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After 18 months of windshield mounted accessories when towing along with cables hanging all over the dash, decided to take the deep dive into a ball mount system.

Before:

Ford F-150 Builtright Pro Dash Mount & Hardwired 12v and USB 1684009631090


Now:

Ford F-150 Builtright Pro Dash Mount & Hardwired 12v and USB 1716633489151-44




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This is with the devices removed and the wires tucked under the mount. There are two USBs and two 12v quick connectors.

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Install:

Ford F-150 Builtright Pro Dash Mount & Hardwired 12v and USB 1684010023389


Grommets for wire pass through.

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12v fuse box and 12v to dual usb box:

Ford F-150 Builtright Pro Dash Mount & Hardwired 12v and USB 1684010075661


Fuse tap off passenger panel #2 which is hot only when key is present and vehicle is in ACC or ON.

Ford F-150 Builtright Pro Dash Mount & Hardwired 12v and USB 1684010134333


Boxes tucked up and mounted behind glove box with outdoor high heat rated Velcro:

Ford F-150 Builtright Pro Dash Mount & Hardwired 12v and USB 1684010173448


Glove box closes with no clearance issues.

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Using the work surface as a work surface.

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Special thanks to @LostBoy for PM support and his awesome audio thread: https://www.f150gen14.com/forum/threads/kicker-amp-morel-speakers-audio-upgrade.17364/

Special thanks to @AdamC & @AAWhyte in this thread for how to get 12v switched power: https://www.f150gen14.com/forum/thr...k-up-switched-12v-for-dash-accessories.10015/

Other inspirational threads:
https://www.f150gen14.com/forum/threads/ham-gmrs-install.6973/post-258402 from @Polish Prince
https://www.f150gen14.com/forum/thr...-for-adding-usb-hub-to-upper-dash-tray.14562/ from @PBRscrew
https://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/1580745-another-cellphone-mount-option.html

Wiring diagram used:

Ford F-150 Builtright Pro Dash Mount & Hardwired 12v and USB 1684010765483


BOM:


Dash System$ 409.49
Dash Mount$ 95.00https://builtrightind.com/products/dash-mount-ford-f-150-raptor-2021?variant=42118615105750
Trim removal kit$ 13.99https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01L8GHB7...colid=2JC33DK80B9RH&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it&th=1
20mm ball (2)$ 19.99https://www.bulletpointmountingsolu..._psq=ball&_ss=e&_v=1.0&variant=32037952815219
20mm ball (1)$ 10.99https://www.bulletpointmountingsolu..._psq=ball&_ss=e&_v=1.0&variant=32037952749683
Garmin RV890 Parts
4.9" mini arm 20mm-1inch$ 32.00https://www.67d.com/products/arm-builder-pro-series-arms-20mm-1-ball-sizes?variant=43943284932862
Furrion Parts
22.4mm-20mm Adapter$ 15.99https://www.tackform.com/products/a...-furrion-aluminum?_pos=2&_sid=eac9a2a28&_ss=r
6.5" small arm 20mm-20mm$ 34.00https://www.67d.com/products/arm-builder-pro-series-arms?variant=43943283065086
Tireminder TPMS Parts
Four prong tpms ball$ 12.99https://www.tackform.com/products/20mm-ball-for-tpms-and-monitor?_pos=1&_sid=c5b5c9ea5&_ss=r
6.5" small arm 20mm-20mm$ 34.00https://www.67d.com/products/arm-builder-pro-series-arms?variant=43943283065086
Wiring items
12v to dual USB$ 12.99https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0BCP6WPBD?psc=1&ref=ppx_yo2ov_dt_b_product_details
(2) USB 6' extensions$ 11.49https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CFL6ARO?ref=ppx_yo2ov_dt_b_product_details&th=1
Add a fuse$ 9.89https://www.amazon.com/dp/B083V5DYT6?ref=ppx_yo2ov_dt_b_product_details&th=1
Rubber Grommet kit$ 11.29https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09GFCT2RL?th=1
Furrion Plug Pigtail$ 8.99https://www.amazon.com/dp/B081TYG48P?psc=1&ref=ppx_yo2ov_dt_b_product_details
Quick Disconnect x2$ 30.00https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08LS2LYX...colid=2JC33DK80B9RH&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it&th=1
3A fuses$ 5.97https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004AH4MWG?psc=1&ref=ppx_yo2ov_dt_b_product_details
Wire Connectors$ 14.99https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0BTXXFJR2?ref=ppx_yo2ov_dt_b_product_details&th=1
Heat Shrink kit$ 13.99https://www.amazon.com/dp/B089D82FLG?psc=1&ref=ppx_yo2ov_dt_b_product_details
12v fuse box$ 13.99https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08XWQHMZJ?psc=1&ref=ppx_yo2ov_dt_b_product_details
1' Right Angle Micro USB$ 6.95https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003YKX6WC?ref=ppx_yo2ov_dt_b_product_details&th=1

EDIT/NOTES:

a. I did have to trim the four prong ball adapter due to Tireminder not using industry standard prongs. Theirs are thinner. I got a precision needle file set from harbor freight to thin the prongs on the Tackform mount.

b. To reach the inner mount screws for the Builtright dash mount, I had to use a ball end hex key due to the angle needed to reach. Didn't have any, so grabbed a set from harbor freight as well.

c. Here are close ups of the patch cables. On the left is the Garmin to 12v disconnect. For this one, I cut the cable that goes to the dock. The Garmin can also be powered by a traditional USB. You can see in the first picture the USB plugged into the unit. But by using this cable, it is hidden in the second pic going to the dock. I made a disconnect with the Furrion plug too. I was able to source the correct 3.5mm x 1.35mm right angle plug, so I didn't have to cut the cable that came with it. With this system, any type of 12v or USB device type changes means the dash is ready and don't have to rerun home run wires through the dash if a new device requires a different 12v or USB plug type. And lastly, a 1 foot right angle USB cable for the TPMS. In the pics above, I was test fitting a regular USB, and now this one is perfectly sized and cleaner looking.

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BuiltRight Industries Pro Dash Mount
Bulletpoint AMPS Compatible 20mm Ball with Metal Mounting Plate
67 Designs Carbon Fiber Pro Series Arms
Tackform 4 Prong TPMS and Monitor Holder | 20mm Ball
Tackform 22.4mm-20mm Double Ball | 20mm to Furrion/Garmin Big Ball
Garmin RV 890 GPS
Tireminder i10 TPMS
Furrion Vision S 5" Camera
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I'm not even looking at diving into this, but I love the detail and that you provided links to everything you used. Kudos and looks like a great setup.
 

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I plan on doing similar for the trailer camera monitor but I figured I'd just set the alarms and toss the TPMS in the console.

I'll use the onboard screen for the nav.

Nice work. Thanks for sharing.
 

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The big beautiful 12” screen on your dash can’t provide navigation?
 

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Nicely done, thanks for the info!
 
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The big beautiful 12” screen on your dash can’t provide navigation?
This Garmin RV GPS is specifically designed for RVs and towing by routing based on length, width, and height of each rig. You can preplan routes in it and it helps find RV specific places. When not towing, we use Google maps via Android Auto.
 

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Man what detail. Love the fact you documented, tracked and put everything together to help someone else when they find this when they want to do the same or similar. Great job and thanks!
 

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This Garmin RV GPS is specifically designed for RVs and towing by routing based on length, width, and height of each rig. You can preplan routes in it and it helps find RV specific places. When not towing, we use Google maps via Android Auto.
This is feature I'm very interested in. I mean, you have it now but have you explored other ways to get that?

From what I understand, Ford's Nav will route for trailer height, if not other inputs.

Not that I can name them right now but there are other apps that do as well.

I have heard that Google maps may but also, that it will send you on inappropriate roads too. Dirt tracks, that go nowhere and should not have a TT on them.

I wish I'd made notes but I recently heard of one that not only watched for height conflicts but length (too tight turns) and even bridge capacities.

I want all those goodies but without the extra screen.
 
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This is feature I'm very interested in. I mean, you have it now but have you explored other ways to get that?

From what I understand, Ford's Nav will route for trailer height, if not other inputs.

Not that I can name them right now but there are other apps that do as well.

I have heard that Google maps may but also, that it will send you on inappropriate roads too. Dirt tracks, that go nowhere and should not have a TT on them.

I wish I'd made notes but I recently heard of one that not only watched for height conflicts but length (too tight turns) and even bridge capacities.

I want all those goodies but without the extra screen.
I've used google maps on PC to route plan, but it requires a lot of aerial zooming and redirects for areas that I wouldn't want to take a truck. The problem is once en route, Google will reroute however it feels. With the Garmin, I can plan and set a route on my couch along with checking Google on PC and it will follow it without changing it's mind. I just don't trust factory nav in any vehicle and I don't want to spend all that time sitting in the truck to plan it out. Plus, I like using the 12" screen for audio, phone calls, google maps double checks, quick hitch view, and other driving needs and having a separate dedicated RV GPS when towing. Same with tire pressure and the reverse camera on the trailer. I don't want to be constantly changing screens on either the center dash or the console when towing a 6500lb rig. It is very distracting when I just want to watch the road and have a few screens I can glance at without having to toggle to see what is needed.
 

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Ok, I think we want the same things but your set up is busy. I understand the simplicity you're going for but busy.

Am I wrong in thinking the TPMS need not have a monitor in view? I was just gonna set fairly tight parameters on the alarms and not sweat having to watch it. Mine will be of a different brand (TST), so that might matter.

Looks like we've chosen the same trailer camera brand and that obviously has to have ready viewing. Especially since I'll also be using the side view cams, in lieu of towing mirrors.

I planned on using the onboard Nav but if it isn't up to the task, have no problem using a different source, whether on the main screen, or an auxiliary (including a phone).

I have a friend who teaches truck driving safety, I'll reach out to him and see if he knows what programs industry uses and if something comparable exists.

I know Garmin is good, just seems kinda spendy to me.
 
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The furrion was preinstalled on the trailer and it also had the side marker cameras, but you have to toggle the view on the monitor and that is a huge distraction, so I almost never use them. I have a Tymate non-windshield TPMS, see pic, but it drove me nuts having to pick it up to look at it. I'll probably sell it soon. I don't want to wait for an alarm, I like to see things before they happen. Same reason I look at the truck air pressures when driving/towing. I drove tractor trailers cross country from 2001 to 2007.

By using the ball mounts, I have better view of the road compared to the suction mounts and without wires hanging over all over the center stack, it is way less busy/clutter and safer.

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Edited the OP to include the following additional notes:

EDIT/NOTES:

a. I did have to trim the four prong ball adapter due to Tireminder not using industry standard prongs. Theirs are thinner. I got a precision needle file set from harbor freight to thin the prongs on the Tackform mount.

b. To reach the inner mount screws for the Builtright dash mount, I had to use a ball end hex key due to the angle needed to reach. Didn't have any, so grabbed a set from harbor freight as well.

c. Here are close ups of the patch cables. On the left is the Garmin to 12v disconnect. For this one, I cut the cable that goes to the dock. The Garmin can also be powered by a traditional USB. You can see in the first picture the USB plugged into the unit. But by using this cable, it is hidden in the second pic going to the dock. I made a disconnect with the Furrion plug too. I was able to source the correct 3.5mm x 1.35mm right angle plug, so I didn't have to cut the cable that came with it. With this system, any type of 12v or USB device type changes means the dash is ready and don't have to rerun home run wires through the dash if a new device requires a different 12v or USB plug type. And lastly, a 1 foot right angle USB cable for the TPMS. In the pics above, I was test fitting a regular USB, and now this one is perfectly sized and cleaner looking.


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Just curious. What does the dedicated GPS unit do for you over something like google maps or apple maps?
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