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04 DODGE RAM TRAILER BRAKE WIRING

OTHER THAN THE BRAKE BOX, IS MY TRUCK FACTORY WIRED FOR TRAILER BRAKES?

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If you have a seven pin connector in your tow package, you should be wired for electric brakes. just need the brake box.usually in your owners manual it will show you where to plug the box into. the best thing to do is contact your local chrysler dealer and ask them.if you give them your VIN number they should be able to tell you for sure.

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