ARK introduces new Smart Connector – every trailer owner needs one of these

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ARK has just introduced what they say is the world’s first 12-pin vehicle socket that automatically checks the trailer lighting electrical system. This works on any trailer connected to the tow vehicle. The coolest feature is that it has been designed to warn the user if there are any issues with lighting on the trailer. This not only makes towing much simpler, but it’s also a real boost for safety. 

How does it work? 

Ark’s Smart Connector automatically runs a diagnostic on the trailer. As soon as a trailer plug is connected. ARK says, that within 20 seconds it will check and activate the lights on the trailer in sequence. This gives you enough time to do a visual check on the trailer lights quickly and easily. 


Bluetooth technology 

The Smart Connector is also fitted with Bluetooth® technology to pair any IOS or Android devices. It will allow you to run a check at any time. Another feature of the app allows the user to run a vehicle cable check. This is especially important as the issue with a lighting circuit can happen on either the trailer side or the vehicle side of the Smart Connector.

“The Smart Connector allows for a single-person trailer light check” says Gary Afarian, Product Manager for ARK. “This ensures all the lights on a towed vehicle are functional. Which is going to make our roads safer for all users.”

The Smart Connector also has ARK’s popular AHI7 universal towbar wiring harness functionality built within the device. The AHI7 was designed to combat issues faced with modern vehicle ECUs when using traditional methods of wiring towbar harnesses in vehicles. 

The SmartConnector also utilises the same plugs in the wiring harness of the AHI7. This means if there is an AHI7 already fitted in the vehicle then retrofitting of the Smart Connector is a simple process.

Priced from: $379.95 
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