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Brake Controller and Trailer Wiring Setup for 1995 Dodge Ram 1500

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I recently bought a 95 Dodge Ram 1500. As best as I can tell is that it has a factory hitch and a trans cooler. Under the dash right side of steering column, I found two plugs, that are mounted close to each other. One is rectangle with 6 wires and the other is more flat and has 2 wires. What type of brake control and wire setup will a need to pull a boat? My next question is at the hitch. What connect will I need to plug a boat with a flat 4 wire connector?

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Congratulations on your new truck! Since brake controllers are for electric brakes, boat trailers generally do not have electric brakes due to them being used around water. You have a 4-wire connector on your boat trailer, so you would not have hydraulic brakes either, probably because it is light enough that they are not needed.

Under your dashboard, the 6-wire plug is for the brake controller, while the 2-wire plug is most likely for computer diagnostics. To use your boat trailer lights, you will need to install a T-One Vehicle Wiring harness with Four Pole Trailer Connector, part # 118329. We have an excellent video that shows this wiring harness being installed on a 1999 Dodge Ram 1500.

After installing the T-One wiring harness, simply plug in your boat trailer 4-flat connector into the 4-flat plug on the rear of your pickup. This will give you turn signals, brake and running lights.

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