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Old 07-07-2013, 08:25 PM   #1
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Cord Mishap

Hi all,
Much to my dismay, I discovered that apparently my electrical cord (the one from the trailer to the car) apparently was dragging and wore the covering down to the bare wire on one of the wires. I am stopped for the night and plan to continue to Bandon tomorrow. I wrapped it up with black electrical tape (a lot). I have checked the lights, turn signals and most importantly the connection to the brake controller, and all seem to be functioning. I don't know if I can just consider this a stop gap and need a new cord and plug, or if I can just keep an eye out for the distance between the cord and the ground. I also put a cable tie from the equalizer hitch over the chord to keep it in place with just a little slack for turns.
If any one has experience in this department, please advise. I will be calling Escape, but of course Sunday night is not the best time.
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Old 07-07-2013, 08:29 PM   #2
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My opinion: if it's just a single wire that's been rubbed bare, and the wire itself hasn't been significantly abraded, don't worry too much about it. A good coat of electrical tape is good enough. Depending on your tape it might or might not survive exposure to the weather, so keep an eye on it.

If you've got multiple wires exposed, they need to be wrapped in tape individually. If you've significantly abraded a wire, you need to cut out the abraded section and splice.
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Old 07-07-2013, 08:55 PM   #3
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Thanks Doug,
Fortunately, there was only one bare wire, with one or two small broken ones. The rest were intact. I wrapped it several times, and because it is hot here, I definitely will be keeping an eye on it.
I had thought it was hanging a bit low, but it certainly was not hitting ground when I left. I think I will have to figure out a way to keep it up, as right now it is cabled to the hitch. (The part that fits in the car receiver.)
This also is reminder to check everything at every stop!
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Old 07-07-2013, 09:29 PM   #4
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I had the same issue and use a piece of bungee to keep it taut, the cord seems a little too long, but I have had trailers where it was too short and pulled out on turns. If you notice most tractor trailers have excess in their hoses and use springs to keep tension and take up the slack.
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Old 07-07-2013, 09:49 PM   #5
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Good suggestion. The bungee will have a bit of "give", and I can wrap it around the frame closer to the ball receiver gizmo, and not have to cable it to the hitch, which I'd have to cut and re-hook each time I unhook.
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Old 07-08-2013, 09:35 AM   #6
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I use an old velcro watch strap around the receptacle lid (when the cord is attached). It makes it that much harder to come off.
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I do that also but the problem is the power cord is so long it will drag on the ground thus you need a bungee to take up the slack excess
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Question

Are the power cords that go to the tow vehicle easily replaced? Or is it a major project?
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easily replaced, they end at a junction box, disconnect the old and replace with new. but if the damaged one is working, I'd wait.
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Is the junction box inside? Or is it underneath? I have the 17' and it may differ. I think you have given me good advice.
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