Tips and Tricks to Finding 13 Pin to 7 Pin Adapters on eBay: Buying Guide

When you’re using a tow bar to pull a trailer, caravan, boat or bike carrier, having the proper hook-ups will make sure that your lights are working properly. With a 13 pin to 7 pin adapter, you can handle lighting on both types of trailers without needing to rewire your vehicle. There’s a large number of 13 pin to 7 pin adapters available on eBay to choose from.

How do you find the right 13 pin to 7 pin adapter?

Here are some tips to consider that can help narrow down your search:

  • Brand: You can choose between a range of branded and unbranded adapters. Some common brands include Maypole and Mitsubishi along with unbranded options. If you have an OEM automotive manufacturer tow bar there may also be OEM adapters available as well such as the BMW adapter.
  • Type: A plug style will connect directly into your fitting with no additional wires. Some connectors will also contain wires that can extend the cable length between the trailer and your vehicle.
  • Condition: You can choose between new, open box, used, and refurbished 13 to 7 pin adapter.
  • Features: Some will have a key socket design that only allows the adapter to be plugged in one way. There will be slots located on the side that corresponds with your original pins.
How are 13 pin to 7 pin trailer adapters priced?

The condition and materials used will play a large impact on the price of an adapter. Tube socket and plug style types will be the cheapest type of design. Those with lead wires and a male and female leads are sold at a higher cost. OEM adapters will also sell for a higher price than the aftermarket and generic brand plugs. In terms of condition, new adapters will typically be higher compared to used and refurbished options. You might also be able to find open box options that will let you have a like-new adapter at a cheaper price.

Reasons to buy used 13 pin adapter to 7 pin connectors

When looking at used adapters, you should look at the condition of the wires and the plug itself. You should look at the pins in the photos for corrosion and if you choose a model with lead wires, you should check the wires for fraying.