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Old 06-06-2015, 06:48 AM   #15
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Several suggestion were made about towing it without brakes. I debated doing just that. However, I am not experienced at pulling a trailer. The 3.5 hour drive was almost all on the NJ and PA turnpikes where some sections have a 70 MPH speed limit. There are multiple toll booths that require slowing down to 10 MPH to go through. Finally, most of the drive was at rush hour(s).

So ultimately I decided to err on the side of caution. I'd have a real story to tell if would have had an accident because of not having brakes! For me it was the right decision.
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Old 06-06-2015, 06:54 AM   #16
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I agree you made the right decision.
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Old 06-06-2015, 07:08 AM   #17
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I wouldn't be surprised if a fuse is not installed. Check your manual to find the location of the fuse for the brakes and make sure one is in there
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Old 06-06-2015, 07:43 AM   #18
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Several suggestion were made about towing it without brakes. I debated doing just that. However, I am not experienced at pulling a trailer. The 3.5 hour drive was almost all on the NJ and PA turnpikes where some sections have a 70 MPH speed limit. There are multiple toll booths that require slowing down to 10 MPH to go through. Finally, most of the drive was at rush hour(s).

So ultimately I decided to err on the side of caution. I'd have a real story to tell if would have had an accident because of not having brakes! For me it was the right decision.

GOOD decision. Plus it's illegal in PA at any rate. I would also check to see that Dodge put in the necessary fuse. In the Fords that fuse box is under the hood right up front. OR possibly fuse blew somehow,

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Old 06-06-2015, 07:58 AM   #19
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I agree you made the right decision.
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Old 06-06-2015, 08:07 AM   #20
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I've said on multiple occasions that the only difference between a disaster and an adventure is how you tell the story afterwards. If everything had gone perfectly, it would be boring and you'd only get to tell the story once.

Now, every time you go camping in your Airstream and you're swapping stories around the campfire, you will get to tell people about how you bought your Airstream but couldn't even tow it home. Congratulations on having your first real Airstream adventure! Or at least your first adventure with THIS AirstreamÖ
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Old 06-06-2015, 08:33 AM   #21
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A very disappointing day!

Brake lights are on a different pin on the connector then the trailer brakes. So not surprised the brake lights worked. Your trailer brake controller is only concerned with the trailer break circuit. When connected it measures resistance in the coils that operate your brakes. This tells your brake controller that a trailer is connected. If a fuse is missing that creates an open circuit and the resistance cannot be measured also if it was not flashed it would not know how to work properly. Good luck finding the issue.
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I had the same problem in a ford van if I remember correctly. Checked and found the correct fuse not installed. It was there but not hooked up. Used the fuse diagram on the owners manual to locate fuse box and which fuse was which. Jim
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So I guess what I am saying is check the owners manual as to what fuses go to the trailer circuit. Jim
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I had the same problem in a ford van if I remember correctly. Checked and found the correct fuse not installed. It was there but not hooked up. Used the fuse diagram on the owners manual to locate fuse box and which fuse was which. Jim
I just got back from the local Camping World service department where they plugged a test plug into the receptacle. Everything (running lights, turning signals, brake lights) functions as it should except we still get the "no trailer connected" message. I found the fuse box and switched fuses just to make sure it was not a fuse issue but there was no change. His suggestion was that it was truck issue (most likely the integrated brake controller) and suggested I take it in for service, which is the next step.

Thanks for the suggestion!
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Some trucks have two fuse boxes. One under the dash and one under the hood. Jim
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Some trucks have two fuse boxes. One under the dash and one under the hood. Jim
I didn't think of that. I'll see if I can find another fuse box. Thanks!
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I have had Fords that came with a relay and fuse in a bag in the glove compartment from the factory for the trailer brakes, could be a similar situation.


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Have you or anyone crawled underneath to make sure the wire is hooked up to the connection in the back? Or was there a pig tale wire in the glove box or center console which is used to hook the brake controller to the line under the dash. Ford did this on my first F150; everything seemed to be fine, except the connection was not finalized under the dash. Fords all have two fuse boxes, and the controller fuse is in the engine compartment.
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