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Old 05-16-2020, 08:31 PM   #1
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Protecting Exposed Wiring / Connections

Today I spent some time underneath our new 2020 rPOD 176. Perhaps this is 'standard' in the industry...........or maybe just standard for Forest River / rPOD....... but I was shocked at the amount of wiring and electrical connections that are simply open to the 'elements'. I am concerned about the long-term effect of water, dirt, salt, etc on these electrical components. I am not comfortable with this setup and want to take some measures (I don't know what) to protect these components.

Does anybody else think this is an issue? Am I worrying about nothing? If you have some suggestions I'd appreciate it.......

Anyway, thanks for your time.

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Old 05-17-2020, 09:36 AM   #2
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The wire itself in the open is really not an issue - the insulation protects the wires. But any place the insulation is broken, or could be broken is an issue.

You can get various slip-on coverings for wires at the big box stores. There are also rubber grommets and plastic hole liners. I usually use a combination of the corrugated plastic covering and black vinyl electrical tape to wrap and cover anything I want to wrap. Any holes with wires passing through the frame get grommets or hole liners - or at worst, lined with electrical tape.

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Old 05-17-2020, 11:04 AM   #3
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I'm as concerned with chafe points. I bought a roll of spiral wrap and had to use it in several places where wiring and hoses went through chassis holes unprotected.

Even the wind underneath moving the wires can cause early connection failures.

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Old 05-17-2020, 03:28 PM   #4
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Today I spent some time underneath our new 2020 rPOD 176. Perhaps this is 'standard' in the industry...........or maybe just standard for Forest River / rPOD....... but I was shocked at the amount of wiring and electrical connections that are simply open to the 'elements'. I am concerned about the long-term effect of water, dirt, salt, etc on these electrical components. I am not comfortable with this setup and want to take some measures (I don't know what) to protect these components.

Does anybody else think this is an issue? Am I worrying about nothing? If you have some suggestions I'd appreciate it.......

Anyway, thanks for your time.

[IMG]C:\Users\RAllen\Downloads\IMG_3173.jpg[/IMG]

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Old 05-17-2020, 03:57 PM   #5
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An updated list of things that should never be seen:
1. Laws being made . . .
2. Sausages being made . . .
3. The underside of an RV . . .
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Old 05-17-2020, 04:00 PM   #6
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An updated list of things that should never be seen:
1. Laws being made . . .
2. Sausages being made . . .
3. The underside of an RV . . .

So true.
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Old 05-18-2020, 02:02 PM   #7
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X2-Pgandw I know adding some of these things makes me feel better. Look at the strips that hold your insulation up while you are under there. A few extra self tapping hex head screws could save you headaches down the road.
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Old 05-18-2020, 02:55 PM   #8
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X2-Pgandw I know adding some of these things makes me feel better. Look at the strips that hold your insulation up while you are under there. A few extra self tapping hex head screws could save you headaches down the road.
A-frames have no insulation underneath. Just the metal frame topped with wafer board for the subfloor.

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Old 05-18-2020, 05:37 PM   #9
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I've heard people swear by this stuff. I'm pretty sure i saw it here on the forum.

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Old 05-18-2020, 06:16 PM   #10
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One of the first thing I did with my 2014 hybrid, was crawl under and cover and zip tie wires that were hanging. From tank wires to brake wires there were many points where a hanging wire might have been hit by road debris and ripped off. I used Wire Loom in all three sizes from Harbor freight ( cheap enough) and zip ties to get the hanging wire both protected and tied up to the frame.

I also used several cans of black corrosion resistant rubber spray in the wheel wells.
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To protect the wiring insulation on my trailer where it was just sitting on top of "L" channel cross rails, I just took 1/2" poly water pipe, slit it with a razor blade, and installed it.

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Old 05-18-2020, 07:33 PM   #12
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The wire itself in the open is really not an issue - the insulation protects the wires. But any place the insulation is broken, or could be broken is an issue.

You can get various slip-on coverings for wires at the big box stores. There are also rubber grommets and plastic hole liners. I usually use a combination of the corrugated plastic covering and black vinyl electrical tape to wrap and cover anything I want to wrap. Any holes with wires passing through the frame get grommets or hole liners - or at worst, lined with electrical tape.

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I just bought a 12' piece of 3/8" split loom at Advance Auto for $5.99. Tough and easy to install. I prefer it to spiral wrap. Fortunately I had a $5 Off Speed Perks coupon that was about to expire.
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