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Old 07-02-2016, 12:41 AM   #1
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Antique Signal-Stat Connector on trailer end of tow connection

So, I have a Signal-Stat set (male and female) on the trailer end of my towing connection to the vehicle.

They appear to be original on the coach, and the UV has almost disintegrated both. It doesn't look like either connector is still being manufactured.

So what does everybody do instead? Do you just hard-wire to the junction box inside the coach, or do you install another removable 7 pin connector of the type that's still available? Or does the 7-pin Grote connector match up? Or is there a Secret Stash of these somewhere that Mister Google doesn't know about?

Should I donate this set to the Smithsonian?
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Old 07-02-2016, 12:56 AM   #2
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These are made by Pollak and are available in metal. GREAT quality. You can get them almost anywhere. They are inexpensive.

http://www.etrailer.com/Wiring/Pollak/PK11720.html



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Old 07-02-2016, 06:17 AM   #3
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FYI, that plastic-looking piece on the trailer is probably magnesium. Avoid overheating it when removing, such as having to cut off the mounting bolts. It will burn very nicely, and you can't put it out.
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Old 07-02-2016, 11:36 AM   #4
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My AS had the same connectors with the same level of corrosion/wear. The newer style connectors inserted into the receptacle on the trailer, but the "hook" that keeps it from falling out didn't quite grab very well and I'm concerned about it working it's way out on the road. I'm going to replace the receptacle with the newer style that RareStream referenced. If you do keep using the old receptacle, you may have to swap a couple of wires. I had to look up the wiring for my 1969 because that older style wasn't wired exactly the same as the newer style. There are two wires you have to switch.

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Old 07-02-2016, 12:38 PM   #5
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The time has come to discard the old and upgrade with the new.

Any attempt to make do with what you've got (or find an "adapter") is something you'll later regret. The last thing you need is electrical problems on the road.

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Old 07-02-2016, 01:35 PM   #6
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Pig tails

These are used by virtually every tractor trailer on the North American continent .
Available in most every parts house and truck stops nationwide.
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Old 07-02-2016, 03:40 PM   #7
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I've got my old ones I took off, male and female. I didn't want to have to change the TV every time I traded. I even have two brake controllers since most tv come with them now.
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Old 07-05-2016, 07:42 PM   #8
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Easier to go with the RV plug....
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Easier to go with the RV plug....
You are absolutely correct, of course. But the zinc metal setup is sooooo cool!!
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