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Mounting point for in-bed trailer connector

I'm going to mount a trailer connector like this in the bed of my longbox dually:

5th Wheel/Gooseneck 90-Degree Wiring Harness w/ 7-Pole Plug - GM, Ford, Dodge, Toyota - 9' Long Bargman Wiring 51-97-410

Being as how I'll never use the stake pockets, I figure I'd just get a hole saw big enough for the body of the trailer connector socket, drill through the two layers of sheet metal on the driver-side center stake pocket, and bolt it in there, running the cabling down to the frame and back to the rear bumper connector.

Have any of you guys done that? I don't generally throw lots of heavy stuff like concrete in the bed, so I figure the connector shouldn't get screwed up by anything in the bed. It'd be a lot more rigid than using one of those thin sheet metal brackets.
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HMMM - Hadn't heard of that. If you can get the end into the stake pocket it should work.

Mine is mounted in the driver's side bedwall.
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I figure mounting it up higher on the stake pocket would mean I wouldn't have to climb into the bed to hook up any thing. I could reach it all from the outside. It's crazy how much higher this newer truck is than my old '71 F-250 :-)
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I have mine mounted in the driver rear stake pocket. I will try and take a picture tomorrow if I don't forget.


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Thats how mine was mounted , threw all sorts of crap in the bed, only thing ever happened was the cover broke off eventually but other than that it was problem free and no more climbing under the goosneck to hook up the wiring

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I have the wire that the OP posted, but it's mounted like Darryl's. Just on the inside of the bed.

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Wow! Sorry for the small picture.

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