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Old 06-30-2010, 01:17 PM   #43
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A Fine Day.

Well as you know, i was gonna take the gt in to the shop and have them fix the lights. just before we were gonna drive down there and fork over 105/hr for labor i thought i would call a couple of other places to see if they were less expensive. i called this guy who does mobile repairs and explained the issue with the lights blinking when they werent supposed to etc. and he asked a simple question:

"when you were testing the lights did you have the trailer on the ball?"

no, of course i didnt. once i actually put the gt on the ball, guess what?

THEY WORK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

i hope the # of exclamation points i used helped convey how i was feeling at the time.

so now i can actually tow this sucker to get the current tires bearings and brakes looked at it before i head down to andy's in corona. the running lights and lic. plate light circuit is still kaput but if i travel by day its a non issue. also since the other ones are fine i would guess that the wiring for the runners is probably ok too. i will have to de-rust the old teardrops or get new ones, also the sockets on the back tail lights are shot and will need to go. do led's use the same amount of juice as the bulbs or is it more complicated?

it feels really good to be moving on to the next issue. thanks again for everybody's help.



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Old 09-25-2010, 02:05 PM   #44
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Good as New

Got back from inland rv in corona on wed night. many thanks to greg at inland rv for his great work and help. got a new axle now and all the lights are working just fine. the 4runner handled the job ok, just had to go slow up over the grapevine, good idea anyway since it was windy up there too. very cool to not have to worry about the axle/suspension and also very cool to have my running lights working which allowed us to drive at night. one happy camper here.

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Old 09-25-2010, 03:07 PM   #45
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glad to hear you had a good trip,your lucky to be that close to inland rv.
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Old 09-25-2010, 06:11 PM   #46
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You should install a ground wire or clean the attachment points on your existing ones. The hitch does not provide a reliable ground. The lights might blink on and off while you're traveling. Hard for drivers around you to figure out what your next move is.
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Old 09-28-2010, 12:00 AM   #47
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hi guys,

yeah its very nice to know that the axle is now a non issue. now i can focus on the other stuff that needs doing. turned out i had the pigtail wired wrong. greg at inland rv fixed it in a matter of minutes. he's great. all the wiring, it turns out, was fine, it was just my re-wiring of the pigtail that was the trouble. so now every light comes on when its supposed to. very cool.

as for the ground on the shore power, as it turns out, the male plug on the coach was grounded but the the 3rd pin, the ground pin, had been broken off. i took your advice, tg, and replaced it before we left.

we lost our front vent cover somewhere between morro bay and san jose but the guys at inland rv put a new one on. its translucent which allows the light in, a nice touch.

i think my next project is to pull out the old tub and have it repaired, also playing with the idea of installing a gray water tank, im sure theres a how to on here somewhere. the cool thing is that all the stuff thats left to do is manageable, and now the coach is road ready and functional enough to camp in in the meantime.

nice end to the summer here.


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