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Old 09-12-2015, 09:57 AM   #21
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Anna - lets hope they get it fixed quickly so you can be on your way. Please let us know what ends up being diagnosed as the problem.

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Old 09-12-2015, 10:53 AM   #22
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I spent forty years on a service truck doing electrical trouble shooting. The chances that all the running light bulbs are bad is slim and none. The chances that all the sockets are corroded / bad is also very slim. I would suspect that the problem is at a connection point ,most likely the 7 pin connection . Check the tow vehicles 7 pin connector for power to the running lights and eliminate the the tow vehicle. Then check the trailer to see if there is continuity through the running light circuit to eliminate the trailer wiring. If both tow vehicle and trailer test good that would indicate you are not making contact at the 7 pin connector. I have had a similar problem twice ,once a wire was corroded/ loose in the 7 pin connector , the other was a bad pin in the 7 pin connector. Wires seldom break in the middle of a run unless subject to excess vibration or physical damage . Most of the time the problem is at a connection point.
The 7 pin connectors often loose contact tension after repeated use leading to a high resistance connection point ,similar to a worn out receptacle in a house.
Since some of the lights work it would appear that the ground connection is okay .
The wiring system in a trailer is not that complicated and with a good meter and a little luck you should be able to find the problem.

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Old 09-12-2015, 11:37 AM   #23
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There was a rusted out broken wire with the tow vehicle connection
$68 and we are now going to wait in border lineup.
Thanks guys for all the help

Now on to the Olympic Peninsula
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Old 09-12-2015, 11:46 AM   #24
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Glad you got it sorted out, AM. You guys have some great fun now, you hear.
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Old 09-12-2015, 12:17 PM   #25
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