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Old 04-25-2006, 09:40 AM   #1
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Just got this trailer. There many be a problem with the wiring.(ie. note saying to connect positive lead to negative pole on battery.)
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Old 04-25-2006, 09:47 AM   #2
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please explain and some pictures to
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Old 04-25-2006, 10:11 AM   #3
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A Cadet! Lucky you! Congrats.. pics pics pics!

I would, or have someone else if you are not familiar with it, go thru the wiring head to toe. I bought a car once that had this exact problem. The red lead was actually the negative lead and black the positive, because someone down the owner tree got it wrong. It didn't make any difference, the battery is colorblind, but it sure caused some confusion. Everything was connected correctly for the electrical path, but the colors were inversed.

I had it gone thru completely because if someone did something that bonehead, you wondered what was back in the chain that was wierd. Oddly enough, all was correct.

Did the former owner say why it was like that? Maybe thats the way they do it in Poland?
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Old 04-25-2006, 10:50 AM   #4
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I'll take sum with my cell phone(see if they look alright), still waiting for the one we ordered to come in. Part of the problem is that we got it from my girlfriend's dad(lives in Medicine Hat), who pick it up at his brothers(lives in Calgary), who bought it in Calgary. And we live in Medicine Hat. Things might of got lost or mixed up in the transfer of info. At this time the trailer to tow connection has been cut off, while the brothers tried to get light to work for its trip to the Hat. Current plan is to wire it to a seven way connectors both the trailer and tug.
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Old 04-25-2006, 10:53 AM   #5
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Six volt positive ground perhaps? I had a 1950 Ford 1/2 ton pickup that was 6v +ground with a generator when I was in high school. I'm not a very bright guy, and 12v -ground is difficult enough for me. Fortunately I had no electrical issues with the truck while I had it or I would have been up a creek!

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Old 04-25-2006, 10:59 AM   #6
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Six volt positive ground perhaps?
Good thought. I kinda doubt it with an 86 tho.

It's a Polish trailer, and it may have that if designed for Polish cars.. who may still have a 6 volt system???

Don't know.. just a stab/guess.
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Old 04-25-2006, 07:12 PM   #7
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could be they fell into the wiring colour trap. On most trailers white is negative, black is positive, not the usual automotive black is negative
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Old 04-26-2006, 09:05 AM   #8
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This is what I found when looking at the wiring last night.
Main wires were cut and spliced together at the floor.
Had two wire coming from battery positive(ie. orange and yellow)
Two wires from battery negative one into trailer other to frame.(ie. black and red battery cable.)
Inside the yellow from battery connected to black to trailer plug.
Orange wire runs to fridge and furn. as positive, thru a house light switch(120v light switch).
Black from battery neg runs to fridge and furn. as negative.
At the splice the white is attached to a another white and a green wire the runs to the frame outside.
a smaller black wire inside is attached to the orange wire before the switch.
the rest are attached to red to red, green to green, brown to brown.
there was two small blue wires that run from a switch that I think went to a water pump but were melted(coating in serverly spots) and burned at one end.

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Old 04-26-2006, 11:46 AM   #9
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...Two wires from battery negative one into trailer other to frame.(ie. black and red battery cable.)...
According to earlier discusssions in this forum, unlike automobiles, trailer frames are not normally connected to the battery "ground" (negative) teminal; however, the ground for the AC power system is.

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...Had two wire coming from battery positive(ie. orange and yellow)
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Inside the yellow from battery connected to black to trailer plug.
Orange wire runs to fridge and furn. as positive, thru a house light switch(120v light switch).
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While the orange and yellow colour choices are pretty funky, the wiring logic looks right to me - black in the towing plug is positive supply from the tow battery. The 120VAC switch is probably fine in DC service at the lower voltage if the current is low enough, but a real DC switch would seem like a better idea to me. DC contacts are more difficult to break, so a switch intended for AC may not be suitable for DC.

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...a smaller black wire inside is attached to the orange wire before the switch...
That's scary: the same colour (black) is being used for negative in most cases but positive in this case (presumably to supply something that doesn't get turned off by the switch). I see this as a source for later confusion.

Overall, it sounds to me (but I'm in no position to judge) like this setup would work okay, but I would want to re-wire everything to typical trailer colour coding standards for sanity, and I'd ditch the negative connection to the frame.
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Old 04-26-2006, 12:25 PM   #10
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Forgot to mention the small black wire supplies power to the interior lights (2 of them)

The re-wire everthing well be in the plans if there's more problems or if a major mod comes around

Thanks for the replies
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Old 04-27-2006, 09:31 AM   #11
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Does anyone have some information on standard and option with a this trailer?


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I know nothing about wiring, but am including this because I have an '86 Captain (manufactured by the same company in Poland). You seem to have a smorgasbord of coloured wire. The only electrical inside mine are lights and fridge so this may be useless to you, but I'm including it just in case. Not much info came with mine, except for a page that says: "12 volt electrical installation - Colour Code:

White = Ground
Green = Running Lights
Black = Inside Lights
Red = Left Signal Lights
Brown = Right Signal Lights
Blue = not connected
Central = 14 gauge (thicker) black wire for the fridge.
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Old 05-22-2006, 10:15 AM   #13
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According to earlier discusssions in this forum, unlike automobiles, trailer frames are not normally connected to the battery "ground" (negative) teminal; however, the ground for the AC power system is.
Brian;

I respectfully disagree on this point. All the travel trailers I have had came factory equipped with the negative pole of the trailer battery grounded to the frame. All the trailers also charged the trailer battery using the tow vehicle's alternator.

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Old 05-23-2006, 10:50 AM   #14
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I know nothing about wiring, but am including this because I have an '86 Captain (manufactured by the same company in Poland). You seem to have a smorgasbord of coloured wire. The only electrical inside mine are lights and fridge so this may be useless to you, but I'm including it just in case. Not much info came with mine, except for a page that says: "12 volt electrical installation - Colour Code:

White = Ground
Green = Running Lights
Black = Inside Lights
Red = Left Signal Lights
Brown = Right Signal Lights
Blue = not connected
Central = 14 gauge (thicker) black wire for the fridge.
thanks for the info Lorraine K
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