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Old 10-05-2010, 06:45 PM   #29
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Not to worry--Sherry! I took Bean into the shop about 2.5 weeks ago with a list of things for them to do: check gas lines, electrical wiring, install skylight, check axle and trailer brakes, reseal all windows, possibly new windows front and back, seal around door, replace hinge bolts on door and straighten door out, and PAINT Bean to look stunning behind the truck!
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Old 10-05-2010, 11:00 PM   #30
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I think I'll call the truck "Grinder" (as in "coffee"), since the camper is Bean (as in coffee). And Grinder is a manly name!
Considering your new truck is black, have you considered calling it Espresso?
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Old 10-06-2010, 09:36 AM   #31
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Troy- that's a cute name

Vickie- I can't wait to see the pic's!!!! How exciting for you!! I guess it's safe to say you're keeping the bean, or grinder.....lol
I can't wait to take my trailer in for some much needed attention, but with the work needed on the door, and minor body work (I think), then new paint job will be too much.......maybe not. I should take it down for a quote.
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Old 10-07-2010, 04:53 AM   #32
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About the brake controller: does that mean all we need to do is purchase the controller, attach it to the dash and plug in the connector...
Vickie,
yes! Honda made it super easy to use a brake controller on the Ridgeline. I used one bringing our Burro home. If any doubts you can always have someone check your work but it really is a snap to do.
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Old 10-07-2010, 06:31 AM   #33
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Great information----Thanks!!! About the brake controller: does that mean all we need to do is purchase the controller, attach it to the dash and plug in the connector, or is there more wiring involved? Sure would be nice if there was something we could do ourselves
Sure!

The one we did was in 2007, but everything would still be about the same. I haven't done it on mine yet.

Good idea to disconnect the black cable from the battery before starting this proceedure.

Look in the glove box and retrieve the plastic bag containing the "pigtail", instructions, and a yellow fuse. Don't loose the fuse when opening the bag. One end of the pigtail will have 4 loose wires and the other end will have a gray female connector with 4 pins inside.

Under the dash on the driver's side, and probably to the left of the steering column, there is a male connector. It most likely will be tapped to another cable with BLUE tape. The tape may be wrapped around the connector itself, making it hard or impossible to see.

When you find it, unwrap the blue tape, so you can work with it.
Plug it into the female connector on the pigtail.

From this point on, follow the instructions that came with the pigtail, which will also tell you where to plug in that yellow fuse. The controller will also have instructions, referencing which wire to connect to which.

We got the "Prodigy" brand controller from eBay to save a few bucks. It is supposed to be one of the better ones. But, most places that sell utility or camping trailers, also sell controllers.

You will need:
> a crimping tool and some splices, to properly connect the pigtail to the controller.
>a drill and bits to make holes for mounting the controller
>a screwdriver or two
> a 10mm wrench or adjustable wrench to disconnect the battery

We found a place on the bottom of the dash just to the right of the steering column, to mount the controller. There was nothing we could accidently drill into that would cause a problem. It is out of the way from our knees and can still be gotten to for hand operation if necessary.
Once we found the connector under the dash we were finished in about an hour.

If you should decide to have a mechanic do the job, be sure to tell them about how the connector under the dash may be hidden with that blue tape! That will save a lot of searching time.

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Vicky,

Since you were towing with an Element, it occures to me that the Bean may not have brakes, and have a flat 4 pin connector instead of the round 7 pin one.

If that is the case you don't need a controller. All you need is a pigtail to plug into the back of the Ridgeline that reduces the 7 pin to a flat 4 pin.

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Thanks, Kip. Those are great instructions! We just may try it ourselves! And,luckily, Bean does have the electric brakes, so we do have the 7 pin connector! Yeah!
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Congrats on the new TV. I still think TV means television, so it takes me awhile to convert my mind to Tow Vehicle! I digress, congrats!
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