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Old 07-19-2016, 07:19 PM   #1
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Stabilizer Switch Weatherproofing

Changed the stabilizer switch location and placed it and the new fuses inside a couple of "pelican" style cases found at our CTC (Canadian Tire Corp, for non-Kanucks). Haven't placed some silicone sealant on the wire holes yet, but that's next. Reduced some of the wiring also, since the fuse and switch are closer, so you loose a pigtail connection. Re-did some of the crimp connectors also. Hopefully the pictures are clear. I connected the boxes to the I-beam with a bendable, but stiff, aluminum flat that is sized to fit through the handles of the box. You can figure out the lengths and bends to make the box fit snug up against the beam. If I find they "bounce" around too much, will glue some foam to the lid to stop it. I know it could be neater, but was wanting waterproofing first, so didn't want to have any more holes than needed. One hole for wires, and once sealed, the front rubber gasket will do the rest on the door.
Those are new switches, missing the labels, but cost over half the price of exact replacements from the dealer. Not going to use them much, since I find that they really don't "stabilize" the trailer at all. You can tell when someone is walking around the living room when sleeping. Purchased some 2.5 ton scissor jacks on sale that will lift the trailer and stop it from bouncing on the axle leaf springs.
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Old 07-19-2016, 08:07 PM   #2
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Very nice job. Thanks for including pics.
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Old 07-20-2016, 09:46 AM   #3
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I did something like that but used outdoor waterproof switch boxes screwed to the frame.Then pinted them black.
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Yes Harley, saw that a few days ago. Looked at those too, but the ones I found were probably ok for outdoors, but didn't think they wouldn't keep out all tire/road spray. I was also looking for those types, but with a silicone membrane to put over the switch part, to totally seal it from the elements. But didnt' find any. So, I opted for these waterproof cases. Looks good. Have you checked out the back after a year of travelling? Any signs of corrosion or grinding switch action?
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Yes Harley, saw that a few days ago. Looked at those too, but the ones I found were probably ok for outdoors, but didn't think they wouldn't keep out all tire/road spray. I was also looking for those types, but with a silicone membrane to put over the switch part, to totally seal it from the elements. But didnt' find any. So, I opted for these waterproof cases. Looks good. Have you checked out the back after a year of travelling? Any signs of corrosion or grinding switch action?
There is a foam seal on the hinged cover. Keeps the switch clean. Inside of box is sealed so it stays clean also..
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