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Old 11-24-2016, 10:51 PM   #1
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Who should fix this?

The little ridge on the trailer outlet cover on my Toyota 4runner, that holds the trailer plug in, broke on one of my first excursions with my Clipper 17bh. Unfortunately, the plug from the trailer dragged on the road for a bit so that even if the vehicle outlet was intact, the raised part on the actual plug is worn down so much that it probably wouldn't hold.
I've been getting by for over a year by holding the plug in with zip ties but it's a giant pain on the *** and I'd like to get it fixed.
Would I go to a mechanic for the truck and rv dealer for the the plug, or could the rv place OR the mechanic fix both?
I'm hoping it is a relatively simple job?
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Old 11-24-2016, 11:00 PM   #2
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I use to be a mechanic full time. I would fix both the TV and TT as long as I had space to have them both there.
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Old 11-24-2016, 11:03 PM   #3
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The RV dealer will have the parts in stock, the mechanic will order it or get it from the parts store.
Either would be qualified to do the job.
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Old 11-24-2016, 11:04 PM   #4
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You might be able to go to a junkyard to get replacement part for your 4Runner. Could be as simple as removing a couple of screws, a clip or two, and a disconnect a plug. I can look at one tomorrow to see if it is that easy.
Replacing the cord end on camper would not be that difficult either. Replacement plugs can be found in any auto parts store.
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Old 11-25-2016, 12:20 AM   #5
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Where do you live? I know some people that work at Toyota.
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Old 11-25-2016, 07:57 AM   #6
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Where do you live? I know some people that work at Toyota.

I'm in Burlington, Ontario, Canada
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Old 11-25-2016, 08:24 AM   #7
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Check etrailer.com. They may have a solution.
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Old 11-25-2016, 08:35 AM   #8
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There is a lot of information on this site and some videos on YouTube on how to replace these.

I would do a lot of reading and make a large bowl of pop corn for the videos and then do it myself to save some serious coin and down time.

It can be done with basic tools and lots of patience and rechecking your work.

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Old 11-25-2016, 10:01 AM   #9
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Get a factory Toyota socket and a new TT plug end. They sell replacements for the trailer end that are easy to install. I put one on my trailer 9 years ago and all is still good. I don't like the replacement 7-way sockets as they are usually very cheaply made.
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On an ongoing basis, you might want to use a 6" bungee to hold the end of the electric cable into the socket as you drive. It's cheap insurance against the cord coming out an falling on the ground again, or at least loosening to the point where you don't have a good connection on your trailer lights -- in our case, the lights on the toad behind our motorhome.
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Old 11-25-2016, 01:11 PM   #11
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Replacing Toyota socket would be super easy. There is a wiring connection just behind bumper really easy to get at. 20 min Max to replace. Toyota eParts.com has them in stock.
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Old 11-25-2016, 01:15 PM   #12
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Get a factory Toyota socket and a new TT plug end. They sell replacements for the trailer end that are easy to install. I put one on my trailer 9 years ago and all is still good. I don't like the replacement 7-way sockets as they are usually very cheaply made.
I would agree with replacing to entire cable still easy but a bit more involved but finished product is a lot more secure. They also sell coiled 7 way cable really helps to keep it out of harms way.
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Old 11-25-2016, 01:26 PM   #13
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do you have a Princess auto near you?
not sure if you have the ability to soldier and heat shrink the joints but its pretty simple to do. I cut my 5th wheel connector off and replaced the end with a new one from PA and spliced it into the existing in about an hour.

it took me longer to locate the reason who i had no turn signals of brake lights on my truck after I tore it off the 5ver.
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Old 11-26-2016, 10:49 PM   #16
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Thanks all, I'll watch the videos and decide if I'm up to it! 😳
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