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Old 10-18-2009, 08:23 AM   #15
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I went down here to a trailer place and had them check the connector, they were very good at what they did, got me all set up with the running lights and the brakes, its very comforting and important that everything is working right, they also recommended that I just wire in the whole pigtail to the Airstream permanently, it makes perfect sense to me, that way I wont have to worry about the connectors getting worn out and loose in time.
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Old 10-18-2009, 10:05 AM   #16
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It's possible that you have the same issue we had with the 67: The connection between the long "pigtail" that leads to the tow vehicle and the native wiring. We fought at off-and-on battle with running lights and tail lights (but not brake and signal lights) for several years, and lost continually. Finally, with help from folks here, I found the connection. There's a little hatch door, probably screwed or riveted in, on the bottom of the rig toward the right front. Remove it and check all connections. (If memory serves me right, that circuit is the green one.)


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Old 02-19-2010, 08:18 PM   #17
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This has been a very informative thread, after having the repair shop set up my Airstream lights, everything worked fine, after a good trip camping last summer, all lights worked, then the next trip, back to the same problem, no, blinkers, one brake light worked, no running lights. I,m back to the drawing board. then I hooked up my cargo trailer in which everything worked fine for years, well thats all messed up, perhaps there is now a short in my truck, oh boy.
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Old 02-19-2010, 09:41 PM   #18
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check the wiring at the plug of the tow vehicle.
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Old 02-20-2010, 08:53 AM   #19
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There's a little hatch door, probably screwed or riveted in, on the bottom of the rig toward the right front. Remove it and check all connections. (If memory serves me right, that circuit is the green one.)
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I had allowed myself to forget my running light problem . I can (or could last time I checked) jump wires at the pigtail and get lights- just not with the light switch. Its interesting that so many of us have the same issue of the running lights falling out while the turns and brakes do not. Its a PITA not being able to tow after dark or in the rain.

Lynn, I didn't even know about that hatch. Do all have them? One more thing to remember to fix.
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I'm not sure if all of them have the hatch in that particular location, but it must be near the front someplace. The big wire bundle, wrapped in rubber/plastic and leading to the truck, must attach someplace to the native wiring of the trailer. This bundle is sold as a unit, so to speak, with one end terminating in a plug, and the other ending with a wad of individual wires sticking out. It's the end where it connects to the trailer that seems to be a source of these problems.

But not that surprising, if you think about it. The connections have been down there, getting wet from time to time, for the last 30-40 years. I probably need to go down and check another of them, because I have the funny-fuzzy feeling that the charge wire is not doing its job to charge up the trailer battery while underway.

Oh, and Rodney, we owned the trailer for nearly ten years before I discovered the hatch, and that was only because somebody else here in Airforums told me to get down on the ground and look!


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Thank you for the reply, I did a little investigating I used another vehical to see if I had the same problem with the airstream lights and my cargo trailer lights, and my results, yes both showed the same problem, that rules out a problem with my truck. I am happy about that.
Now as for the Airstream, being I changed out all the running lights with LED, perhaps its time to change out the old tail lights with LED as this will rule out another area of the possible glitch.
My question would be, The big blue wire going into the converter, is that not just for keeping the battery charged while its hooked up to my truck, if all my fuses look good, where else could I check for a good or bad connection for my tail lights.
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Old 02-21-2010, 05:59 PM   #22
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with a $20 investigation, everything works right up to my 7 way connector on my TV, so tomorrow morning its off to the Ford Parts dealer, I just wonder what blew it out. do you think the Airstream univolt could have had anything to do with it.
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Old 02-27-2010, 09:56 AM   #23
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Ok, since all five of my trailers have the same tail light problem, one would think it was my truck that is the source of the problem, so first I took my truck to the Ford dealer, nothing wrong with my truck, then I took my truck with my cargo trailer to Texas Trailers, still, no problem with my truck, but they found the problem, it was the ground at the tail gate of my trailer, seems that the hinges were rusted out and lost the ground contact, they put a wire from the frame to the tailgate, problem solved. So my question for my Airstream is as follows?
Where would I attach a good ground wire from where?and then run the ground wire to the frame to make a good ground connection on my Airstream, this might solve all my running light problems.
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Run a temp ( jumper) ground wire from truck frame to trailer frame. Then if that fixes your problem start repairing your ground problem. Adios, John
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Ok, since all five of my trailers have the same tail light problem, one would think it was my truck that is the source of the problem, so first I took my truck to the Ford dealer, nothing wrong with my truck, then I took my truck with my cargo trailer to Texas Trailers, still, no problem with my truck, but they found the problem, it was the ground at the tail gate of my trailer, seems that the hinges were rusted out and lost the ground contact, they put a wire from the frame to the tailgate, problem solved. So my question for my Airstream is as follows?
Where would I attach a good ground wire from where?and then run the ground wire to the frame to make a good ground connection on my Airstream, this might solve all my running light problems.
The trailer already has a ground wire in place.

The color of that wire is white.

Also, it's the largest terminal that you see in the trailer connector.

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