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  • What Gauge Wire to Use When Wiring a Trailer for Brakes
  • It is recommended that you use 10 gauge wire from the 7-way back to the brake assemblies on your trailer. Anything smaller than that and you might have problems. I would recommend you replace the wiring on your trailer to 10 Gauge Blue Primary Wire # 10-1-1. I attached an FAQ on trailer wiring for you to check out. I also attached a video that shows a trailer being wired for brakes for you to check out. Fast forward to the 4:53 mark to see the part about wiring.
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  • 7-way Recommendation to Replace a 6-Way
  • I would recommend you cut off the 6-way you have at the rear of your truck and then install a # 50-87-004 in it's place. I attached a couple wiring diagrams for the two styles of connectors so that you would know how to wire up the new 7-way with the wires from the 6-way.
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  • Transmission Cooler and Temperature Gauge Recommendations for a 1996 Ford F-250, F-350
  • You will want to keep the factory transmission cooler and use the aftermarket one to supplement the cooling rather than just replace the factory cooler. The idea is that, working together, an aftermarket cooler and the factory cooler will be more efficient and cool the transmission fluid better than just one cooler working alone. We do have a handy analog gauge you can use to monitor the transmission fluid temperature. Take a look at the Derale Temperature Gauge Kit, # D13009. This gauge...
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch For 1996 Ford F-250 With 8 Inch Step Bumper
  • I spoke with my contact at B&W about your 1996 Ford F-250 Powerstroke. They were unable to tell me anything about the Luverne 8 inch bumper you have on your F-250 but did offer some other advice. The trailer hitch designed to fit your truck I recommend is part # BWHDRH25198. This trailer hitch is a fit for a truck with a deep drop bumper. When I looked at the installation instructions it states that this trailer hitch will fit your year and model truck with a 10 inch drop bumper. My...
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  • Will CIPA Towing Mirror # 11000 and Longview Towing Mirrors # LVT-2000 Fit 1996 Ford F-350 Dually
  • Both the CIPA Custom Towing Mirror # 11000 and the Longview Custom Towing Mirrors # LVT-2000 are compatible fits for your 1996 Ford F-350 Crew Cab Long Bed Dually. Instruction details for the Longview mirrors are linked to this page. The product page for each towing mirror will show the type of factory mirror they will fit. Both mirrors are basically the same in appearance and in that they require no tools to assemble and can be placed over your factory OEM mirrors with little difficulty....
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  • Replacement Side-View Mirror Options for a 1986 Tioga Arrow by Fleetwood
  • I pulled one of our CIPA Universal Door Mount Mirrors, # CM45000, and took some measurements for you. The distance from the top mounting bar to the closest edge of the mirror is 8-3/4 inches. From that same bar to the center of the mirror is 13-1/4 inches (see photo). Once this mirror is installed and the final angle adjustments are set, you may only have about half of the mirror extending past the extended sides of the RV. Another option that you may be interested in is the CIPA...
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  • Transmission Cooler Options for a 1996 Ford F-250 with 7.3 Liter Diesel Engine
  • We currently have 6 transmission coolers that are recommended for your 1996 Ford F-250 with 7.3 liter diesel engine. I have included a link to them below. Even though the Derale Hyper-Cool Remote Transmission Cooler Kit with Fan, -6 AN Inlets - Class V, # D13960, is not on that list, transmission coolers are not technically vehicle specific, so you could install it on your truck with the proper sized fittings. The D13960 comes with -6 AN x 3/8 inch hose barb adapter and one of the recommended...
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  • 6-Way Recommendation for Trailer and Tow Vehicle
  • For the trailer side 6-way you would want the part # PK11604 and then for the matching socket you would want the part # PK11609. We don't carry any grommets for the vehicle side 6-way that you referenced and the part # 118152 would be a great choice for storing the 6-way.
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  • Can an Edge Evolution Programmer be Used on More than One Truck
  • For programmers like # EP85100 and really any programmer, to prevent people from just passing around the programmer it can only be tuned to one vehicle at a time. To move it to a different vehicle that it is also compatible with it will have to be re-registered with Edge for a fee. I have linked a video review of the programmer and a link to our FAQ on programmers to the right.
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  • What is the Bolt Hole Spacing on Curt Trailer Hitch # C15300 for a 1996 Ford F-250
  • The first thing you are going to want to do is measure the width of the frame on your 1996 Ford F-250 to determine the width of the frame. Measure from the outside on one side to the outside on the other side. Trailer hitch # C15300 is made for trucks with a frame width of 37-1/4 inches. I have included a picture that shows the measurements between all the holes on the hitch, center to center. I also recommend the etrailer ball mount kit # EBMK2416. It comes with a ball mount, 2...
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  • Will the B & W Turnover Ball Gooseneck Hitch # BWGNRK1100 Fit 1996 Ford F350 Diesel Long Box
  • According to my contacts at B & W, their # BWGNRK1100 Turnover Ball is indeed the correct gooseneck for your 1996 F350 long bed. I will link you to our Gooseneck towing FAQ article that you might find helpful.
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  • Fifth Wheel Tailgate for a 1996 Ford Pickup
  • This product, item number VG-100, will fit your 1996 Ford F-250 and F-350. It does not have straps, but does have latches which are injection molded with stainless steel springs and pins. You can remove the tailgate from the vehicle one hand, and it does lay flat just like the OEM tailgate; however, this tailgate is not constructed like an OEM tailgate and has weight restrictions. This tailgate is not meant to be stood on.
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  • Can the Fulton F2 Swing-Up Trailer Jack Be Mounted to an I-Beam Aluminum Boat Trailer
  • First, the closer you get to the axle on the trailer, the heavier that part of the trailer is going to be. That is important because where you mount the jack could determine if it is over or under capacity. You would need to box out the frame so that it is square or rectangle and not an I so the jack can be safely attached. Usually to do this, you would weld on a couple of steel plates. However, welding to aluminum is tricky and requires a very skilled welder with experience. This is...
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  • Measurements for the Installation of Reese Fifth Wheel Hitch # RP30047 on a 1996 Ford F-250 Long Bed
  • To install the Reese Fifth Wheel Hitch, part # RP30047 to your 1996 Ford F-250 truck, you will need to use the Reese Universal Base Rails and Installation Kit, part # RP30035. When installing the # RP30035 rails in your vehicle, you will need to measure 32-1/2 inches from the rear edge of the truck bed to the rear edge of the base rail. The king pin center will be approximately 4 inches forward of the axle center. I am including a link to the installation instructions on the Reese...
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  • Dimensions of Bargman 5th Wheel and Gooseneck 90-Degree Pigtail Harness # 51-97-407
  • I pulled a sample of the Bargman 90-Degree Pigtail Harness # 51-97-407 from our warehouse so I could take the measurement you require. As shown in the linked photo the distance from the rear surface of the mounting flange to the 90-degree bend is 3-3/8-inches.
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  • Derale Transmission Pan Cooler # D14208 for 1996 Ford F250 w/ 7.3L Engine
  • According to my research, the 1996 F250 7.3l engine should have a E40D transmission. There are two different ways of confirming this. First, you can check the sticker on the driver's side door jamb. You will see the letters TR or TRANS, followed by a letter. If the letter is E, you have the E40D transmission. Secondly, you can check the number of bolts holding the transmission pan on. If there's 20 bolts, it's a E40D. The Derale # D14208 is indeed compatible with the E40D transmission.
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  • Can Sealed, 3-Light Truck Trailer Identification LED Light Bar # MCL97RB be Mounted Horizontally
  • I spoke with my contact at Optronics and yes, the Sealed, 3-Light Truck, Trailer Identification LED Light Bar, # MCL97RB, can be mounted on the roof of your horse trailer. When mounted horizontally, the light will be visible from the rear of the trailer but won't be at the same intensity as if it was mounted on the rear of the trailer facing back. Please keep in mind that since the intensity of the light will be decreased when mounted on the roof, it will not meet DOT regulations.
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  • What Weight Distribution System for 1996 Ford F-250 4x4 7.3L Diesel Towing 7900 Lb Keystone Trailer
  • You will need to determine the fully-loaded, ready-to-tow tongue weight of your Sprinter before selecting a weight distribution/sway control system. With your trailer in a road-ready condition (full propane and water tanks, all gear, supplies and provisions loaded exactly as they will be when you are on the road) verify your trailer actual tongue weight as outlined in the attached articles. Bear in mind that anything in the back of your F-250 that sits behind the rear axle (an ATV or generator,...
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  • Are Cushions in Convert-A-Ball Cushioned Ball Mounts Rated for the Same Capacity as the Ball Mount
  • The cushioned ball mount # AMSC2HD is given its rating based on extensive testing and the design of the components. That does include the cushions on the inside of the shank. So in other words if they tested it at 14K and the cushions failed they would not rate it for 14K. The ball mount meets Society of Automotive Engineers J684 specs. The cushion is going to provide more and more resistance the further or harder it is pushed against so it would not collapse or anything like that.
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  • Class V Hitch Recommendation for a 1996 Ford F-350
  • We offer several classes of hitch receiver for the 1996 F-350 and the particular version of the truck you have will determine what options will work for you. With the link provided you can use the drop-down menu at the top of the page (Select Vehicle Style) to indicate the particular version of the F-350 you have, whether a cab and chassis, or a pickup with deep-drop bumper, standard bumper or step bumper. The three Class V hitches we offer will fit only the standard- or step-bumper...
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  • Trailer Brakes Lock Up When Using the Tekonsah Primus IQ Brake Controller on a 1996 Ford F-350
  • It sounds to me like there is either a wiring issue between the brake controller and the trailer connector on the truck or the brake controller is bad. Since your trailer brakes lock up when you are connected to the truck, that would indicate that there is constant power on the brake output circuit. The first step that I would take is to use a circuit tester with an incandescent bulb like our Quickee Tester, # 3808, to test the pin in the 5 oclock position if you have a 7-way trailer...
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  • Curt Gooseneck Trailer hitch For 1996 Ford F-350 Diesel With Crew Cab
  • The Blue Ox Diamond Underbed Gooseneck Trailer Hitch, part # DH1202 is a fit for your 1996 Ford F-350 diesel with a crew cab and 4-wheel drive. This hitch has a 30000 lb gross towing capacity and a 7500 lb tongue weight capacity but you will want to check your owners manual or with your dealership to make sure you do not exceed the truck towing capacity. This hitch allows you to store the ball upside down which will give you full use of your truck bed. this includes all the mounting...
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  • Using T-1 Connector # 118316 and 4 to 7-Way Adapter # 37185 to Provide 7-Way for 1996 Ford F-350
  • For an easy installation that would require no cutting or splicing, using the Hopkins 4 to 7-Way Adapter, part # 37185 in conjunction with the T-1 harness, part # 118316 would be the way to go. The T-1 Harness would plug inline with the factory harness usually located at the rear of the frame rail on the drivers side. The 4 pole provided by the T-1 would then easily plug into the adapter. The remaining wires would connect as shown in the diagram I have linked to below.
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  • Radiator Adapter Fittings for Installing a Transmission Cooler on a 1996 Ford F-250/350
  • For your 1996 Ford truck there are threaded fittings in the radiator which are input and out put from/to the transmission cooler. The fittings allow you to replace the existing fittings with ones that have flared ends for the hose in a supplemental cooler so you do not have to cut and flare lines. Use kit # D13014 if the radiator uses 1/4 inch or 3/8 inch threaded fittings, or use kit # D13024 for 1/2-20 inverted flare fittings. You do not need both kits unless you are not sure of what...
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  • Gooseneck Trailer Hitch Recommendation for a 1996 Ford F-250 Crew Cab Short Bed Powerstroke Diesel
  • Yes, you can install a B&W Turnoverball gooseneck trailer hitch on your 1996 Ford F-250 crew cab, short bed. This includes the diesel models. If your truck has the factory overload springs, then you will want part # BWGNRK1110. If your truck does not have the overload springs, then you will want part # BWGNRK1100.
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  • Can the Fold Down License Plate Holder # 8802 be Mounted Upside Down
  • I think I know what you are trying to ask. Sounds like you are asking if the Fold Down License Plate Holder # 8802 can be mounted upside down covering a hitch opening and then have the ability to flip it up when you need to tow so that you can slide in your ball mount and tow. Which this is totally possible and is what this product was intended to do.
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  • Mounting Dimensions of Curt Manufacturing Front Mount Trailer Hitch, # 31026
  • I spoke with my contact at Curt regarding front mount trailer hitch, # 31026. He stated that the distance from outside plate to outside plate is 40.6 inches. The distance across between bolt holes is 36-3/4 inches on center. I have included a link to the installation details for this hitch for reference.
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  • Is a Custom 5th Wheel Rail Installation Kit Available for a 1996 Ford F-250 with 8 foot bed
  • At this time the only install kits available for the 1996 Ford F-250 with 8 foot bed are the universal installation kits like the Reese Universal Base Rails and Installation Kit, item # RP30035. Installation of this style kit takes a bit longer and requires more drilling, but once the initial installation is complete, the rails are there whenever needed. I would not let the universal kit stop me from installing a fifth-wheel rail kit on a vehicle like the 1996 F-250 with 8 foot bed. I...
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  • Where Do You Install 5th Wheel Hitch on 1996 Ford F-250
  • In order to install a fifth wheel hitch in your 1996 Ford F-250, you will need a set of base rails like part # RP30035. The first rail will sit 32-1/2 inches from the rear edge of the truck bed. You will then use the fifth wheel itself to position the second rail. I have attached a snap shot of the instructions as well as a video link to give you a basic understanding of installation.
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  • Looking for 17/32 and 21/32 Size Drill Bits to Install Husky 5t5h Wheel Installation Kit
  • Your best option would be Sears. I checked Sears online and they do list both 17/32 and 21/32 size drill bits. You might also want to try a mom and pop type of hardware store. It is also possible that a friendly mechanic will loan them to you if they have them. The instructions for the Husky 5th wheel installation kit does specify that the holes have to be those exact sizes so you wouldn't want to do any sort of work around or use a different size.
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