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Old 07-19-2011, 05:42 PM   #15
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What is a charge wire? I apologize for being so nieve, my ex did all this stuff and I'm vlueless

It the wire from the Tow Vehicle that charges the trailer house battery.
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Old 07-19-2011, 05:44 PM   #16
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I don't have a battery in the trailer!!! is this my problem???? Where does one go??
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Old 07-19-2011, 05:50 PM   #17
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If the wires didnt match up...ex green claims to power the turn lights on the adaptor, but green on trailer is for runners, wouldnt SOMETHING work??? Like we try to turn on running lights and signal lights go on? Like something should come on even if it is all crazy and not doing what it is supposed to do.
"Ground wire to trailer frame" well...what I know is 1. it was previously grounded to the frame and 2. I heard that is what I am supposed to do. Do you know different? 3. I cant find anything in the instructions about that, I see "Ground- white-attach to vehicle ground point"
*sigh*
It does seem like something should be happening...
If you're sure your car connection works, and you're sure you've got The adapter grounded at the frame,and you're sure that the wires go to the lights in the trailer,and you're sure that absolutely nothing is happening when you turn the lights on...
I'm out of ideas!

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Old 07-19-2011, 05:59 PM   #18
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I am sitting in my tow car, with a dead battery. Oy vey! The electric is going SOMEWHERE!!!!
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Old 07-19-2011, 06:10 PM   #19
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I am sitting in my tow car, with a dead battery. Oy vey! The electric is going SOMEWHERE!!!!
Poor Meghan!
All you need now is a Plague of Locusts, and this Biblically Bad Day will be complete...
Wish I could think of something...
The battery for the trailer, by the way, isn't part of the exterior lighting system.
Its for powering interior lights, etc. It's just charged by the tow vehicle.

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Old 07-19-2011, 06:53 PM   #20
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So much I need to know! I feel so lost!!! I will be asking about the battery for inside lights soon. I have no idea about that!!! Thanks for the help! More troubleshooting....
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Old 07-19-2011, 07:10 PM   #21
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Well... We have discovered the lightbulbs for the brake/directional lights are not the right ones! Anyone know what I should use? I have 3 sizes that don't work!!!
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Hi, Meghan

I'm interested in the Play-Pac and I was looking at another thread here that I think you've posted in-
Was that you that said you've corresponded with the original builder?
If so, is it possible that he might be able to point you in the right direction about these troubles that you're having?
It's difficult for those of us unfamiliar with the brand to visualize what's going on with the trailer, and there seem to be so few of them out there...
Just a thought!

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I did talk to him. He has paperwork in storage and based on what I have asked him before, I don't think this is something he would remember. So it is a few hours later and we have 2 marker lights working and the rest show intermittent power. I think the lights themselves need a cleaning or redo. I don't think it is wiring because they are on opposite ends of the trailer and I am sure the wiring is one loop or a strand on each side because they are so simple. Also the tail lights- brake lights have power going to them but the bulbs are forced in and the new ones I bought that are the same model won't fit, so I think we need new bulbs, just need to know what size. I think people who know about wiring/ lighting would know what I need to do. I might have to hunt down play pac owners and ask them to investigate a little for me
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Here's my thoughts(having gotten the lights to work in my Scamp after some work). Probably need some dielectric grease for the bulb sockets. The metal corrodes after time and makes lousy electrical connections. (you can buy the dielectric grease at Radio shack and any good auto parts store). Look at your taillight sockets, should be either a single or double contact point on the bottom. I don't remember the numbers, but take the info about how many contact points to the auto parts store and they can get you the right bulbs. Clearance lights(the side lights) are notorious for 'wearing out'. I went to the local auto parts and replace them with led marker lights-still pretty cheap and burn cooler and use less amps. Once you get all the lights working, make sure they are wired correctly(as in left blinker blinks with left tow vehicle taillight). Amazing as it seems, they get wired wrong regularly. My scamp was rewired from 7 wire to 4 wire by the military(it is military surplus!)and wired completely wrong. Good luck
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I'd like to make a suggestion. Take the trailer to somebody that understands, first, electricity, second, can read a schematic, third, knows trailer wiring.

One the issues I have with attempting to mess with it is it's possible to make thing worse. Electrical fires happen all the time in vehicles. It's pretty easy to create one. I would think it's worth the investment and piece of mind.

Sign me a retired electronic engineer.
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Now we're gettin' somewhere!

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Byron, I have made a few calls. Either nobody wants to touch it, they say it's simple I can do it, or they want to charge a ridiculous amount..... Gotto love loving in a small town. Not to mention the state has scheduled an inspection for Tuesday. If I miss it I have to pay $150 fee to reschedule.
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Old 07-20-2011, 04:57 AM   #28
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Dennis, thanks for the great info! I hope I can at least get the correct tail light bulb in time for the big inspection. Following your advice today, thanks!!!!
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