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Old 08-19-2018, 11:46 AM   #1
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5.0 fifth wheel wiring harness

We plan to install Anderson ultimate 5th wheel hitch in our dodge ram 1500 to tow our 5.0TA.
In making connections for electrical wire harness between truck and trailer, what are the pro/cons and regarding the additional option of having the plug extension moved into bed of truck vs the trucks OEM plug at rear bumper.
thanks in advance for advice in answering this question.
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Old 08-19-2018, 12:37 PM   #2
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Given that it is a really easy install and eliminates the cable hanging down over the tailgate of the truck, I believe it to be a great thing to do.
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Old 08-19-2018, 12:47 PM   #3
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Other than the cost of the new harness and the time to install it, I can't think of any downside. Amazon and E-Trailer sell them and they're fairly straightforward to install.

The main advantage is that there are no worries about dragging the cord or catching it on something.

We had one with both our Scamp 19 and Escape 5.0TA.
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Old 08-19-2018, 01:47 PM   #4
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Once in a while a bag of trash catches the cover of the in bed port. Other then that no down side.

In other words, get one.
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We plan to install Anderson ultimate 5th wheel hitch in our dodge ram 1500 to tow our 5.0TA.
In making connections for electrical wire harness between truck and trailer, what are the pro/cons and regarding the additional option of having the plug extension moved into bed of truck vs the trucks OEM plug at rear bumper.
thanks in advance for advice in answering this question.
Hi: SJESCAPE... I've had both , in bed, and now in bumper. A little caution was all that was needed so camping gear didn't restrict the movement of the umbilical cord. Now I have an in bumper connection and the cord chafes on the rim of the tailgate causing a black mark on the white paint. Alf
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Old 08-19-2018, 07:42 PM   #6
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Hi: SJESCAPE... Now I have an in bumper connection and the cord chafes on the rim of the tailgate causing a black mark on the white paint. Alf
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Old 08-19-2018, 10:32 PM   #7
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We used the OEM bumper plug on our return trip after picking up our Escape 5.0TA 3 years ago. We turned sharply to back into a campsite and the umbilical cord hooked on the rear corner of the truck, ripped the wires out of the camper. Took us a couple of hours to rig some temporary wiring, then many phone calls and emails with ETI when we got home to get it retired. We now have and recommend the in bed plug.
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Can someone post some photos of the bed plug vs. the bumper plug? I'm having trouble visualizing it. Thanks!
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Hi: SJESCAPE... I've had both , in bed, and now in bumper. A little caution was all that was needed so camping gear didn't restrict the movement of the umbilical cord. Now I have an in bumper connection and the cord chafes on the rim of the tailgate causing a black mark on the white paint. Alf
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Time to put 1 in the bed, before the rub marks become rust marks. 😎
Keeps crud out of the connection too.
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Old 08-20-2018, 10:23 AM   #10
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Can someone post some photos of the bed plug vs. the bumper plug? I'm having trouble visualizing it. Thanks!
Hi Greg, this is a picture of my 7 Pin in the bed of an F-150 right behind the wheel well.
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