Title: Running lights
egon - September 1, 2006 11:25 AM (GMT)
I have a problem.
Several weeks ago the fuel sending unit on my truck required replacing. This went surprising well despite my inherent lack of skills. There were even some deviations from the original design when the cost of like fuel lines were found out. Something like $350 from the store to $15.00 for some fuel line and clamps from a local parts supplier.
Any way, the sender unit was replaced, the tank was reinstalled and filled with 5 gallons of fuel and I was even able to start the truck without having to bleed the lines. All works well now.
Now here is the problem. Most of the camper running lights do not work now. All the lights on the truck work. The camper plugin wires run right along side the fuel tank and are inaccesible for a ways.
I sprayed the cleaner stuff on the plugs - no help. I checked the truck end of the plug with a meter and had indications all there was well. The camper plug showed resistance on all the different wires.
Tried straight wire to wire from truck to camper - still no go.
Peplaced both sides of the plug and still nothing. Checked bulbs on camper and all seems well.
Had to unload camper so I could take the truck in for it's annual gobermint inspection.
Any suggestions other than getting some competent help??
Campers a Bigfoot 1500 series.
Franzę - September 1, 2006 05:46 PM (GMT)
Sadly, this sounds like a self answering question. You probably pinched a wire putting the tank back in.
Easiest way I can think of to locate the problem would be to first determine where the problem is, truck or camper. You should be able to do that with a 12 volt test light or meter, and a fused lead from the truck battery, using it to directly power the camper thru the plug.
If all of the camper lights are out, chances are you lost the ground lead. The easiest way to check that would be using a temporary ground to the camper from a known good ground on the truck, and given all the damn plastic on trucks these days, you may need to run all the way back to the battery.
I'd probably start with checking the ground.
egon - September 2, 2006 10:56 AM (GMT)
So far the camper plug on the truck appears to be hot for the different functions.
So I guess it's on to the camper and try the grounds.
Franzę - September 2, 2006 05:21 PM (GMT)
Let's not get runnin before we can walk Egon.
CHECK the ground at the camper plug. You may have knocked that wire loose while you were working on the tank.
egon - September 3, 2006 12:00 PM (GMT)
Okay, shall do Franz. :D
egon - September 12, 2006 10:41 AM (GMT)
Well fella's, I spent a lot of time thinking about the wiring problem. Backed truck to the trailer and trailer lights didn't work either.
Scratched the head some more, crawled under the truck and jiggled some wires just for something to do. Later I took truck to a local RV dealer and was told the camper plug was good and the trailer plug was good except for power to the trailer battery. One bad wire connection. Got that fixed, came home and tried the trailer and found all the lights work. Haven't tried the camper as I can't access it that easily.
It seems the trailer wiuring connectors [ not the plug ] corrode out every two to three years. It looks like one day when time is available I shall have to get a piece of hoze, some shrinkwrap, a tube of silicon and get the sodering iron out and do a proper fix.
Note: Unlike some here I use an electric soldering iron!! :P But I do have the good old fashioned type with the proper flame thrower to heat it with.