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Old 06-14-2016, 12:02 AM   #1
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What is this wire connector called under slide-out?

To replace the plastic slide out wire support, I need to cut the electrical wires. What kind of connector is this? I looked at the wires tonight and there are four wires going to the connectors and two wires going into the slide. Seems odd.

Why didn't they make the splice before the slide out? Then they could run two wires down the support to the slide.
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Old 06-14-2016, 07:50 AM   #2
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Looks like it could be a production break where in both sides are prewired and then joined at that location. Just a guess.
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Old 06-14-2016, 08:05 AM   #3
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They are called "Quick Splice" connectors. That one looks like the 3-M brand.

https://www.zoro.com/3m-displacement...14/i/G1908207/

Wago 222-415

https://www.zoro.com/3m-displacement...00/i/G3158924/

There are many different brands that do much the same thing. There is a crimped "blade" that cuts through the wire insulation making contact with the core of the wire.

You are probably more familiar with the two wire type that comes with trailer wiring.

https://www.zoro.com/3m-displacement...Q&gclsrc=aw.ds


If you can't find the 4 port one, use two 3 port connectors and short "pigtail" wire to connect the two together.
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Old 06-14-2016, 08:07 AM   #4
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What its called

That is called a kerny (spelling not good) ker- knee... that looks like a thru pass with 2 wires going to lights in slide out...
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That is called a kerny (spelling not good) ker- knee... that looks like a thru pass with 2 wires going to lights in slide out...
Kearney-Cooper makes the "Squeezon" brand of wire connectors.

Kearney Squeezon Connectors

Not sure if they make a 4 wire though ...
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Old 06-14-2016, 08:40 AM   #6
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As said, that's an insulation displacement connector. I hate those things, although I have to admit I have used them in non-critical places.

I'd suggest getting a small screw type terminal strip and terminating the wires in it and then protect it with either plasti-dip or rubber tape.
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Old 06-14-2016, 08:48 AM   #7
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Here is a 4 conductor "push on" wire nut that may work.

http://www.kinequip.com/wago-773-164....html?___SID=U

Not seeing many 4 conductor types, but here is a 5 conductor one.

http://www.kinequip.com/221-415.html
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If you have to remove it, I recommend soldering the wires and then insulating them. Those connectors are quick and easy to install, but are very unreliable over time. As long as you are working on it, make a permanent connection and you will not have to worry about it in the future.
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If you have to remove it, I recommend soldering the wires and then insulating them. Those connectors are quick and easy to install, but are very unreliable over time. As long as you are working on it, make a permanent connection and you will not have to worry about it in the future.
A properly soldered and insulated connection is best, but not everyone has those skills. Cold soldered connections (far more likely in multi wire joints) are even more problematic and hard to troubleshoot than mechanical connections in my experience.

Obviously if you have the skills and tools, soldered is better.
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Old 06-14-2016, 03:41 PM   #10
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I'm thinking about cutting wires at Blue, splicing wire onto slide wire(yellow) and making new connections at frame. Then only one wire loom will be on support to slide. It will clean up the birds nest of wires going to slide on support.
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