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Old 10-29-2011, 04:48 PM   #15
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I've gone to an 8-way cable - with 'twisty' wire ends...being color blind makes 'twisting' the proper wires a real challenge, however...
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Ray & Pat; Morada, CA
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Old 10-29-2011, 06:52 PM   #16
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Different is sometimes good

I agree, in regards to a slight theft deterrent, different is good.
In the event you need to be rescued/towed, odds are a tow truck will have temporary/magnetic lights that can be stuck to the bumper......

I guess it all comes down to overall functionality, quality, durability and cost...

I have used the Hella EXTENSIVELY...
never a problem. Your find liiks good too.
I would caution against the WD40... it is an oil, will ultimately harm plastics, and WILL attract dirt.
I think the name of the game is preventing the ingress of water and gook.
Some people think silicone grease prevents corrosion, it does, but it is also a dielectric, and will prevent the flow of electrons.

If overland travel was easy, everyone would do it....
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Old 10-31-2011, 09:58 AM   #17
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True, WD-40 is oil based (no, it's no longer "fish oil"), and I couldn't imagine how the first person discovered it's good for "Ruemytism", but I've used it for many years for automotive use. It has never caused any problem with the plastic on the trailer plugs, and like you say, the best course is to keep the grime OUT of the connector. The WD-40 helps to repel the water from inside the contacts of the plug and creates a thin barrier, which prevents corrosion. I also spray it heavily into the plug assembly if it's accumulated dirt and grime. It flushes the gunk out.
Typically, the TV plug gets dirt and water into it, no matter what, since the cover isn't watertight. So you have to clean it out someway. Dirt is dirt. Doesn't matter how it gets there.
I've had great luck with WD-40.
Just my 2 cents.
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Old 11-02-2011, 02:33 PM   #18
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Did more of a search for reviews last night. Not much yet, except with the horse trailer crowd.

Here's an install for a 5'er a couple of years ago:


Toyhauler Magazine Review

1990 35' Silver Streak Sterling; 9k GVWR.
2004 DODGE Cummins 305/555; 6-manual; 9k GVWR.
Hensley Arrow. 12-cpm solo, 19-cpm towing (fuel)
Sold: Silver Streak Model 3411
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brake, harness, 7 pin

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