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Old 01-18-2008, 08:46 PM   #1
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We want to route some wires between the front and side overhead cabinets over the cockpit area.






In the corners where the side and front meet, up near the windshield or pillar, there is an area we call the deadzone that we cannot see and we're not sure what's in there. (We're assuming there are wires.) Has anyone opened up or drilled into that area who can hopefully let us know what to expect?

We're thinking about putting a fan, a router, and some other electronics up there. And I think Rick is going to take the switchbox and other "TV stuff" out and start all over again, doing it his way.

Time for the sawszall or the spycam?
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We want to route some wires between the front and side overhead cabinets over the cockpit area.






In the corners where the side and front meet, up near the windshield or pillar, there is an area we call the deadzone that we cannot see and we're not sure what's in there. (We're assuming there are wires.) Has anyone opened up or drilled into that area who can hopefully let us know what to expect?

We're thinking about putting a fan, a router, and some other electronics up there. And I think Rick is going to take the switchbox and other "TV stuff" out and start all over again, doing it his way.

Time for the sawszall or the spycam?
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Old 01-19-2008, 03:58 AM   #3
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We drilled holes and using fish tape was able to pull coax from the front cabinet by the driver's head, across the front and to the run of cabinets down the passenger's side.

It took a few tries and wiggling the fish tape to go around the corner on the passenger's side. We used a hole saw to go through each cabinet wall, drilling the hole to the back upper side of each.

We needed to run the coax all the way to just forward of the frig to mount a cell phone repeater antenna. We don't have a front slide on the passenger's side so that reduced the complications.

You can do this; it is just hard to start. It is something about drilling holes in really nice cherry cabinets that made us think twice!
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Old 01-19-2008, 04:50 AM   #4
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">You can do this; it is just hard to start. It is something about drilling holes in really nice cherry cabinets that made us think twice! </div></BLOCKQUOTE>Les,

I know exactly what you mean. I wanted to bring 110v from the back of the TV cabinet to the front right cabinet for a router. I just couldn't bring myself to drill the hole. I found a good source of 12v behind an access panel in the right corner of the cabinet and am using the router with a 12v power source instead. Silly, when you think about it.

I may find the courage, however, because I too have to re-configure a bunch of wires in the front left cabinet. After Monaco's mod to get rid of the amp noise, I was left with tons of wire and a box up there that doesn't need to be in the electronics cabinet taking up room.

Mic,

Yes, there are a lot of wires in each of those "dead zones". As far as I can see, they are impossible to access from the cabinets without drilling the holes that Les drilled.
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Old 01-19-2008, 06:03 PM   #5
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GoneFishin....If you pull the TV out you'll see all types of wiring running around up there. Those two dead areas are hollow. You'll also find that you can see the fiberglass of the front cap. When I was done with my TV install I filled the whole front cap with fiberglass insulation. It helped to cut down some of the heat up there.

On mine I found some stubbed off connectors in the overhead for windshield fans. The other end of the wiring was under my dash below the radio.
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