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Broken Trailer Plug Fix

Discussion in 'Truck & Equipment Repair' started by fordtruck661, Jan 2, 2013.

  1. fordtruck661

    fordtruck661 Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 404

    Hi guys I have had a problem with braking the 7 pin plug off of my truck. I keep backing into piles of snow while I am plowing. I was looking for input and want to see what you have done so you dont brake yours off. I was thinking of trying to find a metal one that is chrome and cut a hole in the bumper.
     
    Last edited: Jan 2, 2013
  2. Spool it up

    Spool it up Senior Member
    Messages: 912

    ebay .
     
  3. plowin-fire

    plowin-fire Senior Member
    Messages: 196

    Don't back into the snow piles.
     
  4. fordtruck661

    fordtruck661 Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 404

    lol I try not to but it just seems to happen at some point every winter
     
  5. peteo1

    peteo1 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,660

    Mount it in the bed like you would for a gooseneck trailer.
     
  6. crazyboy

    crazyboy Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 298

    Put it further under the bumper, so if you hit a snow bank it doesn't get hit.
     
  7. RJ lindblom

    RJ lindblom Senior Member
    Messages: 346

    I will shoot a picture of what I did on my pickup.

    I'd go with drilling through the bumper and mount it on the surface
     
  8. hatefulmechanic

    hatefulmechanic Senior Member
    Messages: 228

    I do a LOT of upfitting for farmers and landscapers, basically the two most destructive bunch of people on the planet.

    I will pull one of the tag lights out, blow the hole bigger with a plasma, and install the connector there. Still meets FMVSS because it has a functional tag light, plus it gets the connector out of the way and up safely.
     
  9. RJ lindblom

    RJ lindblom Senior Member
    Messages: 346

    Back when we used 6 way plugs we used to do that.
     
  10. hatefulmechanic

    hatefulmechanic Senior Member
    Messages: 228

    99% of the upfittings we do get a 7 way RV plug, most of the time I will install this kind which has the 4 wire off to the side also. IF someone still uses the 6 way plugs, they get an adapter. Makes life much easier when pulling a bunch of different trailers.


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  11. theholycow

    theholycow PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,180

    Cut one off a GM at a junkyard and weld it on to a tough bracket or something...
    [​IMG]

    Mine's been quite tough and definitely handles new/crusty old snow piles.
     
  12. RJ lindblom

    RJ lindblom Senior Member
    Messages: 346

    This is what I did:

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  13. fordtruck661

    fordtruck661 Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 404

  14. hatefulmechanic

    hatefulmechanic Senior Member
    Messages: 228

    I used to install a lot of them, but wound up having corrosion issues over a few years. The plastic ones I install are sealed completely, and as long as they are wired up with shrink wrapped solder joints or shrink wrapped connectors, they last.
     
  15. fordtruck661

    fordtruck661 Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 404

    Ok I will use the plastic one I got last time
     
  16. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    Bingo.

    And make an extension cord....
     
  17. hatefulmechanic

    hatefulmechanic Senior Member
    Messages: 228

    Then ya got boneheaded employees who toss a shovel in the bed and smash it up.

    Or they don't route the extension right and it catches on the bed, ripping the plug out.

    :gunsfiring: at stupidity
     
  18. dfd9

    dfd9 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,475

    50 footer long enough?

    What gauge do you recommend?

    Do you use the ones with lighted ends?
     
  19. fordtruck661

    fordtruck661 Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 404

    Done...... did it just like hatefulmechanic suggested I really like the way it came out. Thanks again for the great idea

    trailer pluge 2.JPG

    Trialer pluge.JPG
     
  20. Antlerart06

    Antlerart06 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,437

    I learn this back in the 80s all mine are in a bumper or stuck in my flat beds

    Do have one I made a fake licence plate and have the plugs mounted in the plate bolted where the plate goes Did this to a new truck I couldnt make my self cut on it on new truck