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Old 10-17-2018, 12:39 PM   #1
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Newbie here!! Just traded in Class C Redhawk. Now proud owner of a 2019 25FB Twin Flying Cloud. The dealer ran the tv hookup cable thru the little cutout on the bottom of the propane tank cover. The same cutout that the emergency brake controller wires run thru. It seems too tight for both of them and would eventually cause wear or even cut into the cable!! Also, this puts the tv hookup cable coming out right above the emergency brake controller. Is this configuration correct? Seem that a better setup would be to run the hookup cable out the bottom of the propane cover on the outside of the frame. Thanks!!!
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Old 10-17-2018, 12:50 PM   #2
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If you are talking about the 7-wire umbilical wire, then I agree that would seem to be too tight for all these wires. On my '17 26U the only wires going through this little cut-out are the wires for the power jack and the break-away wires for the electric brakes.

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I have a 2017 FC and my 7-pin cable does come out through the cutout at the bottom of the propane cover. No problem.
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If you are talking about the 7-wire umbilical wire, then I agree that would seem to be too tight for all these wires. On my '17 26U the only wires going through this little cut-out are the wires for the power jack and the break-away wires for the electric brakes.

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Thanks Dan... where is your 7-pin cable routed?
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Old 10-18-2018, 11:03 AM   #5
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I agree that the 3 wires coming through that cutout are a tad tight. I've found that if I push the bottle cover back a little, to get it off the lip of the hitch plate, there is a little more flex room. I've towed several times, and every time I pull the LPS cover off, I inspect for chaffing. So far, so good.
As for the emergency switch, it is electric switch inside, and I don't worry about it. the stranded cable that connects to the TV can pull out in spite of the proximity of the 7-wire. I know this because the cable was once low enough to the road that the uneven roads of OKC snagged it one day.
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Old 10-18-2018, 11:10 AM   #6
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I did two things. First, I increased the size of the semi circular cutout at the bottom of the propane tank cover using tin snips followed by sandpaper to smooth the edge. Second, I lifted the propane tank cover itself to add clearance. I did this by adding a nut and a thick washer on the threaded rod that the big wing nut screws to to hold down the tank cover (under the cross bar that the big wing nut holds down).
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On my '17 26U the only wires going through this little cut-out are the wires for the power jack and the break-away wires for the electric brakes.

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That's odd. On my 2017 26U, the 7 pin, the breakaway, and the jack wire all go through that opening.
It doesn't seem to be a problem.
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Photos of old routing and new routing. Seems the best way to me. Added extra shielding to jack wires and routed 7 pin cable over A frame and out bottom of propane shroud. This way, the 7 pin cable does not come in contact with any sharp edges and leaves plenty room in the cutout slot for the jack and emergency brake wires.
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I added a fourth cable on my GT for Ford TPMS cable going to the TV connector below the 7 pin. To tight for four wires. I enlarged the opening with a hand grinder,filed the edges and then used a short piece of car door edge molding from the auto parts store on the cut out to prevent any chaffing.

I also used some of that same molding on the bottom of my propane bottles to prevent paint damage on the frame.
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Photos of old routing and new routing. Seems the best way to me. Added extra shielding to jack wires and routed 7 pin cable over A frame and out bottom of propane shroud. This way, the 7 pin cable does not come in contact with any sharp edges and leaves plenty room in the cutout slot for the jack and emergency brake wires.
Good choice👍...barely enough room for the jack/breakaway harness on our Classic. 😂
Consider going back & under with the umbilical and getting rid of the coiled breakaway cable, you want it just a bit shorter than your chains, ignore if you've already measured. Also... attach to the TV not the hitch.


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Sherlock, I've been busy helping out with our harvest. Usually driving one of the semis. My 7-pin cable comes out of the A-frame and just goes under and then outside of the A- frame member. I took some automotive spiral wrap and wrapped the cable for protection from rubbing and abrasion. I also fashioned a piece of bungee cord that fastens to the hitch jack post just below the power head to suspend the 7-pin cable out of harms way.


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