The hose clamp is used to secure this bracket to the trailer hitch. This bracket provides a sturdy place to attach the connector specific mounting bracket (not included). This short bracket is designed for use with 4- and 5-way connectors.

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No-Drill Mount Bracket, Short

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Tow Ready Accessories and Parts - 18140

The hose clamp is used to secure this bracket to the trailer hitch. This bracket provides a sturdy place to attach the connector specific mounting bracket (not included). This short bracket is designed for use with 4- and 5-way connectors.


Features:

  • 3" Wide x 3-3/4" Long


This bracket can be used with any of the following mounting brackets to make a no-drill mount for your trailer connector:

  • Mounting Bracket 4-Pole Flat (#18144)
  • Mounting Bracket for 4-, 5- and 6-Way Connectors (#118137)
  • Mounting Bracket for 7-Way Standard Connectors (#18138)
  • Mounting Bracket for 7-Way OEM Connectors (#PK12711U)
  • Mounting Bracket for Wesbar 5-Pole Flat (#tr20046)

Mounting Bracket Display: Long Bracket (18136) with 4,5 and 6-Way Bracket (18137)

The picture above illustrates a typical application of a no-drill mounting bracket and trailer connector bracket.



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Video Transcript for Tow Ready Accessories and Parts 18140 Review

Today we're going to review part number 18140. This is the tow-ready no-drill short universal mounting bracket and clamp. This part includes everything shown here, the short bracket, the screw clamp, and the mounting screws and nuts. This bracket is used for mounting your electrical connectors to a trailer hitch cross tube without any drilling. The screw clamp right here is what is used to secure this bracket to the trailer hitch. Basically this bracket, you would go on top of your cross tube on your hitch, tighten this screw clamp down to hold it into place. You'll notice there's holes drilled in that.

Basically what you would do is use a . we do sell the mounting brackets for the connectors separately. Here is an example of a part number 18144. This is for a four-way flat connector, we do sell this part separately on our website, and it is listed as a related product on this product page. Basically what you would do is once this is attached to your cross-tube, and this mounting bracket is just attached to the pre-drilled holes just like that, and it gives you a place for your four-way to attach at the back of your vehicle, so it's not just hanging down. Do you want me to give you a few dimensions on the bracket itself This is the short version, so the width on it is three inches wide, and the length on it is three and three-quarter inches long.

That should do it for the review, on part number 18140, the tow-ready no-drill short universal mounting bracket and screw clamp. .


Customer Reviews

No-Drill Mount Bracket, Short - 18140

Average Customer Rating:  4.7 out of 5 stars   (143 Customer Reviews)


The hose clamp is used to secure this bracket to the trailer hitch. This bracket provides a sturdy place to attach the connector specific mounting bracket (not included). This short bracket is designed for use with 4- and 5-way connectors.



- 18140

by: Adam07/23/2012

2012 Toyota Highlander


After reading other reviews and watching the simple how-to video on e-trailer this product (118449) was extremely easy to install and works as expected. I would recommend this to anyone looking to install their own harness on the 2012 Highlander. The only thing that I would like to see added is another thin plug/receptacle that can fit through a splice in the rubber grommets at the rear of the vehicle (so the 4-pole connector can be mounted permanently outside the vehicle). The existing 4 pin connectors on both ends are too large to feed through the vehicle body grommets. Instead I spliced the wires, ran them through the grommet, and re-soldered and heat shrank the wires for a solid connection. I intentionally spliced the wires closer to the plug internal to the vehicle to avoid problems with dust, grime, and corrosion. To mount the 4-pole connector outside the vehicle I paired this product with 18144 and 18140, at the suggestion of customer service at e-trailer. (Customer service was wonderful!) This worked splendidly. I'm very happy with the end result, and considering my total cost was about 1/3 to 1/2 the price of a factory installed version I don't think there's a better option. Incidentally, I have a Curt hitch which has round bars underneath. This posed no problems for the no-drill mount. It seems to secure tight enough to remove all play from the mounting bracket (18140). All in all I'm very happy with customer service and all three products I used for this project. 48966



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by: Greg07/03/2014

2000 Ford F-250


This bracket 11840 worked out perfectly to attach the replacement 7 way trailer connector 118243 to my 2000 Ford F250 7.3 Super Duty. Without this bracket, the 118243 connector would not mount correctly to my truck. It would not clear the bottom of my bumper in the original mounting position on the bumper. I also bought the Pollak7 plus 4 way connector because I have multiple trailers with different connectors. This product is HM40975 and I highly recommend that it be purchased with the other two products. The guys at eTrailer really know their products and are so helpful. They know what exceptional customer service is all about. Also, I love all of their online videos and information on the website that allows you to make informed decisions. Their prices are very competitive too. With free shipping over $99, they can't be beat.. For those reasons, I will not buy trailer gear anywhere else. 138978



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by: Manny K.10/08/2014

2006 Toyota Tacoma


The short, no-drill mounting bracket was exactly what I needed to mount my 7-pin trailer connecter. I didn't want it to protrude beyond the bumper, and it mounted level with the 2" box. I also wanted it to sit farther under the truck, so it was generally out of the way. This installation was done on a 2006 Tacoma 2x4 with a Draw-Tite tow hitch, model 75236. I would recommend using some flex pipe to keep all the wires secure and covered. You can buy that at Home Depot in the electrical aisle for $3 or so. 155257



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by: dave h02/21/2014

2011 Subaru Outback


Product installed in a few minutes. Metal clamp is very strong/tight and the 4-pole bracket hole fits very tight with my plug. I wished I would have watched the 2011 Outback install video before installing my wiring. It took me a long time to get the wiring to the hitch, but after watching your video, I see there was a much easier way to go (under the spare tire)! No pics to post, but my install looks exactly like that shown in the video. 117130



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by: Quinn H.05/25/2015

2011 Toyota Sienna


I made the mistake of ordering the short bracket for my 2011 Sienna. If you have installed a Curt hitch I recommend the long bracket if you're installing a 7-pole trailer connector as well. The body of the 7-pole was impeding on my hitch making installation impossible. I've ordered the longer bracket and should have no issue with install now. 196710



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by: BH12/17/2012

2012 Toyota Highlander Ltd


Easy to install in a 2012 Highlander Limited with Curt Hitch 13534 Buy the universal brackets (18140/18144) to make a professional look. Easy to install, but the bracket is angled on the Curt hitch due to the assumption that it is on a square hitch facing straight back. Still looks great. 61644



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by: Palmer L12/02/2013

Jeep Wrangler Unltd


Great product, easy to install, works well with my Wrangler Unlimited. I have no complaints at all. The design is flexible enough so that the bracket can be installed in several different locations. I would definitely by from etrailer again. 108879



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by: Rob McC07/28/2015

Cadillac SRX


Nice sturdy piece of kit! The installation on my SRX was exactly as shown in the video. Really looks good. Probably a 10 minute job at most. 215003



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by: Joe S.05/03/2012

2006 Honda Pilot


Worked great on after market 2" hitch for 2006 Honda Pilot. This shorter one is perfect for the flat four plug 39319



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by: Zachary G.01/15/2016


This product was perfect and the video for putting it together with the hopkins wiring plug worked perfectly! I simply bought this product to take place of my old one. 235562



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by: Judy and Bob K.04/25/2016


Sorry to be so late in sending you photos. To get the plug more forward, we used the brackets we bought from you. At the same time, we rewired the 7-pole receptacle and place a boot from a shock over the wire and receptacle to keep everything more water tight. Works very well. Thanks again for your prompt service in getting the brackets to us. 246889



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by: Bob03/26/2016


Installed on a Curt trailer hitch part # 13408 for a 2004 Jeep wrangler. Mounted the 4 pin flat mounting bracket (part # 18144) to it. Makes it so you do not have to drill mounting bracket into hitch or bumper. Holds very tight in hitch! Installation was simple, fast, and clean. Highly recommended. 241864



- 18140

by: Chas.04/23/2013


Sturdy, easy to install. Also shipped very quickly and arrived in great shape. 77430


Comments

It is still working well. Good product.

Chas. - 05/16/2014

4220

- 18140

by: Gh0st!01/09/2014


Good bracket to hold your 4 pin wire harness, no more dangle wire and looks clean. 112372


Comments

Still work great!

Gh0st! - 01/23/2015

8864



- 18140

by: David Tosch08/27/2013


looks good 97142


Comments

Working great. No problems at all.

David T - 08/27/2014

6499

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by: Greg P.10/03/2014


This mount worked great! Installed in minutes. I paired it with the mounting bracket 4 pole flat (18144) that you can also purchase. They both make the 4 pin connector look professional and keep the wires from dangling down from trailer hitch. Excellent product! 154302



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by: Marcin R.07/07/2016


Look's good . Cool bracket! 269148



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by: Andrew M.08/19/2013


This was the easiest purchase by far. Prior to purchase, I viewed the informative installation videos of the wiring package and bracket mount. The product came in just a few days, and as ordered. Installation was easy and I took a few tips for other reviews regarding placing the electronics in the body and away for the environmental elements. I would highly recommend Etrailer for all your towing or hitch needs. 95790



- 18140

by: Jim B11/15/2012


The instructions for attaching the wiring harness and mounting bracket are woefully inadequate. No mention is made of where to attach the mounting bracket and, once you figure out where to put it, you are left with the surprise that more of the facia needs to be cut out and there is no guidance as to how to enlarge the cut-out. If the instructions had been better, this product would have rated an "excellent". 59461



- 18140

by: nabrno07/19/2016


Paired this with item ETBC7. Unfortunately, it was too short for my application but that is not a problem with the item itself. I easily lengthened it using some small bolts. Quality appears decent however the paint chipped off of the hose clamp first time through the wash. Not a big deal though unless you REALLY want the clamp to stay black. If in doubt, I would get the longer one. 273507



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by: Stanley05/09/2016


I believe it only took about 2 minutes to install this bracket because of the new style hose clamp. Once the bracket was in place the flat plug just snapped into place like advertised. The trailer hitch and wiring fit together without any problems and it looked like our car came from the factory with the hitch. I would recommend this hitch, wiring & accessories to my friends. 249347



- 18140

by: Mike L01/07/2012


Attached to the hitch tube. You need an additional bracket for your type of connector (18144 for 4-way flat). It's so nice I am getting another for my other car. 29280



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by: Mike P.07/08/2014


No need to buy this part like I did. It will not mount on a round tube hitch frame that I have. Use zip ties and you will have a spool of extra wire near the center rear of the hitch. When not using the trailer, just tuck the 4-pin wire connector inside the spool of wire to keep last bit of wire with the connector from flopping around in mid-air. 140115



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by: Shawn J06/17/2015


This a very useful product. It would've been to have about another 1/2 inch in length but it was able to handle the job. 204129



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by: Charles C05/19/2014


First time I have used etrailer.com. They are GREAT! The install video was most helpful. Parts came in the mail fast, and install was very simple thanks to the video. Dealership wanted $150 for the install and I was able to do it for $53 and an hour of my time. Will use these guys again. 131342



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by: Marcus N09/07/2013


The product was exactly as described and shown in the video. Worked very well with the 4-pole flat mounting bracket. On my last installation I kept the wiring in the vehicle until needed. That would not have been convenient this time - this bracket made for a neat and clean installation. 98768



- 18140

by: Reggie M.03/24/2015


Wife wanted the plug not to show and this product works perfect. Super fast shipping 180562



- 18140

by: Chad05/25/2016


Stop, this is not the only part. This is piece #1 to mount the lights. You need a 2nd piece. I'm still glad I bought it, I'm simply frustrated I didn't realize more was needed. My goal was no drilling of holes into my car and/or hitch. This allowed me to do that. 251441



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by: Nick04/11/2016


Used this with the Universal installation kit for Trailer Brake Controllers, made mounting wiring plug to bumper a piece of cake. Used it on a 2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 4 door stock bumper. Actually mounts to frame behind bumper. Makes everything look stock. 243827



- 18140

by: Carl04/14/2015


It would have been nice to know that they make 2 different lengths , a short and a long . With the Curtis hitch the long plate would have worked much better . The short plate had to be mounted underneath of the hitch which makes it a little low to the ground 185257



- 18140

by: Josh04/01/2012


it did what it said but I didn't have a vice grip to bend so I had to wing it. If I would have had a vice grip it would be perfect but my fault on that. Etrailer.com had directions but I didn't follow and had to improvise. Once all done it did it's job. 35857



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by: Jett09/21/2015


Very nice bracket. Very good instructions to install. 226782



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by: Rick L09/22/2014


This item will not work on the draw-tite hitch because the draw-tite has cylindrical tubing. This product is made for rectangular frames. No problem though because item 18144 can be attached to the plastic bumper cover right next to the hitch. 152383



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by: Tony A.06/24/2016


Works for it's intended purpose - does slip a little but you could fix that with a piece of rubber or some adhesive tape...other than that its great. we used ours for a place to mount up the air fitting for our helper springs and it's great. 264510



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by: Mike K.06/07/2016


Excellent Product and Great Service!! 258767



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by: Kevin B.08/06/2012


Excellent product. 50704



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by: Jm09/26/2014


This was a very easy to use bracket to support before flat trailer wire holder I like the fact that I didn't have to drill anything which is a big selling point here in Massachusetts with our salt filled winter. 153223



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by: OK06/20/2012


I would rate this product as excellent but the hose clamp that was supplied was a piece of junk and would not work and I had to buy another from the auto store. The finish results are very good. 44915



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by: David03/27/2013


This was a great experience for me. My son and I worked on this together, installed and completed with clean-up in less than 30 minutes. Your installation video is awesome! 72723



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by: David R.06/02/2013


Used with the Mounting Bracket (part number 18144) this made the 4 flat plug in very accessible and very sturdy while looking like a professional installation. Thank you. 82927



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by: Howie W.02/23/2015


Quick and easy install. I wouldn't have known i needed to buy two parts if it hadn't been for the installation video that paused to display the two part numbers required. 175689



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by: Bill H.05/27/2012


Good product ... does its job. I used three plastic wire ties to secure the bracket to the hitch tube instead of the included steel strap. All appears snug and tight. 41789



- 18140

by: Michael07/18/2013


Combining this no drill mount with the 4 pin trailer light provides a simple and clean (not to mention professional) installation for the wiring. Excellant product. 90148



- 18140

by: Amanda W.12/09/2013


Ordered this as a christmas present and I was extremely impressed with how fast it was shipped and delivered. Will definitely use them again for anything I need! 109687



- 18140

by: Bobby07/25/2013


Fast delivery and worked exactly as advertised. Will order from etrailer again. Installed on a round hitch and part grabs well and stays put. Happy customer 91609



- 18140

by: Andrew M04/22/2015


Bracket worked like a charm to mount to my stock style square tube hitch on my F-150. Clamp seems to be well built and should hold with no worries. 187454



- 18140

by: Mike D.05/20/2013


Secure connection for mounting the 4 pole flat mounting connector. Much better and easier than fabricating your own or drilling into the hitch. 81168



- 18140

by: Stephen05/09/2016


Really terrific response and service. No need to drive all over town looking for overpriced items and accessories. It's my new go-to website. 249290



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by: Joe S.07/02/2015


Extremely quick and simple installation and a very high quality product. A clean and and secure way to position a trailer wiring interface. 208925



- 18140

by: John H10/25/2011


I ordered wiring for a trailer and a mounting bracket. Everything came as ordered in one package very promptly. Great service Thank you. 26094

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  • There are two options for energizing the backup solenoid on your trailer to allow you to backup. The first is an adapter like you mentioned. The 4 Pole to 5 Pole Trailer Wiring Adapter, # 20036, is designed to be easily installed and removed once the blue wire is spliced into the vehicles reverse light circuit, behind one of the rear tail lights. A circuit tester, # 3808 if needed, is required to determine the correct wire to splice the blue wire to. The second option is to use a 5-Way...
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  • 7-Way Trailer Wiring Connector Mounting Bracket for a 2011 Nissan Frontier
  • I recommend using the Pollak 7-Way Mounting Bracket, # PK12711U, over the Draw-Tite 7-Way Mounting Bracket, # 18138, because the slotted holes allow for fit to many different manufacturers 7-Way trailer connectors. To make the installation easy and avoid drilling, I would recommend a no drill bracket. We have a short model, # 18140, and a long model, # 18136. The short model sticks out 3-3/4 inches and the long model sticks out 6-1/2 inches depending on the location you decide to mount...
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  • Mounting Bracket for 7-Way Trailer Connector Installed on a 2013 Nissan Frontier
  • Since the 7-Way part of wiring harness # 118266 for your 2013 Nissan Frontier can be surface mounted, a mounting bracket isn't mentioned but is listed on the right hand side of the page under Related Items. The recommended bracket listed is # PK12711U and the hardware you can use is # PK11926. To use this without attaching it directly to the truck you can use short bracket # 18140 or long bracket # 18136. Curt also has a neat bracket that attaches around the receiver, # C58000. I...
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  • How to Route the Trailer Wiring Plug Permanently Outside Next to the Hitch on a 2011 Toyota Sienna
  • To route the trailer wiring connector outside on your 2011 Toyota Sienna you will need to find a grommet in the rear of the vehicle. I attached a photo showing a grommet that can be used in the cargo area of the 2011 Sienna under the carpeting. We have a video, see link, detailing this wiring harness installation. The grommet used in the video to route the power wire to the vehicle battery could be used to route the 4-Way connector out of the vehicle and back to the trailer hitch. I...
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  • Converting a 4 Pole Connector on a 2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser to a 5 Pole Boat Trailer Connector
  • Usually when you have a boat trailer with a 5 pole connector the trailer has hydraulic surge brakes and not electric brakes and you would not use a brake controller. The additional blue wire is for a reverse lockout on your hydraulic surge brakes to deactivate them while the tow vehicle is in reverse. If your boat trailer is the only trailer you plan on towing then you will want to install the T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness with 4 pole trailer connector, part # 118405, and you will want...
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  • Routing the Trailer Wiring Harness Power Wire and Moving the 4-Way Under a 2013 Toyota Sienna
  • The connection to the battery is something that many people have reservations about until they actually start the process and realize that it is not so bad. There are different ways you can get to the battery and I actually wrote an FAQ article on this topic which I have linked for you. The FAQ gives general tips on different methods for routing the power wire. You can run the wire through the vehicle if you wish but just keep in mind that this does take more time and you may end up...
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  • Questions About Towing a Skeeter SX 170 Bass Boat with a 2005 BMW X3 and Wiring
  • I agree, Draw-Tite is one of the most popular hitches on the market today. For your 2005 BMW X3 the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch, item # 75371, would be a great choice for towing a Skeeter SX170 bass boat. To complete your towing package you will need wiring, a ball mount with pin and clip, and a properly sized hitch ball. I have provided links to the items recommended for your vehicle and some instructions that will help. For mounting the 4-Way connector at the rear of the vehicle...
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  • Mounting Bracket Recommendation for Trailer Wiring Harness # 56083 on a 2011 Lexus RX350
  • I recommend using the Mounting Bracket, # 18144, with No-Drill Bracket, # 18140. This will provide a more professional appearance than zip tying the harness to the trailer hitch on your 2011 Lexus RX350.
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