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Old 07-05-2013, 07:28 PM   #15
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Whew!

I hope to shout it was "no cost to you"- since it sounds like they made the mistake to begin with.

Good reminder for folks to check routing of such work- I had something similar happen, though no malfunction as a result. In my case, a few days after I had the tow wiring done I happened to notice a big ol' wire hanging down almost to the ground under the car.

Turns out one of the lines went from back to front without any support or effort to conceal/protect it. You may be sure I'm much more vigilant about checking such work now...

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Old 07-05-2013, 07:35 PM   #16
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Did a quick search for Tekonsha wiring diagrams. Came up with this one from etrailer for the Voyager controller. Interesting enough that it shows two circuit breakers and no fuses. It appears to want a 20A breaker between the battery and controller, with the 40A breaker between the battery and 12V positive.
...An auto-reset breaker in a circuit plays roles of both breaker and fuse and it is reset-able, as my understanding...
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Great thread.

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Old 07-05-2013, 08:08 PM   #18
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...An auto-reset breaker in a circuit plays roles of both breaker and fuse and it is reset-able, as my understanding...
Fuses are only good for one bad event and have to be replaced.
Breakers are good for more.
Some you have to manually reset.
Auto-reset, keep resetting themselves. So fast, you can hear them "buzz".
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Old 07-05-2013, 09:29 PM   #19
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I have a new FGRV, lightweight only 2100 pounds. Have pulled it twice and used trailer brakes with no issues.

Today I hooked it up and drove approximately 1/2 mile...smoke began to fill the passenger compartment of my truck. Immediately turned off engine and popped the hood. Wiring had melted in the engine compartment as well as wiring at the harness/7 prong connector at rear of truck.

I had the truck towed to dealer...they will be looking at tomorrow.

Any ideas of what may have caused this. I'm at a loss. Any help will be appreciated.
I'm glad the cause was found, and I enjoyed the brainstorming of causes to look for if this happens to us. Here in the desert of Arizona we have trouble with rodents chewing wires and causing all kinds of electrical problems.
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Here in the desert of Arizona we have trouble with rodents chewing wires and causing all kinds of electrical problems.
We've got the same thing up here in Canada. Just this week, I had a squirel strip the insulation off clean to about 8" of wire to a light under the eaves where she was building a nest. I lost 3 rooms inside, when I unknowingly flicked the switch. Hope she had a shocking experience.
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