Overhead wiring. Retraction?

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Overhead wiring. Retraction?

Postby gene so » Sat Oct 14, 2017 10:00 am

Hello, I am running wire overhead to my vent and also my galley. The galley lighting for the door will be D.C. I realize when I open up the galley door I will be stretching the wires in expansion andalso when closing the door that expanded wire can be pinched and eventually there will be problems and shorts. What can I install on those electrical lines that will allow them to be stretched out when the galley door is open and will also retract them when the door goes closed so they do not get pinched ? I have found nothing so far that is capable of doing this operation.
Thanks to anyone who has solved this problem if they will share their method with me.

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Re: Overhead wiring. Retraction?

Postby tony.latham » Sat Oct 14, 2017 11:00 am


I don't have a solution for a retracting cable, but this is what I do:


Sorry about the out of focus photo... (it's 35ยบ out there right now so I'm not too interested in going back out for an in-focus photo).

The hatch wiring is in a plastic loom. Not sure if it's 3/8" loom or 1/4" but you get the idea.

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Re: Overhead wiring. Retraction?

Postby QueticoBill » Sat Oct 14, 2017 5:24 pm

A coiled cord would be an option. https://goo.gl/zXwUMc
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Re: Overhead wiring. Retraction?

Postby MtnDon » Sat Oct 14, 2017 8:42 pm

The wire loom material tony showed works fine. Mant places carry it in assorted diameters. Here's one http://www.autozone.com/starting-chargi ... /64478_0_0
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Re: Overhead wiring. Retraction?

Postby working on it » Sun Oct 15, 2017 11:37 am

  • I built a utilitarian squareback trailer, for go, not show purposes. I scarcely concealed any hardware used, nor covered any wiring. Inside the trailer cabin, I hid wiring running from my fusebox to my overhead shelf (powering stereo/speakers,various lights, computer case fans for venting, and my larger 10" main fan underneath the shelf) inside a grey wire loom, held in place with screwed-on cable-tie mounts. At the rear of the trailer, I secured a wire powering the LED lighting of my license plate holder/bracket with similar cable-tie mounts. They were adhesive-backed, but I added a small screw to ensure that they would remain secure.
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    utilitarian, barely hidden wiring inside grey loom
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    exposed wire to license plate also held with cable-tie mounts
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Re: Overhead wiring. Retraction?

Postby aggie79 » Wed Oct 18, 2017 7:42 am

I'll place another vote for plastic wire loom.


I had two "runs" of wiring to my hatch - one on each side. One run was for trailer brake, running, and turn lighting. The other was for the hatch light. Each run has a 4-pin connector so that I can disconnect the wiring so the hatch can be removed.
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Re: Overhead wiring. Retraction?

Postby halfdome, Danny » Fri Oct 20, 2017 5:21 pm

I do something similar to the wire loom but use a 4 pin trailer connection so I have the option to remove the galley lid if needed.
It also affords me the flexibility when building the lid off the teardrop.
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