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No-Drill Mount for Electrical Mounting Bracket - Short

No-Drill Mount for Electrical Mounting Bracket - Short

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This bracket provides a sturdy place to attach your electrical connector mounting bracket (sold separately). Designed for use with 4-way, 5-way, and 6-way connector brackets. Included hose clamp secures bracket to your trailer hitch. 1-636-306-4830 to order Tow Ready accessories and parts part number 18140 or order online at Free expert support on all Tow Ready products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for No-Drill Mount for Electrical Mounting Bracket - Short. Accessories and Parts reviews from real customers.
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This bracket provides a sturdy place to attach your electrical connector mounting bracket (sold separately). Designed for use with 4-way, 5-way, and 6-way connector brackets. Included hose clamp secures bracket to your trailer hitch.


  • Bracket can be used with any of the following mounting brackets to make a no-drill mount for your trailer connector:
    • Mounting Bracket 4-Pole Flat (18144)
    • Mounting Bracket for 4-, 5- and 6-Way Connectors (118137)
    • Mounting Bracket for Wesbar 5-Pole Flat (TR20046)
  • Powder coated steel construction
  • Hose clamp and hardware included
  • Bracket dimensions: 3" wide x 3-3/4" long

Mounting Bracket Display: Long Bracket (18136) with 4,5 and 6-Way Bracket (18137)

The picture above illustrates a typical application of a no-drill mounting bracket with a trailer connector bracket.

118140 No-Drill Mount Bracket, Short

Video of No-Drill Mount for Electrical Mounting Bracket - Short

Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information.

Video Transcript for Tow Ready 4-Pole Mounting Bracket Installation

Today we are going to be installing the universal 4-Flat connector part number 18144 in conjunction with our universal short bracket part 18140. With our wire already routed outside of the vehicle we'll go ahead and install the 4-flat mounting bracket on the universal mounting bracket. We'll use the supplied hardware to secure it. With our two screws tightened down, take the worm clamp and secure directly to the hitch. Now we've got that tightened down, I'll go ahead and take a pair of tin snips and cut off the excess from the clamp. With the clamp secure we'll go ahead and route the 4 pole through the 4-Flat mounting bracket and input the cap on the end of our 4 pole.

And there you have it with the installation of tow ready 4-flat connector part number 18144 along with our tow ready universal short bracket part number 18140.

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No-Drill Mount for Electrical Mounting Bracket - Short - 18140

Average Customer Rating:  4.7 out of 5 stars   (950 Customer Reviews)

This bracket provides a sturdy place to attach your electrical connector mounting bracket (sold separately). Designed for use with 4-way, 5-way, and 6-way connector brackets. Included hose clamp secures bracket to your trailer hitch.


I bought a new truck that didn’t have a factory-installed hitch. Paid the dealer to put one on. They left off a small detail that to me was not small—a retaining bracket for the wiring plug. I went on line to look for one, and I found what I needed here. It was perfect, reasonably priced—very much so—and it arrived quickly and in perfect order. I’m going to bookmark this web address for when I need something more.


This product is a great idea, but, it cannot be used on the hitch in the application I purchased for. You might think "E Trailer" would know, given the research they put into which hitch is needed and for what vehicle, that the "No Drill Mounting Bracket" will not work unless you want to climb underneath your vehicle to plug in the wiring harness. I guess they don't know, or are hoping you buy the item anyway. ???

The No-Drill Mount Bracket, Long Part # 18136
No-Drill Mount Bracket, Long
would work better for your application, with the longer bracket making it easier to reach.
-- Etrailer Expert Thomas M - 01/26/2022


The bracket is simple and works great. The clamp is a worthless piece of junk. I had to go to a hardware store and buy a decent clamp.


Product seems good. Packaging was terrible, the part was just put in the big box with the hitch. How it didn't get damaged is nothing short of a miracle. I oreded 3 parts with t he hitch and 1 was lost during shipping. I told the seller and I was insulted by them. I believe I know how to look in a box and find the parts inside. Maybe the small bracket went out one od the two hand holes or t he gaping hole the hitch made in the box. Packaging was sad. A hitch in a cardboard box with no enter packing, then my 3 other parts threw in the box separately. They already have my money, they don't care what damage is done in shipping. Most are not going to send it back because some of the paint was rubbed off.

Thank you for bringing this to our attention. I will have our customer service team reach back out to you so we can have this taken care of for you.
-- Etrailer Expert Jenny N - 07/19/2022


Very happy I ordered the part along with the Mounting Bracket 4-Pole Flat. you don't have to come up with a rig on your own. However, the hose clamp is easy to strip so be careful. I used a large zip tie as an added precaution in case the hose clamp gives way.


Sturdy piece of items here. Had to mount bracket(s) on receiver hitch area due to another flat location being (my opinion) too far from receiver area. It all worked out. Have been a customer on here for years now. They always have durable products to sell and the how to videos are a plus. Thank you all


This bracket fit the new hitch OK but due to the "hidden" hitch style it had to be mounted closer to the hitch than desirable. Therefore I had to bend the harness mounting bracket (item 18144) to clear the hitch pin.


Great company. I submitted an email about which items I needed to purchse for my vehicle. I got a prompt and complete response to my inquiry. The follwing day,while placing my order I had an issue. So, I replied to the original email request for clarification. While waiting for I response I seen the customer service phone number so I called and got an immediate answer to my issue. After the phone call I placed my order. The next day I received a reponse to my email with an apology for not getting back to me due to him being off for the holiday. Then after the items are delivered I get another email letting me know that the items have been delivered not from the delivery company but the purchasing company. This company helped me and kept in contact with me, every step of the way.
Thank you for doing business right.


When I ordered this No-Drill mount I did not understand that an additional piece was needed. this item is only a horizontal bracket to which a vertical bracket must be attached. Since I did not order the vertical piece and since my Curt hitch is round, I decided not to use it at all. I just attached the plug end of the wiring harness to the hitch as suggested in the video. Bottom line- I did not even unpack this part. The postage cost makes it not worth returning.

We do have the second bracket that works in conjunction with this one. For a 4 way bracket is part # 18144
Mounting Bracket 4-Pole Flat
and for a seven way bracket is part # 18138
Mounting Bracket for 7-Way
-- Etrailer Expert Jenny N - 03/24/2022


I couldn't use this on my 2001 F-150 trailer light hook-up installation. BUT, it worked GREAT to attach a Orange Triangle "slow moving vehicle" sign on the rollbar of my old Kubota tractor. WITH no drilling into the rollbar (a NO-NO).....


This works great and looks great on my 2021 Ford Escape hybrid. The short version of this bracket was the perfect length. It holds strong to the hitch and securely holds the wiring connector. My only complaint is about etrailer. They recommended the long bracket in the video detailing the harness installation and after installing it, it was way too long and looked ridiculous. The short version was the perfect length.


Quick, easy, and secure. I wanted to mount my 7 blade plug directly to the frame but the bumper hung down too low. I was concerned the mount would be flimsy but it is surprisingly heavy gauge, mounts very securely, and is nicely powder coated.


Excellent little fitting to secure the schroeder valves right to the rear of the trailer hitch.


This was installed on a round tube hitch for a 2015 Honda Odyssey. Everything installed easily and the clamp was simple to use. I would think this bracket would sit nicer on a square tube simply due to the flatter surface, so if you install with a round tube, just be sure to keep it level as you tighten up on the clamp.


Went in seamlessly. No issues


Attached to square hitch flawlessly. Clamp worked fine, but had some spares from HF ready. Used this with the 4-pole bracket. Couldn’t be simpler.


Worked perfect, easy to install. I had to mount it in a different orientation, but it fit and tightened perfect.
No issues to date, looks great too.


Alex was super helpful with the whole set up of the braking system. Felt confidant that we were setting up our vehicle correctly because he was knowledgeable about the set up. Everything is working perfectly!


Shipment arrived promptly with all items. The instructions and videos provided made the install super easy. This is my second purchase using etrailer and their products and highly recommend them for all towing needs. Great quality and priced affordable.


worked great but you need another bracket to use with this one to hold the plug


This made mounting the wiring a piece of cake and is way better than just tucking the connector away hoping it stays put.


My experience with etrailer was nothing but phenomenal. The site was easy to use and supplied all of the technical information I required as a first time user. I am not a vehicle savvy person, but the instructional videos made me feel like one. All of the items that I purchased were exactly the quality that I was hoping for. Their customer service is excellent as well. I recommend etrailer to anyone that is in need of such any item they offer and will be using them again!


Worked well to place braking system on towed vehicle.


when it comes to anything concerning rvs I go to . so refreshing to actually talk to a person and not a recording telling you to click on this and that. and a person that knows what they are talking about .


Great product easy to install. Quick delivery. etrailer installation videos are very helpful

Working as expected, no issues
Thomas - 04/09/2022

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