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Old 07-23-2015, 05:40 AM   #1
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Electric Break Lines Cut

Just curious of anyone else had their break lines separated, apparently by the leaf springs coming in close contact to the frame. Twice during a 2,000 mile journey our break lines stopped working. After troubleshooting, I noticed the lines were cut a the suspension. I spliced the wires and routed exactly as it was done previously only to have the issue happen again some 500 miles later. Now I'm going to re-route completely avoiding the moving suspension parts. Very odd that this would have been routed between the leaf springs in the first place.
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Old 07-23-2015, 06:56 AM   #2
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Never had the brake wires damaged during transit.


Though I do have first-hand experience with poor factory installation.


Because I screwed up and burned out a set of wheel bearings and damaged the drum and shoes, I decided to replace and update the whole axle, brakes and tires.


During disassembly I found the wires that ran through the OEM axle tube were pinched under one of the U-bolts holding the axle to the leaf springs. The brakes never worked properly because both sides were shorted to ground for 25+ years!


Along with the new axle, I got 50% larger brakes and properly functioning electrics! Having the trailer brakes handing most of the mass back there is a wonderful thing.


So, yes, the factory can screw up badly. Routing the wires clear of the moving parts is always a good idea.
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Old 07-23-2015, 07:58 AM   #3
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We had ours chewed in half by some vicious squirrels while camping in Williamsburg, VA several years ago. I didn't have a clue anything was wrong until we hit the road for our trip home!
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Old 07-23-2015, 08:16 AM   #4
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When I got my new trailer home I found the brake wires hanging almost to the ground due to poor securing to the thermo covering.
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Guess I should check mine! My brakes don't seem to be as strong as those on my Outback. I just thought it might be because the new Jayco 32RLDS was heavier than the lightweight 29BHS, by about 2000 pounds.
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Never had any problem with any of my brakes, lines, or wiring over the past 40 years. Never really got underneath to see how the wires were routed as there was never a need. So far, I have lived a charmed life as far as camping goes! Never any serious problems, and only had one blowout in 40 years and that was due to a recall on the Firestone steel belted radials back in the 70's. Whole set had to be replaced.
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Old 07-23-2015, 10:10 AM   #7
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The wires on my trailer are pretty tight. They have not broken, so I will be leaving them alone for now. Once I am out of warranty I will be routing them better so they do not have any issues in the future.
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