138903
 


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#6 OFFLINE   SnowStorm

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Posted 23 April 2014 - 06:51 PM

 

John hasn’t been here in a while.

This may be what he used.

http://www.etrailer....icleid=20138903
 

 

That one says C-Max but shows a VW!  Try this one - and it is cheaper.



#7 OFFLINE   hmatthews102

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Posted 24 April 2014 - 06:28 PM

I was hoping there might be a plug in unit like I used on my 2012 Focus.  I guess I will have to splice.  Thanks for the responses.



#8 OFFLINE   bro1999

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Posted 03 June 2014 - 01:07 PM

So how hard is it to hook up all the wiring? I want to buy that trailer light wiring so I can connect the lights on my Thule rear hitch-mount cargo box.



#9 OFFLINE   BoomerGer

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Posted 08 November 2014 - 04:30 PM

John Brock - Have you towed this motorcycle trailer with the CMax?  I am looking to tow an 800 plus pound utility trailer with easily rolling wheels (it's not like I am going to the local tractor pull contest to drag a 50,000 pound sled across dirt!) to take to the dump avery two months or so, or haul something too big and bulky for the inside (or outside).  Was your trailer easily towable?



#10 OFFLINE   mocnarf

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Posted 14 March 2019 - 03:55 PM

John,  what is the info on the tail light converter?  Is it custom to the Cmax or universal?  I also have a hitch for pulling a small trailer and need to get my wiring hooked up.

You might want to consider this "No Cut" universal kit.  https://www.amazon.c...ding=UTF8&psc=1

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