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Old 04-03-2010, 09:52 PM   #29
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when hooking up the running lights and the tail & license light to the bargman green wire all lights come on, even the bulbs to the L/R turn signal.
Ahh! now we have something. You have power being sent to the turn signals from the running lights or license plate light, which means the green wire is somehow in contact with the skin. Probably at one of the marker lights because thats where the breaks in the wire would be. As the previous poster suggested it could be a bad bulb, socket or bare wire. You are going to have to do a lot of walking unless you have an assistant tell you what is happening at the back of the trailer as you check each and everyone of the marker lights. The good news is that it will definetely be the last one you have to look at. Hope this solves the dilema for you. Electrical probs are really frustrating.
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Check all of the bulbs to make sure they are the right ones for the socket. Also check all the sockets, if someone replaced a single filament socket with a double there could be some kind of cross feed going on when you have the tail lights on.
I would start by removing all of the marker light bulbs as well as the tail light bulbs (if they are seperate from the brake light bulbs). Then connect the running light wire and install one bulb at a time to see when the problem arises. Start with the tail lights. If the brake and tail light element both come on with one bulb in place you are probably looking at a short between the tail and brake light wiring. Melted insulation or wire chafing or a wiring error. You may be able to locate the problem by disconnecting the wiring at the tail/brake lights one at a time, reconnect each one before going to the next if the problem does not go away.
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After working all day on my lights, back and forth from TV to back of trailer with no good results, decided to go talk to my airstreamer neighbor. And in less then 10 seconds he drew a perfect little diagram that makes perfect sense to me.
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Old 04-05-2010, 08:35 AM   #31
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So! Did you find the problem?
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So! Did you find the problem?
Yep, the problem was me, but I did figured it out. When testing, I would back up the TV, attach cable without attaching the trailer to the TV, plus, didn't have the bargman common ground wire, grounded to the frame. A grounding problem.
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So! Did you find the problem?
Have a question, what is the best way to ground a trailer, I was thinking
about grounding the shell and frame to my bargman white common ground wire.
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Don't think it is necessary to run a ground wire to both the frame and shell although it can be easily done. The body is attached to the frame at many places making the frame and body one huge common connector. Glad you solved your problem. I just had a similar problem with a lawn tractor and I did not have a wiring diagram for it. Took hours to trace all the circuits and then turn out to be a bad switch which I could have checked first.
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Don't think it is necessary to run a ground wire to both the frame and shell although it can be easily done. The body is attached to the frame at many places making the frame and body one huge common connector. Glad you solved your problem. I just had a similar problem with a lawn tractor and I did not have a wiring diagram for it. Took hours to trace all the circuits and then turn out to be a bad switch which I could have checked first.
This is how I grounded my trailer http://www.airforums.com/forums/f36/...-38289-31.html
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