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Old 06-14-2019, 12:30 PM   #1
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Wiring Harness for 5.0TA

On the Escape 5.0 TA. Iím getting estimates for a B&W Goose Neck ball to be installed in the bed of my truck. Installers wanted to know if I wanted wiring installed. I told the mechanic I get back to him. After viewing some of the pictures of the 5.0TA on the Internet and pics from the company, it appears the wiring harness drops from the overhang and it can be plug inÖeither into the rear bumper or into the bed of the truck. Any opinions which is better.
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Old 06-14-2019, 12:36 PM   #2
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Most people prefer to have a 7 pin connector installed in the bed so the cord does not drape over the outside of the tailgate down to the bumper connector and have to be restricted from chafing or dragging. It's a simple procedure and not expensive - they just get an adapter that plugs into your existing wiring at the back of the bumper 7-pin connector and has a cord that extends over to the side of the bed wall near the back, much more convenient.
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Most people prefer to have a 7 pin connector installed in the bed so the cord does not drape over the outside of the tailgate down to the bumper connector and have to be restricted from chafing or dragging. It's a simple procedure and not expensive - they just get an adapter that plugs into your existing wiring at the back of the bumper 7-pin connector and has a cord that extends over to the side of the bed wall near the back, much more convenient.
I'm not one of those most people. The cord is in no danger of dragging on the ground, unless it comes unplugged. And since I'm short, I would need a ladder to plug in the cord inside the bed. What I was concerned with an in-the-box connector is packing stuff inside the box and possibly damaging the connector at the sidewall or trapping/pinching the cord under heavy items. Just short of five years later, I'm still happy with the "at the bumper" connection. YMMV
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Old 06-14-2019, 01:10 PM   #4
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I used the indentations in the side (most pickups have them) to put a 2x10 across the bed as a divider. Makes a protected area for the electric cord to lay, and creates a large storage area in front of it around the hitch where I usually stack a bunch of firewood.
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Old 06-14-2019, 02:00 PM   #5
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i use the plug in the bed of my truck i use a little step ladder to hook up anyway (i cant reach anything!) so not big issue for me- never had a problem. With other 5th wheel trailers i have plugged at the bumper that works too not my preference to drape the plug over the tail gate but both work!
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I wouldn't be without the the 7 pin in the bed. I much prefer to keep the cord going directly from the 5.0 (which is essentially in the bed) to the connection in the bed. Personally, I didn't want it draping over the tailgate and potentially rubbing on the paint and bouncing around. I don't recall seeing a poll but I think with the 5.0 its pretty popular/common to have the 7 pin in the bed.

The cost is usually under $100 to have installed so if you end up not using it you are not out a ton of money. If you don't want to potentially waste the money it is an easy enough option to have done anytime also.
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I'm not one of those most people. The cord is in no danger of dragging on the ground, unless it comes unplugged. And since I'm short, I would need a ladder to plug in the cord inside the bed. What I was concerned with an in-the-box connector is packing stuff inside the box and possibly damaging the connector at the sidewall or trapping/pinching the cord under heavy items. Just short of five years later, I'm still happy with the "at the bumper" connection. YMMV
Hi: Donna D... I'm with you!!! Our truck came with the 4& 7 pin connector in the rear bumper and a hitch receiver there too!!! I'm quite happy to use them there. I can add some protective covering on the tailgate or a bungee for support. I do have a Rubbermaid 2 step for reaching into the bed to hitch and unhitch!!! Alf
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When I'm traveling, I seldom unhitch Ten Forward, but will pull the umbilical. I don't want to get out the ladder, move stuff around in the bed of the truck to do so. At the bumper works, what's not to like?


The whole discussion reminds me about 'best' and the trailer power cord. Detachable or pull out. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA.
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I had not thought to have the additional connector installed in the truck bed until now, but I've already paid to have the trailer cord replaced after it came loose and dragged! Truck bed installation seems like money well spent before the new cord does the same.
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I had not thought to have the additional connector installed in the truck bed until now, but I've already paid to have the trailer cord replaced after it came loose and dragged! Truck bed installation seems like money well spent before the new cord does the same.
After I hookup everything and turn on the truck, as long as the truck is running as SOON as there is no power from the tug to the trailer, my dash lights up. I could see how a cord would drag if you didn't know it disconnected. I'm glad that's not my concern.
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