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Old 06-18-2015, 08:39 AM   #1
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Single wire with no connection

This brown wire is in the closet behind the curbside bed. The bed light works, I haven't tested the thermostat yet. The parking light on the curbside is not working. I looked in the grommet for the other end of the wire but I didn't see it. Has anyone done work in this area that can tell me what it goes to? I'll check it for power today.

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Old 06-18-2015, 10:18 AM   #2
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Old 06-18-2015, 10:29 AM   #3
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Mystery wires. My Bambi II had them running all thru the trailer, the Safari also has several that have me baffled.
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Old 06-18-2015, 10:34 AM   #4
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I was thinking ground wire too. The problem is, the bathroom door slides between the closet wall and the wall behind the twin bed. I can't see to trace the wire. It also seems like a strange place for AS to put an electrical connection.
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Old 06-18-2015, 10:54 AM   #5
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Ground wires in Airstreams have been White for many years, including the '70's. Thermostat wires are in pairs, and are generally blue in Airstreams.

If it has + 12 volts on it, tape it off and don't worry about it. In 44 years lots of PO's have messed with things.
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Old 06-18-2015, 11:29 AM   #6
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I'm the 3rd owner and the 2nd owner parked it and never used it. I bought it because everything's original and it hasn't been molested.

I'd love to just tape it off but I need to figure out why my curbside tail light isn't getting power.
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Old 06-18-2015, 12:32 PM   #7
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If it is associated with the tail/marker lights I would not think it would be inside the inner skin. Besides that, the fact that there is a connector on it tells me it was used or was intended for use to power some device.
Schematics are available. Some one should be able to help with that.


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Old 06-18-2015, 12:44 PM   #8
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I have the service manual for 1972 but I don't think it goes into that much detail.
I looked inside the battery compartment towards the curbside brake light and I didn't see any wires so I thought they must be behind the skin.

I guess I should go to Harbor Freight and pick up one of those line tracer things. hopefully it works through the interior aluminum skin.
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Old 06-19-2015, 06:34 AM   #9
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I bought a wire tracer just for this type of problem, will work through the aluminum no problem. Just be sure all power is off or won't work. It traces the a different frequency that's applied to one wire and traced with the tracer.
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Old 06-23-2015, 06:41 PM   #10
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Well it looks like that brown wire is half of the thermostat wires. I pulled it out a bit from the hole and it's attached to the other half. Now I need to find the other half.
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