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Old 06-20-2012, 10:06 AM   #1
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Urgent - help with Scamp

Hi everyone, Mark Zee here. We have a purchaser that wants to buy my Scamp. But when we hook up the wiring to his van, no lights work on the scamp (blinkers, brakes, etc). When we hook it up to my Buick Rondezvous, the lights work fine. What could be wrong? He wants to take it today, and can't drive it like this. help!

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Old 06-20-2012, 10:13 AM   #2
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Mark, He could have old rusty connections or a bad ground. The other thing you could do if he doesn't live that far from you, is offer to take the camper to his house for the price of fuel. Wish I could be more help but its hard to tell what the problem is from here.

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Old 06-20-2012, 10:18 AM   #3
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Thanks so much. We'll check it out.
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Old 06-20-2012, 10:34 AM   #4
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Everyone that tows a trailer should have one of these.
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Use the above tester to check out his truck connection.

This tester is a must also.
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Old 06-20-2012, 11:05 AM   #5
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The circuit testers are simple and effective. But if you want a more flexible and powerful tool, use a voltmeter. It has more of a learning curve, but has lots of applications for our trailers. For example it can do both 12V and 110V as well as measure current in addition to the voltage.
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Old 06-20-2012, 12:13 PM   #6
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Turns out, the buyer has a new Toyota Van, which occasionally have compatability issues with some trailer electric hookups. We went to Uhaul and as always The Scamp when hooked up to my Buick Rondezvous worked perfectly. All lights, brake lights turn signals etc worked fine. We hooked up the Scamp to the Toyota Van, and the lights on the Scamp didn't turn on. The Scamp has never had an issue when hooked up to other vehicles. Turns out The newer Toyota Van may have compatability issues with certain trailers. The purchaser couldn't stay in town any longer, and didn't have time to pursue this any futher. So, many thanks to all who helped out. The good news is, our Scamp is still available!!
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Old 06-20-2012, 09:39 PM   #7
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My Toyota needed some sort of electrical box installed. The turn signal and tail/stop lights are separate on the Toyota and must be re-combined for the trailer (that is how I understood what they told me, but my terminology may be inaccurate). If he already had a plug for trailer lights installed, the shop should have also installed the box... if they knew what they were doing.

But is it possible that a burned fuse could cause those symptoms? Not sure, just a thought.
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Old 06-21-2012, 11:22 PM   #8
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sorry it didnt work out, I call you and they come and its still is there, not a great day in FLA. ps I did get one today! maybe Saturday it will find a home.

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