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Old 04-24-2003, 12:32 PM   #15
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That the socket on the tow vehicle floods is a problem in the design of the socket, and it is a problem common to most brands out there. If the situation is that the plug is now too corroded to be cleaned up and used, then either the manufacturer or Scamp (as an authorized re-seller for the manufacturer) probably should replace it. However, if the problem is that the end user shot it full of silicone to try to seal it, and now can't get it back apart to clean the contacts and connections, then that is a user-modified situation, and nobody's warranty will cover that. It could, in fact (from a legal, but not necessarily practical standpoind), void the warranty on the entire brake system, from the controller back to the trailer wheels.
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Old 04-24-2003, 01:46 PM   #16
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paul said:

"That the socket on the tow vehicle floods is a problem in the design of the socket, and it is a problem common to most brands out there."
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Gee, I dunno Paul, the 7 prong Bargman plug is widely used, kind of an industry standard. That you've had trouble with the installation of this plug on your tow vehicle is a bad deal, but perhaps a hitch specialist in your area could sort it out.

The charge wire on my plug came undone. Yeah, it was aggrivating at the time. But it wasn't the first (and won't be the last) thing to 'go wrong', just a speed bump in the hiway of life.

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Wait a minute....."geen lite on the controler gos on and stays on even though the trailer is not pluged into the car plug." ........isn't this normal on some Tekonsha controllers???
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Old 04-24-2003, 03:06 PM   #17
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When our plug was attached outside we were lucky to get two years out of one, and that was not without a lot of cleaning after a winter. Often it would need taking apart and the corrosion cleaned off of it between summer camps. Now we have it wired inside the van and a long wire on it so we can keep it inside and it just hangs out the back when we need it hooked up. We've not had a problem since.
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Old 04-24-2003, 05:54 PM   #18
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Who put the plug on the vehicle? This is who you should be seeing. and secondly why in the world would you fill it with rtv which seals in moisture!
if you are going to fill the back of the connector with anything fill it with dielectric grease which repels moisture
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Old 04-24-2003, 06:34 PM   #19
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......or KY (petroluem) jelly.
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Old 04-24-2003, 07:36 PM   #20
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I think KY jelly is water soluable, I sugest real Petroleum Jelly. At least for Trailer work. Altho there are many good electrolitic greases out there. Ask a local electrician what would be good , they put in a lot of stuff outdoors in wet areas.
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Old 04-25-2003, 12:40 PM   #21
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I agree that the Bargman 7-prong is the industry standard, and is in fact used by millions of people. However, I stand by my statement that water entry and corrosion are a design flaw of the unit. The compression clamp at the rear of the unit crimps down to hold the wire firmly, but does nothing to seal out moisture. Road spray can, and will, enter the plug if it is outside the tow vehicle. It will corrode, and your lights/brakes will quit working. It's only a matter of time, and then you have to clean the corrosion out. Just a fact of life with trailering. I usually clean mine out a couple times a season.
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Old 05-05-2003, 10:15 PM   #22
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Green?

Let's see; you had the trailer delivered to you.
So who hooked up the connector on the car? If not installed by Scamp, why would they be responsible for that? A quick visit to the local U-haul store would probably take care of any problem you may have.
Isn't the light supposed to be green?

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Old 05-08-2003, 03:55 PM   #23
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Best thing is to assume water will enter both parts of the plug.

Take 'em both apart and put dielectric grease (auto parts store; BTW, I believe dielectric grease is nothing more than silicon grease) on the connections (heck, while you have it apart, open each connection [one at a time so no confusion results] and clean it before reconnecting and smearing the grease). Then put some of the grease on the exterior parts of the plug parts.

The grease will help seal the connections against moisture intrusion and subsequent corrosion.

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Old 05-19-2003, 08:34 PM   #24
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I just brought my new 13' egg home yesterday. The drive was beautiful! I wanted some extra features & the factory was very accomodating. 4 weeks after ordering, and a few phone calls later, I was heading north to pick up my long-desired baby. They almost bent over backwards to make sure I was happy with my purchase! I am pulling it with a 6 cylinder Suzuki Gran Vitara. It pulls wonderfully, and almost no increase in gas mileage!
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Orginally posted by Pete Dumbleton

* * * * * * It's important in all this to not lose perspective. *Unlike some brands of stickbuilts and good ol' Burro, the vast majority of owners of Scamps, Casitas and Bigfeet are quite satisfied. *
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Let's clarify that its the last few years of new Burro owners are not satisfied, allegedly due to quality problems and just general crooked business practices. But the Burro itself is a beauty! If I had money I would buy that factory and start making them again.
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