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Trailer Wiring Dutch Doors Question.

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I apologize if this question has already been posted. I searched but could not find anything. As a result, I'm posting up my dumb a.. question.

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I have owned this van for 6 years and have towed with it for the last 3 years. My question is, the wiring harness located in the jack stow area. The chevy owners manual states to simply open the dutch doors throw your wire harness out and slam the door shut. This is the chevy recommended way to run your wires to your trailer. I have been using this slam the wires in the door method for years and it has never felt like the right thing to do. My question is where is the best place to 'permanently' route your trailer wires? Thru the floor? Thank you.
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Re: Trailer Wiring Dutch Doors Question.

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I could never find any trailer wiring on my '96 Conversion, so when I made my own, I actually ran my wires down through the area where the rear tail lights are. It's been years since I did it, but if you pull out a tail light, I bet you can figure a routing. (I think I ended up drilling a hole inside there somewhere.)

In the end I have a loose pigtail that rides up under the back bumper. When I needed it, I just reached up and pulled it out. Stuffed it back up in when done. (Mine is a flat four wire. It would have been easy enough to mount an RV plug, but I didn't need it.)
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Re: Trailer Wiring Dutch Doors Question.

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ahh.. pull a tail light out... i like that.. i'll pop one out and have a look.

Thank you! :guitar:
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Re: Trailer Wiring Dutch Doors Question.

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I remember my 95 had a slight indentation along the sill right where the weatherstripping was cut, this allowed the doors to be closed with no worries of pinching the wire.
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peelers i got a 99 and there is a hole in the jack storage area all the way down in that little corner underneath the tail light all you need is a set of needle nose pliers to grab the wires from outside the van and pull them trough... and this hole is there from factory i found it while i was under the van one day and i ran my wires trough there....
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Re: Trailer Wiring Dutch Doors Question.

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Sweet! Thanks unreal. I'll give that a look tonight. Thank you. :cheers:
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no problem bud, and here are the pics for reference...
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99 astro awd ls package, 3" bodylift, alarm system w/remote start, tinted windows, tranny cooler, modded air intake, bigger power steering cooler, hood struts, westin pushbar, hypertech tuned running on 91 octane, Hypertech 160* thermostat, 1 ton calipers and pads (not much of a difference as i expected)30" tall tires 245-65-17 on jeep wheels
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Re: Trailer Wiring Dutch Doors Question.

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and the ones from the bottom...
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99 astro awd ls package, 3" bodylift, alarm system w/remote start, tinted windows, tranny cooler, modded air intake, bigger power steering cooler, hood struts, westin pushbar, hypertech tuned running on 91 octane, Hypertech 160* thermostat, 1 ton calipers and pads (not much of a difference as i expected)30" tall tires 245-65-17 on jeep wheels
here is a link to my pics: http://s795.photobucket.com/home/unrreal/allalbums
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Re: Trailer Wiring Dutch Doors Question.

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Wow. Great pictures. Thank you. I really do appreciate it. :cheers:
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