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Old 07-19-2013, 07:43 PM   #1
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Simple Question - brake wire gauge?

Simple Question - what brake wire gauge? About to replace my axles and replace my brake wiring. Can't find any referance to what guage - or how much amperage do brakes use - thus I could determine what gauge to use. Thanks for any help.
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Old 07-19-2013, 08:16 PM   #2
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I would run 10 gauge, two lines at least. I did mine in a 3 wire, and left 1 line unused. If the is ever a problem with one line, I'll have a back up..
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Old 07-19-2013, 08:20 PM   #3
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Mine are stranded 12 gauge. 12 gauge on a 10-15 foot run should carry all the amps needed.The poster above may have a better grip on this,as I'm rather a newb.
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I went the dexter web site and the stated each brake draws 2.5 to 3 amps.
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Old 07-19-2013, 09:21 PM   #5
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At 3 amps per brake: that's 12 amps total. 12 gauge is good for 18amps I was told when we did house wiring: is this a good number or has my memory gone somewhat south in 40 years?
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Old 07-19-2013, 09:29 PM   #6
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Your most likely right, I just over engineer everything... Just in case...
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Old 07-19-2013, 09:58 PM   #7
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12 gauge is more than enough, for the wiring harness from the tv to the trailer that's what is used/recommended. Check out the link: http://www.trailerpartsdepot.com/mmnem/images/trailer_wiring_codes.gif
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I used 10 because that's what I read on my trailer harness info. 10 seemed pretty heavy duty. 12 would seem to be fine. Either would be fine.
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