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Old 02-21-2013, 01:26 PM   #1
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7 pin plug location.

Ok I am installing a 7 pin connection in bed of truck. Planning on drivers side. What's better, towards cab or back by tailgate. Looking for insight from those who have one setup.
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Old 02-21-2013, 01:42 PM   #2
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Ok I am installing a 7 pin connection in bed of truck. Planning on drivers side. What's better, towards cab or back by tailgate. Looking for insight from those who have one setup.
Mine is on the Drivers side and just forward of the tailgate for the following reasons:

1. The hitch/unhitch handle and safety indicator pin on my hitch is on the drivers side.

2. I can plug in my cord more easier with the plug there plus the RV cord probably would not reach further forward and still have the necessary slack for turning.

3. I can communicate with my DW when unhitching and hitching as she is the driver during these operationswith me being on the drivers side.
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Old 02-21-2013, 01:54 PM   #3
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Same here-Installed on the drivers side back toward the tailgate. Be sure to check for double wall area.
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Old 02-21-2013, 02:07 PM   #4
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Driver's side/rear. The reason I say that is 'cause I can lean over the tailgate and connect\disconnect with ease. Use a hole saw. 1 1/8" if I remember correctly. Depending on the model of your TV, Ford has a stake pocket which is perfect. Just make sure the cord will bend enuff to make the 90 deg turn downward without fender interference.
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Old 02-21-2013, 02:11 PM   #5
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Thanks for all the input, looks like drivers side between wheel well and tailgate.
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Old 02-21-2013, 02:29 PM   #6
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While I was installing mine, I put one up in the bed on the drivers side for the 5th wheel, and also one on a plate next to the Hitch Receiver for when I tow other conventional trailers. It's paid off, as I've pulled some trailers with the 7 Way connector that would not have reached the connector in the bed.

My opinion, do them both while you're doing the wiring.

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While I was installing mine, I put one up in the bed on the drivers side for the 5th wheel, and also one on a plate next to the Hitch Receiver for when I tow other conventional trailers. It's paid off, as I've pulled some trailers with the 7 Way connector that would not have reached the connector in the bed.

My opinion, do them both while you're doing the wiring.

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Probably a good idea - we never use our Ram 2500 for anything but towing our FW so any other uses are not a problem. Plus the TV has a factory installed connector in the rear bumper - so we are covered.
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im just using the one thats installed by the receiver hitch. works for me and i dont have to cut/drill any more holes in the bed or fish wires thru.
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Yep, thats all I've everhad is the one under the bumper by the reciever hitch, but I am going to add the one up in the box by the left tailight.
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Old 02-21-2013, 03:10 PM   #10
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Already have factory installed at bumper. Just need to add the one in the bed. Unfortunately my 2" hole saw is to worn out to drill thru bed wall. Will pick one up in morning and install then.
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Ayup...that's what it was...a 2" er.
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I put mine between the wheel wells and the front of the bed so I could attach it without having to squeeze myself between the camper and tailgate to reach it. The other reason is that Chevy has all the wiring for a bed plug bundled up under the front of the bed, and it would hot have reached behind the wheel well.
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Old 02-22-2013, 01:21 PM   #13
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Well it's done. Took a whole 10-15 min. Had 9 ft of cable and only needed about 4, since harness is at back of bed. Now just waiting on the tpms system.
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Old 02-22-2013, 01:24 PM   #14
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Cool. Hope you got it high enough. I got mine too low and have to redo it.
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Put it about 1/4 way down from bed rail. Hopefully that will work , picking up 5th wheel in couple of weeks will know for sure then.
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I liked the position on my 2005 F350 the best. Just forward of the hitch on drivers side. My 2012 F250 with the '5th wheel prep package" came with the 7-pin connector located farther back close to the tailgate.

While both positions work well, the forward position is safer since you're not reaching or sticking your head under the trailer to connect or disconnect the plug.
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Here is the location that I've used in both of my trucks. Works for me. You'll like the two locations.
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Mine is just a couple of inches lower than that, but it is too low. My arms are just a tad too short.
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I liked the position on my 2005 F350 the best. Just forward of the hitch on drivers side. My 2012 F250 with the '5th wheel prep package" came with the 7-pin connector located farther back close to the tailgate.

While both positions work well, the forward position is safer since you're not reaching or sticking your head under the trailer to connect or disconnect the plug.
Here's where Ford is putting them with the factory "5th wheel prep package". I do like it but I prefer it in front of the fender-well so I don't have to be under the front of the trailer to connect...
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Yeah, that's better VenturaBill. I like that. I'm going to move mine up that high, but I think forward about 6 to 8 inches.
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