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Old 07-09-2012, 09:20 PM   #1
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5th Wheel Bed Plug...Install 101 w/PICS

Looking forward to picking up our new 5'ver in a week or two so I installed a Curt #56070 7' OEM 7-Way Extension (a.k.a. bed plug) to make hookup easier.

Getting started: Like many guys, I chose to install the plug in the rear driver-side bed. I used a 2-1/8" (54mm) hole saw. Ensure your hole saw is meant for steel and not just for wood and/or PVC material. I used a T20 Torx driver to take off the rear light assembly so that I could see the cavity that I was drilling into.





No turning back now...



These beds are Ram Tough to punch through. While drilling, I cooled down the hole saw by dipping it into the red cup filled with water.



I used the Dremel to smooth out the edges.



As a corrosion inhibitor, I used black VHT Flame Proof Header Paint. Why, you ask? Well, it was either this or Plasti Dip. I had sprayed the black VHT paint inside my chrome exhaust tip last year. It looked good and is very durable.



Mikayla and Landon stopped by to help daddy



The kids helped me fish the extension plug up through the hole.



Landon used a 7/64" bit to pre-drill the four mounting holes. He thinks the bed is Ram Tough too!



The extension runs straight down from the hole.



This is how the Curt #56070 splices neatly into the factory wiring harness. Pretty darn simple.



Everything zip-tied and secured



And....here's the finished product



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Baron37075,
Nice write up and good job. I like the way you let your boys help, that is a wonderful thing.
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Old 07-09-2012, 10:02 PM   #3
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Nice job on that install. Now I'm just gonna have to copy what you did!
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Old 07-10-2012, 02:59 PM   #4
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I like what you did and thanks for the great post! I hate having my cord handing over the tailgate to plug it in but really wasn't up to the hassel of changing it around. Now that I know it's not that much of a job to do I'll have to put that on my to do list---which seems to get longer every week.
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So are your helpers available for another install?

I too need to install one so I don't have the cord hanging over the gate.
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Great job and a very well-done HOWTO!
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That's about the same place I put it on my `97 Ram. Looks clean.
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nice article can u email me this before I LOSE PAGE WILL PROB DO THIS, THIS FALL THANKS JIM
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That is such a great set-up. My buddies new F350 has this and I thought how great it would be if the cord didn't hang the back of my p/u....I'm gonna look at doin this set-up as well...Thanks for the pics.
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I still use my 5er connector when towing my 20' enclosed, but needed to make a 6' extension to reach it.
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Appreciate your positive comments! After figuring out how easy this install was, I thought this info would be good for us "do-it-yourself" folks who wanted to avoid the dealer's labor rates. Now, I only have to skirt past the child-labor laws here in TN.

My truck is so tall that even with the plug mounted high on the bed wall, I still need the bedstep to reach in there...that bedstep is a lifesaver.

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nice article can u email me this before I LOSE PAGE WILL PROB DO THIS, THIS FALL THANKS JIM
Hey Jim, I sent you a PM with the link. Let me know if you didn't receive it. Take care..Baron
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You might want to consider a 5th wheel tailgate. They come in different designs and prices. Even though I don't still have a 5er, I still have mine on. Makes it easier to load/unload HD/Lowe's and Walmart items.
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You might want to consider a 5th wheel tailgate. They come in different designs and prices. Even though I don't still have a 5er, I still have mine on. Makes it easier to load/unload HD/Lowe's and Walmart items.
Those 5th wheel tailgates look extremely functional. If I hitched/unhitched on a more frequent basis then I would definitely consider getting one.
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