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Installing Breakaway switch on FFH


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#1 OFFLINE   RTimothy

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Posted 27 August 2015 - 11:19 PM

I've been posting about the mechanics of preparing our 2013 FFH se for towing.

So far a Blue OX base plate and wiring (including charge wire) has been installed. I found that the BrakeBuddy Stealth was not able to be installed following BB requirements. I've chosen the portable RVi2 aux brake system. Now, I'm looking for a route through the firewall to install the breakaway switch. In the dark, I put a bright light under the dash and did not see any evidence of light on the engine side of firewall.

Has anyone installed  a breakaway switch in their FFH? Please advise.

 


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#2 OFFLINE   garymkrieg

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Posted 28 August 2015 - 10:21 AM

Standing in front of the car looking at the firewall. To the right of the brake booster, big black tank looking thing, there is a large bundle of wires running through the firewall.  That bundle has a large black rubber gasket that seals the hole. We just poked a hole on the side of that gasket toward the edge of the gasket.  Worked great!

 

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#3 OFFLINE   RTimothy

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Posted 28 August 2015 - 11:15 AM

Standing in front of the car looking at the firewall. To the right of the brake booster, big black tank looking thing, there is a large bundle of wires running through the firewall.  That bundle has a large black rubber gasket that seals the hole. We just poked a hole on the side of that gasket toward the edge of the gasket.  Worked great!

 

Gary

Thanks Gary,

                      I think I found it. Its a large hole with the bundle going through it and the rubber grommet has a lot of flat space around, right?

I wish the breakaway wire didn't have the plug attached. I makes for the need of a larger hole. I think I;ll cut it off and reconnect it after I pull it through.

Hopefully, I'll run the 12v source wires through the same area.


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#4 OFFLINE   garymkrieg

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Posted 28 August 2015 - 05:25 PM

That's the one.

 

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Posted 28 August 2015 - 08:19 PM

That's the one.

 

Gary

Turns out I found the route the techs used to run the wires when installing the base plate. 

Hopefully, I can contribute to the group. I was nervous about pushing a metal coat hanger through. I used a really big tywrap. Then put another one in the same place.

Then on the engine side,  I made a "sandwich" with the tywraps for bread and the three wires I wanted to get through for the meat. Wrapped it with aluminum duct tape. Not the gray fabric like duct tape but the thin shinny aluminum tape. I was able to pull all three back through the fire wall. Actually there were four conductors because the breakaway had two separate wires inside the shrink wrap.   I was really pleased that it worked out so well. Now no need for the jump start unit.

I'll post my next question on the battery thread.


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Tim fm Ct

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#6 OFFLINE   RTimothy

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Posted 29 August 2015 - 09:27 AM

Standing in front of the car looking at the firewall. To the right of the brake booster, big black tank looking thing, there is a large bundle of wires running through the firewall.  That bundle has a large black rubber gasket that seals the hole. We just poked a hole on the side of that gasket toward the edge of the gasket.  Worked great!

 

Gary

 Good morning.

                        I'm almost there. I cut the breakaway wire connector off so I could get it through the firewall. Now I'm not sure which conductor is which when I reconnect the wire to the plug. Does it matter? Can I determine it with an ohm meter?


Tim fm Ct

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