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Old 03-21-2023, 04:46 PM   #1
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Fishing wires in a 17B

My trailer is in storage now so I canít look at it. We have the permanent bed option. Iíd like to fish a wire down the drivers side, from the bed, behind the galley cabinets, through the head below the shower shelf, coming out by the black water tank under the dinette seat.
Has anyone else done this ?
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Old 03-21-2023, 05:55 PM   #2
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I have done similar in a 19 behind the shower and under the fridge. I used a full length CB whip, attached the wires to the end pushed it through over the wheel wells.
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Old 03-21-2023, 06:22 PM   #3
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I've come to the conclusion that it's possible to run or fish wires just about anywhere in Escapes.

One thing that I do after fishing a cord through is pull 2 or 3 more through or have 1 that's over twice the length required. In the future if more wiring is required then you just pull it through. The cord is reusable multiple times. Never say never.

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Thanks Guys, that gives me confidence. Iíll get on it as soon as I get her back in my driveway.
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One comment. There's lot's of hidden spaces where wires can be routed. In this photo you can see that there's sometimes other wiring etc.

A note of caution. When you're first pushing through something flexible to pull the wires through be careful. Be patient. Sometimes you'll feel an obstruction. Back off and try again. Don't force things through. Sometimes it's try and try again. The 19 behind the bathroom did hang up on me but it all worked out in the end.

I don't want to sound too negative, there's other areas were it's dead easy to run wires.

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Old 03-21-2023, 10:28 PM   #6
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I have some small diameter Fibreglass rods made to fish wires. Iíve had great success using them in sailboats. I think it shouldnít be too difficult going behind the galley cabinets if I stay below the furnace. The head has a bit of a shelf in the fibreglass shower, I added a wooden railing to it. That should provide an area to run some wires through. I assume that will be open in there.
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Here is an inexpensive Harbor Freight source for the fiberglass rods.
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I have used this one for short runs, works well. Just be patient itís very flexible and bends easily.

https://www.amazon.com/Fiberglass-Pu...XMIDUY3TS&th=1
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I don't have any formal wire fishing equipment.

I've used various items from small diameter rods, coat hanger wire or a piece of 1/8" plywood about an 1" wide. Works very well, allows you to give it a slight twist which seems to help when squeezing by something.

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Talking about fishing wires. ETI does not offer the extra high bright braking lights anymore. I have them on my Classic. With all the distracted /texting drivers out there now days. Has anyone put on their own? Do you fish wires up from the tail lights?
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Talking about fishing wires. ETI does not offer the extra high bright braking lights anymore. I have them on my Classic. With all the distracted /texting drivers out there now days. Has anyone put on their own? Do you fish wires up from the tail lights?
Well that's too bad, especially with the number of people hauling bicycles. Those high taillights are important!
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In my 19 I was able to get wires every wear I needed. some took some effort. I now have a small wire fished behind the bath and fridge with both ends not connected If I ever need to use it in the future, I can use it to do another pull. My thinking is pull a extra for future use.
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In my 19 I was able to get wires every wear I needed. some took some effort. I now have a small wire fished behind the bath and fridge with both ends not connected If I ever need to use it in the future, I can use it to do another pull. My thinking is pull a extra for future use.

My plan if I want a back up camera. ETI wants like $230 to put a 12 volt drop there?!
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Talking about fishing wires. ETI does not offer the extra high bright braking lights anymore. I have them on my Classic. With all the distracted /texting drivers out there now days. Has anyone put on their own? Do you fish wires up from the tail lights?
I added a set to my 2011 17B. Ran the wires up one of the side panels; didn't need the fiberglass rods.
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Old 03-23-2023, 11:49 AM   #15
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Talking about fishing wires. ETI does not offer the extra high bright braking lights anymore. I have them on my Classic. With all the distracted /texting drivers out there now days. Has anyone put on their own? Do you fish wires up from the tail lights?
Can't believe that they don't offer the upper lights. I have a rear box and the upper lights are good to have. I think that applies to folks that have bike racks etc. that partly obscure the lower lights.

No real fishing involved in adding wiring for the upper lights. Same process as for me adding Captain's lights.

Remove corner batten, run wires in the open joint in the vinyl, re-install batten.

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Ya gotta be quick when fishin'

Fishing is not too difficult but ya gotta be quick about it
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Can't believe that they don't offer the upper lights. I have a rear box and the upper lights are good to have. I think that applies to folks that have bike racks etc. that partly obscure the lower lights.

No real fishing involved in adding wiring for the upper lights. Same process as for me adding Captain's lights.

Remove corner batten, run wires in the open joint in the vinyl, re-install batten.

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Yes, I know! Bikes, Boxes, etc.


& I'd love to have the wild flashing brake lights I've seen on a vehicle or two here.



So I can get at the tail light wires in the corners under the bed?
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Old 03-23-2023, 04:41 PM   #18
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Talking about fishing wires. ETI does not offer the extra high bright braking lights anymore. I have them on my Classic. With all the distracted /texting drivers out there now days. Has anyone put on their own? Do you fish wires up from the tail lights?
Which extra high braking lights are you referring to Chasing Trials? Our trailer just went into production and we chose the option of braking/tail lights at the top of our 17B. Thanks. Kim
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So I can get at the tail light wires in the corners under the bed?
Yes, there're two ways to access the wires. One, and one that I'm sure you won't like, is to crawl in head first to reach the wires. Awkward and not comfortable but doable.

Far easier is to simply undo the bed plywood. Not difficult. Maybe paint it while it's off. I hate raw plywood. Maybe add an inch of foam to the underside. I treated the area under the bed the same as an unheated crawlspace. Take some IR readings in cold weather and you'll see why.

But I digress, , with the plywood out of the way the lower brake wiring is fully accessible. In the forth photo you can see the yellow, green and brown wires on the side running to the back.

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Yes, there're two ways to access the wires. One, and one that I'm sure you won't like, is to crawl in head first to reach the wires. Awkward and not comfortable but doable.

Far easier is to simply undo the bed plywood. Not difficult. Maybe paint it while it's off. I hate raw plywood. Maybe add an inch of foam to the underside. I treated the area under the bed the same as an unheated crawlspace. Take some IR readings in cold weather and you'll see why.

But I digress, , with the plywood out of the way the lower brake wiring is fully accessible. In the forth photo you can see the yellow, green and brown wires on the side running to the back.

Ron
Iím guessing you wouldnít be interested in this house.
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