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Old 01-04-2008, 10:22 PM   #15
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Old 01-20-2008, 07:42 AM   #16
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Thanks for all the replies. I have attached some more pictures of what the wiring looks like coming out of the trailer and how the wiring mounts onto the light. My problem is that the replies all seem to have trailer lights that ground through one of the mounting screws. Mine DO NOT ground through the mounting screws. And there lies the dilemma. All replacements I have found so far ground through the mounting screws. I am hesitant to purchase an LED light too because I think I will be in the same boat. Does anybody know how my wiring set up works? Is the red wire a hot lead? Is the white wire a common lead? If I canít find a replacement for these darn lights, I am going to be up the proverbial creek.
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Old 01-20-2008, 08:19 AM   #17
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Carl--My LED replacements DID come with both pos. and neg. wires...of course, my trailer had only the positive wire coming out, so I had to create a ground to the shell! Use a voltmeter to get your polarity squared away, but I'm guessing the red is the + since it is grommeted and that follows a normal convention for wiring colors. But, still, you should check it. It will matter to the LED's. Good luck!
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Old 01-20-2008, 08:39 AM   #18
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The new lights will ground right through the mounting screws, just make sure you use fresh mounting screws.
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Old 01-20-2008, 09:01 AM   #19
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DPeakMd--Thanks for the reply. I will be outside in the sub-zero Pennsylvania weather today trying to figure out the marker light wiring. I will keep you posted as things develop. And I just noticed I put the last post in the wrong thread. I was directed there by a post in the orignal thread I started regarding my wiring / light dilemma.
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Old 01-20-2008, 09:10 AM   #20
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Overlander 63--I did that yesterday and all it did was blow fuses in my truck. I think I was creating a ground fault by connecting the white and red leads from the trailer to the one wire from the new lights I bought. It grounded out and blew the fuse in my truck. Of course the truck has the newer smaller fuses of which I had no spares. So it is off to the local Wal-Mart today to stock up on fuses.
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To make a long electrical story short (pun intended), you should only have to hook up the power feed wire to the new lights. If everything else is kosher, the light should light with the ground going through the mounting screws.
remember K.I.S.S., and don't run more wires than you need.
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Old 01-21-2008, 06:27 PM   #22
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Thank you for all your helpful replies. I was making it much harder than it had to be, as pointed out by some of the posts. Today after running to Wal-Mart, I spent a small fortune in replacement and spare mini-fuses for the truck fuse block, and I finally got the lights to work. I put shrink wrap around the white ground lead terminal as I am hesitant to just cut the wire. There isn't that much sticking out from the trailer and I don't want to cut it short if I ever need that wire. I connected the red lead from the trailer to the black lead from the light and mounted the light to the trailer which provided the ground. When I turned on the truck lights the new marker light came on and didn't blow a fuse in the truck. It is bitter cold here in south east PA so the rest of the lights will have to wait until old man winter releases us.

We bought the trailer in Ohio as a second trailer to use on a permanent site at Penn Wood Airstream Park in Clarion, PA. Now I have to finish installing the laminate wood floor. After that it is off to P&S for an exterior make-over in mid-April. Then from P&S it goes directly to Penn Wood for the opening rally in early May. By the time we are finished with it, it should be better than new. I will post pictures as the floor progresses and finsihed product after it comes back from P&S.
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