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Old 04-12-2010, 01:59 PM   #1
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1960 Tradewind needs brakelight/turn signal wiring help

Hello all,

I have a 1960 Tradewind with a wiring problem. Coming off my tow vehicle (2004 F150) I have a 7 prong connector. It runs about 8 inches then is butt connected into a 24 inch section of heavier gauge wire which is the wire tired into the trailer. It's a mess, that's what the state inspector told me anyway. Can anyone tell me what color wire goes to what? Is there a standard? I am sooooo confused. Thanks for your advice.

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Old 04-22-2010, 08:42 PM   #2
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I would suggest getting a wiring diagram for your rig, on my 64 white is ground, red is left turn brown is rt turn, black is the stop light, blue is the charge line to your battery, yellow is brake line, and green are your running lights, yours may be different.

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Old 04-22-2010, 09:26 PM   #3
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If your 1960 is like mine, and all the other 1960's that I have seen, The unbilical (the part that plugs into your tow vehicle) is simply a 3 foot section of wires with a plug on both ends. It would be best to replace the whole thing. If you pull the plug on the trailer and inspect the trailer's belly pan wiring you will find that all of the wires to the lights are red. The only difference is the number of knots tied into each wire. Many years ago I knew what # of knots went with each circuit. I cannot find that info right now. If you really want it you will need to wait a few days before I can dig into the trailer. What the inspector is conserned about is the condition of the wires on the umbilical (from plug to plug). Like I said, it's best to replace them. You can purchase a length of bargman wire (all color coded and wrapped together for some unreasonable amount of money from an RV place, or you can purchase your own wire and do it yourself. There are wiring diagrams for the plugs online. One such is at: 7-way - 7 pole RV Travel Trailer Connector Wiring Color Code

When your trailer was built there was no standard...or at best Airstream ignored it. Wire it to the current per the website mentioned above. Take your time, you may make a mistake or two, but it is not rocket science.
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Old 04-23-2010, 03:40 AM   #4
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1960 Tradewind needs brakelight/turn signal wiring help

I believe that I have found the key to the 1960 umbilical wiring with the tied knots that Scott referred to in his post above. Try checking this link.

Good luck with your wiring issues!

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Old 04-23-2010, 10:52 AM   #5
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What is this about a State Inspector? Never heard of such a thing. What are they inspecting? And what does that cost? How often do you have to have it done?
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