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Old 06-23-2016, 10:56 PM   #1
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curbside rear light on!?

Was walking by my airstream, noticed the curbside rear break lights were lit. I'm not hooked up. Went around front, the cord/hookup for the disconnect switch was hanging down, just moved it up onto the frame as I normally have it. Light is now off. I cannot reproduce the problem. Any thoughts? Faulty disconnect switch? Nothing seems loose on it.
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Old 06-23-2016, 11:50 PM   #2
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and now only some of the led lights are dimly on, one on each end of both curbside break lights. It's not a battery rundown, battery is fully charged with no current on it.
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Old 06-23-2016, 11:59 PM   #3
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Clean the contacts in the 7-pin plug thoroughly. Possibly a sneak path allowing a little current from the house batteries to illuminate the LEDs. The running lights connection and the 12 volt connection from the battery are next to each other in the plug.


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Old 06-24-2016, 12:00 AM   #4
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Did it rain in your area recently? I had a new F250 once. And it did that in wet foggy weather, by itself. Knew I didn't want that truck when it got old.
You could have something that will go away when it dries out.

Oh, you're talking LED's. They could be getting enough charge from an overhead high power line.
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Old 06-24-2016, 12:04 AM   #5
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Clean the contacts in the 7-pin plug thoroughly. Possibly a sneak path allowing a little current from the house batteries to illuminate the LEDs. The running lights connection and the 12 volt connection from the battery are next to each other in the plug.

Hmm, I recently had the 7 pin plug replaced, the original was too loose and would disconnect (electrically) while driving. I'll have to look at that.

It did rain pretty good the last couple days, maybe the two are related.
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Old 06-24-2016, 07:25 AM   #6
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Hmm, I recently had the 7 pin plug replaced, the original was too loose and would disconnect (electrically) while driving. I'll have to look at that.

It did rain pretty good the last couple days, maybe the two are related.

Last work done....a very good place to start.

Plug separation....

A zip-tie or velcro strap is a good way to prevent it.

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Old 06-24-2016, 02:43 PM   #7
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I'd bet two cheeseburgers and a pony that the problem is in the plug on your umbilical cord. Could be moisture or just one strand of copper wire that has wandered over to the neighboring post in the plug. When not plugged into the tow vehicle, don't leave your umbilical cord just dangling over the frame. Very easy for moisture to enter either end of the plug and create exactly what you are experiencing. I shove my cord up in the propane tank cover and secure it there by using something to tie it up to stay. Just don't have the weight of the umbilical cord hanging on the plug end. Secure it by grabbing the umbilical wire itself.
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I have had this problem twice.
1. The plastic protective cover allowed water to collect, corroded and shorted the connector. Cleaned the connector tossed the cover short resolved.
2. Managed to pinch the umbilical while un-hitching, in storage, AS replaced the lamp assembly, I replaced the umbilical. Good luck.
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Thanks for all the input. It was water, the new plug isn't sealed where the wire enters it, allowing water in if it's otherwise unprotected. I a) cleaned it, b) added electrical tape to better seal it, c) am now placing it unto the propane cover as suggested by minipad.
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