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Old 08-06-2013, 05:18 AM   #15
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I don't want to go off road Deryk, just want a nice clean factory-like installation. It helps having a friend who did it and sent me pics of how! It will still take me a full morning, I'm sure.

I took Friday off to get the old Sunline and my '09 GMC ready for sale. With company coming the next two weekend, it just never seems to let up!

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Old 08-06-2013, 06:15 AM   #16
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If you go the DIY brake controller wiring route this is the wiring kit to go with. Everything you need for the wiring job and it includes drawings.
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Old 08-06-2013, 06:21 AM   #17
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That is the one I am getting Eddie, thanks! I have the page up, just need 65 bucks...

Unfortunately, it does not have a video for install in a 2013 Escape, but I got it figured out thanks to a friend who has done it with this same kit.

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If you go the DIY brake controller wiring route this is the wiring kit to go with. Everything you need for the wiring job and it includes drawings.
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Old 08-06-2013, 07:06 AM   #18
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Today every vehicle has a forum. Go to the forum and search for towing. The two big hurdles are finding the brake wire to trigger the controller and getting wires through the fire wall. By reading a forum post I was able to obtain the color code for the brake wire on my '03 Tundra and found the wire in a bundle under the door sill. A couple of strait pins and a meter let me verify it before I connected. On the Subaru forum I found a rubber plug to bring wire through the fire wall. Both vehicles took me the better part of a day. Removing trim panels takes time and is stressful . I'm a big fan of wire loom and have heard nothing but bad things about scotch loks. Dont forget the circuit breakers. Have fun, Raz
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That's a fine idea Raz. Why didn't I think of that? Usually I am a forum kind of dude. I'll find an Escape forum today and search for the right color brake wire.

I know where to go with this stuff, other than knowing what color(s) the brake wire is. There is a wire loom grommet in the right rear of the car to run wires up to the front, behind and under trim on the passenger side, up to the front and under the rug over to the driver's side where it will exit into the engine compartment through a 2" square plastic cover under a flap of rug/insulation high up above the brake pedal. I know where the circuit breakers will go, and both power and ground are easy once I have the wires into the engine compartment.

You are absolutely correct that removing trim panels is time-consuming and stressful. Been there before, but hope ot never be there again once this is done. I figure it will take me at least 4 hours to do this, maybe more. Grrr.

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Old 08-06-2013, 09:12 AM   #20
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I can't help with the Escape, but here is a link that shows the installation of a controller & charge line for a RAV4 that might give you some ideas. It took the better part of a full day to do the install in my RAV4, plus the cost of parts, so $250.00 is well worth it if they did it right!
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Old 08-06-2013, 11:45 AM   #21
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I hope it doesn't take me a full day, but I don't doubt it might. I'll start early on a Saturday morning and hope to have it done by supper!

On the positive side, I did find out the wire color for the brake light switch - violet with a brown stripe! Everything else is standard stuff.

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I hope it doesn't take me a full day, but I don't doubt it might. I'll start early on a Saturday morning and hope to have it done by supper!

On the positive side, I did find out the wire color for the brake light switch - violet with a brown stripe! Everything else is standard stuff.

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...It will be the perfect RV for folks like us...
A couple of weeks will mark cari's & my 5th month of camping adventures with our Parkliner... still pinching ourselves each trip. It's a great fit for our style of camping.

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Old 08-06-2013, 06:15 PM   #24
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Frank, you know you won't be satisfied unless you do it yourself, and I know that you do a perfect job on what you do. Ive had to redo a few "professionaly done" wiring jobs because to make money they were done in a hurry. As for Raz's comment about the wire loom, I use it myself, but have found it can cause a problem. Working on big trucks I have seen many times where the wires or air lines will vibrate inside that currogated loom, and you'll get all little grooves worn into the wire insulation exposing bare wire which then corrodes and breaks.
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Thanks for that Bob! By golly, yer an okay fella!

I'm not looking forward to it, but am planning for it and will do the best I can. I pretty much know where to run the wires, where stuff is I need to hook to, where to mount the controller. What I need to find out now is how to remove interior body panels and replace them with no damage.

After the financial shock of buying this tug, I can't afford the kit right now anyways, but soon. In the meantime, it's figuring out these panels.

But you're right - I'd really rather do it myself.

Take care you two!

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Frank, figuring out the panels can be a problem. Most newer vehicles don't use screws to make it easy for us, usually it's some snap together device, and it's where do I pull or pry to get it apart without breaking something. Good luck with it.
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Still on Escape wiring...
The brake controller manufacturers often supply wiring information - such as the colours of the wires at the brake pedal switch for various specific vehicles - as part of their support service.
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Old 08-06-2013, 09:21 PM   #28
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Better yet Brian, I called the Ford garage, and also had it verified on an Escape forum I joined. Violet with brown stripe.

As Raz suggests, I will post pics and an explanation when I do it.

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