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Old 06-30-2013, 03:58 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by jesilvas
I def. wouldn't have used 14awg, low volt wiring.

Why?
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Old 06-30-2013, 04:01 PM   #16
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Just cause it's not what was meant for the application. I just don't see the sense in repairing something unless it's done back to the way it was or better.
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Old 06-30-2013, 04:10 PM   #17
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Brake wire shouldn't be 14awg at all. It's 12awg in the 7way plug, and should be all the way to the brakes.
The wiring running across the axles is 14 awg
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Old 06-30-2013, 04:55 PM   #18
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The wiring running across the axles is 14 awg
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All to often well meaning "experts", will form an opinion based on what they "assume" are facts.
That can result in BAD, or worthless, advice.
In your case using heavier/larger wire would have been overkill, (aka; a waste).

IMO, you done good. :-)
Congratulations!
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Old 06-30-2013, 05:20 PM   #19
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Wonder if any of you experts have opinions on the color of the zip ties and which way he wrapped them around the axle? Jeez.....
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Old 06-30-2013, 05:40 PM   #20
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Wonder if any of you experts have opinions on the color of the zip ties and which way he wrapped them around the axle? Jeez.....
Well heck, if you really want to know, I'd zip tie the wires to the top of the axles, rather than the bottom of them.

http://www.united-trailers.com/Uploa...s/Manual_6.pdf
Page 11 of their manual states minimum wire gauge. Those well meaning experts from Dexter must be confused. Less copper, less money spent on trailers from the mfg., as always.
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Well heck, if you really want to know, I'd zip tie the wires to the top of the axles, rather than the bottom of them.
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With black ties, but only if the axle is black, (otherwise ties to match the axle color). <smile>

It appliers that this thread has outlived it's usefulness.
I'm gone.
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Old 06-30-2013, 08:51 PM   #22
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You really need to know what weight the axles are rated to carry. The heavier the axle the larger the brake shoes and the more current (Higher amperage) the magnets require to keep the shoes firmly against the drums. My 5,200 lb axles need up to 20 amps at the magnets to keep the brakes engaged at maximum voltage. 10 Gauge wire is rated for 30 amps at an 80% duty cycle. Essentially thaat means it will easily handle the 20 amps needed to power the magnets 100% of the time without failing.
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