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Old 11-28-2016, 07:35 AM   #1
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Benefits/necessity of in-bed 7 pin plug?

Several forum members have re-routed their 7 pin plug to inside their pickup's bed. Is this a necessary modification or just more convenient? Since we're on the topic, what wiring harness is recommended for this mod?
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Old 11-28-2016, 08:19 AM   #2
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Several forum members have re-routed their 7 pin plug to inside their pickup's bed. Is this a necessary modification or just more convenient? Since we're on the topic, what wiring harness is recommended for this mod?
It is not necessary, but it is definitely more convenient and neater looking, and I mean neat, not cool.
It took me about an hour to install, mostly to cut a hole in the wall of the truck bed (hole saw in a drill), and to wire tie the cables to the underside of the truck. It is all "plug and play," as you simply disconnect the cable from the existing outlet and insert the harness "inline." You can find the harness on eTrailer for @ $65.
The only caution is check the spacing between the inner and outer bed wall by checking from the underside of the truck to make sure the spacing between the walls is adequate for the outlet in the new harness. Because the harness is in "series" with the existing wiring, both outlets will be useable.
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Convenience only.

Used this one, or one just like it. The original plug is still in place and working with the Y cable.

Pollak 5th Wheel and Gooseneck Trailer Connector Wiring Harness w/ T-Connector Pollak Custom Fit Vehicle Wiring PK11932

And a receptacle like this.

http://http://www.etrailer.com/Wirin...k/PK11893.html

Took a bit of fidgeting to get both to work correctly. Need a hole saw too.

I think they make them in 90 degrees too, might be easier clearance in the bed wall. too.
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Yep, I agree with Carl and Bob. Not necessary, but a bit more convenient and tidier too. This is the one I used. An hour tops to install for me too. Drill a hole for the connector, four holes for aluminum rivets to mount it (especially with the Ford aluminum body), crawl under and plug in the connections. Easy peasy.

5th Wheel/Gooseneck 90-Degree Wiring Harness w/ 7-Pole Plug - GM, Ford, Ram, Toyota - 9' Long Bargman Custom Fit Vehicle Wiring 50-97-410
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Think I'd opt for the one Jim used over the one I did, no pins to mess around with.
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Several forum members have re-routed their 7 pin plug to inside their pickup's bed. Is this a necessary modification or just more convenient?
I also installed the extra plug in the truck box, much easier than bending down to use the stock one. I added it because I noticed that the cable was abrading the paint on the edge of the tailgate.
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I added it because I noticed that the cable was abrading the paint on the edge of the tailgate.
Now THAT's a great reason to have it in the box! Thanks.
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Benefits/necessity of in-bed 7 pin plug?

Duh! It hadn't occurred to me that you could have a second connector inside the truck bed. Then my nephew got one on his truck. I had to have one. I love it!

(This assumes that you have a fifth wheel. I don't see a benefit if you have a tow behind.)
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"the harness is in "series" with the existing wiring, both outlets will be useable."

How about being parallel instead . . .
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Now THAT's a great reason to have it in the box! Thanks.
Stick with us Rich, we will find ways for you to validate spending lots, and lots of money.
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