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Brake controllers are an essential part of a towing system with electric trailer brakes, and they offer a much-needed emergency braking feature. We offer high quality controllers from manufacturers such as Draw-Tite, Tekonsha, Valley, Hidden Hitch and Hopkins. Featuring both time-delay and proportional models, we have the right controller for any application. Brake controller wiring adapters are available for many vehicles, allowing for simple plug-and-play installation. Hardwire kits are also available to make any installation hassle-free.

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1998 Dodge Questions and Answers


  • How to Determine the Capacity of Trailer Leaf Springs and How to Raise the Coupler Height
  • Leaf springs typically have the part # stamped on the strap that holds the leafs together at one end of the shorter leafs, or it is painted on the concave side of the springs. The part number can then be used to determine the capacity of the springs. Generally springs with any age on them will be very hard to get a part number off of. You would then need to go by the axle capacity to determine the spring capacity, which would be 1/2 of the axle capacity. If you have a 3,500 lb capacity...
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  • How to Install a 7-Way Trailer Connector on a 1998 Dodge Ram for a Brake Controller
  • If your 1998 Dodge Ram did not come with a factory 4 or 7-Way trailer connector, then you will need to first install Tow Ready Custom Fit Vehicle Wiring, # 118329. I have included a link to a video installation and a link to the installation instructions for reference. You would then need to install a 4 and 7 Way Installation Kit, # ETBC7. We have a couple of detailed FAQ articles on this installation which I have linked for you. I have also included a video link showing a typical installation...
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  • Wire Colors Explained for Installing the RV Tail Light - Stop, Tail, Turn RVST50
  • On the trailer light part # RVST50 the white wire is for the ground, the green for the running light circuit and then the black is for the stop/turn signal circuit which is brighter. I also attached an install video for this light for you to check out as well.
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  • Trailer Brake Controller Installation on a 1998 Dodge Ram 2500
  • The red wire on the Tekonsha Voyager, # 39510, is for the stop light wire on the cold side of the brake switch. In order to find it, you will need a circuit tester, # ALL640595 if needed) and then probe the wires on the brake switch above the brake pedal. You will need the wire that carries a signal only when the brake pedal is pressed. If you find a wire that also shows a signal when the lights are on or turn signals engaged it is not the correct wire. You need a dedicated brake light...
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  • How to Check Electric Brakes and Wiring on a 36 Foot Gooseneck Trialer with Brakes on Two Axles
  • It sounds like you had a short on the electric brake controller wiring at some point, since the wires are black. This indicates the wiring was overheated. The first thing I would do is check the 7-Way connector on the trailer and the truck for proper wiring. I attached a link to our wiring page for you. This page shows the correct placement of wires inside the vehicle and trailer side 7-Way connectors about 1/2 way down the page. Once you are sure the vehicle and trailer connectors are...
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  • Instructions for 5th Wheel Hitch Install on a 1998 Dodge Ram 2500
  • You will need the Universal Fifth Wheel Trailer Hitch Installation Kit with Rails, item # RP30035, to install a fifth-wheel hitch in your 1998 Dodge Ram 2500 long bed. Page number 14 of the instructions (see link) shows the location and placement of the fifth wheel rails in the bed of the pickup, for your model. Along with this installation kit you could use the 16K Fifth Wheel Hitch by Reese, item # RP30047, and the Valley Fifth Wheel and Gooseneck Wiring Harness with 7-Pole - Dodge...
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  • Can Springs Be Upgraded on 5th Wheel Trailer With 5,200-Lb Axles
  • You may go up to a higher weight capacity spring as long as the eye-to-eye length and the width will fit, but the higher capacity springs WILL NOT increase the weight capacity of your trailer. The weight capacity will still be limited to whatever the lowest rated component of the system is, whether it be the axle, the shackles or the equalizer. If you decide to go with the higher-rated springs, you will be making the axle and the spindles the lowest-rated component, which can cause failure...
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  • Troubleshooting Flashing 0.0 Error Message on Curt Discovery Brake Controller # C51120
  • The troubleshooting guide included in the instructions for the Curt Discovery Brake Controller # C51120 that you referenced does not include this particular display issue, a flashing 0.0, among the possible display messages. My technical contact at Curt has never seen this particular message displayed on a Discovery brake controller. He suggested that either the display is malfunctioning or the controller is bad. Since your brakes are not engaging when you press the pedal with the trailer...
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  • Will Plow Mounts Interfere with Install of Curt # 31604 Front Receiver on 1998 Dodge Ram 2500 Truck
  • If you look at the diagram from the installation instructions I've provided for you, you'll be able to see that the flanges of the front mounted receiver attach to the sides of the frame members, and the crossbar of the hitch will sit under the frame. I don't have any information about the plow set-up you're using, or how it installs to the vehicle, so I cannot say if there will be any interference, but you should be able to compare the way the hitch attaches to the plow mounts, and...
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch For 1998 Dodge Ram 1500
  • For your 1998 Dodge Ram 1500, and since you said you are going to be towing an enclosed race trailer, I recommend a Class V trailer hitch. I recommend the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver, part # C15300. This hitch is a bolt-on installation and includes all the hardware needed. It has a 2 inch receiver opening and has a towing capacity of 16,000 lbs. I recommend the etrailer.com Ball Mount Kit, part # EBMK2416. This includes a ball mount, 2 hitch balls, a pin and clip an a handy storage...
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  • Installing 7-Way Trailer Connector on 1998 Dodge Dakota
  • It looks like you're wanting to install a 7-way on your vehicle, is that correct? If your truck was equipped with the factory 7-way, and you're wanting to replace it, you'd just unplug the harness from the rear of the connector, and replace it with a 7-way like part # HM40975. If your Dakota doesn't have a trailer connector, you'd first install a 4-pole like part # 118329. How you'd proceed from here will depend on how your trailer's equipped. If your trailer doesn't have electric brakes,...
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  • Recommendation For RV Seat Covers For 2018 Thor Ace Class A RV
  • The RV captain seat style covers from Classic Accessories, Item # CA80112, feature an elastic cord that runs through the hem for a tight, semi-custom fit. The seat back on this cover is 24 inches and the overall height is 33 inches. The width and depth measurements are both 24 inches. These also include 2 armrest covers and a cutout space for a seat-adjustment lever. The fabric is also machine-washable. I recommend measuring your captain seats in your 2018 Thor Ace Class A RV to make...
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  • Replacement Bracket Kit Recommendation for Firestone Air Bag Kit F2071
  • The replacement brackets you'd need for the # F2071 are the part # F5376 (quantity 2) for the upper brackets, part # F5092 (quantity 2) for the lower brackets, # F5086 (quantity 4) for the bracket straps, and part # F5093 (quantity 4) for the other bracket straps.
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  • Wiring a Flat 4 Way Trailer Connector on a 1998 Dodge Caravan with Missing 4-Way Connection
  • If you are trying to replace the 4-Way connector on the rear of your 1998 Dodge Caravan you will need to wire a new 4-Way connector, item # 18004, by function using a circuit tester, item # 40376. Attaching a new trailer connector properly should solve your trailer lighting issues, as long as the converter has not been shorted out due to the wires being exposed from the original connector breaking off. If the converter, item # 118334, has been shorted it will need to be replaced. This...
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  • Adding a 7-Way Trailer Connector to a 1998 Dodge Durango
  • All of the wiring harnesses we carry for the 1998 Dodge Durango only add a 4-Way flat connector. We do not have a connector that will attach to the OEM 7-Way and connect to factory harness on the vehicle. Chances are since your Durango did not come with a factory 7-Way that it does not even have the wiring or other parts needed to make it fully functional. To add a 7-Way you will first need to install a 4-Way flat using # 118334. Then you will need 4 and 7-Way installation kit # ETBC7....
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  • Will a Timbren TDDR00 Benefit a 1998 Dodge Dakota When Towing
  • Suspension enhancement does have it's benefits for towing a trailer. It will level the suspension of the tow vehicle which is valuable. Where a weight distribution system is better is that not only does it level the suspension it also redistributes a portion of the tongue weight of the trailer up to the front axle of the tow vehicle. This helps greatly with braking and handling. The only other advantage is that suspension enhancement is generally easier to use than a WD system. The...
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  • Estimated Professional Installation Time for B&W Gooseneck Trailer Hitch on 1998 Dodge Ram 2500
  • First, B and W gooseneck hitch # BWGNRC800 is just the hitch. You will also need an installation kit that fits your 1998 Dodge Ram 2500. For the installation kit and the hitch together use # BWGNRK1394. When we install gooseneck trailer hitches here we take the whole day because we also film the installation. A professional with experience who was not being filmed would probably take 3 to 6 hours. I have included a link to the instructions for you. What you can do is run it by an installer...
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  • Draw Tite Hitch Recommendation for a 1998 Dodge Ram Sport 4x4 with Factory Roll Pan
  • If you have a 6 foot or 8 foot bed with the standard or step bumper then the Draw-Tite Hitch part # 75101 would be the correct hitch for you. If you have a deep drop bumper then you would want the Draw Tite Hitch part # 41504. I attached a picture of what a deep drop bumper typically looks like for you to determine if you have it or not. Both of these hitches are Class III and would work well for you.
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  • Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver # C15300 Compatibility With Ranch Hand Style Bumper Compared To Factory
  • For your 1998 Dodge Ram Pickup with ranch hand style bumper, the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver Class V XD - 2" # C15300 is a confirmed fit. I don't know what the factory measurement are on that hitch, especially in regards to an aftermarket bumper. I reached out to my contact at Curt and he thinks you have the best option. He said that the last mounting hole for that bumper is 11 inches to the end of that receiver tube, so you can do a quick measurement to see if this will meet your needs.
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  • Parts Needed to Add a 7-Way Trailer Connector to a 1998 Dodge Ram 1500
  • If your 1998 Dodge Ram came with a 7-Way and you need a replacement you can use Pollak 7- and 4-Pole Trailer Connector Socket, # HM40975, and Pigtail Wiring Harness, # PK11998 if needed. The Hopkins Endurance Multi-Tow 7-, 5- and 4-Way Flat Trailer Connector, # HM48470, can be used as well but it is a hardwire connector meaning you would have to attach existing wires from the truck to the connector according to the wiring diagram I have linked for you. If the truck came with a factory...
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  • Comparison of Curt Class V Hitches # C15300, # C15318 and # C15319 for 1998 Dodge Ram 2500 Longbed
  • The three Curt trailer hitches that you referenced, parts # C15300, # C15318 and # C15319, all are 2-inch Class V hitches that share common weight ratings and all fit your 1998 Dodge Ram 2500 Longbed with a factory standard or step bumper. All three can be seen on the link provided for you. The difference between them is that the # C15300 fits some Ford F-Series and Bronco trucks in addition to fitting your 1998 Dodge Ram. This hitch will not fit trucks with a roll pan bumper and installation...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 1998 Dodge Ram 1500
  • The Blue Ox base plate kit you would need for your 1998 Dodge Ram 1500 would be the part # BX1949. This would work well with your Blue Ox Avail Tow Bar # BX7420. For lighting you can use the bulb and socket kit, # RM-155, and not have to worry about cutting and splicing into the vehicle wiring. And finally, most states now require supplemental braking in the vehicle being flat towed. The easiest system to set up and use is the Even Brake proportional system, # RM-9400, that applies...
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  • Weight Distribution Recommendation for a Truck with Slide-In Camper Towing a Horse Trailer
  • Given that you have a slide-in camper it can be hard to determine how much of the weight is behind the rear axle. So what I recommend is to determine how much of the camper is behind the rear axle; half, 30 percent, whatever it happens to be and then take the weight of that much of the campers total weight and apply it to the trailers tongue weight to get a good estimate. So lets say the camper weighs 1550 pounds and half of it is behind the rear axle. You would add 775 pounds to the...
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  • Measurements of Gustafson RV Sidewall Light # 277-000247
  • I went out to the warehouse to take some measurements of Gustafson RV Sidewall Light # 277-000247 for you. The base has an overall height of 8-1/2 inches and overall width of 5-5/16 inches. The mounting holes are spaced 2-3/4 inches apart on center. The glass is 3-1/2 inches in diameter. From the wall out to the far edge of the glass is 6-3/4 inches. The rod that holds the glass sticks down 1 inch from the bottom of the base.
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  • Will Using a Programmer Destroy my 1998 Dodge Ram 1500 5.2 L
  • As long as your drive your truck as it should be driven, using the programmer will not cause any damage to your vehicle. I have included a link to all of the programmers available for your 1998 Dodge Ram 1500 5.2 L. One of our most popular tuners is the Superchips Flashpaq F5 Performance Tuner, # SU3845. This tuner offers several power levels and user-tunable options so you can get the most out of your engine.
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  • Measurement of Curt Fifth Wheel Base Rails
  • I went to the warehouse to take some measurements of the Curt # C16104 base rails and found that they are 43" long and roughly 5-5/8" wide. I have added a photo showing some of the dimensions of the mounting holes for you as well. Center to center, the closest holes are roughly 10" apart, the second set of mounting holes is 20-1/2" while the third set is 29" apart. I have also added a link to a video review of these rails for you to take a look at.
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  • What Is Needed to Tow a 21 Ft. Fifth Wheel with a 1998 Dodge Ram 1500 V8 Short Bed
  • The first thing you will need is an install kit. A fifth wheel install kit provides a set of brackets that attach to the truck frame under the truck bed and a set of rails that bolt through the bed to the brackets. The rails sit in the bed and the actual hitch is pinned to these rails. The installation kit for your truck is part # RP30035 from Reese. I have added a link to the kit and the instructions below. See page 14 of the instructions for your particular vehicle. Once you have...
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  • Which Electric Over Hydraulic Actuator is Best for Trailer Brakes
  • We prefer the Hydrastar Actuator part # HBA16 as it is the most reliable and works the best. Rarely do we ever get emails or calls for help troubleshooting problems with this actuator and is the one our installers like the most so I would recommend it highly. You will need a brake controller installed in the tow vehicle that is compatible with this style of trailer brakes. The controller will put out a varying amount of voltage to the actuator which will then build the appropriate amount...
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  • Is Drilling Required to Install Curt Trailer Hitch 15319 on a 1998 Dodge Ram 2500
  • Drilling is not required on all vehicles to install Curt trailer hitch # C15319. However, due to manufacturing variances, some vehicles may require drilling. I have included a link to the installation instructions for you. You should be able to see where this hitch installs and compare it to your vehicle to determine if you will have to drill. With this hitch I also recommend etrailer ball mount kit # EBMK2416. It comes with a ball mount, 2 hitch balls, a hitch pin with clip, and a storage...
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  • Weight Distribution Recommendation for a 1998 Dodge Ram 2500 Towing a 32 foot Cavalier Trailer
  • The best way to select a weight distribution system for towing your 32 foot Cavalier travel trailer with your 1998 Dodge Ram 3/4 ton truck is to weigh the trailer when it is fully loaded and ready to tow. When weighing the trailer you will need to determine the gross trailer weight and the gross tongue weight, and add the weight of anything you may need to load behind the rear axle in the bed of your Ram to the tongue weight. Armed with this information you can select a weight distribution...
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