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Old 06-13-2007, 08:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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E350 Club Wagon New Trailer Wiring Question

Was curious to know if there is an easy plug-in (hoppy) avaiable for wiring a new plug for a trailer or do I have to do the nasty and do a hard wire? I got a used hitch and it has a 5-way/with a 4 plug but just has the wires and not sure how or where I need to attach.
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Re: E350 Club Wagon New Trailer Wiring Question

I've got an '04 E350 15 pass, I found the trailer wire plug dead-ended inside the driver's side frame rail just behind the rear axle. Instead of buying the FORD $70 adapter, I used splice taps to run my own $3 4 wire flat plug back to the hitch. Use a test light to determine what's what, the colors don't match up. The aftermarket adapters only go up to 2003, or I would've gone that route.
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Re: E350 Club Wagon New Trailer Wiring Question

Probably depends on what packages it was built with. My 1992 had all the wiring already and under the dash had all the trailer brake wiring. The connector they used in 1992 wasn't really compatible with anything i was using or could find, so i cut the connector off and just soldered to the wires. But the wiring was all their. If the van doesn't have a trailer tow package it may not be there though.
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Re: E350 Club Wagon New Trailer Wiring Question

my 99 E350 XLT psd had all the plugs for plug & play. I have a closed utility traler that I wired in a connector from factory plug above axle & to trailer. So I have the typical 4 pin plug at trailer & a 2 pin plug at trailer for brakes. Up front is a tekonsha brake control. (envoy model) That plugs into harness from factory in left side kick panel. (back behind emergency brake pedal, under panel)
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Re: E350 Club Wagon New Trailer Wiring Question

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I've got an '04 E350 15 pass, I found the trailer wire plug dead-ended inside the driver's side frame rail just behind the rear axle. Instead of buying the FORD $70 adapter, I used splice taps to run my own $3 4 wire flat plug back to the hitch. Use a test light to determine what's what, the colors don't match up. The after market adapters only go up to 2003, or I would've gone that route.

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I have a 06 E350 V10. I put the trailer brake in up front. Simple plug and play. I cannot find the connector in the rear anywhere. I am hoping it is where you just said in your post. Do you happen to have the part number for that Ford Adapter? I will gladly pay $70 for it. I just bought this Van to tow my race trailer, I put on Dual rear wheels, Dual exhaust, Computer, Air intake, and now a simple trailer connector is about to ruin my weekend. Any help is appreciated!
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Re: E350 Club Wagon New Trailer Wiring Question

go to home depot and get a fox and hound and try to figure out where the wire is back there. Should be pretty simple to find, that's if it's there at all.
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Re: E350 Club Wagon New Trailer Wiring Question

I don't recall the part # but tell the parts guy you have the 4 pin plug that ends on the frame rail, and you need the extension. The brake control wire is not in that harness, that is a separate deal, MAdVAn has a post on here somewhere detailing how to get that hooked up.
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Thanks a bunch guys. I'll look for that other post.
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Re: E350 Club Wagon New Trailer Wiring Question

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I don't recall the part # but tell the parts guy you have the 4 pin plug that ends on the frame rail, and you need the extension. The brake control wire is not in that harness, that is a separate deal, MAdVAn has a post on here somewhere detailing how to get that hooked up.

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I rigged my brake controller into harnes behind front kick panel & ran a wire from the blue on that 4 pin plug above axle to my trailer brakes . also need the ground in that 4 pin which is white or maybe green. Test lamp will show the right pins if you have someone hit the manuel over ride on controller. I just used those two wires for my trailer, cause it is a single axle small utility trailer & doesn't need a charging system for a battery. No battery on trailer. Works fine.
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Re: E350 Club Wagon New Trailer Wiring Question

Thanks for all you help guys - after doing some feeling around I found the factory 4 plug - it does come down the driver side frame rail - while tracking it I found the rest of it above the rear axle same side. The plug was to corroded to use so out came the wire cutters and butt connectors. You do not have a whole lot of room to work - but I guess that's why they charge you $ 70.00 for the adaptor. I also found the brake control adaptor under the dash after doing some test light probing. Even less room there - just cut what wires I needed and spliced - my back has been paying for it since. Now unto the mirrors !!!
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