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Ford Replacement OEM Tow Package Wiring Harness, 7-Way

Tow Ready Custom Fit Vehicle Wiring

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Tow Ready Custom Fit Vehicle Wiring - 118242

Tow Ready Replacement 7-Way Wiring Harness for 1997-03 Ford F-150 Light Duty & F-250 Light Duty Pickups with OEM 4-Flat Trailer Connectors. Also fits 2004 Ford F-150 Heritage Series.


  • Exact Replacement for Damaged OEM Wiring Harness
  • Installs in Seconds on Vehicles not Factory Pre-Wired
  • Upgrades Vehicles From 4-Flat OEM Wiring to 7-Way Connectors
  • Connects Directly to Standard OEM Connector
  • Fits mounting bracket PK-12711U, sold separately
  • Fuses and Relays Included
  • Can only be used with a factory 4-pole harness
    • This will not work with a factory 7-pole harness

118242 Will Not Work on Ford SuperDuty Trucks - use 118243


Product detail

Picture of OEM Connector. The plug is usually located on the driver's side between the back tires and the end of the truck bed.


Product detail

Picture of the 7-Way Connector



118242 Ford Replacement OEM Tow Package Wiring Harness, 7-Way







Video of Ford Replacement OEM Tow Package Wiring Harness, 7-Way


Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer
installation instructions and specs for complete information.

Video Brake Controller Install 2001 Ford F150
Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2001 Ford F-150

Video Transcript for Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2001 Ford F-150

Today on this 2001 Ford F-150 we are going to install part number 90885-3035P, this includes the Tekonsha Prodigy P2 brake controller with the Ford adapter. On the back of this vehicle we are going to install part number 118242 from Tow Ready. The first thing we need to do is find the port for the brake control package. On this year Ford it is pretty easy, right next to the data port here. Right to the left of it you can see it right here. So our adapter cord we will plug that into the port right here. Now we will plug this other half in the back of the brake controller and now we will find a spot for our bracket. A nice thing about the P2 brake controller is you can mount it vertical so you get more choices in mounting the brake controller itself on different vehicles. 00:52

We know where we are going to put our brackets so lets make some marks on the dashboard and install the bracket. Before we drill we can reach up in there and make sure there is nothing in the way. It looks like there are two layers of plastic so I think we will be okay in between. Now install the set screws into the brake controller. Next we can take up the cord and wrap it up with a zip tie. We have got everything mounted up and you can tell right away that our brake controller has the two lights on and that means that it is giving power to the brake controller and we are good to go. Lets go out back and start changing out the 4-pole to a 7-pole connector. 01:52

At the back of the truck underneath and we removed the spare tire and we are going to look at the driver side frame rail. You are going to see the connection point right here and we will push down this tab right here, there is a little lock. You should be able to pull it apart. Sometimes this little red divider gets pulled out with it but it just pushes right back into position. We are going to take our harness to our 7-pole connector and we are going to run it through the last brace here on the frame and just follow it back through the wiring and pull it out and we are going to snap the two halves together. Take the other half and plug it in here. Look at this ground screw right here. Take that apart and attach our ring terminal for the ground. The next thing we are going to do is mount the 7-pole. We are going to use a couple of separate part numbers for that. We are going to use PK12711U which is our OEM hardware bracket and we are also going to use PK11926 hardware kit for the bracket. Take the mounting bracket and we are going to attach it directly to the bottom of the bumper. We will run the wire harness through and connect it to the 7-pole itself. Push it together and push that white lock into place and you will bolt that to the bracket. 03:36

Now we are done with the back half of the vehicle, now we need to get underneath the hood of the vehicle and add a couple of fuses and relays. We are underneath the hood and we need to get to the power distribution box, remove the lid. There is a variety of fuses and relays that come with the kit. On this part here you will have to go to your owners manual in your vehicle and it will tell you where the tow package fusees and relays go. In this case we are only giving power to our brake controller so we do not have to worry about that circuit. However we do not have 12 volt power going out back so we need to install a fuse for that. That is going to be this square fuse and it is going to get installed in this socket right here. Now we can go out back and test the connector for all of the functions. We have got our truck hooked up to our load or it could be a trailer, and we will use our manual override so we have got numbers so we have got a good solid connection and also the C tells us we are connected. The small knob up here is our gain which controls how much voltage goes out to the brakes on the trailer. All the way forward is basically full blast and all the way back is basically off. Somewhere in between you will find a setting for your trailer. There you have it for part number 90885-3035P and part number 118242.


This Product Fits The Following Vehicles

2001 - 2003 Ford F-150 Flareside or SuperCrew with factory 4-flat connector

2000 - 2000 Ford F-150 Flareside with factory 4-flat connector

1997 - 1999 Ford F-150 and F-250 Light Duty Flareside with factory 4-flat connector

2004 - 2004 Ford F-150 Heritage Series Flareside with factory 4-flat connector

2001 - 2003 Ford F-150 non-Flareside or non-SuperCrew with factory 4-flat connector

2000 - 2000 Ford F-150 non-Flareside with factory 4-flat connector

1997 - 1999 Ford F-150 and F-250 Light Duty non-Flareside with factory 4-flat connector

2004 - 2004 Ford F-150 Heritage Series non-Flareside with factory 4-flat connector

2000 - 2003 Ford F-150 Standard Bed models

1997 - 1999 Ford F-150 and F-250 Light Duty Standard Bed models

2004 - 2004 Ford F-150 Heritage Series Standard Bed models

2000 - 2003 Ford F-150 Stepside models

1997 - 1999 Ford F-150 and F-250 Light Duty Stepside models

2004 - 2004 Ford F-150 Heritage Series Stepside models

2001 - 2003 Ford F-150 SuperCrew models

2000 - 2003 Ford F-150 with factory 4-Flat

1997 - 1999 Ford F-150 and F-250 Light Duty with factory 4-Flat

2004 - 2004 Ford F-150 Heritage Series with factory 4-Flat


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Customer Reviews

Ford Replacement OEM Tow Package Wiring Harness, 7-Way - 118242

Average Customer Rating:  ratingratingratingratingrating4.8 out of 5 stars   (99 Customer Reviews)



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Austin J.06/18/2013


Excellent product. High quality and easy installation. Made better than a factory harness I have on a different vehicle. I also purchased the mounting bracket and hardware kit. The bracket is wonderful and most of the hardware was good too. The self tapping screws both got the heads broke off, but it was my fault, not the screws. 85108





Comments

Still working flawlessly, the factory 4 flat isnt working but this one still works like it did when brand new. Highly recommended.

Austin J - 06/18/2014

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: jyates09/20/2013


Installation was a piece of cake. Everything worked exactly like the video explained and everything was in the box to complete the job. The lady on the phone even reminded me to add a bracket. Like everyone else, I tried locally to get these parts. The local guys (Oreilly, Napa, Autozone & even the custom accessory shop) told me this harness did not exist. I've installed several of these style harnesses on different vehicles. This is my first from etrailer and was by far the most complete kit ever. Everything fit perfectly. Instructions and video were exactly correct. Zero regrets. Worth the money. Wish I would have known about etrailer sooner. Big thanks to the local guys for forcing me to shop online. 100769






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Michael D.03/18/2012


We purchased a 5th trailer and needed to have my Ford F-150 wired for trailer brakes and 7 pin harness. Checked your website and was able to find all parts I needed. The installaton videos you have are awesome, they help out so much. Ordered all parts and they arrived quickly. All parts were identical to what was ordered. Had everything installed and wired in, in about 45 minutes. They wiring harness was perfect fit and they trailer brake control harness also exact fit. My overall experience was awesome from placing the order and the e-mails to let me know who took my order and who sent it and tracking it. I will recomond etrailer to everyone I can. Thanks to etrailer we are ready to tow our trailer.****** 34253






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Roger01/16/2014


The product works as described. The only problem I encountered was on a 2001 F150 crewcab. The connector that connected to the wire harness coming from the front of the vehicle did not have any catch mechanism so it wouldn't stay together enough for the right side lights(on truck and trailer) to work. I used some channel locks and pushed together as far as I could without breaking anything then used electrical tape to tape it together. Of course after I crawled out form under truck and put spare back in place I realized I should have used a zip tie to hold it. Would probably last longer and hold better. Everything works well. I do not have a brake controller hooked up on vehicle yet. 113986






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Rick W.07/02/2014


Installation of the actual harness was easy. However, if you have the factory 4-pin flat connector without the 7-blade connector, you will need to purchase or make a bracket for the 7-blade connector. On an F-150 there is very little space to add an additional bracket, so I extended the 4-pin bracket and made the extension so that it held both the 4-pin and 7-blade connectors. There is a bracket, a Ford part, specifically marketed for the Harley Davidson edition, FY3Z-14A163-CA, which may or may not fit the standard F-150. Also, another part, FL3Z-14A163-BA may or may not fit. 138797






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Ray B.06/06/2013


7-way harness has a weak locking tab on back of connector which locks it into the back of the socket. It promptly broke while handling connector and socket prior to assembly on vehicle. The 30-amp fuses included were of the wrong type for a 1999 F150. The fuses are a blade type maxi-fuse, and the 99 F150 uses a square type of fuse. Luckily, both fuses were already installed in the vehicle. The relays fit perfectly. 83591






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Billy L11/25/2013


This was great, I bought it for my 2000 ford f150. It was easy to install. Only trouble I had was securing the ground to the frame as my ground bolt was corroded with rust (live in Minnesota) such that I couldn't loosen it and had to drill a new hole for the ground. Another note I bought the mounting hardware as well, and it was the wrong mount so be careful and make sure you get the right one if you order the kit 108425






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Mark11/08/2013


Your product fits perfectly I customize the 7 way plug into my bumper I didn't like the way the bracket let hang down so far ill send another picture with me pulling my drag truck with the van thanks again. 106753






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: jr fults01/20/2014


if this was any easier to install i think i could have did it blind but everthing went in place very easy no problem if you take your time it might take 1 hour that saying you have the tools on hand that you will need their video are very helpful if you find you are having a problem but i think evening a cave man could install this great products.happy happy happy 114296






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Bill McC05/14/2013


Great purchase all around. Paid a pro (?) to install electric brakes but he didn't do it right. I ordered the harness myself and installed myself then took it back to the pro (?) to have him test it and now is he embarrassed. With the video online I should have done it myself from the beginning. Thanks ill be back when I need something else 80127






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Mark05/19/2011


The wiring harness was easy to install. Several fuses and relays are included, but the instructions are generic to cover a wide range of trucks. Depending on the year and options on your specific truck you may use all or only a few of the fuses and relays. This was confusing and I hope I got the correct pieces in the correct locations. 14837






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Al G.07/08/2012


I ordered the prodigy 2 controller, the wiring harness, hardware kit and mounting bracket. quick shipping and instalation was super easy with the how to video. I installed the whole kit in under an hour and towed 1650mi right off. Just as described and the kit worked flawless! literally plug and play. I can't say enough good about it. 47149






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Nick L05/29/2013


Very easy to install thanks to Ford. Very disappointing that it did not come with the $4.00 mounting bracket for the back of my truck. Had I been told this during the order process I certainly would have bought it. Its bundled with enough relays/fuses that it should've been bundled with the bracket. Thats the only complaint. 82299






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: John Malkin - Denver04/04/2014


By far the easiest and best plug and play product we ever purchased. Have a 2003 Ford 150 and a 2011. Installed these along with Tekonsha P3 Conteollers and it literally took 1 hour to install and be on the road. Great product - great price. WATCH THE VIDEOS -- dead on accurate and helpful John Malkin - Denver 123758






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: John Malkin - Denver04/03/2014


To be honest -- the hardest part was finding the key for my spare !!!! Found it though and within 20 minutes I was in parking lot checking the brakes. Takonsha P3 coupled with eTrailers wiring harness and accessory make this a great DIY project. Don't forget to purchase a mounting plate !! 123583






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Dan S04/05/2012


Worked great. Ordered it on Tuesday, got it on Friday. It was the perfect length for my 2000 F-150 and all the connections, fuses, and relays fit perfect. I like that the instructions and video were posted on your website so I knew exactly how to install it before I even ordered it. 36240






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Greg p.05/25/2012


great products, easy instructions, was told by several camper stores that this product was not available and i would have to "hard-wire my truck to accept a 7-way plug, but etrailer had exactly what i needed and at a great price! i will continue to shop with etrailer from now on! 41643






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: kevin williams05/15/2013


63 years of age always cut spliced plugs in the day only choice kit came with relays fuses plug band play buy the time you chase parts cut and splice recut and splice done wrong just plug in install supplied relays on road before coffe cold thanks aaaplus to do business with 80375






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Frank M09/20/2011


Product was as described. Easy to hook up. The only thing that is not clear is that it does not come with the L bracket to mount it to the truck. I went to our local store and their L bracket will not work with this plug, so don't forget to order the bracket as well. 24280






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Duane G.06/04/2014


nice plug and play installation, video on your web site helped to speed the process as well as clarified that this was the right part that I needed, very good quality although the maxi fuses were not correct for my application but mine already had the fuses in place. 134345






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Joe W07/19/2009


quick shipping, easy install this sysytem couldnt be simpler, unplug a connector, pug the adapter into the two ends and run the bolt through the ring termional and tighten back in place. a basic mounting bracket for the recepicle would have been handy however. 2142






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: R Rrebbs03/16/2011


The install could not have been easier, unless you had some one else do it. Fast shipping and the E trailer customer service is great. The only problem I had was I forgot to order the mounting bracket mount bolt/screws. The video was made install easy. 9442






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: RP09/02/2014


Fit like a charm...Watch the video...it simplifies the installation...and it gives you a heads up on the little red factory connector ring that doesn't necessarily want to stay where it belongs...mine moved but it was no big deal knowing ahead of time. 149561






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: JeepJohn02/27/2011


Fits great and no fuss plugs. Added a little Dielectric grease for good measure and have had no issues. well worth the extra money over a "Universal" mount. all the wires had been well terminated and low resistance. Clean install clean look. 8000






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Kyle H.05/25/2013


The wiring harness was very easy to install. However, the kit didn't come with a bracket to attach to the bumper. The instructions were just enough information to be helpful, but not too excessive. The package also arrived in a timely manner. 81925






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Hank H01/02/2011


Great Service I have ordered several times from E-Trailer and have always recived what I ordered and more importain what fits. Last order they up graded the shipping time on there own, not needed but very nice just the same. HH 4888






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Phil S09/16/2014


This product fit perfectly and solved all my trailer wiring issues and some from the previous owner judging by the cuts and splices. The wiring now looks like it should. I would highly recommend E-Trailer products. 151223






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Howard05/17/2012


Really easy to use both of these products. Only problem is making sure you have the key to lower the spare tire to get to the connection for the 7-way. Shouldn't take over one hour to do both installs. Works great. 40852






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Al C.10/29/2012


I was extremely pleased to get my wiring harness ahead of the predicted schedule. The wiring harness directions were exact and percise. I was able to complete the job of installing the harness in about 10 Minutes. 58310






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Herb S.02/04/2011


Item listing was very clear and the product was delivered very quickly! The video tutorials on your website are very helpful and helped me in my decision to purchase from eTrailer.com. Another Satisfied customer! 6639






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Christopher W.05/05/2012


Great products with no splicing of wires. I did it myself, just plug it in and you are ready to go. I am so glad I ordered the mounting bracket. I just wish it had the screws included with the mounting bracket. 39504






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Sam Z.08/15/2014


Remove the spare. Disconnect the old wiring. Install the new wiring. Secure with some ties and presto! Done. The only way it could have been any easier is if I had someone else do it! Thanks etrailer.com! 146878






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Shawn Guffey04/08/2012


The product was exactly as advertised. Very easy to place my order online. Order was promptly processed and item was shipped very promptly also. Very pleased with my first transaction with etrailer.com. 36558






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Brihan07/06/2011


I was impressed with entire process of ordering and receiving this wiring harness. I installed it myself after watching the video on entrailer on how to install it. It led me through every step. Thanks! 18746






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Michael Price03/28/2011


Part was recieved as and when expected and was exactly what I was expecting. Appears to be working as expected and now it is a matter of how it continues to function for the next couple of years. 10520






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Gerry H.05/12/2014


I am sorry this is so late in coming, however I just completed the installation. The items as recommended by the person taking the order worked for a complete and easy installation. 130082






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Gary H.09/03/2014


This product is brilliant. the website made it easy to figure out how to do it and the customer service was first rate. I will be doing more business with these people. 149983






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Randy03/26/2014


Plug and play; just like it says. No butt connectors under the bed of the truck. Everything worked out well. Must have product if you are wiring up for trailer brakes. 122351






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: cliff howard08/29/2013


the product was just as they said it fit easy into my wiring and was a simple job a very fast delivery and I THANK etrailer for the good co. that they are 97504






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Steve D05/25/2012


Wiring harness fit my F150 perfectly. Works great! Instructions were excellent; could not have been simpler....if only everything were this easy. 41727






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Charles M.01/30/2012


The product was no problum to install and works great. I am 61 years old with a disablity and I didn't have ant trouble installing the trailer kit! 30606






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: RMT05/20/2014


Plug and play on my 2003 Ford F-150. Works great. I found the installation video on the website especially helpful. Great job etrailer.com!! 131483






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: warren l07/23/2012


easy to figure out wat you need, easy to order, excellent detailed instructions, easy to install. anyone can install. quality product 49080






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Chris S.07/14/2011


This item make installing a tow harness so easy. No second guessing. I have always had good results using etrailer items. Thank you! 19436






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Jeff M.03/07/2011


Ordered on a thursday recieved it fri. Couldn't believe it. products were everything they advertised. Will be repeat coustomers. 8678






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Steve H.09/06/2013


Just as easy as advertised. Drop spare tire and there is the factory junction. Unplug it, and plug in the new harness. Done. 98686






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Crissy T.07/09/2014


Delivery was quick and the part was as advertised. Needed a 4 prong to complete, but otherwise, this was what we needed. 140334






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Preston N.02/22/2012


Super easy install. If you can drop the spare tire you can install this kit. Total install time was around 20 minutes. 32207






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Robert E.03/10/2012


The product was delivered in great timing, and there were no damages at all. Thanks so much for the fantastic service. 33474






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: David P06/24/2013


Once again a very easy product from etrailer to install! Allows consumers like me to save money by doing it yourself! 85837




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  • 7-Way Trailer Connector for 2011 Ford F-150
  • The wiring harness you referenced, part # 118242 would not be compatible with your 2011 F150. It is designed for the 1997-2003 model years only. The parts necessary to provide a 7-way for your F150 would depend on how it was equipped when it left the factory. If your F-150 has the factory round plug located along the drivers side frame rail behind the back bumper, you would use part # 20119. The factory plug will have a dust cover that will need to be removed, and the 20119 would...
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  • What Do The Fuses And Relays Control On Tow Ready Ford OEM Tow Package Wiring Harness # 118242
  • The fuses and relays that come with the Tow Ready Ford Replacement OEM Tow Package Wiring Harness, 7-Way, part # 118242, does not control the cruise control, power mirrors, or the fog lamps. The two 30 amp maxi-fuses are for the Trailer Tow Electric Brake and Trailer Tow Battery Charge fuse locations. The two relays are for the Trailer Tow Backup Lamp Relay and the Trailer Tow Battery Charge Relay. The fuses and relays are located in the vehicles power distribution box (and trailer...
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  • Installation of Brake Controller On My 2011 Ford F-150 Without Tow Package
  • It is possible that the wires you are looking for have been terminated farther up the frame rail or may not have been ran back. Typically the wires would run to where the factory 4-way is plugged into, usually near the spare tire. If you cannot locate the wires, you will just need to hardwire the brake controller and 7-way, which is not as bad as it sounds (we have a kit for this). You will need the Brake Controller 4 and 7-way Installation Kit, part # ETBC7. To install, you will begin...
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  • Replacement 7-Way Wiring Harness for 2003 Ford F-250 and 350 Super Duty
  • We have part # 118243 that is meant for SuperDuty trucks, this should be the part you are looking for. This will plug directly to your factory setup and is a very simple install. I have included a link to the instructions for this part. We have another part that may also be what you are looking for, but requires some hard-wiring, part # ETBC7.
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  • Ford Replacement OEM Tow Package Wiring Harness Compatability with 2006 Ford F-150
  • The Ford Replacement OEM Tow Package Wiring Harness, 7-Way, item # 118242, fits the following vehicles. 2000 - 2003 Ford F-150 Stepside Models 1997 - 1999 Ford F-150 and F-250 Light Duty Stepside Models 2004 - 2004 Ford F-150 Heritage Series Stepside Models 2000 - 2003 Ford F-150 Styleside Models 1997 - 1999 Ford F-150 and F-250 Light Duty Styleside Models 2004 - 2004 Ford F-150 Heritage Series Styleside Models 2000 - 2003 Ford F-150 with factory 4-Flat 1997 - 1999 Ford F-150...
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  • How To Install A 7-Way Connector In The Bed Of A 2002 Ford F-250 For A Fifth Wheel
  • If you have a factory tow package with a factory 7-way trailer connector already on your 2002 Ford F-250 Super Duty, then I have a couple of recommendations to put a 7-way in the bed of your truck. The Draw-Tite Wiring Harness, # 51-97-410, will plug inline between the OEM wiring harness and the factory installed 7-way connector under your truck bed. You will retain the use of the factory 7-way on the bumper and then have 9 feet of wiring harness to have a 7-way in your truck bed. The...
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  • Troubleshooting Replacement OEM Tow Package Wiring Harness # 118242 on a 2000 Ford F-150
  • The best way to determine where the issue is occurring would be to test the 7 pole plug with a circuit tester, without the trailer connected. Have a friend sitting in the cab press the brake pedal and engage each of the turn signals while you test the corresponding prongs on the plug. If you are correctly receiving power at the 7 pole plug, you will need to turn your attention to the trailer. If not, I would check the connection point between the # 118242 harness and your vehicle,...
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  • How to Install 7 Way Trailer Wiring on a 1997 Ford F-150
  • It sounds like your 1997 F-150 does not have the tow package wiring so the wiring harness # 118242 will not work on your truck. To install a 7-Way trailer connector at the back of your truck, you will need to start with a working 4-Way connector, # 18252, or # 118344 if you have a stepside. If you need to splice to connect the 4-Way, use a circuit tester to splice to the appropriate wires you found at the connector on the frame rail. If you have a 4-Way connector at the rear of your...
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  • Installing a Brake Controller on a 1998 Ford F-150 with Factory 4-Way Trailer Connector
  • If your towing package includes a 4-Flat connector, you will first need to add a 7-Way. For your 1998 Ford F-150, you will need the Ford Replacement OEM Tow Package Wiring Harness, # 118242. Follow the wires from the 4-Flat towards the front of the vehicle until you find a connection point, usually on the driver side between the rear tires and the end of the truck bed. There will be more wires going into the connector then coming out. You will disconnect the factory connection and plug...
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  • What Is Needed To Add A Brake Controller To A 2003 Ford F-150 With Factory Tow Package
  • The parts you will need to add a Tekonsha brake controller to your 2003 Ford F150 with factory tow package will depend on the trailer connector you have on your vehicle. If you have a factory 7-way connector on your vehicle, you will need the brake controller and the Tekonsha Wire Replacement Harness, # 3035-P. The # 3035-P will plug into your brake controller and the other end will plug into the factory brake controller port, which will be located under the dash near the center console...
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  • Which 4-Pole To 7-Pole Is Recommended For 2002 Ford F-150 XLT With A 4-Pole Connector
  • If you have the factory tow package with a 4-pole already on your 2002 Ford F-150 XLT you could use the Tow Ready Ford Replacement OEM Tow Package Wiring Harness, 7-Way, part # 118242. This wiring harness will install inline to your vehicles wiring harness and the 4-way will stay and be able to function. So you will have a 7-way and a 4-way at the rear of your vehicle. I am including a link to the installation instructions for the Tow Ready wiring Harness. If you do not have the factory...
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  • Recommend 7-Way Wiring Harness Needed For 1999 Forf F-150 With No Trailer Connector At All
  • I believe the connector you found is the connector you will use to plug in the wiring for your 7-way connector. There should be a wiring connector along the drivers side frame rail at rear of truck between the rear wheel and the rear of truck (see FAQ and video). To install a 7-way on your 1999 Ford F-150, you will need Ford Replacement OEM Tow Package Wiring Harness, part # 118242, which includes all necessary adapters and fuses. Before installing part # 118242, you will want to disconnect...
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  • Locating Brake Controller Port on 2000 Ford F-150 To Install Hopkins Brake Controller # HM47294
  • The factory brake controller plug should be located under the dash to the right of the steering column. It should be located towards the center of the dash and may be tucked up and out of the way behind some wiring. I have linked an FAQ Article that shows the location of the plug. You will need the Ford Adapter, part # HM47715, to plug into the brake controller harness and the Ford plug under the dash. If you have a factory 7-Way on your 2000 Ford F-150, installation is complete after...
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  • Connection Point for Tow Ready Custom Fit Vehicle Wiring, # 118242 on a 2000 Ford F-150
  • The Tow Ready Custom Fit Vehicle Wiring, # 118242, connects in line with the vehicle wiring usually located on the inside of the driver side frame rail between the back tires and the end of the bed. The connection point that you describe sounds very similar. This harness gets all of the wiring from that one connection point, so after it is plugged in, the 7-Way will be routed to the back of the truck. All of the functions should be coming from the forward part of that harness and all...
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  • Replacement 7-Way Trailer Connector and 7 and 4-Way Plug for a 2003 Ford F-150 Super Crew
  • If your 2003 Ford F-150 has the 7-Way and 4-Way and they are separate (not mounted in the same plug like # HM48470 for example), the 4-Way will still be functional as the Ford Replacement OEM Tow Package Wiring Harness, # 118242, just replaces the 7-Way connector and wiring, and includes the fuses and relays if needed. I have included a link to the installation details and a video that, in part, shows the harness being installed for reference. If you need to replace the 7-Way wiring...
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  • Installing Tekonsha Voyager Brake Controller Part 39510 on 1998 Ford F150
  • Installing a brake controller on your 1998 F150 will be pretty straightforward. You will need the controller and the appropriate wiring adapter, part # 3035-P. One end of the wiring adapter plugs into the brake controller, and the other end plugs into the brake controller connector under the dash. If your F150 is not already equipped with the 7-way trailer connector, or has the 4-pole connector, you will need the Tow Ready wiring harness, part # 118242. This harness will plug into the...
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  • How to Install A 7-Way Connector On A 2010 Ford F-150 With A 4-Way Flat Connector
  • To convert the 4-Way flat trailer connector on the back of your 2010 Ford F-150, I would recommend using a 4 to 7-Way adapter, like our part # 37185. You will plug the factory 4-Way into the back of the adapter and hardwire the remaining 4 wires. The white wire gets grounded to the vehicle frame. The blue wire gets connected to the electric brake controller output (blue wire on a brake controller). The black wire connects to the positive battery terminal with 10 gauge wire like # 10-1-1,...
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  • Installation of Tow Ready Custom Fit Vehicle Wiring # 118242 on 1999 Ford F-150
  • The Tow Ready Custom Fit Vehicle Wiring, part # 118242 connects in-line with the main harness and the small harness that goes to the tail light. It is basically a T-connection. You will pull the two factory connectors apart, plug-in the 7-Way harness. If there is not a mounting bracket for a 7-way connector, you will need to use Mounting Bracket, part # PK12711U. I have linked a video install of a brake controller that also shows the installation of the Tow Ready Custom Fit Vehicle...
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  • Parts Needed to Install a 7-Way Connector on a 1997 Ford F-150
  • If your 1997 Ford F-150 has a factory 4-Way connector or is without a trailer connector on the rear of the vehicle, you will need to add the Tow Ready Ford Replacement OEM Tow Package Wiring Harness, part # 118242, to get a 7-Way at the rear of the vehicle. This wiring harness will plug into an OEM connector that is located on the drivers side between the back tires and the end of the truck bed. The orange and blue wires that you see are wires that are in the OEM connector. The blue wire...
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  • Parts Needed to Add a 7-Way Trailer Connector to a 2007 Ford F-150 with Factory 4-Way
  • To install a 7-Way trailer connector on a 2007 Ford F-150 with a factory 4-Way, you will need to use # 37185. This is part plug and play and part hardwire, but the hardwire locations are easy to access. You will need to ground the white wire to the vehicle frame. The purple wire is for reverse lights if needed. You would need to tap into a reverse light wire on the vehicle. The blue wire is for the trailer brakes and the black wire is for 12 volt power. To connect these wires, follow...
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  • Recommended Trailer Harness for 2003 Ford F-150
  • If your 2003 Ford F-150 came from the factory with the 4-Way flat connector, then your truck already has a towing package wired in. In this case I would recommend 7-Way connect part # 118242. A 7-Way will allow you to tow trailers with 7-Way wiring systems and brakes. You can still use it with 4-Way trailers by using an adapter like part # 47345. Built into this adapter is a circuit tester to make sure truck wiring is hooked up properly. If you strictly want to use a 4-Way, then the...
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  • Brake Controller Wiring on a 2003 Ford F-150
  • To install your brake controller, you will need a Brake Control Wiring Adapter, part # 20260. Plug one end into the connector under the dash, and the other end of the adapter would wire up color for color to your brake controller. To upgrade your 4-way connector, use the Ford Replacement OEM 7-Way Wiring Harness, part # 118242. Both parts are very easy to install with no cutting or splicing required.
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  • How to Install 4 to 7-Way Adapter # 37185 on a 2001 Ford F-150 and Utilize Electric Trailer Brakes
  • The # 37185 adapter would be a good choice to convert your 4-pole plug to a 7-way plug. To install the # 37185 adapter, you would first plug the matching connector, and then connect the additional wires. If you view the image of the adapter, you will see a white ground wire, as well as three additional wires colored blue, black, and purple. You will connect the additional wires as follows: White: Ground, attached to a suitable location on the vehicle frame. Black: Run to the...
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  • Replacement 7-Way Wiring Harness for a 2010 Expedition EL with Existing 4 Pin Plug
  • The 2010 Ford Expedition should have a round connector at the rear of the vehicle where your 4 pin plug is plugged in. If there is a round connector there you can use the Replacement Multi-Tow 7-Way and 4 Pole Trailer Connector, item # 20119, to replace the 4-Way OEM connector on your Expedition. If your Expedition does not have the mating round connector under the rear of the vehicle you will need to use a 4-Way to 7-Way adapter like item # 37185, to provide a 7-Way connector at the...
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  • Will 4 to 7-Way Adapter # 30717 Plug In Directly On a 2001 Ford F-150
  • Part # 30717 is meant to adapt a 4-Way plug to a 7-Way plug. In order to use the adapter, you would need to have a basic 4-Way plug like part # 118344, and the adapter would plug into the 4-Way connector. You would then connect the additional wires on the adapter to power the rest of the prongs on the 7-Way plug. If you are wanting to move your current 7-Way connector from the 2005 Excursion to the 2001 F-150, I cannot guarantee that it would be a direct fit. We do, however, offer...
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  • Parts Needed To Install Tekonsha P3 Brake Controller # 90195 On A 1998 Ford F-150 With Factory 4-Way
  • It sounds like you have done a good job in choosing the correct items for installing a brake controller on your 1998 Ford F-150 XLT with factory tow package. Everything you have chosen is the correct part for your application. The Tekonsha P3 Brake Controller With Ford Adapter # 90195-3035P is a good choice for your vehicle. The P3 brake controller is a proportional brake controller which means it will only activate when you apply the brakes on the tow vehicle. It has a motion sensing...
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  • Color Scheme for the Wiring on a 1997 Ford F-150
  • I am sorry, but I do not have definite color schemes for your 1997 Ford F-150. The configurations of the pins on 7-ways is pretty standard. The standard wiring for 7-ways is posted on our Wiring Page, see link. You can compare it to your 7-way and then check the colors of the wires coming out of their respective pins. Otherwise, you will need to use a circuit tester on the pins and/or wires to figure out their functions.
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  • Adding a 7-Way Trailer Connector to a 2002 Ford F-150 with Factory 4-Way Flat Trailer Connector
  • You should be able to trace the 4-Way harness towards the front of the truck and find where it connects to another connector. The connector should be square and look like the plugs for # 118242. Adding this harness and the relays/fuses it comes with will provide you with a 7-Way trailer connector. You could then just use an adapter, # PK12716, when you need a 4-Way. You could use # HM40975-11998 and hardwire it in to the factory wiring harness on the forward side of the truck. You would...
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  • Will My Factory 4-Pin Work After I Install Tow Ready 7-Way Harness for a 1997 Ford F-150
  • The factor 4-Pin should continue to function. The 7-Way Wiring Kit just connects in line and the signals can still travel to the 4-Pin. I have added a link to the instructions for you to review.
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  • Replacement 7-Way Trailer Connector for a 1997 Ford F-250 Light Duty
  • If you have a light duty 1997 Ford F-250 then you can use # 118242. This harness will not work on Super Duty models. For a Super Duty you would use # 118243. I have included links to the installation details for both harnesses for you to view.
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