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Default ARK dual connector 7 pin flat plug and Anderson style install

For anyone interested since there wasnít any feedback (from memory) on an earlier thread I started about this particular 50mm high dual socket plug.

So I needed a new 7 pin flat plug anyway and also need an Anderson so I got this ARK dual socket for $36 plus $8 postage.

https://trailercamperaustralia.com.a...-plug-led.html
(No affiliation and the reviews of their store arenít all great and the guy on the phone certainly wasnít keen on talking to me but the item arrived within 2-3 days)

ARK said no issues mounting it upside down. I was just curious about whether the 7 pin would hold in the same as when the lid is on the underside and the cable weight is pulling it down slightly.

Then it arrived and I wondered how to fit it above the existing factory towbar flat (and bent) steel bar that comes out the side of the square hitch receiver, without trimming the plastic bumper. I was prepared to trim the bumper but would prefer not to. Also, the dimensions between both pairs of holes arenít the same so I couldnít mount the Ark unit into the existing 7 pin flat plug holes.

So I found a spare flat piece of steel, cut it, drilled, filed, painted, some new M4 bolts with nylock nuts and fits well upside down, the new steel pulls it just far enough out to be able to open the lid with a small amount of give in the bumper when doing so. There is a millimetre spare between the plug and the bumper. The 7 pin plug seems to be very secure when in.

If I had a bigger bit of steel to start with I wouldíve provided total protection to the underside of the plug front to back so there is no exposed plastic to be damaged. Another time when I have a larger spare bit. Especially since the plug isnít totally straight and my OCD will get the better of me. This will do for this trip.


















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Videos:

Clearance for opening top lid:
https://youtu.be/zbGLuCH12Ho

And when plug is in: https://youtu.be/EkdddgoYbSY


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Thanks for sharing
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Looks like you will rub paint and probably into the plastic as well when the plug is in use. If you were concerned Iíd try a very thin piece of epdm foam stuck to the lid or to the bumper itself.
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Looks like you will rub paint and probably into the plastic as well when the plug is in use. If you were concerned Iíd try a very thin piece of epdm foam stuck to the lid or to the bumper itself.
Thanks mate, I thought of that later last night and went looking for an appropriate piece to stick on the lid, but thanks for raising it as I probably wouldnít have thought to come back and mention it.


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