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Old 05-14-2016, 08:32 PM   #31
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Glad you found the source of your problem. Loose grounds. Loose
connections and phantom power drains often make you think you have a bigger problem than you do. Especially on electrical equipment years short of the normal duty cycle.

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Old 05-14-2016, 09:02 PM   #32
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Crimp Tool

If you are going to crimp wire larger than 12 gauge you usually cannot get away with a hand crimping pliers. Just not enough force and those tools do not do a good job of surrounding connector and squeezing evenly.

There is some hit it with a hammer tool to crimp but I opted for a hydraulic crimper. No surprise, it came from Amazon. Link. You might see if an auto supply store or battery store has these for loan. AutoZone does a lot of free tool rental.

Check what gauge wire Escape used on your trailer, 10 gauge is barely adequate, especially with an inverter. It maybe time to replace as you may have other trouble spots waiting.
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Old 05-14-2016, 11:16 PM   #33
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Originally Posted by padlin View Post
Al, while it works now, you might want to look into having someone crimp on new cable ends with a real crimper or solder type ends. Crimps with a pair of pliers may well loosen up again.
I agree that crimping larger cable is not a job for pliers.

While a more serious crimper is the efficient solution for production volumes, for a small quantity another option requiring only ordinary wrenches is a compression-style fitting, which works somewhat like a compression plumbing fitting. A reasonably priced brand is Quick Cable, but if you don't have a decent industrial supply store available and end up at a store serving power-crazed stereo fanatics, they might have some over-priced brand (or Quick Cable at an excessive price).

You can also buy ready-made cables with the wire gauge, length, and terminations you want. Of course this is not the efficient answer to fix a bad connection on an otherwise good cable which is already installed.

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Check what gauge wire Escape used on your trailer, 10 gauge is barely adequate, especially with an inverter. It maybe time to replace as you may have other trouble spots waiting.
Battery cables look bigger than 10 gauge on all the recent photos of Escape battery installations that I have seen. Inverters appear to be supplied by an additional set of similarly large (or larger) cables, which makes sense.

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