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Old 07-25-2011, 04:14 PM   #57
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An Update and hopefully last request for help with the lights. The signal and brake lights work now. Except when the tugs headlights are on. Then the left light does nothing. The right works. It is wired the same, but we tried flipping the 2 wires. That made it not work AT ALL, even with the head lights off. We tried to add a ground wire from the ground in the light to a screw on the frame, but it made no difference. We couldnt have gotten this far without you guys. I would love to hear your advice. We have tonight to get this figured out, I have to go to my state inspection with it tomorrow and dont want to pay a $150 fee to reschedule
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Old 07-25-2011, 04:15 PM   #58
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Green is ground. The black is the ground we added, they only had black at the store
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Do you have 12v at the connections in the picture ?

If you do then the problem is the light socket.

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take it over in bright sunshine and smile and wink to the inspector, maybe he won't notice
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Green is ground. The black is the ground we added, they only had black at the store


Green is ground???
Unless this scheme is specific to Play-Pac and unlike any other trailer wiring in the document center...
White should be ground.
Green should be markers.
If when you say "left" you mean the driver's side taillight, it should be red.
And as long as we're on the subject, right taillight should be brown.

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Old 07-25-2011, 05:03 PM   #62
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Green is ground???
Unless this scheme is specific to Play-Pac and unlike any other trailer wiring in the document center...
White should be ground.
Green should be markers.
If when you say "left" you mean the driver's side taillight, it should be red.
And as long as we're on the subject, right taillight should be brown.

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In my pic of the tail light my only options are green and black. Yes the drivers side
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Old 07-25-2011, 05:05 PM   #63
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Do you have 12v at the connections in the picture ?

If you do then the problem is the light socket.

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Bill...that was our next step. Keep your fingers crossed!
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Old 07-25-2011, 09:52 PM   #64
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Meghan: isn't that bulb a two filament bulb? If it is, one of the wires coming out goes to the taillights, and the other is for turn/brake. The ground wire should hook to the socket side or the metal strip it attaches to. Disconect the new ground you attached and then hold it to the metal side of the socket while the lights are on to see if you get something(hook the two wires coming out to the two wires coming out of the trailer).
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From what I see in the picture and some of what I've read, not all this thread. I have read enough to determine that the person attempting to wire this trailer doesn't really know what they're doing. Some comes my rant.

DON'T PLAY with electricity unless you know what you're doing. Electrical shock is not the only danger involved. 12 Volt systems will start fires just as easily as 120 Volt systems, maybe even easier. Take that trailer to somebody that knows what they're doing before you hurt yourself.
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Old 07-26-2011, 04:29 AM   #66
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Byron, I have contacted several places and nobody wants to work on it. The person working on it has done many other light and electronic installations. The car parts store says the instructions included in the lighting are for the average consumer to follow. We are not rewiring it, just trying to figure out the previous rewire and make it right and think others experience can save us some time and aggravation
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Meghan: isn't that bulb a two filament bulb? If it is, one of the wires coming out goes to the taillights, and the other is for turn/brake. The ground wire should hook to the socket side or the metal strip it attaches to. Disconect the new ground you attached and then hold it to the metal side of the socket while the lights are on to see if you get something(hook the two wires coming out to the two wires coming out of the trailer).
Dennis,
Thanks for the info. You got us thinking and we figured it out based on what you said. All the stuff on this is old and not done right and looking at it can be confusing to see what is original and right and what was done the wrong way.
We currently have all the tail lights needed, although we realize that they need to be replaced as soon as we get back, due to corrosion. The clearance lights also all need replacing due to corrosion. We are buying them out of every store that we can find that sells them.
Thanks for all the wonderful help guys!!!
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Old 08-03-2011, 06:08 AM   #68
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Just an update...despite being told we dont know what we are doing, we got everything working perfectly. The PO tried to do some things himself and made some simple mistakes, like crossing a wire. Every marker light has been replaced with a new one and the corrosion and age of the old ones seemed to be the major factor working against us. Thanks to everyone for your wonderful advice in trying to help us figure this out!
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