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Old 10-26-2013, 02:27 PM   #1
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Electrical cable broken

The cable between the AS and the car got squeezed while parking in a tight corner and its broken. No lights (or brakes) on the AS work while towing.
Not good as I'm in Death Valley.

What does this mean in terms of repair? Something a mobile rv repair guy can do?
The cable might be long enough, if I (as someone with little or no electrical knowledge or tools) can cut the cable and relocate the end piece that goes into the car?

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Old 10-26-2013, 02:39 PM   #2
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Your umbilical cord can be replaced. However, since you are not near a repair or service place, if it were me, I'd clean up the severed ends and spice the matching wires together ... wrapping each splice in electrical tape, then wrap the whole patch in electrical tape. It's not a permanent fix by any means but should get you to somewhere where a permanent fix can be made. If you are camping in an area where there are other campers, you may consider enlisting the help and/or know-how of a fellow camper. Also...it would be wise to shut down the electrical system of your trailer during the repair and isolate/disconnect the batteries.
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Your umbilical cord can be replaced. However, since you are not near a repair or service place, if it were me, I'd clean up the severed ends and spice the matching wires together ... wrapping each splice in electrical tape, then wrap the whole patch in electrical tape. It's not a permanent fix by any means but should get you to somewhere where a permanent fix can be made. If you are camping in an area where there are other campers, you may consider enlisting the help and/or know-how of a fellow camper. Also...it would be wise to shut down the electrical system of your trailer during the repair and isolate/disconnect the batteries.
Agree. Work one wire at a time and you should be OK.
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Old 10-26-2013, 04:18 PM   #4
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I was able to connect the broken wires: brakes and lights are working again on the AS. Not sure about blinkers or stop lights: are these different wires from the general light wires?

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1) Based on this diagram that I found in the manual, the blue wire activates the brakes. I can hear the brakes on the AS (electrical zooming sound) but since Im alone, cannot verify that the brake light is coming on. Should it, is it the same blue wire that makes the brakes and the brake light work?

2) I can't make the blinkers on the trailer work: red and brown wires. Strange. I assume testing the blinkers while in "park" on the car doesn't affect this signal.
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You should check the fuse box in the TV. You can check the brake light and turn signals all at one time by turning on the emergency flashers in the TV.
The tail and marker lights on the coach should come on with the TV lights.
The blue wire has nothing to do with the brake lights on the coach.
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I had the same problem yesterday, where the brakes worked, but none of the running lights, blinkers or brake lights. My cable was fine, the culprit turned out to be a 10 amp fuse in the cable that connects the vehicle to the trailer - but on the vehicle side.

I don't know what your setup looks like, but where my trailer cable exits the interior of the car and curls in the trunk, there's a yellow fuse container that's part of the cable. The cable then goes on and ends in a standard plug. It's pouring out, and pitch black, otherwise I'd go take an image. If you're still stuck tomorrow, I can send one over.

When your cable got damaged, the fuse might well have blown as several connections shortened.
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Old 10-28-2013, 01:57 PM   #7
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Thanks, it's working again!

I checked the 2 fuses in the Jeep which are responsible for the brake and blinker lights. Both fuses were bad. I replaced them and everything's ok again.
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Glad to hear it. Don't forget to carry spare fuses for the TV as well as the coach.
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Good to hear. Have a safe trip getting home.
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