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Old 09-05-2016, 03:10 PM   #1
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POWER/BRAKE CABLE FROM 5Th wheel to plug in truck?

Has reese dealer install under bed elite in my truck. Power plug was put forward on driver's side at least a foot forward of the 5th wheel unlike what I saw in video . Which was back left ( drivers side. ) is cord long enough to make it past 5th without getting tangled. Dealer mentioned that if it was an issue , they have an extension. Picking up trailer in a couple of weeks. Do I need to get extension now or am I good to go

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Old 09-06-2016, 12:15 PM   #2
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The umbilical cord should be plenty long enough to reach a foot in front of the 5th wheel hitch, but why would they put it there.

How accessible is it to plug and unplug the connector? Thinking about it, it may even be more accessible than one behind the hitch.

I'd like to see a picture of the installation.

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Old 09-06-2016, 12:23 PM   #3
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I would think too, the cord should be long enough to reach the plug in that location.

They typically put them in the left rear corner so you can reach over/around the open tailgate and insert the plug before closing the gate. If you are a short person, you may not be able to reach the connector if mounted forward of the hitch from either the rear or over the bed rail, unless you have fold out bed steps, running boards or something to stand on.
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Old 09-06-2016, 12:54 PM   #4
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I actually prefer the plug in front of the wheel well. Much easier for me to check and use than under the fifth wheel. Never had a problem with any cord length or binding during turns. But if you did have a problem with length, longer cords are very easy to install.
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Old 09-06-2016, 01:04 PM   #5
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Thanks for the feedback. Spoke to REESE rep, said it would be ok from there. I had a 2015 f350 with 5th wheel prep, but as gas so I swapped it out for diesel, which was not prepped. ROOKIE MISTAKE. Truck before trailer.
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Old 09-06-2016, 01:45 PM   #6
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Tried to send pictures, no luck
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Old 09-07-2016, 09:10 PM   #7
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Factory Prewire for 7 Pin

The factory prewire package for the 7-wire / slide-in camper connector is only long enough to reach the axle on the GM trucks. There's not enough space above the fender well to install the receptacle, so I put mine in front of the wheel well. It works very well there, and is easy to connect and to inspect.

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