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Miss Rita
05-23-2013, 12:10 AM
Next question: Supposedly all the trailer lights worked when I picked up the boat four days ago, now they don't. I'd rather just rewire the whole thing, and install LED lights. The problem is that the trailer is made of rectangular tubing, no exposed wires anywhere. I can only imagine the PITA it would be to run new wires inside the frame rails.

Is there a good way to attach wires to the outside of the trailer frame, some kind of adhesive pads that won't fall off? How bad of an idea would it be to drill holes and use cable clamps?

CruisinGA
05-23-2013, 12:15 AM
Is there a reason you can't use the old wires to pull the new ones through?

madcityskier
05-23-2013, 12:21 AM
Is there a reason you can't use the old wires to pull the new ones through?

Exactly this. Or an electrical snake. You could cable tie wires to the trailer, but why?

Miss Rita
05-23-2013, 12:22 AM
That's Plan A. I need a Plan B if I can't pull the wires through.

timvan
05-23-2013, 07:37 AM
Hole saw and a snake.

or you could suck a chaser line with a vac as long as all the holes are closed

CruisinGA
05-23-2013, 08:52 AM
or you could suck a chaser line with a vac as long as all the holes are closed

^ Plan B.

Use dental floss and a shop vac to suck your pull line. This is how most folks pull speaker wire inside a boat tower.

Ski-me
05-23-2013, 10:02 AM
Pick up twice the length of trailering wire and then separate one side from the other. Green, brown & white on one side, then yellow, brown & white on the other side.

Then, use the white wire to be a "secondary ground" wire. A lot of times the lighting on our trailers just use the frame as the ground but it's nice to have a more solid connection, too. I did mine this way and also copied where they did frame grounding as well.

So, you can have a common, good ground at the coupler....which will also be a ground wire to the truck frame.

Just prevents that "flickering lights" thing down the road as things age.

If you are re-doing your brake lines that is also one more source for pulling new wires.

Miss Rita
05-23-2013, 11:44 AM
All good advice; thanks. I'll try to pull new wire through the frame, but I may have to bail and do the cable clamp technique.

76S&S
05-23-2013, 11:48 AM
^ Plan B.

Use dental floss and a shop vac to suck your pull line. This is how most folks pull speaker wire inside a boat tower.

or shop vac and string. I like the wires being inside the tubing as they are protected that way.

Miss Rita
05-26-2013, 10:21 AM
Update: it wasn't as bad as I feared. With the help of a friend, I was able to run a snake through the frame rails, pull new wire back through. I was afraid to remove the old wiring first, which made it more difficult. The snake snagged a few times.
Menards had LED lights on sale, so I replaced all of them for only $48. The OEM side lights weren't even sealed.) I ran extra wiring on both sides for back up lights, which are on order.
My advice for anyone interested in doing the same project: buy all the stuff you need, (don't forget crimp connectors), just rip everything out, and go for it. It's about a three beer project.
Jump and the net will appear!