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Old 09-20-2010, 03:08 PM
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Default Ever have a dog/animal chew up your trailer wires?, also, WWYD to splice/replace?

I go to the ramp, go home, lights working the whole way, no problems at all.

A few weeks go by with the boat/trailer sitting in the yard. I go to plug in my trailer lights and nothing works. Started by checking the ground, even took out my handy little snowmobile battery to eliminate the tow vehicle first and nothing. Everything is snug, until I go to check where my wires exit the trailer tongue and make their way down the aluminum I-Beams, something had chewed the wires exiting the tongue where they split and go down the beams.

My neighbors have a bulldog, dumb dog is always sniffing around and pooping along the border of our properties and I suspect the dingbat dog chewed the wires as it was the only way they could have gotten damaged at all.

WWYD? would you just resplice/butt connector/shrinktube the wires back together or run a new harness. I hate that I'd have another 4 points to worry about even with good splices but it is what I may have to do. Dog needs to go away.
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The harnesses are cheap. I would buy a new one and splice a new end onto the existing wires using glue filled connectors covered with heat shrink. Good quality connectors available at the big box stores, as well as heat shrink. The guns can be had at Harbor Freight for $10...
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I'd replace the harness....shouldn't take more than $15 and 45 min of your time.
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If you can splice them back together, go for it. They have connectors at Lowe's or HD that crimp, them heat shrink. Then I would put some liquid tape over it all..
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And I bet it was rats or squirrels that chewed up the wires, not the dog..
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If you can splice them back together, go for it. They have connectors at Lowe's or HD that crimp, them heat shrink. Then I would put some liquid tape over it all..
X2........Best advice I got on here was to run a wire independantly to each light, ground them independantly and same for each courtesy light. Yes, it was alot of work and expensive to purchase each wire for a triple axle trailer.....but now some 2 years into it and not a single worry. I agree that it wasn't the dog.
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My friend has Mastiff that chewed up his trailer wires. Found the dog with a piece of the wire in his mouth. I wouldn't put it passed your neighbors bulldog.
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i had a labrador that gave me fits, someone finally told me to rub wheel grease on the bare sections that come out the frame. guess the dog didn't like the taste too much
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Darned good idea hybrid, smearing some grease on the wires where they come out of the tongue of the trailer since once they leave the boxed tongue, they run down the bunks. Thanks for that.

I suspect that some mouse got to living in the tongue for the few weeks I had the boat at my house and the dog probably chewed the wires in trying to get to it. The wires were all mangled like a dog would chew them up and not nibbled by a little creature, plus this bulldog is dumb as dirt.

I just butt-connected the wires and will set to liquid tape them shut and that will be that.
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just use butt connector's and heat shrink tube it.

my wife had this retarded rabbit chewed through my speaker wires on my surround sound one day.... she thought it was funny...
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My dog chewed the connector off of my old trailer three times. The last straw was when she pulled all of the wire out of the left side of the trailer and I had to fish new wires through the length of the galvanized box frame. That was fun.

I called the electric fence company that ran the wiring for our underground electric fence and asked them to run the wires around my boat trailer and she never went near it again.
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My Siberian Husky (when he was a puppy, about 7 years ago) chewed the flat 4 connector and much of the harness at the front of my trailer completely off. I was able to splice, solder, heatshrink and tape the damaged part of the harness to a new flat 4 pigtail, I'm glad I didn't have to re-run all the wires to the back of the trailer. I did (and still do with my new trailer) keep a 5 gallon pail (tilted so water doesn't accumulate) over the front end of my trailer, and keep the wiring harness in the bucket, so it can't happen again.
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Oddly enough, my trailer practicaly lives in the woods for most of the summer where there are 100x more wildlife creatures than where I had it for the past 3 weeks at my Northern abode;



For 4 years, my wires are great, I take the trailer home and the neighbors bulldog, which is always creeping around, the lazy thing, has to chew my wires.

I just need some liquid tape to finish the job, it will be first time me using the stuff.
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Mice get my trailer wires. I found a nest last year and had to rewire.
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My daughter's dog recently chewed through my trailer wires, and irrigation pipes, sprinkler heads, door stoppers, soccer ball, water bottles, squeaky toys, the roof of his kennel, my mask and snorkel, handle of the rake, the rubber holding the roses onto their stakes, a bucket, and hose fittings. I sympathize with your problem.
Butt connectors and some wasabi will fix the trailer lights.
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My dog did that to me 3 times when she was a puppy, but luckily she would chew off the harness withing a foot of the conector and it was easy to resplice a new one on. I eneded up covering the wires in flexible eletrical condiuit and it was never a problem again.

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