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Old 02-28-2016, 02:14 AM   #1
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New 7 pin plug in box area of truck for the 5th wheel hitch?

Should I have a 7 pin plug put into the box area of my truck for the 5th wheel hitch to plug into? My truck did come with the tow package, I just need the brake controller which I'm getting on Monday. That's when the question about 7 pin plug came up. So what do you say? Yes,good idea or no don't need it?
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Old 02-28-2016, 07:16 AM   #2
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Do you need it? No. Is one nice to have? Yes. Without you just need to go under the trailer overhang and plug in the cable, with the extra one you need to reach into the bed to do it. Which do you prefer?

Being 6'2", I prefer reaching into the bed.
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Old 02-28-2016, 07:29 AM   #3
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Sandy, of bigger concern is what are you doing for a hitch? Your public profile indicates that you have a 5-1/2 foot bed in your F150. This sized bed is going to require a specialized set-up to allow proper clearances from the back of the cab.
And as Bob stated, the connection in the bed of the truck is much more convenient with the 5.0TA than the one down by the bumper.
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Old 02-28-2016, 09:06 AM   #4
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I have thought about this for awhile also, I asked Trademasters and they said they install one in the truck bed routinely and lengthen the factory cord. But my bed side is way too high for me to plug something in without a step stool, I'm thinking the stock bumper location with the factory stock length will be fine.
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I've been waffling on this decision since I bought Ten Forward. I'm the same as Jim, I need a step stool to reach anything inside the bed. What I worry about is anything in the bed rubbing against the plug. Carrying items in the bed (chairs, cooler, folding table, etc.) where space is at a premium may cause problems for the cord. While it's Fugly hanging over the tailgate, it's easily hooked/unhooked and keeps the available bed space free for needed camping items.
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Old 02-28-2016, 09:51 AM   #6
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Thank you all, my bed is also way too high to reach in. With a step stool I'd probably end up on my head in the truck bed and THAT would be a predictament!

My hitch is going to be installed by Trademasters. So hopefully, they will know what my truck needs. That is why I decided to have it done there instead of ahead of time.
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I have thought about this for awhile also, I asked Trademasters and they said they install one in the truck bed routinely and lengthen the factory cord. But my bed side is way too high for me to plug something in without a step stool, I'm thinking the stock bumper location with the factory stock length will be fine.
Trademasters installed mine in the bed. I find it to be extremely convenient and its much cleaner than having the plug hang over the tailgate. I plug it in and disconnect when the tailgate is open. You have to open the tailgate to hitch the trailer anyway, it does not require a step stool from the back.
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Maybe I can ask for a switch on the one in the bed, that way I do not have to open up the tailgate and unplug every time when I stop for any length of time....my factory 7 pin is live all the time, even when ignition is off.
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Maybe I can ask for a switch on the one in the bed, that way I do not have to open up the tailgate and unplug every time when I stop for any length of time....my factory 7 pin is live all the time, even when ignition is off.
It might be live, but will it use power if your lights are off? I've left mine plugged in overnight, its never caused a problem.
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With dual sixers and more amps than the auto battery it will drain the weakest until all are equalized, that is my thinking. I like to keep mine separate to prevent a dead starting battery.
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