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Old 05-06-2007, 05:44 PM   #1
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my receiver plug snapped out of housing (destroyed it) while backing up 90 deg. turn. the setup is factory on 99 dodge2500. has been suggested to move it up into bed of truck for 5th wheel but i also tow a large boat and other trailers that need it to be down near the under bumper hitch. I am thinking about adding "curly cord" extension but am concerned about amp draw for brakes and lights etc. i am new to the 5th wheel.I broke this off while practice maneuvers around the yard. I was practicing backing this thing up for just this reason.Well not exactly, i expected to get myself stuck in the tree line or something ,did not expect this to break but it did. any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I have been reading these forums for months and have learned so much from all of you folks,this is great and I have to laugh cuz i see myself in the same spot as many of you. Sure is fun
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my receiver plug snapped out of housing (destroyed it) while backing up 90 deg. turn. the setup is factory on 99 dodge2500. has been suggested to move it up into bed of truck for 5th wheel but i also tow a large boat and other trailers that need it to be down near the under bumper hitch. I am thinking about adding "curly cord" extension but am concerned about amp draw for brakes and lights etc. i am new to the 5th wheel.I broke this off while practice maneuvers around the yard. I was practicing backing this thing up for just this reason.Well not exactly, i expected to get myself stuck in the tree line or something ,did not expect this to break but it did. any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I have been reading these forums for months and have learned so much from all of you folks,this is great and I have to laugh cuz i see myself in the same spot as many of you. Sure is fun
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Old 05-06-2007, 05:55 PM   #3
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Hi Pete,
Welcome to iRV2. Many who tow 5th wheels have the electrical connection in one of the side walls in the bed of the truck AND on the bumper, so you can tow both kinds of trailers. Consider installing an "extension" from the existing bumper-mounted connector to one that will mount on the wall of your truck's bed. That should solve both problems and prevent you from breaking another umbilical.

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Old 05-06-2007, 06:06 PM   #4
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thanks Paul, I just started with this rig and wow parts flying around was ,well kinda surprising . I was glad nothing serious,What size wire should be used to extend the cord either from truck or cut and splice existing cord on trailer so it can take 90degree turns in reverse
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ok now i am smiling again .Not only new to fifth wheel but forum too. I apparently just replied to my own question is that normal??
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Old 05-06-2007, 09:15 PM   #6
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Hi Pete, Don't worry about posting to yourself, you'll get the hang of it. I'm on my 4th 5er and I've never bothered to put the plug in the bed. I know a majority of people do. Just about any RV dealer should have the plug and wiring you need to install in the bed. I'm not 100% sure, but I think with Ford's you can buy a pre-wired plug from the dealer that would either plug into the exsisting wiring or be spliced in.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by pete99:
What size wire should be used to extend the cord either from truck or cut and splice existing cord on trailer so it can take 90degree turns in reverse </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
I'd suggest looking at the wire gauges at the back of the existing truck connector and matching them. Depending on the circuit, it is probably wired with 14 up to 10 gauge, stranded. The heaviest wire (10 or possibly 8) will provide power to charge the batteries on the trailer. Lights will probably be 14 gauge.
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Old 05-07-2007, 03:31 PM   #8
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hey folks thank you so much for the replies.I checked the existing cable from the 5th wheel and it says 12/6 and 10-1 trailer cable.I am familiar with wiring machinery but this is new to me.I never heard of that before.I stopped at TSC today and found almost what I was looking for. I call it "curly cable" I was gonna use this but did not know it comes made up already,sorta. I could only find this cable with 7 pin RV connector on one end and 4 pin flat connector on the other.Close but not quite.Anyone know where I could find something like this with 7pin Rv male connector one end 7pin female the other?? Iam so new to this it stands to reason if I thought about this solution than someone else is using this type setup.I would like to just keep the under bumper hitch plug in place and let the "curly cord" hang over the tail gate. I am not overly concerned if it touches tailgate occasionaly,don't get me wrong I like my truck and it still looks good and I'd like to keep it that way ,but it is a truck and I do use it like one. Thanks again this is very cool being able to converse with guys about this stuff. I am heading out with my lady and 2 kids this weekend on first trip ever in any camper. My girl loves camping and the kids too.We spent our last camping trip 2 years ago week long at the beach in tents and rained for 3 long days. We did not go at all last year(surprised)we are anxious to go again. I am just nervous about all the stuff that can go wrong dragging a 30' trailer around and want all my guys to be safe and not spend vacation fightin or worrying about mechanical issues with the vehicles.Kinda hope it rains just alittle at night,will really aprreciate the 5th wheel after tenting out
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Old 05-07-2007, 03:39 PM   #9
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hello triple t1953,not sure of protocall,if I should just use your name in sig.or the user name .I have been told we will quickly trade up on the 5er too. Hard to belive since we just started and have not spent a single weekend in it yet. Thanks for the input, just wanted to say we have a black lab those labs are great dogs.Funny how we run into people so similar.Thanks again
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