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Old 11-07-2010, 03:46 PM   #1
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What is this wire ?

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I have a wire that looks like it is connected to a sensor and it is directly behind the blinker bulb both sides . I have a 1976 Sovereign 31 foot with rear bath center bed and kitchen sink at end of counter.


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Old 11-07-2010, 03:53 PM   #2
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Hey All,
I have a wire that looks like it is connected to a sensor and it is directly behind the blinker bulb both sides . I have a 1976 Sovereign 31 foot with rear bath center bed and kitchen sink at end of counter.


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That is "not" a wire, but it is "fiber optics".

When the systems are functioning properly, you can monitor your trailer tail and brakes lights from the drivers seat of your tow vehicle.

Look for about a 2" X 2" cover, on the lower road side panel.

DO NOT in any way cut the cable, as it's plastic, not copper wire.

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Old 11-12-2010, 11:28 PM   #3
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Where do I get a wiring diagram for that and is that something that can be fixed? One side has been chewed through by mice or chipmunk. I have never hear of anyone talking about or mentioning that is that factory done?
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As Andy states it is not a wire. It is a fiber optic cable. When either the brakes or signals are applied the light from the bulb is reflected through the cable and illuminates the side markes so you can see it from drivers side mirror. It is not repairable, replacement of your chewed cable is the only option. Yes it is a factory item. A wiring diagram is not needed as one cable goes on left lamp and the other goes on right lamp.
Only Andy can tell you if the part is available from A/S. Maybe some other fiber optic cable can be fabricated and used.
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Before I get into a information sink hole where would I get information on that I did not see it in the service manual?
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The service manual lists it as an option. The location is on the page of the 12VDC exterior wiring diagram. What exactly do you need to know?
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How does it setup in the tow vehicle? Is it part of the towing harness?
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It does not set up in the tow vehicle nor is it part of the towing harness. It is simply a visual indicator of the status of your turn signals and brake lights. When you put on the brakes or the turn signal the bulb lights up and that light is reflected through the fiber optic cable and shines out the other end of the cable which is loacted on the lower side panel on the road side of the trailer towards the rear. There will be a small 2" by 2" box with two small ends of the fiber optic cables facing forwards. You can visually see this little indicator by looking in your side mirror back towards the trailer.
Click on this link for a few pictures of what it looks like.
http://odmrv.com/catalog/index.php?m...roducts_id=843
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