Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 1998 Ford Van
Today on our 1998 Ford Van, we're going to be installing the Tekonsha Prodigy P2 Trailer Brake Controller, part number 90885. In conjunction with the brake controller, we're also going to be using the Tekonsha Plug-in Wiring Adapter for electric brake controllers for Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles, part number 3035-P. In conjunction with this installation, we'll also be using a couple of other parts, one of them is an adapter 4-Pole to a 7-Pole and 4-Pole from Hopkins, part number 37185. As well as a 6 and 7-way trailer connector mounting box for round and square tube trailer hitches from Draw-Tite, part number 18159. Now due to the size of the hitch that's on this vehicle and not a good area to mount the 7 and 4-Pole, we're going to go ahead and use the 6 and 7-way trailer connector mounting box. To do this though, you'll need to get some different screws because the 7 and 4-Pole plug that we're using is a little bit wider than what the box was intended for. It comes with some self-tappers but we want to add and we ended up having to use just some screws and nuts in them to tighten it down.
Trailer Hitch Installation - 1998 Ford Van - Draw-Tite
Today on our 1998 Ford Econoline van we'll be installing the Draw-Tite Ultra Frame Trailer Hitch part number 41906. Here's what our hitch looks like installed on our vehicle. Now let's go ahead and we'll give you a couple measurements to help you choose some accessories for your hitch such as a ball mount, a bicycle rack or a cargo carrier. From the top of the opening of the hitch to the ground is approximately 17 1/2 inches. This hitch extends past your bumper approximately four inches. Now let's go ahead and install our hitch. We will begin by pointing out the locations that the trailer hitch will mount to the frame of the vehicle. The rear most mounting location is the one that we'll need to enlarge.