Scamp trailer-TV connector - Fiberglass RV


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Old 10-16-2012, 11:04 AM   #1
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Scamp trailer-TV connector

Recently I inspected a Scamp 16' mid-80's design. I was surprised to find that the wiring harness connector had a 7 round pin configuration as opposed to the flat tabs or slot configuration. Are there other versions than these 2 examples out there that a buyer should be aware of. Had I wanted to purchase and drive away i wouldn't have been able since i had a slot connector. Are there better terms to use when inquiring as opposed to my "round pin" or "slot/tab" descriptions? Nothing would worse than to drive a significant distance only to find the wrong connector. Are there temporary 4 to 7 adapters for both depending upon one might encounter while doing their search? I would rather not hard wire prematurely.
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Old 10-16-2012, 11:15 AM   #2
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There are a number of connectors out there. You can learn more here:

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Old 10-16-2012, 11:17 AM   #3
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Ramsey a mid-80s trailer is nearly 30 years old. Kinda like the one I have. I KNOW the connector has been changed at least three times in it's 24 year life. Nothing can be considered consistent when you're talking about the age of a trailer.

My suggestion, if you're going to look at a trailer and may buy, is ask the seller what kind of connector. OR, go by Wally World or any RV parts place and buy several adapters, use the one you need and return those you don't.

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Old 10-16-2012, 11:39 AM   #4
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The 7 pin connector has connections for 1 hot wire, back-up lights and brakes along with the Stop/Turn and running lights. Look to C if the camper has brakes and a battery.
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Old 10-16-2012, 02:06 PM   #5
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While there are adapters for most combinations, luck has it that the one you have won't be the right one or the connector on the trailer won't be wired correctly.

What I did was buy an inexpensive set of Magnetic Tow Lights at Harbor Freight and take those with me when I go look a a trailer. If the connector fits, that's fine, if not I just string the wires to the back and attach the magnetic bases to the rear bumper and secure everything with wire ties. But this won't work on trailers with fiberglass covered bumpers, but you can use some duct take to hold them in place on those.

Costs less than $20 and you are prepared for any occasion.
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What I did was buy an inexpensive set of Magnetic Tow Lights at Harbor Freight and take those with me when go look a a trailer.........
Great suggestion. These light sets are frequently on sale for $10 with a coupon from popular magazines. I also agree about the duct tape. The magnet is only marginal.
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If you have ever had trailer lights stop working then you know just how important it is to carry a set of these Harbor Freight light sets.

Should it be the tow vehicle wiring that has gone bad, you can connect the light set to the on board camper battery to give running lights.
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