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Old 03-10-2005, 08:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a Do-It-Yourself trailer I'm using for a small row bow, but i have a problem with the lights. They work fine until i turn the headlights on in the car, then everything stops working. I suspected the gound, but it doesn't seem to make a difference where I have it including where it is supposed to be, any help would be appreciated.
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Old 03-10-2005, 08:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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4 wire flat connector???
If everything blanks out when you turn on the lights, you have the yellow common wire(running lights) switched with either the green or brown(stop/turn - L/R)
If it's only the turn signals that don't work, you need a Heavy Duty flasher(yes, it makes a difference) in the car fuse box
If it flickers, you have a connection problem... Get it to where everything works and then start tugging and shaking the wires... Eventually you'll find a weak spot...
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Also, you have dual filament bulbs and may have blown the low side filament if its wired backwards... Check the bulbs for burning too...
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Definitely make sure the ground is touching Bare Unpainted steel. I have had this happen once to me when I rewired miine. Everything was color coated as to connection(brown to brown etc... ).. I had orginally attached mine to a spot over painted steel, it was not a good enough connection.. I took it off, got out a small wire brush, and cleaned all the paint off of where I connect the ground wire to the trailer.. Each year I make sure I check it for corrosion/rust and clean it up if needed.. As ja-knee-sea said, it also won't hurt to check your wiring to be sure its good.
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Thanks everyone, I've checked and double checked the wiring, but I'm definately going to strip some of the paint off of where i am putting the ground.
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I had the same thing happen to my old boat trailer. Ended up being the ground. I could not get a good ground off the trailer so I ran two wires from the connection to each light. Never had a problem after that.
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