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Old 02-07-2016, 08:07 PM   #1
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Tail lights

We just noticed one of the tail lights on our 19' Bambi are on but dim, although the trailer is disconnected from the tow vehicle. The light stays on , again dimly, when I disconnect from shore power. Any thoughts?
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Old 02-07-2016, 09:59 PM   #2
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Hmmmm.... if I had that on my Avion, I would be looking for a wiring schematic and my trusty meter to figure out how that bulb is getting something near 12V DC provided to it when not attached to the tow vehicle. That's going to take some investigation, for sure.

I hope someone here has some personal experience or particular areas to look at in your Bambi.
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Probably the umbilical plug has some water in it, or a wire from the battery charge pin is touching the turn signal lead.
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Probably the umbilical plug has some water in it, or a wire from the battery charge pin is touching the turn signal lead.
I was wondering the same thing.

Is it your right turn signal by any chance?

Here is a site that I like for connectors and pin-outs for connectors (look down the page a ways)

http://www.crbrophy.com/elec.html
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Post 3 and 4 have the answer. Water in the umbilical cord or plug causing leakage from the 12 volt charge line to the light. Takes very little power to leak and light the LED's dimly.
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Yes, it is the right turn signal.
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Yes, it is the right turn signal.
I asked that because the 12V blade and the right turn signal blade are next to each other in the umbilical plug.

If you'll refer to this link I gave earlier http://www.crbrophy.com/elec.html#f4ct and go near the bottom of the page, you'll see that blades 4 (12V) and blade 6 (right turn) are next to each other. I'd start looking in that area.

Just remembered I had an image of the plug wiring......

7 Way Blade Plug Trailer End
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Here's another plug diagram that I think I saved from someone's post on AirForums. I like it because it shows the color code for the wiring:
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