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Old 02-10-2014, 11:54 AM   #1
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5th wheel in bed trailer connection

I'm getting ready to install the electrical connector for the 5th wheel in the wall of my truck bed. I am curious as to where you located the connector in your truck. In the rear behind the wheel well or to the front ahead of the wheel well?

I know the standard seems to be in the rear back of the wheel well just ahead of the tailgate. But, someone pointed out to me that if it is mounted a head of the wheel well that it was easier to hook up the trailers umbilical cord without ducking your head under the trailer and over the tailgate.

So what was your choice and recommendations?

As always thanks in advance,
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Old 02-10-2014, 12:05 PM   #2
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I just use the connection on the bumper, but if I was going to install one in the bed it would be in the middle of the tool box I have installed.



Right under the jack.
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Old 02-10-2014, 12:15 PM   #3
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Installed mine in the typical location...between wheel well and tailgate.
Idea...If you have space in sidewall between top of wheel well and bed rail...This would free up storage space behind wheel well...Once plug is in this area, not much you can do with that area (if that's important to you).
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Old 02-10-2014, 12:21 PM   #4
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Installed mine in the typical location...between wheel well and tailgate.
Idea...If you have space in sidewall between top of wheel well and bed rail...This would free up storage space behind wheel well...Once plug is in this area, not much you can do with that area (if that's important to you).

I agree, but the truck is a dual rear wheel F350 and the way the bed side is cut for the clearance it doesn't allow for access or room.
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Old 02-10-2014, 12:23 PM   #5
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Mine is in the standard position behind wheel well but have had some connection problems so started using the socket on the bumper and it is much easier to connect so I may just continue using that instead of buying a new connector/wiring kit.
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Old 02-10-2014, 12:28 PM   #6
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Mine is on the driver's side just in front of the tailgate. Connect it before you raise the tailgate. Disconnect it after you lower the tailgate.
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Old 02-10-2014, 12:29 PM   #7
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Mine was put between the driver side rear fender wheel well & the tailgate. Need to watch for bracing inside the inner fender. But it is a Dodge Duelly 8' Bed. Used a hole saw to cut the bed
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Old 02-10-2014, 01:14 PM   #8
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Here is where I have always installed mine. Driver side rear side of bed. Done the last three trucks this way. Easy to get to.

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If you have a OEM plug installed on the bumper, why would you want to install another. Seems like a waste of time and money to me, unless of course, you have lots of both. I would think that an inbed connection would be harder to access and connect over a bumper one.
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If you have a OEM plug installed on the bumper, why would you want to install another. Seems like a waste of time and money to me, unless of course, you have lots of both. I would think that an inbed connection would be harder to access and connect over a bumper one.
Don't like the cord rubbing back and forth over tailgate while turning.

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