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Whatzis? (Trailer connector, maybe?)

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by Maine_Train, Jan 13, 2010.

  1. Maine_Train

    Maine_Train Senior Member
    Messages: 462

    I even checked the Owner Manual, but didn't see anything matching this. Other than something that takes up space where I could mount one half of a pair of LED flashers, what is the square plastic thing next to the rear plate on my '04 Silverado?
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    I felt around behind the bumper, and there seems to be a fairly solid tube going to the back side of it, something not corrugated like a wire loom might be. It almost looks like it's hinged on the side nearest the registration plate, but I didn't want to pry it open and maybe bust something. It was too cold to stand around out there fiddlin' with it, anyway.
    My truck has the 7-pin connector in the usual spot by the receiver hitch, so the only other thing I could think of was maybe a connector for trailer brakes.
     
  2. wild bill

    wild bill PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,239

    tubular !

    you pop it open there should be a lip on one side to insert your ignition key and it gives you access to the spare tire winch to lower your spare tire if you get a flat !!!!:waving:
     
  3. AC2717

    AC2717 Senior Member
    Messages: 669

    yes or a place to put the crank handle to lower the spare tire down
     
  4. Maine_Train

    Maine_Train Senior Member
    Messages: 462

    Well, whaddya know. It is in the manual, if one knows where to look. :eek:
    Thanks, guys.
     
  5. RBRONKEMA GHTFD

    RBRONKEMA GHTFD 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,592

    Its basically to keep people from steeling your spare.
     
  6. Clint S

    Clint S Senior Member
    Messages: 280

    I would also spin that down and lube it up as they tend to freeze up. I even had to drill out the lock on mine because that was frozen
     
  7. Maine_Train

    Maine_Train Senior Member
    Messages: 462

    Yikes. Okay, thanks for the tip. :salute:
     
  8. Detroitdan

    Detroitdan PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,937

    I found a spare truck tire and wheel in the road the other day. It still had the little plate that holds it up against the bottom of the truck and about a foot of wire cable rusted right onto it.
     
  9. Mr.Markus

    Mr.Markus PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,166

    I've been looking for that!! Can't believe i was going fast enough for it to roll to New Hamshire
     
  10. The mayor

    The mayor Senior Member
    Messages: 272

    If your truck is old enough the cable will rust then snap and the tire will fall off on a busy highway and by some fortune of luck not hit a car....during a storm.
     
  11. Dissociative

    Dissociative 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,066

    and if you live in Chicago the homies will cut the wire and your spare ends up down on maxwell street the next morning for 25.00
     
  12. Maine_Train

    Maine_Train Senior Member
    Messages: 462

    Another reason I'm glad I don't live in Chicago. Not that we don't have people stealin' stuff around here, but if you :gunsfiring: in their direction, it draws less attention from the neighbors. Some places, you're not only allowed to do that, it's expected. :jester:
     
  13. overtime

    overtime Senior Member
    Messages: 153

    i lived in Glendale heights for a little over year for school and alot of my friends stuff was stolen. I remember my school guy said yea is Chicago but its the better side hardly any crime hahaha