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Old 07-10-2015, 03:47 PM   #15
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Did the problem occur with the trailer hitch disconnected - the hitch will complete the ground cicuit i.e frame to frame ?
The hitch ball is NOT a reliable ground. You need a hard wired ground between the trailer and tow vehicle.
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Old 07-10-2015, 04:15 PM   #16
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My point was - perhaps the ground was being acheived through the hitch when it was working and ceased to work when unhitched.
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Old 07-10-2015, 05:42 PM   #17
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In addition to what everyone else is saying (check the ground wire), be sure to check your tow vehicle fuses. The tail/running lamps on my trailer connector are fused separately from the tail lights on my tow vehicle.

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Old 07-10-2015, 07:41 PM   #18
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Do you have two white wires connected to the negative battery terminal?

You probably do as yours is an '82 and mine is an '83. Tract the wires back. One should be grounded to the frame right next to the side of the battery box. That wire could be either white or black depending on who did the grounding.

The other negative (white) wire will pass through the camper shell and connect with all the other negative wires for the camper under the front bench just as they enter the shell. You will need to remove the bottom cushion and the wooden hatch on the top of the left side. You will also need a flashlight to see what's what and it's very cramped in there.

If the wiring is still original, the large white wire will be connected to the other smaller negative wires for the interior wiring with just a large yellow twist wire cap. Take it off and make sure all the negative wires are securely twisted together. That is the most likely the cause of the grounding problem.

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Old 07-31-2015, 07:24 PM   #19
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Did you check the fuse in the engine bay. This happened to me and I just had to replace a 20amp fuse that was wired into the harness.
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Old 07-31-2015, 11:46 PM   #20
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GROUND.

I think that's the usual solution (to start with on electrical and all molded towables ) Everything else is "also ran."
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Old 08-17-2015, 11:48 PM   #21
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We had the exact same problem with our 1985 Scamp. At great expense, my mechanic found the problem and fixed it. It turned out lights were grounded through the frame and then the hitch. BAD IDEA! Everything is now grounded with wiring, and goes through the stinger. Works great!
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Old 08-18-2015, 01:17 AM   #22
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If I were you, this would be my solution:
1/ Observation: The trailer circuitry lost GROUND somewhere.
2/ Solution:
...a/Re-ground the trailer i.e. sand the bolt to the shiny bare metal, tighten it and...GREASE it.
...b/ Have 2 connectors in hand ( brand-new, doesn't cost much ) One for trailer connector, other for towing vehicle connector. If the first step couldn't solve problem, replace trailer connector. If proceeding second step, the problem still exists, go on and replacing towing vehicle connector. I positive think the issue will be gone. If you are good @ multimeter with basic electrical knowledge, you wouldn't need to replace with new connectors. Just my personal opinion....and..I COULD BE WRONG. Please post your result. Thanks.
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