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Roadmaster Tow Bar Wiring Kit Installation - 2016 Ford F-150

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How to Install the Roadmaster Tow Bar Wiring Kit on a 2016 Ford F-150


Speaker 1: Today, on our 2016 Ford F150, we're going to be taking a look at and showing you how to install the Road Master Universal High Power diode Wiring kit. Part number RM-154.So here's what are wiring diode kit looks like once fully installed. It's going to give us a four pull flat trailer connector on the front of our vehicle, and it's going to accept our RV's tail light signals and turn signals as well as our breaks, so we can tow our F150 down the road safely.Now a wiring kit is going to eliminate the need for the magnetic lights that you see on a lot of vehicles being towed down the road because it's going to use our factory wiring and tap into our factory tail lights.It's also going to have high powered diode in our kit, which are going to prevent any kind of electrical feedback from our RV and prevent any kind of damage to our vehicles electrical system. It's also going to come with a patch cord, so we can connect our F150 to our RV, without having to worry about buying anything extra.The insulation is going to be fairly straight forward. We're going to have to run a length of wire from our vehicle, all the way to the back and reach our tail lights. Now once we get to the back, we're going to have to find our turn signals and our tail light signals on each side.

Now that we've gone over some of the features and seeing what it looks like in the end result, let's go ahead and show you how to get it installed.To begin our installation, we're going to want to plan out where we want our four pole end to end up. Now in our application, we're going to have it come out, right about here, by the license plate. So we're going to come to the side here where this opening in our base plate is, and we're going to feed our wire through, so we start routing them towards the back. Once you have it fed through, we're going to leave just enough up front, so we can make our connections later on, and mount our four pole.Now to make things a little bit easier on ourselves, we can remove our license plate. If we reach behind there, there's going to be two tabs that are grabbing on to the vertical posts right here.

So if we come to the outside and grab onto the tab, and just slightly pull away, while at the same time pushing in on the inner tab. You may need to get one side popped off first and then work on getting the other one.If we just push on this rubber, we can actually reach up underneath the bumper and feed it towards the center. Just reach in and grab it. We're going to actually just zip tie it right here, it'll hang down below out license plate, but for now, we're going to leave this loose to see how much slack we have.Now our four pole wiring is going to have to go all the way back to where our taillights are, so I'm going to go ahead and route this, and I just want to mention, you want to stay away from any heat sources or moving parts like the steering or suspension components so I'm going to run this, and I'll show you how I routed it.So my wire coming from the front, I just ran it towards the back. As soon as I got to the core support here, I went up and over and back down, zip tying it to the cover, and I went over the support here, underneath this cover, ran it towards the outside, securing it in place.

I ran it along the frame, following it along the frame, tying it to some existing wiring up top, over the axle, and finally coming down by the spare tire in my hitch here.So we're going to go ahead and cut the four pole end off the end of our wire here. I'm going to cut each wire individually, and we can get rid of the four poling because we're not going to be using it. We're just going to separate each one of these wires, so we're just going to pull them apart until we can get all the way back to the bumper or right by the spare tire where we have it ran. We're going to want to do that for each one of our wires.Now that we have our four wires separated, we're going to be paying attention to the yellow, the brown, and the white for right now. We're just going to set the green aside, and we'll deal with that one later.

Now our brown is going to be for our tail light signal, our yellow for the left turn signal and break and our white wire is going to be our ground. So we're going to route this over the bumper beam back here and over the hitch so we can get to the opening by our driver's side tail light.So we just come over the frame right here, put our hand over, reach over and grab the wires. Now fortunately for us we have factory ground right here, so I'm going to estimate about how much wire I need to reach it and then I'm going to cut back and strip back the end of my wire. Now with our kit they do provide us with a ring terminal so we're just going to slide a ring terminal over the bare wire and crimp it down.Now to take that bolt out for our ground, I'm using a ten millimeter socket. You're going to take the bolt, slide it through all of the grounds, then thread it back into place. Now the wire that we cut off of our ground, go ahead and keep a hold of that excess wire, because we may have to use it later on.We're going to move up top, to where our tail lights are and if we open up our tailgate, we're going to see that they're held in place by two fasteners. We're using an eight millimeter socket to pull them out. Once we have those two bolts out, we're going to grab our tail light and we're going to give it a slight wiggle back and forth and pull straight back, trying not to damage any of the tabs or alignment pins that are inside.We're going to pull straight back. When we come to the connectors here, there's going to be a tab on each one of them, if we push in on the tab, there's a release there. Maybe give it a little bit of a wiggle, while you're pushing on that tab. We're going to pull straight back and release the connector. We'll do the same thing for the one on top, then we're going to set our tail light aside and we'll take the other one out as well.So we're going to want to turn your headlights on so you can figure out which one of these pins is for the tail light signal. I've got my chester hooked up, if we go through, we should have a constant source of power for our tail lights. So it looks like it's this middle pin here and if we look at the back of the plug, it's going to be a blue wire with a gray tracer. So we can go ahead and pull back the loom, give ourselves a little bit of room. We'll go ahead and check the passenger side to figure out what the tail light signal on that side is as well. So if we check the pin on the center on our passenger side, we can see that is our tail light signal and it is also going to be a blue wire with a silver tracer.Go ahead and turn your headlight off. Mow we've got the left turn signal on, so we're going to check each one of our pins to see which one is for our left turn signal. So it looks like it's going to be the gray wire with the orange strip. Now we can go ahead and do that same process for the right side as well. On our passenger side, we've got our turn signal on and we can see it's going to be the green wire with the orange strip.Now to help us get our wire up from underneath our vehicle, we're going to take a piece of airline tube that I had laying around and you can use whatever you have available, even if it is just a coat hanger. I'm going to feed this down through the bumper. So my airline tube came out right here, I'm just going to take my wires, push them inside my airline tube, and take a small bit of electrical tape and secure it so I don't have to worry about dropping them when I start pulling them.You're going to pull all the excess slack out and make sure you have all the wire up through the bumper. So we're going to start with our turn and break signal, which is going to be our gray wire with the orange stripe. I'm going to move down stream of the connector just a bit, but the wire in half and strip both ends.Grab one of your dials from the kit, and take one of the spade terminals off, we're going to grip it onto the end of our wires. So now if we take our diode the wire that is going into our connector is going to be going into the outside of the diode. The other wire is going to be going into the inside. Should have one more terminal left, that's where we're going to grab our yellow wire, we're going to estimate about how much wire we need, cut it, and strip it back. Then we can take our last spade terminal and plug it in to the last terminal in our diode.Our tail light signal, it's going to be the blue wire with the gray stripe and we're going to do the same process. Cut the wire in half and strip back both ends. This time we're going to grab the diode with the yellow connector on it, but we're first going to connect our two wire using the blue connectors. So we can go ahead and plug the end closes to the plug on the outside and the other connector do the other side of our diode.Now our brown wire, we're going to estimate how much we need, cut it, and strip it back. You're going to want to grab that excess white wire we had earlier, and strip back one end of it. Now the wire do have a protective coating on them before you actually get to the insulation so that might make it a little bit hard to strip back the wire. But once you have the wire stripped, we're going to combine the brown wire and that excess wire that we had. So we're going to twist them together. We're going to take our yellow connector and we're going to connect both of our wires and crimp them down. Then we can plug it in to the last terminal on our diode. You're going to want to drop that white wire back down the way they came up and this is going to be going over to the passenger side, along with the green wire.So I'm going to run my white wire back over to where my green wire was and then I'm going to take both of them and run them over to the passenger side. We're going to go over the frame, just like we did on the driver's side, and we're going to drop both wires down. We're going to use the same method to get the wires up through our tail light as we did on the driver's side.So we're start with our tail light signal, that's going to be our white wire, and we'll hook that up the same way we have been with all of our other diodes. Finally we'll do the same thing for our right turn signal and our right brake signal, which is going to be that green wire with the orange stripe and it's going to connect to our green wire.On the back of our diodes, they actually have double sided foam tape. I'm actually going to take the backing off of them and I'm going to stick them together, making it more compact, saving some room behind our tail lights, and we'll do that for both sides. We're going to take our tail lights, plug our connectors back in, make sure they lock into place. You're going to want to tuck your wires, make sure everything fits nicely in there. Line up the tabs in our tail lights and put them back in place. We'll finally replace the two fasteners that are holding them in place.With all of the connections made, now would be a good time to go ahead and take all the excess wires, zip tie them in place, we don't have to worry about them getting snagged on anything. Now you do have the option to cut the four pole end off if you'd like to put a six round or even a seven way on the front, but we're going to leave ours as a four pole, and we're also going to take the wire loom that's been in our kit, put some right here to help protect the wire and also kind of hide the color so it's not so intense on the front of our truck. Also, anywhere it's kind of close to any heat sources, I'm going to put the loom as well.Take a little bit of electrical tape, and tape the loom to my wires. I just put a zip tie right here to keep my wires secure. I'm going to take my license plate and put it back in place. Now this, you're just going to kind of want to hook one side, give it a good push. Just want to reach in the back, make sure that all of the tabs are engaged. Our kit does come with a jumper wire to plug in to the front of your vehicle and the back of your mobile home. So I'm going to plug it into my tester, that way we can make sure all the lights are functioning properly.So if I go ahead and turn my tail lights on, simulating if I had the lights on my mobile home on, we can see the tail lights of my truck are going to come on. If I hit the left turn signal we can see that comes on, as well as the right turn signal. So since both of our turn signals are going to function as our break, we know that they're going to work properly.That'll finish our look at the Road Master Universal High Power Diode wiring kit, part number RM-154 on our 2016 Ford F150.


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