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Old 07-14-2013, 05:27 PM   #1
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I'm trying to map out a project for Fall (replacing the umbilical), but I'm already stumped, so I need YOUR help!

I've found the original wiring run through the streetside tubing of the hitch that's been spliced into the current umbilical. The confusing part is that there's another original looking wire running through the curbside tubing of the hitch. This one has a couple of wires from it tied into the current umbilical.

Since all of the streetside wires connect to the umbilical, I'm assuming it's connected to my running, brake, signal lights.

What is the curbside wiring for?? Is it supposed to be spliced in to the rest?

I realize that it's a shot in the dark, so any ideas will be welcomed.

Thanks!

(By the way, it's a 1961 Bambi.)
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Two tongue wires

Greetings ragin-cajun!

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I'm trying to map out a project for Fall (replacing the umbilical), but I'm already stumped, so I need YOUR help!

I've found the original wiring run through the streetside tubing of the hitch that's been spliced into the current umbilical. The confusing part is that there's another original looking wire running through the curbside tubing of the hitch. This one has a couple of wires from it tied into the current umbilical.

Since all of the streetside wires connect to the umbilical, I'm assuming it's connected to my running, brake, signal lights.

What is the curbside wiring for?? Is it supposed to be spliced in to the rest?

I realize that it's a shot in the dark, so any ideas will be welcomed.

Thanks!

(By the way, it's a 1961 Bambi.)
A good friend of mine was a long-time 1961 Bambi owner, and she indicated that when her Bambi was new that it had a separate connector for 12-volt DC electric and charge line. My understanding was that this arrangement allowed disconnecting all but the 12-volt car connection when dry camping to charge the coach battery from the tow vehicle or to power the coach from the car battery when the coach battery died. I am going from memory on this and my friend passed a few years ago so can't confirm my memory of the arrangement.

Kevin
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Were you able to figure this out? I have a 1961 Tradewind with similar wires. I removed the trailer cabling from the street side as it was shot and will be replacing it. On the curbside was a four wire cable that appears to tie into the 12 volt system - or not. I removed it as it was not hooked to anything. I cannot get any of my 12 volt system to work. The battery cables did not seem to be hooked to any circuit or wire, other than that 4 strand wire in the curbside tongue. I am totally at a wall to get my 12 volt working. Would love to know anything you discovered!
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Old 08-26-2014, 06:54 PM   #4
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I pretty much accepted Kevin's explanation. ;-)

I haven't replaced the umbilical because I was able to repair the corroded areas of the wire ends and I found the shorted marker light (brand new--oh, well) that was blowing my fuses.

I did completely disconnect the curbside cable from the tongue because it was not connected inside front wall of the unit. My 12volt stuff is run from a battery charger that the PO had installed. NOT at all ideal, but it works for now (we only get a few short trips a year and it had only 2 lights).

Thanks for asking!

My access panels are on inside of front wall, right below the cushion-line. (I don't know if that's a standard location on AS.)


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