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Old 09-07-2015, 02:46 PM   #11
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Possible repair...

Just a thought - You might be able to take a piece of aluminum angle iron (much easier to work with and light...) "Notch" out one side to match the plastic holders (make sure to "oversize" them so the existing plastic guides will act as a bushing of sorts.) Screw this to the guides and the - I'd use cap screws/small bolts and nyloc nuts. Although probably easier, the tip of sheet metal screws may penetrate the insulation and short the wire runs. Use some oversize washers at the plastic strap penetrations.
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Old 09-07-2015, 03:54 PM   #12
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I will give that some thought. Thanks much for all the input. I got toi believe there are MANY rigs with this issue if only the owners would look for it.
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Old 09-07-2015, 04:13 PM   #13
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I believe you are right. Mine gave out just over a year after delivery - new... I noticed it while doing my pre-departure check when I was leaving a CG in NC. This was on the entrance/curb side. I'm watching the other side closely.

Good luck with your "patch".

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Old 09-07-2015, 04:26 PM   #14
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i left the pieces the cables run through alone you can slide broke strap through them and run new strap back through screw back to body no sure what new strap was but not much
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Old 09-07-2015, 06:20 PM   #15
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Problem is that the brackets are so flimsy that the weight has broken the loop the guide slides through - the cables are still through their holes, just no longer held to the guide. Thus just sliding the broken guide out of the ones that are still intact and sliding in the unbroken one won't do anything for those.

I was napping on the couch this afternoon and a thought came to me... a few years ago, I bought a couple rolls of this with no real use in mind - just thought it looked neat and would come in handy some day. Well, now's the time. I plan to cut some lengths, loop it fairly tightly around the guide and lock the ends together with a double link (see pix). Then the loop provides lots of slots on each side to attach the individual bundles and hoses with regular zip ties.
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Old 09-07-2015, 06:38 PM   #16
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Thoughts?

Nice thing about the original bracket is that they were able to slide along the bracket sort of finding their own place. If we zip tie the brackets in place we loose that ability. Not sure how important that really is. Cables are different lengths sort of folding in their own manner. Leaving things loose but contained might be a way to go so as not to apply stress. I wonder if we got some original brackets, sliced the holes open and put the cable inside if that would work. Just a thought........Of course you would need to disconnect the guides so you could slip them on.
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Old 09-07-2015, 07:27 PM   #17
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I plan to leave the loops of the plastic chain tie loose enough to slide a bit and also the zip ties loose enough so that what's being held up by them can slide back and forth a bit too. Some of the existing brackets (the ones still attached to the guide) have bunched up so that their distribution isn't very even so I'm aware that things need to move.

The 'mcguivered' brackets will work just like the originals but be made of individual pieces that can be replaced without disconnecting cables.
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Sounds like a plan Dave...............
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Okay... I've started work on the repair and have fixed the broken end.

The first picture is of the break. The end with all the holes was where it was screwed to the post on the slide end, the jagged gap is obviously the break and the other end is where I trimmed it off.

The second picture is of the finished repair. For the hinge, I used a 6" piece of stainless steel piano hinge with a few extra holes drilled to make 5 holes. Its secured to the post with #10 x 1/2" self-tapping screws into fresh material and the guide is held to the hinge with 5 1/4" bolts with 1/4" flat washers and split lock washers.

Tomorrow's job will be to replace the broken brackets with the plastic chain and zip ties. An example is shown in the third picture and I already have 10 lengths in place around the guide. There where 10 original guides but they only held cables on one side. I plan to use zip ties on both sides so there will be twice the support as before - and cables tied on both sides means that the loops can't spin around on the guide.
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Width of Black Plastic Guide

Hey Dave;

Good luck with the fix. Weather permitting I will do mine on Sat. I just picked up some hinges today. How wide is your guide? Looks a lot wider than mine. Mine are 3.5 and 2.5 inches. I am going to install the hinges but in December the dealer will replace both guides. I just want make sure my fix works before he does that. I am going to put on new guides that the cables pass through by slotting them. I than plan on riveting a new one and old one together along the length of the guide, sort of making a double layer. That will allow the old cable guide to maintain the cables through the opening and the new guide to slip through the bowing piece of plastic. Hard to explain but hope it works.
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