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Old 05-15-2015, 08:57 AM   #15
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I know it' $300.00 but have you thought about wireless?
Wireless doesn't help if you want a charge line from the battery...
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Old 05-15-2015, 09:56 AM   #16
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and I do. Will post whatever I come up with
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Old 05-15-2015, 10:43 AM   #17
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What concern is there with a small firewall hole? Seems benign to me.
John, it would surprise you where water can creep in - the fewer holes the better in the fire wall. Especially if you live on the Wet Coast. If you make any holes in the firewall or the rubber grommets on it, its best to reseal it well once the wire has been put through it.

Rob, I had installed a P2 Controller on an Outback of similar vintage and the wires where run through a rubber grommet on the fire wall on the drivers side. We then sealed it up with some super duper sealer. Unfortunately the car is not here so I can't check location of the grommet for you.

If you go to E-Trailer - Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2010 Subaru Outback Wagon Video they will show you how its done.
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Thanks, found and printed the instructions and am proceeding.
How well did your Outback do with the Scamp?
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A wireless controller such as a Tekonsha Prodigy RF could be installed without any drilling through your firewall. All you need to do is run a 12V charge wire from the battery (use a solenoid and fuse) to the 7-pin connector. The brake controller module mounts on your trailer frame. Only device used inside the car is the remote for the brake controller which plugs into a 12V charger plug inside your vehicle and can be stuck onto nearly any surface in the car with two sided Velcro tape. Mine has been functioning flawlessly since I installed it two years ago.
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Old 05-15-2015, 01:53 PM   #20
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John, it would surprise you where water can creep in - the fewer holes the better in the fire wall. Especially if you live on the Wet Coast. If you make any holes in the firewall or the rubber grommets on it, its best to reseal it well once the wire has been put through it.
Thanks for the tip Carol. I had a pro shop do the install and assumed sealing was standard practice. You know what they say about assume, so I think I will check it myself and make sure its water tight.

Cheers, john
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Thanks for the tip Carol. I had a pro shop do the install and assumed sealing was standard practice. You know what they say about assume, so I think I will check it myself and make sure its water tight.

Cheers, john
I learned that the hard way on a number of years ago when vehicle the break controller was installed in (by pros) was not sealed or if it was the product they used failed - only discovered it when someone got into the passenger side of the vehicle and took their ski boots off & found carpet on the floor was wet!!

The opening that was there was tiny enough to let a drip in at a time - the water was getting into the engine area from a location one might expect it to cause no harm but from there it was then running down the after market line that was pushed through the fire wall.

When I lifted the carpet out to dry it I realized due to the amount of rust on the floor of the vehicle it had been leaking for some time!
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Thanks, found and printed the instructions and am proceeding.
How well did your Outback do with the Scamp?
You will be pleasantly surprised as to how well your Outback will tow your 13' Scamp! Wish my current tug was as solid/good at pulling in really adverse weather conditions.

I would NOT recommend the Outback due to various issues, for pulling a heavier 16' though. Way better that only one of us takes the hit and goes through the rather costly experience. Let just say it was a classic if I had know then what I know now experience.
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Outback 3.6 and Scamp 13

Thanks, I don't think we are going to get a bathroom anytime soon.
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