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Putter
03-18-2007, 11:27 PM
Just finished painting my trailer to day and now she needs all new electrical. Never wired a trailer before and I am going to get after it tomorrow, any tips I should be aware of before I go jumping into it. Or well just your own basic how to that might be better than the standard way?

shepherd
03-18-2007, 11:50 PM
I'm in the middle of rewiring my trailer too so will be interested in any tips. I got all new LED lights. I also got some liquid electrical tape to seal all my connections. Anybody use that before? Good?

dichdoc
03-18-2007, 11:55 PM
here's a good site with some good schematics.
http://www.searay.com/PDF/Towing_Guide/4wiring.pdf
I personally am over the crimp connnectors and have gone to soldered conections and heat shrink tubing for everything and have had alot less problems. Grounding is key. A good tutorial on soldering. http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/showthread.php?t=328619&page=2
almost forgot a pair of these are a great investment saves time and hassle. Just put the wire in squeeze the handles and the wire is stripped.http://www.amazon.com/GB-SE-94-Automatic-Stripper-Crimper/dp/B00004WLL0 They are a hassle to crimp with but nobody is doing that anyway right? Unbeleivable Sheperd! once again you have stolen my thunder and posted before me! LOL

bbeach
03-19-2007, 11:25 AM
I used clear silicone to seal all my connections once I was done...

trickskier
03-19-2007, 11:35 AM
I like to solider my connections then use shrinkwrap tubing to seal them. Stay away from butt-end connectors............corrosion..........

TMCNo1
03-19-2007, 11:50 AM
I had always hated trailer wiring, till I redid our trailer. I did a schematic of the wiring as I disassembled it. When I started rewiring, I pulled the main wires first and used a emergency jump start power pack using alligator test leads from the plug at the hitch to the power pack and installed one light at a time and tested to be sure it worked, before going to the next one, rather than wiring them all at once, then finding that I had a problem and having to go back and correct things if problems occur.

shepherd
03-19-2007, 12:03 PM
I like to solider my connections then use shrinkwrap tubing to seal them. Stay away from butt-end connectors............corrosion..........

I was planning on using butt connectors and the blade-type splicers, then sealing each with liberal amounts of liquid electrical tape. Wouldn't that prevent the corrosion problem?

Slinkyredfoot
03-19-2007, 12:17 PM
I like to solider my connections then use shrinkwrap tubing to seal them. Stay away from butt-end connectors............corrosion..........
I concur, it is really very simple, the trickiest part for me was to get a good ground on each light after I had my tralier painted. Godd luck, it was a fun job, after it was completed, and all of the lights came on it was a beautiful sight, jst another flimsy reason to taost and have an ice cold beer.:toast:

trickskier
03-19-2007, 12:27 PM
I was planning on using butt connectors and the blade-type splicers, then sealing each with liberal amounts of liquid electrical tape. Wouldn't that prevent the corrosion problem?
It probably would.....Just a personal preference of mine to solider the connections and use shrinkwrap............I've already cut all those type of connectors off my trailer........:rolleyes:

Sodar
03-19-2007, 12:34 PM
I was planning on using butt connectors and the blade-type splicers, then sealing each with liberal amounts of liquid electrical tape. Wouldn't that prevent the corrosion problem?

You can use butt connectors, but go to West Marine and buy the Anchor Shrink Wrap Butt Connectors. Here is what I did on my trailer:

-Strip wires
-Apply a little bit of terminal grease to the stripped ends
-Crimp the wires into the connector
-Use a heat gun to strink the shrink wrap around the wires

My trailer wiring has worked flawlessly!!! LED's are the SH!T!!!
http://images.westmarine.com/large/332320.jpg

trickskier
03-19-2007, 12:39 PM
I concur, it is really very simple, the trickiest part for me was to get a good ground on each light after I had my tralier painted. Godd luck, it was a fun job, after it was completed, and all of the lights came on it was a beautiful sight, jst another flimsy reason to taost and have an ice cold beer.:toast:
I'll drink to that..............:D But then, I'll drink to most anything........:friday: