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Old 09-10-2005, 03:47 AM   #1
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Does anyone know from experience whether or not the steering column is
hollow? In other words, if I removed the horn button, would it be possible to run a small 3 wire cable down through the column for connection at some lower point?
The rig is a 2005 National Dolphin. I want to mount a switch assembly on the wheel so that I do not have to take my hand from the wheel while driving.

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Does anyone know from experience whether or not the steering column is
hollow? In other words, if I removed the horn button, would it be possible to run a small 3 wire cable down through the column for connection at some lower point?
The rig is a 2005 National Dolphin. I want to mount a switch assembly on the wheel so that I do not have to take my hand from the wheel while driving.

Thanks,
Kent
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Old 09-10-2005, 06:09 AM   #3
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The housing around the shaft is hollow and that's where the turn signal wires, etc get fished down through. However, steering wheels turn, whereas the turn signals don't. Chances are there is a clock spring underneath the steering wheel hub. This clock spring contains fine wires that will be used to pass the horn signals down from to rotating wheel to the stationary column.

On my Freightliner chassis I have a SmartWheel, with lots of buttons on the wheel. These buttons squawk codes down to a SmartWheel module, which then operates a bunch of relay circuits to control wipers, lights, horn, etc. My clock spring has 4 wires. Two to send the codes and two for backlighting the buttons on the SmartWheel. Clock springs are also commonly used in cars and trucks for the same purpose.

If your coach uses a clock spring, it may have 4 wires in it. Two wires would be used for the horn but you may have two extra wires that are unused. If this is the case you could utilize those two spare wires to control your switch. You could probably share a hot feed with the horn if you needed that.

That way you can control your Photon Torpedo Launcher right from the wheel rather than having your Tactical Officer clear the lane ahead for you.
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Old 09-10-2005, 04:31 PM   #4
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Well, I really need to get this fixed. The last time I shifted my eyes, the target moved in the HUD and I took out two old ladies in a caddie instead of the jerk in the pickup..
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Kent: When you're that close in, ALWAYS use the 20MM Cannon.

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Old 09-12-2005, 07:56 AM   #6
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Boy, I need to get this post back on the subject. Cruzer's earlier comments got me to thinking about a project I did several years ago where I made a receiver unit for a common old tv remote control. So I dug through the junk pile and found the thing and I now have it rigged with the remote and it's associated switch box mounted to the underside of the steering wheel with the two switches within thumbs reach. The receiver unit is mounted just below behind the steering column trim panel. With one switch, I can now flash the driving lights and with the other I can flash/blink the running/tail lights.
All with no messy wires around the steering wheel. How did our ancestors ever manage to get across the country with out all of this technology???
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