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Old 06-30-2007, 12:06 PM
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Did I screw up?

I just installed another receptacle in the bed of my truck to plug my camper wire harness into instead of having it drooped over the tailgate. My question is this. Did I screw up by using scotchlocks for the connections? I used them because of the cramped space to make connections in the frame rail. I searched before doing this andfound articles saying that was the way to go. Now I find articles saying the scotchlocks wont last a hundred miles due to vibration. Should I Re-do what I just finished, and try to solder in there?? Not really enough slack in the factory harness to pull out and work like I really want to. Thanks in advance.
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Old 06-30-2007, 12:10 PM
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My opinion shane just leave it alone. You may have to redo them in time. You may never have to redo them. This is where some one had a bad experince with them. While others have had good experince with them. What I do recommend is tape to seal up the connection. If you can not use tape. Then use black RTV silicone sealant to seal up the connections. I think they will be fine as long as you have a way to prevent water and dirt from getting to the connections you made.
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Old 06-30-2007, 12:13 PM
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My opinion shane just leave it alone. You may have to redo them in time. You may never have to redo them. This is where some one had a bad experince with them. While others have had good experince with them. What I do recommend is tape to seal up the connection. If you can not use tape. Then use black RTV silicone sealant to seal up the connections. I think they will be fine as long as you have a way to prevent water and dirt from getting to the connections you made.
We are leaving Monday and I am pulling the camper. I am gonna give this new plug a chance and see how it works. IF I find a way to gain some slack in the factory wiring without cutting to add wire, I may redo them later. Right now they are taped, and tucked inside the frame rail beside the spare tire.
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We are leaving Monday and I am pulling the camper. I am gonna give this new plug a chance and see how it works. IF I find a way to gain some slack in the factory wiring without cutting to add wire, I may redo them later. Right now they are taped, and tucked inside the frame rail beside the spare tire.
As long as you don't go mud boggin you will be fine. In an application like yours I think I would prefer the scotchloks over cutting and splicing into my harness. But that is just me.
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It's not the preferred method for reliability and longevity, but they work alright. You don't live in a road salt area, so you may have good luck with them. I have found corrosion to be the biggest problem with the scotchlocks.

If you are worried about them, get a can of liquid electrical tape and seal them up real good. This seems to be the next best thing to actually soldering all your connections.
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Old 07-01-2007, 05:38 AM
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It's not the preferred method for reliability and longevity, but they work alright. You don't live in a road salt area, so you may have good luck with them. I have found corrosion to be the biggest problem with the scotchlocks.

If you are worried about them, get a can of liquid electrical tape and seal them up real good. This seems to be the next best thing to actually soldering all your connections.
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