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Old 09-23-2006, 10:21 AM   #1
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Wiring help with 1958 Traveler

I need to replace at least some of the wiring to the 7 pin plug. The wires are brittle and I do not want to take any chances with it.
Does someone know an easy way to access the wiring to the parking/brake lights? I am hoping to be able to snake new wires to the axles later. My 1st thought is to put a hole in the plywood floor near where the wire harness comes into the belly pan. I picked up a plastic Deck Plate cover yesterday and then I can simply intall this cover to allow future access to this area.
Any help from someone with experience with this vintage Los Angeles built trailer would be very helpful.
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I need to replace at least some of the wiring to the 7 pin plug. The wires are brittle and I do not want to take any chances with it.
Does someone know an easy way to access the wiring to the parking/brake lights? I am hoping to be able to snake new wires to the axles later. My 1st thought is to put a hole in the plywood floor near where the wire harness comes into the belly pan. I picked up a plastic Deck Plate cover yesterday and then I can simply intall this cover to allow future access to this area.
Any help from someone with experience with this vintage Los Angeles built trailer would be very helpful.
Steve
Steve,
I think that your plan is a good one. You might find that the wires inside the trailer's confines are a-ok. The harness outside the trailer gets brittle.
Consider a second vehicle end plug near the belly skin, with a removeable umbilical cord that has 2 plug ends, like Airstream did on the 70's trailers.
Then you can remove the cord and store it out of harm's way.
Wiring to the brakes can be run inside the belly skin, with a grommet where the wire exits and goes to the brakes.
Good Luck with your wiring project.
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Old 09-23-2006, 04:26 PM   #3
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Thanks for the input. I will be trying to keep the exterior as close to original as possible. If my plan with the plastic Deck Plates works, it should be easy to repair/replace the wire cable in the future. I have two plastic Deck Plates but I am hoping to use the smaller of the two (just my hands are large). I will post pictures after I get that project started. I will complete the repair and sealing of the plywood floor with West Systems Epoxy before I start the wiring.
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