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Ford Replacement OEM Tow Package Wiring Harness, 7-Way

Tekonsha Custom Fit Vehicle Wiring

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Tekonsha 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



118242 Installation InstructionsInstallation Details 118242 Installation instructions

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




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


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Video Transcript for Tow Ready Custom Fit Vehicle Wiring 118242 Review

Today we're going to be taking a look at the Ford Replacement OEM Tow Package Wiring Harness with a seven way connector. This product fits numerous vehicles, so to make sure it works with your particular year and model, you can use the vehicle fit guide located on our website at etrailer.com. This is an exact replacement for your damaged OEM wiring harness. It's going to install quickly and easily, and it upgrades vehicles from a four flat OEM wiring to a seven way connector. The existing four way flat harness on your vehicle will still be functional. The unit's designed to connect directly to the standard OEM connector, you can see right here everything that it comes with. Your going to get the actual harness, your going to get your new seven way connector, plugs into this port right here on the harness.

Your going to get a hardware kit that's going to include two zip ties, detailed instructions, and your going to get the necessary fuses and relays. The connector right here, to make sure this is easily accessible at the back of your vehicle, we recommend using a mounting bracket. This is going to fit mounting bracket PK-12711U. That item is sold separate if your wanting to add a bracket to the vehicle for your seven way connector. You can find it here at etrailer.com. Now when it comes to installing the unit, you'll need to disconnect the vehicles negative battery cable, install the included fuses and relays according to the detailed instructions, locate the vehicles wiring plug that's going to be located in the rear underneath the vehicle, inside the driver's side frame rail.

Separate the plugs on the vehicle, and then install the trailer tow harness between mating plugs. These connectors are going to match up perfectly, they're going to snap lock together for a nice tight secure fit. Once you have those connected, make your ground connection, that's going to be you white wire with the inaudible 00:01:37 attached to it. That's going to get connected by using the existing ground stud on your frame rail, and then plug the seven way socket into the harness on this side. Push it in until it snaps together. It's got the locking tabs on it as well for a secure fit.

Once you have that done, you can reconnect the battery cables, test your installation, you can secure all your loose wires with the included zip ties or cable ties. Then you can mount the tow harness in an accessible location using the mounting bracket like I mentioned earlier. Please keep in mind, the unit can only be used with a factory four pole harness. This will not work with the factory seven pole harness. The instructions are detailed, they include some images in there to help with the installation process. A couple more things that I want to mention before we wrap up the video, here on the seven way connector, you can see it has a nice spring loaded lid, has a little tab right there so you can easily get that open, and get everything connected as you need to.

Really nice design. I just want you to know that your wiring is going to be protected. It's got the nice wire loom that goes around there to protect the wires. Again, when installing this, I do recommend going ahead and using the zip ties, to secure the wires up and out of the way, and keeping them safe. Especially during travel, and when a lot of grim builds up under the vehicle, having them tucked up and out of the way. Maybe even along the existing wiring harness is really going to help extend the life of this wiring harness, and just the wires. That wiring loom is going to help as well. That's going to do it for today's look at the Ford Replacement OEM Tow Package Wiring Harness with a seven way connector.


Customer Reviews

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

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (143 Customer Reviews)




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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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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


Comments

The product is doing fine.

Duane G - 06/09/2015

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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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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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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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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


Comments

so far so good. no issues.

RMT - 05/20/2015

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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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by: Mark V11/22/2016


The wiring harness worked great. There are instructions and a video that made it simple. I knew exactly what to do before I started. We needed this in order to pull a larger trailer that has electric brakes and didn't want to cut and splice wires. The connectors plugged right in to the OEM connectors. I only wish I would have thought of it sooner so I didn't have to pay for the next day delivery...but on the other hand Amazon was like a 2 week delivery and Ford was triple the price. I was happy that someone offered next day delivery. 318910



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by: Joe T07/13/2016


Very easy to order. Came on time and was exactly as it said it would be. Very simple to hook up and in minutes my problems were solved! Previous plug that was on my truck was installed incorrectly by previous owner. I hooked up a brake controller for my pull behind camper and could not get power to the controller. After installing the correct plug and harness that I ordered from your site the problem was fixed literally in less than 1 hour. Thanks for making it very simple! 271591



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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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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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by: Mike F.09/22/2016


If you did not see my review for the bracket then I will recap. I did not use the bracket except for a template. Mounted the plug in the factory bumper just left of the license plate recess by knocking it out with an electrical knockout cutter. Drilled the mounting holes and installed the wiring harness. Great product and great video, I highly recommend etrailer.com. Package properly, came early, fit was perfect. 297816



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by: Nick T04/19/2016


I put off wiring my truck with a 7 way plug for years because I didn't want to deal with the hassle...WRONG. I found this somewhat accidentally and installation was easy. One word of caution; read the short instructions twice so you don't get worried if you have extra parts. My installation did not require the two blade fuses (but of course that was clearly stated in the instructions). I am very pleased. 246130



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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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by: Chris M09/13/2016


Simple install! Took longer to get the spare tire off then the installation of the harness did. Make sure to purchase the mounting bracket (sold separately). I also bought the no drill mounting bracket, but chose to use self tapping screws and went straight into the bumper. Makes it easier to hook up, and it's solid. Your choice if you want to save $9. Great product, fast shipping. 294196



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by: Gary Miller09/08/2016


The turn around on this order was awesome. I haven't instaiied it yet but it looks simple. I was a little disappointed that there was no mounting bracket with this, but no fear I'm going to bore a hole it the bumper and with some self tapping screws we will be up and running in no time. I'll post some pictures of the completed job. Thanks for your excellent service 292605



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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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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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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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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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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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by: Kevin W.07/06/2015


The product I think is a very good quality made and works super, by this I mean it all fits wonderful like it suppose to. 209801



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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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by: Andrew M04/22/2015


Easiest trailer plug I have ever installed...lowered spare tire (but did not remove) and then unplugged the stock wire plugged this in line and mounted it all to the brackets i purchased here at same time, had it all wrapped up and completed in under half hour, with my 4 year old daughters help of course! 187455



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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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by: Ron C.06/10/2016


I have purchased and installed a 7way trailer plug wiring harness for my f150 it was super easy to install and an exact fit. Basically just plugged it in to existing wiring and mounted the plug bracket that I ordered separately. Thanks etrailer! 259943



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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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by: Art11/11/2014


The installation of this product was very easy. It was helpful to review the video that was on line for the product. Once the installation was complete the product worked flawlessly. It only took me about 30 min to install and it looks clean. 160405



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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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by: J.B.04/21/2015


Awesome, installed relays, dropped the spare tire, plugged in, zip tied,connected ground, tested and was perfect, new boat in tow! would have been nice if there was hardware with the mounting tab. 187221



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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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by: Russ S.03/02/2016


Very pleased. The harness and relays fit perfectly. Plug and play! After a year everything is holding up just fine and it's given me no issues so far. Couldn't ask for anything more. 239206



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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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by: John T08/24/2015


Worked well with the bracket and parts that had to be ordered along with the harness. Whole process took less than 20 minutes and I am estatic with the results. Plug and play. 221435

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  • I looked up the 2009 Ford F-150 owner's manual and found the fuse and relay locations related to trailer lights. There is only one in the in-cab fuse panel in location 33 for a brake controller. The rest are under the hood in the power distribution box. Under the hood location 6 is the trailer parking lamp relay Location 9 is the trailer battery charge relay Location 17 is another brake controller fuse Location 21 is the fuse for the trailer battery charge circuit Location 31...
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  • Troubleshooting Running Light Circuit on Trailer Pulled by 2001 Ford Expedition
  • If you have tested and are getting voltage at the trailer connector when the brake lights and turn signals are activated, you most likely have a blown fuse. Check the fuse box under the hood. The box should have a legend on the underside of the lid that identifies the circuits, or you can check your owners manual for the proper fuse location. Keep in mind that on some Ford trucks and SUVs, the fuses for the tow package are located in a separate fuse block mounted on the firewall in the...
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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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  • Troubleshooting the Trailer Wiring Reverse Light Wire on a 2005 Ford Expedition
  • If the additional blue wire is a factory installed wire and not a wire ran by a previous owner, then the issue is typically caused by a blown fuse or a bad relay. On your 2005 Ford Expedition, there should be a 20 amp fuse for the trailer wiring backup lamps is fuse position 10. If that fuse is blown or missing, that could be the issue. I also recommend checking the relays in position R201 and R301. If the fuses and relays are present and in good condition, it may be possible that the...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Troubleshooting Trailer Running Lights Not Working on a Trailer Towed by a 1998 Ford F-150
  • It is possible that there is a fuse or relay that needs to be inserted on the truck to allow the running lights to function. You will need to consult the owners manual to find the location of the tow package fuses/relays in the power distribution box to see if any are missing or need to be replaced. The Ford Replacement OEM Tow Package Wiring Harness, # 118242, comes with fuses and relays for reverse lights, battery charge (12 volt power), and electric brakes but not the running lights....
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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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  • Troubleshooting Electric Trailer Brakes and Running Lights not Working on Trailer, 2006 Ford F-150
  • I have a couple of ideas that may help solve the problem you are having on the 2006 Ford F-150. First, you mentioned that the truck has the tow package. It is possible that you will need to add or replace fuses and/or relays to allow the tow package to be fully functional. Your vehicle owners manual should have the locations of these fuses/relays and you can check to make sure everything is present and in working order. Next, you can check some of the wiring to determine if it is 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Tow Package Fuse and Relay Locations for 12 Volt Power on a 2006 Ford F-150
  • According to an owners manual I found from Ford for the 2006 F-150 the 12 power fuse for the 7-Way is located in spot 106 and requires a 30 amp cartridge fuse. There is also a Full ISO relay needed in spot R05. Your owners manual has a section on fuses and relays for more information. The fuse you should be able to get at an auto parts store but the relay is most likely a dealer item. I would first test the 7-Way trailer connector to see if it has 12 volt power on the pin in the 1:00...
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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, # 50-97-410, 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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  • Wiring And Adjusting The Tekonsha Voyager Brake Controller, # 39510, On A 1999 Ford F250/F350
  • I am sending a link to the instructions for the Tekonsha Voyager Brake Controller, # 39510. It will show you how to adjust the brake controller. They do not have a wiring schematic, but I can explain how to wire it to a 1999 Ford F250/F350 truck. If your 1999 Ford F250/F350 has a factory installed 7-Way trailer connector, all you would need is the brake controller and the factory brake control adapter that connects to the controller and plugs into the OEM plug. The OEM plug is located...
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