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Old 04-24-2015, 08:08 AM   #85
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With the current wiring, the brake line would now be connected to the trailer's chassis ground. This might look like a short or not depending if the chassis of the trailer and tow vehicle are in contact and how good the contact is.
If the tow chassis and the trailer chassis were not in contact, how would the prodigy know there was a fault. Remember brake magnets are not polarized. I suspect with just the 7 pin connection the controller would work fine.
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Old 04-24-2015, 09:12 AM   #86
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Frank, Don't rule out a manufacturer's defect inside the receptacle on your Escape. Someone on the assembly line could have inadvertently attached the wrong colored wire to the wrong prong internally, and then once sealed up for weatherproofing, no one would know the difference unless that particular unit was subjected to a random quality control check. A 7-pin receptacle I once purchased had a manufacturer's defect, and it drove me crazy until a trailer shop with the right testing equipment finally tracked down the problem for me. Totally replacing the defective receptacle fixed my problem.

You should be able to use a simple ohm meter to test that each colored wire is indeed connected internally to the correct prong on your receptacle. Also, if the receptacle is correct, and it was a simple left side-right side wiring mistake, then you should probable check your other wires (like your two turn signal wires) to make sure that they weren't also miss-wired left-to-right. Thinking you are signalling for a left turn while your trailer lights are flashing for a right turn would not be good! Best of luck...
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Old 04-24-2015, 09:34 AM   #87
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War Eagle, I am assuming you hit the nail on the proverbial head. I just bought a good multimeter at Radio Shack, and Extech Ex205T. I'm gonna be dangerous now.

By the way, signals worked correctly.

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Frank, Don't rule out a manufacturer's defect inside the receptacle on your Escape. Someone on the assembly line could have inadvertently attached the wrong colored wire to the wrong prong internally, and then once sealed up for weatherproofing, no one would now the difference unless that particular unit was subjected to a random quality control check. A 7-pin receptacle I once purchased had a manufacturer's defect, and it drove me crazy until a trailer shop with the right testing equipment finally tracked down the problem for me. Totally replacing the defective receptacle fixed my problem.

You should be able to use a simple ohm meter to test that each colored wire is indeed connected internally to the correct prong on your receptacle. Also, if the receptacle is correct, and it was a simple left side-right side wiring mistake, then you should probable check your other wires (like your two turn signal wires) to make sure that they weren't also miss-wired left-to-right. Thinking you are signalling for a left turn while your trailer lights are flashing for a right turn would not be good! Best of luck...
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Old 04-24-2015, 06:54 PM   #88
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Guess who has working trailer brakes in his Escape? Guess? Me!

Thanks all, just came back from a test spin, works great and just the way it is supposed to. I had the P3 set up for the F150 to have the trailer brakes come on just after the truck (5.8V). Seems to be a good setting for the Escape too.

This has been an experience I shall not soon forget, trust me.

On to new and better things.

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...This has been an experience I shall not soon forget, trust me.

On to new and better things.

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After 7 months like this, it's probably become a life changing experience!
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Good for you Frank. Glad Radio Shack is still there. Safe Travels
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Thanks Norm, much appreciated!

Where I have the P3 mounted is easily visible AND not in the way at all. Works great!

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Old 04-25-2015, 08:57 AM   #92
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Frank I'm glad this worked out for you . Was this a ford problem wrong wiring ? We should start calling you and Norm( Macgyver ) I hope this isn't something others will run into ? Thanks for seeing this through Jim
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It was the plug, NOT my wiring on the Ford, or anything to do with the Ford. Who would think you'd get a plug that was wrong? Gee.

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Old 04-25-2015, 02:17 PM   #94
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WooHoo! In the words of Willie Nelson, "On the road again, just can't wait to get on the road again." You'll be surprised at how handy your new multimeter will be for solving future mysteries like this.... Dale
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