Originally Posted by overlander64
It is very normal to have to rewire the trailer connector to match the tow vehicle as the Vintage Airstream wiring patterns were generally not even similar to the current standard ..........and the wire functions matched the color coding supplied in the diagram so it was just a matter of matching function to terminal designations on the modern connector - - the modern color coding on the terminals had to be ignored where it didn't match.
We hear you.....now
but a few months ago we were total newbies - with a brand new vehicle that did not have a standard "RV" type wiring package available.
Not like all the other GM, FORD, DODGE etc that each have their own wiring diagram specific to their vehicles wiring patterns- there really IS NO standard - everyone we looked at was different - and as we had not wired up the Kia yet we thought it would be easy just to match what was waiting for us 1500
miles away - as we were specifically told any wire tampering to the Kia will blow the warrenty. They also have some pretty weird wiring with a lot of safeties to it - such as you can not tap into the rear lights or you will blow a particular circuit that will trigger another and lock your drive into 3rd gear.
You mention the colour scheme - that was not even close (okay a few were the same - but close only counts in horse shoes.)
As it was the back up lights draw too much and tripped a fuse in the Kia that used some of the standard schematics for RV but just located in different position on the plug. Thus all the way home we could not cycle through reverse without blowing a 10amp fuse - so we had lots on hand. We had to start and stop in N. No big deal but a lot could have been avoided if we had had the original 69 diagram - as that is exactly how she was wired from the back to the front the female end had already been changed to the flat pin style.
Anyway we are all back to normal now - but have decided to go without the backup lights - as they still draw too much - so there may be some issue with the wire or lights themselves. But for our first year we don't plan on backing up in the dark
We have gone to a more "standard" RV wiring that accepts the 7 to 4 pin adapter for our boat and landscape trailer. So we are good to go.
PS I just think there should be a little sentence on the Vintage wiring charts that says - I may or may not be correct check wiring at source