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Old 08-21-2017, 06:57 PM   #1
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Protecting the wheel well wires

I keep reading about tire blowout, so I decided to take a look at my tire and saw a bunch of wires in the front wheel well. Now im guessing but i figure if I had a tire blowout it would probably take out all the wires. It would be a real pain to figure out and repair them. So back to my question, how would you protect them. Yes, I have a tpms.
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Sometime this fall, I'm going to move all of the wire looms from the wheel wells to the inside of the floor frame rails.

This looks like an easy task because the holes are already drilled. The factory used drill screws to secure the clamps on the outside of the floor rails.
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I keep reading about tire blowout, so I decided to take a look at my tire and saw a bunch of wires in the front wheel well. Now im guessing but i figure if I had a tire blowout it would probably take out all the wires. It would be a real pain to figure out and repair them. So back to my question, how would you protect them. Yes, I have a tpms.
I had a catastrophic tire failure many years ago in this rig. I had a TPMS and it was working correctly. When the right rear outside tire blew, it was dramatic to say the least. Absolutely no warning. However, at no time did I feel I didn't have complete control of the coach.

Why it didn't take out the airbag and brake lines with it, I don't know. It took out a side clearance light and part of the mud flap. The real damage was the exterior of the coach. The force blew out the fiberglass wheel well and bent the bedroom slide right above the tire. I suppose if the inside rear tire had blow, maybe the force would have taken more systems. Don't want to find out, however.

My rig doesn't have any major wiring near the wheel wells. The most venerable that I see is the brake lines or the air bags. To build a shield around those would be quite a job.

If you had a wiring bundle going through the wheel wells, that might be a little easier to fab something to try to protect it.
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