Question re Bigfoot Weight - Page 6 - Fiberglass RV

Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 03-25-2003, 03:19 PM   #71
Senior Member
Trailer: No Trailer Yet
Posts: 18,870
When we first got our Trillium all the lights worked just perfect in the driveway. So we took it for a 30 mile test tow only to get home and discover that it had burned out all the lights at the back of the van. Not just burned, melted to the point of needing pliers and chisel to get the bulb out of the socket. Luckily it did nothing to the actual wireing.

The cause was a bad ground in the trailer.

Now we know that if we turn on a signal and both blink that the connection between van and trailer is dirty.

Legacy Posts is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-25-2003, 03:48 PM   #72
Senior Member
Trailer: No Trailer Yet
Posts: 18,870
A lot of trailer wiring arrangements rely on frame-ground and hitch-ball contact to get a ground. I prefer to run a ground wire around to each light and ensure it gets into the ground connector of the plug system. On trailers with house batteries, I also connect the frame ground to the battery (-) terminal. In fact, I recently ran a stout ground wire from my truck battery back to the rear frame *and* also connected it to the trailer ground connection.

When you stop and consider that it's possible to have all your trailer lights, your reefer and your trailer brakes full on all at the same time, plus maybe some other parasitic loads, while your truck is trying to recharge the trailer battery, you realize that you want a grounding arrangement that can carry the returns for all these loads simultaneously without failure or degradation of current -- that's a potential for a *lot* of amps headed for the trailer with only one ground lead to serve them all, and it might not be a good time to expect the other stuf to give up their share to the brakes...

Pete and Rats who don't have any grounding wires at all...

Legacy Posts is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-25-2003, 07:29 PM   #73
Senior Member
Trailer: No Trailer Yet
Posts: 18,870
I went to u-haul today and the installer came out and quickly determined that the wiring adapter he installed -- just like the one Pete recommended-- was shorted out. I'm betting I did that when I was goofing around with the wiring.

He said just bring the whole rig in and he'll fix it all, no prob.

Nice service, huh? :)


Legacy Posts is offline   Reply With Quote

bigfoot, weighing, weight

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Bigfoot 17' weight ?? Yvon Chayer General Chat 2 06-27-2009 05:35 PM
tongue weight, dumb question Ed Calkins Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 36 08-20-2007 03:03 PM
A question for 21' Bigfoot owners Charles Richerson General Chat 3 05-18-2007 09:12 AM
Bigfoot 17.5 empty weight Dale H Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 7 08-06-2006 05:48 PM
Weight Distributor/Bigfoot Legacy Posts Modifications, Alterations and Updates 1 02-25-2003 11:32 PM

» Upcoming Events
No events scheduled in
the next 465 days.
» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 01:59 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.