F250 Trailer Sockets.

Submitted: Monday, Feb 28, 2005 at 03:10
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Some of the "effie" owners may be interested in this little modification, makes hook up a bit easier and keeps the trailer cables higher and less likely to be damaged on bad tracks.
Both myself and others have torn out the trailer plug in bad country.

I removed the number plate lamps from the rear bumper bar and replaced them with an "eyebrow" type number plate lamp mounted centraly above the number plate.
All legal if you use a number plate lamp with 2 light globes, meets ADR's.

I then used the holes left in the bumper to mount the trailer connection sockets.
In my case I have a rear view camera on the back of the van so I have a 5 pin round socket for that and the 7 pin round for the van.

Makes a tidy installation and saves a bit of bending as well.

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Reply By: Downunder - Friday, Mar 04, 2005 at 09:44

Friday, Mar 04, 2005 at 09:44
Bob,

As a recent convert to the F 250 I have spent some time sitting at the back looking for the ideal location for the trailer socket. Not a lot of options as you know but I did consider removing one of the 2 number plate lights, lucky for me I read your message first. (Did not think about ADR's)

I did not think of the obvious in replacing them with an overhead light but I will now take your lead and do it. I was resigned to thinking it would have to be underneath knowing it was also vulnerable.

Thanks for the tip.

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Follow Up By: Turist - Friday, Mar 04, 2005 at 18:01

Friday, Mar 04, 2005 at 18:01
Bill I attached my "Eyebrow" lamp by cutting a piece of aluminium sheet to size, width of lamp, twice as high.
This was rivetted to the hinged plastic number plate bracket, positioned centraly over the No. plate.
The cable from the existing lamps was extended and run through a length of small diameter split conduit.

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Reply By: Noosa Fox - Friday, Mar 25, 2005 at 04:28

Friday, Mar 25, 2005 at 04:28
I was one of the ones to rip the plug off when mounted underneath.

My fix was to drill some holes in the rear bumper and fit the plug there. Not as neat as what Bob has done, but again, no further problems when off roading.
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