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  • Can P2 Trailer Brake Controller be Moved from a 2000 Chevy Silverado to a 2012 Ram 1500
  • Yes, you can use the P2 brake controller # 90885 in your 2012 Ram 1500. You just need the proper wiring harness, # 3021-P, to plug the controller into the Ram. If you are keeping both trucks and want to move the controller from one to the other you will need a second bracket, # 7686.
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  • Differences Between Hopkins Endurance Multi-Tow 7-, 5- and 4-Way # HM48470 and # HM47570
  • The Hopkins Endurance Multi-Tow 7-, 5- and 4-Way Flat Trailer Connector # HM48470 is a combination 7-, 5- and 4-way trailer socket for a tow vehicle that connects to the vehicle through screw-down wire terminals on its rear. With this item in place you can connect trailers with either 4-pole or 5-pole flat connectors or a 7-way blade style. Hopkins Endurance Multi-Tow Trailer Connector Adapter # HM47570 serves a similar purpose but its connections are different. This part connects to...
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  • Compatibility of Derale Oil Cooler Sandwich Adapter # D15734 with 2012 Dodge Ram 1500 w/ 5.7L Engine
  • The Derale # D15734 is indeed compatible with your 2012 Ram 1500 w/ the Hemi 5.7L engine. The filter sandwich adapter would add an additional 1-3/4 inches between the filter landing and the oil filter. You'd want to make sure you have enough clearance so you'll be able to remove your oil filter in the future.
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  • Availability of Replacement Rubber Cover for 3/4 Inch Bumper Bolt on Hidden Hitch # 87530
  • Hidden Hitch doesn't currently offer that rubber cap as a replacement part. If you'd care to reply to this email with your name, address and phone number, I've managed to talk my Hidden Hitch representative into sending you a replacement cap free of charge.
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  • Installing Tekonsha P3 Brake Controller # 90195 on 2012 Dodge Ram 1500 w/ No Tow Package
  • I'm guessing that you're dealing with a Ram that wasn't equipped with a factory tow package, right? I'm not sure what the wires you speak of are for. Due to the fact that wire colors aren't always consistent, we recommend wiring by function, not by wire color. There's three separate installation scenarios. The way you'd proceed will depend on how the vehicle is equipped. If the truck has an OEM 7-way, and you're using a Tekonsha brake controller like the # 90195 you mentioned, you'd...
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  • Channel Bracket and Mounting Hardware Recommendation for the Demco 2-Tang Clevis # DM05593-97
  • For a channel bracket to go along with the Demco 2-Tang Clevis # DM05593-97 that you referenced you would want the Demco 6-Hole Adjustable Channel Bracket # DM59601. This bracket gets welded on, for the hardware to secure the # DM05593-97 to the # DM59601 you would want the Pro Series Mounting Bolts for Adjustable-Channel Couplers # PS024202.
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  • Can Base Plates be Installed on a 2012 Ram 1500 with Brushguard Already Installed
  • Unfortunately, the base plates for the 2012 Ram 1500 require a stock configuration meaning the brushguard you have would have to be removed to be able to install them. Since you want to keep the brushguard in place the best solution is to use a trailer to tow the Ram instead of flat towing it. If you decide to go ahead and remove the brushguard then the base plates # 52289-1 are compatible with the StowMaster tow bar # RM-501 as long as the truck weighs less than 6,000 pounds. If the...
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  • Timbren Suspension Enhancement for a 2012 Ram 1500 Towing a 5th Wheel Trailer
  • First, it may not be the bags that are leaking. You can use the old soapy water truck on the bags and air lines, valves, and so on to locate the leak. The most common cause of leaks in air bag systems is an air line that was not cut straight using a tube cutter such as # AL10530. If you want to switch to a Timbren system I recommend # TDR1500DQ. They will fit 2 and 4 wheel drive models of the 2012 Ram 1500, crew and quad cabs. Or for regular cab models use # TDR1500DS. These springs...
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  • Weight Capacity of the DeeZee Nerf Bars part # DZ372233
  • I did some checking and it looks like the weight capacity for the DeeZee Nerf Bars part # DZ372233 that you referenced is 250 lbs.
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  • Will Installation of Rampage LED Tailgate Light Bar # RA960134 Interfere with Spare Tire on 2012 Ram
  • The Rampage LED Tailgate Light Bar # RA960134 that you referenced is intended to install in the gap between the tailgate and bumper on your Ram 1500 SLT using included automotive-grade pressure-sensitive tape. If your Ram is like the truck pictured in the linked photo (with the spare tire pulley access point on the right side of the bumper step) then this 60-inch light bar will block access to the spare. To be certain I checked the Ram truck belonging to an associate here at etrailer.com...
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  • Suspension Enhancement for a 2012 Ram 1500 Crew Cab 4x4 with Leveling Kit Already Installed
  • If the rear coil springs on your 2012 Ram 1500 crew cab 4x4 are still stock then I recommend the SumoSprings, # CSS-1168R. These will fit in the spaces of the rear coil springs and will help to keep the truck level while towing. The leveling kit that you have on the truck will most likely affect the fit and/or function of any other suspension enhancement system so the SumoSprings are the way to go. And they are safe and cost-friendly just like what you are looking for.
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  • Suspension Enhancement or Weight Distribution to Fix Sag on a 2012 Dodge Ram
  • When vehicle sag is caused by a trailer then the best solution is to use weight distribution. Suspension enhancement is better for loads that are in the truck or 5th wheel/gooseneck trailers. For weight distribution you will want to go by the total tongue weight of the set up. This is calculated by taking the tongue weight of the trailer when loaded and ready to tow and adding to that the weight of anything loaded behind the rear axle of the tow vehicle. Typically tongue weight...
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  • Recommendation For Reducing Sag On 2012 Dodge Ram Quad Cab Towing 4000 LB Trailer
  • If the weight of the trailer you are towing is more than 50 percent of the weight of your towing vehicle a weight distribution system is recommended. I found that your 2012 Dodge Ram Quad Cab weighs approximately 6000 to 6200 lbs, and since you said the trailer weighs 4000 lbs, a weight distribution system would work well for you. The Timbren Suspension System, would help level and stabilize your Dodge Ram but when you are towing a trailer that is causing the sag, the problem would...
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  • Replacement Air Bag for AirLift 1000 Helper Spring Kit # AL60818 in 2012 Ram 1500 4 X 4 Quad Cab
  • The AirLift Helper Air Spring Kit # AL60818 that you referenced fits both 2- and 4-wheel drive versions of the 2012 Ram 1500 Quad cab. We do offer the appropriate replacement air spring, which is sold as a single unit. The part is # AL60318. I verified with my contact at AirLift that this is the correct replacement part for your rear-axle kit.
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  • Parts Needed to Install a P3 Trailer Brake Controller on a 2013 Ram 1500
  • If your 2012 Dodge Ram came with a factory installed 7-Way trailer connector then all you will need is the controller, # 90195, and the correct wiring harness, # 3021-P. If the truck just has a factory 4-Way connector then you will need the above 2 items and # 37185 to add a 7-Way. You will need to do a little hardwiring by cutting the blue wire from the end of the 3021-P that plugs into the vehicle, then run a length of wire through the firewall, under the truck to the back of the 7-Way...
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  • Will Towing Mirrors # LVT-3100C Fit 2012 Dodge Ram 1500 Longhorn Laramie With Chrome Backed Mirrors
  • I just spoke with my contact at Longview about the custom towing mirrors for your 2012 Dodge Ram 1500 Longhorn Laramie. They said that although the # LVT-3100C is listed as a fit for your truck, if you have the chrome skin on your mirrors, these will not fit. It seems the mirrors with the chrome skin are wider than the standard OEM mirrors, and will not allow the clips to secure the mirror in place. I recommend the K Source Universal Clip-On Towing Mirror, part # KS3891 for your truck....
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  • Gooseneck Hitch Recommendation for a 2012 Ram 1500 with a 5 ft 7 inch Bed
  • Yes, there is a gooseneck option for your 2012 Ram 1500 with a 5 foot 7 inch bed. You would want the Curt 600 Series Gooseneck Installation Kit # C60657 and the Curt Double Lock, Flip and Store Gooseneck Hitch # C60607. The ball of this hitch can be removed if needed.
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  • Will the Tekonsha Plug-In Adapter # 3021-P work on a 2012 Ram 1500
  • As long as you have a factory 7-way at the rear of your 2012 Ram 1500 the Tekonsha Plug-In Wiring Adapter # 3021-P that you referenced would be the correct product for you. If you do not have a trailer connector you will first need to start with a 4-way. For that I recommend the Draw Tite Hardwire kit # 119175KIT. Next you will need to convert the 4-way to a 7-way. For that I recommend the Universal Installation Kit for Trailer Brake Controller # ETBC7. I attached installation instructions...
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  • Should Tekonsha P3 Brake Controller # 90195 Be Reprogrammed to Install in 2012 Dodge Ram 1500
  • Your Tekonsha Prodigy P3 Trailer Brake Controller # 90195 will only cause you to re-program your 2012 Dodge Ram 1500 Big Horn if you had a factory brake controller installed and then added the P3 later. The OEM controller would have to be turned off by re-programming the computer. If your truck did not have a factory controller and has a factory 7-Way, you will have no problem. I have provided a link to a video showing the typical installation of this product and a link to the installation...
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  • 5th Airborne Sidewinder for Fifth Wheel Towed by 2012 Dodge Ram Quad Cab
  • If your Ram has the 5-1/2 foot bed, the Sidewinder would be your only alternative to possibly gain enough clearance for sharp turns. To determine if you will be able to make 90 degree turns while using the Sidewinder, take a look at the clearance formula on the Sidewinder FAQ page I have linked you to. You will need to measure the distance between your hitch jaw and the rear of your cab. Add 22 inches (length of Sidewinder arm) to this measurement. From this sum, subtract half the width...
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  • Will the Roadmaster Rear Anti-Sway Bar Help Reduce Sway on a 2012 Ram 1500
  • Yes, the Roadmaster Rear Anti-Sway Bar # RM-1129-135 that you referenced will help reduce sway and help stabilize the vehicle, especially with the other suspension components that you are also upgrading. However, a properly loaded trailer is the best defense against trailer sway. You will want to make sure you have as much weight as far forward on the trailer as possible. Another option you have to fight sway is a weight distribution system. Weight distribution systems do what their...
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  • What is the Weight Capacity of the Stromberg Carlson 100 Series 5th Wheel Tailgate
  • The weight capacity of the Stromberg-Carlson 5th wheel tailgate # VGD-10-100 is 300 pounds. It is possible that if you have a smaller cart it will weigh under this limit. You will want to have the lightest end of the cart on the tailgate if it must be on it at all. I have included a link to a video showing a typical installation for you.
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  • How Wide are the Westin Sure Grip Running Boards for a 2012 Ram 1500
  • I spoke to my contact at Westin and he told me that the best way for you to figure out how far out the Westin Sure-Grip Running Boards # 27-6650-1905 will stick beyond the sides of your vehicle would be to measure inches out from the very bottom of your rocker panels. These running boards are 6 inches wide and install at the bottom of your rocker panel, so measuring out 6 inches from the rocker panel will tell you exactly where they will be.
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  • Parts Needed to Install a Brake Controller on a 2012 Dodge Ram 1500
  • If you have 7-way trailer connector at the rear of your vehicle you can simply plug a Tekonsha Plug-In Wiring Adapter # 3021-P in under your dash in the plug you found and you would be ready to install a Tekonsha brake controller like the Prodigy P2 Brake Controller # 90885. If you have a 4-way at the rear of your vehicle you will also need a Adapter 4 Pole to 7 Pole # 37185. You will plug your 4-way into this adapter and then you would run a length of 10 gauge wire like our part # 10-1-1...
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  • Weight Distribution System for a 2012 Dodge 4x4 5.7L Towing a 4500 lb Travel Trailer
  • The important factor to consider when choosing a weight distribution system is the loaded tongue weight of your towing setup. The loaded tongue weight includes the loaded and ready to tow tongue weight of your trailer plus the weight of any cargo that is loaded in your truck bed behind the rear axle. Once you find the loaded tongue weight of your setup, you will want to choose a weight distribution system with a tongue weight range that encompasses your loaded tongue weight. I have...
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  • Does it Matter Which Wire on a Trailer Brake Magnet is Ground and Which is Power
  • First, I do not recommend doing any experiments until you know where all the wires are going and what the functions are. On a brake magnet, there is normally a set of wires, one for power and one for ground. It does not matter which wire does what. The ground wire should be attached nearby to a bare metal surface. All of the brake power wires will attach to the brake output wire from the trailer connector. There is no front and rear or left and right. All the brake power wires go to...
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  • Will Bully Dog Custom Pillar Monitor Mount Fit 2012 Dodge Ram 1500 ST With Pull Handle in Pillar?
  • Thank you for providing the photo of your vehicle showing the pull handle on the driver-side pillar. The part you are considering, the Custom Pillar Mount for Bully Dog WatchDog and Triple Dog GT Monitors, part # BY32304-30420, is indeed a specified fit for your 2012 Ram 1500 ST with 5.7L Hemi. I have attached the installation instructions for this product. (Note that this PDF file includes multiple sets of instructions for several vehicles; you will want to review the first pages...
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  • Is There Drilling Required to Install the Carr Custom-Fit Side Steps
  • Yes, to install the Carr Custom-Fit Side Steps # CARR125772 you will need to a little bit of drilling. Check out the installation instructions for this product that I attached.
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  • How to Remove the Fifth Wheel Hitch Head
  • I assume you are wanting to remove the fifth wheel hitch from the base rails that are bolted to your truck bed. The hitch legs should only be held on to the rails using 4 pins and clips (See Photo). Once you remove those 4 pins and clips, lift up on the hitch and it should come out of the slot in the rails. If the hitch has become wedged in the rails, it may take some persuasion to lift the hitch. I recommend having someone help and make sure you are both lifting straight up. If you...
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  • Recommended Tonneau Cover for 2012 Dodge Ram 1500 Short Bed
  • For your 2012 Dodge Ram 1500 Short Bed truck, I recommend the Truxedo Tonneau Cover # TX547901. Featuring automatic tension control, it rolls up in seconds to store conveniently behind your cab and can be installed in approximately 20 minutes with only a socket and a ratchet. Your chrome bed rails will not be affected as there is plenty of room to install this tonneau and maintain the clearance from your rails. I have included instructions to the proper installation of this product. You...
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