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Old 05-30-2009, 10:25 PM   #1
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no rear running lights

I have a 1968 30' Sovereign. When I turn on the TV lights, my clearence lights work, but my rear running lights are not working. All of my other lights work. Where would be the first place to look for a problem? Has anyone else had this problem?
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Old 05-30-2009, 11:02 PM   #2
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Check the bulbs, they could be blown. Also check grounds for the taillights. The taillight sockets could be rusted, and won't give contact for the bulbs to ground.
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just to echo what overlander63 said, and also check to make sure the spring isn't fully compressed holding the contacts down belowthe bulb. Sometimes the rust can keep those from moving freely, and when the bulb is pressed in hard enough to rotate the pins, that little disc with the contacts doesn't come up again and hit the bottom contacts very well.
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just to echo what overlander63 said, and also check to make sure the spring isn't fully compressed holding the contacts down belowthe bulb. Sometimes the rust can keep those from moving freely, and when the bulb is pressed in hard enough to rotate the pins, that little disc with the contacts doesn't come up again and hit the bottom contacts very well.
ADD: Use grease on sockets I was going to say fuse but your top side running lights are working and there on same line. Also when you remove bulbs run a meter from the hot leads to see if you have power . Should do this since you have to take tail lights apart . If you have no power there it is something shorted from the fuse panel back to tail lights . Is it only the running lights not working back there or are the brake light's and blinkers not working either? If nothing works in the tail lights most likely a ground.
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Old 05-31-2009, 07:58 AM   #5
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We had lots of off-and-on problems with this until, thanks to the Airforums, I checked the main connections located under a small panel bottomside (well) forward of the cabin door. There, two greens lead to the two circuits for the marker and running lights. One of them had a poor connection. Renewed the connection, end of story.

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by saying "rear running lights" are you indicating the tail lights or lights on top of the trailer?
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Old 06-03-2009, 09:12 PM   #7
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Thanks everyone for your input. Sorry I have not gotten back with you before now - got busy.
I guess I was not very clear describing the rear light problem.
Both, the brake and turn signal lights work on both sides.
When I turn on the TV lights, the amber clearance lights work, but the three red lights near top on rear and the two red lights at the brake lights do not work.
Since reporting the first problem, I may have found another problem. There is power for the camper brakes at the tow vehical 7 pin connector all the time? This doesn't sound right. The brake controller is a Draw-Tite Activator II. When I hooked the camper up to troubleshoot my lighting issues, I did not look at the brake. Hopefully, the brake voltage I found will fix itself when I hook the camper back up (LOL). Anyone have any suggestions?
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I believe that the break controller puts 12 volts on the break line to determine if the trailer is connected. Once it see the trailer (resistance) on hat line, it turns the 12 volts off.

Since your rear marker lights and tail lights are both not working, I would check the circuit where they attach to the connector inside of your trailer. There should be two wires at that point, one for the front marker lights and one for the rear.
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Old 06-18-2009, 03:18 PM   #9
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I have a 73 31' Excella and had the same problem:

Front clearance lights work, No rear clearance lights, or running lights in the tailight assemblies...

It took a bit, but I finally tracked it down to a broken wire in the ceiling about 10' back from the front of the trailer. I had to pull down the center panel in the ceiling to fix it. I could have jumpered around it, but I was afraid to leave an open wire "floating" around in the ceiling. It was a bit strange as it was the only wire broken out of the 30 or so wires in the bundle.
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Old 06-19-2009, 05:14 AM   #10
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Again, thanks everyone. I have opened the access panel under the belly where the umbilical attaches to the trailer wires. Nothing was obvious. Started raining. Has rained everyday since. It's suppose to be nice for the next couple days. But, I'm going camping. So this problem will have to wait till I get back.
I have ordered a new umbilical cord. When I get back from camping and the cord has arrived, I'll continue to investigate the problems. Thanks everyone for your help!
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