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Old 05-29-2013, 05:36 PM   #1
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Running light problems

I recently purchased a 1972 Safari and am in the process of making it road worthy. I am having trouble with the running lights. I tried testing them with a battery charger at the trailers umbilical plug. The could get 4 of the amber running lights to work and one the the clear back up lights to work and that was it. I'm assuming I have a ground problem. Where would the common ground attach to the frame on this trailer? Is that where I should start? Thanks for your help
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Old 05-29-2013, 06:21 PM   #2
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The running lights commonly have corrosion issues inside them. After 41 years they probably should just be replaced with new ones. They are less than $5 each, sometimes less than $3. The rear stop/directional lights may have the same problem, corrosion in the sockets, same for the one backup light which does not work. The umbilical cord also may have some issues. Where it plugs into the front of the trailer (you have a double plug umbilical cord I believe) could have issues. Pull it out, spray contact cleaner into it, push it back in and repeat several times. That wipes the contacts and may be another part of the problem.
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Old 05-29-2013, 06:35 PM   #3
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Suggestion: Go with LED running lamps if you're going to replace them anyway.
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When I got my trailer, the running lights didn't work. I replaced them all with new LED fixtures, cleaned the rear tail light fixture sockets with a wire brush in my Dremel, and replaced all the bulbs . . . even the ones that worked or "looked" fine. When I tested, they all worked. The common ground on my trailer was located at the 7-way connection area. I soldered all the grounds together and bolted the lead to the body with a new wire and a new bolt.

My "kit" consisted of a small battery charger, a 7-way tester, a small multi-meter, a 12 volt jumper light, soldering gun, map torch, and an OEM wiring diagram.

The previous owner had disconnected the breakaway switch. I installed a new one and reinstalled the towing light fuse panel that had also been removed. I rewired the 7-way connection using the 7-way tester and installed a new umbilical cord. I ignored wire colors and wired everything (by function) to the standard 7-way tow vehicle connector using the 7-way tester.
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Old 05-30-2013, 07:01 PM   #5
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Thanks for everyone's help. I've ordered new LED lights and once I have them installed I will post an update.
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Where do you get the lights at I have a 1972 safari land yacht ?
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I got my clearance lights at a local farm/home store in the trailer isle. I got the material to make the gaskets and the stainless steel screws at Mac's Hardware.
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Where do you get the lights at I have a 1972 safari land yacht ?
I live in San Diego north county Ca
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Old 06-11-2013, 06:51 AM   #9
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I ordered them from Inland RV. I told them the year and model and they sent me what I needed.
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Thank you all .We have replaced the light bulbs . Now we are getting the truck wired and the man at the place has worked on airstreams before .Now how to get the steps to work ..The crank is broken off . If not step stool works great it all a learning process.
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