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Old 05-29-2007, 04:52 AM   #1
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A word of caution:

I've noticed a number of pictures showing electrical cables and hydraulic hoses secured to the Coach with those neat little tie wraps.
I am concerned over this because I know the tie wraps to be very unforgiving and will damage hoses and cables over time.

Much better to use the metal straps having thick pads between the strap and what is being secured. If that is not practical, split a piece of hose and place it around the cable/hose so the tie wrap does not come into immediate contact with what is being secured.

The best solution, if you cannot thread the cable/hose through a section of PVC pipe, is to split a short piece of PVC pipe, place the 2 halves around what you want to secure and, using tie wraps to hold the halves together, secure the entire section to the chassis/frame.
Don't forget to soften the edges of the PVC pipe so they won't chafe the cable/hose.

Lastly, if your cables/hoses are currently secured with tie wraps (and most are from the factory), take the time to perform the above.

Damaged insulation and/or hose covering is predictable and this measure only has to prevent a failure once to be worth the effort.
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A word of caution:

I've noticed a number of pictures showing electrical cables and hydraulic hoses secured to the Coach with those neat little tie wraps.
I am concerned over this because I know the tie wraps to be very unforgiving and will damage hoses and cables over time.

Much better to use the metal straps having thick pads between the strap and what is being secured. If that is not practical, split a piece of hose and place it around the cable/hose so the tie wrap does not come into immediate contact with what is being secured.

The best solution, if you cannot thread the cable/hose through a section of PVC pipe, is to split a short piece of PVC pipe, place the 2 halves around what you want to secure and, using tie wraps to hold the halves together, secure the entire section to the chassis/frame.
Don't forget to soften the edges of the PVC pipe so they won't chafe the cable/hose.

Lastly, if your cables/hoses are currently secured with tie wraps (and most are from the factory), take the time to perform the above.

Damaged insulation and/or hose covering is predictable and this measure only has to prevent a failure once to be worth the effort.
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Something I had not thought about. Thanks.
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Go to a auto parts or home improvement center a buy a couple of feet of different size hoses and split them open, easy to put over wires. works great. use good quality tie wraps
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Old 05-29-2007, 10:03 AM   #5
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Good idea.
You can also get decent pre-split wraps there.

Just don't make the tie-wraps too tight. It is unnecessary and creates a less flexible installation. This is especially important when dealing with hydraulic hoses, which are designed for flexibility.

As a hydraulic circuit becomes pressurized, the hose wants to straighten out. Restricting it's movement is a sure recipe for failure.
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