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Old 02-21-2015, 01:34 AM   #1
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Tundra trailer plug in

Our 2006 (purchased in 2015) Toyota Tundra has a factory tow package but when I went looking for the trailer plug it was tucked up in the frame and the plug in was destroyed and the bracket which had been fastened to the bottom of the hitch was gone. Knowing from past experiences that remounting it there that it was likely to get damaged again, in my search for a better place I found that behind the license plate were 2 square holes about 4" X 4". I cut an aluminum plate with a 2" hole in it to fit behind behind the plastic cladding with the 2" hole centered in the left square hole and secured it with 4 screws and then installed the 7 pin plug. I then mounted the license plate to a piano hinge and screwed the hinge to the top edge of the bumper with a 3/8" spacer behind it so the LP would lay flat



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Old 02-21-2015, 01:42 AM   #2
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Old 02-21-2015, 07:27 AM   #3
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So when your trailer is hooked up is your plate visible?
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So when your trailer is hooked up is your plate visible?
Mine certainly isn't, I have a trailer blocking the view.
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Old 02-21-2015, 09:19 AM   #5
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It would be interesting to see the angle of the plate when the trailer is plug in. And what would the local constabulary have to say about that?
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Mine certainly isn't, I have a trailer blocking the view.
Well good luck crossing the borders, checking the vehicle plates is how the border people tap into the NCIS and determine if you have any arrests or gun permits.
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Old 02-21-2015, 10:48 AM   #7
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The license plate is not readable when the trailer is plugged in but then thats why they put the trailer license plate on the back of the trailer.
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Old 02-21-2015, 11:14 AM   #8
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I have a 2007 Sequoia that I purchased last year and it sure has a funky placement of the 7 pin connector. It was slightly damaged by the previous owner but I was able to bend the mounting bracket back into place. Fortunately the plastic survived. It has a hard to reach location compared to my 4Runner.


I do not think you will have any issues with proper license plate display, after all, whenever the connection is in use the trailer is blocking the plate. Does WY require a trailer plate? How about a front license plate?
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Old 02-21-2015, 12:03 PM   #9
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Wyoming does require a rear plate on the trailer and a front plate on the truck. My thoughts exactly on being readable if the trailer is hooked up you don't see the rear plate on the truck. I would not be surprised that the rear bumper on a Sequoia was similar and this was an easy fix for a persistent problem that plagues all tow vehicles. My sister's new Tundra has a plug in below the bumper and it was the first casualty of an off pavement drive. Dave
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My last F-250 had the plugs under the bumper, and got wrecked twice. This was a factory install too. My new F-350 has them in the bumper, much better.

I too don't think there would be any issue with this license plate setup, as you would need to be stopped, and have someone go between the tow and trailer to read it anyway. Could you not still read the plate when the cable is connected, and you are standing by it?
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