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Old 02-17-2015, 03:41 PM   #1
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Fifth Wheel Wiring Connector Location

OK - survey here. I will be picking up my first fifth wheel trailer soon. I will be having a hitch installed shortly. Where should the wiring connector be located in the truck bed. I see sites that say between wheel well and tailgate. I've been told right at the wheel well, and I've seen safest location is between cab and wheel well.
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Old 02-17-2015, 03:43 PM   #2
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Between wheel well and tailgate but definitely closer to the tailgate than middle. It's convenient as I hook my breakaway cable to the corner tie down right there.

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Old 02-17-2015, 03:49 PM   #3
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I agree ependydad, just easier to reach for me to plug in or take out.
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Old 02-17-2015, 03:50 PM   #4
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Old 02-17-2015, 03:52 PM   #5
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Mines between the wheel well & the tailgate. Previous owner had it there, I have had the truck three years. No issues with me.........I store "stuff" (fire pit, totes grill etc.) between the hitch & the cab so personally I would not want it between the wheel well & the cab. If it was there I would personally move it aft.


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Old 02-17-2015, 04:00 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by ependydad View Post
Between wheel well and tailgate but definitely closer to the tailgate than middle.
Same here. It's 8" from the back edge of my socket surround to the back edge of my taillight. There's a convenient 'flat place' in the side of my bed right there.
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X2. Left side wall between tailgate and wheel well.
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Old 02-17-2015, 08:17 PM   #8
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I've had both in front of the wheelwell and behind. I'd have to say they each have their advantages. On my old Dodge, I installed it between the wheelwell and front of the bed for it's safety. I use my trucks for both scrap and firewood when not towing, and felt behind the wheelwell was too vulnerable to damage. Granted, at that point I had a gooseneck trailer that required getting in the bed to lock the coupler and install the chains. I ordered my new F350 with the 5th wheel prep, and the connector is between the wheelwell and tailgate. It's had a few close calls, but I haven't mashed it yet. Will be much easier with a 5th wheel since there is no reason to get in the bed to hook it up. Working on buying a dump trailer though so I can stop taking chances with it and beating the hell out of the bed...............................
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Old 02-17-2015, 08:17 PM   #9
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Just installed mine in my new truck last weekend. Left side just inside the tailgate. Easy to reach from outside the truck.
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Yep, drivers side between the wheel well and the tailgate. Now that doesn't make it right for you, but it works for me.

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