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Old 08-01-2012, 05:34 PM   #1
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Running Lights not working on my '62 Bambi

I was towing my Bambi from Georgia up to West Virginia and I noticed that halfway through my trip, the running lights/blinkers/brake lights had all stopped working.

I switched out all of the fuses and made sure I had a good connection on the 7-way plug. The brake controller was working so I know that the 7-way plug was at least partially working.

Any ideas on what else I could do to troubleshoot and/or fix this problem?

Please help!

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Old 08-01-2012, 06:35 PM   #2
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Well, I am in the middle of a shell off restoration of a 1960 Tradewind. Part of that is to replace ALL the wiring with new which I am in the middle of right now. I found it interesting that originally, every bulb (running lights, taillights, turn signals, license plate light,) had a dedicated wire leading from the pigtail to it. There was no daisy chaining--every bulb on a single wire. I think there was 11 separate wires in all.

Assuming your 2 year younger trailer was wired in the same way, you would have to assume your problem lies somewhere in the pigtail or connector to the tow vehicle. It would be impossible for every single one of those wires to fail at once since you said everything went out at once.
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Old 08-01-2012, 06:51 PM   #3
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you checked the fuses ..... was that in the tow vehicle as well?
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Old 08-01-2012, 07:04 PM   #4
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A 7-way tester available from most auto parts stores for about $10, will be a big help. If the tow vehicle is all working, diagnostics can move to the trailer.

The 7-way tester is a quick test for the tow vehicle. The 7-way tester is also a very handy for testing the cord and the trailer plug connection.

For trailer diagnostics, I use the 7-way tester, a 12 volt jumper light, a small 12 volt battery charger, and a small multi-meter.

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