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Old 01-24-2013, 03:39 PM   #15
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We have lots of different hitch arrangements so this may work for some and not others. I mounted an inexpensive carabiner to the drawer bar with a u-bolt through the unused holes in the drop down. This keeps my umbilical from dragging. I also thread the breakaway cable through it and it easily travels back and forth as needed and doesn't get hung on the spring bars or ball mount going around corners.
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Old 01-24-2013, 05:28 PM   #16
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On my old trailer I got a junction box ( at least for 7 wires ) and fastened it to the inside of the A-frame. Got some new 7 wire cable and cut the old cable off and terminated it in the junction box then tied the new cable in the box and with a new plug all was good. Both the junction box and cable are available at any big truck trailer supply. The installation of the junction box makes a nice weatherproof connection and easy to replace the cable down the road.
AND if you REMOVE the umbilical while the unit is stored... slows down thieves who will look conspicuous without taillights, etc.

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Old 01-24-2013, 05:55 PM   #17
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I use an 18" bungee to merely suspend mine yet still allow it to go to it's full length if needed in a turn or any other circumstance. I'd post a picture but the whole outfit is in storage! (My sister-in-law hit one of those "road alligators" in a Smart car and it did a number on the bottom panels and even the pushed in the radiator - and the Smart ended up being hauled away on a car-transporter! I know you know, it could have been so much worse....)
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Old 01-24-2013, 06:32 PM   #18
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So there we were last night, minding our own business, heading down a very busy S86 south by the Salton Sea on our way to Ocotillo Wells for a weekend of off-roading with my cousins, when all of a sudden we were attacked by a giant piece of tire tread in the middle of our lane! It was unavoidable and I had to drive right over it. There was no room to maneuver in the heavy traffic. And this thing was a monster. Fortunately we only had one minor injury: the umbilical got knocked loose and dragged on the road, enough to wear through down to the wires inside. The connector is unscathed. It's just a 6 inch or so piece of the umbilical that got damaged. The only thing we lost were the trailer brakes. All the lights etc still work. It's only the brake wire that wore down enough to no longer have a connection. I think I can clean it up and temporarily patch the brake wire to get us home.

It's always something, isn't it?? But I have to say, I'm grateful that nothing really serious happened and no one was hurt and we're still able to have our weekend!

I wonder if anyone can tell me how difficult it is to replace the umbilical when we get home. Is it a do it yourself kind of thing? Maybe I could even find one out here in the desert and get it installed before we leave, if its easy enough.

Have a great weekend, everybody! Travel safely.

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Andy,

Glad to hear you both are all okay and nothing major was damaged! There is no telling what you will find in the middle of the road. Sometimes your only choice is to run directly over it and hope for the best. Take care and hopefully we will run into you (figuratively) on the road again this year.
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Old 01-24-2013, 06:36 PM   #19
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I also use a (long) bungee cord to hold up the umbilical cord... mine goes up inside the propane tank cover, hooks over the propane tank bracket and onto one of the tank handles. I cut a small section of clear plastic tubing and wrapped it around the umbilical cord where the bungee attaches.
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Old 01-25-2013, 08:12 AM   #20
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A D-ring lock pin....


Will help keep the cord up and out of danger....

Also a zip-tie around the plug keeps things together.

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Thanks for all the great ideas. You all never cease to amaze me with all the tips & tricks!
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Old 01-25-2013, 03:41 PM   #22
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A D-ring lock pin....


Will help keep the cord up and out of danger....

Also a zip-tie around the plug keeps things together.

Bob
I just noticed the pic links are a bit wonky on post #20.....
Anyone else but me can't see 'em??

Try again...


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