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Old 09-30-2010, 09:01 PM   #1
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Crazy tail light problem

On our last trip out in the 74 Tradewind, I noticed on the way home that the right tail light and brake light was out. I figured it was just a bulb problem and changed the bulb. No dice. I have tested everywhich way but loose and this is what i have discovered: The light will work when the emergency flashers are on and the key is not in the on position in the tow vehicle ignition. When the key is on, it wil do NOTHING. I checked the plug on the back of the truck and all of the connections are working there whan they are supposed to. Can anyone tell me if this is some kind of short? I have tried to remove the rear light assembly but the previous owner has stripped out the screws in an attempt to get it off. Any suggestions on how to repair this?

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Old 09-30-2010, 09:21 PM   #2
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Bad, corroded contact(s) somewhere. No or poor grounding.

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Old 10-01-2010, 07:52 AM   #3
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Start by proofing the "Female" connector at
the TV. (Use a test light)

Next - double check the "male" plug that connects
to the TV. They do corrode, get old and worn.

If you know for sure you are getting good stuff
all they way back and into the wiring of the trailer, then
begin changing bulbs, cleaning connectors and grounds.

You must know that you are good all the way back and into
the trailer before working on the trailer.

As "FrashAir" mentioned above, clean and tighten every
12V ground connection....the skin must be a good conductor
and the frame....make for yourself new skin and frame ground
connections - make em big, clean and strong - remove all doubt.
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Old 10-01-2010, 08:27 AM   #4
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Check out what I had to do for mine.
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Old 10-01-2010, 08:31 PM   #5
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I take it the emergency flasher lights work on the trailer when you have them turned on in the tow vehicle. Both tail lights flash? Does the left turn signal work properly? The turn signal lights are wired thru the flasher switch to inhibit the turn signal flasher from operating when the emergency flashers are on. The emergency flasher switch has sets of contacts that close when it is turn off, providing a circuit to the turn signal flasher. Try snapping the emergency flasher switch on and off while you have the right turn signal turned on. The contacts in the emergency flasher switch may just be dirty or corroded. If it doesn't work after a dozen times or so, I'd say you have a bad e flasher switch. Is it just the turn signal that doesn't work? Or is it both the turn signal and tail light? Not sure what you TV is but maybe it is set up to keep you from driving down the road with the e flashers on. Try moving the bulb around in the socket, you may be losing the tail light because of a bad connection in the socket, which is a separate contact and wire from the turn signal.
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