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Old 09-23-2010, 05:29 PM   #1
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What should I do?

Ok so now I have the 1/2 ton ford truck, and it has a four way-flat hanging down there below the bumper, -so I went to a trailer supply Co. and she pulled out a 7 way to 4 way flat adapter.
We got home backed the truck up to the front hitch and plugged it in.
Did this adapter need to be grounded to the truck ? Only the back tail lights came on- and the blinkers worked....but no running lights showed up on the sides or front or rear. Do you think I should get a seven way wired into the truck and will this make ALL the lights work?
Also, there is no brake controller box in the truck, so we would be driving without brakes on the Airstream...can they or it be installed on a 84 ford truck? Those are my questions let me see your thoughts and advice. Bill
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Old 09-23-2010, 06:09 PM   #2
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Yes on the brake controller and you really do need one.

You also need the 7 way connector.
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Old 09-23-2010, 06:15 PM   #3
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Yes! You can install a brake controller on the truck. If you intend to wire the truck for the trailer, you will need the 7 way receptacle on the truck and a cord with a matching plug on the trailer. You will need the following circuits:
1 wire for the tail/ marker lights
1 wire for left turn/brake lights
1 wire for right turn/brake lights
1 wire for brakes
1 heavy wire, #10 for charging the battery in the trailer from the truck, this is optional.
1 #10 wire for ground
1 wire for accessories, one example might be backup lights. Again optional.

The problem with your running/marker lights could be corrosion in the fixtures, in both the bulb base and the ground circuit and/or bad bulbs. Once you have the tail lights working go around and wiggle the bulbs in the sockets of the marker lights, check for broken filaments in the bulbs, clean and tighten the ground connections on each fixture. Clean the bulb sockets and the bulb bases if the bulbs appear to be OK. If you get one marker light to work, they shoul all work, unless you have a wiring problem inside the wall of the trailer or a the J box.
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Ok great! I will follow through with your advice. The store where I got this adapter---the lady seemed to not know very much as in advice. There IS a RV place up the road I will be calling this guy (he's real spacey acting (like a robot)) and will get his estimate to do the fix.
I knew the next step in traveling was going to be making absolute sure the lights and truck wiring were in sync. This is why we got rid of the first truck because the fuse box area was really screwed up (wires going here and wires going there). Thanks, I will follow up and tell you what all we discover. Bill
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