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Question Power & lights in bed?

Second owner of my 2015 F350 SRW, 4x4.
Came with gooseneck setup (B&W), but no trailer power hookup (or lights) in the bed.
Has anyone added those as after market options? If so, recommendations?
Mostly I tow bumper-tow so it's not a big issue, but when I upgrade to a fifth-wheel or gooseneck trailer, it would be nice to have the trailer connection (and some illumination) in the bed.
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This is the 7 pin plug for the bed. For light options, just get some led lights and wire them to one of the upfitter switches.

https://www.etrailer.com/Custom-Fit-...leid=201539380
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Are the upfitter switches just 12 volt power/ground interrupters?
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Are the upfitter switches just 12 volt power/ground interrupters?
They are switched power sources. Run your ground wire to the battery, run the positive to one of the pass through wires on the firewall and connect that passthru wire to one of the upfitter switches. The different switches have different amp ratings, so you'll have to check to see which one would work best for your application.
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Second owner of my 2015 F350 SRW, 4x4.
Came with gooseneck setup (B&W), but no trailer power hookup (or lights) in the bed.
Has anyone added those as after market options? If so, recommendations?
Mostly I tow bumper-tow so it's not a big issue, but when I upgrade to a fifth-wheel or gooseneck trailer, it would be nice to have the trailer connection (and some illumination) in the bed.
Most GN trailers have a long enough cord to plug in at the bumper. Just make sure you take the bumper pull drawbar out so it doesn't catch the cord. That's how I tow both my GNs.
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If you have a lariat you should have the running board light connector under the rear passenger door. I connected into that with a male connector and ran wiring into the bed and used flat led (chip on board) lights from etrailer and double sided taped them under the rail of my tonneau cover. When I open a door or unlock them the lights come on in the box.

The lights I used are the optronics LED Utility Strip Light - Slim Design - White LEDs - Aluminum Housing - 6-7/8" Long from etrailer
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Thanks @BWANKS1124 - I'll check for that connector. I have a Lariat/Platinum (short-bed), SRW, 4x4.
I've got the LED lights (I got mine from Amazon). Just trying to figure out the best option to wire them up.
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If I can put a spin on this... everyone uses their truck different, for my truck I did not want a dependant circuit.
Meaning I did not want an action to activate the lights, door open, parking lights on, ect.

That said, I have a switch in the bed, and a constant 12v active wire from the 7pin harness... this way I can switch the lights on demand when needed.

Try to keep the circuit simple.

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I tapped into the camper dome light and ran a switch in line

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If you have a lariat you should have the running board light connector under the rear passenger door. I connected into that with a male connector and ran wiring into the bed and used flat led (chip on board) lights from etrailer and double sided taped them under the rail of my tonneau cover. When I open a door or unlock them the lights come on in the box.

The lights I used are the optronics LED Utility Strip Light - Slim Design - White LEDs - Aluminum Housing - 6-7/8" Long from etrailer
@BWANKS1124 - is this the connector you mention? It's exactly where you described - left, rear, underneath passenger door (the red line in the pic is the air-line for the airlift).
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