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Adding a 7 way in the bed

I would like to add a 7 way plug to the bed of my truck for 5th wheel towing but would like to keep it at the bumper also. Any suggestion I have looked online and i could not find anything.
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Just build your own wiring harness that splices in to the bumper plug and run it in to your bed to where you are mounting your new plug!

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its advised not to splice into factory wiring, nothing but trouble down the road as far as corrosion
best advise is to make a pigtail that plugs into factory plug and run it up to where you want acc plug.

we have had trailer dealers install plug in bed by splicing into factory harness and 1 year later regretted it, but i live in nw ohio, tons of salt in winter
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dont splice into the factory harness, go to the plug on the bumper... cut factory plug off, install new one and have the wires for the bed plug tied into the plug at the bumper. solder the wires.. that way if there is an issue its at the plug near the bumper and its an easy fix. i have done this to several dozen trucks and works like a charm. only bad thing about it is you have to replace the plug at the bumper so you can tie the new one in for the bed
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Just build your own wiring harness that splices in to the bumper plug and run it in to your bed to where you are mounting your new plug!
Correct If you use good connectors and heat shrink tubing this is the way to go

If you go that route you will not have corrosion problems. Heat shrink is key. I also recommend Wire loom over the top of this

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Napa sells a harness just for this, you unplug the connection behind your bumper plug and it plugs in between using the factory style connectors. Then it has a 7 wire lead that you run up to the bed for your plug.
Edit- can't find that in the napa catalog anymore, but i know I've seen them online before. I'll keep looking

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Pollak 5th Wheel / Gooseneck T-Connector with 7-Pole - Ford, GM, Nissan w/ Factory Plug PK11893-11932 : Trailer hitch bike rack and trailer hitches - etrailer.com

It even has a factory style sealed connector for use in the bed! Thats the most bulletproof way to do it. No messing with your factory wires.

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Correct If you use good connectors and heat shrink tubing this is the way to go

If you go that route you will not have corrosion problems. Heat shrink is key. I also recommend Wire loom over the top of this
I should have mentioned wire loom and heat shrink but I didnt think about it!

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Napa sells a harness just for this, you unplug the connection behind your bumper plug and it plugs in between using the factory style connectors. Then it has a 7 wire lead that you run up to the bed for your plug.
Edit- can't find that in the napa catalog anymore, but i know I've seen them online before. I'll keep looking

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Pollak 5th Wheel / Gooseneck T-Connector with 7-Pole - Ford, GM, Nissan w/ Factory Plug PK11893-11932 : Trailer hitch bike rack and trailer hitches - etrailer.com

It even has a factory style sealed connector for use in the bed! Thats the most bulletproof way to do it. No messing with your factory wires.

These work good but use dielectric grease between that harness and the factory plug and use electrical tape to seal the area between that plug and the factory one. If you dont you will have a corrosion problem. I have used that particular one on 2 trucks and both came back to haunt me.

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Thanks i just bought one. And will do on the grease and tape
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